Academic Excellence

Grand Valley students don’t just learn skills; they learn how to think for a lifetime. Graduates leave Grand Valley’s campuses with experiences that prepare them well for success in life, on the job, and in the community.

  • The middle 50 percent of Grand Valley’s entering class for Fall 2015 earned high school GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.8 and ACT composite scores of 21 to 26.
  • Grand Valley’s liberal education foundation spans all 86 undergraduate and 36 graduate programs, integrating disciplines so students connect topics and view the world from a broad perspective — better equipping them to make both personal and civic decisions.

  • Our liberal education, whether through foundation courses or the liberal studies major, allows personalization through electives, clubs, and events — ensuring every student receives the education that prepares them for success.

  • Grand Valley offers opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate with faculty members on research projects that are only available to graduate students at other schools.

  • At Grand Valley, learning takes place outside the classroom, as well as inside. More than 7,500 students participated in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching in 2013-2014.

  • Grand Valley is home to vibrant student life, including more than 400 student organizations that keep students engaged at GVSU and beyond.

  • Inclusion is a university value, a part of our culture, and a cornerstone of our curriculum. Grand Valley has many offices, centers, and student organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse university. During the 2015-2016 academic year, a record 434 international students representing 82 different countries attended Grand Valley. We also ranked 11th in the nation among U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of study abroad students, with nearly 700 students studying abroad in 2014-2015.

  • Grand Valley had record enrollments for Fall 2015 for students of color, out-of-state students, and international students, which helps ensure a broad range of personal and educational experiences and prepares all students for life in a global economy.

  • Grand Valley graduation rates continue to rise, ranking third among state universities. We rank second in the state in our underrepresented minority student graduation rate. We have the state’s best graduation rate differential between underrepresented minority students and all other students.

  • In the 2014-2015 academic year, Grand Valley student athletes logged more than 4,500 hours of community service and about 62 percent achieved a 3.0 or better GPA. In 2014-2015, Grand Valley extended its streak of finishing first or second in the Directors’ Cup standings as the top athletic program in NCAA Division II to 14 consecutive years. Since 2002, GVSU teams have won 19 NCAA Division II national championships, 15 of which have been in women’s sports.

  • Grand Valley students have received fellowships worth more than $1 million over the past five years thanks to help from the Meijer Office of Fellowships in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.

  • Grand Valley’s Sustainable Community Development Initiative connects students with sustainability best practices through courses, internships, activities, and resources, helping assure the environmental, social, and economic impact of our activities will create a high quality of life for our current generation and those of the future.

  • The Peter Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies inspires potential leaders to serve their community, state, and nation. Each year 40+ students take part in the cocurricular and crossdisciplinary program that provides them opportunities to expand their horizons and engage the community.