Helpful Resources

Helpful Resources & Websites

In addition to the other sites listed throughout the Compass guide, listed are a few more helpful sites you might find useful during your stay in the United States.

Google Maps is very useful for finding some of the locations listed on this site.

The Transportation page will give you details on how you can get to events and outings. 

Grand Valley State University:

Padnos International Center:
Office (616) 331-3898 Fax (616) 331-3899 
Kate Stoetzner (cell phone) (616) 502-5103

Public Safety Services - for a complete list visit
GVSU Facilities (616) 331-3000
24 hour security dispatch (Allendale) (616) 331-3255 
Pew Campus Security (Grand Rapids) (616) 331-6677 

Hospital Emergency:

Ambulance/Fire/E-Unit: 911 - This is for emergency situations only

Spectrum-Butterworth Campus (616) 391-1680
St. Marys (616) 752-6789 
Spectrum-Blodgett Campus (616) 774-7740 S
Spectrum-Butterworth Urgent Care (616) 331-6210 
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 800-273-8255
University Health Center (616) 331-2435 
Silent Observer 1-800-825-0221

Government Agency:
Internal Revenue Service 1-800-829-1040
Social Security 1-800-772-1213
Secretary of the State 1-888-767-6424
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services 1-800-375-5283


Fox News
Yahoo News
Grand Rapids Press

Weather:  sometimes you will have to change the city to Allendale or Grand Rapids to get weather near you. Sometimes you will see it has done this automatically for you.

Weather Channel
Channel 13
Channel 8
Yahoo Weather

Grand Rapids:
Visitors Information
City of Grand Rapids
Rapid Growth

Popular Search Engines:

Social: websites designed for college students to network on and stay in touch with friends.
Facebook  share pictures, thoughts, connect with people, chat, and message
Google +  share pictures, thoughts, connect with people, chat, and message
Instagram  photo sharing
Twitter  short messages, links, and posts
Pinterest  share pictures, interests, and crafts

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