Division of Student Services
The Division of Student Services helps students get the most out of their university experience and achieve personal, educational, and career success. The Division is comprised of departments, programs, facilities, and services supported by more than 150 professional and graduate staff. The Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students serves as the university’s senior student affairs officer and provides divisional leadership for a staff that is eager to help students find their connections on campus.
Departments & Offices
The Dean of Students Office serves as an information resource for students and campus colleagues, provides advocacy for student issues, programs to serve students (see list on this page), and represents the division to constituencies within and beyond the university. The main office is located in the Lubbers Student Services Center on the Allendale Campus, but Division staff provide additional support on the Pew (Grand Rapids), Health (Grand Rapids), Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City campuses.
Campus Recreation offers student programs and services for fitness, wellness, outdoor adventures, and competitive sports throughout the year. Campus Recreation enhances and engages the GVSU community by providing inclusive and diverse recreational opportunities that inspire participation, promote health and wellbeing, and encourage student development and success. Over 50 group exercise, mind/body, and spinning classes are taught weekly by a staff of certified instructors. To encourage healthy lifestyles, Fitness and Wellness offers a variety of services which include massage, nutrition, swim lessons, personal training, free Ufit plans, small group training, equipment orientation, fitness assessment, health screenings, and CPR and First Aid classes. Many of these services are free or at a reduced cost for students. The Club Sports and Intramural Sports programs provide opportunities for students to remain physically active in sports throughout their college career. With over 55 club sports organizations that range from recreational to highly competitive and over 20 intramural sports programs, students are likely to find an opportunity to be engaged through organized team sports. Outdoor Adventures offers a variety of programming and resources for the outdoor enthusiast, including outdoor skills workshops, trips, indoor rock climbing, bicycle and backpacking equipment rental, and bicycle maintenance.
The Career Center offers comprehensive assistance to students through career and major exploration, internship placement, resume and cover letter development, interview coaching, and opportunities for networking and assistance with job placement. Students are encouraged to utilize the resources of the Career Center as early as their first year. All students have access to a career advisor that works specifically with each major, and career advisors are also available to undeclared students. Students are encouraged to touch base at least once a year with their career advisor in addition to attending events and workshops. The Career Center is also the primary conduit for employers, assisting them in connecting with talented GVSU students who are prepared and well-suited for the demands of a career.
The purpose of the Children’s Enrichment Center (CEC) is to educate children, families, and students to shape their lives and societies in order to nurture habits of intellectual growth, curiosity, and a love for learning. The CEC has been home of the "Littlest Lakers," serving the families of GVSU and the surrounding communities, since the early 1970s. The CEC operates with three classrooms and runs a year round licensed preschool program serving children ages 2.5 years - 5 years of age in the mornings, with enrichment opportunities offered throughout the day. The CEC also offers before and after school care for local Allendale elementary students up to age 12 with transportation provided by Allendale Public School Transportation.
The Metro Health GVSU Campus Health Center is a full-service, on-campus health center focused on providing convenient and high-quality care for Grand Valley students, staff, and faculty. Medical staff, including physicians and mid-level providers, offers a variety of health services, including treatment for injuries, infections and illness; women’s health; allergy shots; physicals and more. Scheduled appointments are preferred, but same-day appointments will be seen based on availability of providers. The medical team is dedicated to the health and well-being of patients and takes great pride in helping Grand Valley’s students, faculty and staff in meeting their individual health needs.
Housing and Residence Life provides students with an opportunity to live independently in a supportive environment. The design of GVSU’s residential communities is intentional, promoting community and campus involvement. Staff focus on the growth and development of residents, helping them become contributing members of society. Grand Valley has built some of the newest and most sustainable living centers in the state. Students can build lasting relationships and be a part of a community of like-minded learners. Traditional-style living centers, cluster-style living centers, suite-style living centers, apartment-style living centers, six living-learning communities, and gender inclusive housing are offered. With an inventory of over 6,300 beds in 31 residences, the Department of Housing and Residence Life provides varied and significant learning opportunities for residential students.
We work to uphold the Student Code. We recognize that sometimes students may make choices that conflict with the values and policies of the University. Our office works with students to address these issues, while ensuring fair treatment of everyone involved. We are committed to helping students develop a greater sense of self-awareness and to providing support on their paths toward becoming engaged and productive global citizens.
Dedicated to providing a safe and private environment for students to discuss and process difficulties. The Ombuds will listen, provide guidance on next steps, and discuss other resources that might be helpful.
The purpose of the Office of Student Life (OSL) is to empower students to “Become More” and effectively engage with their communities through intentionally designed and inclusive programs, services, and environments. The OSL provides support to more than 450+ registered student organizations and is home to the Community Service Learning Center (CSLC), Laker Leadership Programs, Fraternity and Sorority Life, and Laker Traditions. The Office of Student Life coordinates the university’s academic ritual ceremonies, advises the Student Senate and Spotlight programming board, and has responsibility for managing the Russel H. Kirkhof Center and its daily operations. The Promotions Office staff develops marketing strategies utilizing graphic design, video production, website development, and social media campaigns.
The purpose of the University Counseling Center is to enhance the healthy development of our diverse GVSU community through prevention and education, psychological services, and consultation. These services are provided through a team of trained professionals committed to improving the mental health of the GVSU student body through counseling, education & consultation. The following mental health services are offered to all currently registered GVSU students free of charge: Group and individual counseling, crisis services, consultation, referral and community resources, peer education and outreach events, and trainings.
Programs and Services
The Dean of Students Office coordinates intervention and support for students who may be struggling on campus. In some cases, students might be confronting certain issues for the first time, while for others these issues may be ongoing. We focus on helping these students to get connected with campus resources and we provide outreach and follow-up to support student success.
The Division of Student Services works closely with the College of Education’s College Student Affairs Leadership program to develop new student affairs professionals via the graduate assistantship program. The DSS provides support in the areas of recruitment, selection, and professional development.
Parent and Family Orientation sessions are held concurrently with summer first year advising/registration sessions (families attend on the same date as their student). We are thrilled to welcome you to our campus and the Laker Family Network (Grand Valley’s parent/family resource)!
The Student Advisory Board is a select group of diverse students who provide feedback and advice directly to the Vice Provost for Student Affairs and Dean of Students about the student experience at Grand Valley State University. To become a member, students must apply and be invited to interview.