Students Say

Grand Valley State offers a "small college feel with the opportunities of a large university," creating this duality with two different campuses, one in rural Allendale and the other in downtown Grand Rapids (the campuses are about 20 minutes apart and connect via shuttle bus). While downtown students enjoy the action city living has to offer, the Allendale "campus is beautiful," which is a major draw. Aside from the attractive campus, students cite affordable tuition and proximity to their hometowns as their reasons for choosing this school.

Overview

Applicants
18,120
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.52

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
6%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
-
SAT Math
-
ACT Composite
21 - 26

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA

Overall

Students Say

Grand Valley State offers a "small college feel with the opportunities of a large university," creating this duality with two different campuses, one in rural Allendale and the other in downtown Grand Rapids (the campuses are about 20 minutes apart and connect via shuttle bus). While downtown students enjoy the action city living has to offer, the Allendale "campus is beautiful," which is a major draw. Aside from the attractive campus, students cite affordable tuition and proximity to their hometowns as their reasons for choosing this school. For Michigan natives who plan to build their careers in state, GVSU offers excellent academics at a low price and "strong connection with local businesses." It's also "an up-and-coming school with small classes and teachers who care about their students." "The school itself is the fastest growing in the nation," and students are excited by this growth. While general education courses receive mixed reviews, students praise the "reasonable class sizes [and] personable professors" once they are settled into their major programs. Business, physical therapy, education, and graphic design majors are all noted as particularly strong. "It's a 50/50 split on great and poor professors," but "if you are smart and ask around, you can get excellent professors." "They are very accessible outside of the classroom with scheduled office hours and the option for setting up appointments as well." While some students complain about the registration process, and scheduling can be a bit challenging for the sizable non-traditional student population, most are excited about all their school has to offer. "The president is a well-known man who surely everyone has seen on campus, at a function or any sport [event] on a regular basis."

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,658
with Terminal Degree
910

830
Women
828
Men
208
Minority
29
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Patrick Duncan
author and screenplay writer of Mr. Hollands Opus

Dr Virgil Sharpton
senior specialist, Lunar Planetary Institute

Shirley Kleiman
Physical therapist, owner of spine and sport

Tommy Remengesau
President, Republic of Palau

Mary Kramer
Editor/Publisher Crain's Detroit Business

Dr Lorie Wilde
Director Pte Services Univ of WA Med Sch

Bill Hardiman
Michigan State Senator

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
80
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,219

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,075

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,483

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,492

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
72%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$4,494

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants
Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

While many students say "it is hard to describe what a typical Grand Valley student is like because there is a variety of people here," just as many say "most come from middle-class families, work a part-time job, and are hard-working." Students also describe themselves as "conservative, small-town, traditional, practical, job seeking." There is a large Christian population on campus, and student religious groups are popular, but there is room for everyone here: "I am more liberal and less religious than most…but I never feel like people are…disrespectful." "People are generally nice and very polite—I've never known so many to hold doors open!" "There are many more females than males" and "many commuters." But school pride unites everyone: "School spirit for Grand Valley transcends athletics and more or less represents [the] pride in oneself that people find at Grand Valley."

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
21,235
Out of State
5%

International
1%
Foreign Countries Represented
82

Demographics

1.97%
Asian
5.46%
African-American
4.36%
Hispanic
84.60%
Caucasian
1.28%
International

58% female
42% male
5% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview

Students Say

Students note that "life is so different when you live in Allendale compared to living downtown. It's also completely different living in the dorms compared to a townhouse or apartment." While Allendale is "essentially surrounded by cornfields," "there are lots of clubs and activities going on, and [it's] easy to get involved if you try!" "During the school week, homework is king." On weekends, many students go home, downtown, or to neighboring universities (hard partiers will run into a strict alcohol policy and tough campus cops in Allendale), but students who stay on campus enthusiastically support their Division II athletic teams, and many are "die-hard gym goers." Luckily for them, "the Rec Center is amazing! No additional fees are required, and it has state-of-the-art workout equipment, a track, basketball courts, a swimming pool, and more." "While nothing ever happens in Allendale" off the campus, "Grand Rapids, 20 minutes away, always has some event going on: ArtPrize, Rail Jam, or Restaurant Week to name a few." In warm weather, "Grand Haven beach on Lake Michigan remains the place to be."

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
28%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
83
First-Year Students living on campus
85%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
81

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Academic Support

Type of Program
For all students with disabilities

Director
Kathleen Vanderveen

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
Psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
No

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
315
Number of Honor Societies
20

Number of Social Sororities
14
Number of Religious Organizations
16

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

Men's Sports (Lakers)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lakers)
12 Sports

Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups

Sustainability

GVSU is dedicated to putting sustainability not only into action but also education, as evidenced by its receipt of one of the USGBC’s first education awards. The university was a founding member of the Community Sustainability Partnership, a collection of organizations that is helping to build sustainability in local neighborhoods and communities, and is a signatory of the ACUPCC and the Talloires Declaration. GVSU has fifteen LEED-certified buildings on campus, with two more under construction. The university also partakes in the yearly RecycleMania competition and has been able to compost about 50 tons of food waste per month. GVSU also focuses on sustainability in the kitchen—the food its dining services includes local, fair trade, and organic, and trays were eliminated, saving over 1.6 million gallons of water in one year alone. On the road, annual bus ridership is over 2.8 million bus rides per year for faculty and students, saving $21 million in annual vehicle maintenance costs and 1.8 million gallons of gas. In the classroom, currently 18 percent of all student credit hours are in sustainability related courses and more than 12,000 students register for these courses every semester. The Sustainable Agriculture Project runs a Community Supported Agriculture program and provides produce for the campus Farmer’s MarketGreen Mountain College

Green Rating
96
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

Public GHG inventory plan
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
24%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
535

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
92%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Apple

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Admissions Receptionist

Address
1 Campus Drive
300 Student Services Building
Allendale, MI 49401

Phone
616-331-2035

Email
go2gvsu@gvsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Living Centers
Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences
Recreation Center and Fieldhouse
Laker Turf Building
Kirkhof Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Downtown Grand Rapids
RiverTown Crossings Mall - Grandville
VanAndel Arena
DeVos Place Convention Center
Lake Michigan Beaches

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
Saturdays and Mondays

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Coach Directly

Advance Notice
1 week

Contact Email Address for Visit
gvsulakers.cstv.com

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Sunday to Thursday nights only

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Gerald R Ford International Airport, Grand Rapids; Amtrak - Grand Rapids; Greyhound Lines - Grand Rapids; The Rapid - campus shuttle and Grand Rapids metro area

Driving Instructions to Campus
Driving instructions from Detroit, Chicago, Lansing, Kalamazoo, Grand Rapids appear on the web www.gvsu.edu/admissions. Select visit Grand Valley Driving instructions

Local Accommodations
Hotel information from nearby to far away appear on the web www.gvsu.edu/admissions. Select visit Grand Valley Hotel information
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Key Stats

18,120
Applicants
21,235
Size
83%
Acceptance Rate

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