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Grand Valley State University (also known as GVSU) is a liberal arts school located in Michigan, near the city of Grand Rapids. It is the fifth largest university in the state, with nearly 25,000 students as of 2012. The campus is situated on well over 1,000 acres of land and offers classes in the cities of Holland, Grand Rapids, Traverse City, and Muskegon.

This large campus was founded in 1960 and today draws students from all 83 Michigan counties as well as many other states and foreign countries. In addition, it is one of America's 100 largest universities. The school employs more than 2,000 faculty and staff members each year.

Currently alumni live in all 50 U.S. states as well as Canada and 25 other countries worldwide. It has been recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for master's-level institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education, and has been noted for its sustainability efforts as well. GreenMetric World University Ranking in 2011 named GVSU 16th worldwide in terms of environment-friendly university management.


Admissions Information

There is a $30.00 application fee for both online and regular applications. 82% of the students who apply are accepted into the school.

College Majors

Grand
Valley State University offers a wide range of liberal arts
undergraduate degrees. Students may take classes in:

Grand Valley State University's seal
  • Architecture
  • Cultural
    studies
  • Art
  • Biological
    and Biomedical Sciences
  • Business
  • Communication
  • Computer
    and Information
    Technologies
  • Education
  • Engineering
  • English
    Language and Literature
  • Foreign
    Language and Literature
  • Health
    and Clinical Professions
  • History
  • Law
  • Liberal
    Arts and Sciences
  • Mathematics
  • Multi/Interdisciplinary
    Studies
  • Conservation
    and Natural resources
  • Parks/Recreation/Fitness
  • Philosophy
    and Religion
  • Physical
    Science
  • Psychology
  • Public
    Administration
  • Security
  • Social
    Sciences

Most
of
these areas include a number of major options. With so many options,
you are
sure to find a degree that will fit your interests.

 

Undergraduate
Programs

GVSU
has
a variety of options for undergraduate program. The school offers a
liberal
arts focus, and there are 81 degrees from which students can choose
their area
of study. If you are seeking a school that will offer you a
well-rounded
education, then GVSU is a school that you could consider.

 

Graduate Programs

Grand

Valley State University offers 31 areas of study for those who are interested in a graduate degree. These areas include:

GVSU Cook-Devos Center for Health Sciences

GVSU Cook-Devos Center for Health Sciences, part of the Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids.

  • Accounting
  • Biology
  • Biostatistics
  • Business
    Administration
  • Business,
    Full-time Integrated,
    MBA
  • Communications
  • Computer
    Information Systems
  • Criminal
    Justice
  • Education
    (various)
  • Engineering
    (various)
  • English
  • Health
    Administration
  • Medical
    and Bioinformatics
  • Nursing
    (various)
  • Occupational
    Therapy
  • Physical
    Therapy
  • Physician
    Assistant Studies
  • Public
    Administration
  • Public
    Health
  • Social
    Work
  • Speech-Language
    Pathology
  • Taxation

 

Rankings

It
is
important to find a
school that stands
out. GVSU stands out as an environmentally friendly university. It was
ranked
16th by Green-Metric World University Ranking. This school is also ranked fifth
in
size among all of the universities in Michigan. The Chronicle
of Higher Education
has
recognized Grand Valley positively for having a large number of
Fulbright
Scholars, a testimony to high-quality education.

 

Accreditation

Accreditation
is important to GVSU. Regular assessment is done to be sure that all of
the
areas of study measure up to the standards needed for regional and
national
accreditation. Grand Valley State University is accredited through the North Central
Association of
Colleges and Schools for university-wide accreditation.

 

Colleges  

Grand
Valley is divided into several colleges, each with its own strengths.
These
include:

  • Brooke's
    College of
    Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College
    of Community and Public
    Services
  • College
    of Education
  • College
    of Health Professions
  • College
    of Liberal Arts and
    Sciences
  • Kirkhof
    College of Nursing
  • Seidman
    College of Business
  • Seymour
    and Esther Padnos College
    of Engineering and Computing

 

Financial
Aid and Scholarships

GVSU provides options for financial aid through government aid and specific scholarships
that fit
their students.

 

Athletics

Richard M. Devos Center at GVSU

Richard M. Devos Center at GVSU

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Do not let a lack of funds hold you back from getting the education that you need. GVSU is open to many ways for you to go to
college
affordably. Options include government aid and specific scholarships
that fit
you. There is also the option to work while going to school to help pay
for
your education. Learning to manage your money is also key, and GVSU is
there to
help you learn how to do so. Becoming educated does not have to put you
into
years of debt; with the right advice and financial steps, it is
possible to
graduate fairly debt-free. It is also important to keep in mind that
being a
Michigan resident will save you a significant amount of money. If you
do not
already live in the state, then you might consider moving to Michigan
as
another financial aid option.

