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Awards and Recognitions

Grand Valley State University's excellence is acknowledged by many organizations and publications every year. Below is a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Academic Excellence
Great Return on Investment
Sustainability
Athletics
Veterans

 

Academic Excellence

• Grand Valley was ranked a best regional university in the Midwest.  
— U.S. News & World Report, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was ranked a top public regional university in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was ranked an up-and-coming school in the Midwest.
U.S. News & World Report, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the Midwest.
 — The Princeton Review, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked 32nd in the nation in the Master's University category for its contribution to the public good. In the community service participation subcategory, GVSU ranked first in the nation.
Washington Monthly, 2013 

• 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 School of Engineering was ranked one of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• 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’s Seidman College of Business was named one of the best business schools.
— The Princeton Review, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked 5th among U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of study abroad students.
— Institute of International Education, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was listed as one of America’s top colleges.
Forbes magazine, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked in the top 10 of colleges and universities in the state of Michigan.
StateUniversity.com, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley’s School of Public and Nonprofit Administration ranked 25th in the country for its Master of Public Administration.
U.S. News & World Report, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley’s University Libraries received the Excellence in Academic Libraries Award.
Association of College & Research Libraries, 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

 

Great Return on Investment

• Grand Valley was ranked 2nd in the nation for affordable out-of-state tuition. 
College Atlas, 2014 

• 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 was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 18th year in a row.
Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc., 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked 32nd in the nation in the Best Bang for the Buck - Master's Universities category for the economic value students receive per dollar.
Washington Monthly, 2013

 

Sustainability

• Grand Valley was listed as one of 50 U.S. colleges and universities that have distinguished themselves as the nation's greenest schools.
BestColleges.com, 2014

• Grand Valley was named one of the country’s greenest universities for the second year in a row. It was the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list.
Sierra Club, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was listed as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada for the fourth year in a row.
The Princeton Review, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked gold in the Sustainability Tracking, Assessment, and Rating System (STARS), along with only 44 other universities in the nation.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2013, 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 ranked in the top 10 for campus safety among all Michigan public colleges and universities. 
StateUniversity.com, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was recognized as a fit-friendly worksite for the third year in a row.
American Heart Association, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was named a national role model for its commitment to diversity.
Minority Access, Inc., 2011, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley ranked in the top 20 in the world for sustainable practices.
UI GreenMetric World University Ranking, 2011, Grand Valley News Release

 

Athletics

• 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 earned the Director’s Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation for eight of the last 10 years, and has finished first or second in the Director's Cup standings eight of the past 12 years.
National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2013

• Grand Valley placed 14th in a ranking based upon the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA Division II athletic programs across the nation.
National Collegiate Scouting Association, 2013

To read more about the many athletic awards and recognitions, visit Grand Valley Athletics' Tradition of Excellence page.

 

Veterans

• Grand Valley was named a military friendly school for the fifth year in a row.
GIJobs.com, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was recognized as a military friendly university four years in a row.
— Military Advanced Education, 2013, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley State University is a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium.
Servicemembers Opportunity College Consortium, 2012, Grand Valley News Release

 

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