Quick Facts 2016

Total Students

21,972 undergraduate students

3,353 graduate students

82 different countries represented

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Degrees Offered

86 undergraduate degrees

36 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,749 faculty members

1,679 support staff members

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

90% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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the lakers

colors: blue, black, white
first sport: crew (1964)
mascot: Louie the Laker
pioneer class: 226 students (1963)
president's ball: attendance 4,000
president's nickname: T-Haas

90% of students received at least one type of financial aid – with more than $275 million going to over 22,500 students.

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Study Abroad Programs

688 students studied abroad in the 2014-2015 academic year

11th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education

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Student Organizations

58 service and advocacy organizations

33 fraternities and sororities

16 intramural sports

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50 states called home by alumni

21 cities host alumni clubs

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

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Beds On Campus

84% of first-year students live on campus

9 dining locations

4 styles of living centers to choose from

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NCAA Division II
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)

20 varsity sports (11 womens, 9 mens)

55 club sports

19 NCAA Division II National Championships

14 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)
  • $11,078 (per year)
  • $5,539 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $462 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $15,744 (per year) 
  • $7,872 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $656 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Upper Division
(55+ credits earned)
  • $11,648 (per year)
  • $5,824 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $486 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $16,344 (per year)
  • $8,172 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $681 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.

Academic Calendar

Two 15 week semesters
Fall 2015 semester: August 31, 2015–December 19, 2015
Winter 2016 semester: January 11, 2016–April 30, 2016

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2016 session: May 9, 2016–June 22, 2016
Summer 2016 session: June 27, 2016–August 10, 2016
Spring/Summer 2016 session: May 9, 2016–August 10, 2016

View our online Academic Calendar.

Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 20th year in a row.

  • $275 million in financial aid awarded
  • $95 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
  • 7,500+ students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
  • 8,000+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
  • 900+ employers participating in career events
  • Middle 50% of Fall 15 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 Liscensure Exam GVSU Grad Pass Rate National Benchmark
Athletic Training 100% 80.7%
Engineering (Undergraduate) 100% 85%
Nursing (Doctoral) 100% N/A
Occupational Therapy 100% N/A
Physician Assistant 100% 95%
Military Police Basic Training Program 100% N/A
Police Academy 100% N/A
Speech and Language Pathology 100% N/A
Physical Therapy 98% 91%
Nursing (Undergraduate) 94% 82%
Medical Laboratory Science 90% 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 Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 69-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of three separate sites with a total of 13 buildings and four 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 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.


$45 million+ spent on sustainable procurement annually including construction, renovation, and minority vendor purchases.

25 million gallons of water saved between 2006–2011, even though student population grew and building square footage increased.

9 million sheets of paper saved during the first year computer labs transitioned to duplex printing.

2,681,780 total bus ridership on designated campus routes for the 2015 fiscal year.

1.8 million+ gallons of gasoline saved in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by faculty members, staff members, and students who use the free Rapid bus service.

$2.2 million+ avoided utility costs per year through the use of energy-efficient practices and procedures.

10,000 pounds of food waste per week saved through composting.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Economic Impact

$730 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2013-2014

$175 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

10,772 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

View the full Economic Impact Report.

Endowment and Funding

$363 million general fund budget

$294.7 million in tuition

$65 million in state appropriations

$104+ million endowment

$16+ million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

55.1% of faculty and staff gave (FY15)

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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
  • David S. Hooker (chair)
  • John C. Kennedy (vice chair)
  • Mary L. Kramer
  • John G. Russell
  • Megan S. Sall
  • David L. Way
  • 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.ncahlc.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.

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