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About GVSU 2024

Total Students

19,243 undergraduate students

3,026 graduate students

78 different countries represented

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Degrees Offered

100 undergraduate degrees

43 graduate degrees

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Avg. Class Size: 26

1,234 faculty members

1,887 support staff members

93% of regular faculty members have earned their doctorate or other terminal degree

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94% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

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Students participate in research with faculty

500+ Students present research projects at Student Scholars Day on average each year.

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96% of students received at least one type of financial aid – a total of more than $286 million.

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Study Abroad Programs

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Student Organizations

53 service and advocacy organizations

21 fraternities and sororities

25 intramural sports

20 Esports teams - 17 club and 3 premier

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50 states called home by alumni

108,933 alumni in Michigan

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Beds On Campus

87% of first-year students live on campus

11 dining locations

5 styles of living centers to choose from

10 theme-specific living-learning centers in Grand Rapids and Allendale

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NCAA Division II

21 varsity sports (11 women's, 10 men's)

38 club sports

29 NCAA Division II National Championships

20 straight years earning first or second in the Directors' Cup

Titles Held at Library

400,000+ physical resources

1,500,000+ e-book titles

100,000+ e-journal titles

300,000+ streaming media files

300+ databases

4 libraries

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Academic Year Undergraduate Level1 Michigan Resident Non-Michigan Resident
2023 - 2024

Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring/Summer 2024
Lower Division
(0–54 credits earned)
  • $14,628 (per year)
  • $7,314 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $614 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $20,820 (per year) 
  • $10,410 (for 12-15 credits per semester) 
  • $874 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
2023 - 2024

Fall 2023
Winter 2024
Spring/Summer 2024
Upper Division2
(55+ credits earned)
  • $15,328 (per year)
  • $7,664 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $644 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
  • $21,488 (per year)
  • $10,744 (for 12-15 credits per semester)
  • $903 per credit hour for 1-11 credits and for each credit hour over 15
Integrative Studies Adult Degree Completion Online Program (a.k.a. LEADS)3
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Graduate Level4
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Tuition and Fees will be charged at the same rate whether instruction is delivered in-person, online, or through hybrid platforms.

A per credit hour or per course surcharge will be assessed for certain classes to offset higher costs.

  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. Rate previously set per Board of Trustees Bylaws, Article 2, Section 2.105. Students do not have separate rates based on residency. Program is also referred to as LEADS Online Accelerated Bachelor's Degree for Adult Students.
  4. Students classified as graduates pay their graduate program tuition rate for all courses taken.

Academic Calendar

Two 16 week semesters*
Fall 2023 semester: August 28, 2023–December 16, 2023
Winter 2024 semester: January 8, 2024–April 27, 2024

Two 6 week sessions/one 12 week session
Spring 2023 session: May 8, 2023–June 19, 2023
Summer 2023 session: June 26, 2023–August 4, 2023
Spring/Summer 2023 session: May 8, 2023–August 4, 2023

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* Some programs have multiple start dates within a semester. Please check with your program for a schedule.

Named one of 2023's "Best Colleges for Your Money" by Money magazine.

  • $300 million in financial aid awarded
  • Of those who graduated in 4 years or fewer, 40 percent had no debt
  • 7,837 students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
  • 91,945 employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
  • 1000+ employers participated in career events

Read a list of recent awards and recognitions.

Pass Rates of Graduates on Licensure and Certification Exams

Professional Licensure Exam GVSU Grad Pass Rate National Benchmark
Athletic Training 96% -
Cardiovascular Sonography, Adult Echo 93% -
Cardiovascular Sonography, Pediatric Echo 100% -
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, OB-GYN 95% 75%
Diagnostic Medical Sonography, ARDMS ABD 100% 75%
Education, undergraduate 100% -
Enterprise Resource Planning 100% -
Medical Dosimetry 100% 75%
Nursing (Child and Adolescent DNP) 100% -
Nursing (Adult Gerontology DNP) 94% 84%
Nursing (Clinical Nurse Leader, MSN) 100% 94%
Nursing (NCLEX for RN) 90% 70%
Occupational Therapy 100% -
Physical Therapy 97% -
Police Academy 100% -
Radiation Therapy 94% 75%
Recreational Therapy (undergraduate) 92% -
Social Work (graduate, advanced generalist) 100% -
Speech-Language Pathology 98% 80%


Allendale Campus

Allendale (map)

Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids.

Grand Rapids Pew Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 65-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of multiple buildings along the west bank of the Grand River that serves business, education, engineering, and other majors and is home to The Graduate School.

Grand Rapids Health Campus

Grand Rapids (map)

The 14.5-acre Health Campus anchors the east end of Grand Rapids' Medical Mile. It is comprised of two buildings with a third building set to open in 2021.

GVSU Holland Campus

Meijer Campus in Holland (map)

The Meijer Campus was dedicated in August 1998 and offers evening, accelerated, and hybrid coursework to area students.

GVSU Detroit Center

Detroit Center (map)

The Detroit Center is home to university business in southeast Michigan and includes space for many activities, including those of the GVSU Charter Schools Office.

GVSU Muskegon Regional Center

Muskegon Regional Center (map)

The Stevenson Center within Muskegon Community College was constructed in 1995 offering the university new opportunities in the shoreline community.

GVSU Traverse City Regional Center

Traverse City Regional Center (map)

Grand Valley was established in 1995 as a charter member of the Northwestern Michigan College's University Center.

GVSU Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

Battle Creek Regional Outreach Center

The center supports career exploration and individualized educational planning assistance.

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Named one of the county's most environmentally responsible colleges for the 14th year in a row by The Princeton Review

One of the greenest universities in the nation, according to the Sierra Club

Grand Valley's Sustainable Agriculture Project received the Innovative Project Award by the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.

24 LEED-certified projects completed at Grand Valley

Grand Valley has earned gold status since 2013, according to the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education

More than 60 percent of Grand Valley's waste stream is diverted, including compost, e-waste, light bulbs, batteries, paper, cardboard, and metal.

$2.2 million saved annually on Grand Valley's energy bill through a combination of energy conservation efforts and LEED construction projects.

Learn more about sustainability at Grand Valley.

Economic Impact

$849 million in total estimated impact of faculty, staff, and students in Kent, Ottawa, and Muskegon counties during 2016-2017

$202.8 million total estimated student expenditures in the area

11,970 total estimated employment attributed to GVSU in the area

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Endowment and Funding

$352 million general fund budget

$262 million in tuition

$73 million in state appropriations

$168.5 million endowment (as of June 30, 2022)

$25 million in private funding (gifts and overall pledges, fiscal year 2022)

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Established: 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.

Mission: At Grand Valley State University, we empower learners in their pursuits, professions, and purpose. The university enriches society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, advancement of equity, and public service.

Learn more on our strategic positioning page.

President: Philomena V. Mantella

Board of Trustees:

  • Mikyia S. Aaron
  • Randall S. Damstra
  • Elizabeth C. Emmitt (vice chair)
  • Ronald E. Hall
  • Susan M. Jandernoa (chair)
  • Noreen K. Myers
  • Shelley E. Padnos
  • Kate Pew Wolters
  • Philomena V. Mantella (ex officio)
  • Donna K. Brooks (honorary life member)
  • Dorothy A. Johnson (honorary life member)
  • John C. Kennedy (honorary life member)

Accreditation: Grand Valley is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission (, a regional accreditation agency recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

See a list of GVSU's accredited programs.

For More Information

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