Welcome to the Traverse City Regional Center!

The pathway to your future starts right here in Traverse City.

Grand Valley State University's Traverse City Regional Center serves students in the region by providing first-rate undergraduate and graduate programs in the heart of Traverse City. Whether you are an adult student returning to school, a transfer student seeking a bachelor's degree, or a graduate student, the Traverse City center has the programming and support you need to get you to where you want to be.

If you are looking to change your career and your life, we would love to be your next step, and will be there to guide you from the time you walk through our doors to the time you leave. That is the Laker Effect...and this is Traverse City.

What's New at GVSU in Traverse City?


Research Vessell


In this hands-on, on-the-water experience aboard the 56’ Northwestern research vessel, you will learn to use the marine technologies—ROVs, sonars, and other sensors—to collect marine data. Your experience will include the exploration of shipwrecks, diverse ecosystems, man-made infrastructure, and many geological and glacial features of Grand Traverse Bay.  This course is designed for undergraduate students with little to no experience using this equipment.  Learn more. 

Contact: Jackie Abeyta at [email protected] or 231.995.1785


Grand Valley State University's new Bachelor of Applied Science (B.A.S.) is a unique bachelor's degree completion program that gives applied associates degree holders the opportunity to step up their education and careers. With four unique degrees in in-demand areas, now is the perfect time to step up your degree and your career. Visit our B.A.S. site to learn more.

Learn More About Our B.A.S. Degrees

Traverse City Student Spotlights

Integrative Studies Class Traverse City

A schooner operated by the Inland Seas Educational Association served as a classroom May 17. Based in Suttons Bay, the schoolship's instructors led students through four experiments, including trawling for microplastics and searching for invasive species, during a four-hour trip.

Justin Smith, Physician Assistant Studies student at Grand Valley in Traverse City.

Justin Smith,
Physician Assistant Studies Program

GVSU Traverse City Allied Health Sciences student.

David Buchanan,
Allied Health Sciences major

Why Study at GVSU in Traverse City?

GVSU Allied Health students in Traverse City.

What We Offer...

  • The university works with each student to create a personalized academic plan.
  • Community engagement through service learning.
  • Tuition rates are among the lowest in the state.
  • On-site financial aid and scholarship assistance.
  • Advisors on site to guide students from application to graduation.
  • Seamless transfer for community college students and those coming from other institutions.
  • Adult-focused programming that meet the demands of today's employers.

Academic Program Options

A GVSU adult student studying at the Traverse City Regional Center.

Offered Online or in Traverse City

Grand Valley State University in Traverse City provides the educational options you need to get to the next step in your academic journey. Whether you want to complete a degree, expand your skillset with a certificate, change careers, or take classes to advance at your current job, our programming can get you there. Our programs are designed with the working professional in mind and offered in-person, hybrid, and online formats. The following programs are either online or offer courses at the Traverse City Regional Center.

Advising and Support

A GVSU Traverse City Student meeting with an advisor.


Our advisors are always ready and willing to meet with you and discuss your career or academic goals. They will:

  • Explain the goals and outcomes of all GVSU programs in Traverse City.
  • Review your transcripts (please bring an unofficial copy to your first appointment).
  • Discuss services and supports available throughout the program.
  • Assist with the admissions and financial aid process.
  • Give you a personalized education plan letting you know what you would have left to complete.


Schedule Your Appointment Today!

News and Events


Northern Michigan waterways benefit from projects led  by GVSU students and grads

Northern Michigan waterways benefit from projects led by GVSU students and grads

Nick Vander Stelt conducts research on the Boardman River to see if it would be conducive to reintroducing the Grayling. Its among the collaborative projects with partners GVSU and the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians.

Dec 5, 2023

Traverse City Regional Center expands course offerings through partnerships

Traverse City Regional Center expands course offerings through partnerships

Grand Valley student Delaney Novach spent two weeks in the summer taking a Great Lakes Technology course at Northwestern Michigan College. The course is designed to instruct students on lake research equipment, its calibration, and operation.

Nov 15, 2023

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Page last modified February 7, 2024