First-Year Orientation

Fall Enrollment

We are so glad you have chosen Grand View University for the next chapter in your educational journey!

Orientation is an exciting time for you and your family. At orientation you will register for classes, learn about academic requirements for your academic program, and meet other new students. We encourage you to engage with faculty and staff, ask questions and connect with other students and parents. We are all excited about helping you begin this new chapter at Grand View. This is an exciting time to engage in discovery and new adventures!

Are you ready to sign up for orientation? Your first step is to complete your placement test or submit your prior college credit form to determine if you need to take the tests. After completion you will get an email to RSVP for the orientation date of your choice.

Placement Test & Prior Credit Form Instructions

You may be required to take a placement test to ensure you are registered in the appropriate English or Math course. For a step-by-step video instruction on how to complete the test, click here.

Writing Placement

You will have five hours to write a single essay response to a provided prompt. Essays will be read by at least two faculty members in the English Department. Based on faculty assessment, you will be placed in an English course to best meet your needs. Do not use outside assistance or resources (other than a dictionary) to complete the Writing Placement.

  1. Log into Blackboard using your Grand View username WITHOUT "@grandview.edu." 
  2. Under the Courses tab, click on the Writing Placement course. Please read the instructions before you begin.
  3. From the left menu, click on the Test Homepage link.
  4. Complete the "Prior Credit Form" - enter your answers and click "Save and Submit."
    • If you have completed college credit, then you may exit Blackboard.
  5. If you have not completed college credit, select Academic Honesty Policy and read the document. If you have questions, contact Josh Call at jcall @ grandview.edu or (515) 263-2904.
  6. Click Reviewed after reading and agreeing to the Academic Honesty Policy.
  7. When you are ready to begin, click Online Writing Placement Test and Begin. This test is timed; you will have five hours to take the test after you click Begin.
  8. When you are finished, click Save and Submit.
Math Placement

You will have 60 minutes to complete the test. Based on assessment of the scores, you will be placed in a math course that will best meet your needs. Do not use outside assistance or resources to complete this test.

  1. Make sure you are using a recommended browser before beginning the placement test. Recommended browsers:
    Windows: Internet Explorer 11, Firefox, Chrome
    Mac: Firefox, Chrome, Safari
  2. Log into Blackboard using your Grand View username WITHOUT "@grandview.edu." 
  3. Under the Courses tab, click on the Math Placement course. Please read the instructions before you begin.
  4. From the left menu, click on the Test Homepage link.
  5. Complete the "Prior Credit Form" - enter your answers and click "Save and Submit."
    • If you have completed college credit, then you may exit Blackboard.
  6. If you have not completed college credit, carefully review the additional information about the placement exam to determine if you would like to take the placement test or use your math ACT score for placement.
  7. If you decide to take the placement, select Academic Honesty Policy and read the attached document. If you decide not to take the placement, you may exit Blackboard.
  8. Click Reviewed after reading and agreeing to the Academic Honesty Policy.
  9. Once you are ready to take the test, click FALL 2021 Mobius Placement Test and Begin. You must start and finish the test in one sitting; you cannot continue taking the test at another time. This test is timed; you will have 60 minutes to take the test after you click Begin. Do NOT click "Grade" during the test.  This will stop your test inappropriately and you will need additional technical assistance to finish.
  10. When you are finished, click Grade. You should end on a thank-you page with your score. On the thank-you page, click Quit and Save to finish the process.
  11. Should you have technical difficulties during the test taking process, contact our Help Desk (515) 263-6100 or helpdesk @ grandview.edu

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. 

Download FIRST-YEAR CHECKLIST

Orientation Schedule

You and up to two guests will receive a personalized schedule for your day when you check-in at Orientation. You can expect your Orientation to last most of the day. View an overview of the scheduled Orientation sessions. 

What to Do Before Orientation

Activate Your myView Account
If you have not already done so, log into our myView portal using your GV Account. You should have received an email from Admissions giving you your GV Account username and initial password. If you do not have this information please contact the Help Desk.
Complete Your Release of Information Form Online
Login to myView and complete the release of information form online.
Submit Your Photo for Your Student ID
Login to myView and follow the prompts to upload your photo. You will receive your Grand View student ID at 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.studentaid.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.studentaid.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.

Complete Get Inclusive Training

Grand View University regards standing up and looking out for one another’s safety as a core value. One way in which our school commits to this value is by providing students with bystander intervention training. We want each student to have the knowledge and skills to be an activate bystander, who intervenes if anyone is observed being harassed or endangered by sexual violence.

How to Complete:

You will receive an email in your Grand View email account from our training partner, Get Inclusive, before your orientation. Simply follow the link in that email to begin the training. The training module is self-paced and will take around 20-30 minutes to complete. The training must be completed by your orientation day. For technical support, please contact support@getinclusive.com.

What to Bring to Orientation

License Plate Number, Make, Model and Year of Your Car
Remember to bring your license plate number, make, model and year of your car to register your vehicle during orientation (if you plan to have a vehicle on campus).
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.

What to Expect When Visiting

Grand View will be monitoring guidelines for safe gathering and implementing appropriate measures throughout Orientation.

Throughout your visit you will be walking between buildings and may want to consider comfortable walking shoes and an umbrella. Some classrooms may be cool and you may want to have a light jacket or sweatshirt.