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Grand Valley State University

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Grand Valley State University (commonly referred to as GVSU, GV, or Grand Valley) is a Public Liberal Arts University located in Allendale, Michigan, United States. The university was established in 1960, and its main campus is situated on 1,322 acres (5.35 km2) approximately 12 miles (19 km) west of Grand Rapids.Classes are also offered at the university's growing Pew Campus in Downtown Grand Rapids, Meijer Campus in Holland, and through centers at Muskegon and Traverse City established in cooperation with local community colleges.

GVSU is a comprehensive coeducational university serving more than 25000 students as of fall 2015, from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. It is one of America's 100 largest universities as well as the fifth largest in Michigan in terms of enrollment, and employs more than 2,000 people with about 864 regular full-time faculty and 1,170 support staff. The university currently has alumni residing in all 50 U.S. states, Canada, and 25 countries around the world. For the 2010-2011 academic year, GVSU was recognized as a top producer of Fulbright Scholars for master's institutions by The Chronicle of Higher Education. GVSU has also been noted for its sustainability efforts, ranking as high as 16th in the world for environment-friendly university management by Green Metric World University Ranking in 2011. Grand Valley was named one of America's 100 best college buys for the 19th year in a row

GVSU's NCAA Division II sports teams are called the Lakers. They compete in the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC) in all 19 intercollegiate varsity sports and have won the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics (NACDA) Directors' Cup for NCAA Division II every year from 2004 to 2011 after finishing second in 2002 and 2003.
Highlights of GVSU

    • $272 million in financial aid awarded
    • $78 million of that aid was in the form of scholarships and grant assistance
    • 7,000+ students participating in internships, co-ops, practica, and student teaching
    • 7,500+ employment and internship opportunities listed with GVSU Career Center
    • 750+ employers participating in career events
    • Middle 50% of Fall 14 entering class earned high school GPAs from 3.3–3.8 and ACT scores of 21–26


GVSU Program and College Accreditation

The Higher Learning Commission; Member – North Central Association of Colleges and Schools University-wide accreditation

    • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
               Accounting and Taxation
    • National Association of Schools of Art and Design (NASAD)
                            Art and Design
                            Film and Video Production
    • Accreditation of Athletic Training Education (CAATE)
               Athletic Training
    • Committee on Professional Training of the American Chemical Society (ACS)
    • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS)
               Medical Laboratory Science
    • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)
    • Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology (ABET)
    • Computing Accreditation Commission (CAC) of ABET
               Computer Science
               Information Systems
    • National Association of Schools of Music (NASM)
    • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
    • Accreditation Council of Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE)
               Occupational Therapy
    • American Bar Association
               Legal Studies
    • Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education (CAPTE)
               Physical Therapy

















Location & Facilities

Grand Valley has three campuses: the main campus in Allendale and two satellite campuses in the surrounding area. Smaller centers in Muskegon and Traverse City also exist.

The Interurban Transit Partnership operates several The Rapid bus routes under contract with the university. The public can ride these buses by paying the fare, but rides are free to Grand Valley students, faculty and staff on all Rapid routes with a valid I.D. Card.
















List of Departments / Schools / Faculty / College

  • Seidman College of Business
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Health Professions
  • Seymour & Esther Padnos College of Engineering & Computing
  • College of Community and Public Services
  • College of Education
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing























