Undergraduate Admissions Requirements
Grand Valley State University has a rolling admission policy and reviews applications and makes admission decisions as students’ files are completed. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s coursework, grade point average, and any other supporting materials that may be included or requested. GVSU is test-optional for admissions.
New Student Orientation
The Admissions Office will notify admitted students of upcoming Orientation sessions. Admitted freshman students must submit their enrollment/orientation fee by May 1 to guarantee a place in the freshman class. Transfer students will be required to attend orientation as well. Academic advising and registration occurs during Orientation. An introduction to Grand Valley will occur prior to the beginning of the semester for which a student will attend classes. These sessions include information on support services and university resources available to new students.
You must be admitted to Grand Valley before you can apply for on-campus housing. The Admissions Office will send you information about housing once you’ve been admitted.
- Incoming first-year freshmen students are required to reside on campus.
- Transfer and graduate students are encouraged but not required to live on campus.
Applying early may improve the chances of receiving your preferred style, but does not guarantee a placement in the requested style.
Scholarships and Financial Aid
1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by you and/or your parents or spouse. You should fill out the FAFSA completely and accurately. Do not leave blank spaces. Indicate zeros in situations that do not apply. The FAFSA is the only form you need to use to apply for need-based financial aid and loans. For maximum consideration for need-based aid, applicants should file the FAFSA by March 1. The Grand Valley FAFSA code is 002268.
2. To be considered for non-need, merit-based academic scholarships, you must have your admission application completed by March 1st. Your admission file must be complete including all official transcripts and test scores.
3. Grand Valley’s Financial Aid Office may request additional information if, upon reviewing data you have presented, we believe that further clarification of your financial situation is needed. Such information may include submission of the applicant’s or parents’ IRS 1040 forms.
4. General eligibility requirements for federal aid require a valid Social Security number. To assist with your financial aid, please complete this field on the application. 5. All students applying for federal student financial aid should provide a final high school transcript to the Admissions Office.
Additional Admission Criteria
Admission to Grand Valley does not guarantee admission to certain undergraduate or entry-level graduate degree programs. Students must fulfill additional requirements before they may declare a major in any of the programs listed below. Please refer to the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog for admission requirements and application deadlines.
Allied Health Sciences (certain emphases only)
Applied Food and Nutrition
Athletic Training, M.A.T.
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Film and Video Production
Health Information Management
Medical Laboratory Science
Occupational Safety and Health Management
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Occupational Therapy (D.R.O.T.)
Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
Police Academy (MCOLES)
Professional Science Masters (M.S.)
Seidman College of Business programs
Studio Art (all emphases)
Grand Valley State University is committed to assisting all members of our community in providing for their own safety and security. The Annual Security and Fire Safety Report is available on the Grand Valley State University Police Department website at www.gvsu.edu/gvpd/. If you would like to receive a printed copy of the Annual Security and Fire Safety Report, you can stop by the Facilities Service Building or you can request a copy be mailed to you by calling (616)-331-3255. The report contains information regarding campus security and personal safety including topics such as: crime prevention, fire safety, university police law enforcement authority, crime reporting policies, disciplinary procedures, and other matters of importance related to security and safety on campus. The report also contains information about crime data for three previous calendar years. Statistics include reported crimes that occurred on the campus, in certain off-campus buildings or property owned or controlled by GVSU and on public property within or immediately adjacent to and accessible from the campus. This information is required by law and is provided by the Grand Valley State University Police Department.
Title IX of the Education Amendment Act of 1972 requires that all entities receiving federal funds or financial assistance prohibit sex discrimination and sexual harassment in their education programs and activities. Learn more about Title IX at www.gvsu.edu/titleix/.
You are responsible for notifying the Admissions Office in writing of any new or additional criminal charges filed against you subsequent to submitting this application and prior to attending classes.
Grand Valley State University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity institution. It encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. It is committed to protecting the constitutional and statutory civil rights of persons connected with the university. 7/20