Academics and Programs
With 200+ areas of study to choose from, a liberal education emphasis, excellent faculty, and hands-on research opportunities, you're sure to find what you're looking for. Grand Valley's strong academic focus creates a rewarding educational experience.
Grand Valley's faculty members are highly accomplished and love to teach. Our faculty members knows you by name and wants to help you succeed. Our faculty is also respected nationally – Grand Valley ranks second in our category for faculty Fulbright Scholars.
A graduate assistantship is a work opportunity offered to graduate students. Graduate assistantships provide graduate students with part-time, paid work experiences in their field of study, and allow them to expand and/or apply their discipline knowledge and skills.
A Great Investment
A Grand Valley education is a great investment. The return on that investment is that graduates are uniquely prepared with the knowledge, skills, and understanding that employers seek and reward. You’ll have the skills to succeed wherever your career and life take you.
Even better, Grand Valley supports your success by providing a full range of academic, career, and other support services, such as the GVSU Career Center, designed to help you achieve your goals. In addition to resume and interviewing workshops, students can attend on-campus job fairs featuring nearly 500 companies from across the U.S.
We are proud to offer our undergraduates research opportunities that are generally only available to graduate students at other universities. Grand Valley even sponsors research grants for undergraduate students. The Students Summer Scholars program provides $6,000 grants for summer research with Grand Valley faculty members.
There are great opportunities for graduate students at Grand Valley. Many of our graduates have the opportunity to conduct research with faculty or pursue internships at local companies, providing a wide range of professional experiences. Graduate students can receive research grants from Grand Valley as well as funding to attend professional conferences. In addition, students who conduct research may participate in our annual Graduate Showcase.
Grand Valley also offers learning resources to enhance your education. Visit the housing website for more information.
For students who need English preparation assistance before starting at Grand Valley, the ELS Language Center is a great option. Located on our Allendale Campus, ELS Language Centers is America's leading provider of English language instruction. ELS offers four-week-long English courses at 12 different levels. Undergraduate students may fulfill Grand Valley's English requirement by completing level 112 in the ELS curriculum. To attend ELS Language Center, you need to submit a separate application to ELS. For more information, contact the ELS Center Director, Lisa Wooning at firstname.lastname@example.org.