Orientation Checklist

This checklist is a guide for several of the things you should do in preparation for orientation and registration. Keep in mind that this list is not all-inclusive, but it does organize a number of tasks that are required as you transition to Grand View University. It is also important that you carefully read all materials you receive from Grand View. 

What to Do Before Orientation

Activate Your myView Account
When admitted, you received a letter from the Office of Admissions that included your GV student number. This information allows you to access your myView account, a personalized web portal. In order to activate your account, visit the Grand View website at www.grandview.edu, click on the myView link at the top of the page, enter your GV student ID, and follow the directions listed under the "New User" information link. You will be using your myView portal during orientation to register for classes.
Fill Out Immunization Requirement Form
Watch for your immunization requirement form mailing from the Grand View Student Health Center prior to your orientation session. Complete the form and mail it in, or bring it with you to orientation. 
Complete Your Financial Aid Paperwork
  1. Review your financial aid award notification (accessible mid-spring), available through myView within myTools located on the home page of myView.
  2. Report all off-campus/hometown scholarships to the financial aid office.
  3. View the online job board to learn more about on-campus employment and to search for jobs. On-campus employers may be accessible during orientation or could be contacted prior to the start of the semester.
  4. Complete Direct Loan Entrance Counseling at www.studentloans.gov. Entrance counseling is required prior to any disbursement of loans to the university. We encourage all students to complete this process if they ever plan to borrow during their collegiate career. If choosing to accept a loan, students and parents need to complete separate electronic promissory notes at www.studentloans.gov.
Inform Us of Any Special Accommodations
Special accommodations for students and family members with disabilities and/or special dietary requirements will be provided upon request. Please notify us of your needs at least two weeks prior to your arrival. 
Notify Grand View of Previous College Credits

Make arrangements to have your transcript(s) sent to the Grand View Office of Admissions for college credit earned by:

Ask the college granting you credit to send a transcript to Grand View, including any courses that you are currently taking. For example, if you are taking a psychology course through your high school for Des Moines Area Community College credit, you must contact DMACC and ask them to send a transcript directly to Grand View. If you are unsure of whether Grand View has received your official transcripts prior to your orientation date, please bring appropriate documentation (such as unofficial transcripts) to orientation. This will provide academic advisors with more accurate information about degree requirements you have already completed.

Please note: You must have official transcripts sent directly to the Grand View Office of Admissions for earned college credits from all previous institutions to be entered in your official Grand View records.

What to Bring to Orientation

License Plate Number
Remember to bring your license plate number to register your vehicle during orientation.
Release of Information Form
Print and fill out your release of information form and bring with you to orientation.
List of Exams Taken for College Credit
Even if you haven't yet received scores for Advanced Placement exams, bring along a list of the specific exams that you have taken. This will help your academic advisors identify which course requirements you may have already completed.  
Financial Aid Materials
A complete listing and the amounts of your hometown scholarships can be reported during orientation. You may also submit hometown scholarship checks during orientation.
Health Requirement Form and Insurance Cards
You should have received the Health Requirement Immunization Verification form in the mail from the Grand View Student Health Center. If you have not turned in this form prior to orientation, bring it with you to your orientation session. The Student Health Center staff will collect copies of your immunization records and can scan copies of your health and pharmacy insurance cards.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
We will be walking between buildings throughout the day, so it's important to dress appropriately. 
It's best to be prepared for the occasional rain shower, as we will be walking on campus.  
Light Jacket or Sweatshirt
Temperatures vary between buildings, so layering clothing can be helpful.