Admitted Transfer Students

Welcome to Grand Valley!

Congratulations on your acceptance to Grand Valley State University! This page is designed to inform you of the steps you should complete before attending GVSU. Review the links below for more information.

Admitted Student Checklist

Advising & Registration
Advising & Registration

This session will give you the opportunity to meet with an advisor and register for classes.

Enrollment Information Review
Enrollment Information Review

Review our Enrollment Information guide to prepare.

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions you may have.


Housing
Housing

Submit a $150 deposit by May 1.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid

Apply between October 1 and the priority deadline of March 1. The deadline for admissions scholarships is March 1 for the following fall semester.


Parking Permit
Parking Permit

Parking permits may be purchased online.

Meal Plan
Meal Plan

Meal plans, restaurant hours, and more can be found online at Campus Dining

Student Email
Student Email

A Gmail account is assigned to all students immediately following their admission to GVSU.

Textbooks and Supplies
Textbooks and Supplies

Shop online or at one of our two Laker Stores on the Allendale and Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Frequently Asked Questions

Where can transfer students receive specific advice on enrolling for the fall?

If you are interested in transferring to GVSU and would like to speak to an admissions counselor, please email admissions@gvsu.edu so that we can arrange a time to discuss. We would enjoy the opportunity to talk to you about the many academic options available. You will also find many online resources available at www.gvsu.edu/admissions/transfer-resources-14.htm.



What are the plans for classes for Fall 2020?

As more information is available, we plan to have a decision about fall by the end of our spring term (June 22) or sooner, and will communicate regularly with all registered students. However, Grand Valley is currently planning for a regular, on-campus fall schedule with classes beginning on August 31. See additional details about the 2020-2021 academic calendar. The university will abide by all state orders, and federal, state and local health and safety guidelines. Grand Valley is considering several possible scenarios that prioritize the health and safety of the community and provide optimal conditions for social distancing, sanitation and health check protocols.


Even if classes are offered in-person in the fall, I have health or other concerns. Am I able to live at home and take only online classes?

Yes. We are planning for the Fall semester with multiple scenarios to be as flexible as possible for students. There will be many online options even as we return to face-to-face learning. We will continue to monitor guidance from the governor’s office and the scientific community to be sure that we can deliver the same high-quality experience for students as we have always done regardless of course delivery mode.


Is it possible that classes begin in-person in the fall and then move online if another outbreak occurs?

The university will abide by all state orders. If the state determines that it is in the best interest of the community to return to a stay-at-home scenario, the university will be prepared to move in-person classes online. We will continue to monitor guidance from the governor’s office and the scientific community to be sure that we can deliver the same high-quality experience for students as we have always done, regardless of course delivery mode.

What will my summer Advising & Registration session look like?

All summer Advising & Registration appointments will be held online through individual video-conference appointments. This will provide customized and one-on-one guidance for each new Laker. Our expert staff and faculty advisors will work with you to ensure you are ready to begin your academic journey as Lakers with the right fall and winter class schedules. For an online Advising & Registration session, you will need a computer or tablet with stable internet access. Your advisor will contact you via email 3-4 business days prior to your registration day to set a time for your appointment; please plan on 60-90 minutes for your appointment. Registration is open for freshman and transfer students.

For those who schedule an online Advising & Registration session, what is the university planning to ensure we can experience the campus later this summer (if possible)?

If the university is able to host on-campus events or activities this summer, we will notify students via email of the options. Please watch your email for updates.  


Will the university hold Fall Transitions Orientation?

At this time we plan on holding this student welcome program. However, we will also follow the best public health guidance available to us and modify or cancel the program as that guidance suggests. For now, check out the schedule. We will be in communication with incoming students as the summer progresses.


Do Transfer Students Attend Transitions?

The information covered during the Transitions Program is designed to address the needs of first-time college students.  Although Transfer students are not assigned a small group during Transitions, they are welcome to attend events during the program to learn more about campus life including:

  • Events held in the Fieldhouse Arena: presentations by national speakers and Convocation
  • Social events such as Meijer Mania
  • Any Laker Welcome event such as Rec Fest and Campus Life Night

Please refer to the Transitions and Laker Welcome schedules for detailed information.

