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



In partnership with Statista, Inc., a global data firm, Newsweek recognized Grand Valley as one of America's Top Online Colleges for 2024.



BestColleges ranks Grand Valley #6 in their list of Best Colleges in Michigan and #15 in their list of Best Online Colleges in Michigan.


Athletic Achievement



29 NCAA Division II Team National Championship Titles
Return on Investment



A Place for Everyone



Perfect 100 Athletic Equality Index Score from Athlete Ally
Environmentally Responsible


  • GVSU was honored by the National Wildlife Federation in the NWF GameDay Football Zero Waste Touchdown Challenge for working to reduce landfill-bound trash. GVSU was the only D2 program recognized nationally.
  • 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



Gold Status, Veteran-Friendly Schools, Michigan Veteran Affairs Agency
Campus Safety




Ranked #14 among the safest large schools in the nation by CollegeChoice

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