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From application to admission

Lauren English, an elementary education major, works in the Admissions Office where she facilitates orientation for new Lakers, teaching them about the campus culture and showing them what makes Grand Valley special.

The newest class of students, the Class of 2018, is the largest class of students at Grand Valley to date, with 4,226.

Read more about the admissions process, and see how the Class of 2018 stacks up, here.


Class of 2018

Monica Zavalas and family

Project roots scholars to neighborhood

What do you think of when you hear the word “home?” The roof over your head? The people who share your residence?

Through an oral history project facilitated by Grand Valley’s Kutsche Office of Local History, the Cook Library Scholars documented the Grandville Avenue neighborhood.

Giving the students a sense of place beyond those borders was important, as all 31 scholars have parents who immigrated to Grand Rapids from Mexico, Guatemala or West Africa.

Read more here.


In the weeds

In a state with more than 11,000 inland lakes, managing aquatic plants in Michigan is both big business and a sensitive environmental matter.

Researchers at Grand Valley’s Robert B. Annis Water Resources Institute in Muskegon are working on a cutting-edge process to help save lakes from environmental damage, save native plants from unnecessary removal, and save money for people who have economic interests in lakes.

Read more here.


AWRI research Muskegon Lake

College of Education celebrates anniversary

From an initial cohort of 45 elementary and 39 secondary candidates, the College of Education has grown over five decades to become a leader in teacher education.

It now has partnerships with about 220 school districts across the state, including public, private and charter schools.

Read more here.



College of Education archive student teacher photo

Diana Lawson

Q&A Diana Lawson

Diana Lawson, dean of the Seidman College of Business, has been on the job since July. She served as dean and professor of marketing at the Herberger Business School at St. Cloud State University in Minnesota before coming to Grand Valley.

She once worked as fitness director for a cruise line. Read more here.