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Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts school located in "a beautiful suburb" of Grand Rapids, Michigan. Offering a "broad range of programs and resources," Grand Valley State is a large school that is all about "making everyone feel like an individual" while "constantly adding or changing something [in order to stay] stay up-to-date and competitive with other universities." The core curriculum creates "well-rounded individuals." There are "many opportunities for careers because [campus is located] right outside of a big city," and there is plenty of assistance such as "professor office hours, free tutoring, [and a] writing center" for those who want to take advantage, Many of Grand Valley State's programs and are recognized nationally. Every professor "has time for each individual student": They "strongly encourage dialogue and meeting with them when available" and "will not abandon you and let you drown in the academic waters." Most classes are taught in a traditional lecture format (class sizes get smaller as one progresses in their major), but professors "still involve themselves with making sure students understand the material by always allowing time for questions during class time."

Student Body

Even with 25,000 undergraduates on Grand Valley State's Campus, the "Laker for a Lifetime spirit" shines through. "The campus is like a family," says a student. "As soon as you step on campus, everyone is trying to help you. The student body is full "studious individuals who like to enjoy fun activities," and this engaged group is "willing to volunteer for anything and participate in many events to support the Laker community." "Walking to class you don't see students with hoods up and headphones in their ears." The student population has a mix of traditional and nontraditional students and is "mainly white, which is normal for Western Michigan," but diversity is climbing and students believe the school is "on the right track."

Campus Life

With "a multitude of things to do in Grand Rapids," and over 400 student organizations on campus, students claim boredom is impossible at Grand Valley State. On the university website, there is a calendar of events "which is always overflowing with daily opportunities for students to fill their day." The library is "absolutely gorgeous" and "is often packed with students putting in their study hours"; many students also work when not in classes. Grand Valley State is "extremely competitive" in all of its athletics and "consistently wins national titles in many different sports," so attending sporting events is a popular pastime, "especially the ones where free items are given to students in attendance." The university also does "a fantastic job of embracing so many other cultures" and making campus "feel like a safe, fun, and beautiful environment." Nearby mountains and lakes are a boon for nature lovers: Grand Valley State has "a very cultural school for being in the farmland of Michigan, but it has an urban presence due to its proximity to Grand Rapids."

Overview

Applicants
17,104
Acceptance Rate
82%
Average HS GPA
3.54

GPA Breakdown

33%
Over 3.75
23%
3.50 - 3.74
22%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
5%
2.50 - 2.99

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Test Scores


ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
21 - 26

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

Other Admission Factors

Academic

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Academic GPA

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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
17:1
Total Faculty
1,761
with Terminal Degree
963

917
Women
844
Men
232
Minority
26
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

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • Chinese Studies
  • Women's Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biomedical Sciences, General
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Neuroscience

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • Logistics and Materials Management
  • Management Science, General
  • Operations Management and Supervision

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Advertising
  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Journalism
  • Radio and Television

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Information Science/Studies

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Computer Teacher Education
  • Education, General
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Special Education and Teaching, General

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Engineering, General
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • Engineering Technologies/Technicians

  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Writing, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician
  • Health Information/Medical Records Administration/Administrator
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

  • History

  • History, General

  • Legal Professions and Studies

  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biopsychology
  • International/Global Studies

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Studies
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy
  • Religion/Religious Studies, Other

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Geochemistry
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General
  • Social Psychology

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration
  • Social Work

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

  • Social Sciences

  • Anthropology
  • Cartography
  • Economics, General
  • Geography
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Film/Cinema Studies
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Music, General
  • Photography


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

Notable Faculty


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

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

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

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

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 10

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$8,060

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,699

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,055

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$29,675

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

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$12,618
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,688
Required Fees
$0
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$700

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Yes
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$400

On-Campus Room and Board
$9,000
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

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

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
22,209
Foreign Countries Represented
82

Demographics

2.31%
Asian
5.18%
African-American
5.15%
Hispanic
82.13%
Caucasian
1.20%
International

58% female
42% male
6% are out of state
89% are full time
11% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

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

First-Year Students living on campus
87%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
407
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

96/99
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
21%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

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

Reduced Parking Fees For Car And Van Poolers
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 March, 2017.

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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