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Grand Valley State University’s first priority is the support of our students. We care for your child, grandchild, niece, nephew, sister, brother, significant other, or friend. That is why becoming a member of the Grand Family Network will help you to:

Connect with GVSU staff

Attend special events

Receive regular communication

Engage with other GVSU families

Being a member of the Grand Family Network will ensure that you, as a parent, grandparent, aunt, uncle, sister, brother, significant other, or friend of a Grand Valley student, are always informed, involved, and engaged.


Grand Family Network Tailgate Event!

Make your plans now to attend Family Day at GVSU!

Join the Grand Family Network for a pulled pork tailgate inside the Fieldhouse Arena from 5 – 7 p.m. You’ll have the opportunity to meet other GV families, enjoy musical entertainment, and get in the Laker spirit before the game which kicks-off at 7 p.m.

President Haas, the Laker Marching Band, Louie the Laker, and others will be making special guest appearances. Click the image below to purchase your tickets now.

(If you want your student to attend with you, they will need a purchased ticket. This is a catered meal which does not qualify as part of a student’s meal plan. Meal plans are only used at Campus Dining locations.)

Family Guide

Family Guide

Click on the image to access the Family Guide website and the resources and materials provided at Parent Orientation.


Plan To Come!! Click the Image & Get Your Tickets Now!!

Family Day Tailgate Sept. 17, 2016

Important Dates

Fall 2016

Winter 2017

August 19 by 5 p.m. - Payment Deadline

January 9 - Classes Begin

August 24-26 - Transitions: New Student Orientation

January 13 by 5 p.m. - Last day to Add, Register, or Pay: 100% refund for Winter

August 26 - Convocation

January 16 -  MLK Holiday: no classes

September 4-6 - Labor Day recess 

January 27-29 - Sibs and Kids Weekend

September 30- October 2 - Great Laker Weekend

February 3 - 75% tuition refund for Winter semester

October 10-14 - Midterms

February 20-24 - Midterms

October 28 - Drop deadline: "W" grade

March 1 - 2017/18  FAFSA Priority Filing Deadline

November 23-27 - Thanksgiving Day recess

March 5-12 - Spring Break

December 12-17 - Exams

March 10 - Drop deadline: "W" grade

December 16 -  Payment Deadline: all registrations through December

April 24- 29 - Exams

December 16 -  On-campus housing closes for Winter Break

April 28 - On-campus Housing closes

December 18- January 8 - Winter Break

May 4, 2017 - Grades available to students