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 Expect When Visiting

We have put many health and safety measures in place to ensure a safe event for you. Before you come to campus, we want to share a few guidelines with you:

  • We strongly encourage you to wear a mask when you are in the presence of others for an extended period of time (e.g., more than 10 minutes) and cannot properly maintain adequate social distancing (i.e., at least six feet).
  • Please bring only one guest with you to orientation.
  • Please social distance from others while you are on campus. We have marked seating and will have traffic flow markings in place to direct you.
  • We will have plexiglass shields in place for when you meet with staff members.
  • Please do not come to campus if you are exhibiting any COVID-19 symptoms (cough, shortness of breath, fever, chills, sore throat, loss of taste/smell).
  • Hand sanitizer is available at the entrances to every building for your use.

Placement Test Instructions

You may be required to take a placement test to ensure you are registered in the appropriate English or Math course. Please complete the test at your earliest opportunity prior to coming to orientation.

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 myView and select Blackboard on the left-hand side under Common Apps.
  2. Log in to Blackboard using your username WITHOUT "@grandview.edu."
  3. Under the Courses tab, click on the Writing Placement course. Please read the instructions before you begin.
  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. Log into myView and select Blackboard on the left-hand side under Common Apps.
  2. Log in to 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 2020 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

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 Health Documents

For students who will be living on campus, participating in athletics or are international students or pre-nursing or nursing majors, you will need to complete and submit the following health information prior to move-in, the start of the school year or your first day of practice:

  1. A student health history form
  2. A copy of your immunization records
  3. A copy of your medical insurance card (front & back)

More information on necessary health forms and how to submit them to Grand View can be found on the Student Health Center page.

How To Submit Student Health Forms

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.
Comfortable Walking Shoes
We will be walking between buildings throughout the day, so it's important to dress appropriately. 
Umbrella
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.