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About GVSU 2017

Total Students

22,209 undergraduate students

3,251 graduate students

82 different countries represented

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Degrees Offered

89 undergraduate degrees

37 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,763 faculty members

1,845 support staff members

92% of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree

94% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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attendance 4,000

colors: blue, black, white
nickname: the lakers
first sport: crew (1964)
mascot: Louie the Laker
pioneer class: 226 students (1963)
president's nickname: T-Haas

90% of students received at least one type of financial aid – with more than $277 million going to over 22,700 students.

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Study Abroad Programs

853 students studied abroad in the 2015-2016 academic year

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

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Student Organizations

58 service and advocacy organizations

32 fraternities and sororities

55 club sports

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50 states called home by alumni

21 areas worldwide host alumni clubs

1,047 people volunteered at the Alumni Association's Community Outreach Week

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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

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

20 intramural sports

20 NCAA Division II National Championships

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

Titles Held at Library

1,035,536 e-books held

567,197 volumes held

5 libraries

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Undergraduate Level Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
Lower Division
(0–54 credits earned)
  • $11,520 (per year)
  • $5,760 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $480 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $16,392 (per year) 
  • $8,196 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $683 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Upper Division
(55+ credits earned)
  • $12,144 (per year)
  • $6,072 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $506 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $17,016 (per year)
  • $8,508 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $709 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

View graduate tuition rates and other estimated yearly expenses.

Some Grand Valley State University colleges, schools, and departments carry an additional tuition charge per credit hour to offset the higher costs in those particular areas.

  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

View our online Academic Calendar.

Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 21st year in a row.

  • $277 million in financial aid awarded
  • $81 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 16 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.3–3.8 and ACT scores of 21–26

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
Athletic Training 100% 82.7%
Engineering (Undergraduate) 100% 85%
Nursing (Doctoral) 100% N/A
Occupational Therapy 100% N/A
Physician Assistant 100% 96%
Military Police Basic Training Program 100% N/A
Police Academy 100% N/A
Speech and Language Pathology 100% N/A
Therapeutic Recreation 93.6% 73.6%
Medical Laboratory Science 93% 72%


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.

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1 million pounds of food were purchased by Campus Dining in 2015 from 23 local farms and 31 local suppliers.

20 LEED-certified building projects completed at Grand Valley by the end of 2015.

$265 million+ overall regional economic impact for Grand Valley sustainability efforts in 2015.

31,200 gallons of water, 450 pounds of detergent, and 450 gallons of sanitizer saved by "Going Trayless" in Campus Dining in 2015 alone.

198 sustainability-related courses were offered at Grand Valley in 2015.

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

$780 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2014-2015

$178.6 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

11,418 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

View the full Economic Impact Report.

Endowment and Funding

$383 million general fund budget

$311 million in tuition

$68 million in state appropriations

$103+ million endowment

$13+ million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

54% of faculty and staff gave (FY16)

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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: 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:

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

For More Information

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