The College of Community & Public Service Undergraduate Advising Center (CCPS-UAC) provides convenient, accessible, and accurate academic advising and support for all students interested in academic programs housed within the College.

What is Academic 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.

Advising Services in the College of Community & Public Service

Here are just some of the ways the staff in the CCPS-UAC can help you achieve your degree goals:

  • Degree Planning.  Academic Advisors help students make informed choices about degree and graduation requirements. They can help clarify curriculum, course content, and optimal course sequences. Advisors will also enhance student awareness of diverse educational experiences to further enrich the academic plan.
  • Goal Setting. Academic Advisors can assist students with the clarification of career and life goals; development of decision-making skills; reinforcement of self-direction; and evaluation of student progress toward established goals.
  • Outreach & Support. Academic Advisors can assist students with academic support needs through individual sessions, group workshops, and connections with educational resources across the university.
  • Policies & Procedures.  Students are responsible for their role in the academic process and navigating the university system. Academic Advisors can help clarify university policies and procedures to enhance the student’s ability to participate in the academic process.
  • Referrals. Academic Advisors can refer students to faculty mentors, other campus services and student success resources.

Who is my Advisor? Academic Advisors and Faculty Mentors

The College of Community & Public Service has a dual advising system. This means that you have two different types of people within the college to assist you with your questions an academic advisor and a faculty mentor. Depending on your questions/issues/concerns you should meet with one of your assigned advisors as indicated below:

  1. You may meet with an academic advisor in the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center who can assist you with:
    • Academic degree planning and goal setting
    • Course registration issues/questions
    • Questions related to your degree progress
    • Assistance with navigating processes/polices throughout the university
    • Assistance with seeking out support and resources to help you reach your goals
  2. You will also be assigned a faculty mentor within your major interest area to assist you with: 
    • Exploring career and job interests and professional pathways
    • Thinking about graduate school
    • Seeking out internships or volunteer experiences and professional networking
    • Involvement in student organizations, study abroad experiences, and undergraduate research opportunities 
    • What to consider for elective choices or possible minors that would be a good fit for your career interests

If you have declared a major in one of the units within the college, you will be assigned an academic advisor. To confirm who this is you can look at your academic records:

  • Log into myBanner
  • Select Student
  • Select Records
  • View Major and Advisor Information


  • Your initial advisor assignment will be a CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center staff member. You will need to meet with an advisor in the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center to discuss your major interests, review degree requirements, and set up an academic plan. You will then be assigned a faculty mentor with similar experience or interests for further conversations. You should meet with your academic advisor in September/October of your first year at GVSU to make the faculty mentor connection. 
  • After receiving your faculty mentor, if you need assistance with academic issues relating to major or minor requirements, degree requirements, registration, university policy, etc. then please come back and speak with an academic advisor in the CCPS Undergraduate Advising Center. 
  • You should set up an appointment with the Undergraduate Advising Center as soon as possible. Call 331-6890 or register for an appointment online at to schedule an available time. 
  • If you would like to contact your faculty mentor, you should use the GVSU PeopleFinder tool to search by name.

Student's Role & Responsibilities


  • Give thoughtful consideration to your academic and career goals. 
  • Prepare a written list of questions before each meeting with your advisor. 
  • Initiate contact with an advising center and your assigned faculty mentor.
  • Actively participate in the advising session. 
  • Ask questions! If you do not understand a policy or procedure, ask questions until you do understand. 
  • Know the Academic Calendar. Do not miss deadlines. Know when to register and drop or add courses. 
  • Schedule courses that are consistent with your educational goals and that will meet degree requirements. 
  • Accept responsibility for making final decisions on academic choices. Academic advisors will only present you with options.

Advisor's Role & Responsibilities


  • Assist the student with the development of suitable educational plans.
  • Assist the student with the clarification of career and life goals.
  • Assist the student with selection of appropriate courses and other educational experiences.
  • Assist the student with interpretation of institutional requirements.
  • Enhance the student's awareness about educational resources available (e.g., internship, study abroad, honors and learning assistance programs).
  • Evaluation of the student's progress toward established goals.
  • Assist with the development of student's decision-making skills.
  • Reinforce student's self-direction.
  • Refer students to (and encourage use of) institutional and community support services.
  • On-going evaluation of advising services.

Faculty Mentor's Role & Responsibilities


  • Communicate with advisees regularly.
  • Assist advisees with the clarification of career and life goals.
  • Assist advisees with appropriate course selection and other educational experiences to meet their goals in coordination with the CCPS-UAC.
  • Enhancement of student awareness about high impact learning experiences (e.g., research, internships, study abroad, community service, student/professional organizations)
  • Reinforcement of student's self-direction & decision-making skills.
  • Referral of advisees to and use of institutional and community support services.

Academic Advising at GVSU

GVSU Undergraduate Academic Advising Mission Statement

Academic advising engages students in the process of exploring and defining their academic and career goals and in creating effective strategies to achieve these goals. Through collaborative relationships with academic advisors, students are encouraged and supported as they develop skills necessary to take responsibility for their own development and success. Academic advisors educate students by providing accessible, accurate, and timely information regarding academic requirements, university resources and opportunities to develop critical thinking skills and enrich the college experience and their personal lives. 

View General GVSU Academic Advising Information

Page last modified March 6, 2018