Welcome to Grand Valley State University's New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation!

New Graduate Student Orientation Fall 2020

New Graduate Student Orientation for Fall 2020 will be offered on Thursday, August 20 or Friday, August 28. The orientation is open to all new graduate students and is not program specific.

Thursday, August 20, 2020
Two sessions are available:
3:00-4:30 p.m.
5:30-7:00 p.m. (this session will also be available as a live stream).

Friday, August 28, 2020
Two sessions are available:
3:00-4:30 p.m.
5:30-7:00 p.m.

Due to social distance guidelines, we will be offering two sessions each day with registration limited to 50 individuals per session. Please RSVP online to indicate the date and time you will be attending. A live stream session will also be available on Thursday, August 20 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. **You must RSVP to reserve a seat or receive the link to the live stream session. Capacity for all sessions will be strictly enforced.

In-seat sessions will be held at:
Richard M. DeVos Center, Loosemore Auditorium (Building E)
401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Free parking in Seward, Winter, and Mount Vernon lots.

If you need accommodations to attend an in-person or live stream event, please contact Jennifer Palm in The Graduate School at palmj@gvsu.edu.

For those who are unable to attend the general orientation session in person, this website has been designed to help you get started by providing an introduction to the services and resources for GVSU graduate students. It also serves as a ready reference for future use for those seeking information about GVSU at any time during their academic careers. 

The Winter 2020 Orientation PowerPoint Presentation is now available.

New Graduate Student Virtual Orientation

Getting Started with Graduate Education:

1. What are my financial aid options?

2. What are my housing options?

3. What resources are available to graduate students?

4. How can I get started with class registration and academic advising?

5. How can I get engaged in graduate student life outside the classroom?