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.
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.
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
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.
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.
The GVSU "Lakers" athletic teams compete in several intercollegiate sports, including:
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
- Cross Country
- Swimming and Diving
- Track and Field
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 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
Total enrollment at Grand Valley State University is around 25,000 students, where graduate students make up roughly 16% of the student body.
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 Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||87%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||70%||$6,071|
|Receiving Student Loans||65%||$6,407|
Academics & Student Services
Student ServicesTo 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
The overall graduation rate of Grand Valley is close to 70%.
|Number of Year to Graduate||Percent of Entering Class|
|Students Graduating in 4 Years||33%|
|Graduating in 5 Years||30%|
|Graduating in 6 Years||7%|
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)
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)
- Swimming and Diving
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
English Language and Literature
Ethnic Cultural and Gender Studies
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mathematics and Statistics
Natural Resources and Conservation
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Public Administration and Social Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
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