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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.

For the most up-to-date information on how GVSU is addressing the COVID-19 situation please visit

How to Contact Us

Exploratory Study advising scheduling often begins by reaching the CLAS Advising front desk. Our front desk is open from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday - Friday.

Virtual but Face-to-Face

While we are working remotely, you will still be able to access our front desk virtually by visiting our CLAS Advising Reception Zoom Link. This will take you to a video call (via Zoom) with our front desk staff.

On the Phone

If you'd like to call us our number is (616) 331-8585.

With an Email

You can also reach us through email, which we monitor during business hours. Please contact to reach us through email.

Our advisors are meeting with students via Zoom. If you need to set up your Zoom account, you can do so under GVSU's Zoom Account.

You can schedule an appointment through any of the following options:

Additionally, you can visit the EAB Navigate Resources page to find information about how to set up an appointment and how to check-in to your appointment online.

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.

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

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

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.

Schedule Time to Talk to a Major Advisor


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