Find Schools

Study Area & Zipcode

Grand Valley State University

Find Schools Near

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?

19,373 Full-Time Undergraduates
$18,019 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.
  • The doctor's degree is the highest degree offered 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.

Grand Valley State University Rankings

College Factual ranked GVSU as #377 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list. It is also ranked #10 out of 42 schools in Michigan.

The following table lists the notable rankings from College Factual that GVSU has received.

Notable Undergraduate Rankings for GVSU

Ranking Type Rank
Best Colleges for the Money 70
Best Colleges for International Students 342
Best Colleges for Veterans 369
Best Colleges 377
Best Colleges for Non-Traditional Students 689
Best Colleges for Diversity 1,729

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 )
1
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?

$18,019 Net Price
62% Take Out Loans
3.8% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of GVSU is $18,019. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GVSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$12,703 $13,959 $16,219 $20,038 $21,987

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

19,373 Full-Time Undergraduates
60% Women
16% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 21,937 undergraduate students at GVSU, with 19,373 being full-time and 2,564 being part-time.

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

There are also 3,112 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 19,373 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 470
Black or African American 948
Hispanic or Latino 1,017
White 15,901
International Students 237
Other Races/Ethnicities 800

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.

undefined

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 Majors

In 2017-2018, Grand Valley State University awarded 10,842 undergraduate degrees and 2,204 graduate degrees. The table below shows the number of awards for each major.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Master’s Doctor’s
Accounting 0 159 45 0
Allied Health Professions 0 81 62 0
Anthropology 0 22 0 0
Area Studies 0 3 0 0
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 23 0 0
Biological & Physical Science 0 14 0 0
Biomathematics & Bioinformatics 0 0 24 0
Biopsychology 0 1 0 0
Business Administration & Management 0 134 0 0
Business/Managerial Economics 0 81 0 0
Cell Biology & Anatomical Sciences 0 18 12 0
Chemistry 0 21 0 0
Classical Languages & Literature 0 10 0 0
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 12 0
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Science 0 18 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 42 0 0
Communication & Media Studies 0 107 22 0
Communication Sciences 0 3 31 0
Computer Engineering 0 27 0 0
Computer Information Systems 0 100 25 0
Criminal Justice & Corrections 0 126 3 0
Curriculum & Instruction 0 0 65 0
Dance 0 15 0 0
Dietetics & Clinical Nutrition Services 0 0 25 0
Drama & Theater Arts 0 7 0 0
Economics 0 21 0 0
Educational Administration 0 0 109 0
Electrical Engineering 0 35 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 12 0 0
Ethnic Studies 0 9 0 0
Film, Video & Photographic Arts 0 67 0 0
Finance & Financial Management 0 281 0 0
Fine & Studio Arts 0 58 0 0
General Biology 0 98 11 0
General Business/Commerce 0 18 60 0
General Education 0 232 38 0
General Engineering 0 0 33 0
General English Literature 0 129 10 0
General Psychology 0 269 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 62 0 0
Geography & Cartography 0 14 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 23 0 0
Germanic Languages 0 2 0 0
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 37 18 0
Health & Physical Education 0 292 0 0
Health/Medical Prep Programs 0 230 7 0
History 0 26 0 0
Hospitality Management 0 105 0 0
Human Resource Management 0 64 0 0
Information Science 0 44 0 0
Instructional Media Design 0 0 19 0
International Business 0 34 0 0
International Relations & National Security 0 25 0 0
International Studies 0 2 0 0
Journalism 0 1 0 0
Legal Support Services 0 27 0 0
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 93 0 0
Linguistics & Comparative Literature 0 0 7 0
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 174 0 0
Manufacturing Engineering 0 13 0 0
Marketing 0 341 0 0
Mathematics 0 72 0 0
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 0 4 0
Mechanical Engineering 0 66 0 0
Music 0 38 0 0
Natural Resources Conservation 0 60 0 0
Neurobiology & Neurosciences 0 47 0 0
Nursing 0 207 5 49
Other Health Professions 0 258 0 0
Philosophy 0 9 0 0
Physics 0 5 0 0
Political Science & Government 0 65 0 0
Public Administration 0 81 46 0
Public Health 0 0 42 0
Public Relations & Advertising 0 160 0 0
Quality Control Technology 0 24 0 0
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 35 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 36 59 60
Religious Studies 0 4 0 0
Romance Languages 0 35 0 0
Social Work 0 114 151 0
Sociology 0 21 0 0
Special Education 0 52 23 0
Statistics 0 41 0 0
Student Counseling 0 0 19 0
Taxation 0 0 6 0
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 95 0 0
Writing Studies 0 46 0 0
Total 0 10,842 1,986 218

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.

Find Schools Near You

Our free school finder matches students with accredited colleges across the U.S.