 

Athletics

Although education is the major part of Grand Valley State University, athletics also play a role. The Lakers successfully earned the National Association of Collegiate Directors athletic cup for eight years in a row. The school is a member of the NCAA Division II. Whether a player or a fan, you can enjoy the athletic program at GVSU.

Known as the Lakers, Grand Valley State teams play at the NCAA Division II level. There are twenty varsity sports – eleven for women and nine for men. The school's athletic teams have garnered fifteen national championships in seven sports; they have also been national runners-up thirteen times in eight different sports.

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Although education is the major part of Grand Valley State University, athletics also play a role. The Lakers successfully earned the National Association of Collegiate Directors athletic cup for eight years in a row. The school is a member of the NCAA Division II. Whether a player or a fan, you can enjoy the athletic program at GVSU.

Known as the Lakers, Grand Valley State teams play at the NCAA Division II level. There are twenty varsity sports – eleven for women and nine for men. The school’s athletic teams have garnered fifteen national championships in seven sports; they have also been national runners-up thirteen times in eight different sports.

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In addition, the school has won the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics Directors' cup from 2004 to 2011, having finished second in 2002 and 2003. The award is given to top athletic programs based on overall team national finishes.

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GVSU both participates in and is a founding member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Its official mascot is Louie the Laker and its fight song is known as "GVSU Victory!", sometimes referred to as "Grand Valley Victory".

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GVSU both participates in and is a founding member of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference. Its official mascot is Louie the Laker and its fight song is known as “GVSU Victory”, sometimes referred to as "Grand Valley Victory".

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Student
Housing

If
you
are considering being a student at Grand Valley State University, then
you will
need to consider housing. GVSU does offer a variety of accommodations for which
you can
apply. Freshman housing and campus apartments are a few of these
options. If
you have special medical needs, you can apply for housing that
will fit
those needs.

 
Some
specialized accommodations, called living and learning communities, may also
fit
your needs and help you make the most of your college experience. These
include:

  • Art
    Housing
  • Honors
    College
  • International
    House
  • Movement
    Science House
  • Women
    in Science, Engineering and
    Math
  • Women's
    Leadership House

Academics

While Grand Valley offers a large selection of graduate degrees, it has a large undergraduate student enrollment and emphasizes its liberal
arts based undergraduate education. The university offers undergraduate
degrees in over 200 fields of study, graduate degrees in 30 fields of
study (with 74 emphasese), and a large selection of certificate
programs. Grand Valley offers degrees at the bachelor's, master's,
post-bachelor's, post-master's, and doctoral levels.

Average annual enrollment at Grand Valley includes roughly 21,500 undergraduate and 3,500 graduate students. Grand Valley students come
from nearly every county in Michigan, 20 states, and 27 countries. The
majority of entering freshmen each year choose to live on-campus. The
average GPA of entering freshman is 3.5 and the average GPA score is
24. Grand Valley has an acceptance rate of about 82%.

According to the U.S. News & World Report ninety eight percent of Grand Valley graduates are able to find gainful
employment or get into graduate school upon graduation.

General Information

Admission Office
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-2025
(800) 748-0246
Fax: (616) 331-2000

Contact: Jodi Chycinski
Director of Admissions
Main Address
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
(616) 331-5000
www.gvsu.edu
Size
Total undergrads: 20,416
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 3,890
Degree-seeking undergrads: 20,285
Graduate enrollment: 3,476

Setting
Suburban setting
Large town (10,000 – 49,999)
Residential campus

Degrees offered:
Bachelor's
Master's
Doctoral

Admissions Information

Application Fee
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $30
Online application fee: $30
Enrollment Rates
Percent applicants admitted: 82%
Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 86%

College Majors

Architecture & Related Programs
City/Community/Regional
Planning B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, &
Gender Studies

Chinese
Studies B
Russian/Slavic
Area Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing
Art
– General B
Art
History/Criticism/Conservation B
Ceramics
B
Commercial/Advertising
Art B
Dance
B
Drama/Theater
Arts B
Film
Studies B
Fine/Studio
Arts B
Metal/Jewelry
Arts B
Music
– General B
Painting
B
Photography
B
Printmaking
B
Sculpture
B

Biological & Biomedical
Sciences

Biochemistry
B
Biology
B
Cellular/Molecular
Biology B

Business, Management, &
Marketing

Accounting
B
Business
Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial
Economics B
Finance/Banking
B
Human
Resources Management B
International
Business B
Management
Science B
Marketing
Management B
Tourism/Travel
Services B
Travel/Tourism
Management B

