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Grand Valley State University

Also known as Grand Valley

1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI

Campus image of Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public research university in Allendale, Michigan, with additional campuses in Grand Rapids and Holland. GVSU has learning centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. GVSU has been voted one of "America's Best Colleges" and offers more than 200 areas of academic study. It has more than 80 undergraduate degree programs and 29 graduate degree programs. There is an emphasis on liberal arts at GVSU, and the school's excellent academic programs have earned it top rankings.

History

In 1958, a study by Dr. John Russell determined the need for a new four-year college in the Grand Rapids, Michigan area. Many locations were considered for a campus, and Allendale was identified in the early 1960s. In 1963, the Grand Valley State College was opened with 226 students enrolled.  The student enrollment increased significantly over the years as the curriculum and campus expanded, and the school was eventually renamed "Grand Valley State University.

Academics

The academic calendar for Grand Valley State University follows the semester format, with fall and "winter" semesters and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

  • The College of Community and Public Service
  • The College of Education
  • The College of Health Professions
  • The Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS)
  • The Kirkhof College of Nursing
  • The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
  • The Seidman College of Business

Student Life

Grand Valley students have more than 300 student organizations to choose from on campus, covering such interests as academic, professional, intramural sports, culture, faith, media, performing arts, volunteer service, and more. Greek life at GVSU is very active, with several local chapters of fraternities and sororities active on campus.

Many campus and area events are posted through the GVSU Office of Student Life or the University Promotions Office. There is an Arts Calendar available for those who wish to attend music or theatre performances, or attend art exhibits and galleries.

Student services available on campus at GVSU include academic advising, affirmative action, disability support services, career services, athletic/recreation facilities, a children's center, health center, counseling center, and more.

There are many options for campus housing available, as well as a variety of dining options or campus restaurants.

Traditions

The traditional school colors for GVSU are blue, white and black. The GVSU mascot is "Louie" the Laker, a nautical character. Prior to the inception of "Louie" the Laker as a mascot for GVSU in 1996, the school and the "Lakers" athletic teams were represented by a mascot dressed in the Old Man and the Sea costume, or other nautical costumes.

Athletics

The GVSU "Lakers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field 

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its Allendale campus, GVSU has several satellite campuses and learning centers in Michigan, including:

  • Richard M. DeVos Center
  • L.V. Eberhard Center
  • Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
  • Muskegon Regional Center at the Stevenson Center for Higher Education at Muskegon Community College
  • Annis Water Resources Institute Lake Michigan Center
  • Michigan Alternative and Renewable Energy Center
  • Meijer Campus in Holland
  • Traverse City Regional Center at the NMC University Center 

Community Life

Community engagement is fostered at GVSU through its Community Service Learning Center (CSLC). In collaboration with other areas at GVSU, students can volunteer to help the community through programs such as the Non-Profit Volunteer and Internship Fair, Make A Difference Day, Community Outreach Week, and an Overnight Service Program. Other community programs include an annual blood drive.

Michigan's West Coast area offers many recreational activities for students and visitors. There are many favorite beaches around the lakeshore, with many routes for scenic driving trips around Grand Rapids, and many beach towns and traditional midwestern villages.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admissions information below may give you an idea of the candidates Grand Valley accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Grand Valley State University is around 25,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 16% of the student body.

$15,800

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $15,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $30 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Tuition estimates per year:
    • State Residents: $11,000-$14,000
    • Out-of-State: $16,000-$19,250
  • Charges for part-time students are:
    • State Residents: $470-$570 per credit unit
    • Nonresidents: $670-$800 per credit unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid87%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships70%$6,071
Receiving Student Loans65%$6,407
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Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Grand Valley State University may offer student services including:

  • Online classes
  • Night and weekend classes available
  • Remedial instructional courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Employing students to lower education costs
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

The overall graduation rate of Grand Valley is close to 70%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years33%
Graduating in 5 Years30%
Graduating in 6 Years7%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Grand Valley State University

  • Art and Design Program
  • Music Program
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program

Campus: Grand Valley State University at Pew Campus

  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program
    • * Accredited by the American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (since 2014)
  • Radiation Therapist Program
    • * Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 2005)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Grand Valley State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (with football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Basketball (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Track and Field (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Football (Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf)
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball
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Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

Get more information about the programs offered by Grand Valley State University by clicking the request information to the right.

(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences

Education

Engineering

Engineering Technology

English Language and Literature

Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions

History

Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences

Psychology

Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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ACCEPTANCE RATE
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FINANCIAL AID RATE
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STUDENT:TEACHER RATIO
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FINANCIAL AID AWARD AVG.
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