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Grand Rapids Community College Overview

Grand Rapids Community College is a public institution situated in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

What Is Grand Rapids Community College Known For?

2,347 Undergraduate Awards
  • The highest award offered at Grand Rapids Community College is the associate's degree.
  • For the 2017-2018 academic year, 35% of the faculty were full-time.

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Grand Rapids Community College Rankings

Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.

Grand Rapids Community College has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#56 Most Popular Online Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#108 Most Popular Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#291 Most Popular Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Grand Rapids Community College.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#16 Best Criminal Justice & Corrections Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#20 Best Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#29 Most Popular Engineering Technologies Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#34 Most Popular Precision Production Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#42 Most Popular Homeland Security, Law Enforcement & Firefighting Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#59 Most Popular Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#77 Best Value Personal & Culinary Services Undergraduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#79 Best Liberal Arts General Studies Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#110 Most Popular Computer & Information Sciences Associate’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Where Is Grand Rapids Community College?

Location of Grand Rapids Community College

Contact details for Grand Rapids Community College are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 143 Bostwick Ave Ne, Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
Phone: 616-234-4000
Website: https://www.grcc.edu

How Do I Get Into Grand Rapids Community College?

You can apply to Grand Rapids Community College online at: https://www.grcc.edu/admissionsenrollment/apply

Grand Rapids Community College has an open admissions policy. This means that the school accepts all applicants assuming that they meet very basic requirements, such as having a high school diploma or equivalent.

Can I Afford Grand Rapids Community College?

25% Take Out Loans
15.8% Loan Default Rate

Student Loan Debt

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Grand Rapids Community College, approximately 25% of students took out student loans averaging $3,611 a year. That adds up to $14,444 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Grand Rapids Community College is 15.8%. Watch out! This is significantly higher than the national default rate of 10.1%, which means you could have trouble paying back your student loans if you take any out.

Grand Rapids Community College Undergraduate Student Diversity

4,017 Full-Time Undergraduates
51% Women
32% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 13,270 undergraduate students at Grand Rapids Community College, with 4,017 being full-time and 9,253 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Grand Rapids Community College

Gender Diversity

Of the 4,017 full-time undergraduates at Grand Rapids Community College, 49% are male and 51% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Grand Rapids Community College

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grand Rapids Community College students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Grand Rapids Community College Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 180
Black or African American 347
Hispanic or Latino 603
White 2,415
International Students 50
Other Races/Ethnicities 422

Over 32 countries are represented at Grand Rapids Community College. The most popular countries sending students to the school are China, Vietnam, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Grand Rapids Community College

1,282 Took All Classes Online
3,406 Took At Least One Class Online
2.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 3,406 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Grand Rapids Community College has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 5th most popular in Michigan for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.

Online Growth Rankings of Grand Rapids Community College

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Grand Rapids Community College was 2.8%. This is the #1,831 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Grand Rapids Community College regardless of major.

The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Grand Rapids Community College majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.

Major 1-Year Growth Rate
Liberal Arts / Sciences & Humanities 23%
Liberal Arts General Studies 23%

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Grand Rapids Community College ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Grand Rapids Community College.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Information Technology #99
Computer & Information Sciences #338

When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.

Grand Rapids Community College Undergraduate Concentrations

The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.

Major Basic Certificate Associate’s Undergraduate Certificate TOTAL
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 1,260 0 1,260
Business Administration & Management 0 108 1 109
Criminal Justice & Corrections 9 41 47 97
Nursing 0 95 0 95
Culinary Arts 0 34 43 77
Industrial Production Technology 10 13 38 61
Precision Metal Working 0 33 24 57
Dental Support Services 0 43 5 48
Practical Nursing & Nursing Assistants 0 0 47 47
Human Development & Family Studies 0 45 1 46
Drafting & Design Engineering Technology 0 19 22 41
Heavy/Industrial Equipment Maintenance 0 10 26 36
Electromechanical Engineering Technology 0 17 18 35
Vehicle Maintenance & Repair 0 15 17 32
Accounting 0 29 0 29
Electronics Engineering Technology 0 12 13 25
Allied Health Professions 0 21 3 24
Computer Programming 0 22 0 22
Allied Health & Medical Assisting Services 0 21 0 21
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation & Refrigeration 0 5 14 19
Computer Systems Networking 0 18 0 18
General Sales & Marketing 0 14 1 15
Information Technology 0 15 0 15
Computer Software & Applications 0 14 0 14
Design & Applied Arts 0 13 0 13
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 12 12
Music 0 12 0 12
Architectural Sciences & Technology 0 10 0 10
Human Services 9 0 0 9
Fine & Studio Arts 0 9 0 9
Quality Control Technology 0 8 0 8
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 8 0 8
Business Support & Assistant Services 0 7 0 7
Electronics Maintenance & Repair 6 0 0 6
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 5 5
Audiovisual Communications 0 0 4 4
Horticulture 0 1 0 1
General Architecture 0 0 0 0
Marketing 0 0 0 0
Specialized Sales, Merchandising & Marketing 0 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0
Engineering Technology (Other) 0 0 0 0
Mechanics & Repairers 0 0 0 0
Physical Science Technicians 0 0 0 0
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 34 1,972 341 2,347

References

*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.

More about our data sources and methodologies.

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