Honors Overnight: The Alternative

Overnight Orientation for the Honors College

This page has been designed for prospective first-year Honors students who are scheduled for a virtual Advising & Registration session in May or June, although it may be useful and interesting to transfer students or any prospective student and their families.

Our intention is to provide some of the ideas and information included in the "overnight orientations" that normally take place the night before Advising & Registration. On those nights, Honors faculty, staff, and students try to convey what the Honors experience is all about. We talk about our curriculum, our faculty, and our support services. We preview some of the ways Honors students can get involved during their first year on campus. Mostly what happens during those "overnights" is the one thing we really can't replicate here: our Honors peer mentors organize games and other activities to help entering students get to know one another, ask whatever questions they have, and generally feel prepared for the year ahead. We'll plan to offer some of that kind of orientation in August during our "Welcome Days." More on that later!

If you are scheduled for a May or June Advising & Registration session, please explore this page prior to your scheduled date. It won't answer all your questions, but we hope it will help you feel more "oriented."

If you have not yet signed up for an Advising & Registration session, please click here. Thanks!


Meet Your Honors Advisors

In May and June, five Honors faculty and staff will serve as your personal advisors as you work through the Advising and Registration process. In this video, we introduce ourselves and give you a feel for what to expect during your session.

Honors advisors for A & R

The Honors Experience

In the first video, current students talk about what the Honors experience has meant to them. You'll see that their responses vary quite a bit, but we hope you'll agree that the great majority of our students find their Honors experience to be fun, fulfilling, and beneficial. The second video offers a quick look at our Honors Life Night event in fall 2019.

Current students on the Honors experience

Honors Life Night 2019

The Honors Curriculum

The first video here provides a general overview of the Honors curriculum and how it fits into the larger baccalaureate curriculum at GVSU. The second video focuses on our first-year sequences: what they are, and how they work.

Director Gilles on the Honors curriculum

Faculty Chair Fitzpatrick on the first-year sequences

Thriving in Honors

These videos focus on doing well academically, mentally, and socially in Honors, first by taking care of yourself and taking advantage of the many support services we offer, and second by getting involved--at a reasonable pace--in Honors and around campus.

Challenge and Support

Advisors Marshall and McDonell on maintaining a mental health balance in Honors

Getting Involved

Current students on how they got involved

Spotlight Videos

These videos are available elsewhere on the Honors page or GVSU website, but because they feature an Honors student and an Honors faculty member, we want to share them here. Check them out to see two members of the Honors community reflect on their experiences.

Honors student Selena Brown

Professor Craig Benjamin