GVSU College Prep Week
The 2019 GVSU CSO College Prep Week welcomes 150 high school juniors and seniors from GVSU charter schools to participate in a week of academic and cultural exploration. Students from across Michigan travel to Grand Valley State University to experience what it is like to be a college student!
The 2019 College Prep Week will be comprised of two separate one-week sessions. One group of 75 students will attend the July 7-12 session, while other group will visit GVSU from July 14-19.
How To Attend
Students looking to attend the 2019 GVSU College Prep Week must apply prior to March 11, 2019. We believe that going through an application process will help prepare students when they are ready to start applying for college. Our application is a near replica of GVSU's application, giving students a real feel for what to expect when applying for college.
In the application you will be asked to provide some basic info and answer a few essay questions about your goals while attending GVSU College Prep Week. You will also be asked to provide a signed letter of recommendation. Applications will then be reviewed, with some students being accepted and others being placed on a waiting list. Applicants MUST currently be a sophomore or junior at a GVSU-authorized charter high school.
January 7 - Application Opens
March 11 - Student Application Deadline
March 29 - Accepted applicants and wait-list students notified
April 10 - Staff Application Deadline
April 15 - Grand Rapids parent meeting
April 16 - Detroit parent meeting
April 26 - Registration due for accepted students
May 3 - Registration due for students on wait-list
July 7-12 - COLLEGE PREP WEEK 1
July 14-19 - COLLEGE PREP WEEK 2
What To Expect
When you arrive to GVSU, you jump right in to a non-stop schedule that keeps you moving, learning, and having fun until you leave. Many of the activities focus on college preparation, personal growth, and stepping out of your comfort zone to try something new!
Want to get an idea of what's in store? Check out a recap video from a past College Prep Week!
- Live in the dorms
- Mock classes with GVSU professors
- Eat in dining hall
- Meet with Financial Aid Dept.
- Meet with Admissions Dept.
- Creatively tour campus
- Meet with GVSU students organizations
- Motivational speakers from GVSU
- Fill out college applications
- Explore your learning styles
- Visit Lake Michigan
- Sand dune ride
- Olympic game night
- International sports night
- GVSU Amazing Race
- Museums & art galleries
- High ropes course
- Explore/shop downtown Grand Rapids
- Rock climbing
- Resume-building class
- Mock interviews with GVSU faculty/staff
- Social media awareness class
- Financial literacy class
- Team-building challenges
- Essay writing class
- Etiquette dinner
The GVSU College Prep Week is lead by Barry Hall II, the CSO's manager for charter through college programs. Barry - along with other members of the GVSU Charter Schools Office - plans the fine details of the week and is often working "behind the scenes" as the students participate in the day's activities.
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 are with the high school students the entire week and accompany them to each event.
2018 CPW navigators
Frequently Asked Questions
Who can attend the GVSU College Prep Week?
Students currently enrolled in a GVSU charter high school who are sophomores or juniors.
Is this a day program or an overnight program?
Students will stay overnight in a dormitory on GVSU's campus.
How do the high school students get to GVSU?
The GVSU Charter Schools Office will provide buses for students traveling from the metro Detroit area. Parents are welcome to directly drop off their student, especially if they live close to GVSU and the Grand Rapids area.
Is there a cost to attend the GVSU College Prep Week?
Yes. There is a $40 fee.
What should students bring to GVSU?
A list of required and recommended items will be provided to students once they have been accepted, paid their fee, and completed their health form.
What happens in the case of a medical emergency?
The GVSU CSO provides a certified nurse for minor medical needs. The nurse is on-site at all times and accompanies the students wherever they go. In the case of an emergency, the nurse will contact emergency services and immediately notify the contact person listed on the student's medical form.
Does my student need to bring money?
No, they are not required to bring money. All costs for major activities and meals are covered by the GVSU Charter Schools Office. Students may bring additional money if they want to purchase items from the GVSU bookstore or personal snacks from the campus convenience stores.
How can I learn more information if my student is accepted?
Parents will be invited to attend an informational dinner with the academy's directors. Parents with students in Detroit-area schools will meet on April 15, 2019. Parents with students in schools around West Michigan will meet on April 16, 2019.