Awards and Recognitions
Academic Excellence


U.S. News & World Report

Ranked #69 in Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs by U.S. News & World Report

Washington Monthly

Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the country according to Washington Monthly for 2023. The list ranks liberal arts colleges based on their contribution to the public good in three categories: social mobility, research, and promoting public service.


The Princeton Review

Grand Valley is, according to The Princeton Review, one of the "Best Colleges in the Midwest" for 2024.



  • America's Top Colleges: Grand Valley is included in Forbes' 2023 list of "America's Top Colleges".
  • Top Midwest: Grand Valley ranks #69 among colleges and universities in the Midwest.

Ranked #69 in Best Midwest Colleges & Universities by Forbes


Niche also includes Grand Valley in their lists of:

  • Best Academics
  • Best Big Colleges
  • Best Professors
  • Best Test Optional




Athletic Achievement


28 NCAA Division II Team National Championship Titles
Return on Investment



A Place for Everyone


  • Named to Diverse: Issues in Higher Education's list of Top 100 Degree Producer Schools that confer the most degrees to minority students. 
  • Excelencia in Education re-certified GVSU's Seal of Excelencia in 2022 for our service to Latino students and demonstration of positive outcomes. 
  • In 2022, GVSU was recognized nationally by National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) and The Suder Foundation for its support of first-generation students.
  • The LGBTQ advocacy group Athlete Ally bestowed a perfect 100/100 score to Grand Valley’s athletic department on its Athletic Equality Index. The index measures how well NCAA schools support LGBTQ inclusion, policies, and practices.
  • Advancing Indigenous People in STEM named Grand Valley State University among the top colleges for Indigenous students, 2023 in the special college issue of Winds of Change magazine. 
  • The Grand Valley Athletics Department is the 2023 recipient of the NCAA and Minority Opportunities Athletic Association Award for Diversity and Inclusion.
Perfect 100 Athletic Equality Index Score from Athlete Ally
Environmentally Responsible


  • A stand-out leader in sustainability: The Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) awarded Grand Valley gold status for its sustainability practices and performances as part of their Sustainable Campus Index.
  • Continued momentum: For the 14th consecutive year, The Princeton Review recognized Grand Valley as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges.
  • The Sierra Club ranked Grand Valley #38 of 328 in their list of Cool Schools, which recognizes the greenest universities in the nation. Grand Valley is also the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list.


#1 in Michigan for Best Sustainability Practices from The Sierra Club
Best for Veterans


  • College Factual ranked Grand Valley a top 10% school nationwide for U.S. service members earning a bachelor's degree, including #3 in the state of Michigan. 
  • Grand Valley State University was named a 2023 “Best for Vets” college by the national news outlet Military Times.
  • The Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency awarded Grand Valley gold status for 2022-2023 on its list of Michigan's Veteran-Friendly Schools. The list recognizes academic institutions committed to supporting the needs of veterans and military-connected students.
  • Grand Valley was awarded Military/Veteran Friendly gold status for the 2022-2023 school year from


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