Welcome to Grand Valley State University
It Begins Here
Now that you're narrowing your college search down, it's time to understand the effect this decision will have on your life. Welcome to the Laker Effect. Welcome to Grand Valley State University.
We're confident that Grand Valley can provide you with a life-changing college experience. We're large enough to have the impact of a major university and small enough to give you the support and resources you need to move forward with confidence. That's the Laker Effect.
Take a couple minutes to watch the Laker Effect video for a big picture look at what GVSU has to offer.
Return On Your Investment
What we have to offer
- More than 300+ areas of study.
- Some of the newest living centers in Michigan.
- Outstanding scholarship opportunities.
- A vibrant suburban main campus in Allendale and a dynamic urban campus in Grand Rapids.
- Research opportunities for undergraduate students that are usually only available to graduate students at other schools.
- Free campus bus system connecting Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids
Doing the kind of research that most universities reserve for graduate students, Gloire Rubambiza (right) developed algorithms that showed promise for improving the internet traffic, motivating him to continue his project as he continues his academic work. Watch Gloire's interview here.
The Liberal Education Advantage
A forward-thinking education
Grand Valley's liberal education foundation is a competitive advantage. Our smaller class sizes allow for meaningful interaction with faculty members who are dedicated to understanding the whole student.
This forward-thinking education fosters critical thinking, problem solving, and cultural understanding, and prepares Grand Valley graduates for life in a fast-changing world.
Writing faculty member Chris Toth (right) believes that problem solving and critical thinking are at the core of a liberal education and makes sure his students are not just focusing on one single thing – especially with writing. He exposes them to different areas and disciplines they might not specialize in order to develop an awareness they can bring to the workplace. Watch his video interview here.
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For more great GVSU stories, facts, videos, and photos, check out our interactive University Viewbook.