Great Return on Investment

Grand Valley graduates are uniquely prepared with the knowledge, skills, and understanding that employers seek, value, and reward. That means a great return on your investment in a Grand Valley education. That’s the Laker Effect.

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7,392
STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING
1,200+
EMPLOYERS PARTICIPATE IN CAREER EVENTS
90%
OF RECENT GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED OR PURSUING GRADUATE DEGREES

Real Research. Real Impact.

GVSU PROVIDES HANDS-ON LEARNING

Whether working on a faculty member’s research project or developing an independent project guided by a faculty member, Grand Valley students have opportunities to engage in original, hands-on research and scholarship in a variety of disciplines from art history to zoology. While faculty/student research opportunities are usually reserved for graduate students at other universities, Grand Valley puts an emphasis on undergraduate research, better positioning our students for admission to top graduate schools and successful careers.

GVSU engineering faculty member Lindsey Corneal shares the benefits of engineering internships and co-op programs.


EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING OPENS DOORS.

GVSU WILL HELP YOU BUILD YOUR CAREER.

When it comes to more career opportunities and long-term success, experience is a competitive advantage. At Grand Valley, that means plenty of chances for co-ops, internships, study abroad, collaborative student/faculty member research, and other experiential learning opportunities.

Biology student Madalyn Slubowski talks about hands-on learning opportunities and research experiences at GVSU.


25%
OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP WITH FACULTY

ALUMNI NATIONWIDE

33,250+
EMPLOYMENT AND INTERNSHIP OPPORTUNITIES
93%
FACULTY MEMBERS WITH DOCTORAL OR TERMINAL DEGREES

PUTTING LIBERAL EDUCATION TO WORK

GVSU PRODUCES WELL-ROUNDED EMPLOYEES

More and more employers are recognizing the value of well-rounded, broadly educated employees, and Grand Valley’s liberal education foundation meets that need by preparing students to be lifelong learners, active leaders, critical thinkers, and global citizens. Whatever your degree, you can count on being ready for a fulfilling life in a fast-changing world.

GVSU alumna Tosha Tabron talks about her GVSU experience and how she was able to use her education to make an impact in Detroit communities.


FAR-REACHING NETWORKS

USE GRAND VALLEY'S CONNECTIONS TO YOUR ADVANTAGE

Because faculty members live, work, and network here, they are able to help students take advantage of West Michigan’s thriving economy through partnerships and relationships with local, national, and international companies. Grand Valley is West Michigan’s university, but its reach is limitless. That means more opportunities, more connections, and more prospects for Grand Valley students and alumni at the undergrad and graduate level.

GVSU alum Kevin Patterson shares his GVSU experience and how it led to his career as a partner at BDO USA LLP in Grand Rapids.