New Student Orientation

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

First-Year Students: Before you RSVP for an orientation date, please complete your next steps.

2024 Orientation Dates

First-Year Students

Our first-year in-person orientation events are now over. Please complete our online orientation and review the first-year checklist steps in the document below.

Transfer Students

Unable to attend in person?

Orientation Checklists

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. It is important that you carefully read all materials you receive from Grand View and check your Grand View email regularly.

First-Year Student Orientation Checklist

Transfer Student Orientation Checklist

Online/Evening Student Orientation checklist

What to Do Before Orientation

Activate Your myGVU Account
If you have not already done so, log into our myGVU 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.
Set Up Person Proxy
Person Proxy allows you to give a parent or anyone of your choosing access to your student account, academic record and financial aid information. Grand View does not mail paper statements, so this is the way others access your account information. You can set up your Proxy access via the myGVU app > Tools > About Me > Manage Person Proxy for your account or through GV Self Service > User Options > View/Add Proxy Access.
Submit Your Photo for Your Student ID
Login to myGVU and navigate to Campus Services -> Student ID 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 myGVU within myTools located on the home page of myGVU.
  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 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 @

What to Bring to Orientation

License Plate Number
Remember to bring your license plate number to register your vehicle during 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.

What to Expect When Visiting

During your visit you will be walking in and out of buildings throughout campus, so be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes and check the weather ahead of time in case you may want to have a jacket or umbrella.