The Oliver Wilson Scholars program

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Mission Statement

The Oliver Wilson Scholars program formerly known as Freshman Academy is a learning community that is designed to provide comprehensive academic, professional and social support to students. This programs offer multi-dimensional support both in group and one-on-one settings. The Oliver Wilson Scholars program focuses on easing the transition for students from high school to college, with a heavy emphasis on academic preparation, personal development and skill building.

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Office: 200 Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Building

Phone: (616) 331-3588

Email: ows@gvsu.edu


Our program is focused on Academic Support, and Personal and Career Development.


"Meeting with advisors helped me choose classes that put me on the path to a career in criminal justice. It was a very helpful environment for a first-year student." by Tony Tran, Godwin Heights HS Graduate, Criminal Justice Major

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"This program kept me in line and helped me bring my grades up. They also knew where resources were and helped me make connections with other offices at the university." by Stephanie Dang, Eisenhower HS graduate, Business Major


Social media options. Oliver Wilson Scholars Facebook page, OWS_GVSU Instagram page, OWS_GVSU Twitter page, OWS@gvsu.edu email address.

Our Location & Hours
Our Location & Hours

Oliver Wilson Scholars program 
1 Campus Dr
200 Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Building
Allendale, Michigan 49401 

Fall/Winter Hours: 
Monday-Thursday, 8 a.m.-6 p.m. 
Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m. 
Spring/Summer Hours: 
Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-5 p.m.