New Student Success

Laker Ready

Following new student orientation (summer advising/registration), the Division of Student Services, along with campus partners, intentionally supports new students in acclimating to life as Lakers.

Campus is fully functioning for the first day of move-in and students are encouraged to use the Laker Welcome Events schedule in the days leading up to Transitions: New Student Orientation, the official and required fall orientation. The Laker Welcome Events schedule continues through the first six weeks of the semester and one highlight is Campus Life Night.

Grand Valley cares about the preparedness and well-being of all new students, so information is shared often, and in a variety of formats, to put each on a path to success.

Early Arrival Orientation Programs (Pre-Transitions)

Oliver Wilson Freshman Academy students participate in the five-day Academic Success Institute (ASI) designed to empower participants to develop a sense of responsibility for their own education and learning. ASI is free and takes place the week before general move-in and fall orientation. Students who participate in the institute will earn one credit towards graduation.

Student Services staff members also provide support for Black Excellence Orientation and Laker Familia Orientation hosted by the Division of Inclusion and Equity. 

Strategies for Academic Success (EDH 182)

EDH 182 examines factors that influence the academic performance of college students. Identifies social, affective, and cognitive barriers negatively impacting learning. Introduces strategic approaches for improving academic performance, which are tailored to individual students, implemented and evaluated. Highlights University resources for supporting academic performance. Offered every semester.  2.000 credit hours.

Student Education Module

The Student Education Module is designed to deliver basic information to all new students (first year students and transfer students) to enhance their success while at college. Students are invited to watch a short introductory video and answer questions related to the following domains: Financial Literacy, Gender Based Violence, Wellness, Alcohol/Drugs, and Academic Integrity. 70% of new students complete the Student Education Module.


mySuccessCheck is an online survey that is made available to all new students at the end of September. Student Services coordinates efforts to support students in connecting with the Student Academic Success Center and Career Center. The division also connects students to campus belonging resources through communication from the Dean of Students Office (off-campus students) and Housing & Residence Life (on-campus students). 

Fall Academic Intervention & Support

Laker Strategies for Success (LSS 180) is a non-credit bearing program for first year students that are on jeopardy of dismissal or academic probation that will help students get back on track academically and have a successful winter semester.  Participants in the program meet one hour a week for 9 weeks. The program starts the within the first couple weeks of the start of winter semester. 

Winter Academic Intervention & Support

GVSU Academic Recovery Learning to Learn Camp is a one credit course for students on jeopardy of dismissal. By successfully completing this one week camp (immediately following the winter semester), students will be allowed to continue at GVSU. The camp provides learning and study strategies to help improve academic performance and supports degree completion. 

Page last modified October 18, 2017