We'll Save You a Spot

If you’re a Michigan high school senior graduating this year and you’ve enlisted in the military, we have a groundbreaking way of saying ‘thank you.’ It’s the GVSU Veteran Promise and we’re the first university in the country and only university in Michigan to reward your military service this way.

GVSU is the First University to Offer this Program in the U.S.
All Enlisted, Graduating Michigan High School Seniors Are Eligible
No Obligation or Cost to Participate

Introducing the GVSU Veteran Promise

If you have committed to serving our country for at least two years and are graduating from a Michigan high school this year, we offer pre-approved admission to Grand Valley State University deferred until you’re ready. Your willingness to make a commitment to your country means something, and the least we can do is to eliminate the worry about being accepted to college.

There is no obligation or cost to participate and no pre-enrollment necessary. Your admission to Grand Valley is granted and reserved once you’re ready to begin. 

View our frequently asked questions page for more details.

High school student studying.


All graduating Michigan high school seniors who have signed enlistment papers to serve in the U.S. military are reserved a spot upon exit of their service or to begin online in their active duty years.

Program Requirements

  • Served at least two years (Active Duty) OR have a signed six-year duty obligation (Reserves/National Guard).
  • Have either an Honorable or General Discharge Under Honorable Conditions (if applying after you’ve completed your enlistment).
  • Completion of the State of Michigan’s high school graduation requirements.

Tell Me More

GVSU veteran student on the Allendale campus.

Jill Hinton Wolfe ’01 (ARMY)
She, Her, Hers
Military & Veterans Resource Manager 
Grand Valley State University
(616) 331-2369 | [email protected]

“Military-connected students have unique needs when it comes to completing a degree program. That's why GVSU offers a vet-specific community and support system that guides you all the way from application to graduation.”

- Jill Hinton Wolfe '01 (ARMY)

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Page last modified December 2, 2022