#6 Best Public Universities in Michigan

Grand Valley State University

Allendale, Michigan

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Grand Valley State University overview
Location Allendale, Michigan
Online gvsu.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large Suburban
Grand Valley State University overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Grand Valley State University, located in Allendale, Michigan, offers a suburban campus experience within close proximity to the urban centers of Grand Rapids and the shores of Lake Michigan. Established in 1960, this public university has expanded to include a comprehensive range of undergraduate and graduate programs, with notable emphasis on health sciences, business, and education. The university's academic environment is characterized by moderate selectivity in admissions. Grand Valley State University's facilities support on-campus living with a variety of housing options, aiming to accommodate a significant portion of its student body. While the Lakers' intercollegiate athletics are Division II, competing in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, the university particularly excels in football and women's soccer. The campus architecture blends modern and traditional elements, contributing to a cohesive aesthetic throughout its grounds.

In the most recent statistical year 17,123 prospective students applied, and 15,474 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 3,875 enrolled in the school.  18,066 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 3,582 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $13,952 plus fees of $0. GVSU is ranked 583 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












GVSU is rated within the top 50% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 6 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Grand Valley State University overview
SAT 960/1210
ACT 21/27
GPA 3.65

Applications Accepted

Grand Valley State University overview
Applications Due May 1, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $30

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Annual Cost to Attend

Michigan Resident Tuition

In State Costs for Grand Valley State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$756
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,140
Budget for Other Expenses$2,349
Total One Year Cost$27,197

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for Grand Valley State University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$756
Other Fees$0
Room and Board $10,140
Budget for Other Expenses$2,349
Total One Year Cost$33,101

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$44,600 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

63% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Grand Valley State University students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 23%
Health Professions 16%
Psychology 9%
Communication 7%
Social Sciences 7%

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