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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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.

Mayra’s research is focused on Hispanic and U.S. LatinX cultures. Her students have participated in projects on Latin American soap operas, Hispanic literature and music, and even researched and created documentaries on the lives of LatinXs living in West Michigan. Play her video to hear her story.


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.

One of the things that attracted Abe Azhar to Grand Valley is the co-op experience built into all our engineering programs. Play the video to hear his story.


8,412
8,412

STUDENTS PARTICIPATED IN EXPERIENTIAL LEARNING

500+
500+

RECRUIT ON CAMPUS

95%
95%

OF RECENT GRADUATES ARE EMPLOYED OR PURSUING GRADUATE 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.

As community engagement specialist for Rockford Construction in Grand Rapids, Caylie's job means working with local business and neighborhood associations to ensure the company is not only a great business but a good community partner as well. Play the video to hear her story.


25%
25%
OF STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN RESEARCH AND SCHOLARSHIP WITH FACULTY

ALUMNI NATIONWIDE

200+
200+

FACULTY MEMBERS MENTOR STUDENT RESEARCH

93%
93%

 FACULTY MEMBERS WITH DOCTORAL OR TERMINAL DEGREES


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.

Kevin Patterson, a GVSU alum and audit partner at BDO USA LLP in Grand Rapids, sees Grand Valley’s value from the perspective of a graduate and an employer. Play his video to hear his story.