West Michigan is a great place to live, and Grand Valley helps drive our region’s and entire state’s economic growth. Grand Valley students and alumni have unique opportunities to learn and work in up-and-coming industries because Grand Valley is involved in advancing those new industries. This is a result of our curriculum being relevant and adaptable to the current and future needs of West Michigan, the state, and beyond.
Students from every county in Michigan choose Grand Valley — the top six counties of origin for incoming freshmen are Kent, Oakland, Ottawa, Wayne, Macomb, and Livingston.
Students come to Grand Valley from across the country and around the world — in the 2015-16 academic year, Grand Valley enrolled 1,492 students from out-of-state and 434 students from 82 different countries.
Grand Valley has full-service campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. Being located in Michigan’s West Coast, students are close to the sandy beaches of Lake Michigan, the cultural opportunities of Grand Rapids, and only a few hours from the major metropolitan opportunities of Detroit and Chicago.
The Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus is located in the heart of Michigan’s second largest city, close to internship, employment, and community outreach programs.
Top employers of Grand Valley graduates include well-known West Michigan companies such as Amway Corporation, BDO USA LLP, General Motors, Gentex Corporation, Gordon Food Service, Haworth, Herman Miller, Meijer, Inc., Spectrum Health/Priority Health, and Steelcase, Inc.
The free Campus Connector shuttle links students, faculty members, and staff members to the entire Grand Rapids transit system reducing the number of cars on the road. In the 2015 fiscal year, the shuttles carried nearly three million riders within and between the Allendale and Grand Rapids campuses.