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 Grand Valley’s entering class for Fall 2017 earned high school GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.9, Composite ACT scores of 21 to 26 and SAT scores of 1050 to 1220.
  • Grand Valley’s liberal education foundation spans all 90 undergraduate and 38 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 2015-2016.
  • 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 2017-2018 academic year, 428 international students representing 84 different countries enrolled at Grand Valley. Grand Valley also ranked 10th in the nation among U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of study abroad students, with 850 students studying abroad in 2016-2017.
  • Grand Valley had record enrollments for Fall 2017 for students of color as well as the senior class. It also had one of the highest first-year student enrollments in the state. 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 high and ranks fourth among state public universities.
  • 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 38 of Grand Valley’s graduate programs.
  • In the 2016-2017 academic year, Grand Valley student athletes logged more than 6,500 hours of community service and more than 64 percent achieved a 3.0 or better GPA. In 2016-2017, 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 16 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 $1 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.


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