Welcome to Advising at Grand Valley

Message from Dr. Suzeanne Benet, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs

Welcome to the University-wide Academic Advising Website. Academic advising is a critical partner in fostering your success at GVSU and beyond GVSU as you transition into a career, graduate school, or wherever your choices and opportunities lead you. This site contains important information about academic advising resources available at GVSU. In addition, you can link to resources across the University to help explore academic majors and careers, find important student support services, and connect with important academic advising tools.

I encourage you to explore the links in this website to learn more about how Academic Advising can help you toward achieving your goals. I also encourage you to visit a professional advisor periodically (at least once a year), so they can help you map out your best path for completing all degree requirements. Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are encouraged and supported as they develop the skills necessary to take responsibility for their own development and success. Your advisor will provide accurate and timely information regarding academic requirements, university resources, and opportunities to develop critical thinking skills that will enrich your college experience.

Dr. Suzeanne Benet


What is Advising?

Grand Valley State University recognizes that advising is an integral part of a college education. The advising process establishes a collaborative relationship between student and advisor in which the student feels a sense of connection, support, and guidance. Effective advising is developmental. It responds to, and creates, growth and change within the student. Advising encourages students to think critically, seek out resources, and develop action plans. It provides students with the information and encouragement they need to take personal responsibility for exploring options and making decisions. Ultimately, advising allows each student to achieve a meaningful and successful educational experience.

HOW TO MAKE ADVISING WORK

  • Determine the name and location of your academic advisor or advising center.
  • Make an appointment with your academic advisor during your first semester.
  • Prepare a list of questions and topics of discussion for your advisor.
  • Read advising emails sent to you throughout the semester.
  • Become familiar with the academic calendar and GVSU policies and procedures.
  • Know how to calculate your grade point average.
  • Review your next semester schedule and develop an academic plan for the next registration cycle.
  • Learn how to read your GVSU myPath in myBanner and be able to use the "what if" option.
  • Become familiar with your learning style and study skills.
  • Get to know at least one faculty member.