Grand Valley State University



Your academic advisor is available to address your schedule questions, discuss application requirements, direct you to campus resources, and talk about opportunities at Grand Valley.
Phone, virtual, and in-person appointments in Allendale and Grand Rapids are available through the Winter 2024 semester. 

Mackenzie Ware

Academic Advisor in KCON 
Major: BS in Psychology, M.Ed. in Higher Education
Hometown: Zeeland, MI
Favorite GVSU Memory: Study abroad in Nicaragua!
My Advice: Exams will sneak up on you at the beginning of the semester! Use these exams to guage your study habits in the class and make adjustments as needed. If first exams don't go as you would have hoped - don't worry! Take this opportunity to meet with your professors during office hours to see how you can adjust. Professors always have great study strategies and study tips for understanding the material. This may also be an opportunity to utliize GVSU's tutoring and reading center for free assistance.
And of course, if you aren't sure what next step to take or are feeling overwhelmed with your current courseload - make an appointment with your academic advisor!


The application consists of four components: (1) GPA, (2) Student Profile, (3) Personal Statement, and (4) Interview. The Interview will occur after you submit the other three components, so you should have time to prepare in advance.
The best way to prepare for an interview is to practice answer questions! Anticapte your responses to questiosn about your experiences, your motivations for pursuing nursing, and your background and academic preparation.
Expect behavioral-based questions that are phrased like "Tell us about a time that you..." and be prepared to discuss relevant situations, activities, and experiences!
Don't hesitate to ask a friend, family member, or staff member to help you prepare by asking you sample questions. GVSU's Career Center offers simulated mock interviews specific for the nursing application (see below).


Looking for ways to get involved in your community or gain healthcare experience? Check out these resources to find opportunities:
  • GVSU Events Calendar 
  • Login to Laker Link and join organizations like Pre-Nursing Association, Student Nurses Association, Graduate Student Association, and other service & advocacy groups on campus.
  • Check out the Community Service Learning Center website for volunteer and service opportunities.
  • Log in to Handshake and search for jobs, internships, and volunteer opportunities.


The Winter Career & Internship Fair is an excellent place to kick off your job or internship search, or to begin networking with organizations looking to hire Grand Valley students and alumni of all majors! 230 employers with thousands of immediate openings are expected to attend.

Attend the Career Fair to:
  • Meet with employers to discuss full-time position
  • Learn about available internships and co-op
  • Build your professional network and expand your job search
Check out the Student Preparation website for helpful information to get ready for the fair.


Continue searching for scholarships for the 2024-2025 academic year NOW. The majority of scholarship deadlines fall between February 15th and May 1st
  • Sign in to the myScholarships database to search all GVSU-specific and external scholarships. The keyword "nursing" will bring up all nursing-specific scholarships.


If you have questions about covering the cost of tuition for the next academic school year, don't hesitate to reach out to the Office of Financial Aid & Scholarship or Student Accounts to learn about your opportunities:
Financial Aid & Scholarship
Student Accounts



February 2 by 5:00 PM - 75% Tuition refund deadline
February 2 by 5:00 pm - Credit/No Credit deadline
February 19 through 23 - Midterm evaluations
February 27 by 12:00PM  - Midterm grades due from faculty
February 29 - Midterm grades available to students
March 3 through 10 - Spring Break
March 22 by 5:00 PM - Withdraw with a "W" grade deadline
Full Winter 2024 semester calendar online here.


Schedule an individual 50-minute tutor session for classes like BIO 120, CHM 109, CHM 230, BMS 250, STA 215, PSY 101, BMS 212, and more!
You can also use drop-in tutoring availbility for the following departments:
  • Biology
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Chemistry
  • Statistics


Drop-in Coaching for Time Management
February 6
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Kirkhof Center Lobby
Study Strategies for Midterms
February 15
12:00 PM - 1:00 PM 
Kirkhof Center 1142
Drop-in Coaching for Time Management
February 20
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Kirkhof Center Lobby

Drop-in Coaching for Time Management
February 27
12:30 PM - 2:30 PM 
Kirkhof Center Lobby
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