Preparing for an appointment

So, you have made an appointment with an advisor…now what?appointment

Most students do not realize that they should prepare for an advising appointment. Just like any other important meeting, you should show up ready. Here are some ways to make sure you are prepared for your appointment:

  • Come with written questions
  • Research degree & course requirements
  • Review general education requirements
  • View the schedule of classes if available
  • If you wish to discuss scheduling, create a tentative schedule for yourself and bring it to the advising appointment

Some other things to keep in mind:

Expect advisors to give you referrals. While we are experts in advising, we are not experts in all matters related to GVSU. We have worked hard to build networks across campus to appropriate refer you for additional support services.

Feel free to discuss academic and non-academic issues relevant to your education with your advisor. Be willing to identify and discuss your difficulties and come up with ideas for addressing them. The more we know about you, the better able we are to determine appropriate academic goals.

Have you ever been curious about your role as an advisee? How about the role of an advisor? If so, find out here.

We look forward to seeing you at your appointment!




Registration season is almost here!

Be sure to meet with an advisor before your day to register. The earlier you do this, the easier your registration will be.

Call 616-331-8585 (or stop in C-1-140 Mackinac Hall) to make an appointment with a professional advisor in the CLAS Academic Advising Center and/or contact your faculty advisor. 

During the appointment, you can work with your advisor to plan Spring/Summer, Fall, and Winter semesters for the 2015-2016 school year.

Want to know when your day to register is? Check out the Registration Calendar here:

Please note: The academic schedule will be available in myBanner officially on March 1st, 2015. This is when students, faculty, and staff can see course availability and times for the upcoming year.

New Professional Academic Advisor!

The CLAS Academic Advising Center is happy to announce that we have a new addition to our team! Jason Prowant is a returning GVSU Laker, who will be working with Pre-Professional Students here in the Center. Welcome Jason!


“Hello Lakers! I am a new Academic Advisor in the CLAS Advising Center and will work with pre-professional students in the health majors. I am a graduate of GVSU with a B.S. in Physical Education with a Coaching Emphasis and a M.Ed. in College Student Affairs Leadership and I am excited to be back at my alma mater.  While at GVSU as an undergrad I was a member of the Cross Country/Track and Field teams. Prior to joining the CLAS Academic Advising Center I was an Academic Advisor for student-athletes at Davenport University. In my free time I enjoy playing golf and spending time with my family and friends. I look forward to meeting you!”


First Week of Classes

The CLAS Academic Advising Center will be offering walk-in advising during the first week of Winter semester (January 5th-9th) to serve our students. Please stop in if you have any questions about, or need to make any changes to your Winter 2015 schedule.

Please note that the advising center will be closed December 24th through January 1st, but we are here and able to help until then! Just call our office at 616-331-8585 or stop by C-1-140 Mackinac Hall to schedule an appointment.

The CLAS Academic Advising Center wishes everyone a fun, relaxing, and safe winter break! winter_break

CLAS Advising Resource Room

There is no longer a Resource Room within the CLAS Academic Advising Center. We still have resources however! We have just moved some of them to the Mary Idema Pew Library and placed them on course reserve. Students can find LSAT, GRE, MCAT, DAT, PCAT, and OAT preparation materials now on course reserve.

Professional Readiness Exam (PRE) materials are still available in the office. We have subject area study guides, and flashcards for both the PRE and the Elementary Certification Exam. There are also pre-professional and other materials still available for check out in the office, so stop by to see what we have! We are located in C-1-140 Mackinac Hall. clipart-books-Stack-of-Books3


GVSU Speech Lab

We here in the CLAS Academic Advising Center are so excited that Danielle Leek, Professor of Communication Studies, won the Von Till Award for her work in getting the Speech Lab up and running. Great job Dr. Leek!

Dr. Leek

The GVSU Speech Lab is a wonderful resource for students. The Speech Lab consultants work with undergraduate students on all elements of the speechmaking process including:

  • topic selection
  • organization
  • supporting materials
  • practicing delivery.

Sessions can be scheduled to help with in-class speech assignments, or with public presentations such as wedding toasts, a sales pitch or award presentations.

For more information, visit their website here:

Winter Registration


The Fall 2014 semester is already coming to an end. It is time to start thinking about next semester. Students can stop in the Center and have an advisor review next semester’s courses and make sure that they are prepared to finish the academic year strong! Don’t forget that we do walk-ins every Wednesday from 1:00-4:00pm.