2023-2024 Undergraduate & Graduate Catalog
Student Life and Services
- Student Services
- Athletics, Intercollegiate
- Barbara and Stuart Padnos International Center
- Career and Employment Resources
- Computer Support
- Division of Inclusion and Equity
- Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
- Disability Support Resources
- Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
- Inclusion and Equity Institute
- Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity
- Milton E. Ford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
- Office of Multicultural Affairs
- Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute
- Veterans Upward Bound
- Student Life
- Division of Student Affairs
- Children's Enrichment Center
- Dean of Students Office
- Housing and Residence Life and Dining
- Office of Student Life
- Recreation and Wellness
- Russel H. Kirkhof Center
- Student Health Services
- University Counseling Center
- Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Services
- Grand Valley Department of Public Safety
- GVSU Laker Store
- Military and Veterans Resource Center
- Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
- Transportation Services
Grand Valley is a member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Membership in the GLIAC includes Davenport, Ferris, Grand Valley, Lake Superior, Michigan Tech, Northern Michigan, Purdue Northwest, Saginaw Valley, Wayne State, and Wisconsin-Parkside. Grand Valley is also a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA Division II).
Since the creation of the GLIAC in 1972, Grand Valley has won the President's Cup, the conference all-sports trophy, 29 times. In the past 20 years, Grand Valley has placed as a top two finisher, including 15 titles, in the Directors' Cup, the NCAA Division II all-sports trophy and symbol of athletic excellence. Grand Valley's men's teams have won conference championships in football 17 times; basketball, nine; baseball, 20; wrestling, six; tennis, one; golf, eight; indoor track, 18; swimming and diving, eight; outdoor track, 13; and cross-country, 17.
In women's sports, Grand Valley has won championships in basketball eight times; cross-country, 19; soccer, 14; softball, 16; tennis, four; volleyball, 10; swimming and diving, three; indoor track, 20; outdoor track, 20; women's lacrosse, four; and golf, 15.
Grand Valley's teams have earned 28 national championships as follows: men's football, four; men's cross-country, one; women's basketball, one; women's cross-country, six; women's indoor track, two; women's outdoor track, two; women's soccer, six; and women's volleyball, one.
Scholarships are offered in all men's and women's sports.
Grand Valley competes in 21 sports, including men's baseball, basketball, cross-country, football, golf, swimming and diving, wrestling, tennis, and indoor and outdoor track, as well as women's basketball, cross-country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, indoor and outdoor track, and volleyball.
Barbara and Stuart Padnos International Center
Grand Valley's mission, values, and vision statement includes references to educating students in the global community beyond Michigan or the U.S. Grand Valley recognizes that a foundation to a strong university education includes an understanding of other cultures as well as a global vision. The mission of the Padnos International Center is to engage the university community in meaningful international experiences, which foster an appreciation and awareness of diverse cultures, people, and ideas.
New populations, environmental challenges, and global interdependence add to the agenda for global competency skills. Individuals, businesses, agencies, and organizations need employees who are culturally and linguistically capable. Second-language fluency and the ability to work with various cultures are critical to the future of West Michigan.
The Padnos International Center is the centralized unit that leads and supports international education efforts across the entire university. The center welcomes, orients, and supports international students at Grand Valley, whether they are pursuing degrees or are studying for a short-term exchange. Education abroad activities, including study abroad, internships abroad, and other academic, credit-earning experiences outside the U.S. are coordinated or supported by the unit, with the input and advice of the faculty governance advisory body, the International Education Committee (IEC).
The Padnos International Center supports internationalization through coordination of international institutional partnerships and exchanges, grants for faculty and staff activities in cooperation with counterparts at partner institutions, by supporting faculty Fulbright Core Scholar awards, and by hosting the Peace Corps campus recruiting office for the West Michigan area.
International Partnership Agreements
Partnerships with overseas institutions create meaningful opportunities for students, faculty members, and staff members and allow for educational and living experiences in other nations. Partnerships also increase the presence of international students and faculty at Grand Valley. Currently, Grand Valley has institution-to-institution agreements with the following institutions, which offer a variety of study abroad opportunities for students:
Austria: FH Joanneum University of Applied Sciences, Graz
Australia: University of the Sunshine Coast, Queensland; Macquarie University, Sydney
China: East China Normal University, Shanghai
Chile: Universidad del Bío Bío, Chillan and Concepcion
England: Kingston University, Kingston-on-Thames; University of Brighton, Brighton
France: Groupe ESC Grenoble, Grenoble; L'Ecole Superieure Des Sciences Commerciales of Angers l'Universite, Angers; Catholique de L'Ouest, Angers
Germany: Duale Hochschule Baden Wurttemberg, Mosbach; Padagogische Hochschule Schwabisch Gmund Fakultaet I, Schwabish Gmund
Ghana: University of Cape Coast
Italy: Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Perugia
Japan: International Christian University, Mitaka; Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu
Mexico: Universidad de las Americas-Puebla
Poland: Cracow University of Economics, Cracow
Romania: Babes-Bolyai University
Spain: Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Madrid
South Korea: Seoul National University of Science and Technology, Seoul
Switzerland: Zurich University of Applied Sciences, Winterthur
Taiwan: National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei
Turkey: Middle East Technical University, Ankara
Japan Center for Michigan Universities (JCMU), Hikone, Japan
Consortium for Overseas Student Teaching (COST), various locations
Academic Programs International (API), various locations
American Institute for Foreign Studies (AIFS), various locations
Council on International Education Exchange (CIEE), various locations
Cultural Experiences Abroad (CEA), various locations
Edge Hill University (EHU), Ormskirk, England
European Study Abroad (EUSA), various locations
Global Experiences, various locations
Global Semesters, various locations
Hellenic International Studies of the Arts (HISA), Paros, Greece
International Studies Abroad (ISA), various locations
Roehampton University, London, United Kingdom
Sol Education Abroad, various locations
University of Deusto (CIDE), Bilbao, Spain
University Studies Abroad Consortium (USAC), various locations
International Student Services Program
Grand Valley recognizes the importance of international students to the campus community. Accordingly, the program serves as the organizer, promoter, and facilitator of various cross-cultural exchange activities. Also, the program provides support services that include extensive orientation, cross-cultural adjustment seminars, housing assistance, and oversees immigration regulations and work authorization.
The Padnos International Center (PIC) supports the academic programs in all departments, divisions, and schools by offering and coordinating study abroad opportunities in countries around the world. Semester and year-long academic programs are available to all degree-seeking students in all academic majors and minors.
Grand Valley offers various scholarship and grant opportunities, including the Barbara H. Padnos Study Abroad Scholarship (year-long study with preference given to majors in the arts and humanities), The Mark A. and Elizabeth E. Murray Study Abroad Scholarship (related to financial need), the PIC Study Abroad Grant (open to both graduate and undergraduate students), and the faculty-led grant (for students participating in a faculty-led program). The Padnos International Center also maintains a roster of other scholarships and grants for study abroad.
The Padnos International Center maintains a fully staffed resource room, where students can explore participation in overseas opportunities throughout the world. Guidance, enrollment support, financial aid coordination, and credit transfers are services offered by PIC staff members. Students are encouraged to visit the center's resource room early in their academic studies, so that appropriate planning can be undertaken.
International Studies 380 is the special topics course in which students enroll when they study abroad. Students on study abroad programs enroll in this "placeholder'' course until the transcript arrives from the overseas institution, at which time the course is converted to an equivalent Grand Valley course (replacing IS 380 on the transcript). In cases where there is no comparable Grand Valley course, the original IS 380, with an appropriate subtitle, remains on the transcript. Students may enroll in one to 16 credits of IS 380 per academic term, if approved for study abroad through an application process administered by the Padnos International Center.
International Studies 680 is similar to IS 380, but serves the role of placeholder for graduate credit, for Grand Valley graduate students participating in study abroad programs.
Students can acquire international experience through a variety of short-term, Grand Valley-sponsored programs, generally led by Grand Valley faculty members. GVSU out-of-state and international students pay tuition at in-state rate plus $25 per credit for these programs. There are more than 50 programs with 27 to 30 offered per year. Summer programs may include the following.
