Why You Should Get Involved At GVSU

The first few weeks at GVSU are filled with nerves, excitement and questions. Questions like:

“Where are my classes?”

“How do I use the bus?”

and “What exactly is a Laker Bowl?”

These questions are important and crucial to adjusting to campus, but what comes next is even more essential.

Ask yourself, “Now what?” What will you do with the time you have?

Students registering at Campus Life Night

"Now what?"

Pie Chart showing how much free time a student has, which is a lot.

As college students, the budget for extra spending is slim; however, one thing you can invest is your time. Aside from working, taking classes, studying, eating (and occasionally sleeping), college is about discovering your passions. What you choose to get involved in will allow you to grow and develop outside of your academic adventures at GVSU.


Feeling hesitant about getting involved? Don’t stress. Studies have shown that students who are involved on campus have a better retention rate and better grades. Try something new by getting out of your comfort zone and connecting with your peers.

So you might be thinking… What if I don’t find the right fit? GVSU has over 450 student organizations, ranging from acapella groups, Quidditch club and improv comedy teams. There’s a place for everyone, and if you don’t find what you’re looking for, start your own student organization!


If you’re looking to challenge yourself and give back to your community, try development or philanthropic opportunities. The Office of Student Life has all the resources you need for information on Greek Life, Leadership and Civic Engagement.

A student at the GVTV booth shows camera equipment

“My only regret is that I didn't get involved sooner."

At the end of the day, getting involved is completely up to you. You have to make the choice. Only you can choose to invest your time. A word of advice? We interviewed GVSU graduates at commencement in 2017 and asked them what advice they would give to new students at GVSU. Each and every one of them said, “Get involved. Don’t wait.” Whether you’re a doe-eyed freshman or experienced senior, it is never too late to get involved and get out there.

Students at Football Stadium

Connecting At GVSU

College is more than just class and academia. College should be an exciting time to broaden one's horizons, engage with the campus community, and give back to the community. Student Life wants to help you Become More!

Students playing games in Sports Center

Formula racing club at Campus Life Night

Transitioning from High School to College

For most, this will be the first time that you are away from your family and high school friends. Grand Valley State University offers a unique campus community that allows you to find your niche in some of the 400+ student organizations on campus, to engage in campus traditions, and to give back to the community.

Campus Resources

Remember, you are not alone; Grand Valley is a big place, but there are so many campus resources including Student Life to get you where you need to go.

GVSU Rowing Club competing at Lubber's Cup

Page last modified May 17, 2018