Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the approach for teaching/learning for Spring/Summer 2021 (courses, internships, study abroad, etc.) as the result of COVID-19?

Courses starting May 10 (Spring – 1st six weeks, and Spring/Summer – full twelve weeks)

  • Courses are currently scheduled as normal — either face-to-face or online/hybrid.
  • Experiential education programs (internships, co-ops, clinicals, etc.) have not been cancelled. Contact the head of the appropriate academic unit for details.
    • For in-person experiences, students should be aware that they may need to drop their spring term internship and take it in the summer term — or take an Incomplete and complete the bulk of their internship hours in the latter part of the summer into fall.
    • In-person spring/summer internships may be cancelled at some point prior to the start of the semester if conditions in the state dictate (i.e. another executive order from the Governor, public health warnings, etc).

Courses starting June 28 (Summer – 2nd six weeks)

  • Courses are currently scheduled as normal — either face-to-face or online/hybrid.
  • Experiential education programs (internships, co-ops, clinicals, etc.) my continue. Contact the head of the appropriate academic unit for details.

What are the benefits to taking spring/summer classes at GVSU as a current student?

  • Catch up, stay on track, or get ahead to ensure timely graduation.
  • Fulfill your General Education requirements when sections have more available seats at convenient times.
  • Two start dates let you take classes AND enjoy summer.
  • Online delivery provides flexibility for work and other commitments.
  • Take classes for an undergraduate degree, graduate degree, professional development, or personal enrichment.
  • Taking just one or two classes allows you to focus on better grades and boosting your GPA.

What are the benefits to taking spring/summer classes at GVSU as a guest student?

  • Earn credits to transfer back to your institution as a guest student at GVSU.
  • Get a class or two out of the way and finish earlier at your institution.
  • GVSU offers a large selection of summer courses in a variety of disciplines. 
  • Transferring credits back to your institution is easy.
  • Our convenient online formats make it easy to fit classes into your summer schedule.

Where and when can I find a list of spring/summer courses being offered?

Class schedules are available at Current GVSU students will receive an email with their specific registration date. You can also visit our Summer Sessions page for a list of online courses.

When can I register for spring/summer classes?

The registration calendar is available at

Do I need to take 12 credits in the spring/summer to be full time?

To be considered a full-time student you need to be enrolled in at least 12 credits (nine credits for graduate/doctoral students). However, to be eligible to receive financial aid, students typically only need to be enrolled half time (six credits for undergraduate students and 4.5 credits for graduate/doctoral students). Visit the Spring/Summer Financial Aid website for additional information.

What are my financial aid options in the spring/summer?

Financial aid is available for the spring/summer semester. To be considered, you must complete a brief application form which will be available in early February. More information is available on the Financial Aid website.

Return to the GVSUmmer page.

I’ve never taken a six-week college course. How does that work?

Six-week courses cover the same amount of material as a normal 15-week semester, just in a shorter number of days. You will spend more hours per week in class than during a regular semester as well. It is recommended that you consult with your faculty or academic advisor to determine which courses will work best for you in which time frame (regular, 12-week, or six-week semester). 

Why can’t I enroll in a class for the second six weeks when I’m taking the prerequisite during the first six weeks? 

Although it appears that there are two summer semesters, we have one semester in which we allow a majority of classes to run according to three meeting times (12 weeks, first six weeks and second six weeks). For this reason, students must have an override since the situation is similar to registering for a course and its prerequisite in the same semester.

How can I earn credit for research or an internship during the summer?

Credit for research or internships can be approved by your faculty advisor. The number of credits and necessary permits must be approved by the faculty advisor before you can register for a course. Policies vary by department so make sure you connect with your faculty advisor soon. Current students can find their advisor by using myPath in Banner.

When are official grades posted for a class completed during the first six weeks?

Spring/summer grades are official in Banner in mid-August once the whole semester ends. Students who take courses during the first six weeks can see their grades in Banner, but nothing is officially posted on a transcript until the completion of the spring/summer semester.

When I can I get a transcript showing my spring/summer grades?

Students may request a transcript from the registrar’s office after spring/summer grades are official. Please see the academic calendar.

Can I graduate in June? If I’m taking my last class in the spring/summer semester, when will my degree be official?

Degrees are awarded three times per year including at the end of the spring/summer semester. 

Is there a summer graduation ceremony?

Students who graduate in the summer are invited to participate in the winter (April) or fall (December) commencement ceremony since there is no commencement ceremony at the end of the spring/summer semester.

More information about graduation is available here.

What support services are available in the spring/summer?

For the health and safety of the Grand Valley community during the COVID-19 pandemic many support services are being offered remotely. Visit the website for these services for additional information.