Austria: Vienna and Czech Republic, Prague, and Ostrava: Music
Belize: San Ignacio, Master's of Clinical Dietetics
Chile: Chillán, TRIO
China: Shanghai, Summer School; Nanjing, Chinese Modern Languages and Literature; Costa Rica: San Jose, Hospitality Tourism Management
Dominican Republic: Santiago, Movement Science; Santo Domingo, Spanish Modern Languages and Literature
Ecuador: Ibarra, Occupational Therapy; Quito, Biology
El Salvador: San Salvador and Santa Marta, and Santiago, Guatemala, Social Work
France: Paris and Bordeaux, Intensive French, Modern Languages and Literature
Germany: Schwäbisch Gmünd, German Modern Languages and Literature
Guatemala: Zacapa, Occupational Therapy
Ghana: Accra, Social Work; Cape Coast, Nursing; Cape Coast, English; Winneba, Honors
Haiti: Deschapelles, Honors
Ireland: Dublin and Galway, Social Work
Israel: Tell es-Safi/Gath, Anthropology; Jerusalem, Honors
Japan: Tokyo & Osaka, Japanese Modern Languages and Literature
Namibia: Windhoek, African/African American studies, History, Hospitality Tourism Management
Netherlands: Maastricht, English Education; Meppel, Geography, Sociology, Public Administration
South Africa: Cape Town, Women and Gender Studies; Hoedspruit (Kruger National Park), Biology; Cape Town, Writing
Spain: Ourense, Teacher Assisting; Ourense, Education; Ourense, Madrid, Santiago de Compostela, Intercultural Communication, Service Learning and GVSU Laker Athletics; Seville, Spanish Modern Languages and Literature
Switzerland: Zurich, Computer Information Systems
Tanzania: Arusha, Teaching, Learning and Culture
Ukraine: Borshchiv, Anthropology
United Kingdom: London, Communication; London, Art; London, Anthropology; Ormskirk, English; Derry and Belfast U.K. Northern Ireland, Psychology
GVSU Internship Programs
Madrid, Spain: (Two tracks, Spanish for all majors and internships in English for engineering and computer science majors)
Paris, France (French-speaking internships)
Prague, Czech Republic; London, U.K.; Dublin, Ireland, English-speaking internships in all disciplines.
PIC assists students with their plans and participation in these programs. It coordinates programs with the financial aid and registrar's offices to ensure academic credit and financial aid for program participation. It also maintains a comprehensive file of authorized international study programs throughout the world, assists with the coordination of faculty exchanges, and provides information on opportunities for research, teaching, and working abroad.
The Padnos International Center organizes various academic activities, including lecture series, break roundtables, conversation series, and research forums during fall and winter semesters.
For more information, visit the Padnos International Center at 130 Lake Ontario Hall or call (616) 331-3898.
Career and Employment Resources
The Career Center helps you explore career options, develop short- and long-term career plans, and connect with employers and professionals in your field of study. Through a variety of programs and one-on-one appointments, we can help you develop strategies that will lead to meaningful careers.
Career Center advisors work with undergraduate students, graduate students, and alumni to determine their interests and values as they relate to career choices and provide career guidance or job/internship search assistance.
- Career testing and self-assessment
- Career planning
- Career and major exploration
- Graduate and professional school exploration
- Internships and cooperative education
- Interviewing and resume/cover letter writing skills
- Job and internship search strategies
- Networking strategies
Appointments, both in person and virtually, can be requested through our online posting system, Handshake, or you can call or stop by one of our two primary locations: 200 Lubbers Student Services Center and 101B DeVos Center, (616) 331-3311, [email protected]. Drop-in sessions are also available in our CareerLab, a peer-to-peer program in both office locations, as well as virtually, for individual consultation without an appointment during fall and winter academic sessions. You are encouraged to bring a copy of your résumé, your laptop, and stay as long as you need. Services are also available at the L. William Seidman Center, L.V. Eberhard Center, and at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences in Grand Rapids, as well as the Traverse City Regional Center by appointment. Visit our website at gvsu.edu/careers.
Handshake is an online job search tool for students and alumni that contains thousands of internships, part- and full-time career opportunities, as well as volunteer opportunities with Grand Valley partners. New opportunities are posted daily, and the tool is free to use.
Login with your GVSU network ID and password online at gvsu.edu/handshake.
You can also use Handshake for any of the following:
- Get information on and register for upcoming career fairs, workshops, and information sessions.
- Participate in on-campus interviews.
- Make your résumé available to employers through résumé books.
- Receive notification of opportunities that fit your preferences.
- Research employers who recruit at Grand Valley.
- Schedule career advising appointments.
PathwayU is a free, personalized career and education planning tool. It is designed to help you explore careers and majors by identifying those that best fit your career interests, values, personality, and skills. From the results, you can explore in-depth information related to specific careers.
Create an account at gvsu.edu/careers/pathwayu.
Engaging with employers early and throughout a student's college career is critical to successful career development, along with gaining experience, and obtaining postgraduate employment. The Career Center has dedicated resources to help you discover and nurture local, regional, and national employer connections. This is done through on- and off-campus events offering opportunities to meet and network with a wide variety of employers.
Employment Statistics for 2021-2022
Grand Valley State University is focused on ways to enhance the success of our graduates, with success defined as advancing graduates to the next step along the career path of their choice. For students whose immediate postgraduation plans are to enter the workforce, success is securing a paid position that allows them to advance toward their long-term career goals. For students whose career choice requires an advanced degree, success is gaining admission to graduate or professional school. For other students, the next step may be military service, volunteer work, a focus on family, or some other activity that is unique to achieving their chosen personal and professional goals. It is important for the university to get feedback on how we are doing in preparing students for success in achieving their postgraduation plans. One source of feedback is responses to our annual First Destination Survey.
Results of this survey show a destination rate of 90 percent for 2021-2022 Grand Valley graduates. The destination rate refers to graduates who report a primary status of employed full-time, employed part-time, continuing education, volunteer service, military service, or not seeking employment.
A breakdown of placement rates by academic college at Grand Valley is as follows. For more detailed information on reported statistics or assistance with preparation for the employment search, please contact the Career Center at [email protected] or (616) 331-3311.
Destination Rate By College
Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
College of Education and Community Innovation
College of Health Professions
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
Kirkhof College of Nursing
Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Seidman College of Business
*Based on sample size less than 10.
Internships, Cooperative Education, and Experiential Education Programs
Grand Valley employer partners agree students benefit from having career-related experience in addition to a college degree. The Career Center provides assistance in preparing for and obtaining internships and other meaningful work experiences.
An internship is a supervised work experience directly related to an academic discipline taking place outside of the classroom and directed by a field supervisor. An internship typically lasts one semester, may be full- or part-time, a paid or unpaid work experience, and may be completed for-credit or not-for-credit.
Cooperative Education (co-op)
A co-op is a specific type of work training experience in which students have at least two full- or part-time supervised and paid work experiences related to their major, each lasting at least one semester. The co-op program is specifically designated as such by the academic department.
In addition to the possibility of earning college credit, internships/co-ops provide opportunities to learn new skills and apply learned theory to the world of work. Other benefits include exploring available career options, developing realistic career goals and expectations, building relationships with professionals and employers, gaining career-related experience, supplementing grades, and receiving possible employment offers or recommendations for future employment.
Academic Requirements and Credits
Each academic department determines the academic requirements for internships and cooperative education experiences. Unless an academic department requires completion of an internship/co-op, it is up to individual students to decide whether or not they wish to pursue receiving credit for their experience; occasionally, employers require interns to receive college credit for their experience. When seeking credit for an experience, a faculty advisor within each academic department is responsible for final approval of internships/co-ops to ensure that the experience meets specific departmental criteria. A maximum of 15 internship/cooperative education credits may be applied toward graduation. The nature of the academic component of an internship/cooperative education experience is defined by the academic department. A student may not use a single work experience to generate both internship/cooperative education credit and other forms of credit, e.g., independent study credit.
Internships and co-ops may be initiated by a faculty advisor, employer, student, or the Career Center. The work setting for internships/co-ops must provide an opportunity for learning that is relevant to the student's academic field as well as a field supervisor to oversee and evaluate the work.
The length of the internship/co-op is determined prior to the beginning of the internship by the employer, the student, and the internship coordinator. An internship/cooperative education experience can be terminated prior to completion by the internship coordinator, field supervisor, or student. However, permission for course withdrawal is vested exclusively in the faculty for credit-bearing internships. In 2021-2022, there were 7,837 students who participated in some type of experiential education program.
WGVU Public Media is a multiplatform public media organization licensed to the Board of Trustees, Grand Valley State University. WGVU Public Media provides content across television, radio, and digital media, and through the community while offering hands-on experience for students in broadcasting, communications, journalism, marketing, business, and nonprofit leadership.
