Providing new students with valuable information and opportunities to connect with their community as they acclimate to life as a Laker!

2021 Transitions Schedule

To help you feel prepared to become a Laker in the fall, your Transitions experience will begin mid-June and continue virtually throughout the summer!  We are excited to see you on campus for the in person Transitions Program Wednesday, August 25- Friday, August 27.  

June 16 - August 20: Transitions Groups – Via GroupMe
You will be placed in a GroupMe with fellow new students and a returning GV student guide (Transitions Leader) to help you prepare for your arrival to campus and answer your questions. This will be your group throughout the summer and you will even meet them in person during move-in week!

June 24: Transitions Meet Up – Via Zoom
Vibe virtually with your group, build community, and ask those pressing questions you’ve been dying to ask about what it’s really like to be a Laker! Zoom meeting invites will be shared by your Transitions Leader.

Transitions Groups – Via GroupMe
You will be placed in a GroupMe with fellow new students and a returning GV student guide (Transitions Leader) to help you prepare for your arrival to campus and answer your questions. This will be your group throughout the summer and you will even meet them in person during move-in week!

July 22: Transitions Meet Up – Via Zoom
This midsummer check in will provide space for fun, community building, and tips from your Transitions Leader on what to expect next month! 

August 2: Virtual Self-Paced Workshop
Watch out for an invitation link in your GV email to this workshop that covers campus culture, getting involved, and student success resources and tips that Lakers need to know!

August 12: Transitions Meet Up Via Zoom
Get together with your group for this final virtual hang out and discuss what you learned from the virtual workshop. Ask your last minute questions before coming to campus in under 2 weeks!

August 25-27

Transitions New Student Orientation In-Person Program (August 25-27)
*all events are located on the Allendale Campus with the exception of select open houses.

***WEDNESDAY AUGUST 25***
Visit the Laker Welcome Calendar for additional opportunities for first year students including tours, open houses and more!

6:45 PM - 10:30 PM: Welcome & Class Photo (Featuring National Speaker Joe Martin) - Fieldhouse Arena
Meet up with your summer Transitions group in-person, get motivated at the Laker Welcome, and get a free t-shirt at the Class Photo! Masks required for indoor portion of event. 

***THURSDAY AUGUST 26***
Visit the Laker Welcome Calendar for additional opportunities for first year students including tours, open houses and more!

9:30 AM - 12:00 PM: Advising Center Sessions
1:30 PM - 3:00 PM: Swipe Right
 (Featuring National Speakers Dorian Solot & Marshall Miller) - Fieldhouse Arena
This friendly, funny, and inclusive program covering: consent, sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, and Title IX resources will engage students while offering smarter, healthier, and better-informed approaches to sexuality and healthy relationships. Masks required for indoor portion of event.

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3:00 PM - 5:00 PM: Advising Center Sessions
3:00 PM - 6:00 PM: RecFest - 
Main event on Circle Drive on the East of the Fieldhouse Arena

***FRIDAY AUGUST 27***
Visit the Laker Welcome Calendar for additional opportunities for first year students.

10:15 AM  Student Success Network (SSN) Faculty Meet Up - Residential Students should meet with RA; Commuter/Transfer Students Meet at  Kirkhof Lawn next to the Zumberge Pond
Meet up with your Student Success Network (SSN) Faculty partner to discuss starting the year off right academically! 

11:30 AM  Convocation - Fieldhouse Arena
Next head over to the Fieldhouse Arena for our Convocation celebration with GVSU's President, Philomena Mantella.

Transitions FAQ's

Transitions FAQs

Transfer students are encouraged to attend 4 programs during Transitions and do not have a small group.  Please refer to this schedule for details about the events: 

Wednesday, August 25: Transitions Welcome and Class Photo - Featuring National Speaker: Joe Martin at 8:00pm in the Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale Campus).  Class photo immediately follows and students will walk to Lubbers Stadium as a group.

Thursday, August 26: Swipe Right - Featuring National Speakers: Dorian Solot & Marshall Miller at 1:30 - 3 pm - Fieldhouse Arena (Allendale campus).  This friendly, funny, and inclusive program covering: consent, sexual violence prevention, bystander intervention, and Title IX resources will engage students while offering smarter, healthier, and better-informed approaches to sexuality and healthy relationships.

Friday, August 27: Student Success Network Faculty Partner Session at 10:00 a.m. - Kirkhof Lawn next to the Zumberge Pond (Allendale campus).  Meet up with your SSN faculty partner, learn more about how you can connect throughout the year, and then walk to Convocation together.

Friday, August 27: Convocation at 11:30 a.m. - Lubbers Stadium (Allendale campus)
Join GVSU's President, Philomena Mantella, for our Convocation celebration. Convocation is a time-honored tradition that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year.

For students that participated in a Transitions GroupMe over the summer, students will receive a GroupMe message with a location to meet their Transition Leaders on Wednesday August 25th at 6:45pm.

Students that did not participate in a Transitions GroupMe can simply join ANY small group on Wednesday August 25th to get checked into the Transitions Program. Students can join the same group as their roommate, friend, or even join in a group they see outside on campus, as all groups will be meeting outdoors at 6:45pm.

Note that after Wednesday, August 25th, small groups will not convene.

No, registration is not required and there is no fee. However students will be expected to check-in at each large event. To be ready to check in, head to www.gvsu.edu/lakerlink, click the circle in the top right corner, and click on Event Pass. This is your QR code to check in at any and all GV events across campus. Take a screen shot or add the code to your wallet on your phone. 

First year students who live off campus (commuter students) will not need a parking permit for the Transitions program, however, please note that commuter students must park in designated commuter lots (Park in lots: C, G, H, K-west).  Refer to the student commuter parking regulations). Parking regulations are enforced when classes begin.

Refer to the general schedule. Several components of the program will be held in the Fieldhouse Arena.

We recommend to dress for the weather (it is usually hot in late August) and to wear comfortable shoes for walking around campus.  Casual clothes are fine and we encourage students to wear their favorite GVSU t-shirt.

No, there will not be a designated area to leave belongings during the Transitions Program. It is advised not to bring valuables including purses, backpacks, ect., especially to large group events. We encourage students to keep belongings to a minimum.

The workshop was released to first year students in early August and can still be completed.  Students can use their GVSU credentials to access the workshop.

Transitions Virtual Workshop

If you need disability accommodations to participate in Transitions, please contact dsrgvsu@gvsu.edu

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Transitions is coordinated by the Office of Student Life, which is a department of the Division of Student Affairs of Grand Valley State University.