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Grand Valley State University is a Masters's Comprehensive university with over 22,000 enrolled students located in scenic West Michigan. With campuses in Allendale and Grand Rapids, the mission of Housing & Residence Life is to provide resources and opportunities for student learning and success by collaborating to build inclusive residential communities and experiences. Learn more about working for our department below!

Beds Available on Campus
Living-Learning Communities
Resident Assistants
Comprehensive First-Year Residential Experience



The Residence Life Coordinator is a student affairs educator and administrator, with a commitment to student engagement and development, academic success, civic engagement, social justice, and restorative practices. The Coordinator’s responsibilities focus on management, administration, and supervision of assigned residential communities and associated professional and student staff.

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The Living Center Director (LCD) position is a live on residential role primarily focused on the management of a campus housing unit consisting of 400-700 co-ed residents. This staff member will supervise a student staff of Resident Assistants (RA) for the community and create an inclusive Community Development Plan focused on supporting all residents. The LCD will also be responsible for the daily administrative, operational and facilities duties within the community they are assigned. Staff in this role will have direct contact with students through the Restorative Justice Process, student CARE and outreach as well as through recruitment of RA staff.

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GVSU Allendale Campus

(Pictured Above) Padnos Hall of Science, The Cook-DeWitt Center, & The Cook Carillon Tower, located in the center of the Allendale Campus.

Allendale Campus

Grand Valley State University's main campus is located in the town of Allendale, midway between downtown Grand Rapids and Lake Michigan. The natural land structure of Grand Valley's 1,300-acre campus is formed by deep, wooded ravines penetrating a high bluff that overlooks the Grand River to the east and gently rolling open fields to the west. The campus is designed to take advantage of the area's scenic wooded ravines as well as its open meadowlands.

Automobile traffic is routed along a main campus drive to parking lots at the edge of the academic areas. Winding walkways between buildings connect with a series of natural trails along the riverbank.

A 230-foot-long pedestrian bridge known as "Little Mac" spans a spectacular 70-foot-deep ravine to connect the north and south sections of the campus.

GVSU Pew Campus

(Pictured Above) Aerial image of the Pew Campus, located in downtown Grand Rapids alongside US 131 and the Grand River.

Grand Rapids Campuses

The 65-acre Pew Campus is located in the heart of Grand Rapids alongside the Grand River. The campus consists of 11 buildings, including two living centers, and is the main academic hub for students pursuing nursing, engineering, education, criminal justice, and more. The 14.5-acre Health Campus, part of the Grand Rapids Medical Mile, houses many of GVSU's health programs. While some students complete their entire degree on the Allendale campus, the Grand Rapids campuses are equipped with the same facilities and services to provide students with comprehensive student affairs and academic resources. 

Department Statistics

Director: 1
Associate Director: 2
Assistant Director: 4
Residence Life Coordinator: 3
Living Center Director: 12
Graduate Assistant: 5
Facilities Manager: 1
Business Manager: 1
Operations Coordinator: 1
Marketing Coordinator: 1
Clerical Support Staff: 6
Resident Assistant Staff: 100+
Desk Assistant: 60
Additional Student Support: 29

Campus Statistics

Buildings: 21 First-Year Buildings & 5 Apartment Complexes

Neighborhoods: 3 (North Campus, South Campus, & Downtown)

Available Styles for First-Year Students: 6

Dining Locations: 6

Beds Available: 6,000+

Enrollment: 22,000+

Page last modified July 13, 2022