GVSU College Prep Week

Each summer, the GVSU Charter Schools Office invites high school juniors and seniors from GVSU-authorized charter schools to participate in a week of academic and cultural exploration. At College Prep Week, students from across Michigan take a deep dive into everything Grand Valley State University offers to experience what it is like to be a college student! 

This year, the GVSU CSO will be offering two College Prep Week opportunities. Students can select to attend the virtual College Prep Week (July 10-15), or the in-person College Prep Week (July 17-22).

Virtual College Prep Week

A virtual option for College Prep Week will run from July 10-15. All students who select the virtual option will need a computer or tablet to complete specific CPW activities.

There is no cost to participate in the virtual College Prep Week.

Register for the virtual College Prep Week at GVSU

In-Person College Prep Week

The in-person option for College Prep Week will run from July 17-22. There are 50 spots available for this option. Students can also join a waitlist if spots fill up.

There is a $40 cost to attend the in-person College Prep Week.

Register for the in-person College Prep Week at GVSU

What To Expect

When you attend GVSU's College Prep Week, you jump right in to a non-stop schedule that keeps you moving, learning, and having fun. Many of the activities focus on college preparation, personal growth, and stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new!

College Preparation

  • Campus tours
  • Staying in living centers
  • Exploring campus and what you want to study
  • Simulated college classes with GVSU professors
  • Connect with GVSU students and faculty
  • Learn about college resources and student support
  • Motivational speakers from GVSU
  • Free GVSU college application
  • SAT Prep course


  • Beach day at Lake Michigan
  • Explore downtown Grand Rapids
  • Escape room (virtual only)
  • Tour of local and national museums
  • Team-building challenges
  • Prize drawing to win GVSU swag, iPads, Beats headphones, and more

Professional Preparation

  • Resume-building
  • Personal management skill development
  • Prepare for professional settings
  • Practicing presenting to an audience

The Staff


The GVSU College Prep Week is led by Dr. Barry Hall II, the assistant director of charter through college programs. Dr. Hall - along with other members of the GVSU Charter Schools Office - plans the major details of the week and is often working "behind the scenes" as the students participate in the day's activities.

Dr. Barry Hall II

Dr. Barry Hall II

College Prep Week Navigators

The GVSU Charter Schools Office recruits current GVSU undergraduate students to be "college prep navigators." These students are typically entering their junior or senior year of college and provide the high school students with insight about the college experience. They work alongside the high school students throughout the entire week and help answer questions.


12 college students posing together

College Prep Week Navigators

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