Admitted Students Information
**THIS PAGE WILL BE UPDATED WITH 2024-2025 INFORMATION SOON SO PLEASE CHECK BACK IN EARLY 2024**
This page includes information to help you prepare for your GVSU Orientation process. Please read it carefully, then use the following steps as a checklist to ensure you have completed all the necessary steps to prepare. If you do not plan to participate in the Frederik Meijer Honors College, please let us know at [email protected]. If there are any questions regarding the process below please call our office at 616-331-3219 or email [email protected].
Step 1: New Student Orientation
Sign Up for an Orientation Date: Signing up for Orientation is your way of telling us and Grand Valley that you will be attending. In summer 2024, we have reserved two Honors-specific Orientation/Registration dates: May 15 and May 30. Each of those dates is preceded by an optional (but strongly encouraged) Honors overnight orientation, which we describe below. You may choose a non-Honors registration date, but we hope one of the Honors dates may be a possibility for you. Even if you choose a non-Honors date, you may still participate in any of the Honors Overnights.
Your first step is to go to the New Student Orientation site to sign up for a date.
Step 2: Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence
Foundational Interdisciplinary Sequence preference: Normally, incoming students in Honors will take a yearlong First-Year Interdisciplinary Sequence. There are many options, and we would like to get a sense of your preference for which sequence you would like to take. Please take some time to look at the offerings and course descriptions here. (2024-2025 sequence options will be updated closer to April 2024)
After you have reviewed the available sequences, please fill out the online form (form will be available after April 1, 2024) listing the Interdisciplinary Sequence you wish to take in order of your preference, and provide a short rationale. We cannot guarantee that you will be able to get your first choice, but this information will help us when making sequence assignments. Make sure and fill out this form ASAP—forms are processed in the order they are received. Preference forms will be reviewed starting April 20, 2024. As your preference form is reviewed you will receive an email with your sequence assignment. Please bring that to your Orientation day.
Step 3: Honors Overnights
Honors Overnights: This year our overnights will be May 14 and May 29, 2024. See below for more information about what an Honors Overnight Orientation is. Sign up will be through your application portal with the specific link sent via email. There will be a $35 fee, paid via credit card at time of registration.
The Honors Overnight will begin with check in at 5:00 p.m. with pizza served until the program starts at 6:00 p.m. The evening will conclude for parents and supporters around 8:00 p.m. though students who are staying overnight will continue later into the evening. Students will be placed with other incoming students in the Niemeyer Living & Learning Center. Please bring your own bedding (sleeping bag or sheets/blankets), towels as well as toiletries or other necessities.
More specific information will be sent closer to the date you are registered for. Please contact the Meijer Honors College office if you have any questions.
What is an Honors Overnight?
The Honors Overnight is a great opportunity to meet some fellow incoming Honors students during the summer before classes begin. After enjoying some pizza and salad with the Honors staff and peer mentors, you'll hear from the staff about the Honors experience. Then students and parents/supporters part ways for the night. Parents and supporters join the Honors staff and other campus representatives for an informative Q & A session. Incoming students join the mentors for on-campus tours, information sessions, and fun games, including our favorite, Body-Body. The overnight gives you the chance to talk to Honors faculty, meet new people, and get to know some current students. It also gives you the opportunity to stay in a dorm for a night to get a feel for campus. The Honors Overnight program is your first opportunity to be a Honors College student! Summer 2024 dates are May 14 and May 29.