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About GVSU 2017

25,049
Total Students

21,937 undergraduate students

3,112 graduate students

84 different countries represented

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128
Degrees Offered

90 undergraduate degrees

38 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,765 faculty members

1,865 support staff members

93% of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree

93% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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pioneer class
226 students (1963)

colors: blue, black, white
nickname: the lakers
first sport: crew (1964)
mascot: Louie the Laker
presidents' ball: attendance 4,000
president's nickname: T-Haas

90% of students received at least one type of financial aid – with more than $282 million going to over 22,800 students.

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4,000+
Study Abroad Programs

850 students studied abroad in the 2016-2017 academic year

10th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the IIE

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400+
Student Organizations

55 service and advocacy organizations

31 fraternities and sororities

55 club sports

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111,382
Alumni

50 states called home by alumni

16 areas worldwide host alumni clubs

1,140 people volunteered at the Alumni Association's Community Outreach Week

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6,012
Beds On Campus

86% of first-year students live on campus

11 dining locations

4 styles of living centers to choose from

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NCAA Division II
GLIAC

20 varsity sports (11 women's, 9 men's)

20 intramural sports

20 NCAA Division II National Championships

16 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup

1,649,559
Titles Held at Library

899,011 e-books held

571,581 volumes held

5 libraries

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Tuition

Undergraduate Level Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
Lower Division
(0–54 credits earned)
  • $11,994 (per year)
  • $5,997 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $498 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $17,064 (per year) 
  • $8,532 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $709 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Upper Division
(55+ credits earned)
  • $12,618 (per year)
  • $6,309 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $525 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $17,688 (per year)
  • $8,844 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $736 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Graduate Level
View graduate tuition rates and other estimated yearly expenses.

A per credit hour surcharge will be assessed to those students taking classes that require special equipment, consumable supplies or extraordinary overhead.

  1. Students classified as undergraduates registering for masters and doctorate courses pay undergraduate tuition rates.
  2. Students are classified as upper division upon earning their 55th semester credit.
  3. Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken, regardless of residency.

Academic Calendar

Two 15 week semesters
Fall 2016 semester: August 29, 2016–December 10, 2016
Winter 2017 semester: January 9, 2017–April 29, 2017

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2017 session: May 8, 2017–June 21, 2017
Summer 2017 session: June 26, 2017–August 9, 2017
Spring/Summer 2017 session: May 8, 2017–August 9, 2017

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Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 22nd year in a row.

  • $282 million in financial aid awarded
  • $84 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
  • 8,275 students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
  • 11,700+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
  • 1,100+ employers participating in career events
  • Middle 50% of Fall 2016 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.3–3.9, ACT scores of 21–26 and SAT scores of 1050 to 1220

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Pass Rates on Professional Licensure and Certification Exams (2014-2015)

Professional Licensure Exam GVSU Grad Pass Rate National Benchmark
Finance 100% 64%
Nursing (Doctoral, Child/Adolescent NP) 100% N/A
Physical Therapy 100% N/A
Police Academy 100% N/A
Military Police Basic Training Program 100% N/A
Speech and Language Pathology 100% N/A
Occupational Therapy 98% N/A
Physician Assistant 98% 96%
Athletic Training 96% 83.6%
Medical Laboratory Science 94% 72%

Locations

Allendale Campus

Allendale (map)

Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 69-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple sites with a total of 22 buildings, including leased spaces.


GVSU Holland Campus

Meijer Campus in Holland (map)

The Meijer Campus was dedicated in August 1998 and offers evening, accelerated, hybrid, and online coursework to area students.

GVSU Detroit Center

Detroit Center (map)

The Detroit Center is home to university business in southeast Michigan and includes space for many activities, including those of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.

GVSU Muskegon Regional Center

Muskegon Regional Center (map)

The Stevenson Center within Muskegon Community College was constructed in 1995 offering the university new opportunities in the shoreline community.

GVSU Traverse City Regional Center

Traverse City Regional Center (map)

Grand Valley was established in 1995 as a charter member of the Northwestern Michigan College's University Center.

Take a virtual tour of our campuses.

Sustainability

250+ sustainability-related courses offered at Grand Valley

One of the greenest universities in the nation, according to the Sierra Club

48.6 percent decrease in use of water, 35 percent decrease in natural gas and 28.7 percent decrease in electricity during the past 15 years at Grand Valley

26 LEED-certified buildings completed at Grand Valley

Gold status and seventh in the nation for master's-level institutions, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

250+ energy-saving projects carried out by GVSU in the last 15 years, resulting in more than $2 million in annual cost avoidances.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Economic Impact

$816 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2015-2016

$190.3 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

11,810 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

View the full Economic Impact Report.

Endowment and Funding

$397 million general fund budget

$323 million in tuition

$70 million in state appropriations

$118+ million endowment

$12+ million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

54% of faculty and staff gave (FY17)

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Administration

Established: Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region.

Mission: Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.

Learn more on our strategic positioning page.

President: Thomas J. Haas

Board of Trustees:

  • Victor M. Cardenas
  • Randall S. Damstra
  • David S. Hooker
  • John C. Kennedy (chair)
  • Mary L. Kramer (vice chair)
  • John G. Russell
  • Megan S. Sall
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Thomas J. Haas (ex officio)
  • Donna K. Brooks, (honorary life member)
  • Dorothy A. Johnson, (honorary life member)

Accreditation: Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission; Member - North Central Association, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411; telephone: (312) 263-0456; Web: www.hlcommission.org/

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

For More Information

Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.