Adult Student Orientation

Wherever you are on your journey to a college degree, Grand View is committed to helping you succeed quickly and affordably. You already know this, but earning your degree will change the course of your future. A college degree will increase your earning potential over your lifetime, make you more employable and set you on a course for career success. We're are so glad you have chosen Grand View University for the next chapter in your educational journey!

Orientation Checklist

This checklist is a guide for several of the things you should do in preparation for orientation. 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

Login to myView

If you have not already done so, log into Grand View's myView portal using your GV Account. You should have received an email from Admissions providing your GV Account username and initial password. If you do not have this information please contact the Help Desk.

Log in regularly - all official communication will be directed to this account. Monitor the upper right corner of the myView homepage for missing documentation and alerts.

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. Students that are entirely online do not require a parking pass.
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.
Comfortable Walking Shoes & Attire
We will be walking between buildings throughout the day, so it's important to dress appropriately for the season. Temperatures vary between buildings, so layering clothing can be helpful.
Umbrella
It's best to be prepared for the occasional rain or snow shower, as we will be walking on campus.