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It's time to make your mark. It's time to be a Laker.



Welcome to the GVSU Admissions page

Welcome to Grand Valley State University's admissions website! We look forward to welcoming you into the Laker community. As a Laker, you'll be a part of the smallest big university in the country. You'll understand how we're large enough to have the impact of a major university and small enough to give you the support you need to be successful.

With 200+ areas of study and a vibrant campus culture, you'll have a college experience that is as unique as you are. By the time you graduate, you'll be ready to give, to create, and to make a difference.

That's the Laker Effect.


First-Rate Faculty

A GVSU Faculty Member Teaches Every Class

No matter what subject they teach, every Grand Valley faculty member has one thing in common: they love to teach.

With an average class size of 27 students, that means an even more personal, interactive, and rewarding classroom experience for you.

And because a faculty member teaches every class, unlike other schools where you might be taught by a graduate assistant, you'll get even more opportunities for one-on-one interaction and instruction.

Faculty member Dwayne Tunstall is a shining example of our first-rate faculty at GVSU.

Meet Dwayne Tunstall, Ph.D., a GVSU faculty member in the Philosophy department.


Live Like a Laker

Students who live on our campuses thrive in a vibrant campus community.

GVSU students study and socialize in the main lounge of our new Holton-Hooker Learning and Living center.

Students Experience a Vibrant Campus Life

At Grand Valley, you can be anything you want — except bored.

With student life programming, a variety of student organizations, annual traditions, diversity and inclusion resources, sustainability initiatives, and on-campus space to relax and socialize, you'll always have plenty of opportunities to enjoy college life outside of the classroom.

Students at Grand Valley truly enjoy a vibrant campus life.


Experience is a Competitive Advantage

Great Return on Your Investment

A Grand Valley education is a great investment. The return on that investment is that you gain the knowledge and skills that employers seek and communities need.

At Grand Valley undergraduates do graduate level researchcareer goals are designed and met, and nearly 90% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

GVSU engineering student Alex Case talks about her real-world experience

See how GVSU engineering student Alex Case is gaining real-world experience in the Motion Analysis Center at Mary Free Bed.


Information for Parents, Guidance Counselors, and Advisors

Are you the parent or legal guardian of an incoming student or a high school/community college guidance counselor? Click on the appropriate button below to help your students transition to Grand Valley State University.

Parents or Legal Guardians

High School Guidance Counselors

Community College Counselors