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Grand Valley State University Overview

Grand Valley State University is a public institution located in Allendale, Michigan. Allendale is considered a suburb and offers tranquility and safety near the excitement of a city center.

What Is Grand Valley State University Known For?

5,421 Undergraduate Awards
$25,253 Avg Cost After Aid
81% Acceptance Rate
  • The 4% student loan default rate at GVSU is better than the national rate of 10.1%. That's a good sign that you may be able to pay off student loans easier than your peers at other schools can.
  • Although it may not be available for every major, the doctor's degree is the highest award a student can attain at GVSU.
  • In 2017-2018, 67% of the faculty were full-time.
  • A student who earns a bachelor's degree from GVSU makes roughly $42,800 a year. This is 5% more than their peers from other colleges and universities.

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Grand Valley State University 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.

GVSU has been awarded the following overall awards by our latest rankings.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#79 Most Popular Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#229 Most Popular Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Program Level Awards

These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at GVSU.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value Biopsychology Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Neurobiology & Neurosciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Classical Languages & Literature Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#3 Best Value Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Foreign Languages & Linguistics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Biological & Physical Science Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#9 Best Geological & Earth Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Physical Sciences Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#15 Best Physics Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Visual & Performing Arts Bachelor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards GVSU has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#27 Best Colleges for Computer Information Systems College Factual
#43 Best Colleges for Public Administration & Social Service College Factual
#57 Best Colleges for Criminal Justice & Corrections College Factual
#76 Best Colleges for Business, Management & Marketing College Factual
#76 Best Colleges for Health Professions College Factual
#86 Best Colleges for Communication & Journalism College Factual

Where Is Grand Valley State University?

Location of Grand Valley State University

Contact details for GVSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Phone: 616-331-2020
Website: www.gvsu.edu
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/grandvalley
Twitter: http://www.twitter.com/gvsu

How Do I Get Into GVSU?

You can apply to GVSU online at: https://www.gvsu.edu/admissions/undergraduate-application-23.htm

Admission Requirements for GVSU

Submission Required?
High School GPA required
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program required
Recommendations neither required nor recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into GVSU?

81% Acceptance Rate
63% Of Accepted Are Women
76% Submit SAT Scores
GVSU has an acceptance rate of 81%, which means that is not quite as selective as some other schools. Still, you'll need good grades and a solid application if you want to be admitted.

Approximately 37% of accepted students are men and 63% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 78%, and the acceptance rate for women is 83%.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to GVSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 530 to 620 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 520 to 610 )
200
800
GVSU received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 21 and 27. Math scores were between 20 and 26. Composite scores were between 21 and 26.

ACT English Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 21 to 27 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 20 to 26 )
1
36
ACT Composite Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 21 to 26 )
1
36

Can I Afford Grand Valley State University?

$25,253 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GVSU is $25,253. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.

Student Loan Debt

While almost two-thirds of students nationwide take out loans to pay for college, the percentage may be quite different for the school you plan on attending. At GVSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,584 a year. That adds up to $26,336 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GVSU is 3.8%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

Grand Valley State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

18,810 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
17% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,112 undergraduate students at GVSU, with 18,810 being full-time and 2,302 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  GVSU

There are also 2,921 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 18,810 full-time undergraduates at GVSU, 40% are male and 60% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  GVSU

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Grand Valley State University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of GVSU Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 437
Black or African American 799
Hispanic or Latino 1,105
White 15,418
International Students 212
Other Races/Ethnicities 839

Geographic Diversity

Michigan students aren't the only ones who study at Grand Valley State University. At this time, 25 states are represented by the student population at the school.

Over 86 countries are represented at GVSU. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.

Online Learning at Grand Valley State University

291 Took All Classes Online
2,406 Took At Least One Class Online
1.8% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 2,406 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at GVSU has changed over the last few years.

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This school is the 53rd 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 GVSU

The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Grand Valley State University was 1.8%. This is the #1,920 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at GVSU regardless of major.

