Schedule an Advising Appointment
If you are currently a PCEC student, who has not received secondary admission, click the button below to set up an appointment. (Please review special circumstances below before making an appointment.)
If you are considering coming to Grand Valley State University and you would like more information about the programs offered in the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, please give our office a call to set up an appointment.
Our contact information is:
Phone: (616) 331-6025
Tips for Remote Advising
When you log into Navigate, and select the Schedule An Appointment Button, you will want to select "Academic Advising" and then the major you want to speak with an Advisor about.
- If you select Video Advising - an advisor will send your GVSU Gmail account a link to your virtual meeting before your appointment time. Please be sure to check you email.
- If you select Phone Advising - an advisor will call you for your advising appointment. Please indicate the correct phone number for an advisor to reach you at in the reason for your appointment. If you do not provide a phone number, we will not be able to call you and your appointment will be marked as a no-show.
- Be on time We have a very strict late appointment policy If you do not join your virtual meeting within 5 minutes of your appointment time, or you miss your PCEC Advisor's phone call you will be asked to reschedule.
- Find a private space to meet with you advisor. Your educational records are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Protect Act (FERPA). Which means that what we discuss is confidential, so family, friends and roommates should not be present without a signed consent form sent to your advisor in advance. We know this can be difficult but please know, we reserve the right to end our appointments early if privacy and confidentiality is not being met.
- Treat your remote advising appointment like a job interview. Advising appointments are typically only 30 minutes long, so please make sure you are on-time and professionally prepared. We encourage you to be on-time, ready with questions and ready to make a professional impression. If you are more than 10 minutes late, you will need to reschedule.
Please note: If you are an incoming first-year or transfer student with questions about your upcoming semester and you have not yet attended your advising and registration session, call us at (616) 331-6025 or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you have already received secondary admission into your major, please contact your faculty advisor.
You can find your faculty advisor by watching the tutorial linked below. Once you know who your faculty advisor is, please reach out to them via email or stop by their office hours for assistance.
What if my Advisor doesn't have any open appointments?
That is okay! If your assigned advisor doesn't have any open appointments, you can book with any advisor in our office. When you are making an appointment, you can select "Any Advisor" and you will be able to book a first available appointment.
Professional Advisors and Faculty Advisors
In the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, students have two different types of advisors.
- Broader perspective on your undergraduate experience
- Guides on major/minor and graduation requirements
- Helps navigate the process and clarifies for you the steps necessary to prepare for a career and/or graduate study
- Addresses your questions and concerns about college and university policies and procedures, your myPath degree evaluation and transcripts
- Connects you with resources and extra- and co-curricular experiences available to students.
- Experts in your major field and bring this in-depth understanding to help with addressing your questions/concerns about upper level class choices
- Know the wide variety of careers available to majors
- Assists you in preparing for specific graduate programs and careers
- Help you evaluate how well your skills and abilities fit with the field and your goals
- Have extensive contacts in the field and can foster your professional development in your academic area of interests
- MAJOR CHANGES: If you have changed or will be changing your major and/or minor, you will want to meet with the advisor for that new major and/or minor.
- DOUBLE MAJORS: If you are a double major/minor, please schedule your appointment with the advisor who works with the program you have the most questions about.
- STUDENTS NOT IN GOOD ACADEMIC STANDING: If you have been dismissed, are in jeopardy of dismissal, on academic probation (overall GPA below 2.0), or are re-entering the university after having been away for a year or longer, call (616) 331-6025 or stop by the PCEC Student Advising Center (EC 101) to schedule an appointment. Please do not make an appointment online.
- TRANSFER STUDENTS: If you are an incoming transfer student, please do not schedule an appointment but instead schedule your transfer advising and registration session as outlined in your acceptance letter.
- HONORS COLLEGE STUDENTS: If you have questions relating to your Honors College curriculum, please schedule your appointment with an Honors college advisor.