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Founded in 1960, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public institution dedicated to providing students with the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate education...


Founded in 1960, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public institution dedicated to providing students with the highest-quality undergraduate and graduate education. A liberal arts education, whether in general arts and sciences or the professional degree programs, has always been at the heart of Grand Valley’s educational mission. Students at Grand Valley learn to think for themselves as they develop the skills of inquiry, reflection, critical analysis, knowledge integration, and dialogue for the benefits of lifelong learning and global citizenship. Grand Valley State University is characterized by and known for its superior student-centered teaching and learning. Grand Valley’s 23,464 students, 19,806 of whom are undergraduates, experience rich learning environments, an average class size of 27, and classes taught by faculty members, not teaching assistants. Professors collaborate with students on advanced research projects, where they gain knowledge and skills that are more commonly associated with graduate-level study. As an investment, Grand Valley degrees are highly respected and valued by employers and graduate schools. Grand Valley’s diverse environment promotes the development of intellect and creativity through teaching, scholarship, service, and a vibrant campus culture.


Allendale, Michigan is home to Grand Valley's main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,237 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered at the university's Pew Campus in Grand Rapids, Meijer Campus in Holland, and through centers at Muskegon and Traverse City established in cooperation with local community colleges.


  • GVSU has been recognized for twelve consecutive years by Educational Research and Evaluation, Inc., as one of “America’s 100 Best College Buys.”

  • Student/faculty ratio: 18:1

  • Nearly 300 clubs, societies, groups, and organizations make it simple to connect with other students who share common interests, academic goals, hobbies, ethnic backgrounds, and religious beliefs.

  • Degrees offered - Certificates, Bachelor's, Master's, Doctoral, Post-Master's, and Postbachelor's Certificates.

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  • The College of Community and Public Services

  • The College of Education

  • The College of Health Professions

  • The College of Interdisciplinary Studies

  • The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

  • The Kirkhof College of Nursing

  • The Padnos College of Engineering and Computing

  • The Seidman College of Business

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