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.
engineering students will be Riding the Bus during their first semester of
classes, moving between the Allendale and Pew campuses.
plan on bringing a car to campus, looking at the parking passes on
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
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.