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Grand Valley State University Description

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Grand Valley State University Description       

Grand Valley State University is a public, comprehensive university. It was established in 1960 by the State of Michigan with the first classes being offered in 1963. The University grants both baccalaureate degrees and graduate degrees, a complete listing of which is found in the current University catalog.

The main campus is located in Allendale, Michigan, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 12 miles east of Lake Michigan. Grand Valley also operates a campus in Grand Rapids and regional centers in Muskegon, Holland, Traverse City and Detroit.

Throughout its history the University has retained these original tenets:

  • An emphasis on liberal education as the central feature.
  • An instructional approach stressing individual student needs.
  • A recognition that the ambiance of campus life has a major impact on the learning process.