First-Year Orientation

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!

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.
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 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
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 Haven Training

As a Grand View student, you are required to complete Haven, an online program promoting healthy relationships, sexual consent, and bystander intervention.

  1. Visit the Haven website.
  2. Enter the registration code: 47b2dc15 and click "I'm a Student" to create your account. Make sure to write down your password, as you will need it to complete Part 2 approximately a month later.
  3. When prompted, enter your 7 digit student ID number and Grand View email to receive credit for completion. Please note: you can look up your student ID on myView.

Additional Information

  • You will need Internet access and audio capabilities.
  • To avoid technical issues, please use any major web browser (e.g., Firefox, Internet Explorer, Google Chrome) released within the last two years.
  • You may take the course in multiple sittings.
  • The course may include surveys to help personalize your experience and measure student attitudes and behaviors. All survey responses are confidential; the school will only receive information about the student body as a whole and will never see individual students' answers.
  • Should you experience problems, technical support is available 24/7 and can be accessed from the “Help" link within the course.

If you have any questions, please contact Kenlyn Gordon at kgordon @

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.
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.