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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:  25,325 (21,972 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 & 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 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty1,107612
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-251
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 year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,000$1,000$800$700-12.5%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$8,300$8,466$8,700$8,360-3.9%
Off Campus
Room and board$8,300$8,466$8,700$6,400-26.4%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$21,708$22,170$22,112$22,2630.7%
Off Campus$21,708$22,170$22,112$20,303-8.2%
Off Campus with Family$15,958$16,304$14,612$13,903-4.9%
On Campus$26,198$26,830$26,768$26,9440.7%
Off Campus$26,198$26,830$26,768$24,984-6.7%
Off Campus with Family$20,448$20,964$19,268$18,584-3.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
In-state tuition$14,612
In-state fees$0
Out-of-state tuition$19,331
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, 2014-2015
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 aid13,62287%————
Grant or scholarship aid2,94170%$17,855,507$6,071
Federal grants1,26030%$5,573,563$4,423
Pell grants1,26030%$5,327,100$4,228
Other federal grants51012%$246,463$483
State/local government grant or scholarships74118%$484,936$654
Institutional grants or scholarships2,86168%$11,797,008$4,123
Student loan aid2,70765%$17,343,061$6,407
Federal student loans2,67264%$15,430,644$5,775
Other student loans1834%$1,912,417$10,450
  • 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 aid114,00165%$73,323,630$5,237
Pell grants7,50435%$29,180,634$3,889
Federal student loans13,65263%$93,966,946$6,883
  • 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$15,412$16,108$15,752
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 Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$10,907$11,530$11,149
$30,001 – $48,000$12,254$12,468$12,020
$48,001 – $75,000$15,559$15,856$15,286
$75,001 – $110,000$18,870$19,172$19,044
$110,001 and more$20,330$20,588$20,494
  • 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 2015
Total enrollment25,325
Undergraduate enrollment21,972
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,784
Graduate enrollment3,353
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 88%
Part-time: 12%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 41%
Female: 59%
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: 91%
25 and over: 9%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 92%
Out-of-state: 8%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 42%
Part-time: 58%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 96%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 7%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 87%
Undergraduate application fee (2015-2016): $30
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants16,9896,45310,534
Percent admitted81%78%83%
Percent admitted who enrolled30%31%29%
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 2015 (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 Reading450580
SAT Math510630
ACT Composite2126
ACT English2126
ACT Math2026
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: 84%
Part-time students: 48%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
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, 69 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
Transfer-out rate: 11%
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 2007]
4-year: 33%
6-year: 70%
8-year: 72%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 37%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
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: 65%
Female: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 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: 58%
Asian: 56%
Black or African American: 57%
Hispanic/Latino: 52%
White: 68%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 48%
Non-resident alien: 82%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
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 Studies1----
Women's Studies11----
Category total16----
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other----4
Biology/Biological Sciences, General11317---
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology15----
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other-10---
Category total12845--4
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business/Commerce, General2557---
Business/Managerial Economics27----
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies0----
Finance, General137----
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management131----
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General0----
International Business/Trade/Commerce16----
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management40----
Management Science153----
Marketing/Marketing Management, General162----
Category total816120--0
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other35----
Radio and Television35----
Speech Communication and Rhetoric9116---
Category total29516---
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General5828--4
Information Science/Studies39---3
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design----0
Category total9728--7
Art Teacher Education10----
Computer Teacher Education52----
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-13---
Curriculum and Instruction-70---
Education, General092---
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-69--10
Educational/Instructional Technology-10d---
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration-46---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching263----
Reading Teacher Education-8---
Special Education and Teaching, General051---
Category total325359d--10
Computer Engineering, General7----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering10----
Engineering, General1812---
Manufacturing Engineering6----
Mechanical Engineering20----
Category total6112---
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Energy Management and Systems Technology/Technician----1
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician23----
Category total23---1
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General1384---
Writing, General43----
Category total1814---
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General9----
French Language and Literature7----
German Language and Literature3----
Spanish Language and Literature39----
Category total58----
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer24----
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist19----
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer and Ultrasound Technician52----
Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other212----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-20---
Occupational Therapy/Therapist-44---
Physical Therapy/Therapist--46--
Physician Assistant-45---
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies2303---
Public Health, General-15---
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse211418--
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-56---
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy29----
Category total77718764--
History, General53----
Category total53----
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration1445---
Category total1445---
Legal Professions and Studies
Legal Assistant/Paralegal26----
Category total26----
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies116----
Category total116----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General85----
Statistics, General28----
Category total113----
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences31----
Intercultural/Multicultural and Diversity Studies---11-
Category total41--11-
Natural Resources and Conservation
Natural Resources/Conservation, General64----
Category total64----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General---2-
Category total---2-
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Religion/Religious Studies, Other3----
Category total19----
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General32----
Environmental Chemistry---1-
Geology/Earth Science, General15----
Physics, General7----
Category total54--1-
Psychology, General285----
Social Psychology0----
Category total285----
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration6876--1
Social Work118152---
Category total186228--1
Social Sciences
Economics, General19----
Geographic Information Science and Cartography---12-
International Relations and Affairs28----
Political Science and Government, General41----
Social Sciences, General72----
Category total231--18-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation2----
Dance, General9----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General11----
Film/Cinema/Video Studies70----
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other62----
Music Pedagogy---1-
Music, General45----
Category total215--1-
Grand total4,3241,004643323
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
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 344
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 35
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 22
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 2
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: $17,705
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $12,968
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $3,740
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 90%
Part-time students: 29%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division II (with football) MenWomen
All Track Combined198175
Swimming and Diving3227
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
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Dietetics (DIET) - Coordinated Program in Dietetics6/13/2016 -  Pre-Accredited
American Physical Therapy Association, Commission on Accreditation in Physical Therapy Education
Physical Therapy (PT) - Professional programs for the physical therapist5/16/1986 -  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
Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
Radiologic Technology (RADTT) - Programs for radiation therapists4/22/2005 -  Accredited
Medical Dosimetry (MD) - Programs for medical dosimetrists4/8/2016 -  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
Agency / Program / DepartmentPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Professional Psychology (IPSY) - Predoctoral internship programs1/13/1993 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations596067
Liquor law violations182134200
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations363339
Liquor law violations11399149
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible94
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault211
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible84
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault110
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.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • 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 Year201320122011
Default rate3.3%3.9%5.1%
Number in default205229258
Number in repayment6,0805,8205,057
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)