Blueprint for Student Success

This interactive guide will help you map out the next four years to make the most of your college experience. A Grand Valley education is characterized by programs that challenge, support, and engage the student in their academic experience.

Fourth Year - Transition to Career Third Year - Involvement in the Larger Community Second Year - Exploration of the College Community For more information about student success, visit www.gvsu.edu/sasc First Year - Personal Transition Into College Carry on the Laker for a Lifetime tradition Complete grad survey Learn about your membership in Grand Valley Alumni Association Attend Commencement Post photos of your favorite places on campus Present research at a national meeting Attend GradFest and Toast with T Haas Present at Student Scholars Day Mentor successors in leadership roles Update resume and job search portfolio Participate in internship, co-op, or practicum Network with professionals and employers Book hotels and dinner reservations for graduation guests Complete graduation audit with your advisor Attend Career Fair Apply to graduate Submit graduate and professional school applications Request and secure letters of reference for job and graduate school applications Utilize Career Center to begin job search Continue involvement in campus activities and traditions Plan future finances with Financial Aid Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Carry on the Laker for a Lifetime tradition Complete grad survey Learn about your membership in Grand Valley Alumni Association Attend Commencement Post photos of your favorite places on campus Present research at a national meeting Attend GradFest and Toast with T Haas Present at Student Scholars Day Mentor successors in leadership roles Update resume and job search portfolio Participate in internship, co-op, or practicum Network with professionals and employers Book hotels and dinner reservations for graduation guests Complete graduation audit with your advisor Attend Career Fair Apply to graduate Submit graduate and professional school applications Request and secure letters of reference for job and graduate school applications Utilize Career Center to begin job search Continue involvement in campus activities and traditions Plan future finances with Financial Aid Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Attain dean's list Finish 90 credits and earn Grand Finish Present at Student Scholars Day Register for next academic year including a SWS class Confirm progress in major and minor coursework, general education, and review all graduation requirements Prepare to take graduate and professional entrance exams Participate in internship, co-op, or practicum Apply to be a tutor or peer mentor Study Abroad Network with alumni and professionals in your field Participate in Teach-In Attend Graduate and Professional School Fairs Attend Career Fair Participate in research experience Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Participate in Homecoming Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Explore competitive scholarships and fellowships Take leadership role with Registered Student Organization (RSO) Meet with your academic advisor Sign up to live on campus your fourth year Host a table at Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Volunteer for Helping Hands and Laker Welcome Attain dean's list Finish 90 credits and earn Grand Finish Present at Student Scholars Day Register for next academic year including a SWS class Confirm progress in major and minor coursework, general education, and review all graduation requirements Prepare to take graduate and professional entrance exams Participate in internship, co-op, or practicum Apply to be a tutor or peer mentor Study Abroad Network with alumni and professionals in your field Participate in Teach-In Attend Graduate and Professional School Fairs Attend Career Fair Participate in research experience Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Participate in Homecoming Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Explore competitive scholarships and fellowships Take leadership role with Registered Student Organization (RSO) Meet with your academic advisor Sign up to live on campus your fourth year Host a table at Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Volunteer for Helping Hands and Laker Welcome Attain dean's list Finish 60 credits Volunteer at Student Scholars Day Participate in community service activities Register for next academic year Attend Career Fair Explore research, internship, and study abroad opportunities Meet with your academic advisor Connect with academic and professional student organizations Attend Teach-In Find a faculty mentor Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Meet with faculty about graduate and professional school programs Learn how to be a MoneySmart Laker Prepare secondary admit program applications Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Utilize Career Center and attend career events Attend Undergraduate Research Fair Expand your leadership service involvement Get involved with campus traditions Sign up to live on campus your third year Participate in Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Volunteer for Helping Hands and Laker Welcome Attain dean's list Finish 60 credits Volunteer at Student Scholars Day Participate in community service activities Register for next academic year Attend Career Fair Explore research, internship, and study abroad opportunities Meet with your academic advisor Connect with academic and professional student organizations Attend Teach-In Find a faculty mentor Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Meet with faculty about graduate and professional school programs Learn how to be a MoneySmart Laker Prepare secondary admit program applications Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Utilize Career Center and attend career events Attend Undergraduate Research Fair Expand your leadership service involvement Get involved with campus traditions Sign up to live on campus your third year Participate in Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Confirm academic year schedule Volunteer for Helping Hands and Laker Welcome Attain dean's list Finish 30 credits Prepare for final exams Explore research opportunities by attending Student Scholars Day Confirm summer plans Register for next academic year including a SWS class Meet with your academic advisor Explore study abroad opportunities Connect with faculty during office hours Participate in MLK Week events Find ways to get involved on campus Review syllabi on the first day of class and make note of due dates Prepare for final exams Explore campus leadership opportunities Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Utilize academic resources Participate in Make a Difference Day Check your mid-term grades Sign up to live on campus your second year Explore majors and careers at Majors Fair Participate in Campus Recreation Connect with faculty during office hours Attend Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Attend Transitions and Convocation Move in and Laker Welcome Register on LakerJobs to seek campus jobs Attend New Student Orientation and Registration Attain dean's list Finish 30 credits Prepare for final exams Explore research opportunities by attending Student Scholars Day Confirm summer plans Register for next academic year including a SWS class Meet with your academic advisor Explore study abroad opportunities Connect with faculty during office hours Participate in MLK Week events Find ways to get involved on campus Review syllabi on the first day of class and make note of due dates Prepare for final exams Explore campus leadership opportunities Complete FAFSA and apply for scholarships Utilize academic resources Participate in Make a Difference Day Check your mid-term grades Sign up to live on campus your second year Explore majors and careers at Majors Fair Participate in Campus Recreation Connect with faculty during office hours Attend Campus Life Night Review syllabi on first day of class and make note of due dates Engage with GVSU's diverse communities and cultures Attend Transitions and Convocation Move in and Laker Welcome Register on LakerJobs to seek campus jobs Attend New Student Orientation and Registration