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IPEDS ID: 170082
OPE ID: 00226800
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Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr, Allendale, Michigan 49401-9403
General information:  (616) 331-2020
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  25,094 (21,636 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  17 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Athletic Graduation
Mission Statement
  Grand Valley State University educates students to shape their lives, their professions and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship and public service.
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty1,084610
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-246
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$1,000$800-20.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,150$8,300$8,466$8,200-3.1%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,150$8,300$8,466$6,400-24.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$21,438$21,960$22,432$21,562-3.9%
Off Campus$21,438$21,960$22,432$19,262-14.1%
Off Campus with Family$15,788$16,210$16,566$13,362-19.3%
On Campus$25,759$26,462$27,104$26,218-3.3%
Off Campus$25,759$26,462$27,104$23,918-11.8%
Off Campus with Family$20,109$20,712$21,238$18,018-15.2%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$14,154
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$18,832
Out-of-state fees$0
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid13,52787%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,91172%$16,972,330$5,830
Federal grants1,32233%$5,644,464$4,270
Pell grants1,29732%$5,331,365$4,111
Other federal grants84821%$313,099$369
State/local government grant or scholarships88322%$538,986$610
Institutional grants or scholarships2,83570%$10,788,880$3,806
Student loan aid2,61764%$17,078,585$6,526
Federal student loans2,58164%$15,151,961$5,871
Other student loans1824%$1,926,624$10,586
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid113,88765%$70,696,139$5,091
Pell grants7,69136%$29,608,882$3,850
Federal student loans13,42663%$93,485,008$6,963
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$15,632$15,664$16,370
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$11,410$11,159$11,792
$30,001 – $48,000$12,540$12,506$12,730
$48,001 – $75,000$15,721$15,811$16,118
$75,001 – $110,000$19,018$19,122$19,434
$110,001 and more$19,947$20,582$20,850
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment25,094
Undergraduate enrollment21,636
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,704
Graduate enrollment3,458
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 5%
Hispanic/Latino: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 83%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 1%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 90%
25 and over: 10%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 92%
Out-of-state: 8%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 40%
Part-time: 60%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 3%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 97%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 5%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 88%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants16,8866,67310,211
Percent admitted80%78%82%
Percent admitted who enrolled31%33%30%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading450590
SAT Math490615
SAT Writing460590
ACT Composite2126
ACT English2127
ACT Math2026
ACT Writing78
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 83%
Part-time students: 33%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 70 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 65%
Transfer-out rate: 13%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 31%
6-year: 66%
8-year: 69%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 31%
6-year: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 62%
Female: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 45%
Asian: 63%
Black or African American: 57%
Hispanic/Latino: 56%
White: 66%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 67%
Non-resident alien: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
Chinese Studies4----
Russian Studies2----
Women's Studies8----
Category total14----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other----4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General975---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology21----
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other-13---
Category total11836--4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General784---
Business/Managerial Economics20----
Finance, General135----
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management124----
International Business/Trade/Commerce22----
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management22----
Management Science147----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General151----
Category total769130--0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other41----
Radio and Television35----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric7517---
Category total28917---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General5128--10
Information Science/Studies49---3
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design----0
Category total10028--13
Art Teacher Education4----
Computer Teacher Education58----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-12---
Curriculum and Instruction-53---
Education, General1120---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-85--17
Educational/Instructional Technology-8d---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-53---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching285----
Reading Teacher Education-10---
Special Education and Teaching, General048---
Category total348389d--17
Computer Engineering, General3----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering5----
Engineering, General4011---
Manufacturing Engineering6----
Mechanical Engineering14----
Category total6811---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician21----
Category total21----
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General14610---
Writing, General32----
Category total17810---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General6----
French Language and Literature10----
German Language and Literature9----
Spanish Language and Literature36----
Category total61----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer20----
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist16----
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician53----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other233----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-11---
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-37---
Physical Therapy/Therapist--48--
Physician Assistant-40---
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies2246---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse13052--
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy43----
Category total7199950--
History, General47----
Category total47----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration1663---
Category total1663---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal27----
Category total27----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies93----
Category total93----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General92----
Statistics, General22----
Category total114----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences39----
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies---6-
Category total43--6-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resources/Conservation, General47----
Category total47----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General---3-
Category total---3-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies, Other2----
Category total17----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General30----
Environmental Chemistry---3-
Geology/Earth Science, General18----
Physics, General10----
Category total58--3-
Psychology, General258----
Social Psychology5----
Category total263----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration6171--1
Social Work131168---
Category total192239--1
Social Sciences
Economics, General15----
Geographic Information Science and Cartography---18-
International Relations and Affairs41----
Political Science and Government, General50----
Social Sciences, General84----
Category total271--24-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation10----
Dance, General2----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General7----
Film/Cinema/Video Studies79----
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other71----
Music, General44----
Category total236----
Grand total4,259962503635
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 347
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 32
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 32
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 3
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $16,269
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $11,463
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,395
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $3,083
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined225180
Swimming and Diving3337
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1968 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/16/1986 -  Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs1/13/1993 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs7/1/2013 -  Pre-Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels4/20/2002 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels4/20/2002 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1978 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1979 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1988 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations635960
Liquor law violations165182134
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession200
Drug law violations383633
Liquor law violations9911399
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible294
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault021
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible284
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault011
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate3.9%5.1%4.8%
Number in default229258222
Number in repayment5,8205,0574,557
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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