Communications & Journalism
Advertising
B
Broadcast
Journalism B
Communications/Rhetoric
B
Journalism
B
Public
Relations B

Computer & Information Sciences
Computer
Programming – General B
Computer
Science B
Computer/Information
Sciences – General B
Information
Sciences/Systems B

Education
Music
Teacher Education B
Physical
Education B
Science
Teacher Education B
Special
Education B

Engineering
Electrical/Communications
Engineering B
Manufacturing
Engineering B
Mechanical
Engineering B

Engineering Technologies
Occupational
Safety B

English Language & Literature
Creative
Writing B
English
Language & Literature – General B
Technical/Business
Writing B

Foreign Language & Literature
Classics
B
French
B
German
B
Greek,
Ancient B
Latin
B
Spanish
B

Health Professions & Clinical
Sciences

Athletic
Training/Sports Medicine B
Clinical
Laboratory Science B
Medical
Radiologic Technology B
Nursing
(RN) B
Occupational
Health/Industrial Hygiene B
Predentistry
B
Premedicine
B
Prepharmacy
B
Preveterinary
Medicine B

History
History
– General B

Law & Legal Studies
Law
& Legal Studies – General B
Paralegal/Legal
Assistance B

Liberal Arts & Sciences
Liberal
Arts & Sciences B

Mathematics
Mathematics
– General B
Statistics
B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Behavioral
Sciences B
Biological/Physical
Sciences B
Biopsychology
B

Natural Resources &
Conservation

Natural
Resources Management/Policy B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness
Health/Physical
Fitness B
Parks,
Recreation & Fitness – General B

Philosophy & Religion
Philosophy
B

Physical Sciences
Chemistry
B
Geochemistry
B
Geology
B
Physics
B

Psychology
Psychology
– General B
Social
Psychology B

Public Administration &
Services

Public
Administration B
Social
Work B

Security & Protective Services
Law
Enforcement Administration B
Security/Loss
Prevention B

Social Sciences
American
humanics C
Anthropology
B
Economics
B
Geography
B
International
Relations B
Political
Science/Government B
Social
Sciences – General B
Sociology
B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All
information is subject to change. You should confirm all information
with a college admissions officer.

Grand Valley State University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number:(616) 331-2020
Website:www.gvsu.edu
Type of School:4-year, Public
Apply Online:https://secure.gvsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate/apply-index.htm
Address:1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Setting:21
Campus Housing:Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population:25,460
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's):70%
Student-to-faculty Ratio:17 to 1
Distance Learning Programs:Yes
Distance Learning Students*:23,986 (94% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered:Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition:$11,520
Out-of-state Tuition:$16,392
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid:86%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded:$5,965

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students

Grand Valley State University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Grand Valley State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences145
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services2113
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs51
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services321
Education258
Engineering51
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields21
English Language and Literature/Letters21
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics4
Health Professions and Related Programs188
History11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service11
Legal Professions and Studies1
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities1
Mathematics and Statistics2
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies12
Natural Resources and Conservation11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies1
Philosophy and Religious Studies2
Physical Sciences14
Psychology12
Public Administration and Social Service Professions122
Social Sciences27
Visual and Performing Arts17
Grand total218331

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Online Programs & Distance Learning

See the distance education degree programs that are offered at Grand Valley State University.

Degree NameCertAssocBachMastDoct
Education12
Health Professions and Related Programs12
Psychology1
Public Administration and Social Service Professions1
Grand total44

* Based on programs that produced 2016-2017 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Grand Valley State University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$11,520
Out-of-state$16,392
Books and supplies$700

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees2016-2017
In-state$15,408
Out-of-state$15,408

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2015-2016

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid3,53386%
Grant or scholarship aid2,84069%$5,965
Student loan aid2,56063%$6,508

All Undergraduate Students

Type of AidNumber Receiving Aid% Receiving AidAvg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid14,29365%$5,280
Federal student loans13,56862%$6,816

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Grand Valley State University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Grand Valley State University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2017

TotalMaleFemale
Number of applicants17,1046,55010,554
Percent admitted100%78%84%
Percent admitted who enrolled25%26%25%

Admissions Considerations

RequiredRecommendedOptional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Recommendations
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Grand Valley State University Enrollment, Fall 2017

Total Enrollment25,460
Undergraduate enrollment22,209
Graduate enrollment3,251

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Grand Valley State University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
    • Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    • Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists
    • Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OT) - Professional Programs (Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences)
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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