• Grand Valley ranked 30th in the nation in the Best Master's University category for its contribution to the public good. In the community service participation subcategory, GVSU ranked first in the nation for the second year in a row.
— Washington Monthly, 2014, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley's master’s program in medical and bioinformatics received 19th our of the top 25 universities in the nation that offer health care informatics degrees.
— MBA Healthcare Management, 2014, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the Midwest.
— The Princeton Review, 2014
• Grand Valley’s Seidman College of Business’ part-time M.B.A. program is the highest ranked M.B.A. program in West Michigan. In the state, it is only outranked by University of Michigan.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2013
• Grand Valley’s Charter Schools Office’s portfolio of 52 neighborhood charters outperforms all other authorizers using state tests as the assessment standard.
— Michigan State Board of Education, 2013, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley tied for first place for the number of Fulbright Scholars at similar-sized institutions with three faculty members earning awards in 2013-2014.
— The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2013, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley was ranked 25th in the country for its Master of Public Administration, recognized for nonprofit management and public affairs.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2012, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley received the Public University System of the Year Award for its commitment to providing students with quality internship experiences in the nation's capital.
— Washington Center for Internships and Academic Seminars, 2011, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley ranked 46th in the nation in the Best Bang for the Buck - Master's Universities category for the economic value students receive per dollar, and 11th in the financial aid support, courses, and service staff subcategory.
— Washington Monthly, 2014, Grand Valley Press Release
• Grand Valley was ranked 2nd in the nation for affordable out-of-state tuition.
— College Atlas, 2014
• Grand Valley was named “College of the Year” for delivering an exceptional value to students, having a low student loan default rate, and having graduates who secure jobs in their field of study.
— Educate to Career, Inc., 2014, Grand Valley Press Release
• Grand Valley was ranked a top college in Michigan for return on investment.
— Affordable Colleges Online, 2013
• Grand Valley was ranked one of the most affordable large public colleges.
— Affordable Colleges Online, 2013
• Grand Valley ranked gold in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), along with only 61 other universities in the nation.
— Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2014, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley was recognized as one of 100 colleges doing "green" right.
— Best College Rankings, 2014
• Grand Valley was recognized as having the "greenest" campus in Michigan.
— College Prowler, 2014
• Grand Valley was named one of the country’s greenest universities for the third year in a row. It was the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list.
— Sierra Club, 2014, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley was recognized at the United Nations University 2014 Global RCE Conference for preparing students for the workforce by teaching sustainability skill sets.
— United Nations University, 2014, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley received an award for community development initiatives and projects in the area of sustainability.
— Keep Michigan Beautiful, 2013, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley took second place out of nearly 90 universities and colleges in the waste minimization category of the national Game Day Challenge. The competition aims to promote waste reduction at football games throughout the country.
— Game Day Challenge, 2013, Grand Valley News Release
• Grand Valley earned the Director’s Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation for 10 of the last 12 years, and has finished first or second in the Director's Cup standings for 14 consecutive years.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2015
• Since 2002, Grand Valley athletic teams have won 16 NCAA Division II national championships, 12 of which have been in women's sports.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2014
• Grand Valley placed 7th in a ranking based upon the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA Division II athletic programs across the nation.
— National Collegiate Scouting Association, 2014
To read more about the many athletic awards and recognitions, visit Grand Valley Athletics' Tradition of Excellence page.