Graduate Student Orientation - Fall 2014

The next Graduate Student Orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 20, 2014

This orientation is intended to supplement any academic program orientation that you may be expected to attend. The goal is to provide an opportunity for new graduate students to become acquainted with the available services and resources, meet new people, and take care of related business, including schedule adjustments or payments, obtaining a photo ID, purchasing textbooks, etc.  

While all new graduate students are invited, those who will be taking classes at the Allendale or Grand Rapids locations, along with those who have not previously attended Grand Valley have found the general orientation to be very helpful.

Please note that invitations will be sent to all new graduate students in the Fall. Please contact us at 616.331.7220 if you have any questions. 

Agenda (subject to change)

New Graduate Student Presentation: Provides an introduction and overview of services and resources available to graduate students. To accommodate your needs, you can attend either of the two sessions. Additionally, if you have previously attended Grand Valley State University as an undergraduate, you need only attend the first half of the program  

2 PM to 4 PM

6 PM to 8 PM  

Resource Fair. Features representatives from 20 GVSU departments and area agencies along with tasty refreshments.

4 PM to 6 PM   


Loosemore Auditorium 
DeVos Center, Building E 
Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus 
401 Fulton Street West, Grand Rapids 


Why should you attend?

¨ Learn about graduate programs, services, and resources 

¨ Familiarize yourself with our online library catalog, database searches, and how to access assigned class readings

¨ Learn how to access and navigate the University's web site, email system, and Blackboard course ware.

¨ Learn about parking, free bus services, and campus dining options.


Presentations from the most recent orientation for new graduate students:

Dean Potteiger's Welcome

Getting the most from your Graduate Education

Center for Scholarly and Creative Excellence

Graduate Student Association (GSA)

Information Technology

University Libraries


  Last Modified Date: October 14, 2014
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