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. 

Who is the Division of Student Affairs?


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 at [email protected].

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


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