Awards and Recognitions

Academic Excellence

• Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the Midwest.
 — The Princeton Review, 2018, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was listed as one of America’s top colleges.
— Forbes magazine, 2017

• Grand Valley was ranked a best regional university in the Midwest.  
— U.S. News & World Report, 2018, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was ranked a top public regional university in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2018, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley's undergraduate engineering program was named one of the best ranked one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2018, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley's Seidman College of Business named one of the top business schools in the country.
Princeton Review, 2018, Grand Valley News release

• Grand Valley was ranked among the master's-degree-offering universities in the nation.
— Washington Monthly, 2017, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley’s online graduate education program has been named as a “Best Online Program.”
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

•  Grand Valley was noted for having one of the top public affairs programs in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley's graduate nonprofit management program was named one of the best in the nation. It was the only school in Michigan to make the list.
U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley's graduate occupational therapy program ranked one of the best in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley's graduate physical therapy program was included on a list of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley's graduate physician assistant program was named one of the best in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley's graduate social work program ranked one of the best nationwide.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley ranked ninth in the nation among U.S. master’s degree-granting institutions for total number of study abroad students.
— Institute of International Education, 2017

• The Richard M. and Helen DeVos Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation in the Seidman College of Business was recognized as a global leader in entrepreneurial education.
— Grand Valley News Release, 2017

• Grand Valley was ranked second nationally for the number of faculty members who are Fulbright Scholars and within the top 15 for the number of U.S. Fulbright students.
— The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2015, Grand Valley News Release

 

Athletics

• Grand Valley earned the Director’s Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation for 12 of the last 14 years, and has finished first or second in the Director's Cup standings for 16 consecutive years.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2017

• Since 2002, Grand Valley athletic teams have won 20 NCAA Division II national championships in seven sports, 16 of which have been in women's sports.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2017

• Grand Valley's football program recognized as the most successful college football program in Michigan.
Reviews.org, 2017

To read more about the many athletic awards and recognitions, visit Grand Valley Athletics' Tradition of Excellence page.

Great Return on Investment

• Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 22nd year in a row.
— Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc., 2017, Grand Valley Press Release

• Grand Valley was named one of the "Best Colleges for Your Money."
— Money, 2017

• Named one of the "Best Value Schools" in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2018, Grand Valley Press Release

• Ranked "Best Bang for the Buck" among Midwest schools.
— Washington Monthly, 2017, Grand Valley Press Release

• Grand Valley State University is one of the most affordable colleges for incoming freshmen with financial need.
The Student Loan Report, 2017

• Grand Valley is in the top 20 percent of schools nationwide on the "Best Colleges for the Money" list.
— College Factual, 2017

• Grand Valley was ranked 10th in Accounting Degree Review's 30 Most Affordable Undergraduate Accounting School Programs.
Accounting Degree Review, 2016, Grand Valley Press Release 

• Grand Valley State University stands out nationally as a high-value public college that has reduced achievement gap disparities.
Money, 2016, Grand Valley Press Release

• Grand Valley was ranked one of the most affordable large public colleges in the U.S.
— Affordable Colleges Online, 2015

• Grand Valley was ranked one of the most affordable online colleges in Michigan.
— Affordable Colleges Online, 2015

 

Sustainability

• Grand Valley was named one of the greenest universities in the country and is the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the Cool Schools list.
Sierra Club, 2017, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was recognized as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges.
— The Princeton Review, 2017, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley has received gold status and was seventh in the nation for master's institutions for sustainability efforts throughout all sectors of the school.
Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education, 2017, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was named a "Best Workplace for Commuters" for its employer-provided benefits that reduce by at least 14 percent the number of employees commuting alone to work.
Best Workplace for Commuters, 2017, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was named a "Bicycle Friendly University" for demonstrating practices that encourage the use of bikes for health and well-being.
The League of American Bicyclists, 2016, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley was recognized as one of America's greenest universities.
— BestColleges.com, 2016

• Grand Valley ranked first in the state and in the top 15 nationwide (for universities with more than 20,000 students) in the composting category of the nationwide recycling contest Recyclemania.
Recyclemania, 2016, Grand Valley News Release

• Named a top-five finalist in the fifth annual Presidential Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge among more than 500 campuses from 24 countries and six continents.
— 2015, Grand Valley News Release

 

Veterans

• Grand Valley received gold status for its commitment to supporting student veterans.
Michigan Veterans Affairs Agency, 2017

• Grand Valley was named one of the top schools for veterans in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2017

• Grand Valley was named a military-friendly school.
— Military Friendly, 2017

• Grand Valley earned a $1.3 million, five-year grant from the U.S. Department of Education to establish a TRIO Veterans Upward Bound program, providing free academic support services to veterans pursuing secondary education.

 



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