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.
Find Your Community
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.
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!
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
Learns what it means to become an active, global citizen through the Community Service Learning Center's engagement opportunities.
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!
The Outdoor Adventures Program offers a variety of programs and services, including educational workshops, recreational events, trips, & gear rental!
Counseling Center Groups
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.
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.
Healthy Lakers Workshops
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.
Wellness Series & Coaching
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.
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.
Intramural Sports offers a variety of sports and events for participants of all skill levels in an inclusive, fun, and recreational environment.
Resources for Student Success
Academic Advisor- Declared Majors
Academic Advisor- Exploratory & Undecided
Student Academic Success Center
Accessible, Restroom and Wellness Room Information
Gayle R. Davis Center for Women and Gender Equity
Milton E. Ford LGBT Resource Center
Office of Multicultural Affairs
Campus Climate Incident Reporting
Campus Safety Information & Resources
Grand Valley Police Department
Ottawa County Michigan Silent Observer
Reporting Incidents or Care & Concern
Title IX Resources & Reporting
University Counseling Center- Urgent Situation or Crisis
FAFSA- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Office of Financial Aid & Scholarships
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