Discover Grand Valley State University!

Grand Valley State University is a public, four-year university located in Allendale, Michigan, just 13 miles outside Grand Rapids, Michigan's second-largest city. Grand Valley has nearly 23,000 students and is the fourth largest public university in Michigan, attracting students from throughout the Midwest, across the country, and around the world. Grand Valley is just 2 1/2 hours from Detroit and Chicago.

Our most popular programs and majors align with the needs of in-demand industries, including robust health professions, engineering, and business programs; and our beautiful campuses, amazing living centers, and active student life keep students engaged.

Take the time to discover all the things that make Grand Valley a great choice. You’ll learn how you can become a force for positive change, carving a path to a bright future that will set you apart from the pack and make an impact on your community and beyond. That’s the Laker Effect and it’s a force for positive change in wherever you come from and wherever you're going.


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A "Best National University"

Grand Valley was ranked among Best National Universities by both Washington Monthly and U.S. News and World Report in 2023.

A "Best College For Your Money"

Grand Valley was ranked #200 of 623 as a "Best College for your Money" by Money Magazine in 2023.

An Outstanding Location

Our campuses are in the heart of a thriving West Michigan economy and our long-standing partnerships with the region’s businesses -- including more than 130 international companies -- provide students and graduates opportunities in a variety of industries from health professions to engineering to entrepreneurship and more. Grand Rapids was ranked as one of the best places to live in the U.S. in 2022 by U.S. News & World Report and the Allendale Main Campus is located in the fastest growing county in Michigan. The Health Campus and Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus are located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, just 13 miles to the east. Lake Michigan and its resort towns and sandy beaches are 30 minutes to the west, providing Grand Valley students the best of both worlds.

Grand Rapids' Gerald R. Ford International Airport (GRR) has year-round direct flights to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport (ATL).

Map of Michigan with GVSU marked in Allendale and Detroit.

In-Demand Degrees


GVSU student spotlight.

Faculty Who Care

Grand Valley’s faculty members (not teaching assistants or graduate assistants) teach nearly every class at Grand Valley. They are accomplished scholars who offer the kind of expertise that will distinguish your learning experience. Besides being in the classroom with you day in and day out, what sets them apart is how much they love to teach. They are here for you. That kind of commitment means they’ll focus on your individual needs, empower you, and guide you through real-world research opportunities.

  • 55 Grand Valley faculty members have earned Fulbright Scholar Awards since 1964
  • 93% of our faculty members have doctoral or terminal degrees

GVSU professor working with a student.

Are You An Adult Student?

If so, we have fast and affordable online bachelor's degree completion programs that will help you advance in your current job or provide opportunities for new careers.

Our Lifelong Educational Attainment for Determined Students (LEADS) program is an online accelerated bachelor's degree program especially for busy adults.

  • Earn a bachelor’s in Integrative Studies degree PLUS an online certificate in one of five high demand areas – leadership, data analytics, project management, business fundamentals, or global communications (these certificates can also be completed on their own)
  • 6-week classes
  • One rate for in-state or out-of-state students -- $500 per credit (classes are three credits) 
  • Try it, like it, your next class is free!
  • This entire accelerated bachelor’s degree program can be completed online

GVSU adult student.

Three Unique Campuses

Grand Valley's three unique campuses are in West Michigan and linked by the free Laker Line bus system making it a quick 20-minute trip from the main campus to the downtown campuses. Students' experience at Grand Valley's campuses often grows with them through their years as a Laker. Most first-year students live and take general education classes on the main campus. Then, depending on their major, students may find more of their classes take place downtown. University housing is available in Allendale and downtown and all students have convenient access to all the cultural, social, entertainment, and internship or employment opportunities that Grand Rapids provides.

3 Unique Campuses

Grand Valley's Allendale campus features deep, wooded ravines through a high bluff that overlooks the Grand River to the east and gently rolling open fields to the west. The campus is designed to take advantage of the area's scenic wooded ravines as well as its open meadowlands. Winding walkways between buildings connect with a series of natural trails along the riverbank. A 230-foot-long pedestrian bridge known as "Little Mac" spans a spectacular ravine to connect north and south campus. The majority of Grand Valley's academic and administrative buildings, living centers and dining halls, the main library and learning commons, and athletic and recreation facilities are located here.

Several Living-Learning Communities, included the Frederik Meijer Honors College, are also located in Allendale. These offer a shared learning experience and peer support system in one package.

The Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus is just 13 miles to the east and includes dedicated buildings for the Seidman College of Business, the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, the College of Education and Community Innovation, the university's public radio and television stations, as well as living centers and dining options. The Robert C. Pew campus is located in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids, close to employment and entertainment options.

For students interested in a Living-Learning Community, the Engineering and Social Work communities are located across the street from the Richard M. DeVos Center in Winter Hall.

Grand Valley's Health Campus is located on Grand Rapids' Medical Mile, within walking distance of world-renowned hospitals, medical research facilities, and health care employment opportunities. All of Grand Valley's campuses are accessible by the Laker Line bus system, which serves each location approximately every 10 minutes and gets students to any campus within 20 minutes. The Laker Line is part of the Rapid transit system that serves the greater Grand Rapids area. Students ride the entire Rapid for free with their student ID.

Grand Valley's Health Campus.

Grand Valley's Health Campus is the heart of the "Medical Mile" in downtown Grand Rapids.

Grand Valley's Allendale campus.

Grand Valley's main campus in beautiful Allendale, Michigan.

Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus.

Grand Valley's Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids.

Costs and Financial Aid

Grand Valley State University is an outstanding academic investment for students in Toledo. Grand Valley's tuition is in the lower third of Michigan public universities and offers valuable scholarships for academically qualified non-resident students with a 3.3 GPA or better. These scholarships are worth a total award value of approximately $29,000-$66,000 over the course of four years for Toledo residents.

Scholarships include the Presidential Scholarship, Faculty Scholarship, Award for Excellence, or the Laker Scholarship, each of which includes a significant, renewable scholarship award plus the difference between full-time Michigan resident tuition and non-resident tuition. 

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