Explore some quick facts about Grand Valley for a brief overview of what we're all about. Numbers don't tell the whole story, but they're a great way to start learning about Grand Valley.
Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state's second largest metropolitan region.
Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service.
Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. The 68-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of two separate sites with a total of 12 buildings including the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS), John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, and the new L. William Seidman Center. Classes are also offered in the Meijer Campus in Holland, and at our regional locations in Muskegon and Traverse City.
Thomas J. Haas
Board of Trustees:
David S. Hooker (chair)
John C. Kennedy (vice chair)
Mary L. Kramer
Shelley E. Padnos
John G. Russell
Michael D. Thomas
David L. Way
Kate Pew Wolters
Thomas J. Haas (ex officio)
Donna K. Brooks, (honorary life member)
Dorothy A. Johnson, (honorary life member)
Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission; Member - North Central Association, 230 S. LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL 60604-1411; telephone: (312) 263-0456; Web: www.ncahlc.org
25,094 total students
21,636 undergraduate students
3,458 graduate students
400+ international students enrolled
78 different countries represented
19 years in a row named one of America's "100 Best College Buys."
Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Lower Division
12–15 credits: $5,376
$448 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit over 15
Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Upper² Division
12–15 credits: $5,652
$471 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit over 15
Non-Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Lower Division
12–15 credits: $7,704
$642 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Non-Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹), Upper² Division
12–15 credits: $7,992
$666 per credit for 1–11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Michigan Residents (Masters³)
$562–$614 per credit hour depending on program
Michigan Residents (Doctoral³)
$690 per credit hour. Additional information available here
Non-Michigan Residents (Masters³)
$752–$804 per credit hour depending on program
Non-Michigan Residents (Doctoral³)
$911 per credit hour. Additional information available here
Some Grand Valley State University colleges, schools, and departments carry an additional tuition charge per credit hour to offset the higher costs in those particular areas.
1 Students classified as undergraduates registering for masters and doctorate courses pay undergraduate tuition rates.
2 Students are classified as upper division upon earning their 55th semester credit.
3 Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken.
$253 million in financial aid offered
$74 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
94 percent of full-time, dependent students received aid with an average award of $13,276
Two 15 week semesters
Fall 2014 semester: August 25, 2014–December 13, 2014
Winter 2015 semester: January 5, 2015–April 25, 2015
Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2015 session: May 4, 2015–June 17, 2015
Summer 2015 session: June 22, 2015–August 4, 2015
Spring/Summer 2015 session: May 4, 2015–August 4, 2015
200+ areas of study
86 undergraduate degrees
33 graduate degrees
Middle 50 percent of Fall 2014 entering class earned high school GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.8 and ACT scores of 21 to 26
1,657 faculty members
1,623 support staff
92 percent of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree
27 average class size
96,000+ alumni network
41,930 alumni in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties
7,000+ students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
7,500+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
750+ employers participating in career events
89.9 percent of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees
86.3 percent of employed recent graduates are working in Michigan
Pass Rates on Professional Licensure Exams (2013-2014)
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 69.5%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 85.1%
Military Police Basic Training Program
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA
Physician Assistant Studies
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: 93%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 100% / National Benchmark: NA
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 95% / National Benchmark: 87%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 93.6% / National Benchmark: 73.6%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 92.5% / National Benchmark: NA
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 92.3% / National Benchmark: 85%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 91.3% / National Benchmark: 85.1% (MI)
Medical Laboratory Science
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 89% / National Benchmark: 86%
GVSU Grad Pass Rate: 73.8% / National Benchmark: 3rd among 27
Grand Valley State University's excellence is acknowledged by many organizations and publications every year.
5,820 beds on campus
83% of first-year students live on campus
7 dining locations
4 styles of living centers to choose from: traditional, suite-style, apartment-style, on-campus apartments
Grand Valley is NCAA Division II and competes in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC)
20 varsity sports (11 womens, 9 mens)
43 club sports (click here to view them)
16 NCAA Division II National Championships in seven sports since 2002
13 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation
14th in a ranking based upon the academic and athletic standards of all NCAA Division II athletic programs across the nation.
373 student organizations and growing
52 service and advocacy organizations
33 fraternities and sororities
20 intramural sports
$45 million+ spent on sustainable procurement annually including construction, renovation, and minority vendor purchases.
25 million gallons of water saved between 2006-2011, even though student population has grown and building square footage has increased.
9 million sheets of paper saved during the first year computer labs transitioned to duplex printing
2,916,942 total bus ridership on campus routes for the 2014 fiscal year.
1.8 million+ gallons of gasoline saved in the 2010-2011 fiscal year by faculty, staff, and students who use the free Rapid bus service.
$1.1 million+ saved per year through energy saving projects and LEED facilities.
10,000 pounds of food waste per week saved through composting.
4,000+ study abroad programs available to GVSU students
736 students studied abroad in the 2013-2014 academic year
5th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education
1,710,000+ total volumes
4 libraries including the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons and Seidman House on the Allendale campus; the Steelcase Library in the Richard M. DeVos Center on the Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids campus; and the Frey Foundation Learning Center in Cook Devos Center for Health Sciences.
Opened Fall 2013: Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons — The groundbreaking library houses a knowledge market with student experts to provide research, technology, and presentation coaching, as well as 150,000 books on open shelves and a capacity for 600,000 books in an automated retrieval system.
Recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award by the Association of College and Research Libraries.
$730.1 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during the 2012-2013 fiscal year
$186.5 million total estimated student expenditures in the area
1.25 million community service hours performed by students through classroom assignments, student organizations, the Community Learning Service Center, and personal volunteer work during the 2012-2013 academic year
10,700+ permanent off-campus jobs in the region attributed to Grand Valley's campuses
$347 million general fund budget, of which $284.2 million is tuition and $63.1 million is state appropriations
$100+ million endowment
$11+ million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)
$531,000 in faculty and staff giving (FY14)
Colors: Blue, Black, and White
Nickname: The Lakers
Mascot: Louie the Laker
First Sport: Crew (1964)
Pioneer Class: 226 students (1963)
President’s Ball: 4,000+ attend the annual formal event
President’s Nickname: T. Haas
Presidents: James H. Zumberge (1963–1969), Arend “Don” Lubbers (1969–2001), Mark A. Murray (2001–2006), Thomas J. Haas (2006–Present)
Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.
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