Quick Facts

Explore some quick facts about Grand Valley for a brief overview of what we're all about. Numbers don't tell the whole story, but they're a great way to start learning about Grand Valley.



Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region.


Educating 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.

Learn more on our strategic positioning page.

Location and Campuses

Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. The 69-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of two separate sites with a total of 12 buildings including the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS), John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, and the new L. William Seidman Center. Classes are also offered in the Meijer Campus in Holland, and at our regional locations in Muskegon and Traverse City.

Take a virtual tour of our campuses.

View our maps and directions.



Thomas J. Haas

Board of Trustees:

Victor M. Cardenas
David S. Hooker (chair)
John C. Kennedy (vice chair)
Mary L. Kramer
John G. Russell
Megan S. Sall
David L. Way
Kate Pew Wolters
Thomas J. Haas (ex officio)
Donna K. Brooks, (honorary life member)
Dorothy A. Johnson, (honorary life member)


Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission; Member - North Central Association, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411; telephone: (312) 263-0456; Web: www.ncahlc.org

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

2014-2015 Enrollment

25,094 total students

21,636 undergraduate students

3,458 graduate students

400+ international students enrolled

78 different countries represented

2014-2015 Tuition (per semester)

19 years in a row named one of America's "100 Best College Buys."

Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Lower Division
12–15 credits: $5,376
$448 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit over 15

Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Upper² Division
12–15 credits: $5,652
$471 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit over 15

Non-Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Lower Division
12–15 credits: $7,704
$642 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

Non-Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Upper² Division
12–15 credits: $7,992
$666 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit hour over 15

Michigan Residents (Masters³)
$562–$614 per credit hour depending on program

Michigan Residents (Doctoral³)
$690 per credit hour. Additional information available here

Non-Michigan Residents (Masters³)
$752–$804 per credit hour depending on program

Non-Michigan Residents (Doctoral³)
$911 per credit hour. Additional information available here

Some Grand Valley State University colleges, schools, and departments carry an additional tuition charge per credit hour to offset the higher costs in those particular areas.

1 Students classified as undergraduates registering for masters and doctorate courses pay undergraduate tuition rates.
2 Students are classified as upper division upon earning their 55th semester credit.
3 Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken.

Financial Aid

$253 million in financial aid offered

$74 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance

94 percent of full-time, dependent students received aid with an average award of $13,276

Academic Calendar

Two 15 week semesters

Fall 2014 semester: August 25, 2014–December 13, 2014

Winter 2015 semester: January 5, 2015–April 25, 2015

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session

Spring 2015 session: May 4, 2015–June 17, 2015

Summer 2015 session: June 22, 2015–August 4, 2015

Spring/Summer 2015 session: May 4, 2015–August 4, 2015

View our online Academic Calendar.


200+ areas of study

86 undergraduate degrees

35 graduate degrees

Middle 50 percent of Fall 2014 entering class earned high school GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.8 and ACT scores of 21 to 26

View our academic programs page.

Faculty and Staff

1,678 faculty members

1,628 support staff

92 percent of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree

27 average class size

Watch a video about our first-rate faculty.

Return on Investment

100,000+ alumni network

41,930 alumni in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties

7,000+ students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching

7,500+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center

750+ employers participating in career events

89.9 percent of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees

86.3 percent of employed recent graduates are working in Michigan

Pass Rates on Professional Licensure Exams (2013-2014)

Athletic Training
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 82.9%

Military Police Basic Training Program
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA

Physician Assistant Studies
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 93%

Police Academy
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA

Nursing (Undergraduate)
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 95% / National Benchmark: 87%

Nursing (Graduate)
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA

Therapeutic Recreation
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 93.6% / National Benchmark: 73.6%

Physical Therapy
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 98% / National Benchmark: 90%

Occupational Therapy
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 85%

Medical Laboratory Science
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 94% / National Benchmark: NA

Speech and Language Pathology
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA

View our Return on Investment page.


Grand Valley State University's excellence is acknowledged by many organizations and publications every year.

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Housing and Dining

5,820 beds on campus

83% of first-year students live on campus

7 dining locations

4 styles of living centers to choose from: traditional, suite-style, apartment-style, on-campus apartments

View housing rates.


Grand Valley is NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)

20 varsity sports (11 womens, 9 mens)

43 club sports (click here to view them)

16 NCAA Division II National Championships in seven sports since 2002

13 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation

7th in a ranking based upon the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA Division II athletic programs across the nation.

Visit our Athletics website.

Student Life

395 student organizations and growing

52 service and advocacy organizations

32 fraternities and sororities

20 intramural sports

Visit our student life website.


$45 million+ spent on sustainable procurement annually including construction, renovation, and minority vendor purchases.

25 million gallons of water saved between 2006-2011, even though student population has grown and building square footage has increased.

9 million sheets of paper saved during the first year computer labs transitioned to duplex printing

2,916,942 total bus ridership on campus routes for the 2014 fiscal year.

1.8 million+ gallons of gasoline saved in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by faculty, staff, and students who use the free Rapid bus service.

$1.1 million+ saved per year through energy saving projects and LEED facilities.

10,000 pounds of food waste per week saved through composting.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Study Abroad

4,000+ study abroad programs available to GVSU students

736 students studied abroad in the 2013-2014 academic year

10th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education

Visit our Study Abroad website.


1,710,000+ total volumes

1,000,000+ e-books

60,000+ e-journals

4 libraries including the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and Seidman House on the Allendale campus; the Steelcase Library in the Richard M. DeVos Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus; and the Frey Foundation Learning Center in Cook Devos Center for Health Sciences.

Opened Fall 2013: Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons — The groundbreaking library houses a knowledge market with student experts to provide research, technology, and presentation coaching, as well as 150,000 books on open shelves and a capacity for 600,000 books in an automated retrieval system.

Recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries.

Visit our libraries website.

Economic Impact

$730 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties in 2013-2014

$175 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

10,700+ jobs attributed to GVSU in the area

View our Economic Impact page

Endowment and Funding

$347 million general fund budget, of which $284.2 million is tuition and $63.1 million is state appropriations

$100+ million endowment

$11+ million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

$531,000 in faculty and staff giving (FY14)

Fun Facts

Colors: Blue, Black, and White

Nickname: The Lakers

Mascot: Louie the Laker

First Sport: Crew (1964)

Pioneer Class: 226 students (1963)

President’s Ball: 4,000+ attend the annual formal event

President’s Nickname: T. Haas

Presidents: James H. Zumberge (1963–1969), Arend “Don” Lubbers (1969–2001), Mark A. Murray (2001–2006), Thomas J. Haas (2006–Present)

For More Information

Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.

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