How to Navigate Your First Year In PCEC

Welcome to your first year in the Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing. 

This page is designed to walk you through many of the things you will want to know for your first year at GVSU. If you are a transfer student, or this is your first time at any college, this page will help you navigate your first year. 

If, at anytime you have questions, we welcome you to email us at [email protected] or call us at (616) 331-6025. 

 

Important Information All Students Should Know

PCEC Specific information

Are you looking for an easy to read Map to graduation? Then looking at the PCEC Program Plans  is a great place to start.

Program plans are laid out by major and Math start. We encourage all students before coming to their first registration to complete their math placement test so we can help them plan a more accurate academic schedule. 

The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing hosts 11 different majors and minors for undergraduate students, plus a variety of Masters programs.

Majors
Occupational Safety & Health Management (B.S.)
Computer Science (B.S.)
Cybersecurity (B.S.)
Information Systems (B.S.)
Information Technology (B.S.)
Biomedical Engineering (B.S.E.)
Computer Engineering (B.S.E.)
Electrical Engineering (B.S.E.)
Interdisciplinary Engineering (B.S.E.)
Mechanical Engineering (B.S.E.)
Product Design & Manufacturing Engineering (B.S.E.)

Minors
Computer Engineering
Computer Science
Data Science
Health Care Information Systems
Information Security Systems (ISS)
Information Systems 
Information Technology 
Biomedical Engineering
Computer Engineering 
Engineering Science
Occupational Safety & Health Management

In all PCEC majors, students need to apply for secondary admission before accessing upper level coursework. 

Secondary admission is different for every major so it is important to know the requirements for your major. Generally speaking, Secondary Admission is earned when a student completes a series of classes, while earning a pre-determined grade, and maintaining a specific GPA for their major. 

CIS Secondary Admission

EGR Secondary Admission

OSH Secondary Admission

Experience-based Learning is a major component of the programs inside the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.

All of our engineering programs have a mandatory 3 semester Cooperative Education (Co-op) rotation. By completing their co-op, students will gain a year of work experience before graduation.

Our Computing students and our Occupational Safety and Health Management student will all complete a semester long internship. By completing an internship, students will be able to apply their knowledge and gain valuable practical experience in industry. 

Academic Advising is a critical component is college success. Every student is assigned an advisor when they start classes are GVSU. Advisors help students navigate classes, policies and curriculum. Advising in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing is done with two types of advisors, a professional advisor and faculty advisor.

Faculty advisors  are experts in your major field of study and possess an unparalleled knowledge of course content and career possibilities within your field. They are able to provide insight and mentoring as it pertains to graduate programs and future employment. As professors, they also understand the aptitude and determination required to successfully complete the academic requirements of the major. Finally, faculty advisors are well connected locally, regionally, and across the United States.

Professional advisors  help provide a broad perspective of the undergraduate experience and assist in navigating academic policies and procedures. In particular, professional advisors provide assistance in the following areas:

  • Understanding requirements for secondary admission
  • Course registration and scheduling
  • Major requirements
  • Discussion of potential minors or a second major
  • Integrating Study Abroad into your academic plan
  • Scholarship opportunities
  • General Education requirements
  • Transfer courses from another institution (in particular, for students who take courses elsewhere over the summer)
  • Appropriate referrals to University Resources

During your first year and second years at Grand Valley, you will most likely meet with a Professional Academic Advisor , in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computer Undergraduate Advising Center

We recommend that students meet with their academic advisors at least once a year. It is also important to know that you can meet with any professional advisor in our offices. 

Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing (PCEC) is proud to incorporate state-of-the-art facilities into our learning and teaching environments. PCEC Facilities are spread across all three GVSU campuses (Allendale, Health, and Pew Grand Rapids).

Due to our broad reaching campus resources we often encourage our students to become familiar the Laker Line, which will take students between all our local campuses.

GVSU has a bunch of different scholarship opportunities, which can be seen on the GVSU Scholarship portal, MyScholarships.

There are also PCEC and STEM specific Scholarships listed on our PCEC Scholarships page

A good rule of thumb is that MOST scholarships open up in early October and Close March 1st. So be sure to check out the different scholarship opportunities early on in your first year at Grand Valley!

Engineering students may attempt to test out of the EGR 111, EGR 112, and/or EGR 113 courses if they have prior experience with the course content. Students who test out of these courses will receive credit for each course by passing each exam.

