Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley State University

About Us

Grand Valley State University is a public institution that was founded in 1960. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 21,317, its setting is suburban, and the campus size is 1,339 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Grand Valley State University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (Midwest), 30. Its in-state tuition and fees are $10,454 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $15,114 (2013-14). Located just outside of the Grand Rapids area, Michigan’s second-largest metropolitan region, is Grand Valley State University. Although it is one of America’s 100 largest universities in terms of enrollment, Grand Valley strives to make a liberal education its foundation for all of its academic programs. Freshmen are exposed to more than 300 student organizations during an event called “Campus Life Night,” which allows students to explore the many options for extracurricular activities. About 5 percent of the undergraduate community participates in Greek life, and there are more than 20 chapters to choose from. While it is not required, the university recommends that all first year students live on campus to more easily become involved in campus life. The Grand Valley State Lakers are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II. The athletic prowess of the university is unheralded, and the school has won the Director’s Cup seven times in its history as the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation. Grand Valley State University has made it a priority to become more environmentally sustainable and has begun providing eco-friendly graduation gowns to its students. The size and location of the university allows students to enjoy both an urban and rural lifestyle. Lake Michigan, located just 20 minutes from Grand Rapids, is a popular summer destination for students. Downtown Grand Rapids, 12 miles east of the campus, offers a multitude of restaurants, clubs, and bars. Notable alumni of the university include Greg Colton, writer and director of the animated series Family Guy, and Tommy Remengesau, former president of the Republic of Palau.