My family or personal financial circumstances have been impacted because of COVID-19. What resources are available?

Grand Valley has been awarded federal funds and the authority to send those funds directly to students. If you are suffering a financial hardship, you may apply for support. A short application is available at www.gvsu.edu/financialaid/hardshiprequest. Applications are being reviewed as quickly as possible. If you have special circumstances or if your financial situation changes, please contact our Financial Aid office 616-331-3234 or finaid@gvsu.edu. Our caring staff will work with your individual circumstances to support your plans. 


I did not do as well as I had hoped with the move to remote learning. Will my scholarships be impacted if my GPA drops?

The university is allowing the greatest amount of flexibility. If you have a specific question about the scholarships you are receiving, please contact our Financial Aid office 616-331-3234 or finaid@gvsu.edu and staff members will review your situation. 


Will athletic scholarships be impacted if sports are cancelled or delayed?

Athletic scholarships received by student athletes will not be impacted if a sport is canceled or delayed due to COVID-19.

Would the cost of tuition remain the same for online learning?

The Board of Trustees will make a decision about 2020-2021 tuition at its July meeting. While tuition is likely to increase modestly, Grand Valley will continue to offer one of the lowest tuitions among state public universities, while providing high-value, high-quality learning and services. Some people may wonder if tuition will change if online-only classes are offered, this is not something we are considering. We will provide the best online learning for all our students, and ensure all our faculty complete required online education training. We will also provide every service remotely and extend additional services to our community. Our high-touch, individual support for each of our students – what Grand Valley is known for – will continue. We understand that financial circumstances for some individuals and families have changed. If you have special circumstances or if your financial situation changes, please contact our Financial Aid office 616-331-3234 or finaid@gvsu.edu. Our caring staff will work with your individual circumstances to support your plans.


Will I be able to get my housing prorated if a second virus wave hits and I have to leave?

If the CDC or the governor directs Grand Valley to cease face-to-face instruction and directs the closing of our residence halls during the Fall semester, we will provide prorated refunds for housing, dining and parking. These student-centered decisions would mirror our actions in the Winter semester, when GVSU was well ahead of other institutions in providing these refunds.


Can I receive a housing refund after May 1?

The deadline for submitting housing applications has been moved to June 1 to allow families maximum flexibility. For students who submit a housing deposit but do not attend GVSU, the housing deposit will be refunded. Housing applications for 2020/2021 are now available in myHousing.


If we decide not to attend GVSU, do we get a refund for the Advising & Registration fee?
Contact admissions@gvsu.edu to inquire.


When is the last possible day to decide to come to Grand Valley in Fall 2020?
If a student has not attended an advising and registration date and wishes to receive a refund for that fee, they should cancel by June 1. The same would be true for receiving a refund for the housing fee. We will work with students to register for classes up through the first week of classes, if a student is admitted to GVSU. For students still considering admission to GVSU, they should apply at least 30 days prior to the fall semester to ensure adequate time to make an admissions decision and to schedule an advising and registration session.

Will on-campus housing be available in the fall?

We are planning to house students on campus in the fall and regularly consult with state and county public health authorities for planning. Because 80% of campus housing consists of suites and apartments with private bathrooms, our housing is already well configured for small groups, rather than large gatherings. The university’s Facilities Services Department is developing specialized and increased cleaning schedules. Students living on campus can be assured that GVSU will maintain the highest health, safety and sanitation standards, and will offer as much flexibility as possible if situations change for students or the university.


What are some of the options being considered for fall housing that would enable social distancing and proper sanitation?

Because 80% of campus housing consists of suites and apartments with private bathrooms, our housing is already well configured for small group use. Although planning is still ongoing, campus housing staff members are working with public health authorities and Facilities Services colleagues to identify multiple scenarios to assure student health and safety are the No. 1 priority, including single occupancy room assignments, more frequent community space cleaning, distribution of hand sanitizer to residents, public health messaging campaigns, and various other measures.


Is university housing safe? Why should I live on campus?

Grand Valley housing is among the newest in the state. Most campus housing is suite and apartment style. The university’s Facilities Services Department is developing specialized and increased cleaning schedules and students can be assured that GVSU will maintain the highest health, safety and sanitation standards possible. GVSU encourages students to live on campus because  students: (1) can be closer to classes (often in the same building for those who are part of a living-learning community); (2) have easy access to faculty, advisors, academic support resources, and state-of-the-art facilities; (3) tend to get better grades and graduate sooner; and (4) tend to be more involved in campus life and satisfied with their experience. Grand Valley will also provide the greatest flexibility possible if any disruptions arise.


When will we find out about our housing placements?

The housing application deadline has been moved to June 1. Housing assignments will occur in mid- to late-June and students will be notified via GVSU student email.

How do you ensure a highly engaged and impactful experience?

Successful students, regardless of the types of courses they are taking, typically engage in their education in the following ways:

  • Attend class regularly and participate in the teaching/learning experience: either in an online or face-to-face setting.
  • Prepare for class by reviewing materials and practicing skills beforehand; questions can then be brought to the teaching/learning experience.
  • Communicate with your faculty member on a regular basis to share questions, thoughts, learning and interests.
  • Complete and submit all assignments on-time.
  • Meet with your academic advisor at least once per semester to stay on track for your academic and co-curricular plan. 
  • Utilize student support resources such as tutoring, Disability Support Resources, the Knowledge Market, the Writing Center, University Libraries, University Counseling Center, and the Career Center.
  • Stay balanced in your life — academics are important, but make sure to keep your health, well-being, social, and spiritual components of your life engaged and active as well.
  • Meet new types of people, some of whom might be different than you in some way.
  • Get involved and learn new things outside of the classroom. The Office of Student Life and Social Justice Centers have many resources to connect you with many types of interests.


What other services are available to students who may be struggling with mental health concerns?

GVSU is very interested in student well-being (with many resources available virtually) and offers a range of ways to manage stress, from exercise, sports participation and wellness workshops; to involvement in student clubs and organizations; to inclusion and social justice centers; to GVSU’s nationally known athletic teams. For students needing more specific mental health support, the University Counseling Center offers a multitude of short-term services, including crisis consultations, counseling, self-help/telehealth options, and referral assistance. 


How does the university provide other student services virtually?

All of GVSU’s services, resources, and support offices are available virtually, including career support, academic advising, tutoring, library services, academic offices and more. Simply check program and department websites for more information, or contact any office for more  information and assistance.


When do students find out about club or other co-curricular opportunities?

Once students arrive for the fall semester, information about clubs, organizations, programs, volunteer opportunities, and student support offices will be shared with incoming students.


What are the Laker Connections Student Success Programs?

Brothers: Black Male Scholars (designed for students who identify as Black men), Laker Familia (designed for students who identify as Latino/a/x), Niara (designed for students who identify as women of color) and Queer Connections (designed for students who identify as LGBTQIA+) are designed to create an environment where students can achieve their full potential at GVSU while being their full, authentic selves. These programs, open to all students, are a reflection of our values of inclusiveness and diversity and our core mission of student success. Registration is open.


How are underrepresented students being supported virtually during the current campus closure?

While the Division of Inclusion and Equity is not providing services in-person right now, our departments are supporting students, staff, and faculty virtually. Our adapted services ensure that our functions continue as seamlessly as possible, including online reporting maintaining our civil rights and anti-harassment responsibilities and ADA and religious accommodation requests. Use the division’s directory to connect with a division staff member. Contact inclusion@gvsu.edu or 616-331-3296 for assistance navigating resources and/or to partner with the university in identifying and eliminating barriers in these unprecedented times.


What will happen with athletics in the fall? When will practices begin this summer?

The NCAA and GLIAC will make decisions regarding fall competition and schedules. GVSU will follow the guidance from those organizations.

What is GVSU doing about COVID-19?

GVSU is actively coordinating with both the Ottawa and Kent county health departments, GVSU health centers, the Office of the Vice Provost for Health, Padnos International Center and State and Federal agencies as it relates to the health and well-being of our campus community. The GVSU Incident Management Team (IMT) began the monitoring phase of the university’s Comprehensive Emergency Management Plan in January. A Technical Advisory Group was added in February to ensure that GVSU’s existing Outbreak/Pandemic plan is consistent with the CDC guidelines for COVID-19. All of these groups are working closely together to ensure a coordinated response. Over the summer, Grand Valley will implement health check protocols for employees and work on health and safety messages, communication, and education for the entire community.