WGVU-TV 35/WGVU-DT 11 and WGVK-TV 52/WGVK-DT 5, West Michigan's affiliates with the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), are integral to our community's landscape. Their mission is to connect with communities using the strengths of public media to educate, inform, inspire, and entertain through quality programming and community engagement activities. It is most authoritative on topics including arts, culture, diversity, and news and public affairs, including many of the most respected educational programs for children in the country. WGVU provides the only public television, news, and emergency information for two million people living throughout 28 counties in Michigan. In addition, WGVU television offers local news, current events, arts and culture, and exploration of diversity and inclusion through our local productions. WGVU-TV programming and community outreach is made possible, in part, by donors who have generously provided financial and volunteer support since the station began broadcasting in 1972.
WGVU 88.5/95.3 FM Grand Rapids and 95.3 FM Whitehall, West Michigan's affiliates with National Public Radio (NPR), are an essential source of news and entertainment in our community. The stations broadcast NPR, PRI, and Michigan Public Radio Network news and information programs. With a solid commitment to local news, WGVU Public Media is the only local affiliate of NPR with an award-winning, Grand Rapids-based news team that offers daily local programming and interviews. WGVU radio broadcasts to more than 1.5 million West Michigan listeners. Along with news, WGVU radio produces various specialty programs that highlight and focus on the community. WGVU radio is distinctive, offering its listeners a unique music selection with locally produced jazz shows and blues programming during evenings and weekends. Radio programming and community outreach is made possible, in part, by donors who have generously provided financial and volunteer support since the station began broadcasting in 1983.
WGVU.org and wgvunews.org provide news, local information, community outreach, and local and national PBS programming. WGVU Public Media also produces and facilitates various community engagement initiatives and events throughout the year for kids, families, educators, and community partners. In addition, WGVU continues to expand its reach through new platforms, exploring digital media. WGVU's digital presence provides engaging short-form content in science, art, food and beverage, diversity, and entertainment.
Our television and radio stations provide GVSU students with employment opportunities and professional experience, as well as annual scholarship opportunities. The offices and studios are located in the Meijer Public Broadcast Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.
You can learn more at WGVU.org or by calling WGVU Public Media at (616) 331-6666 or (800) 442-2771.
Grand Valley has more than 50 instructional computer labs with Windows and Macintosh computers running more than 270 software applications. Virtual computer lab access to courseware is available through the GVSU website. In accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), accessible stations are available in most computer labs. There are more than 500 classrooms and computer labs with technology-equipped instructor stations that include a computer, LCD projector, document camera, and webcam to facilitate virtual/hybrid instruction. There is wireless connectivity in all academic buildings and housing locations. All classroom and student living areas are networked for Internet access, email, courseware, and many other student services. Digital media assistance is available to students and faculty members. Printing is available in the labs, as well as cloud printing services from on/off campus. Microsoft Office 365 is available for all students, faculty, and staff members free of charge. The Information Technology Service Desk is available to support all students, faculty, and staff members.
Division of Inclusion and Equity
Through collaboration, consultation, and leadership with students, faculty and staff members, administrators, and community partners, the Division of Inclusion and Equity advances Grand Valley's social justice framework for equity and inclusion. The division coordinates sustainable and strategic institutional efforts to engage all members of the community, while also intentionally supporting and advocating for historically underrepresented communities. The division's work furthers the university's liberal education and student-centered mission. The offices across the university fall under these primary areas:
- Affirmative action and equal employment opportunity
- Disability Support Resources
- Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
- Social justice education through the Inclusion and Equity Institute
The office of the vice president of the Division of Inclusion and Equity is located at 4015 Zumberge Hall. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-3296, visit our website at gvsu.edu/inclusion, or email us at [email protected].
Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity
The Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity (AA/EEO) office provides leadership to the campus for all facets of promoting and monitoring equal employment opportunity and the university's affirmative action program. The AA/EEO officer also monitors the implementation of the Board of Trustee's Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Policy, develops educational programs on affirmative action and equal opportunity laws, policies, and procedures, as well as issues of harassment and discrimination, and investigates and addresses related complaints. AA/EEO is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity and is located at 4015 Zumberge Hall. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-2242, visit our website at gvsu.edu/affirmative, or email us at [email protected].
Disability Support Resources
Disability Support Resources (DSR) provides support services and accommodations that enhance the environment for persons with disabilities and helps educate the university community on disability issues. The office also provides access to programs and facilities for faculty members, staff members, and students. Grand Valley promotes the full inclusion of individuals with varying abilities as part of our commitment to creating a diverse, inclusive community. It is the policy of Grand Valley to comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act as amended by the ADA Amendment Act (2008), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and other applicable federal and state laws that prohibit discrimination on the basis of disability. Grand Valley will provide reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. DSR is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity and is located at 215 The Blue Connection. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-2490, visit our website at gvsu.edu/dsr, or email us at [email protected].
Office of Civil Rights and Title IX
Office of Civil Rights and Title IX protects any person from sex-based discrimination, regardless of their real or perceived sex, gender identity, and/or gender expression. Female, male, and gender nonconforming students, faculty members, and staff members are protected from any sex-based discrimination, harassment, and violence. Grand Valley State University is committed under Title IX to address incidents involving sex-based discrimination, which includes sexual and gender-based harassment, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, stalking, and exploitation against students, faculty members, and staff members.
The office also
- ensures the university's compliance with all federal and state laws related to all civil rights;
- investigates complaints of discrimination, harassment, and sexual misconduct in accordance with university policy;
- provides consultation to university departments on accessible, equitable, and inclusive practices and processes; and
- oversees the division's strategic planning process.
The Title IX coordinator is responsible for the monitoring and oversight of the overall implementation of the university's Title IX compliance, including the coordination of training, education, communications, and the administration of grievance procedures for faculty and staff members, students, and other members of the university community. The office is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity and is located at 4015 Zumberge Hall. The Title IX coordinator and equity officer/director can be reached by calling (616) 331-9530 or emailing [email protected]. You can also visit the website at gvsu.edu/titleix.
Inclusion and Equity Institute
The Inclusion and Equity Institute (IEI) works to advance the application of Grand Valley's framework for inclusion and equity through engaging and supporting community members in efforts to cultivate capacity for building and maintaining inclusive and just communities. This office provides regularly scheduled training opportunities and fulfills requests for workshops tailored to the specific needs of a department, class, or campus group. In addition, IEI collaborates with many campus and community partners to increase knowledge and skills related to creating positive change.
The IEI is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity and is located at 3080 Zumberge Hall. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-4111, visit our website gvsu.edu/institute to request a training and view scheduled opportunities, or email us at [email protected]u.
Inclusion Services and Social Justice Centers
Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity
The mission of the Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity is to create meaningful learning about women and gender and to advocate for gender justice through the education, engagement, and empowerment of students and the greater Grand Valley community. The center creates an environment where students and faculty, staff, and community members can increase self-awareness about gender justice, connect with resources, apply skills through conducting research or internships, and perform service learning.
The center works to achieve the following:
Make connections to campus and community resources.
The center serves as a welcome starting place for any student needing assistance with personal and/or academic challenges. Staff members are trained to help connect students with those who can best assist them. The center also offers food resources, as well as personal care items, at no cost to support students dealing with food and financial insecurity. The center also offers service to students previously in foster care through the Fostering Laker Success program.
Engage the campus community in antiviolence work.
The center houses the campus victim advocate who provides resources and support for victim/survivors of gender-based violence. It collaborates with numerous campus partners to work toward ending instances of sexual assault, dating/domestic violence, and stalking. The violence prevention and education coordinator oversees campuswide violence efforts.
Provide internship and service-learning opportunities.
The center works with numerous nonprofits in the community that seek to advance gender justice. Through Activate (the Intersections social justice service- learning training system) and numerous days of service, students can make a meaningful difference by engaging with the center, campus, and community.
Foster leadership and advocacy.
The center engages students in leadership development and works with students to advocate for gender justice. This is done through the ATHENA leadership program, the ambassador program, the Gender Justice House (a living/learning residential community), Niara (a leadership program for women of color), and internship experiences in the center.
The Center for Women and Gender Equity is supported by the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach and is located at 1201 Kirkhof Center. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-2748, visit our website at gvsu.edu/cwge, or email us at [email protected].
Milton E. Ford Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) Resource Center
The Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center advocates for institutional equity, promotes community-building, and provides educational opportunities to create an informed, cohesive, and just campus where community members of diverse sexual orientations, gender identities, and gender presentations are supported and welcome.
The center's advocacy work advances Grand Valley's commitment to inclusion and equity. Using an intersectional framework, the center seeks to be a partner in creating a more equitable campus, region, and world that values social justice and centers the needs of the most vulnerable people.
The Ford LGBT Resource Center offers educational programming and community-building opportunities to help students and employees connect with each other, the center, and the university. The center offers a variety of programs throughout the year, including featured guest speakers in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Visibility, Queer Connections mentoring program, educational trainings and workshops, Lavender Graduation, and more. The center also supports four student-facilitated evening programs: First-year Queer Alliance helps first-year LGBTQIA+ and allied students develop strategies for a successful first year by creating meaningful connections to each other and the campus community. Colors of Pride is a program for LGBTQIA+ students of color where participants have an opportunity to celebrate the unique experiences of LGBTQIA+ people of color while building community and strengthening connections to each other, the LGBT Resource Center, and the university. T2 is a weekly group for transgender and nonbinary students, as well as those questioning their gender, and Ace of Clubs provides supportive space for students who identify on the asexual or aromantic spectrums.
The LGBT Resource Center is supported by the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach and is located at 1161 Kirkhof Center. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-2530, visit our website at gvsu.edu/lgbtrc, or email us at [email protected].
Office of Multicultural Affairs
The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) is committed to building an inclusive campus that promotes acceptance and appreciation of the diversity, background, and perspective of each individual. Through our signature Professionals of Color Lecture Series, cultural heritage celebrations, and social justice programs, OMA enhances student learning and development by fostering an appreciation for the history, tradition, and culture of different ethnic groups and empowering students to be active and engaged learners.
OMA also provides retention programs that engage all students, while also intentionally advocating for students from historically underrepresented communities. These programs assist students in achieving personal and academic success by promoting a smooth transition from high school to college, creating a sense of belonging, and connecting students to resources and mentors. High-impact learning outcomes are integrated into programs' activities to offer an array of opportunities for students to develop lifelong skills that will benefit their lives and careers after college.
The Office of Multicultural Affairs is supported by the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach and offers a welcoming environment with a gathering space at 1240 Kirkhof Center. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-2177, visit our website at gvsu.edu/oma, or email us at [email protected].
Sylvia and Richard Kaufman Interfaith Institute
The Kaufman Interfaith Institute at Grand Valley works to promote interfaith understanding and mutual respect in West Michigan through programs and conferences. As a community-focused organization housed at the university, the Kaufman Interfaith Institute organizes events, service opportunities, and trainings in the community and works closely with religious and nonprofit organizations in West Michigan. The Kaufman Interfaith Institute seeks to promote a vibrant and diverse community, benefiting people of all generations, through interfaith dialogue and service.
Grand Valley also provides opportunities for positive interfaith engagement around the religious, secular, and spiritual diversity of students, staff members, and faculty members. The aim of this work is to foster a campus climate inclusive of various identities and communities to ensure that students are able to develop their worldviews in an affirming environment and to promote an open and pluralist understanding of our increasingly diverse schools, workplaces, and communities.
Some of the religious and interfaith services and resources at Grand Valley:
- Faith-based, spiritual, and secular student organizations include Hillel, Mindfulness and Meditation, Muslim Students Association, and Center for Inquiry. Numerous Christian groups include Campus Ministry, Catholic Student Ministries, and many more.
- Interfaith reflection rooms located at 2243 Kirkhof Center, 309E DeVos, and 166 CHS are available as open, silent spaces for all students, staff members, and faculty members.
- Site visits to various local houses of worship in the greater Grand Rapids area.
- Ongoing opportunities for interfaith dialogue.
- Interfaith leadership conferences and workshops.
Veterans Upward Bound
Veterans Upward Bound (VUB) provides free academic support to veterans to enroll in postsecondary education (degree or vocational/technical programs) at any institution. VUB provides an academic skill-building program that is coupled with individualized attention and a flexible teaching and tutoring schedule. VUB is supported by the Division of Inclusion and Equity and a five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education.
VUB is supported by the Division of Enrollment Development and Educational Outreach and is located at 708 L.V. Eberhard Center in Grand Rapids. Contact us by phone at (616) 331-8387, visit our website at gvsu.edu/vub, or email us at [email protected]u.
Division of Student Affairs
The mission of the Division of Student Affairs is to elevate, challenge, and empower all learners to develop their passions and purpose in a healthy, inclusive, and equitable environment. The Division of Student Affairs positively impacts the university through engaging experiential learning and exceptional student support. The division is dedicated to the belief that positive growth and development of students occurs best when in-class and out-of-class experiences are harmonious.
Designed to provide necessary resources and spaces for students, the division enables them to live, learn, and become self-directed and contributing members of the university community and beyond. The vice president for student affairs serves as the senior student affairs officer sitting on the Presidents Senior Leadership Team and provides leadership for the Division of Student Affairs.
Children's Enrichment Center
The Children's Enrichment Center enriches the lives of Grand Valley's youngest Lakers. Located on West Campus Drive, the center serves young children 2 ½ to 12 years of age from the Allendale Campus and the nearby community. The curriculum based preschool program is designed to help children nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning. The center also offers before and after school care during the school year and full time summer care and camp programs for school age children. To learn more about enrollment, positions for hire, or volunteer opportunities, call (616) 331-KIDS (5437) or visit the website at gvsu.edu/child/. Hours are from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m., Monday through Friday, year-round.
Dean of Students Office
The Dean of Students Office serves as an information resource for students and campus colleagues, provides advocacy for student issues, and offers programs to serve students and their families.
The main office is located in the Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus, but staff provide support for all Lakers
The CARE Team supports students through social, emotional, physical, and mental challenges; connects them to appropriate campus and community resources; promotes growth in self-advocacy and empowers students to build confidence in their ability to navigate toward their own solutions. One way in which students are supported is through our CARE referral system. The case management team works collaboratively across the institution to develop support plans that provide a caring and comprehensive student experience. A member of the case management team will meet one-on-one with students who are referred through the CARE system to help identify stressors and make a plan for well-being outside the classroom to enable success within the classroom.
For more information, please visit us online at gvsu.edu/care.
First-year Experience and Parent/Supporter Programs
The Dean of Students Office partners with colleagues throughout the university to plan programs targeted toward first-year students and parents/supporters. We recognize the importance of a strong first year of college and the role of parents/supporters in helping students achieve their goals. Major programs include New Student Orientation, Laker Welcome, and Family Weekend. We also manage communication to parents/supporters throughout the year through our monthly Laker Family Network newsletter and our [email protected] email account.
Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution
The Office of Student Conduct and Conflict Resolution (OSCCR) utilizes an educational and restorative process to address student misconduct and to repair harm in our campus community. All Grand Valley students and registered student organizations must conduct themselves in accordance with The Anchor of Student Rights and Responsibilities. The Anchor is the document that provides the GVSU community with information regarding prohibited conduct and the student conduct process. In addition to addressing student misconduct, OSCCR supports students by providing a spectrum of resolution pathways to address conflict through dialogue and self-advocacy. Lastly, OSCCR supports students by providing a spectrum of resolution pathways to address conflict through dialogue, reflection, and self-advocacy.
Lastly, OSCCR offers a variety of presentations and workshops to proactively assist the GVSU community with positive decision-making, healthy relationships, bystander intervention training, and conflict management skills. For more information, visit gvsu.edu/conduct.
The ombuds strives to promote fairness and foster a positive campus environment by offering students a number of mechanisms for early conflict resolution and problem-solving. Students may contact the Student Ombuds for assistance with resources if they have a conflict. The ombuds will listen, help them come up with next steps, and discuss other resources that might be helpful. Typical concerns brought to the student ombuds include disciplinary concerns, academic concerns, discrimination, harassment, cultural conflicts, financial concerns, administrative issues (procedural questions), roommate concerns, housing issues, supervisor/employee concerns, workplace issues, professionalism (or lack thereof), and interpersonal communications.
Housing and Residence Life and Dining
Grand Valley considers residential living to be beneficial in helping all students become oriented and adjusted to college life. Our data mirrors that of institutions across the globe, showing that students who live on campus are more successful in their college experience. On-campus residents are retained and graduate at higher rates, have higher GPAs, and graduate more quickly than students who live off campus. That is the foundational purpose of the first-year residency requirement, which begins in Fall 2021. The residential experience contributes to that success. Our staff arrange educational, diverse, and recreational programs that foster and maintain pleasant living and study conditions. Each living center has a housing team consisting of a full-time, live-in staff member, graduate assistant(s), and student resident assistants. There are a variety of housing options on campus.
Traditional-style living centers accommodate approximately 900 students. The centers house two people per room with semiprivate bathrooms in the hallway for all floormates.
Suite-style living centers accommodate approximately 1,000 students. The centers are divided into suites of two double rooms (for four students) and a shared private bathroom.