These tests are often offered the week before the start of classes in the Fall and Winter semester. There is a fee associated with taking the exams

Please look out our Engineering Credit by Exam website for more information.

Resources To Know

While we talk about many of the resources here on this page, the Division of Student Affairs - Student Resource Website is a more comprehensive list.

You can learn about all kinds of resources and services at GVSU, broke down by category. They have everything, from academics and academic support, to wellness and finances to campus security and climate. We strongly suggest bookmarking this website for future use.

Tutoring is one of the most utilized resources at Grand Valley State University. 

The Tutoring Center offering tutoring for most 100 and 200 subjects at GVSU. There are also a variety of different tutoring resources throughout campus, many of which are listed on the Tutoring centers website.

The other important tutoring options to know about are our major based success centers. We have the CIS success center for School of Computing coursework and the Engineering Success center  for student in the School of Engineering. 

One of the biggest myths about the  Career Center, is that students often don’t think they need the Career Center until they are ready to look for a job as they near graduation. This is not true at all! The Career Center provides resources for students at every stage of their college career, including the first year at GVSU.

Starting as early as your first year at GVSU, students can join one or several  Career Communities as a way to network with fellow students, faculty, career advisors, employers, and career content related to specific careers and industries.

Students who are unsure of their major can  meet with a Career Advisor to explore other possibilities.

The Career Center of course offers many services that might be expected, such as assistance with writing  resumes and cover letters, resources for the  internship and job search, and preparation for  interviewing and networking.

Handshake  is the Career Center’s very own job board that connects GVSU students and alumni to career resources and employers. Current students and alumni can set up a profile and search for internships, on-campus jobs, and traditional post-graduation positions.

There are always several  upcoming events hosted by the Career Center as well and students are encouraged to attend

We all know that college is a valuable investment in ourselves and GVSU has resources to help students navigate it.

The Laker Success  Financial Planning guide has great links to programs like  MoneySmart Lakers, tips for planning ahead for the costs of college, and opportunities to learn about financial aid options.

We recommend students visit our  PCEC Scholarship Opportunities page to learn about scholarships that are specific to students in our majors.

The  Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships is another wonderful resource that provides students with information on payment options, special circumstances, guardian/family access, cost and payment breakdowns, and more. This office has resources on  applying for Financial Aid, including deadlines for filing a FAFSA.

GVSU Student Accounts  is the office responsible for all student accounts, billing, collections, and Perkins loans. Students and supporters with questions about any of these topics should explore their website for relevant information, payment due dates, tuition rates, and contact information.

The  GVSU student resource page has additional information listed related to finances and student costs.

The Office of Student Life empowers students to effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services and environments. Student Life fosters learning, development, wellness, and success for students at Grand Valley State University.

They host Laker Link, which site that list all of GVSU's over 400 Student club and organizations. Student Life also co-hosts Campus Life Night, every semester in which students can learn more about most of the campus organizations and clubs. 

Outside of social clubs and organizations, there are also academic clubs. All of our colleges and majors offer some type of academic club.

The School of Computing offers clubs like the Competitive Programming Club, CIS Computing Club, Women in Computing and Hackers Analyzing Threats organizations. 

The School of Engineering offers clubs like The Biomedical Engineering Society, GVSU Solar Racing Team, Laker Racing, National Society of Black Engineers, Society of Women Engineers and more. 

Occupational Safety and Health Management hosts a student chapter of the American Society of Safety Professionals.

It's not uncommon in a student's first year to consider exploring other majors. If you are thinking about checking out some different majors from your current one these resources can help.

The Career Center is an excellent place to start exploring new majors. Often students in their first year at GVSU think that the career center is something for their last year at GVSU, however the Career Center has resources for students exploring new majors by looking at theirCareer Communities.  If you feel like none of those Career Communities fit you as a student, you can always join their Exploring Career Community. This community is about helping you find the right career interest for you. The Career Center also offers advising appointments for major exploration via Handshake.

There is also a team of advisors dedicated to advising Exploratory students. If you want to change majors, but you are not sure where you want to go, The Exploratory Study page is a great place to start.

If you are looking at a different major inside the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, then check out the full PCEC majors list. We have over 11 different majors in PCEC so be sure to check out information about them below, and making an appointment with an academic advisor if you are thinking about checking out a different PCEC major.

