About West Michigan

Located in Allendale, Grand Valley's main campus features:

Grand Rapids

Michigan's second-largest city within 20 minutes

Lake Michigan

Sandy beaches within a half hour

Chicago and Detroit

Major cities within 3 hours

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GVSU Pew Grand Rapids Campus

In the Heart of Grand Rapids

The Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus is located within the city of Grand Rapids. Some of the city's attractions include:

  • Fifth Third Ballpark – Home of the West Michigan Whitecaps, a professional Detroit Tigers affiliate baseball team.
  • Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park – Features the most comprehensive outdoor sculpture collection in the Midwest, indoor and outdoor gardens, the largest tropical conservatory in the state, nature trails, a guided tram, and a children’s garden.
  • Gerald R. Ford Presidential Library and Museum – America’s most entertaining presidential museum. Attend a White House state dinner, step inside the Oval Office, and see the original Watergate burglar tools.
  • Grand Rapids Art Museum – Changing exhibitions feature local, national, and international artists.
  • Van Andel Arena – Home of the Grand Rapids Griffins hockey team -- a Detroit Red Wings affiliate -- concerts, and more.
  • Shopping Malls – RiverTown Crossings Mall in Grandville and Woodland Mall in Kentwood serve the area with a wide variety of specialty retail shops, as well as your favorite department stores.
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West Michigan

Lake Michigan's coast is just 25 minutes west of our main campus and features exquisite beaches, incredible sunsets and quaint resort towns. During the winter months, the area offers several activities such as snowboarding, downhill skiing, snowshoeing, sledding, snowmobiling, and cross-country skiing.


Visit www.experiencegr.com and www.michigan.org for more information.

Students walking on a beach at Lake Michigan

Page last modified October 26, 2023