A Cluster-style living center accommodates approximately 500 students. The center offers student rooms that are similar to traditional-style (but are the size of suite-style units) and feature two- and three-person units. Resident rooms are clustered around shared semi-private bathroom and lounge spaces.
Apartment-style living centers accommodate approximately 1,000 students. The centers provide two students with either private bedrooms or a shared bedroom, a private bathroom, and a kitchenette.
Efficiency/studio apartments accommodate approximately 200 students on our Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus. They feature private bathroom and kitchenettes in configurations of one-person singles, two-person shared bedroom, or private bedroom efficiencies for two residents. These units are similar to the apartment-style living centers in Allendale. Meal plans are optional for students in this community and not required.
Apartment living options accommodate approximately 300 students. Apartments include two and four private bedroom units and two shared bedroom options (for four students). These units feature full-size kitchens with standard size appliances, as well as living rooms. Meal plans are optional for students in apartment communities and are not required.
Room and board may be paid in full at the beginning of each semester or, for a service charge, in four installments. All room-and-board rates are subject to change by action of the Board of Trustees.
Admission to Grand Valley does not guarantee housing of any kind, and students must make their own arrangements by applying online via myHousing on myBanner. Students may apply for housing immediately upon acceptance to GVSU. Assignments for first-year students begin in late Spring and placement information is available in June. Returning students and incoming transfer students are placed on a rolling basis and the application opens in September. Students who apply prior to May 1 are given priority placement but not guaranteed requested style. Applications, contracts, and housing information are available at gvsu.edu/housing. Approximately 3,000 spaces in the living centers are reserved for incoming first-year students; the remaining spaces are available for upperclass students. All rooms are smoke-free.
On-campus residency is required for all incoming first-year students. All first-year students must either submit a housing application or receive a residency exemption. Students who are not in compliance with the residency policy will be charged a noncompliance fee in the amount equal to traditional housing and base meal plan costs. Exemptions are available for those who are two years post high school graduation, are veterans, have custody of minor dependents, are married, or who will be commuting from the permanent home of a parent or guardian. For more information on the requirement and exemption request process, visit gvsu.edu/housing.
Students living in these communities have chosen to expand their education through shared learning experiences. Each community is built upon a specific theme, major, or area of interest. Professional and graduate staff members work closely with a faculty coordinator in these communities to provide a rich living-learning experience that extends outside of the classroom (programs, events, field trips, research, etc.). The living-learning communities (LLC) offered on the Allendale Campus include the Meijer Honors College, International House, Movement Science House, W.I.S.E (Women in Science, Engineering, and Math), and the Gender Justice House. The LLC on our Grand Rapids campus include the Social Work Living-Learning Community, Engineering Living-Learning Community, and the Seidman Business Living-Learning Community.
All of our units resemble privately developed apartments, but are conveniently located right on campus and offer support services that are highly beneficial to residents. Students must apply for housing each year. We accept applications daily and encourage any interested student to apply for housing. Applications and contracts are available online at gvsu.edu/housing.
Grand Valley has apartment living available on both our Allendale Campus and the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.
Allendale Campus: There are four-bedroom, two-bedroom, one-bedroom, and efficiency apartments. Each living center has a housing team that arranges educational, diversity, and recreational programs that foster pleasant living and study conditions. Each living center's housing team consists of a full-time, live-in staff member, graduate assistant(s), and student resident assistants.
Our apartments range from townhome communities to more traditional apartment living, each providing a community building or lounge/common area. Apartments include a stove and refrigerator, beds, dresser, desks, chairs, and a sofa. Students may provide other furnishings to suit their personal style. All apartments are smoke-free. Room fees may be paid in full at the beginning of the semester or, for a service charge, spread out in four installments.
Pew Grand Rapids Campus: Apartments located on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus include furnished one-, two-, three-, four-bedroom, and single/double efficiency units. Winter Hall offers an on-site fitness center that may be utilized by Secchia and Winter Hall residents. Students residing here may purchase a meal plan at an additional cost.
Housing Application Process
New students who want to live on campus should apply to the Office of Housing and Residence Life upon acceptance to Grand Valley. All first-year students are encouraged to apply before May 1 for the fall semester in which they plan to attend. To seek on-campus residency, students must submit a housing application, contract, and $150 security deposit. Housing applications are accepted and encouraged at any time and are available at gvsu.edu/housing.
Grand Valley offers housing options 12 months per year, with applications available for fall and winter, winter only, and spring/summer semesters. Specific building availability varies from fall/winter to summer semesters; housing options are offered on both campuses year-round. Residents may cancel their contract with written notice and will be charged according to our cancellation breakage schedule. This schedule is available on our website.
Non-Grand Valley Housing
There are other living accommodations near the campus, including rooms, apartments, houses, and mobile homes that are available at a wide variety of costs. Grand Valley does not involve itself in negotiations for off-campus rentals. The university does not inspect the units available, and students are encouraged to research carefully and read rental agreements closely to be sure they understand all stipulations, included amenities, and details regarding signing bonuses. First-year students are strongly discouraged from signing off-campus leases until they have requested and been approved for an exemption from the residency requirement. Without exemption approval, students risk being responsible for the noncompliance fee as well as their lease commitments off-campus.
Laker Food Company
Six meal plans are available to GVSU students. Students living on North Campus receive the 14 Plus as part of their housing contract and have the option to change to the 7 Plus or upgrade to the Unlimited Plan. Other on-campus and commuting students can select any plan.
Meals can be used to enjoy all-you-care-to-eat dining in the Fresh Food Company and at The Dish. Meals can also be used to purchase meal combos at other dining locations. Students on weekly meal plans may use up to four meals per day.
Dining Dollars are a debit account specific to food and beverage purchases on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses. Dining Dollars are accepted in all Laker Food Company restaurants, C-Stores, coffee shops, and some concession stands. Students can check account balances online, at Laker Food Company registers, or by using the GV mobile app. Students may add dollars at gvsufood.com or by visiting the Laker Food Company office in 100 Commons on the Allendale Campus. Dining Dollars carry over from the fall to winter semester.
Meals and Dining Dollars must be used before they expire at the end of the academic year (late April 26, 2024). Purchases are nonrefundable. Visit gvsufood.com for details.
Visit gvsufood.com to learn about: meal plans, dining on campus with food allergies, vegan and vegetarian offerings, nutrition support resources, food locations, hours, jobs and more.
Meal Plan Options 2023-2024
Weekly Plans: Meals are per week and do not transfer to the next week.
Unlimited Plan: Unlimited meals at Fresh Food Company and at The Dish, plus 5 meals/week at other locations and $100 Dining Dollars
14+: 14 meals/week plus $300 Dining Dollars (included with north campus housing contract)
7+: 7 meals/week plus $1,000 Dining Dollars
5+: 5 meals/week plus $250 Dining Dollars
Semester Plans: Meals can be used at your discretion throughout the semester.
CASUAL+: 25 meals plus $250 Dining Dollars
EXPRESS: $200 Dining Dollars
Allendale Laker Food Company Locations
Commons: Fresh Food Company
Holton Hooker Learning and Living Center: Einstein Bros. Bagels
Kirkhof Center: Lobby Shop, Java City, Freshens, Panda Express, Subway, Zoca, Ciao
Kleiner: The Dish, P.O.D. C-Store, and Java City
Mackinac Hall: P.O.D. Express
Mary Idema Pew Library: GV Brew
The Connection: Seedwell, Hearth, Upper Crust, P.O.D. C-Store, and Java City
The Marketplace: Starbucks, Bento
Pew Grand Rapids Laker Food Company Locations
DeVos Center: Laker Grill, Main Ingredient, Erbert & Gerbert's
Innovation and Design Center: Starbucks
Seidman College of Business: Seidman Café
Office of Student Life
Student life at Grand Valley State University reaches far beyond the typical college activity list to make life on campus exciting and enjoyable, and to help students get involved outside the classroom. The Office of Student Life, located in the Kirkhof Center, challenges students to engage through a department campaign: "Become More." Students can take advantage of a great variety of clubs and organizations, including cultural organizations, performing arts groups, recreational clubs, interfaith groups, social organizations, fraternities and sororities, professional associations, special interest groups, leadership groups, and community service organizations.
On average, only 30 percent of a student's time on campus is spent in the classroom. To maximize their college experience, students should develop a plan for how to spend the remaining 70 percent of their time. Through the broad range of opportunities provided by the Office of Student Life, students have a chance to make connections and gain valuable competencies, increasing their marketability to employers upon graduation.