Occupational Safety and Health Management 
Why Study Occupational Safety and Health?
Occupational Safety And Health Professional Profile

The School of Computing
Which Computing Major is Right for you
7 Reasons to Study Computing at GVSU
The Spectrum of Computing

The School of Engineering
Why Become An Engineer?
Engineering Fast Facts

The backbone of every degree at Grand Valley State University is the General Education requirements

General educational is designed to help students become informed citizens, leading to responsible participation in local, national and global communities. 
A great way to get an overview of the different requirements for general education is to either look at the Quick Guide or reviewing your MyPath.

If you are in the Frederick Meijer Honors College you will be complete the general education requirements through your Honors Sequence. If you have questions about the Honors College requirements we'd suggest reaching out to your Honors College advisor for assistance.

If you are a transfer student, you might have completed the MTA (Michigan Transfer Agreement) Transfer students with a MTA/MACRAO are still required to complete the following requirements: one (1) SWS course, the two-course Cultures requirement and two (2) Issues courses.

There are a variety of wellness resources at Grand Valley that can very from Student wellnessEmotional Wellness, Environmental Wellness, Social WellnessPress Pause to a host of services offered by the  GVSU counseling Center

We encourage students to check out the different services offered on campus within their first several weeks of being on campus.  

If you are looking for more resources about student wellness, including health insurance, the GVSU health Hub and the Campus Health Center, check out the Division of Student Affairs - Student Resource list

New Students Information

One major difference between high school and college is the shifting role of your parents or supporters in your education.
In high school your parents and supporters often work with you as a partner or sometimes as a leader for your educational goals. However, in college it is time for you, the student, to step forward and take the leading role in your education. Your parents can assist you, but you are in charge of your education.
For example, in high school it is not uncommon for teachers to email with supporters and parents, but in college it is unprofessional for your parents or supporters to email your professors or advisors on your behalf.

We want to speak with you personally, since you are the individual attending classes and completing the coursework. 

In fact the university cannot release any information to your parents or supporters without written consent. So, if you would like your parent or supporter to attend an advising appointment, you will need to submit a signed FERPA (Family Educational Right Privacy Act) form before your appointment. 

If your Supporters or Parents are looking to learn how to be involved, please send them the  PCEC Family and Supporter Resource page. 

Every catalog at GVSU has an index of academic policies. This is a critical thing all students should know. 

If you wanted to know more about auditing a class, how the grading system works, how to make the Dean's list, that is all in the Catalog.

Every year GVSU releases a new academic catalog. The most important catalog, is the one from the year you started at Grand Valley.
 

One of the most important resources for a student to know about is the Academic Calendar.

The academic calendar tells you when the first day of classes is, to the last day you can withdraw, to midterms, finals and spring break. We recommend becoming familiar with the academic calendar during your first week of classes every semester. This will allow you to plan for semester breaks and know important deadlines in advance.

If you are ever feeling lost, or stumped by some of the new jargon you are hearing in college? We suggest looking at the Glossary of Terms page. This page explains most of the common terms you will hear at GVSU, including things like GPA, Major, Minor, Withdrawal and many more. 

Grand Valley has a minimum level of academic achievement for undergraduate students based on the total number of credits (including transfer) completed. Academic standing can effect many things at GVSU, including registration, secondary admission, graduation, being on Dean's List, and financial aid. 

There are four different levels of academic standing. Good standing, Probation and Jeopardy of Dismissal and Dismissal.
Good academic standing is an overall GVSU GPA of a 2.0, which is the minimum GPA needed to graduate from Grand Valley. While a 2.0 is considered good academic standing, it is important to remember that many programs with secondary admission have a higher minimum GPA needed for acceptance into their programs. 

You can learn more about the different academic standings on the Student Academic Success Center website.

At the University level, adding classes after the first week can be very challenging. 

There are a limited number of Late Start Classes. These classes typically start about 4 to 6 weeks into the start of the semester, either starting in October or February. These courses are slightly more fast-paced due to the shorter semester duration. You can find these classes in MyBanner.

However, adding a full 16-week semester class after the first week of class is more difficult. Often, classes are full at this point and it can be difficult finding an open course.
The process of adding a class late is more involved and requires having permission from the professor teaching the course, the department chair from the department that class is housed, and the Dean of the College in which the course is located. There is also a $25 late fee for adding a class.

The best way to avoid this situation, is reviewing your classes in your first week and double-checking that you are a full time student, enrolled in 12 credit hours or more. 

