Quick Facts

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.

Learn more on our strategic planning page.

Location and Campuses

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 67-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.

Take a virtual tour of our campuses.

View our maps and directions.



Thomas J. Haas

Board of Trustees:

David S. Hooker
John C. Kennedy
Mary L. Kramer
Shelley E. Padnos (chair)
John G. Russell
Michael D. Thomas (vice chair)
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

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

2013-2014 Enrollment

24,477 total students

21,235 undergraduate students

3,242 graduate students

378 international students enrolled

82 different countries represented

2013-2014 Tuition (per semester)

18 years in a row named one of America's "100 Best College Buys."

Student Type   Division   Credits   Cost   Cost per credit
Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹)   Lower   12-15   $5,227   $435 per credit for 1-11 credits and for each credit over 15
Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹)   Upper2   12-15   $5,489   $457 per credit for 1-11 credits and for each credit over 15
Non Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹)   Lower   12-15   $7,557   $629 per credit for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Non Michigan Residents (undergraduate¹)   Upper2   12-15   $7,831   $652 per credit for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Michigan Residents (Masters3)               $541-$591 per credit hour depending on program
Michigan Residents (Doctoral3)               $664 per credit hour. Additional information available here
Non Michigan Residents (Masters3)               $731–$781 per credit hour depending on program
Non Michigan Residents (Doctoral3)               $885 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.

Financial Aid

$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

Academic Calendar

Two 15 week semesters

Fall 2013 semester: August 26, 2013 – December 14, 2013

Winter 2014 semester: January 6, 2014 – April 26, 2014

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session

Spring 2014 session: May 5, 2014 – June 18, 2014

Summer 2014 session: June 23, 2014 – August 5, 2014

Spring/Summer 2014 session: May 5, 2014 – August 5, 2014

View our Annual Class Schedule.


200+ areas of study
81 undergraduate degrees

32 graduate degrees
Middle 50 percent of Fall 2013 entering class earned high school GPAs ranging from 3.3 to 3.8 and ACT scores of 21 to 26
View our academic programs page.

Faculty and Staff

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
Watch a video about our first-rate faculty.

Return on Investment

92,000+ alumni network

40,000 alumni in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties

7,000+ students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching

6,202 employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center

737 employers participating in career events

83.9 percent of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees 

90 percent of employed recent graduates are working in Michigan

Pass Rates on Professional Licensure Exams (2013)

  GVSU Grad Pass Rate
  National Benchmark
Athletic Training   100%   70%
Engineering (Undergraduate)   100%   85%
Military Police Basic Training Program   100%   NA
Physician Assistant Studies   100%   93%
Police Academy   100%   NA
Nursing (Undergraduate)   95%   87%
Therapeutic Recreation   94%   74%
Physical Therapy   93%   NA
Occupational Therapy   92%   85%
Education (Undergraduate)   91%   85% (MI)
Medical Laboratory Science   89%   86%
Accounting (Undergraduate)   74%   3rd among 27

View our Return on Investment page.


Grand Valley State University's excellence is acknowledged by many organizations and publications every year.

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Housing and Dining

5,820 beds on campus

83% of first-year students live on campus

dining locations

4 styles of living centers to choose from: traditional, suite-style, apartment-style, on-campus apartments

View housing rates.


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

12 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.

Visit our Athletics page.

Student Life

331 student organizations and growing

52 service and advocacy organizations

31 fraternities and sororities

20 plus intramural sports

Visit our student life page.


$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

2,963,512 total bus ridership for 2012-2013 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.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Study Abroad

4,000+ study abroad programs available to GVSU students

730 students studied abroad in the 2012-2013 academic year

5th in a national ranking of study abroad participation by the Institute of International Education

Visit our Study Abroad website.


1,482,633 total volumes

829,463 e-books

60,133 e-journals

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.

NEW IN 2013: Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Commons: Opened Fall 2013. The groundbreaking library houses a knowledge market with 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.

Visit our libraries page.

Economic Impact

$722 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during the 2011-2012 fiscal year

$182.1 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

10,836 permanent off-campus jobs attributed to GVSU

Endowment and Funding

$333.8 million general fund budget, of which $276.3 million is tuition and $57.5 million is state appropriations

$98.5 million endowment

$10.3 million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges)

$537,000 in faculty and staff giving (most generous of any university in Michigan)

Fun Facts

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)

For More Information

Download a raw set of GVSU statistics by visiting the Institutional Analysis website.

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