Welcome to GVSU!


Additional Resources for First Year Students

  • AP Credit By Exam Guide
    • You must earn a 3 or better to receive AP credit as indicated on the guide. 
    • You will need to send the official score report directly to GVSU for credit to be applied. This does not happen automatically from your high school. You must request the report directly. 
    • If you attend freshman orientation prior to scores being received we will assume successful scores. We will contact you later in the summer after scores are received if you need to make adjustments to your schedule. Work with the advisors at your orientation session to understand what credit you may receive. 
    • You may only count a maximum of 32 credit hours of AP credit toward your GVSU degree.
  • Transfer Course Equivalency Guide
    • Dual Enrollment credits at a community college or university are treated like transfer credits
    • You must submit an official transcript from that institution directly to GVSU. This is not done automatically or by your school. 
    • Send the transcripts prior to your freshman orientation session for the best advising at your orientation session. If you can't send your transcripts come prepared with a list of the classes you have completed (course numbers/titles and grades) so that you receive appropriate advising at your orientation. 
    • You must have a 2.000 cumulative transfer GPA or better for courses with a D or better grade to transfer for credit per the equivalency guide

Additional Resources for Transfer Students

  • Transfer Course Equivalency Guide
    • You must submit an official transcript from that institution directly to GVSU. This is not done automatically or by your school. 
    • Send the transcripts prior to your scheduled transfer orientation session for the best advising information from our staff. If you can't send your transcripts come prepared with a list of the classes you have completed (course numbers/titles and grades) so that you receive appropriate advising at your orientation. 
    • You must have a 2.000 cumulative transfer GPA or better for courses with a D or better grade to transfer for credit per the equivalency guide
  • All transfer students (community college and other 4-year schools) should also work with the GVSU admissions office to ensure you are aware of what you need to do to be admitted to GVSU. Your completed application must be submitted 30 days prior to the beginning of the semester you wish to enroll for. However, you should plan to apply well in advance of this deadline to ensure you are able to register for classes in a timely way or meet posted scholarship deadlines.
  • Upon admission to GVSU  you will receive information about Transfer Student Orientation & Registration (TSOR). CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center staff will coordinate these sessions to assist you with reviewing your transfer work and to make appropriate schedule selections for your first year at GVSU.

If you have scheduled your TSOR session, view additional information for CCPS students to prepare for your TSOR session


Transitioning

Few transitions in life are totally seamless. Shifting from high school or community college to a four-year comprehensive university like GVSU can bring about some difficult adjustments, including academic ones. But there are plenty of things you can discuss as a family in advance of your student's arrival to GVSU that will significantly ease her/his academic transition. Review our 7 Habits for Academic Success for some discussion items for your family.

Other things to do:

How family members can help:

•Encourage your student to establish strong relationships with advisors and faculty.

•Maintain open communication about grades and academic progress. GVSU provides mid-term grade reports to all entering GVSU students in mid-October and early-March.

•Celebrate your student's victories, and encourage him or her to seek out help when difficulties arise.

•Encourage your student to get involved in student organizations. This provides another connection to the University and career-related skills.

•Although it may seem helpful, please refrain from doing any of these things for your student. Instead, help your student focus on his or her own abilities and direct them to seek the assistance they need.

•Connect with the GVSU Family Association for more ways to get involved! They also have many resources and information for families on their webpage!

 

Resources for First Generation College Students & Parents:

(these are external sites and are not affiliated with GVSU)



Page last modified May 16, 2017