Grand Valley has record enrollment

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Grand Valley State University announces another record enrollment for fall 2009. Total enrollment stands at 24,408 -- up 2.2 percent from last fall. This is the 27th year in a row in which Grand Valley enrolled more students than the year before.

Grand Valleys fall 2009 freshman class has an average GPA of 3.53 and an average ACT score of 24.0, which will likely keep Grand Valleys freshman quality rank in the upper quartile of Michigans public universities.

"I am especially pleased with the increase in transfer students from community colleges as well as the growth in graduate students," said Vice Provost Lynn McNamara Blue. "Across the board, students and their families recognize Grand Valley for its personal attention, outstanding faculty and commitment to teaching excellence. That's why our freshman to sophomore retention rate is third-best among Michigan's 15 public universities."

University President Thomas J. Haas said: "Grand Valley is a grand value. Students at Grand Valley pay less than students on other campuses of comparable quality. Our affordability has much to do with this year's enrollment increase and reflects well on Grand Valley's careful use of tuition and taxpayer support."

Grand Valley State University attracts more than 24,400 students with high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley is a comprehensive public university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 77 undergraduate and 28 graduate degree programs from campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids and Holland, and from regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships.