Awards and Recognitions

Academic Excellence

• Grand Valley was named one of the best universities in the Midwest.
 — The Princeton Review, 2021

• Grand Valley was listed as one of America’s top colleges.
— Forbes magazine, 2021

• Grand Valley named one of the top public universities in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley was ranked a best regional university in the Midwest.  
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley was named one of the most innovative schools in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's undergraduate engineering program was named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's undergraduate business programs named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's undergraduate teaching programs named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley was ranked as one of the best master's-degree-offering universities in the country.
— Washington Monthly, 2021

• Grand Valley's part-time masters of business administration program was named one of the best in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate speech-language pathology program named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's doctor of nursing practice program was named one of the best in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate occupational therapy program named one of the best in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate physical therapy program named one of the best in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate physician assistant program named one of the best in the nation.
U.S. News & World Report, 2021

•  Grand Valley was noted for having one of the top public affairs programs in the nation.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate social work program named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate public health program named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley's graduate nonprofit management program named one of the best in the country.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Grand Valley’s online graduate education program has been named as a “Best Online Program.”
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

Athletics

• Grand Valley earned the Directors’ Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation for 13 of the last 17 years, and has finished first or second in the Director's Cup standings for 18 consecutive years.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2021

• Since 2002, Grand Valley athletic teams have won 26 NCAA Division II national championships, 19 of which have been in women's sports. The latest championship is in men's cross country, on Saturday, Nov 20, 2021.
— National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics, 2021

• Grand Valley won the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) President's Cup Trophy for the 22nd consecutive year. GVSU has won the trophy 27 times in school history. 
— GLIAC, 2021

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

Great Return on Investment

• Ranked "Best Bang for the Buck" among Midwest schools.
— Washington Monthly, 2021

• Named one of the "Best Value Schools" in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2020

• Grand Valley was named one of the "Best Colleges for Your Money."
— Money, 2020

• Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 25th year in a row.
— Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc., 2020, Grand Valley Press Release

 

Inclusion

• Grand Valley was named one of the top performers in social mobility in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2021

• Nationally recognized with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity award. 
INSIGHT into Diversity, 2021

• Grand Valley’s HBCU/HSI Consortium and GVSU and FVSU Agreement: Pathway to Master's Degree programs have both been named recipients of INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine’s 2021 Inspiring Programs in STEM Award
INSIGHT into Diversity, 2021

• Grand Valley was among 12 institutions given the highest rating, a "B," on one of four pillars used to evaluate diversity and inclusion. 
— Cooplew and Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, 2020. Grand Valley Press Release 

• Named "Best in Michigan" for LGBTQ Students 
— Campus Pride and BestColleges, 2020. Grand Valley Press Release

• Grand Valley's oldest affinity group, Positive Black Women, earned national recognition by Insight into Diversity with an Inspiring Affinity Group award. 
— Insight into Diversity, 2020. Grand Valley Press Release

• Recognized by Excelencia in Education with the inaugural Seal of Excelencia for being a "national trendsetter in serving our Latinx students."
— Excelencia in Education, 2019. Grand Valley Press Release 

Sustainability

• Grand Valley was recognized as one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges for the 12th year in a row.
— The Princeton Review, 2021

• Grand Valley State University named a top performer in the country by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), maintaining its gold status since 2013.
AASHE, 2021

• 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, 2020

• Grand Valley was named a "Best Workplace for Commuters." The university has made the list 10 times since 2009. 
Best Workplace for Commuters, 2020, Grand Valley News Release

• Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project received the Innovative Project Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
AASCU, 2018

• Grand Valley ranked in the top 10 nationwide (for universities with more than 20,000 students) in the composting category of the nationwide recycling contest Recyclemania.
Recyclemania, 2018

 

Veterans

• Grand Valley received Gold Status from Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency for its commitment to supporting student veterans.
— Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency, 2021

• Grand Valley State University has been named a 2021 “Best for Vets” college by the national news outlet Military Times.
Military Times, 2021

• Grand Valley received Military/Veteran Friendly recognition from Military Advanced Education and Victory Media, earning silver status.
— Military Friendly, 2021-2022

• Grand Valley was named one of the top schools for veterans in the Midwest.
— U.S. News & World Report, 2020

• GVSU was ranked #218 out of 1820 schools in the Best for Vets report, making it one of Best Colleges for Veterans in the nation.
— College Factuals, 2019