Welcome Adult Students


My classmates and instructors were behind me 100% and wanted me to succeed. - Taryn Carew

Programs For Busy Adults

At Grand Valley State University, we're focused on you - adult students looking for a better future, new job, or a more fulfilling career. We make it more convenient to go back to school with:

  • accelerated programs;
  • convenient formats; 
  • low tuition rates;
  • financial aid opportunities; and
  • career-centered degrees that give you the skills employees want.

Everything you need is right here!

In-Demand Programs, Flexible Formats

Take advantage of unique degree programs; online, on-campus, and hybrid classes; and the kind of personal attention that will make it simpler to pursue your academic goals.

Nate Spencer

Watch Nate Spencer talk about the Liberal Studies program at GVSU.

  • Accelerated 19-month bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in leadership
  • Flexible, career-focused liberal studies bachelor’s degree you can customize to prepare yourself for any field
  • Bachelor’s degrees you can complete with evening classes — including programs in social work or management
  • 100- and 200-level college courses available close to you, making it simple and convenient to start on your degree
  • Online or on-campus professional development classes that help you become better at your job or prepare you for a new one
  • Or pursue any of the 86 bachelor’s degree programs available in Allendale and Grand Rapids

Advisors Who Care

The Center for Adult and Continuing Studies is dedicated to providing you with the information and resources needed to be successful as you completion your goals. We understand it is a process and our advisors will meet with you every step of the way:

Pre-Admissions - If you're considering coming back to school, we'll answer any questions you might have, assist you in filling out the appropriate applications, and guide your through your next steps.

After You've Been Admitted - We'll help you register for classes, develop relationships with the departments and services that will best meet your needs, and answer any of those "I'm new here" questions that you might have.

Until You Graduate - We'll serve as your one stop shop for information, resources, and referrals. The university can be a big place, but it is our goal to make it easy to navigate for our adult students. 


Watch Jane Marsman talk about her experiences at GVSU.

Convenient Locations

Grand Valley has satellite campuses in Grand RapidsHolland, and Muskegon that specialize in adult student programming. And opportunities are always available on our main Allendale campus, should you not find the degree path you are looking for.

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Meijer Campus in Holland

Muskegon Regional Center

We'll Help You Get Started!

Not sure where to begin? That's okay! We have advisors available at every location dedicated to helping you on your journey. Choose your location and contact us today!



Contact Information

Grand Rapids/Allendale Campus

L.V. Eberhard Center (Room 718)
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, Michigan 49504

(616) 331-7180

Meijer Campus in Holland

515 S. Waverly Rd
Holland, Michigan 49423

(616) 331-3910 

Muskegon Regional Center

221 S. Quarterline
Muskegon, Michigan 49442

(231) 777-0505