For students studying in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, the math placement tests are critical to complete before your first semester at Grand Valley State University. Math is the base of all of our programs, so knowing which course to start in is important. Traditionally you will take math place before your First Year or Transfer Student registration.
 

You can learn more about Math Placement on the Math Department's website.

If you are looking to find your tuition statement, you will want to be sure to log into your MyBanner account

The GVSU Student Accounts page also has a bunch of great information. Student Accounts is responsible for all student accounts, billing, collections, and Perkins loans. They can also help explain your charges, help you make a payment and answer questions about due dates and rates.

The Office of Financial Aid and Scholarship is also an important resource to know regarding student loads, the different types of student loan and any type of internal or external scholarship. 

If you are a parent or supporter, with a  proxy account, you are able to view your student's tuition statement. 


First Year At GVSU Calendar

If you are a first year student, or a transfer student, there are important landmarks to look out for throughout your first year at Grand Valley. 

This calendar highlights the important thing for PCEC students to be aware of and while this calendar is only for your first year at GVSU, the GVSU Academic Blueprint  has landmarks to accomplish for years two, three and four.

1st Year Student Calendar

August is a busy month and even though classes don't start until August 29th 2022, there are a lot of things to do before that first week of classes.

Many students are preparing to move to campus. GVSU Housing has options for First Year student or Transfer and returning students. Many students get their housing assignments as early as July. We recommend touching base with your roommates as soon as your get your assignments. This is a good way to start getting to know each other and discuss what each of you are bringing to campus. Housing has a recommended Packing List for student, so be sure to look that over as you prepare for your move. 

If you are a local student, and looking to commute during your first year, be sure to fill our a Housing Exemption form

No matter if you are commuting or living on campus, we recommend looking at the different transportation sites early.
Many engineering students will be Riding the Bus during their first semester of classes, moving between the Allendale and Pew campuses.
If you plan on bringing a car to campus, looking at the parking passes on the Parking Services  website is critical.
Additionally, if you are a commuting student, or you live off campus, it is important to know about the GVSU Park and Ride option.

Another big thing to think about in August is getting the materials you need to be successful in your first year in PCEC. The GVSU Bookstore has two different locations. If your classes are going to be on the downtown campus, your books will in the downtown bookstore. If your classes are in Allendale, your books will be in the Allendale Store. You can use the bookstore's Textbook Look Up Tool to find the best prices on physical and digital books and course materials. 

If you are looking at getting a new computer for your first semester, we suggest looking at the PCEC Computer Recommendations page.

The week before classes start be sure to Attend Transitions. Transitions is the New Student Orientation and we recommend all new students attend. At the end of the week student attend Convocation, which is a tradition that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year. Convocation is significant for incoming students as it marks a time of intellectual discovery and the beginning of their academic endeavors.


Also do not forget to upload your vaccination card to GVSU before the start of classes


First Week of Classes:
Once Classes start there are some important things to do.

- Review Syllabi for all of your classes and make note of important assignment dates. In College your syllabus is the academic contract, and lays out all the goals and assignments you will be completing for the semester. 
- Look over the academic calendar. We recommend putting every important deadline your planner or the digital calendar you plan on using to keep track of your coursework throughout the school year.
- If you need to change something about your semester, please come to the Advising Offices as soon as possible so we can help you get your schedule fixed. Please know, you are only able to add new classes easily during the first week of the semester. 

September is a great month to start settling into classes and building connection in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.

The first week of classes ends September 2nd, 2022. That is also the 100% tuition refund deadline for dropping any classes.

An important thing to know is that by the end of the first week of classes, your courses are pretty much set for the rest of the semester. There is still time to drop a course, if you feel like your schedule is too full.

However adding a new class after the first week of class is more challenging. Often, classes are full at this point and it can be difficult finding an open course.  The process of adding a class late is more involved and requires having permission from the professor teaching the course, the department chair from the department that class is housed, and the Dean of the College in which the course is located. There is also a $25 late fee for adding a class.

The best way to avoid this situation, is reviewing your classes in your first week and double-checking that you are a full time student, enrolled in 12 credit hours or more. 

Socially September is a great time to learn about all the things that Grand Valley's campus offers. Campus Life Night is held at the start of every Fall and Winter semester. GVSU has over 400 student organizations, a Community Service Learning Center, and a variety of Greek Life options. 

