Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Allentown, Michigan, Grand Valley State University is a 4-year public university. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus ranking, tuition and admission information.

Is Grand Valley State University the School for You?

In 1960, Grand Valley State University was founded in Allendale, Michigan, 14 miles from Grand Rapids. The school now has two other campus locations in Grand Rapids and in Holland, Michigan, and centers have been set up in conjunction with local community colleges in Muskegon and Traverse City. Today, student enrollment exceeds 24,000 at this public university. There are 82 undergraduate and 30 graduate degrees available in over 200 areas of study at GVSU.


  • GVSU's acceptance rate is 18 percentage points higher than the national average
  • A high number of academic programs (more than 200) are available
  • Total cost (including school and living expenses) for out-of-state students is $4,193 lower than the national average for 4-year public schools


  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1, which is slightly higher than the national average
  • Total cost (including all school and living expenses) for in-state students is $4,060 higher than the national average for 4-year public schools
  • Average student indebtedness upon graduation from GVSU is $2,068 more than the national average
  • Graduation rates are 10 percentage points lower than the national average

Rankings and School Analysis

U.S. News & World Report ranked GVSU 35th on its list of regional universities in the Midwest. In fields such as athletic training, physical therapy, undergraduate engineering and graduate-level nursing, Grand Valley State graduates boast 100% pass rates on their licensure exam - substantially better than the national norms. Students in other fields also have higher-than-average pass rates. Only faculty members teach courses at GVSU, and 25.7% of the classes have fewer than 20 students. GVSU was ranked 10th of all schools in the United Sates for its participation in study abroad programs by the Institute of International Education.

At Grand Valley State, you'll have access to approximately 200 programs of study. The Frederik Meijer Honors College might also be an option once you are accepted to GVSU if you enter with a 3.5+ high school GPA and a 28 or better on your ACT.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Grand Valley State University

Applying to Grand Valley State University will require a $30 application fee along with high school transcripts, a completed application and results of either the ACT or SAT. Applications can be completed online or on paper. A campus visit is encouraged. Grand Valley State University offers a variety of financial aid options, including student and parent loans, student employment, scholarships and grants. Students need to submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) at the beginning of the calendar year for priority consideration. Financial aid may come from the federal or state government, the school, or private donors.

Application and Tuition Information
Regular Admission Application Deadline (2012-13) N/A-rolling admissions, but no later than 30 days prior to registration*
Priority Financial Aid Application Deadline (2012-2013) March 1*
Notification of Acceptance (2012-2013) Typically within three weeks after application*
Application Fee (2012) $30*
Acceptance Rate (2011-2012) 83%***
Tuition and Fees (2011-2012) In-state $9,716; Out-of-state $14,030***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 3.10%***
Average Student Debt at Graduation (2012) $28,728**

Life at Grand Valley State University

GVSU has many extracurricular activities available and athletic teams for men and women. The school is at the Division II level in the NCAA, and has won the Director's Cup for being the best Division II athletic program in the nation in recent years. Intramural teams are also available, as are fraternities and sororities. There are many campus based housing options available for you, although only 27% of all undergraduates reside in university housing.

Student Life Info
Campus setting Large town***
Student Population (2011) 21,236 undergraduates, 3,426 graduate students***
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2012) 42% to 58%***
% of in-State Students (Fall 2011) 95%***
Campus Housing Available Yes
% of Students living on campus (2012) 84% first year****
Student Organizations (2012) Over 350
Noteworthy (2012) One of the top 50 Midwest regional universities**

Sources: *Grand Valley State University, **U.S. News, ***National Center for Education Statistics (NCES), ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Campus Dr., Allendale, MI 49401
  • Phone Number: (616) 331-2025