Courses Offered

  • Accounting (M.S.A.)
  • Accounting (B.B.A., Minor)
  • Advertising and Public Relations (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • African/African American Studies (Minor)
  • Aging and Adult Life (Minor)
  • Allied Health Sciences (B.S.)
  • Anthropology (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Applied Linguistics (Minor)
  • Archaeology (Minor)
  • Art - Studio Art (B.A., B.S., B.F.A.)
  • Art Education (B.A., B.S.)
  • Art History (B.A., Minor)
  • Athletic Training (B.S.)
  • Biology (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Biology (M.S.)
  • Biomedical Sciences (B.S., M.H.S.)
  • Biopsychology (B.A., B.S.)
  • Biostatistics (M.S.)
  • Broadcasting (B.A., B.S.)
  • Business Administration (B.B.A.)
  • Business Administration (M.B.A.)
  • Business Economics (B.B.A.)
  • Business, Full-Time Integrated M.B.A. (FIMBA) (M.B.A.)      
  • Business, General (B.B.A., Minor)
  • Cell and Molecular Biology (B.S., M.S.)
  •   Chemistry (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Chinese Language (Minor)
  • Chinese Studies (B.A.)
  • Classics (Classical Tradition) (Minor)
  • Classics (B.A., Minor)
  • Classics (Greek) (Minor)
  • Classics (Latin) (Minor)
  • Communication Studies (B.A., B.S.)
  • Communications (M.S.)
  • Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching (B.A., B.S.)
  • Computer Information Systems (M.S.)
  • Computer Science (B.S., Minor)
  • Criminal Justice (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Criminal Justice (M.S.)
  • Criminal Justice (Juvenile Justice) (Minor)
  • Dance (B.A., Minor)
  • Diagnostic Medical Sonography (B.S.)
  • Earth Science (B.S., Minor)
  • East Asian Studies (Minor)
  • Economics (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Education (M.Ed.)
  • Education - Educational Leadership (Educational Leadership Emphasis) (M.Ed.)
  • Education - Educational Leadership (Special Education Administration Emphasis) (M.Ed.)
  • Education - Educational Technology (Online Masters Program) (M.Ed.)
  • Health Administration (M.H.A.)
  • Health Care Information Systems (Minor)
  • Health Communication (B.A., B.S.)
  • History (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management (B.S., Minor)
  • Hospitality and Tourism Management - Adventure Tourism (Minor)
  • Information Security Systems (Minor)
  • Information Systems (B.S., Minor)
  • Information Technology (Minor)
  • Integrated Science (B.S.)
  • International Business (B.B.A., Minor)
  • International Relations (B.A., Minor)
  • Journalism (B.A., B.S.)
  • Latin American Studies (Minor)
  • Legal Studies (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer Studies (Minor)
  • Liberal Studies (B.A., B.S.)
  • Management (B.B.A., Minor)
  • Marketing (B.B.A.)
  • Mathematical Statistics (Minor)
  • Mathematics (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Medical and Bioinformatics (M.S.)
  • Medical Laboratory Science (B.S.)
  • Middle East Studies (Minor)
  • Modern Languages and Literatures
  • Music (B.A., B.M., Minor)
  • Music Education (B.M.E.)
  • Natural Resources Management (B.S., Minor)
  • Nonprofit Administration (Minor)
  • Nursing (B.S.N.)
  • Nursing (D.N.P.)
  • Nursing (M.S.N.)
  • Nursing (R.N. to B.S.N.) (B.S.N.)
  • Occupational Safety and Health Management (B.S., Minor)
  • Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
  • Philosophy (B.A., Minor)
  • Photography (B.A., B.S.)
  • Physical Education (B.S., Minor)
  • Physical Education (School Health Education) (Minor)
  • Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
  • Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
  • Physics (B.S., Minor)
  • Political Science (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Preprofessional Studies (Predental)
  • Preprofessional Studies (Prelaw)
  • Preprofessional Studies (Premedical)
  • Preprofessional Studies (Prepharmacy)
  • Preprofessional Studies (Preveterinary Medicine) (M.S.)
  • Psychology (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Public Administration (M.P.A.)
  • Public and Nonprofit Administration (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Public Health (M.P.H.)
  • Radiation Therapy (B.S.)
  • Radiologic and Imaging Sciences (B.S.)
  • Religious Studies (B.A., B.S.)
  • Russian (Minor)
  • Russian Studies (Minor)
  • School Psychology (M.S.)
  • Social Studies (B.A., B.S.)
  • Social Work (B.S.W.)
  • Social Work (M.S.W.)
  • Sociology (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Spanish (B.A., Minor)
  • Speech-Language Pathology (M.S.)
  • Statistics (B.A., B.S.)
  • Statistics (Applied Statistics) (Minor)
  • Supply Chain Management (B.B.A.)
  • Taxation (M.S.T.)
  • Theatre (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Therapeutic Recreation (B.S.)
  • Women and Gender Studies (B.A., B.S., Minor)
  • Writing (B.A., Minor)


















Scholarships are a great resource to help reduce your reliance on student loans. Grand Valley has a wide variety of scholarships available to new and returning students. To begin your scholarship search select one of the options listed below or contact the Financial Aid Office at


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  • GVSU Department & Endowed Scholarships

  • Outside Scholarships and National Awards


















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