About Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship and public service. At Grand Valley State University, we value effective teaching, liberal education, scholarship, university and community, and service.
Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University is a comprehensive university serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. The university attracts more than 25,300 students with its high quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley provides a fully accredited liberal undergraduate and graduate education.
Grand Valley's main campus is located in Allendale, almost midway between downtown Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan. This contemporary campus offers all the amenities expected from a residential college. The Pew Grand Rapids Campus is located in the heart of Michigan's second-largest city, putting students closer to employment, internship, and community outreach programs. Students at Grand Valley also benefit from access to outstanding cultural, athletic, fine arts and recreational activities in both Allendale and Grand Rapids. The university also has a campus in Holland and centers in Muskegon, Traverse City, and Detroit.
Teaching in the liberal tradition, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, has always been at the heart of Grand Valley's educational mission. Grand Valley offers 87 undergraduate and 37 graduate degree programs. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 2,500 benefit-eligible faculty and staff, and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.