What cleaning efforts has the university implemented?

Washing hands continues to be the most effective means to help combat the spread of viruses, including COVID-19. Facilities Services staff and contractors on campus have increased the focus of cleaning/disinfecting efforts on common touchpoints such as door handles, restroom fixtures, classroom desks, classroom tables and horizontal surfaces. All are receiving added attention. Germicidal and virucidal disinfectants are also utilized in daily routines of the campus custodial staff in restrooms, locker rooms and common locations. Additionally, hand sanitizer products have been added in key locations at the university such as computer labs and the library.


How will Grand Valley handle social distancing in classrooms and other spaces?

Grand Valley is in a unique position with a spacious campus footprint, multiple locations, and small class sizes. Average class size = 26; student-faculty ratio = 17:1; 25% of classes have less than 20 students; less than 1% of our 4,200 classes have more than 100 students and most of those are broken into smaller labs and sections of 30 students or less. Population density on our developed acreage is 17 full-time students/staff/faculty per acre (compared to 27 per acre at MSU). We are also prioritizing space for Grand Valley learners and not allowing events on campus during the summer, postponing in-person camps, etc.


Will Grand Valley require testing of all students, faculty and staff before returning to in-person learning?

This has yet to be determined. GVSU will follow all CDC and local health department requirements and recommendations.


What plans are in place for large events in the fall? (e.g., sporting, theater, etc.)

The university is canceling large events, including events organized by outside groups until further notice. If you have questions about events, contact (616) 331-6620 for events on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus, and (616) 331-2350 for events on the Allendale Campus. All campus athletics and recreation facilities will be closed until further notice.


If we couldn't reach our student by phone, what is the process to ask someone to check on them?

If you have become concerned that your student has not returned your calls or emails, contact the Housing and Residence Life Office and a Resident Assistant will knock on their door to do a well-being check.

What technology do you recommend that will be compatible with GVSU and enable students to make a successful transition to complete course work from home should we have a similar situation to "stay home, stay safe" in the future?

GVSU students may select a Windows 8, Windows 10, or Macintosh OS 10.13 or higher computer to meet their needs at GVSU. GVSU students have FREE access to Microsoft Office 365. Other free software available for student download can be found on the IT Website.  Additional information regarding successful learning online can be found here.


Where do I find information about internet/laptop access, food resources, temporary housing, or storage needs?

There is a GVSU coronavirus student resource page on the university's primary coronavirus information site that provides answers to these questions.


How can I get internet access for online courses at my permanent residence?

Many internet providers offer low-cost high-speed access. Please contact your local internet provider. If your provider is Comcast/Xfinity, customers who are eligible for their "Internet Essentials" service can get two months free. Details are available at https://internetessentials.com/ Students, faculty and staff who live in the Grand Rapids area and don't have reliable internet service can use Grand Valley's WiFi network by parking in pay-to-park spaces in the Eberhard Center lot and accessing university WiFi. GVSU credentials are required. Students from any other public university in Michigan may use the internet as well, by connecting to the EDUROAM network and using their campus credentials.


Where can I get support if I do not have a laptop?

If you have special circumstances, please contact our Financial Aid office 616-331-3234 or finaid@gvsu.edu. Our caring staff will work with your individual circumstances to support your plans. Students wishing to check out a computer should look for information at https://gvsu.edu/library/computerloan.

What if I have more questions?

For more information on how Grand Valley is addressing the COVID-19 virus and supporting our students please visit gvsu.edu/coronavirus. Grand Valley is also available to provide individual support. Contact admissions@gvsu.edu or call 616-331-2025 and you will be directed to the appropriate office or staff member to answer your question(s).

Meet Rainesha, a GVSU transfer from Bowling Green

Meet Rainesha Williams-Fox, one of our transfer student spotlights from Bowling Green.

"Grand Valley made it very easy for me to transfer and be welcomed into the institution. Their admissions counselor actually reached out to me — Financial Aid reached out to me — to make sure I was OK."

– Rainesha Williams-Fox
  Criminal Justice major