Economic Impact

on West Michigan

Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties (Greater Grand Rapids-Holland-Muskegon Region)

Using model provided by W.E. Upjohn Institute for Employment Research
$730.1 million
Total Sales in the Region*
Total Estimated Employment Attributed to GVSU

*Total Sales in the Region represents increase in sales for all business in the three metropolitan areas due to the existence of Grand Valley State University.

Faculty and Staff Employment

  • 2,385 Full-time
  • 851 Part-time
  • 3,236 Total
$228.6 million
Total Faculty and Staff Salary in the Area

Student Enrollment

  • 19,853 Full-time
  • 4,624 Part-time
  • 24,477 Total
$186.5 million
Total Estimated Student Expenditures in the Area

Source of Revenues, 2012-2013

Expenditures, 2012-2013

Return On Investment

A Great Return On Investment

Grand Valley has a record of producing high-quality graduates who stay in Michigan and give back to their communities. Nearly 85 percent of recent graduates are employed or in graduate school. Of those working, 90 percent are employed in Michigan.

Grand Valley alumni now number more than 92,000; nearly half are living or working in West Michigan’s tri-county area. The expertise of alumni in Michigan meets the needs of businesses across the state.

  • 13,595 degrees and certifications in teaching and school administration
  • 17,447 in business and public administration
  • 7,712 in nursing, physical therapy, occupational therapy, and physician assistant and related medical fields

Grand Valley alumni are widely represented in many other careers including engineering, law enforcement, politics, music, theater, social work, journalism, and computer and information technology. Grand Valley students receive a liberal education foundation that emphasizes critical thinking skills and gives them a broad base of knowledge to utilize in their careers and communities.

Enhancing Michigan Prosperity

Grand Valley State University: Enhancing Michigan’s Prosperity

Business Leaders for Michigan told state lawmakers Grand Valley State University is an example of solid performance for the state. BLM developed a performance tracker of Michigan’s 15 public universities and said under every metric Grand Valley’s performance is strong.

Excellent Return on Investment for Michigan

The most prosperous states are those with the most college graduates. In the last decade, Grand Valley has been a top performer among the state’s 15 public universities. The number of degrees awarded by the group increased by about 10,000 with Grand Valley having one of the largest increases at 21 percent.

Grand Valley Tuition Remains Below State Average

Grand Valley has been recognized as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys” for the 18th year in a row. The university offers more than $260 million in financial aid and the average student pays $3,900 less than the posted tuition price.

Grand Valley’s Growth Benefits Region

New construction and renovations pumped more than $21.7 million into the local economy in 2013, creating nearly 500 trade and construction jobs. A new 151,000-square-foot Science Laboratory building is under construction on the Allendale Campus to support the science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM) and health professions fields. Grand Valley purchased land in downtown Grand Rapids to expand the university’s health campus as part of Medical Mile.

Alumni Impact

Lakers are Leaders

Grand Valley alumni are decision makers and leaders. Although they live throughout the U.S. and the world, their impact is greatest in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties, where nearly half of all graduates live or work.

The Top Area Employers of Grand Valley Alumni:

Contact Grand Valley

(616) 331-5000 - Grand Valley Switchboard (all campuses)

Main Campus

1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401

Robert C. Pew Grand Rapids Campus

Richard M. DeVos Center
401 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

L.V. Eberhard Center
301 Fulton Street West
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences
301 Michigan Street NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

L. William Seidman Center
50 Front Avenue SW
Grand Rapids, MI 49504

Regional Locations

Michigan Alternative & Renewable Energy Center (MAREC)
200 Viridian Drive
Muskegon, MI 49440
(231) 722-4371

Meijer Campus in Holland
515 S. Waverly Road
Holland, MI 49423
(616) 394-4848

Muskegon Regional Center
Stevenson Center for Higher Education at Muskegon Community College
221 S. Quarterline Road
Muskegon, MI 49442
(231) 777-0505

Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute (AWRI)
Lake Michigan Center
740 W. Shoreline Drive
Muskegon, MI 49441
(231) 728-3601

Traverse City Regional Center
Northwestern Michigan College University Center
2200 Dendrinos Drive
Traverse City, MI 49684
(231) 995-1785

Detroit Center
163 Madison St.
Detroit, MI 48226
(313) 962-1185

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