Grand Valley State University: Ranking & Review

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Allendale Rank United States Rank World Rank
1 249 802
Top 5%

Grand Valley State University Acceptance rate and Admissions statistics

Acceptance Rate81%78%83%
Enrolled undergraduates4,1171,5552,557
Enrolled total (including graduate students)25,0499,95315,096

1,786 students enrolled in some distance education courses.

347 enrolled exclusively in distance education.

Male-Female Ratio

Enrollment by race or ethnicity

Admission requirements

Application fee for undergraduates - $30. Application fee for graduates - $30.

Secondary school GPARequired
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of the college-preparatory programRequired
RecommendationsNeither required nor recommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesNeither required nor recommended
Admission test scoresRequired
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither required nor recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required

Typical SAT scores

Number of students submitting SAT scores3,149
Percent of students submitting SAT scores76%
Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

Typical ACT scores

Number of students submitting ACT scores2,219
Percent of students submitting ACT scores54%
ACT Composite
ACT English
ACT Math

Grand Valley State University Tuition

Total cost for students livingIn-stateOut-of-state
On-campus $24,244 $29,314
Off-campus $20,654 $25,724
The total cost includes tuition and fees, books, supplies, on-campus room and board payment of $9,150 and other expenses per full academic year.

Grand Valley State University provides on-campus housing with total dormitory capacity of 6,012 students.

Average Tuition and fees for academic year programs
Tuition for Full-time undergraduates $12,306 $17,376
Fees for full-time undergraduates $0 $0
Per credit hour charge for part-time undergraduates $512 $722
Tuition for Full-time graduates $16,053 $16,053
Fees for full-time graduates $0 $0
Per credit hour charge for part-time graduates $669 $669

Programs and Degrees

ProgramsAssociate's degreeBachelor'sMaster'sDoctoralTotal
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 2 947 144 1,093
Health Professions and Related Programs 770 223 71 1,064
Education 11 125 312 448
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 207 234 441
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 313 21 334
Social Sciences 50 221 271
Psychology 245 22 267
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 2 218 220
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 145 47 192
Visual and Performing Arts 1 183 184
English Language and Literature & Letters 166 8 174
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 165 6 171
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 124 30 154
Engineering 120 21 141
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 106 106
Mathematics and Statistics 103 103
Natural Resources and Conservation 2 75 77
Multi & Interdisciplinary Studies 10 33 43
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 40 40
History 12 27 39
Physical Sciences 37 37
Legal Professions and Studies 26 26
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender, and Group Studies 1 23 24
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 20 20
Philosophy and Religious Studies 8 8
Grand Total914,4471,068715,677

A total of 4,538 2-year associate's and 4-year bachelor's degrees conferred across undergraduate programs at Grand Valley State University.

At the master's and doctor's level 1,139 degrees were conferred in the graduate programs.

Graduation rate65%62%67%
  • Full-time retention rate - 83%
  • Part-time retention rate - 57%

General info

Alternative namesGVSU
Grand Valley State
Grand Valley
MottoEducating students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies
Religious affiliationNot applicable
Mission StatementGrand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship and public service.
Colorsblue, black, white
Academic CalendarSemester
Total FTE staff2,721
Instructional FTE1,347
Sector of institutionPublic, 4-year or above
Control of institutionPublic
Carnegie ClassificationMaster's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs

Location and Contacts

Address1 Campus Dr
Allendale, Michigan, 49401-9403
United States
Urbanization levelSuburb: Large
City population10,000 - 50,000
Fax+1 (616) 331 2000

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