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Welcome to Grand Valley State University

We're so glad you have decided to join our community of Lakers for a Lifetime.

There is a spirit at Grand Valley that bonds students, faculty members, staff members, and alumni. You'll discover it in our campus traditions. You'll find it in our classrooms and corridors. You'll carry it with you as you go through life. It is this bond, this spirit, that makes you a Laker for a Lifetime.

If you ask our alumni what it means to be a Laker, you'll consistently hear that all Lakers share traits, such as a diverse perspective and a willingness to embrace new ideas. They also have a curiosity and passion for learning, which is often inspired by working closely with a professor who became a personal mentor. You'll also hear about the value of service to others and giving back, learned as much outside the classroom as in it, through the West Michigan community, clubs or organizations, study abroad experiences, or simply engaging in campus life.

The roots of this spirit run deep, back to our founding in 1960. Grand Valley was started by visionary entrepreneurs and West Michigan citizens who wanted to make a difference in the community. Our first students were educational pioneers, willing to take a chance on a different type of college so they could make a difference in the world.

Now it's your turn to contribute to our campus with your talents and your passions, to be fully engaged in your communities, and to care for those around you, your Laker family.

Then, when it is time for you to graduate and give back, you'll be prepared to carry the torch for the students who will follow you. You'll lead by example, so that they can look to you and say, "That's what it means to be a Laker."

Thank you for choosing to be a Laker and for your commitment to being a Laker for a Lifetime.

About Grand Valley

A strong liberal education serves as the foundation for Grand Valley's wide array of undergraduate and graduate programs, fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding that prepares students for responsibility as local, national, and global citizens. Through personalized learning enhanced by active scholarship, we accomplish our mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.


At Grand Valley State University, we empower learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. The university enriches society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, advancement of equity, and public service.


Grand Valley State University will prepare globally minded citizens for the future they face and the communities they shape. Our community of educators will create and employ innovative approaches to liberal education and professional programs that center on and prepare students for a lifetime of continual learning and growth.


Innovation: Puts ideas into practice, drives us toward excellence, and represents our forward-thinking mindset. We value entrepreneurship, risk taking, and interdisciplinary collaboration that solves local, regional, and global problems and advances the common good.

Integrity: Drives us to be accountable to ourselves and to others. Integrity moves us to actively pursue and sustain quality educational experiences rooted in research and evidence, and to be excellent stewards of our communities, resources, and planet.

Inclusive and Equitable Community: Fosters and sustains a sense of belonging, promotes diversity and respect, and addresses systemic issues that impact outcomes for those who have been historically excluded from higher education. Inclusion and equity are experienced through our physical campuses and in digital environments, as well as our interpersonal, institutional, and community engagements.

Inquiry: Encourages active questioning and problem solving to improve lives and strengthen communities. Building on our strong foundation of a liberal education and commitment to teaching excellence, we strive to provide opportunities that integrate theory and practice towards personal transformation and career success. Active scholarship, creative expression, and relevant co-curricular experiences drive learners towards fulfillment, prosperity, and justice.

International Perspectives: Support people, planet, and prosperity. We think and act on a global basis. Our efforts at supporting the well-being of individuals, groups, and ecosystems are important locally, nationally, and globally - all of which are interconnected and interdependent.

Affirmative Action: Grand Valley State University does not discriminate against students, faculty, or staff in any of its employment practices or in its educational programs or activities. Grand Valley State University is guided by values for inclusiveness and community, which are integral to our mission to educate students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies, and to enrich the community through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. The 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. Members of the university community, including candidates for employment or admissions, and visitors or guests, have the right to be free from acts of harassment and discrimination, which are prohibited if they discriminate or harass on the basis of age, color, disability, familial status, height, marital status, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, veteran or active-duty military status, or weight. In addition, Grand Valley is required by Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972 to ensure that none of its education programs and activities discriminate on the basis of sex/gender. Sex includes sex stereotypes, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, and pregnancy or parenting status. The Office for Title IX and Institutional Equity serves as a resource for the GVSU community and assists individuals who may have been impacted by discrimination or harassment in connecting with resources, imposes measures that protect or support access to programs and activities, and oversees the university's grievance process for allegations of discrimination and harassment. Inquiries regarding the application of Title IX may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, 4015 Zumberge Hall, [email protected], (616) 331-9530.

