Chances of getting into Grand Valley State University

Acceptance Rate

Acceptance Rate
82.8%
Admission Difficulty for Grand Valley State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission StandardsChallenging
Applicant CompetitionVery Low

How hard is it to get into GVSU and can I get accepted? The school has a 83% acceptance rate ranking it #41 in Michigan for lowest rate of acceptance. Last year, 14,178 out of 17,133 applicants were admitted making Grand Valley State University an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance assuming you meet the requirements.  Academically, it has challenging requirements for admission test scores, generally admitting students who score in the top 47 percent. Grand Valley State University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students. Only 30% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school. Most incoming freshmen graduated in the top half of their high school class.

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GVSU SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range
1050-1240
Applicants Submitting SAT
89%
SAT Scores for Grand Valley State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 530
SAT Math 25th 520
SAT Composite 25th 1050
SAT Scores for Grand Valley State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 630
SAT Math 75th 610
SAT Composite 75th 1240
Average SAT Score 1150

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What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Grand Valley State University?

Grand Valley State University typically requires applicants to be in the top 51 percent of SAT test takers. The school consistently takes SAT composite scores down to 1050 on a 1600 scale, below which admission should be considered a reach. We estimate some students could be accepted with SAT's as low as 950. The estimated average SAT composite for admitted freshman is 1150 out of 1600. The school ranks #12 in Michigan for highest average SAT composite score. A competitive SAT score is critical as 89 percent of applicants submit SAT scores to the school. Note: SAT scores presented on this page have been adjusted upwards per the College Board's concordance tables for test takers after March 2016.

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Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

Grand Valley State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness Admission Chances
1240 and Above Good >89%
1145 to 1240 Avg + 83%-89%
1050 to 1145 Avg - 74%-83%
955 to 1050 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 955 Low <63%
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GVSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range
21-27 
Applicants Submitting ACT
38%
ACT Scores for Grand Valley State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 20
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Grand Valley State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 27
ACT Math 75th 26
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into GVSU?

Admission data indicates that GVSU regularly accepts students with ACT's of 21 and above. Successful applicants typically send ACT scores in the top 43 percent nationally. We estimate the school accepting minimum ACT composite scores around 18 in some instances. Prospective students submitting an ACT composite of 24 or higher should be in the upper half of applicants - and students with a 27 and above have very competitive chances. The school ranks #13 in Michigan for highest average ACT composite score. 38 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Grand Valley State University.

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Grand Valley State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness Admission Chances
27 and Above Good >89%
24 to 27 Avg + 83%-89%
21 to 24 Avg - 74%-83%
18 to 21 Reach 63%-74%
Less than 18 Low <63%
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Estimated GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA
3.52
Typical High School Grades
B+

You will need very good grades in high school to get into Grand Valley State University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Grand Valley State University was 3.52 on the 4.0 scale indicating that primarily B+ students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #8 in Michigan for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.52 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as GVSU accepts 83% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Grand Valley State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness
3.75+ 31% Good
3.50 to 3.75 22% Avg +
3.25 to 3.50 13% Avg -
3.00 to 3.25 16% Avg -
2.75 to 3.00 6% Reach
2.50 to 2.75 N/A% Reach
2.25 to 2.50 N/A% Reach
2.00 to 2.25 N/A% Reach

High School Class Rank

86% of Grand Valley State University freshman were in the top half of their high school graduating class.

High School Class Rank for admitted Grand Valley State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 18%
Top 25% of class 50%
Top 50% of class 86%
Bottom 50% of class 14%
Bottom 25% of class 17%

Admission Statistics

Grand Valley State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 10,805 6,315 17,133
Accepted 9,105 5,067 14,178
Acceptance Rate 84% 80% 83%
Enrolled 2,709 1,600 4,311
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 30% 32% 30%

Fall 2020 Application Deadline

Applications were Due
May 1, 2020
Days left to Apply
None

The application deadline for Fall 2020 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2020.

Admission Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Grand Valley State University and what considerations affect admission decisions?

Grand Valley State University Admission Requirements
Test Scores Required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Neither required nor recommended
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Grand Valley State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=170082 IPEDS survey data for Grand Valley State University.

Frequently Asked Questions

89% of students submit their SAT scores to GVSU. 38% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

83% of those who apply are granted admission to GVSU. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1050 and 1240. 89% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 38% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.

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