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!

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.

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 you last minute questions before coming to campus in under 2 weeks!!

August 25 (rain date August 26): Transitions Welcome & Class Photo – Allendale Campus
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! Current health and safety guidelines regarding in-person gatherings will be followed.

August 26: Explore Campus
Take time to acclimate to campus and its many resources and opportunities. Check back in August for details about events!

August 27:
Convocation – Allendale Campus

Join us for this time-honored tradition that symbolizes the beginning of the academic year. All faculty, staff, and students are invited to attend.

Group Meeting with Student Success Network Faculty Mentor – Allendale Campus

If you need special accommodations to participate in Transitions, please contact

Academic Advising
Academic Advising

Still need to finalize your schedule or not sure about which classes to pick?

Connect with an Academic Advisor

Interactive Campus Map
Interactive Campus Map

Get a more in-depth look at our facilities and campus layout using our Interactive Campus Map.

Take a Virtual Tour

Become More
Become More
Opportunities for new students

Student Life welcomes new students to GVSU and offers endless opportunities!

Get Involved at GVSU

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