Make Connections, Tap a Wide Range of Resources, and Set a Path for Lifelong Success
As a relatively young state university – chartered in 1960 – Grand Valley State University knows what it’s like to thrive amid those who have been around for a while.
That’s one reason why the campus is so welcoming to first-generation students, who account for 39 percent of our undergraduates.
We recognize the challenges and opportunities that first-generation students encounter and support them with specific programs as well as an overall sense of community and inclusiveness on our campuses. Students say they feel an immediate bond with the friendly campus community, like they belong here.
Lakers also can create meaningful connections with faculty members. Outstanding faculty members – never graduate students or teaching assistants – teach every class.
That faculty interaction helps contribute to the academic excellence you will experience at GVSU:
- Consistently named as a top school by publications ranging from U.S. News and World Report to Forbes
- More than 200 areas of study with 87 undergraduate and 37 graduate majors
- Study abroad programs – more than 4,000 diverse opportunities
- Robust outside-the-classroom options, with more than 8,200 students participating in internships, co-ops, student teaching, and similar opportunities in 2015-2016
Meet Your Goals
We work hard to ensure students like you advance while on campus and afterward. GVSU has one of the state's top rates for freshman-to-sophomore retention as well as for graduation.
All of this is available at one of the most affordable colleges in Michigan with one of the largest student populations. Undergraduate research and experiential learning, along with a strong emphasis on a liberal education, prepare students both for careers and meaningful contributions to society.
Ready to make GVSU your choice? Apply now to join the ranks of proud Lakers.
One First-Generation Student's Story