Introducing Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for GVSU Students

We're excited to announce the implementation of Multi-Factor Authentication (MFA) for all GVSU student accounts as part of our commitment to protecting our students' information security.  With this enhancement, you'll be able to protect your academic and personal information.  

Starting May 6, 2024, MFA will be mandatory for all students. All students will enroll in MFA using a platform called Okta. Additionally, please do not remove the app from your cellphone after setting up your account. You will need the app each time you log in.

Student MFA Quick Links

Common Questions About Student MFA

MFA adds another layer of security to your account by requiring two or more verification methods. Typically, this includes something you know (your password) and something you've got (a code sent to your phone). By implementing MFA, even if someone/guesses or steals/your password, they still need the second factor to access your account. This makes unauthorized access significantly/more difficult.

There are many reasons why MFA is important to the protection and security of your online accounts and information.  Here are several: 

  • Enhanced Security: MFA adds layers of security, making it significantly harder for unauthorized users to gain access to devices, networks, or databases. Even if a password is compromised, the additional authentication factors can prevent unauthorized access.

  • Protect Against Common Attacks: It guards against phishing, social engineering, and password attacks by adding extra security layers.

  • Protect Your Digital Identity: College life is filled with online activities, from submitting assignments to managing finances. MFA ensures that you are the only one who can access your accounts.

  • Stay One Step Ahead: As cybersecurity threats evolve, MFA is a proactive approach to stay ahead of these changes.

GVSU students are already able to enroll in the MFA program, but it is optional. Starting May 6th, 2024, MFA will be mandatory for all students.

To implement MFA for your main GVSU account, follow these steps. Starting May 6, 2024, MFA setup will be mandatory for all users. Set-up instructions are available on this webpage or you can follow the steps below.

Steps to Enroll in MFA for Your GVSU  Account: 

  1. Log In to Your GVSU Account:

    • Enter your GVSU username and password to log in. This will take you to the MFA setup page.
  2. Choose Your Authentication Method: Select from the available options for MFA. This could include receiving a code via SMS, using an authenticator app, or other methods offered by GVSU.

  3. Follow the On-Screen Instructions: The setup process will guide you through adding your chosen authentication method. This may involve verifying a phone number, scanning a QR code for an app, or other steps depending on your chosen method.

  4. Complete the Verification Process: Verify your setup by following the prompts. This might include entering a code sent to your phone or generated by an app.

  5. Confirm and Finalize Setup: Once you've successfully verified your method, confirm and complete the MFA setup process.

  6. Test Your MFA: Log out of your account and log back in to test the MFA process.



Implementing MFA for non-GVSU accounts, applications, and websites generally follows a similar process. Here's a guide to help you set up MFA on various platforms:

  1. Check Account Settings:

    • Log into the account you want to secure.
    • Navigate to the account or security settings. This is often found under the 'Settings' or 'Security' tabs.
  2. Look for MFA Options:

    • Search for options labeled as 'Two-Factor Authentication', 'Multi-Factor Authentication', '2FA', 'Extra Security', or similar terms.
    • Different platforms may offer different types of MFA, such as SMS codes, email verification, authenticator apps, or biometric verification.
  3. Choose Your MFA Method:

    • SMS Verification: Receive a code via text message to your phone.
    • Authenticator App: Use apps like Google Authenticator, Authy, or Microsoft Authenticator to generate time-based codes.
    • Email Verification: Receive a code or verification link via your email.
    • Biometric Verification: Use fingerprint or facial recognition if supported.
    • Hardware Tokens: Some services allow the use of physical tokens that generate codes.
  4. Follow the Setup Instructions: Each platform will guide you through the setup process. This may involve verifying your phone number, scanning a QR code for an authenticator app, or setting up biometric data.

  5. Backup Your Access: Set up backup methods in case you lose access to your primary method (e.g., losing your phone). This could be backup codes, secondary email, or a secondary phone number.

  6. Test Your MFA Setup: Once set up, log out and try logging back in to ensure MFA is working correctly.

  7. Stay Informed: Regularly update your security settings and stay informed about new MFA methods or updates from the service provider.

Remember, the exact steps may vary slightly depending on the specific website or application, but the general process remains similar. Always ensure that your contact information (phone number, email) used for MFA is current and secure.

We're here to help if you run into any problems or have questions. You can/contact us at [email protected], or 616-331-2101.


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Page last modified May 6, 2024