The Exploratory Study Advising Team wants you to know that we are here to support you as the University operates in an online/remote fashion. At this time, our office is operating remotely and all scheduled meetings will be conducted virtually online or via phone. As email will be sent to students' GVSU email address with a link to their virtual session prior to their scheduled appointment.
How to Contact Us
What is Exploratory Study?
Each year, over 1,000 students start Grand Valley in the Exploratory Study path: they have not yet declared a major.
“Exploratory Study” provides a support system for students who want and need to explore their options. It’s not a major or a minor; just a positive sign that you are on the path to discovering what you want to study and accomplish at Grand Valley and in the future.
Others may feel confident that Grand Valley is the right place for them, but have absolutely no idea what field of study would be both useful and interesting.
We understand, and we're here to help.
Why should I do that?
Their expertise is in assisting you to discover the path that's right for you; get involved in activities and programs that enrich your college experience, and help you prepare yourself for life and work post-graduation.
When should I do that?
The sooner you meet with an advisor, the more opportunities you'll open yourself up to! We recommend that if you're on this page, you go ahead and schedule an appointment with your advisor today.
Who do I talk to?
You can find your Advisor by following these steps:
1. Log into myBanner
2. Click Student
3. Click myPath
Your Advisor will be listed in the top section on that page.
How do I schedule?
You can schedule time with your Advisor, by clicking the link above that "Schedule time to talk with an Advisor."
You are also welcome to call the CLAS Academic Advising office at (616) 331-8585 or by emailing email@example.com.
Where are they located?
CLAS Advising is located on the first floor of Mackinac (MAK) in offices 1-120C and 1-140C.
Can't I just stop by?
Usually, you can! Currently, our offices are operating remotely due to the COVID-19 protocol. For more information, you can go to gvsu.edu/coronavirus.
However, under normal circumstances, we have drop-in advising on most Wednesdays - be sure to check the CLAS Advising website for the drop-in advising schedule.
What if I want to talk to an advisor about a specific major?
If you think you know what you'd like to major in, please feel free to reach out to an advisor who oversees that major. We encourage you to indicate in the "notes" of your appointment that you have not yet declared a major and what major you are leaning towards, as this will help facilitate the conversations.