Recruitment at GVSU

Thank you for your interest in recruiting talented Grand Valley State University students and alumni. We look forward to working with you to help fulfill all your recruitment needs!

Effective recruiting is a year-round process. Successful organizations are the ones who are regularly on-campus, make a long-term commitment, and take the time to understand where their engagement can be most impactful. By interacting with your organization frequently, students and faculty/staff members gain a good understanding of your organizational needs and culture, and become more apt to refer well-suited students your way.


Why Recruit at GVSU?

Grand Valley State University enrolls nearly 25,000 students annually into 85 undergraduate and 33 graduate degree programs across eight colleges, assuring you have access to a wide variety of well-prepared and talented candidates. A strong liberal education serves as the foundation of all our programs, fostering critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding you want and need from your employees.

  • Incoming freshman have an average high school GPA of 3.54.
  • Incoming students boast a median ACT Composite Score of 24.
  • Nearly 60 percent of Grand Valley’s student population is female.
  • More than 3,700 students of color help you achieve diversity in hiring.
  • Grand Valley has a record of outstanding pass rates on professional licensure exams. (see stats).

Rankings and Accolades

  • Ranked a best regional university in the Midwest and top public regional university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report.
  • Named one of The Princeton Review’s Best in the Midwest.”
  • Seidman College of Business was named one of the nation’s top business schools for 2013 by The Princeton Review.
  • Named one of America's "100 Best College Buys" 17 years in a row.
  • Ranked 13th nationally in study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education.

Increase Your Campus Visibility

Strategies to consider for maximizing your campus involvement include:

  • Building a solid internship or co-op program. These are among the best recruitment tools available. Give students great work experiences and they become your ambassadors on campus!
  • Participating in career fairs is a great way to connect with GVSU’s talented undergraduate and graduate students and helps you:
    • Enhance your campus presence
    • Highlight your organization, distribute literature, and collect resumes
    • Meet face-to-face with seniors, graduate students and alumni looking for full-time positions
    • Connect with underclassmen exploring career options and looking for internships
  • Sponsoring career events offers even greater brand awareness and access to well-qualified students.
  • Conducting on-campus interviews for full-time jobs, internships, co-ops and summer/seasonal work.
  • Helping students develop their job search skills by presenting on a career development topic or facilitating simulated interviews.
  • Volunteering to be a part of the Career Contact Bank, a database of professionals who are willing to provide informational interviews and job shadowing opportunities to GVSU students and alumni.
  • Hosting Information Sessions on campus which can be utilized in multiple ways. Sessions held the evening prior to interviewing often save valuable interview time later by discussing the organizational culture, structure, etc. They are also a good way to meet students not on your interview schedule. Sessions held well in advance of interviewing are a way to build campus presence and name recognition with students.
  • Investing in the colleges that are training and educating your future employees by making your company available for presentations, speeches, and meetings with student organizations.

Need assistance with developing a winning strategy to increase your campus visibility and build your employment brand? Contact Susan Proctor: proctors@gvsu.edu or 616-331-6708.