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Frequently Asked Questions

Do I need to register for Transitions?
No. New students that register for classes at summer orientation are automatically registered for Transitions.  There is no fee for participating.

Do I need a parking permit? Where do I park?
First year students who live off campus (commuter students) will not need a parking permit for the Transitions program, however, please note that commuter student must park in designated commuter lots (Park in lots: C, G, H, K-west).  Refer to the student commuter parking regulations). Parking regulations are enforced when classes begin.  

How do new students know which group they are in?
If you live off campus (commuter student), you will check in on Wednesday at the blue and white tents located near Kindschi Hall of Science and the Fieldhouse.
If you are a residential student, your Transitions Leader will meet you in your Living Center.
Once the groups have been formed, you will be provided with locations and times to meet your group on Thursday and Friday.

Where will we be each day?
The Transitions program helps students get to know the Allendale campus through meeting in several different places on campus.  Groups will be assigned to meet in a classroom location and will also travel the the Fieldhouse arena for several components of the program.  Refer to the general schedule.  If you ever get separated from your group during Transitions, call or visit the 2020 Information Desk (616-331-2020, Kirkhof Center Lobby).

What should I wear?
Casual clothes are fine (your favorite GVSU t-shirt is perfect!). Dress for the weather (usually HOT) and walking around campus.

Will there be an area to keep my belongings?
No, there will not be a designated area to leave your belongings during the Transitions Program. It is advised, particularly for Wednesday night, not to bring valuables (including purses, since students will be moving around the Fieldhouse arena).  On Thursday and Friday, students will be traveling to and from various buildings so we encourage you to keep belongings you bring to a minimum. 

Are there other events happening besides Transitions?
Yes, there will be a number of events throughout the week, Laker Welcome. Some events will be academic focused while others will be social. A schedule of the Laker Welcome Events can be found on the Transitions website and you may also refer to  

Will we get to eat?
Lunch is provided on Thursday during the Transitions Program and Friday during the All Campus Picnic, however if you have a meal card your card will be charged for the meals. Commuter students will additionally be provided with a meal on Thursday evening.

What if I cannot attend Wednesday night, how do I know where to meet my group?
If you arrive on Thursday, please go directly to the Fieldhouse Arena at 9:30 a.m. and locate a member of the Transitions staff.  We will place you in a small group at that time.  
If you arrive on Friday, please go directly to the 2020 Information Desk in the Kirkhof Center (first level) at 8:30am and we will place you in a small group.  

What if I need accommodations to participate in Transitions?
Contact us via e-mail at 2 weeks prior to the Transitions Program.

What if I have more questions about Transitions?
Contact us via e-mail at

Who coordinates Transitions?
Transitions is coordinated by staff members in the Office of Student Life in collaboration with various campus departments.