1st Year

You've moved in, you have your class schedule, but now what? What's next?

The first year of college is pivotal to your success at Grand Valley State University. From making new friends, to creating healthy habits, to finding where you belong, we understand you have a lot to navigate. The Division of Student Affairs is committed to helping you get the most out of your university experience and achieve personal and educational success. Below are important experiences and resources you should engage with during your first year. 

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Find Your Community

Greek Life

students in a fraternity and sorority

Find your home away from home! When students find "a home away from home", their college experience is enhanced. Scholarship, service, friendship, cultural appreciation, and brotherhood/sisterhood are the common fraternal principles founded by each of our Greek-lettered organizations. 

Fraternity & Sorority Life

Club Sports

ICA Women's Soccer

Club sports provide students the opportunity to find community while continuing to compete in the sports they love or try new sports. With over 50 club sports, we've got you covered!

Club Sports

Laker Chats

student playing pool

Laker Chats are one-on-one or small group in-depth conversations between a student staff member (Resident Assistant) and their residents guided by a set of suggested questions/prompts. 

For more information, email Housing & Residence Life 

Housing & Residence Life

Community Engagement

students volunteering during Make a Difference Day

Learns what it means to become an active, global citizen through the Community Service Learning Center's engagement opportunities. 

Community Service Learning Center

Student Organizations

students in a student organization

The most successful students are those who spend the 70% of their time outside of class wisely. Gain a wide range of experiences, leadership skills, and new friends by joining a student organization!

Student Organizations

Outdoor Adventures

student climbing on rock wall

The Outdoor Adventures Program offers a variety of programs and services, including educational workshops, recreational events, trips, & gear rental! 

Outdoor Adventures

Stay Healthy

Counseling Center Groups

snowflake with the word love

Group counseling is the most effective treatment modality for many emotional concerns, personal struggles, and relationship issues that students face. From general groups to identity or theme-based, find the group that is best for you.

Group Counseling

Fitness Programs

group exercise class in fieldhouse

Try one of the many fitness programs offered through Recreation & Wellness. From group exercise classes to heavy bag kickboxing and various training programs, there is something for everyone.

Fitness Programs

Healthy Lakers Workshops

GVSU letters on Allendale campus

View the University Counseling Center's self-guided virtual workshops that share information and resources on various topics such as anxiety, depression, nutrition and neurotransmitters, self-compassion, stress management, grief, and art therapy.

Health Lakers Virtual Workshops

Wellness Series & Coaching

students walking on the little mac bridge

Join us for a Monthly Wellness Speaker Series that dives into wellness beyond the basics - exploring topics with a lens of intersectionality, health equity and diversity.

Wellness Programs

Stay Safe

student sitting in chair outside

When it comes to substance use, we want you to stay SAFE. Learn more about the effects, consequences, and how to stay safe when using substances.

Alcohol & Other Drugs Services

Intramural Sports

intramural basketball team

Intramural Sports offers a variety of sports and events for participants of all skill levels in an inclusive, fun, and recreational environment. 

Intramural Sports

Resources for Student Success



August 22, 2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

WHAT IS THIS CLUB? At every Super Secret Club meeting, we provide FREE FOOD and information about joining student organizations and making new friends. When you come to a club meeting, you'll...

Fall Convocation

August 22, 2024 7:00 PM

Convocation is a time-honored tradition that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year and is significant for incoming students as it marks a time of intellectual discovery and the...

IFC Welcome Week Block Party

August 24, 2024 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Join us for an exciting start to the semester at the IFC Welcome Week Block Party! Get ready to make unforgettable memories with fellow students as we kick off the new academic year in style. Enjoy...

NPHC Yard Show

August 24, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Fun, and exciting Cultural Step show hosted by the National Pan-Hellenic Council to showcase the organizational strolls on the big stage for the GVSU community to see....

Campus Life Night

August 25, 2024 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM

Why should you go to Campus Life Night? MAKE CONNECTIONS Meet your new community at Campus Life Night through the 300+ student organizations, campus departments, and local businesses/non-profits...

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