A comprehensive electronic calendar of Grand Valley sponsored events is available online for easy reference. The calendar is a great resource for the campus community to stay current on the many events and programs scheduled throughout the year. Check out the campus events calendar at gvsu.edu/events. Students can follow the Office of Student Life on Twitter, Instagram, and Tik Tok @GVSUStudentLife and on Facebook by searching Grand Valley Student Life. More information is available on the website (gvsu.edu/studentlife) or by calling (616) 331-2345.
Campus Activities Board
Many traditional Grand Valley events, such as Family Weekend, Homecoming, Winterfest, Sibs and Kids Weekend, and ExtravaGRANDza, along with special events including comedy and magic shows, and the fall and spring concerts are coordinated by a committee of students, along with their staff advisors. The Campus Activities Board (CAB) produces these high-profile events, providing students with quality entertainment, and CAB team members with event planning and marketing experience and collaboration skills that will transfer to their professional lives.
Campus Life Night
Campus Life Night provides students with the opportunity to find out about their extensive choices for involvement on campus. Student organizations, campus departments, volunteer agencies, and area businesses set up displays and provide information. This popular event is the best way for students to learn about all the ways to get involved on campus. Campus Life Night takes place in parking lot H, across from the Mary Idema Pew Library in late August.
Festivals and Events
Student organizations and special committees work with professional staff in sponsoring and planning campus events such as the Renaissance Festival, Make a Difference Day, and Relay for Life. In addition, many other cultural celebrations are held throughout the year.
- Asian Festival: Each February, the Asian Student Union sponsors a variety of events, the most celebrated being the annual celebration honoring the Asian New Year. An authentic and diverse type of Asian food is prepared for festival participants. In addition, the festival coordinators provide traditional New Year's dances and songs presented by professional artists.
- Black History Month: Each February, the campus community offers a comprehensive series of programs to celebrate black history.
- Hispanic Heritage Month: Each fall, the university community celebrates Hispanic history and culture with a variety of events. Students, faculty members, and staff members educate attendees on the diversity within the culture, offer campus-wide celebrations featuring traditional foods, and present and teach music and dance.
- Pow Wow: This spring event celebrates Native American culture. The Native American Student Association, with leadership and permission of the Ottawa Tribal Council, shares an entire day of ceremony and trade with the campus and the general public.
The Office of Student Life is proud to host more than 400 student organizations to help you "Become More," foster involvement, and provide leadership opportunities. Student organizations can be found by visiting LakerLink, an online resource providing the only way to find all the registered student organizations on campus from anywhere in the world.
Student organizations may be identified in any of the following ways:
- Academic and professional organizations focus on academic disciplines or are related to a specific professional field.
- Cultural organizations educate the campus community about world cultures to enhance students' perspectives. They also provide students with an avenue to explore and celebrate their own cultural heritage and provide programs and services designed to support students of various cultural heritages at the university.
- Fraternities and sororities provide lifelong opportunities for leadership, service, academic achievement, and social involvement through association with a national organization. Learn more about fraternity and sorority life at gvsu.edu/greeklife.
- Graduate student organizations are associated with a graduate program.
- Honor societies serve to recognize students for high achievement on campus.
- Interfaith organizations serve to enhance students' spiritual lives while providing fellowship and outreach opportunities.
- Media organizations provide an opportunity for students to gain hands-on experience with media, including newspaper, television production, and radio. The student campus media entities listed as follows are all located on the lower level of the Kirkhof Center.
- GVTV: Grand Valley State University's own student-run broadcasting channel offers hands-on experience in technical areas of producing as well as writing, reporting, promoting, directing, and acting. The channel is noncommercial and broadcasts on cable access channel 46.1 or on the Web at grandvalleytv.org. Contact GVTV at (616) 331-4888 for more information.
- The Lanthorn: The Lanthorn is an award-winning, twice-weekly student newspaper that gives students an opportunity to gain experience in the production of a newspaper. The Lanthorn team includes editorial, advertising, business, graphic art, staff writing, and staff photography positions. Read the Lanthorn online at lanthorn.com or call (616) 331-2460 for more information.
- WCKS The Whale: The student-run campus radio station provides opportunities for all aspects of radio production. Listen on the Web at whaleradio.org. Call (616) 331-2356 for more information.
- Performing arts organizations provide opportunities for involvement and exposure to the performing arts.
- Service and advocacy organizations are focused on positive student engagement and social change through community service and educational programming. These organizations hope to raise awareness on social issues.
- Special interest organizations serve to enhance student life through the cocurricular involvement of special interests and hobbies.
- Sports organizations provide opportunities for competition, recreational activities, and/or school spirit support. Many of these teams compete and win nationally. More information can be found at gvsu.edu/clubsports.
- Student government organizations serve as governing bodies in various aspects of campus life.
The Student Senate is an elected body of 50 students. The senate conveys student opinion to the Grand Valley administration and the Board of Trustees in matters of institutional policy. The senate also provides a forum for discussion, investigation, and resolution of student ideas and concerns.
The senate is responsible for the allocation of the Student Life Fund and for the appointment of student representatives to all university standing committees and advisory boards. Call (616) 331-2333 for more information.
The Promotions Office provides graphic design, print, photo, and video services to students, registered student organizations, and the Division of Student Affairs (DSA). Students and DSA departments are encouraged to utilize the Promotions Office to promote campus events, initiatives, programs, and more. Call (616) 331-2340 for more information.
Recreation and Wellness
Grand Valley Recreation and Wellness (RecWell) provides the campus community with a variety of opportunities that engage all levels of ability, skill, and interests. We value inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and well-being, and encourage student development and success.
In addition to programs and services, RecWell also hosts special events throughout the year and employs more than 100 student employees each semester. A full list of opportunities and employment opportunities can be found on our website at gvsu.edu/rec.
Get connected with RecWell by following @gvsurecwell on Instagram, Facebook, or Twitter!
Adaptive and Inclusive Recreation and Wellness
RecWell believes it is imperative that every student feels welcomed and supported in our programs. We offer specific programming like wheelchair sporting events for all individuals with and without disabilities to come together to learn, have fun, and play sports. We provide open leagues in our sports programs for students of all genders. We deliver holistic wellness programming and education. Don't see something that fits for you? Let us know! If you need accommodations for any of our programming, we will work with you to best suit your needs.
Club sports provide a competitive, community based, athletic alternative that bridges the gap between intramurals and varsity athletics. Our 39 club sports are affiliated with their respective National Governing Body, travel regionally and nationally, and are often nationally ranked. Each club is led by a student executive board, coaching staff (where applicable), and faculty advisor, along with support from the Club Sports administrative staff.
Clubs have either open sign up or a tryout process for determining members of a team. Please visit gvsu.edu/clubsports to learn more. Interested students should complete the Recruit Me form, which will be sent to club leadership to let them know you are interested.
Gaming has quickly become one of the most popular hobbies in the world, and there are plenty of opportunities to get more involved with casual gaming, or competitive gaming (esports) here at GVSU! The Laker Esports Center is located on the bottom floor of the Kirkhof Center and is open daily for drop-in gaming. Looking to participate in a more organized activity? Check out our intramural esports program, where you can compete against other GVSU students, faculty, and staff in some friendly (or fierce) competition. Interested in competing all the way up to the highest level of collegiate esports competition? Join the GVSU Esports Club, where you can have the opportunity to compete against schools around the country, take on leadership roles within the organization, and start your path to a career in esports.
For more information, visit gvsu.edu/esports.
Learn how to safely and effectively exercise, while having fun! We offer a variety of programs and services, including group fitness, personal training, small group training, UFit, adult swim lessons, and CPR/first aid classes. These programs are designed to be inclusive and accommodate various levels of experience, ability, and skill. Many of these programs are also free or at a reduced cost for students. We offer a free UFit program for students, where participants receive a personalized workout program tailored to their fitness goals. We also offer about 50 group fitness classes weekly with formats including kickboxing, Spinning®, strength, cardio, yoga, dance, and karate. Passes are available for purchase to students, faculty, and staff members.
For more information and hours, visit gvsu.edu/rec/fitness.
Intramural Sports RecWell offers inclusive, fun, and recreational sports opportunities for the GVSU community. All skill levels are welcome to participate. Sports are offered in leagues, tournaments, or contests. Participants typically play one to two games a week per sport. More than 15 sports are offered, including basketball, flag football, soccer, and volleyball. We also offer nontraditional sports such as bouldering, cornhole and spikeball. Participants need to purchase an Intramural Sports Pass to participate
The Outdoor Adventures (OA) program through RecWell strives to empower and inspire the Grand Valley community through outdoor and adventure-based activities, inspiring lifelong adventure. We offer a variety of programs and services, including climbing workshops and training, as well as outdoor trips. Whether you're looking for gear for your next epic adventure, a fun trip with friends, or an educational clinic to improve future outdoor experiences, OA can help!
