Welcome Adult Students

Adult student commencement

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Programs For Busy Adults

The Grand Valley State University Center for Adult and Continuing Studies offers programs and services designed for adult students at our locations across West Michigan - Holland, Muskegon, and Grand Rapids/Allendale.  We're committed to helping you earn your degree and move toward a better future, new job, or a more fulfilling career by offering 

  • convenient formats; 
  • low tuition rates;
  • financial aid opportunities; 
  • career-centered degrees that give you the skills employees want;
  • advisors that work with your every step of the way 


In-Demand Programs, Flexible Formats

Take advantage of degree programs designed to meet the unique needs of adult learners, offered in a convenient format, with services close to where you live and work. At our locations across West Michigan, you'll find programs like:

Nate Spencer

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

  • Accelerated 19-month bachelor’s degree with an emphasis in leadership (Grand Rapids campus)
  • Flexible, career-focused liberal studies bachelor’s degree you can customize to prepare yourself for any field (Grand RapidsAllendale, and Muskegon campuses) 
  • Bachelor’s degrees you can complete with evening classes — including programs in social work or management (Grand Rapids)
  • 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 our 86 bachelor’s degree programs available at the Allendale and/or Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campuses.

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.

Veteran Services

Veteran Student

Watch veteran Simeon Switzer talk about his Grand Valley experience.

At Grand Valley we’re focused on you — veteran students looking for a better future, a new job, or more fulfilling career. We make it more convenient to go back to school with evening courses and accelerated programs that are on-campus, online, or hybrid. We offer career-centered degrees that give you the skills employers want. 

Plus, Grand Valley has been recognized as being military- and veteran-friendly by Military Times, G.I.Jobs.com, and Military Advanced Education.

Contact our veteran's services office to help get you started!

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

For attending classes at the Allendale or Grand Rapids campuses.

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

(616) 331-7180

For attending classes at the Meijer Campus in Holland

515 S. Waverly Rd
Holland, Michigan 49423

(616) 331-3910 

For attending classes at the Muskegon Regional Center

221 S. Quarterline
Muskegon, Michigan 49442

(231) 777-0505