Calvin College will become Calvin University sooner rather than later.

Wood TV 8 reports that after initially announcing the change planned for 2020, Calvin now says says it will take place on July 10, 2019, on the birthday of its namesake, John Calvin.

Part of its "Vision 2030", the school says the reason behind the change is "Calvin's strength, breadth, and depth of its academic programs; new opportunities for academic innovation; and the college’s increasing influence with students and higher education partners around the globe."

Calvin says that for its international students, "university" is more visible and better understood than "college".

Calvin College president Michael Le Roy said in a release,

“This direction enables us to live into what has already been true about Calvin, and it will better position us for the innovative work that is necessary for the future... We see this move providing a great opportunity to introduce more people to Calvin’s distinctive Christian mission.”


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