Preparing for Freshman Orientation

The following items are steps you can take in order to prepare for your Freshman Orientation.

Send official transcripts from all colleges you may have attended, including dual enrollment or middle college courses.

Contact your institution and request they send an official transcript to:

Registrar's Office 
150 Student Services
1 Campus Drive 
Allendale, MI 49401

If the institution you attended sends electronic transcripts, you can request they send your official electronic transcripts to Grand Valley at: [email protected].

If your math placement is anything other than “MTH 122 & MTH 123 Fulfilled”, you can and should try to update your placement by taking one or more online proficiency tests. You should take your test(s) at least 4 weeks prior to your registration appointment.  New students are automatically added to the testing system upon registering for orientation.

More information about Math proficiency tests is available. If you plan to take a math placement exam, please do so at least 4 weeks prior to attending your Orientation.

Because language study is required for all Bachelor of Arts degrees, as well as several additional programs of study, students who have previously studied a modern or classical language are strongly encouraged to take the language placement evaluation to find where to begin their language study. Please complete any language placement evaluations by four weeks before your Freshman Orientation session. Information about foreign language offerings and how to make arrangements for a language placement evaluation before your registration can be found.

Consider your options for your first-year writing course. Further information regarding writing course options.

Become familiar with the general education requirements. Course descriptions and requirement information can be found here. Meijer Honors College students: please see Honors College specific curriculum requirements.  

Preview the fall and winter class schedule. Your advisor will help you select and register for classes at your Freshman Orientation session.

For an extended list of majors offered at Grand Valley State University, visit our academic programs page.

New Student Enrollment Information

Review our Enrollment Information guide for additional important information

Page last modified January 19, 2023