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Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

  • Type Control of Institution - Public/Private


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  • Level

    4 Years

  • Religious Affiliation Indicates religious affiliation (denomination) for private not-for-profit institutions that are religiously affiliated.

    Not applicable

  • Accreditation Accreditation is the process by which the quality of learning at various educational institutions are evaluated. Read More.


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  • Student Population Number of Students attending College


  • On Campus Housing Does the institution provide on-campus housing?


Located in Allendale, MI, Grand Valley State University is a public university. The university covers an area of 1,322 acres. In 1960, Grand Valley State University was founded. The motto of the Grand Valley State University is Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies and its official colors are laker blue, black and white. In addition to over 21,112 undergraduate students, GVSU also boasts of over 2,921 students in its postgraduate courses, taking the total enrollment to over 24,033. To teach various courses to the students, the school has employed a total of 1,780 faculty. At Grand Valley State University, around 93% of the students are 24 and under. And, when it comes to gender distribution at the varsity, around 60% of the students are females and 40% are males. Finally, at GVSU around 82% are white, 6% belong to Hispanic ethnicity, and 4% are Black or African American. The college has produced several achievers in its 60 years of existence and some of the notable alumni are Brian Calley (Politician, Banker), Ruud Lubbers (Activist, Businessperson), Matt Thornton (Baseball player), and Rob Rubick (American football player). The school believes in the all-round growth of the students and, hence encourages students to take part in several sporting activities, conducted inside the campus. Students taking admission here will notice that the university boasts of a decent sports infrastructure. A total of 272 programs, including both residential and online, are currently offered by GVSU. The university also has a long list of accreditations. It has been accredited by AACSB (Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business), ABA (American Bar Association), ABET (Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, Inc.), and APA (American Psychological Association). The total endowment of the Grand Valley State University is around $132 million (2019).

Location & Contact





1 Campus Dr


To tackle the tough decision of choosing the right university, the ranking of a particular university helps the student in clearing their doubts regarding where they want to apply. Grand Valley State University has been ranked at the 481st position among other universities by Forbes. It is to be noted that Forbes decides on the rankings of the university based on common metrics like acceptance rate, endowment, benefits, and SAT scores, among others.


  • Application Deadline Deadline for application submissions. Please contact the school for more details.

    Rolling Admissions

  • Acceptance Rate Percentage of applicants who are accepted in an Institution.


  • SAT Range

    1050 - 1240



  • ACT Range

    21 - 27

  • High School GPA


  • Application Fee


  • Accept Common App


Admission to the university is fairly easy and the students are recommeded to make the most out of it. The varsity has 4 admission thresholds. The admission process starts by filling up the form and submitting a fee of $30. If the SAT score of a student lies in the range of 1050-1250, it would improve her chances. A candidate, in order to take admission to Grand Valley State University, must score 24 in her ACTs. But, in certain cases, those having ACT scores less than 21 are also given admission. The candidates can apply for the courses online. However, in case they need information or want to feel the vibes, they visit the school's office at 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403. They can also call them at (616) 331-2020.

Annual Cost to Attend

  • Net Price Cost of attendance minus any grants and scholarships received.


  • Average Annual Cost


Additional Costs:

  • Books And Supplies


  • Other Fees


  • Room And Board The charges for an academic year for ooming accommodations and meals for a typical student.


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Total One Year Cost


Tuition fees and the cost of living during the course tenure are the next two things that a student should keep in mind before applying to GVSU. The total one-year cost on a full-time basis would be somewhere around $26,266. If it sounds unaffordable to the applicant, there are numerous financial aid options available that they can explore.


Highest Degree Offered The highest degree offered by the Institution.

Doctor's degree

Student:Faculty Ratio


Full-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Part-Time Retention Rate Percent of the that re-enrolled at the institution as either full- or part-time in the current year.


Academic Calendar


Research Funding per Student


Faculty Overview


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Female Professors

Non-traditional Learning

Evening Degree Programs

Teacher Certification

Distance Education

Study Abroad


Most Popular Majors:

  • Marketing

    265 Graduates

  • Psychology, General

    264 Graduates

  • Finance and Financial Management Se...

    240 Graduates

  • Education, General

    233 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    221 Graduates

  • Health Professions and Related Clin...

    215 Graduates

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

    215 Graduates

  • Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

    204 Graduates

  • Health and Physical Education/Fitne...

    221 Graduates

  • Health Professions and Related Clin...

    215 Graduates

  • Health/Medical Preparatory Programs

    215 Graduates

  • Management Sciences and Quantitativ...

    204 Graduates

  • Registered Nursing, Administration,...

    197 Graduates

  • Criminal Justice and Corrections

    184 Graduates

  • Accounting and Related Services

    171 Graduates

  • Hospitality Administration/Manageme...

    129 Graduates

  • Teacher Education and Professional...

    127 Graduates

  • Public Relations, Advertising, and...

    124 Graduates

  • English Language and Literature, Ge...

    123 Graduates

  • Social Work

    118 Graduates

  • Biology, General

    115 Graduates

  • Business Administration, Management...

    109 Graduates

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General...

    106 Graduates

  • Communication and Media Studies

    105 Graduates

  • Public Administration

    93 Graduates

  • Allied Health Diagnostic, Intervent...

    83 Graduates

  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts

    80 Graduates

  • Natural Resources Conservation and...

    77 Graduates

  • Computer and Information Sciences,...

    76 Graduates

  • Geography and Cartography

    70 Graduates

  • Mathematics

    67 Graduates

  • Mechanical Engineering

    62 Graduates

  • Social Sciences, General

    59 Graduates

  • Special Education and Teaching

    56 Graduates

  • Fine and Studio Arts

    54 Graduates

  • Information Science/Studies

    49 Graduates

  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing St...