OA oversees the 26.5-foot-tall artificial climbing wall inside the Fieldhouse, which offers three styles of climbing and accommodates participants of all abilities. The Climbing Center is open to everyone -- students, faculty, staff, and the general public -- and is free to Grand Valley students, faculty and staff! The Ravines Center is home to our outdoor gear rental and bike maintenance area.
For more information, visit gvsu.edu/rec/outdoors.
Access to the Rec Center, Aquatic Center, Climbing Center, and Kelly Family Sports Center is free to students when they present their student ID card. The Rec Center offers something for everyone with multisport courts, strength training equipment, free-weight and functional fitness areas, cardio machines, an elevated track, and multiple inclusive locker spaces. The Rec Center offers free equipment check out for items including basketballs, volleyballs, pickleball and badminton rackets, weight belts and foam rollers. All items are free for your use! The fieldhouse also has a dance studio, spin room and racquetball courts available for classes and by reservation. The Kelly Family Sports Center offers an indoor turf field and track. If you are looking for outdoor activity spaces, there are multiple outdoor fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor track, and a lot of walking and hiking trails for exploring. For more information and hours of operation, please visit gvsu.edu/sportsfacilities or stop into the rec center to say "Hi.''
Access to the Rec Center, Aquatic Center, Climbing Center, and Kelly Family Sports Center is free to students for drop-in use when they present their student ID card. The Rec Center features multisport courts, strength training equipment, functional fitness areas, cardiovascular machines, an elevated track, a spinning room, and locker rooms. The fieldhouse also has a dance studio, racquetball courts, locker rooms, and academic classrooms. The Kelly Family Sports Center offers an indoor artificial turf field and track. Those looking to be active outdoors can utilize multiple turf fields, tennis courts, basketball courts, sand volleyball courts, an outdoor track, softball fields, walking and running trails, the ravines, and The Meadows golf course.
For more information and hours, visit gvsu.edu/sportsfacilities.
Life as a GVSU student is fun and exciting, but the college experience and lifestyle may present new challenges and different types of stress. Understanding the eight dimensions of wellness (emotional, environmental, financial, intellectual, occupational, physical, social, and spiritual) can help you with your well-being during college and beyond. RecWell is here to support you with nutrition, stress, sleep, rest, sexual health, and more! Connect with peer educators from the Wellness Information Team (WIT) through presentations, social media, or the Ask WIT service: ask questions anonymously online or find the team out each week on campus with the Ask WIT mobile cart. Get free support for your wellness goals through our Wellness Coaching (certified pro-staff) or Wellness Navigator (trained GVSU peers) services. We also offer a variety of sexual wellness services, including free condoms on campus and monthly STI testing in partnership with the local health department.
For more information, visit gvsu.edu/studentwellness.
Russel H. Kirkhof Center
Named in honor of Russel H. Kirkhof, this student center provides opportunities to gather in both formal and informal settings. Kirkhof Center supports the educational, cultural, and social needs of Grand Valley State University. Located within the center are the Office of Student Life, Event Services, 2020 Information Desk, the Promotions Office, Office of Multicultural Affairs, Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center, Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity, Laker Military Resource Center, and Dining Services. There are three ATMs located near the lobby, as well as a cash-to-card kiosk for convenience.
2020 Information Desk
Located in the main lobby of Kirkhof Center, the 2020 Information Desk provides up-to-date information regarding campus events. A knowledgeable team of student staff members operate the desk and are there to answer questions and assist the campus community. Contact the 2020 Information Desk staff at (616) 331-2020.
Community Service and Civic Engagement
GVSU students are challenged to become active, global citizens who are committed to a life of community engagement and democratic participation. Student Life offers campus-wide volunteer/service activities such as Make a Difference Day and MLK Day of Service, community issues education, community agency partnerships, and various civic learning initiatives. Students are encouraged to become a part of the activities of the OSL to enhance their understanding of civic responsibility now and in the future. Every student can become an active citizen and can connect with the team by visiting the Office of Student Life or visiting the website.
Grand Valley State University is home to 27 values-based social fraternities and sororities, represented by the Interfraternity Council, Multicultural Greek Council, National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Panhellenic Association. Our fraternities and sororities serve an important role on campus, including but not limited to: helping students get acclimated to campus, providing meaningful service opportunities to students and the greater Grand Rapids community, raising more than $200,000 for local and national philanthropies, facilitating educational programming, and so much more!
When done right, fraternity and sorority has the ability to be the most transformational experience on a college campus. If you are looking to develop meaningful leadership skills, critical thinking skills, have an interest in being a part of something bigger than yourself, and love to give back, joining a fraternity or a sorority may be the perfect opportunity for you!
If you are interested in joining a fraternity or sorority at Grand Valley, visit our website, follow @GVSUGreekLife on Instagram, and attend recruitment events occurring throughout the year. For specific questions, please contact our Fraternity and Sorority Life team at [email protected] or by calling (616) 331-2345.
Student Health Services
Trinity Health Medical Group, Primary Care provides convenient medical care for the university community at the Campus Health Center located on the Allendale Campus near the water tower. Medical staff include physicians and mid-level providers. For more information, visit gvsu.edu/campushealth.
10383 42nd Ave Ste A
Allendale, Michigan 49401
Phone (616) 685-7600
GVSU FAMILY HEALTH CENTER
The GVSU Family Health Center, operated by the Kirkhof College of Nursing has two locations; it provides accessible, quality health care through an academic nurse-managed approach. Located five minutes from the GVSU Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus, free parking is available. For more information, visit us online at gvsu.edu/fhc.
72 Sheldon Blvd SE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Phone (616) 331-9830
GVSU Convenience Clinic
500 Lafayette NE, Suite 203
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
INJURY CARE CLINIC
The Injury Care Clinic (ICC) exists as a partnership between GVSU Recreation and Wellness, Trinity Health Muskegon, GVSU's academic programs, and the Department of Movement Science and Master's of Athletic Training. ICC provides free injury care services to the campus community. The ICC offers injury assessment and evaluations, acute injury care, short-term rehabilitation services, preventative measures, stretching techniques, and professional referrals as needed.
For more information, visit gvsu.edu/ICC.
Allendale Charter Township, MI 49401
University Counseling Center
The University Counseling Center supports the well-being of individual students and the campus community through a broad spectrum of services, including individual counseling, group counseling, and outreach. The center is staffed by a diverse team of professional counselors committed to recognizing the unique needs and experiences of each student.
Concerns that might benefit from counseling:
- Feelings of anxiety or depression
- Thoughts of harming yourself or someone else
- Problems in relationships
- Issues related to cultural, sexual, or gender identity
- Recent or past trauma
- Death or loss of a loved one
- Drug or alcohol use
- Academic difficulties
Student Mental Health Services
Mental health support is available at no cost to currently enrolled students. Students who request services are seen within two business days for an initial screening appointment, during which students and counselors work together to match them with the treatment that best meets their needs. This may include self-help resources, group counseling, short-term individual counseling, or referral to a community provider. Students can schedule an initial screening appointment by phone at (616) 331-3266 or in person on the Allendale Campus in 206 STU.
The center also offers urgent care services for students experiencing a mental health crisis. More information about urgent care and emergency mental health resources is available on the University Counseling Center website or by calling the center during business hours.
Campus Mental Health Outreach
Mental health presentations, screenings, and events are scheduled throughout the academic year. These equip students with knowledge, skills, and resources to maximize their emotional wellbeing. Presentations may also be requested on behalf of a student group or organization at any time. In addition, counselors are available to provide consultation to students with concerns about a roommate, classmate, or other member of the Grand Valley community.
Additional information and self-help resources, including mental health screenings, can be found on the University Counseling Center website. Follow the University Counseling Center on Facebook and Instagram for updates and ways to take care of your mental health.
Alcohol and Other Drugs (AOD) Services
Alcohol and other drug use can affect all aspects of a student's life. AOD Services is devoted to developing and promoting opportunities for students to increase knowledge and skills necessary to make healthy and responsible choices regarding alcohol and other drugs.
AOD Services provides fun and interactive educational programming and supports students who
- want to be informed about the facts regarding substance use;
- may be struggling with alcohol or other drug issues;
- want to explore ways to have fun and enjoy life without substances; and
- are concerned or impacted by someone else's behavior and wish to help.
