Academic Excellence

Grand Valley students don’t just learn skills; they learn how to think for a lifetime. Graduates leave Grand Valley’s campuses with experiences that prepare them well for success in life, on the job, and in the community.

  • The middle 50 percent of Fall 2018 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.4 to 3.9, Composite ACT scores of 21–27 and SAT scores of 1050 to 1230.
  • Grand Valley’s liberal education foundation spans all 90 undergraduate and 41 graduate programs, integrating disciplines so students connect topics and view the world from a broad perspective — better equipping them to make both personal and civic decisions.
  • Our liberal education, whether through foundation courses or the liberal studies major, allows personalization through electives, clubs, and events — ensuring every student receives the education that prepares them for success.
  • Grand Valley offers opportunities for undergraduate students to collaborate with faculty members on research projects that are only available to graduate students at other schools.
  • At Grand Valley, learning takes place outside the classroom, as well as inside. More than 8,200 students participated in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching in 2016-2017.
  • Grand Valley is home to vibrant student life, including more than 400 student organizations that keep students engaged at GVSU and beyond.
  • Inclusion is a university value, a part of the culture, and a cornerstone of the curriculum. Grand Valley has many offices, centers, and student organizations dedicated to meeting the needs of a diverse university. During the 2018-2019 academic year, 396 international students representing 79 different countries enrolled at Grand Valley. Grand Valley also ranked 9th in the nation among U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of study abroad students, with 728 students studying abroad in 2017-2018.
  • Grand Valley in Fall 2018 welcomed one of its largest first-year classes ever; it is also one of the highest freshmen enrollments in Michigan. There also was a 6 percent increase in the number of new students of color. Grand Valley continues to both attract and retain students who then go on to make an impact in the community when they graduate.
  • Grand Valley’s graduation rate is consistently in the top tier of state public universities and currently ranks fourth.
  • The Graduate School at Grand Valley provides leadership and support for graduate education. The office offers programming and advising to assist masters and doctoral students, oversees graduate assistantships, and works with all 41 of Grand Valley’s graduate programs.
  • In the 2017-2018 academic year, Grand Valley student athletes logged more than 6,600 hours of community service and more than 63 percent achieved a 3.0 or better GPA. In 2017-2018, Grand Valley extended its streak of finishing first or second in the Directors’ Cup standings as the top athletic program in NCAA Division II to 17 consecutive years. Since 2002, GVSU teams have won 20 NCAA Division II national championships, 16 of which have been in women’s sports.
  • Grand Valley students and alumni secured awards in international competitions worth more than $5 million thanks to help from the Meijer Office of Fellowships in the Frederik Meijer Honors College.
  • Grand Valley’s Office of Sustainability Practices connects students with sustainability best practices through courses, internships, activities, and resources, helping assure the environmental, social, and economic impact of our activities will create a high quality of life for our current generation and those of the future.
  • The Peter C. Cook Leadership Academy at the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies inspires potential leaders to serve their community, state, and nation. Each year 60+ students take part in the cocurricular and crossdisciplinary program that provides them opportunities to expand their horizons and engage the community.


Page last modified October 16, 2018