Understanding College Expectations

Get the most out of your experience at GVSU

The topics below will help you:

  • Become familiar with commonly used terms at GVSU & expectations of you as a student
  • Learn how to communicate effectively with your professors
  • Access the Student Handbook
  • Find tips on registering for classes, declaring a Major, and navigating Blackboard
  • Access opportunities beyond the classroom
  • Locate digital learning tools

How do I communicate with professors?

  • Address them properly. Your professor may tell you how they wish to be addressed – "Dr. X", "Professor Y", by their first name, etc.
  • If you are unsure, it is best to stick with "Professor (insert last name)".
  • Unless your professor says otherwise, it is best to speak with them after class or during office hours.
  • Professionalism is key. Address them properly.
  • Include your name, the course number, and section number in the subject line or body of the email (e.g., John Smith PSY 306.01) and state why you’d like to meet.
  • If your Professor does not respond in one business day, kindly send a reminder email.
  • If you have questions about course material (“I’m unclear on what we discussed in class yesterday, can you go over the exam again?), career options in the field (“I’m really interested in geology, what career options are available?”), or how to get further involved with a subject (e.g., get involved in research, fieldwork, etc.), go ask your professor during office hours.

College Expectations

Academic Integrity & Honesty. Every GVSU student is expected to abide by The Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities.  Show respect for the learning process (be on time, listen to others, communicate respectfully).  Produce original work. Do not plagiarize/cheat.
Think Deeply: Apply, Analyze, Extend and Create. College students are expected to retain and understand information including, applying, analyzing and evaluating Ideas learned.
Study outside of class.  Every GVSU student is expected to study outside of class for each of their classes.  A general guide is that you are expected to study 2 to 3 hours outside of class for every hour you're in class.

The Statement of Student Rights and Responsibilities (STU)

Click on the button below and read through GVSU's policies and standards that are embodied within a set core of values to include integritycommunityinclusion & equityrespect, and responsibility.


How do I register for classes?

Explore all the things you need to know about registering for classes by navigating through the links below.

Technology & Online Classes

Technology and Digital literacy refer to someone’s ability to utilize, assess and communicate using a variety of digital devices and interfaces (email, internet, social media, etc.), along with an ability to troubleshoot and problem solve.

Self-Directed Learning Options:

Need a Device?

Access to Free Software:


Page last modified August 19, 2021