F.A.Q.s

It's only natural to have a lot of questions when you're considering returning to college, so we've listed out answers to some of the most common questions, but don't hesitate to call our office with other questions you might have!

1. Will I fit in to the College environment at GVSU?

Adult students are often leaders in the classroom.  We hear often from faculty how much they enjoy having classes with adult students for the experiences and conversations they bring.  Approximately 18% of our students are non-traditional students (24 and over, veterans, parents, attending part time), so you'll fit in and find where your community here at GVSU. 

2. How long will it take me to finish my degree?

That depends on your unique situation, including how many classes you're interested in taking each semester (we offer part time and full time study) and how many credits you may have accumulated on your educational journey.

We recommend you meet with our academic advisor and bring along unofficial copies your transcripts that include any credits you may have earned along the way. 

Typically, a bachelors degree requires 120 credits, In general, students who work full-time or who have significant responsibilities at home are most comfortable with a part-time schedule, taking two courses (6-8 credits) at a time. If a student enrolls in two courses every fall, winter, and spring/summer semester he/she will likely earn about 18 credits per year. Since the Bachelor's Degree requires a minimum of 120 credits, it will take a part-time student about seven years to graduate from GVSU. A full-time student can usually complete the Bachelor's Degree in four years.  Come talk to us and you might find that you're already well on your way! 

3. I took classes at a different university - will they transfer in?

GVSU accepts coursework from many in-state and out-of-state institutions. If you're interested in seeing what course work may transfer, we encourage you to make an appointment with our advisor and bring copies of unofficial transcripts. If you're transferring and would like to look on your own to see how your credits transfer you can do that here: http://www.gvsu.edu/studentapps/mtn/

4. I took classes at GVSU a long time ago - do these credits expire?

The credits you’ve earned at GVSU remain on your transcript! If you’ve completed additional course work at another institution, our advisors can assist you in transferring those credits into GVSU.

5. How much is this going to cost and how can I pay for it?

Grand Valley costs much less than other public universities of comparable quality — and has been named one of America’s 100 Best College Buys for 17 years in a row. We know Grand Valley tuition is a real investment, and we’re sensitive to actual family budgets. We have various forms of financial aid available including scholarships, grants, loans, payment plans, and convenient plans for working with employers who provide educational benefits. You can see our current tuition and fees here and find more details on scholarships and employer deferment plans here

6. Do you offer childcare on Campus?

There is some childcare offered through the Children's Enrichment Center at our Allendale Campus.

7. Can I get credit for my life and work experience?

There are several ways you can earn credit or show expertise for experiences and knowledge you have.

  • Challenge exams - we have internal challenge exams for several different areas including math and language
  • Credit by exam through CLEP and DSST
  • Evaluation and credit of military coursework


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