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About GVSU 2019

Total Students

21,112 undergraduate students

2,921 graduate students

79 different countries represented

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Degrees Offered

94 undergraduate degrees

42 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,780 faculty members

1,991 support staff members

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

95% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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Louie the Laker

colors: blue, black, white
nickname: the lakers
first sport: crew (1964)
pioneer class: 226 students (1963)
presidents' ball: attendance 4,000

89% of students received at least one type of financial aid – a total of more than $289 million, with more than $90 million in the form of scholarships and grant assistance.

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Study Abroad Programs

782 students studied abroad in the 2017-2018 academic year

11th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the IIE

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Student Organizations

63 service and advocacy organizations

31 fraternities and sororities

18 intramural sports

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50 states called home by alumni

13 areas worldwide host alumni clubs

93,290 alumni in Michigan

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Beds On Campus

87% of first-year students live on campus

11 dining locations

5 styles of living centers to choose from

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NCAA Division II

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

50 club sports

22 NCAA Division II National Championships

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

Titles Held at Library

527,588 physical titles

943,719 e-book titles

92,353 e-journal titles

5 libraries

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Undergraduate Level Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
Lower Division
(0–54 credits earned)
  • $12,860 (per year)
  • $6,430 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $540 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $18,296 (per year) 
  • $9,148 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $768 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Upper Division
(55+ credits earned)
  • $13,500 (per year)
  • $6,750 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $566 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $18,924 (per year)
  • $9,462 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $792 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 or per course surcharge will be assessed for certain classes to offset higher costs.

  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.

Academic Calendar

Two 16 week semesters
Fall 2019 semester: August 26, 2019–December 14, 2019
Winter 2020 semester: January 6, 2020–April 25, 2020

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2020 session: May 4, 2020–June 17, 2020
Summer 2020 session: June 22, 2020–August 4, 2020
Spring/Summer 2020 session: May 4, 2020–August 4, 2020

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Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 23rd year in a row.

  • $289 million in financial aid awarded
  • $90 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
  • 8,412 students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
  • 11,700+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
  • 1,297 employers participated in events and on-campus interviews
  • Middle 50% of Fall 2019 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.4–3.9, ACT scores of 21–27 and SAT scores of 1050 to 1240

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Pass Rates of Graduates on Licensure and Certification Exams

Professional Licensure Exam GVSU Grad Pass Rate National Benchmark
Education (Undergraduate) 100% N/A
Engineering (Undergraduate) 100% N/A
Nursing (Doctoral - Child/Adolescent NP, Adult/Older Adult NP) 100% N/A
Occupational Therapy 100% N/A
Physician Assistant 100% 97%
Speech and Language Pathology 100% N/A
Police Academy 98% N/A
Enterprise Resource Planning 97% N/A
Athletic Training 96% 83.6%
Physical Therapy 95% 92.3%
Recreational Therapy 95% 86.8%
Medical Laboratory Science 94% N/A


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 Pew Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 65-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple buildings along the west bank of the Grand River that serves business, education, engineering, and other majors and is home to The Graduate School.

Grand Rapids Health Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 14.5-acre Health Campus anchors the east end of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. It is comprised of two buildings with a third building set to open in 2021.

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.

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250+ sustainability-related courses offered at Grand Valley

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

Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project received the Innovative Project Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

25 LEED-certified projects completed at Grand Valley

Gold status for the seventh year in a row, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

2.8 million pounds of paper towels, disposable dinnerware, napkins, and food waste composted by Grand Valley in fiscal year 2018.

More than 60 percent of Grand Valley's waste stream is diverted, including compost, e-waste, light bulbs, batteries, paper, cardboard, and metal.

$2.2 million saved annually on Grand Valley's energy bill through a combination of energy conservation efforts and LEED construction projects.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Economic Impact

$849 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2016-2017

$202.8 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

11,970 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

View the full Economic Impact Report.

Endowment and Funding

$351 million general fund budget

$275 million in tuition

$72 million in state appropriations

$129 million endowment

$26 million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

52% of faculty and staff gave (FY18)

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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: Philomena V. Mantella

Board of Trustees:

  • Victor M. Cardenas
  • Randall S. Damstra
  • Elizabeth C. Emmitt
  • Susan M. Jandernoa
  • Mary L. Kramer (chair)
  • John G. Russell
  • Megan S. Sall (vice chair)
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Philomena V. Mantella (ex officio)
  • Donna K. Brooks (honorary life member)
  • Dorothy A. Johnson (honorary life member)
  • John C. Kennedy (honorary life member)

Accreditation: Accreditation: Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

For More Information

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