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Drop In Advising

For the first week of classes, August 30 - September 3, 2021, from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. and 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m., The Exploratory Study Team will be holding Drop in Advising Sessions. Drop in Advising is a type of advising that does not require scheduling an appointment.

These sessions are typically 15 minutes or less. Common topics discussed include:

  • Current semester schedule changes
  • Changing a major and/or minor
  • Dropping/Adding a class for the current semester
  • General education requirements
  • myPath and myBanner usage

Scheduled appointments will resume on September 7, 2021. You can schedule an appointment with an Exploratory Study Advisor in Navigate.

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.

It's okay.

We understand, and we're here to help.

Navigate was recently updated and, as such, the Scheduler is a little different than it used to be. Please review the New Scheduler Overview document if you are having any issues, or reach out to our office at (616) 331-8585.

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 Student Records

4. Click myPath - degree planning and evaluation

You will be directed to a new page, and 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 says "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

Where are they located?
CLAS Advising is located on the first floor of Mackinac Hall (MAK) in office C-1-140.

Can't I just stop by?

Usually, you can! Currently, our offices are operating remotely due to construction.  We plan to be back in the office in early August.

Under normal circumstances, we have drop-in advising available during the regular academic year - be sure to check Navigate for drop-in advising availability.

What if I want to talk to an advisor about a specific major?

If you think you know what you'd like to select as your major, 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.

Schedule Time to Talk to a Major Advisor


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