Welcome Adult Students

As an adult or nontraditional student, we welcome you at GVSU to achieve your academic and personal goals, and we're here to help along the way.

Whatever your educational goals, we understand that as an adult you have concerns that are larger than just academic preparation.  You might be thinking about balancing school and employment, child care, or changing careers.  Sometimes you know exactly where you're headed and what questions you have, and sometimes you need to talk through some of the options and concerns and don't even know where to start, wherever you're at, we have advisors here to help. We understand that without the assistance you need, going to college as an adult can be difficult and we want to provide you the necessary tools you need to be successful. 

Congratulations on the steps you’re taking toward your education!

Bachelor's Degree Pathways


Complete your degree with our online, accelerated Integrative Studies degree that provides a flexible, career-focused program designed just for busy adults, or choose from any of our other 200 areas of study.  

Finding Support

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Whatever you're balancing, you'll find supportive staff, faculty and students and a culture where you can belong.  Whether you need help studying, navigating campus, or just finding a group of fellow adult students to connect in with, you'll find it here

Let's Get Started


We want to see you succeed and our advisors will help you every step of the way.  The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies is dedicated to providing you with the information and resources needed to be successful as you complete your goals.  We have advisors available at multiple locations dedicated to helping you on your journey.  Choose your location and make an appointment to meet with us! 

Success Stories

Tori Rhodes always wanted to be an Occupational Therapist but didn't know where to start. Find out how our advisors put her on the pathway to her degree through our flexible Liberal Studies program.

At the age of 42, Tami McCoy wanted to go back to school, but wasn't sure how or where to start. Watch her video and hear her story.

Veteran combat medic Justin Sheehan wants to be a Physician's Assistant and found his means for doing that in Grand Valley's Allied Health Sciences program. Watch his video to hear the story.

GVNext News

screenshot of event on Zoom that reads: Welcome! LEADS students, family and friends

First LEADS graduates fit state initiative to have more residents with bachelor's degrees

18 students will earn bachelor's degrees in integrative studies at the conclusion of the winter semester.

Apr 22, 2021

Screenshot of panelists for a Health Forum of West Michigan event

No return to normal: Panelists say education needs to better serve students when COVID-19 is over

Panelists at a virtual event who discussed the impact of COVID-19 on education agreed that when pandemic mitigation strategies are lifted a "return to normal" will not be the best-case scenario for many K-12 or college students.

Mar 5, 2021

From left to right are Brittany Oehlers, Christopher Laninga, Debra Swoverland, Jay Gillespie, Lara Gavaldon and Lindsey Banktson. All are wearing masks and pictured inside a conference room.

Northern Michigan health center becomes great partner to Traverse City PAS program

Jay Gillespie earned a master's degree in physician assistant studies in December, passed his state certification exam in January and began working at a northern Michigan clinic in late February.

Mar 3, 2021

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