AOD Services has three main areas of focus: 1) prevention and education, 2) intervention, and 3) recovery. Our staff provides presentations on campus to various groups and organizations. Presentations may be requested through our website at gvsu.edu/aod/outreach. We facilitate alcohol and marijuana education workshops, consultations, and one-on-ones for students interested in learning more or students who need to fulfill a legal or university sanction. Students can utilize our online assessment tools that provide individualized feedback on alcohol, nicotine, marijuana, and other substance use. These online tools can be found on our website at gvsu.edu/aod.
Currently enrolled students who may need substance abuse counseling can access counseling services at the University Counseling Center located in 206 Lubbers Student Services Center. The counseling center has staff members who specialize in individual and group substance abuse counseling. Please contact the University Counseling Center for the most current information at (616) 331-3266. AOD Services can provide community referral information if more intensive or longer-term services are needed or if counseling services have been court-ordered or mandated. Additional information regarding community services can be found at gvsu.edu/aod/community.
The AOD Services office supports recovery meetings on campus for students and the community. These meetings include Alcoholics Anonymous, SMART Recovery, and Adult Children of Alcoholics. For the most up-to-date information about recovery meetings, visit gvsu.edu/aod/recovery. Our website also provides listings of other local counseling and recovery services.
If you have additional questions, please contact us by calling (616) 331-2537 or emailing [email protected]. Additional information can be found on our website including the university's Alcohol and Drug Policy Handbook.
Grand Valley Department of Public Safety
Grand Valley State University Department of Public Safety (GVDPS) is a multidisciplinary department that provides police, security, and emergency management services to the campus community. The mission of the department is to provide a safe and secure environment in which to learn, live, and work.
The Grand Valley Police Department (GVPD) is a full-service law enforcement agency responsible for the enforcement of laws of the State of Michigan and the rules and regulations of the university. Officers have full police authority and are licensed by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards. Services provided by GVPD include, but are not limited to, criminal investigations, traffic enforcement, community policing, medical response, and educational programming. Additionally, the department provides emergency management for the university with respect to preparedness, awareness, and education.
Safety on the Grand Rapids campuses is provided by GVPD and the Grand Valley Security Department. Grand Valley police provide a presence on the Grand Rapids campuses during operational hours of the academic day while security staff provide 24/7 coverage. GVDPS also partners with the Grand Rapids Police Department for law enforcement services on the Grand Rapids campuses when GVPD is not available.
The police department for the Grand Rapids campuses is located at 609 Watson Ave. Both the GVPD and security personnel can be reached for nonemergency service calls at (616) 331-3255. In the event of an emergency, always dial 911.
On the Allendale Campus, GVPD provides 24/7 patrol coverage and is housed in the Service Building.
GVSU Laker Store
Textbooks and course materials for classes taught at Grand Valley State University are available through the GVSU Laker Store with locations in Allendale and Grand Rapids. Students attending classes on the Allendale Campus will find textbooks and required supplies at the store in The Marketplace, located across from the Lubbers Student Services Center. In addition to course materials, GVSU Laker Store offers a large selection of Grand Valley apparel and gifts, as well as classroom supplies, computers, and technology. The Allendale store also provides textbooks for students who attend Grand Valley classes at locations throughout Michigan. Visit the Laker Store online at lakerstore.gvsu.edu to purchase books and other merchandise or to check store hours. Phone (616) 331-2450.
Students who attend classes on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus and the Health Campus can purchase textbooks through the Laker Store website or at the Grand Valley Laker Store in Grand Rapids, adjacent to the plaza on the main floor of the Richard M. DeVos Center. Phone (616) 331-6602.
Military and Veterans Resource Center
The Military and Veterans Resource Center provides support services and resources to active-duty service members, military veterans, guards/reservists, spouses, and family members. With a single point of contact serving military-connected students, our goal is to ensure we connect student veterans and their families to relevant resources, address emerging issues, and provide the necessary information to help them succeed. Some of the services we offer include:
- Peer Advisor for Veteran Education (PAVE) mentors
- Two dedicated veterans' lounges (Allendale and Downtown Grand Rapids)
- Laker Vets: GVSU's award-winning chapter of the Student Veterans of America
- Deployment support
- Free laptop for veterans/active duty
- Veteran-specific scholarships and financial aid counseling
- Housing, employment, and mental health services
Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship
The Office of Undergraduate Research and Scholarship (OURS) offers a variety of opportunities and resources for undergraduates to pursue research and scholarship in various disciplines under the direction of a faculty mentor. These intensive research and scholarship opportunities enrich students' academic experiences and challenge them to strengthen their critical, analytical, and writing skills.
Some of the hallmark programs of OURS:
- Student Summer Scholars is an opportunity for mentored, student-driven research and reflection on diverse and intersecting disciplines
- Student Scholars Day is a year-end discussion and celebration of the academic and creative accomplishments of Grand Valley students
- OURS Grant is a mini-grant opportunity designed to encourage collaborative scholarly research and creative work between undergraduate students and faculty on a semester project
- Academic Conference Fund is a grant program established to provide travel funds for Grand Valley students to present/perform at an academic conference
- Academic and Professional Enrichment Fund is a grant program established to provide travel funds for Grand Valley students to accompany an eligible faculty member to an academic conference
Participating in undergraduate research and scholarship will expand your academic experience at Grand Valley. Research is a process of careful inquiry leading to the discovery of new information. Although there are some differences in how research is conducted across disciplines, research is not restricted to certain disciplines and occurs in all programs at GVSU.
For more information, visit gvsu.edu/ours/.
Parking on the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses requires a permit, unless opting to park at pay-by-app spaces on both campuses or conveniently located pay stations on the Allendale Campus. Semester permits are available for students to purchase online from Grand Valley Parking Services beginning in August of each year. Student daily parking permits are available for purchase online at Parking Services throughout the year. Temporary permits are also available to visitors at no cost. Visitor permits may be obtained from either the Parking Services office on the Allendale Campus at the Service Building or on the Pew Grand Rapids Campus in the L.V. Eberhard Center during business hours.
Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Parking
A State of Michigan ADA plate or tag and a GVSU parking permit are required to park on campus in any non-visitor ADA space. In addition to allocating several designated ADA parking spaces, Grand Valley has instituted a shuttle service through Disability Support Resources. There are designated lots on both the north and south sides of the Allendale Campus to accommodate a "park and ride" service for those needing ADA accommodations. For additional information, please visit our website and select the ADA Parking tab or call Disability Support Resources at (616) 331-2490.
Parking Services strives to provide excellent customer service and communicate changes concerning parking to the Grand Valley community. For more information about parking, including hours of operation, please visit our website at gvsu.edu/parking or call (616) 331-PARK (7275).
Transportation between, within, and around the Grand Rapids Campuses and the Allendale Campus is easy, convenient, and free.
Grand Valley State University offers four designated routes for students, faculty members, and staff members. All Grand Valley and The Rapid routes are free to ride with your student or faculty/staff ID card. All riders must have GVSU ID or Wave farecard (can be purchased at Laker Line station kiosks). All Grand Valley routes are listed as follows. Please view other routes at www.ridetherapid.org.
Laker Line (LL)
The Laker Line provides service between the Allendale Campus and Grand Rapids Campuses seven days a week during fall, winter, and spring/summer semesters. The Laker Line makes round trips from the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS) to Russel H. Kirkhof Center on the Allendale Campus with stops in downtown Grand Rapids, along Lake Michigan Drive, and at Mackinac Hall. Connections to The Rapid Central Station can be made through several routes including the Silver Line and Route 12.
North Campus Apartment Shuttle (Route 37)
The North Campus Express provides service between a variety of private apartment complexes immediately adjacent to the northwest portion of the Allendale Campus. The North Campus Apartment Shuttle runs Monday through Friday during fall and winter semesters only.
South Apartment Shuttle (Route 48)
The South Campus Express provides service between a variety of private apartment complexes immediately adjacent to the southwest portion of the Allendale Campus. The South Campus Apartment Shuttle runs Monday through Friday during fall and winter semesters only.
Apartment Connector (Route 85)
On early mornings and weekends, the two apartment shuttles combine into one loop, called Route 85. The Apartment Connector (Route 85) is only offered during fall and winter semesters.
Schedules and frequencies for all services are subject to change. Current schedules can be found online at gvsu.edu/transportation. Please note that frequencies of service are reduced during spring/summer semesters and Grand Valley State University break periods. Questions about the shuttle bus services should be directed to the Facilities Services Grand Rapids office at (616) 331-6700 or to [email protected].