Economic Impact

on West Michigan

Kent, Ottawa and Muskegon counties (Greater Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon Region)
Using model provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
$730 million
Total Sales in the Region*
10,772
Total Estimated Employment Attributed to GVSU

*Total Sales in the Region represents increase in sales for all business in the three metropolitan areas due to the existence of Grand Valley State University.

* This total does not include economic activity by GVSU alumni.

Faculty and Staff Employment

  • 2,412 Full-time
  • 810 Part-time
  • 3,222 Total
$234.6 million
Total Faculty and Staff Salary in the Area

Student Enrollment

  • 20,461 Full-time
  • 4,633 Part-time
  • 25,094 Total
$175.0 million
Total Estimated Student Expenditures in the Area

Source of Revenues, 2013-2014

Expenditures, 2013-2014

Return On Investment

A Great Return On Investment

Grand Valley has a record of producing high-quality graduates who stay in Michigan and give back to their communities. Nearly 90 percent of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees. Of those working, 86 percent are employed in Michigan.

Grand Valley alumni now number more than 100,000; nearly half are living or working in West Michigan’s tri-county area. The expertise of alumni in Michigan meets the needs of businesses across the state.

  • 13,883 degrees and certifications in teaching and school administration
  • 18,186 in business and public administration
  • 10,377 in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant and related medical fields

Grand Valley alumni are widely represented in many other careers including engineering, law enforcement, politics, music, theater, social work, journalism and computer and information technology. Grand Valley also attracts more than 400 students from other countries to live and study in the region.

Enhancing Michigan Prosperity

Grand Valley State University: Enhancing Michigan’s Prosperity

The Governor and Legislature adopted a higher education funding plan that ties a small portion of state appropriations to university performance measures. Grand Valley was awarded for its performance in key areas by the state and by the Business Leaders for Michigan. Grand Valley is getting it done with the lowest appropriation per student in the state. Lowest appropriation ‐ best-in-class results.

Top Producer of Graduates

In the last decade, Grand Valley has been a top performer among the state’s 15 public universities. The number of degrees awarded by the group increased by about 10,000 with Grand Valley having one of the largest increases at 24 percent.

Grand Valley’s Growth Benefits Region

New construction and renovations pumped more than $133.5 million into the local economy in 2014, creating nearly 2,919 trade and construction jobs. On the Allendale Campus, a new Science Laboratory Building will open in fall 2015 and construction will begin on a new $37 million housing building and a $7.8 million Recreation Center addition.

Grand Valley Tuition Remains Below State Average

Grand Valley has been recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the 19th year in a row because of low tuition and high value. The university offers $258 million in financial aid and the average student pays $4,000 less than the posted tuition price.

Alumni Impact

Lakers are Leaders

Grand Valley alumni are decision makers and leaders. Although they live throughout the U.S. and the world, their impact is greatest in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties, where nearly half of all graduates live or work.

The Top Area Employers of Grand Valley Alumni:

More than 25,000 Grand Valley students are gaining the education and experience necessary to lead Michigan into a strong future.

Contact Grand Valley

(616) 331-5000 - Grand Valley Switchboard (all campuses)

Main Campus

1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

L. William Seidman Center
50 Front Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Regional Locations

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)
200 Viridian Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 722-4371

Meijer Campus in Holland
515 S. Waverly Road
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 394-4848

Muskegon Regional Center
Stevenson Center for Higher Education at Muskegon Community College
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 777-0505

Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)
Lake Michigan Center
740 W. Shoreline Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 728-3601

Traverse City Regional Center
Northwestern Michigan College University Center
2200 Dendrinos Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 995-1785

Detroit Center
163 Madison Street
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-1185

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