Notice: All material in this catalog applies to the 2023-2024 academic year and reflects information available on the publication date. Grand Valley State University reserves the right to revise all announcements contained in this publication and, at its discretion, to make reasonable changes in requirements to improve or upgrade academic and nonacademic programs.

Academic Excellence

The university's highest priority is to offer outstanding teaching grounded in the liberal tradition in all undergraduate and graduate programs and vigorous engagement of students in the classroom and other learning environments. Grand Valley is known for excellence in student-centered teaching and learning. Ninety-three percent of regular faculty members have earned doctoral degrees or other appropriate terminal degrees. They are supported by a high-quality nonteaching professional staff and Grand Valley's exceptionally fine teaching facilities. The quality of instruction is enhanced further by small class size, individual student advising, and career counseling.

Our instructional offerings encompass more than 300 areas of study, including 100 undergraduate and 45 graduate programs.


Grand Valley is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Other accreditations and approvals appear below.

This complete list, along with links to the accrediting/certifying bodies can also be found on the Strategic Planning, Assessment, and Accreditation website at

College of Education and Community Innovation

Health Administration (M.H.A.) Candidacy Accreditation

Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Management Education (CAHME)

Initial Teacher Preparation and Advanced Teacher Preparation Levels

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP)

Michigan Department of Education

Legal Studies (B.A., B.S.)

American Bar Association

Police Academy

Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards (MCOLES)

Public Administration (M.P.A.)

Network of Schools of Public Policy, Affairs, and Administration (NASPAA)

Social Work (B.S.W., M.S.W.)

Council on Social Work Education (CSWE)

College of Health Professions

Applied Food and Nutrition (B.S.)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Athletic Training (MAT)

Commission on Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)

Audiology (Au.D.)

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)

Clinical Dietetics (M.S.)

Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics (ACEND)

Cardiovascular Sonography (B.S.)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)/Joint Review Committee on Education in Cardiovascular Technology (JRC-CVT)

Diagnostic Medical Sonography (B.S.)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)/Joint Review Committee on Education in Diagnostic Medical Sonography (JRC-DMS)

Health Information Management (B.S.)

Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education (CAHIIM)

Medical Dosimetry (M.S.)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.)

National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)

Occupational Therapy (M.S.)

Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)

Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)

Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)

Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant (ARC-PA)

Public Health (M.P.H.)

Council on Education of Public Health (CEPH)

Radiation Therapy (B.S.)

Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)

Recreational Therapy (B.S.)

Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs (CAAHEP)

Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)

Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (CAA)

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Art Education (B.A., B.S.)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Art History (B.A.)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Chemistry (B.S.)

Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS)

Film and Video Production (B.A., B.S.)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Music (B.A., B.M.E., B.M.)

National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)

Photography (B.A., B.S.)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Studio Art (B.A., B.F.A., B.S.)

National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)

Kirkhof College of Nursing

Nursing (B.S.N., M.S.N., D.N.P.)

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)

Michigan Board of Nursing approval for undergraduate, prelicensure degree programs

Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

Computer Science (B.S.)

Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET

Engineering Programs (B.S.E.)

Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET

Information Systems (B.S.)

Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET

Information Technology (B.S.)

Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET

Occupational Safety and Health (B.S.)

Applied and Natural Science Accreditation Commission (ANSAC) of ABET

Seidman College of Business

Accounting (M.S.A.)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Business Administration (B.B.A., M.B.A.)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Taxation (M.S.T.)

Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)

Michigan SBDC (MiSBDC)

America's Small Business Development Centers (ASBDC)

Student Academic Success Center

Athletic Student Advising

National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A)

Student Services

Doctoral Internship Program, University Counseling Center

American Psychological Association Committee on Accreditation (APA-CoA)

University Counseling Center

International Association of Counseling Services (IACS)

Charter Schools Office


Grand Valley Equals Grand Value

At Grand Valley State University, we recognize that the more quickly students complete their degrees the less their educations will cost. Grand Valley has a long-standing practice of supporting and helping students make regular progress toward graduation, making the excellent education they receive at Grand Valley also a "Grand Value."

Nearly all of Grand Valley's undergraduate degrees can be completed in four years of full-time study.* Full-time students who select a degree program requiring completion of 120 credit hours will be able to count on a four-year graduation when they

  • tell their advisor that they plan to study full-time and intend to graduate in four years;
  • obtain a list of prerequisites and required classes and fulfill it;
  • visit regularly with their advisor to ensure their course selections are timely and correct;
  • maintain the same major and minor; and
  • successfully complete at least 30 credit hours of coursework every academic year without repeating courses.