    49 Graduates

  • Music

    46 Graduates

  • Business/Managerial Economics

    45 Graduates

  • Communication, Journalism, and Rela...

    45 Graduates

  • History

    44 Graduates

  • Romance Languages, Literatures, and...

    42 Graduates

  • Sociology

    42 Graduates

  • Statistics

    42 Graduates

  • Political Science and Government

    39 Graduates

  • Radio, Television, and Digital Comm...

    37 Graduates

  • Rehabilitation and Therapeutic Prof...

    37 Graduates

  • International Relations and Nationa...

    34 Graduates

  • Anthropology

    29 Graduates

  • International Business

    28 Graduates

  • Biological and Physical Sciences

    27 Graduates

  • Legal Support Services

    27 Graduates

  • Manufacturing Engineering

    22 Graduates

  • Human Resources Management and Serv...

    21 Graduates

  • Quality Control and Safety Technolo...

    20 Graduates

  • Chemistry

    19 Graduates

  • Ethnic, Cultural Minority, Gender,...

    19 Graduates

  • Journalism

    19 Graduates

  • Health and Medical Administrative S...

    18 Graduates

  • Business/Commerce, General

    17 Graduates

  • Computer Engineering

    17 Graduates

  • Economics

    17 Graduates

  • Electrical, Electronics and Communi...

    16 Graduates

  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosc...

    16 Graduates

  • Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science...

    15 Graduates

  • Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomica...

    14 Graduates

  • Neurobiology and Neurosciences

    14 Graduates

  • Entrepreneurial and Small Business...

    12 Graduates

  • Bilingual, Multilingual, and Multic...

    11 Graduates

  • Philosophy

    11 Graduates

  • Biochemistry, Biophysics and Molecu...

    10 Graduates

  • Intercultural/Multicultural and Div...

    10 Graduates

  • Classics and Classical Languages, L...

    9 Graduates

  • Drama/Theatre Arts and Stagecraft

    9 Graduates

  • Biopsychology

    7 Graduates

  • Area Studies

    6 Graduates

  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, an...

    6 Graduates

  • Physics

    5 Graduates

  • Engineering, General

    3 Graduates

  • Dance

    2 Graduates

  • Real Estate

    2 Graduates

  • Religion/Religious Studies

    2 Graduates

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Student Body

Undergraduate Students


Socio-Economic Diversity Percent of full-time, first-time students receiving an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.


Full-time / Part-time

89% / 11%

Students Gender



US National: 44%



US National: 56%












Two or more races


Non Resident alien




American Indian/Alaska native


Native Hawaiians/Pacific islander


Geographic Density

Geographic Density



Unknown Location


Out Of State


In State



Economic Diversity

36% percentage of students who recieved an income-based Federal Pell Grant intended for low-income students.

Median Household Income

$67,198 per year

Campus Life


The students can reside on campus and N/A of Freshman Live On-Campus.

On Campus Housing Available


Freshmen Required to Live on Campus


Freshmen Live on Campus


Undergrads in College Housing


Averege Housing Cost


Campus Food

The institution has several dining and meal plan options available to students and the average meal plan cost is around $3,150/year.

Meal Plan Available


Average Meal Plan Available



Division Sports Nickname


School Colors

black, white, and blue

Varsity Athletics Association


Varsity Athletics Conference Primary

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

Total Male Athletes


Total Female Athletes


Intramural Sports


Sports Club


Sports Team (Men)



Cross Country



Swimming and Diving


Track and Field

Sports Team (Women)


Cross Country





Swimming and Diving


Track and Field


Campus Security

The university additionally offers an on-campus housing facility for students who wish to dwell nearby. The normal expense for on-campus housing is $9,400 per year. The students at Grand Valley State University have several dining and meal plan options to choose from. Moreover, the average meal plan costs around $3,150 per year. The university has taken a lot of measures to ensure the safety and security of its students. Some of these measures include 24-hr security patrol, campus emergency phones, 24-hr escort safety rides and mobile campus emergency alert. There are around 40% male and 60% female students enrolled at the university.

24-Hour Security Patrol

Campus Emergency Phones

24-Hour Escort Safety rides

Mobile Campus Emergency Alert

After Graduation

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation


Median Earnings 10 Years After Graduation


Median Total Debt After Graduation The median cumulative federal debt of undergraduate borrowers who graduated.

$20,954 - $29,493

Typical Monthly Loan Payment The median monthly loan payment for student borrowers who completed, if it were repaid over 10 years at a 4.53% interest rate.

$217 - $306

Outcomes 8 Years of Attending

Show data for students who

and started their studies

Out of 7,811 students

30% Graduated

10% Still Enrolled

15% Transfer

1% Withdraw

Financial Aid

Students Receiving Gift Aid Percent of undergraduate students awarded federal gift aid.


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Federal Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving State Aid


Average Aid Per Year


Students Receiving Institutional Grants


Average Aid Per Year


Average Grant & Scholarship by Family Income Aid awarded based on the family income.


Average Amount

< $30K


$30K - $48K


$48K - $75K


$75K - $110K


> $110K


Total Needs based Scholarships/Grants


Total Non-Needs based Scholarships/Grants


The financial aid department of Grand Valley State University helps students by assisting them with scholarships, grants, and student loans in the event that they find the fees and the cost of living at the campus to be expensive. The average financial aid at Grand Valley State University is around $6,027 and the federal grant is $4,863. Prospective students can benefit from state-level aid worth $1,015 as well as institutional aid worth $6,027. The need-based scholarships awarded to students admitted to Grand Valley State University amount to $1,573,336 per annum. Meanwhile, the total non-need-based scholarships/grants awarded in a year total $14,897,613.

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