Another place to looking for social opportunity is inside the GVSU Recreation center which hosts a variety of team sports options like EsportsClub Sports and intermural sports.

September also holds the GVSU Nonprofit Volunteer and Internship Fair. Additionally, if you are looking for an on-campus job Handshake will have different job opportunities for you to look at. 
Be sure to check your email and complete the MySucessCheck survey that comes out a few weeks after the semester starts. This is a great way to let GVSU know how you are transition to campus life. 

Academically, September is great time to connect with your faculty. Every professor hosts office hours, which are drop-in hours for students to come by with any questions, comment, concerns or just to say hi! Office hours are a great way to get help with classes too. All first time students at Grand Valley are also assigned a Student Success Network Faculty Partner. Your Student Success Network Faculty Partner is there to help service as a resource and point of contact for first year students. Your Faculty Mentor will contact you about meetings, and it is strong encouraged to participate with your Faculty Partner. 

Another excellent way to get help with classes is by signing up for tutoring with the Tutoring Center, or dropping by the different academic success center. Both the School of Computing and the School of Engineering have different success center for major based tutoring. 

October is a great time to be on campus. The colors are changing and there is a ton to do on campus.

One thing we suggest student look at is all the different things that Recreation & Wellness offer students. Outdoor Adventure offers gear rental for those who want to go camping and hiking in the West Michigan fall, bike maintenance and the ever popular indoor Climbing Center. Their Fitness section of Recreation & Wellness offers group exercise class, personal and small group training and an adult swim program. Student Wellness covers the 8 different dimensions of wellness including mental wellness, financial wellness, emotional wellness, social wellness and others. 

Another great way to get involved on campus in October is by taking part in Make A Difference Day. Traditionally this program runs during Mid-October and is hosted by the Community Service Learning Center. Be sure to check this out and see how you can get involved.

Academically, October is also a busy month. Make sure you are paying attention the Academic Calendar, because some big things are going to occur this month.
Your first round of midterms are going to take place along with The Withdraw deadline, so the last day to withdraw from classes easily with a "W" is in October. 

Additionally, Fall Break happens from October 23rd to October 25th, 2022, so you want to make sure that is on your radar.

You also want to make sure you take note, that Scholarship application for the next academic year opens in October. Many Scholarships open in October, with the majority of them closing March 1st, however be sure to check out MyScholarships and create an account to get started! 

During the month of November, we start to see the end of the semester in sight. Student receive their mid-term grades and we are officially over halfway done with your first semester in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing.

Often during November students are making decisions about their future academic careers, and there are a lot of resources available to students. We encourage all first year students to attend the Majors Fair, even if you aren't thinking about changing majors. This is a great place to meet advisors and faculty members, but you can also learn about different minor options at Grand Valley.

If you are thinking about changing majors, be sure to talk with an advisor in the major you are interested in switching to, since they will be the best resource regarding that major. Another excellent tool to use when exploring other majors is MyPath. MyPath has a feature called "What If" which lets you look at what your MyPath would look like with a different major. 

Another great resource for PCEC students is Experience Matters. This is a site that houses a bunch of summaries of student internships and co-ops. So if you are interested in what an internship or co-op might look like for someone studying your major, head on over and check it out.

With Finals coming around the corner, be sure to check out different Academic Success Workshops, hosted by the Student Academic Success Center. Final exams are right around the corner, and they often host Final Exam prep.

The Academic Success Center also hosts all kind of excellent information like guides for Academic Skills and Resources and one-on-one Success Coaching, which is open to any student who needs assistance. 

Also, the GVSU Counseling Center offers a host of different resources, if you are feeling stressed toward the end of the semester. From Virtual Workshops, to group counseling, to relaxation resources to one-on-one counseling, the Counseling Center should have something to help.

Thanksgiving Day Recess runs from November 23rd to the 27th, 2022. So, if you are planning on staying on campus during, makes sure you complete a Break Stay form.

November is also when students start applying for housing for their second year at GVSU. If you are planning on living on campus be sure to check out the Upperclassman Housing Assignment page to find out about the the dates for applications.

We are winding down on your first semester in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing! There are only a few short weeks left until the end of the semester, but those are some busy weeks.

Project day is an end of the semester tradition in PCEC, one in which we hope you will be participating as either a student scholar or a visitor. Project Day is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their work to fellow students, faculty, staff, and prospective students from our local high school community. Project Day has student projects anywhere from first year courses to senior projects and capstones. Often Louie The Laker stops by to see what the projects are.

