Apply to Grand Valley State University

Please review our undergraduate admissions requirements before preparing your application. Students may complete the undergraduate application by submitting an online application below, or by printing, completing, and mailing our paper application. A non-degree paper application is also available.

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Fall Semester is August - December
Winter Semester is January- April
Spring/Summer Semester is May-August 

Test Optional Information for Freshman Applicants:

Grand Valley State University offers a test-optional admission policy, allowing applicants to submit or not submit SAT and/or ACT scores. Submission of these scores is not mandatory. However, applicants aiming for our top scholarships must provide their test scores for consideration. Additionally, students seeking to showcase strong math proficiency are encouraged to include their test scores in their application. All applicants admitted to GVSU by March 1 will be considered for merit-based scholarships, regardless of whether or not test scores are submitted with the application. Admitted students may continue to submit official test scores for additional scholarship consideration until July 31, as a supplement to their application.


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Admissions decisions are based on:

  • Secondary school record (grades earned, as well as courses selected)
  • Personal data submitted on the application
  • Scores on any required standardized tests
  • Transcripts from any previously attended institutions

For freshman entering in the Fall semester, completed application for admissions, including all supporting documents, must be submitted by March 1 for merit scholarship consideration. Final scholarship decisions are made by July 31.

The Admissions Office at Grand Valley takes a holistic approach to reviewing applications, meaning several factors of an application are evaluated to determine academic fit for GVSU. These factors include grade point average (GPA), academic rigor, and standardized test scores when presented.

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*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. 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.

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