A gift to Grand Valley State University is an investment in our students, West Michigan and our state that provides a significant and measurable return. We are proud to be one of the nation's top ten regional universities, and even prouder of our graduates who are shaping their lives, their professions and their societies.
Attracting the Best and the Brightest
Grand Valley's academic profile is one of the highest in the state. Top achieving students are coming in growing numbers, giving Grand Valley the largest percentage increase in enrollment among Michigan's public universities in the past decade at 53.9%.
They come because Grand Valley offers an exceptional learning experience
- Academic excellence with a student focus
- A liberal education focused on creating leaders
- A vibrant private-public partnership that keeps the curriculum relevant and graduates job-ready
A Talent Engine
These bright young leaders are highly sought after by employers and graduate schools. 88% of our students are employed or in graduate school within months of graduation and 84% of them stay right here in Michigan. The impact of the university's contribution to Michigan's talent base is especially important because the number of exceptionally prepared Grand Valley graduates flooding into Michigan in the past ten years has more than doubled.
An Economic Engine
Michigan's public universities are one of the most important economic tools in the state and the number of college graduates residing in a state determines the state's per capita income.
Grand Valley is unique in the way we partner with the West Michigan community to make things happen. The result is that, in West Michigan alone, we contribute more than $732 million annually to the local economy. Working together with our community partners in all areas of Michigan, Grand Valley has become an irreplaceable asset to the region and an economic turbo charger for the state.
As part of our culture of excellence, Grand Valley prides itself on being transparent with our data. Although we receive the lowest level of per student funding from the state, we contribute at the highest levels and are educating students today more efficiently than ever before. We encourage you to review our accountability report for more details.