Classes officially end December 10th, 2022 and exams will begin on December 12th and run to December 17th.

If you are staying on Campus for semester break, be sure that you have completed your "Break Stay" form on the housing website.

If you are headed home, or away from campus for the duration of break, make sure you have completed the "Departing Campus Checklist"

Before you head home, be sure to check your winter semester schedule and talk with an academic advisor, if there are any changes you need to make.

We encourage you to make sure that you take time to relax and celebrate completing your first semester at Grand Valley. 

Important Note: GVSU will be closed from December 23rd to 2022 to January 2nd 2023. During this time many of the main offices will be closed. The Advising office will be closed during this time period. 

Welcome Back after the break!

In January the university starts to get busy again as we re-open after being closed for a week.

If you are planning to move back on campus into your living center, make sure you check in upon your arrival back to campus in January. Login to your myHousing portal and check in by clicking on the green button that says "Check in for Winter".

Before coming back to campus, we encourage you to double-check your class schedule and make sure you have ordered your text books for the upcoming semester. 

First Week of Classes:
- Review Syllabi for all of your classes and make note of important assignment dates. In College your syllabus is the academic contract, and lays out all the goals and assignments you will be completing for the semester. 
- Look over the academic calendar. We recommend putting every important deadline your planner or the digital calendar you plan on using to keep track of your coursework throughout the school year.
- If you need to change something about your semester, please come to the Advising Offices as soon as possible so we can help you get your schedule fixed. Please know, you are only able to add new classes easily during the first week of the semester. 

Just like in the Fall semester, by the end of the first week of classes, your courses are pretty much set for the semester. There is still time to drop a course, if need be, but adding a course becomes significantly harder. Please read the section "Late Adding A Course" in the "GVSU Information" section above for more details

January hosts the 2nd Campus Life Night of the year. So if you didn't get a chance to attend in the fall semester, here is a second opportunity to learn about GVSU's 400+ student organizations.

The week of Monday, January 16th GVSU will host its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration week Programming. Be sure to check out the week-long events and MLK Day Of Service information.

Additionally, be on the look-out for communication from the advising office, all first year students at GVSU will be requirement to meet with an advisor before registering for classes for the 2023-2034 academic year. Advising is going to start reaching out to students in January to start getting students into appointments and small group advising. 

During February students are adjusting to their schedules, and the winters on GVSU's campus. 

Just like in September, February is another great time to connect with your faculty and to sign up for tutoring with the Tutoring Center, or dropping by the different academic success center. Both the School of Computing and the School of Engineering have different success center for major based tutoring. 

Another place to looking for social opportunities in the winter semester is checking out different team opportunities like EsportsClub Sports and intermural sports

If you are considering studying abroad in either the Summer or Fall semester, February is when applications are due. So be sure to check out the PCEC study abroad options. You can also check out all the different study abroad experiences on the Padnos International Center Website.

Additionally, this is a great time to consider submitting to Student Scholarship Day (SSD) which is hosted by the Office of Undergraduate Research. Student Scholarship Day takes place in April. However, applications for SSD open in February. If there is a project or assignment you've completed, that you would like to share, SSD is a great event. Even if you aren't presenting, we suggest visiting SSD because you can see what your classmates are doing with their research.

A friendly reminder is that scholarship applications will close on March 1st. So in February don't forget to review the PCEC scholarships and the MyScholarships page for any last minute scholarships you still want to apply for. 

Class registration is just around the corner, so be sure to look up which day you will be registering on. The Registrar's office will publish a Registration Calendar You will need to know how many credit hours you currently have at Grand Valley. This is something that ou can find on either your MyPath, or your transcript

We recommend meeting with an academic advisor before your assigned registration date. Just know, it is best to sign up for advising earlier than later during this busy season. 

A friendly reminder is that scholarship applications will close on March 1st. So in February don't forget to review the PCEC scholarships and the MyScholarships page for any last minute scholarships you still want to apply for. 

March is one of the busiest months are Grand Valley State University. Between Midterm, the Withdraw Deadline, spring break and preparing for registration for next year's classes, this is a good time to plan ahead. Be sure to be looking at the academic calendar so you are aware of all the dates.