The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at GVSU 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 GVSU.

Major Growth Rate Rank
Instructional Media Design #115

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 Valley State University Undergraduate Concentrations

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

Major Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Marketing 341 0 0 0 341
Health & Physical Education 292 0 0 0 292
Finance & Financial Management 281 0 0 0 281
General Education 232 0 38 0 270
General Psychology 269 0 0 0 269
Nursing 207 7 5 49 268
Social Work 114 0 151 0 265
Other Health Professions 258 0 0 0 258
Health/Medical Prep Programs 230 0 7 0 237
Accounting 159 0 45 0 204
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 174 0 0 0 174
Public Relations & Advertising 160 0 0 0 160
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 36 0 59 60 155
Allied Health Professions 81 0 62 0 143
General English Literature 129 0 10 0 139
Business Administration & Management 134 0 0 0 134
Public Administration 81 4 46 0 131
Communication & Media Studies 107 0 22 0 129
Criminal Justice & Corrections 126 0 3 0 129
Computer Information Systems 100 1 25 0 126
Educational Administration 0 9 109 0 118
General Biology 98 0 11 0 109
Hospitality Management 105 0 0 0 105
Teacher Education Subject Specific 95 0 0 0 95
Liberal Arts General Studies 93 0 0 0 93
Business/Managerial Economics 81 0 0 0 81
General Business/Commerce 18 0 60 0 78
Special Education 52 0 23 0 75
Mathematics 72 0 0 0 72
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 67 0 0 0 67
Mechanical Engineering 66 0 0 0 66
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 65 0 65
Political Science & Government 65 0 0 0 65
Human Resource Management 64 0 0 0 64
General Social Sciences 62 0 0 0 62
Natural Resources Conservation 60 0 0 0 60
Fine & Studio Arts 58 0 0 0 58
Health & Medical Administrative Services 37 0 18 0 55
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 43 12 0 55
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 47 0 0 0 47
Writing Studies 46 0 0 0 46
Information Science 44 1 0 0 45
Communication & Journalism (Other) 42 0 0 0 42
Public Health 0 0 42 0 42
Statistics 41 0 0 0 41
Music 38 0 0 0 38
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 35 0 0 0 35
Electrical Engineering 35 0 0 0 35
Romance Languages 35 0 0 0 35
International Business 34 0 0 0 34
Communication Sciences 3 0 31 0 34
General Engineering 0 0 33 0 33
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 18 0 12 0 30
Computer Engineering 27 0 0 0 27
Legal Support Services 27 0 0 0 27
History 26 0 0 0 26
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 25 0 25
International Relations & National Security 25 0 0 0 25
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 24 0 24
Quality Control Technology 24 0 0 0 24
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 23 0 0 0 23
Geological & Earth Sciences 23 0 0 0 23
Anthropology 22 0 0 0 22
Chemistry 21 0 0 0 21
Economics 21 0 0 0 21
Sociology 21 0 0 0 21
Instructional Media Design 0 0 19 0 19
Student Counseling 0 0 19 0 19
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 18 0 0 0 18
Dance 15 0 0 0 15
Biological & Physical Science 14 0 0 0 14
Geography & Cartography 14 0 0 0 14
Manufacturing Engineering 13 0 0 0 13
Entrepreneurial Studies 12 0 0 0 12
Classical Languages & Literature 10 0 0 0 10
Ethnic Studies 9 0 0 0 9
Philosophy 9 0 0 0 9
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 7 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 7 0 0 0 7
Taxation 0 0 6 0 6
Physics 5 0 0 0 5
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 4 0 4
Religious Studies 4 0 0 0 4
Area Studies 3 0 0 0 3
Germanic Languages 2 0 0 0 2
International Studies 2 0 0 0 2
Journalism 1 0 0 0 1
Biopsychology 1 0 0 0 1
Child Development & Psychology 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 5,421 65 993 109 6,588

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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