Admitted Undergraduate Students

Welcome to Grand Valley!

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

ADMITTED STUDENT CHECKLIST

Advising & Registration
Advising & Registration

Sign up for Advising & Registration by June 1 to be guaranteed a place in the freshman class.

Enrollment Information
Enrollment Information

Review the Enrollment Info Brochure

Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions

Find answers to questions you may have.


Housing
Housing

Submit your $150 deposit by June 1 to be guaranteed housing on campus.

Financial Aid
Financial Aid

Apply between October 1 and the priority deadline of March 1 for maximum consideration.

Prepare for Advising & Registration
Prepare for Advising & Registration

Review the steps and take any necessary placement exams.

Parent & Supporter Orientation
Parent & Supporter Orientation

Parents/Supporters can learn more about their student's Advising & Registration session and get questions answered.


First-Year Learning Community
First-Year Learning Community

Determine your interest in the First-Year Learning Community, and sign up online.

Review our Move-In Guide
Review our Move-In Guide

Move-in dates and instructions will be made available to you by e-mail.

Make your Tuition Payment
Make your Tuition Payment

Grand Valley's Student Accounts Office handles the billing for Grand Valley related expenses.

*Final high school transcript and all college transcripts must be submitted.


Frequently Asked Questions

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.  


How will parents who missed Orientation be able to get the information they need to support their students? 

Your Orientation experience does not have to correspond with your student's Advising & Registration date. Feel free to explore this website, video presentations, virtual Q&A sessions, and other orientation components on your own time, at your own pace on the Parent and Supporter Orientation webpage.


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 and plan on attending. We will be in communication with incoming students as the summer progresses.


When can we register for the Asian Student Orientation, Black Excellence Orientation, Laker Familia Orientation, or Native American Student Orientation?

The Division of Inclusion and Equity is planning for a number of orientation programs that make you feel at home on day one, which will be August 23. Registration is open for the Asian Student Orientation, Black Excellence Orientation, Laker Familia Orientation, and Native American Student Orientation. Students should have received invitations on May 6. Organizers are planning for multiple scenarios that will respond to health and safety guidelines, including a regular in-person experience, smaller group in-person experiences, virtual experiences, and/or a hybrid of a virtual and in-person experiences. Contact oma@gvsu.edu if you have questions.

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 during the last part of senior year. 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.

What are professors doing to prepare for this fall if classes will be all online?

The university is planning now for whatever health guidance goes into effect for this fall. Faculty members are participating in professional development opportunities that incorporate best practices for teaching and learning in an online environment. Our faculty are dedicated experts in their field and put students at the center of all that they do.


I do not feel comfortable taking online classes. What resources are available to support me if this is the only option?

If the university is required by health guidelines to only offer online classes, all students have access to the Student Academic Support Center. The student success coaches will be able to help you navigate the online learning environment to help you succeed. In addition, all students have a professional and an academic advisor to help with their pathways to successfully earning a degree. These advisors can help you determine the right course of action to take, regardless of course delivery mode. Other resources available to you include online tutoring and library support.


What academic policies are in place if classes continue to be online?

The university has academic policies that accommodate individual student circumstances. A student may apply to take courses credit/no credit (requiring a student to earn a C or better to receive credit for the class). In addition, a student who does not feel they are able to complete a course, may request a grade of Incomplete and finish the assignments the following semester. If you are ever in a situation that you feel is not conducive to your educational progress, the most important thing you can do is to contact your faculty or an advisor. 


If learning is virtual in the fall, what plans do you have to ensure academic support is provided to students?

Many supports are available, including:


Will study abroad be available in the fall?

The Padnos International Center has suspended all 2020 Winter, Spring/Summer, and Fall study abroad programs. All current and future study abroad participants should monitor their GVSU email for updates. Students wishing to look for alternative future programs abroad are encouraged to contact Padnos International Center to explore options. Check out PIC website for a virtual advising appointment or virtual walk-in meeting.


What if I need a credit-bearing work or service experience for my program?

We are uncertain whether internships/clinicals beginning this spring/summer and beyond will take place yet – it’s all dependent on the status of the pandemic, what types of statewide orders are in place, and the status of companies/organizations coming out of the shutdown.

For programs where field work is required by accreditation (e.g. many health programs, nursing, education, social work, etc.):

  • Accreditation agencies are beginning to provide guidance, and many are allowing some combination of reduced work hours, simulation/virtual experiences, standard patients, faculty-led practice, faculty-led field experiences, or extended hours upon return.
  • Accrediting agencies will not allow a complete waiver of clinical/work experiences in most fields.
  • Students should consult with their program advisor to determine options.

For programs where field work is required but not by accreditation (e.g. engineering, computer science, business, communications, HTM, etc.):

  • Programs will work to adjust the requirements, adjust the number of hours/length, or provide an alternative experience/course. Each program will determine its own approach – there is not one university-determined approach.
  • Students should consult with their program advisor to determine options.
  • GVSU is committed to not delaying graduation if at all possible.
     

I need help with my internship or job search. What resources are available to me?

The GVSU Career Center is available to provide support with your job search and your academic program has information about internships. Faculty members can often be a resource as well. Handshake provides access to internships and co-ops as well as on-campus, part-time and professional jobs posted by employers looking to hire GVSU students and alumni. Login to Handshake. Contact the Career Center at (616) 331-6708 or Student Employment at (616) 331-3238 if you have questions.

How do you ensure a highly engaged and impactful first-year 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.

Is there a plan to help students If they feel they missed content in high school?

During Advising & Registration, faculty and staff will be available to discuss the best option for your individual needs. Tutoring in all disciplines is available to all students at no extra charge. The Student Academic Support Center provides many opportunities to help you make the transition to college-level study. 


Are pass/fail grades for my senior year or semester going to affect my admissions or scholarship decision?

No, the university is allowing the greatest amount of flexibility.


Are there any changes to transcript submittal requirements for first-year students? My son's high school is not providing grades for the last quarter.

High school seniors must request a final high school transcript from their high school and have it sent directly to the GVSU Admissions Office. The transcript must contain the date of graduation. GVSU will continue to use the final high school grade point average calculated by the high school (on a 4 pt. scale). We understand that Credit/No Credit or Pass/Fail is being utilized by many schools during this time. Most high schools do allow you to send a transcript electronically, so please check your high school website for details or contact the high school counselor for specific details.


Can I delay my enrollment and take a gap year? Will my scholarships still be available?

If you are considering this option, you will want to check with Admissions and Financial Aid about how this may impact your scholarships and financial aid. 


If everything is online learning, should I sign up for classes at my local community college? Is there an advantage to taking classes at GVSU vs the community college?

Getting started here at Grand Valley allows you the best pathway forward to graduation. We have a commitment to a small faculty-to-student ratio that will help you achieve the excellent education that brought you to GVSU. Our faculty are trained in teaching in an online environment. The sooner you are a Laker, the sooner you will realize your goals. 


I have not yet applied to Grand Valley but am from West Michigan and interested in staying close to home. Am I still able to apply and what information should I consider?

Grand Valley continues to accept applicants for the fall semester. If you would like to meet with an admissions counselor about attending in fall, please email admissions@gvsu.edu so that we can talk you through the application steps. You may also simply complete your application for admissions online at www.gvsu.edu/apply.

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 https://www.gvsu.edu/admissions/transfer-resources-14.htm

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).


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