Spring Break starts off the month, running from March 5th to March 12th, 2023. Student can opt to stay on campus during spring break, by completing a "Break Stay" form with housing. Other students choose to head home or vacation with family. One organization on campus called Alternative Breaks organizes social and environmental service trips for students. However you choose to spend your Spring Break, make sure to take some time to relax after midterms. 

After students return to campus registration for next year's classes opens soon. The GVSU registrar's site always posts a calendar for registration dates. This calendar is called the "Registration Calendar" and is typically published in February. Students are assigned a date for registration based on the number of credit hours a student has, so traditionally senior students sign up for classes before first year students.

On your day to sign up for classes, you will log into MyBanner and register for Spring/Summer, Fall and Winter semester classes. If you want a refresher on how to register for classes the Registrar's Office - Video Library Page. During your first registration session at GVSU, you will be registering for classes with other students, however this registration cycle, you will be registering alone.

You will be required to meet with an academic advisor before your assigned registration date. Our office and other advising offices at Grand Valley will start reaching out to you early in the semester to encourage you to meet with an advisor early. Just know, it is best to sign up for advising earlier than later during this busy season. 

Another important thing that happens in the Winter Semester, is Community Outreach Week, which happens every March. This is an event for current students, staff, faculty and alumni. If you are looking for a way to give back, Community Outreach Week is a great way to do so. 

During April we start to see the weather improving, and we know that the end of the semester is approaching.

Student Scholarship Day happens in mid-April every year. This is a university-wide day that celebrates scholarship, research and creative works performed and created by current GVSU undergraduate and graduate students. Typically students submit materials in February to present, but even if you aren't presenting, this is an excellent event to see what other GVSU Students are researching. 

Project day is an end of the semester tradition in PCEC, one in which we hope you will be participating as either a student scholar or a visitor. Project Day is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their work to fellow students, faculty, staff, and prospective students from our local high school community. You could see upper level senior projects, to first year project and everything in between. Local high schools also come to Project Day to see what our GVSU's are working on.

Finals are also going to be happening at the end of April, so it is good to start studying sooner than later. Be sure to look for tutoring and review options from The Tutoring and Reading center. Visiting your professors in their office hours is also a great way to have last minute questions answered, so don't forget about that resource either. There is also Success Coaching offered by the Student Academic Success Center. Success coaching is designed to help provide students the tools, strategies and resources they need to be successful in their academic journeys. Common topics covered in success coaching is time management, organization, test-taking strategies, goal-setting and more. It is never too late to start Success Coaching.

If you were living in on-campus housing, it is time to start packing up your unit. The GVSU Housing Student Information page will have more information about applying for an "Extended Stay", transitioning to summer housing if you are staying on campus and taking classes. There is also information about moving out.

If you are planning to move out, you will want to make sure you completed 3 things:
1. Pack Your Things
2. Clean and Empty out your Unit
3. Turn in your keys

May is that start of the Summer Semester at Grand Valley State University. The Spring/Summer Semester is different from any other semester at GVSU. A traditional semester (Fall and Winter) is 16-weeks long, while the Spring/Summer semester is only 12-weeks long. 

During the Spring/Summer there are classes run in one of three options, either the full 12-weeks, First 6-weeks long, or Second 6-weeks long.

For summer courses, First 6-week and Full 12-week Classes will begin May 8th, 2023. Second 6-week courses will not start until June 26th, 2023. So if you are taking Spring/Summer classes at GVSU be sure to know when your classes start and end.

If you are a student studying in the School of Computing or Occupational Safety and Health Management, it might be time for you to apply for Secondary admission. Be sure to check your majors requirements regarding applying for secondary admission.

May 29th, 2023 is Memorial Day Recess and GVSU will be closed that day.
 

During June and July, we hope that you are doing your best at whatever you decided to do. If you were working, taking classes or studying abroad we hope you find some time to relax and enjoy the summer.

Academic Advising is always around in the summer to help with any questions, comments or concerns you might have. So do not hesitate to reach out to our office.

Some important dates to keep in mind for the summer are:
First 6-Week classes End June 19th, with exams running June 20-21st.
Second 6-Week classes begin June 26th.

GVSU will be closed for Independence Day Recess July 4th.

12-Week Classes and Second 6-Week classes end on August 4th, with exams happening August 7th and 8th.  

If you were taking classes are your local community college or another university over the summer, please remember to send a copy of your official transcripts to GVSU. You did the work so be sure to get credit for it by sending your transcripts.



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