*Some undergraduate programs, primarily in education and select professional fields, require more than 120 hours for the baccalaureate degree, usually to meet state or national accreditation requirements. Please consult our catalog for degree requirements, which are listed by department in the Academic Programs section of the catalog.

University Facts

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Visiting the Campuses

Prospective students are always welcome to visit the campus and talk with staff members in admissions or financial aid. The Admissions and Recruitment Office is happy to make arrangements to tour the campus and meet with an admissions counselor.

The Admissions and Recruitment Office is open Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. and on Fridays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September through April. Appointments are available on Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. during Grand Valley's academic year. Summer hours are from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Prospective students should make an appointment with the Admissions and Recruitment Office, especially for Saturday visits, by contacting:

Grand Valley State University
300 Arend and Nancy Lubbers Student Services Center
Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
Telephone: (616) 331-2025
Toll free: (800) 748-0246 (for Admissions, Financial Aid, Housing, and Records)
Email: [email protected]

Allendale Campus
The 1,300-acre Allendale Campus is located 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and is home to state-of-the-art facilities that include 134 classrooms, 158 research laboratories, 15 teaching labs, 20 lab prep rooms, 23 computer labs, and the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons. The university currently has 6,012 beds, the majority of them on the Allendale Campus.

Grand Rapids Campuses

The Grand Rapids campuses total 64-acres in downtown Grand Rapids, MI.

The principal buildings on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus are the Richard M. DeVos Center, L.V. Eberhard Center, John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, Fred M. Keller Engineering Laboratories, Innovation Design Center, and the L. William Seidman Center. These state-of-the-art facilities include 78 classrooms, seven computer labs, 37 laboratories, and the Steelcase library.

The Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences is located at the top of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile and was the initial building on the GVSU Health Campus. Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall was the next building and was completed in 2018. The newest addition to the Health Campus is the Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health. Together, the buildings provide 25 classrooms, six computer labs, 49 teaching and research labs, and a Simulation Center.

Holland Campus

The Meijer Campus in Holland is located at 515 Waverly Road, has 16 classrooms and labs, including a science lab, two computer labs, and an interactive television room.

For more detailed information, please see The Campuses section of the catalog.


Battle Creek
Grand Valley State University's Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center supports career exploration and provides individualized educational planning assistance to facilitate educational goal attainment. The center also supports the educational goals of K-12 students, transfer students, and adults in the community, while providing resources to assist Battle Creek Public Schools in their district transformation.

Our center staff is here to serve and help you with your educational goals including:

  • College and career exploration
  • College admission application and essay support
  • College advising
  • Support with FAFSA completion
  • Scholarship application and essay support

To meet with one of our center advisors in-person, virtually, or by phone, please email [email protected] or call/text us at (616) 331-7610.

The Grand Valley State University Detroit Center located at 163 Madison Street in downtown Detroit is the central hub for university activity in the heart of Michigan's largest city. The Detroit Center is available to hosts workshops, seminars, professional development, and other large gatherings.

Are you a Detroit-area student and need a place to work on a project, write a paper, study for tests, or read in a quiet, academic setting? The Detroit Center is available for personal study sessions or computer lab use. for all your study needs with rooms available to reserve. You can reserve a space right now in a classroom or computer lab any Monday through Friday between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. We look forward to seeing you here soon!

The Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute, which is housed in Lake Michigan Center located on Muskegon Lake, conducts research with a primary focus on the water quality of Michigan and the region. The Muskegon Innovation Hub, located in the Muskegon Lakeshore SmartZone on Muskegon Lake, is a business innovation center that provides coaching, funding, networking, and a synergistic work environment to help businesses and entrepreneurs.

Traverse City
Grand Valley State University's Traverse City Regional Center has been providing quality educational experiences to the Northern Michigan community for more than 27 years. The center is located at the Northwestern Michigan College University Center and offers undergraduate degrees in allied health and integrative studies, as well as graduate degrees in education and physician assistant studies. In addition to degree programs, the center also provides certificate programs and a full range of student support services.

For more information about Grand Valley State University in Northern Michigan, interested individuals and organizations can contact (231) 995-1785 or visit

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