Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University, situated in Allendale, Michigan, is a public university founded in 1960. At present, GVSU has more than 20,000 students and around 750 full-time faculty members. The university is located on 1,237 acres of land and consists of 8 colleges:

  • College of Community and Public Services
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing
  • Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
  • the College of University-wide Interdisciplinary Initiatives
  • The Seidman College of Business

GVSU's mascot is known by the name Louie the Laker. The sports teams of the university participate in men's and women's indoor and outdoor track events, tennis, diving, swimming, golf, football, cross country and basketball. Famous alumni of the university include screenwriter Patrick Sheane Duncan, former NFL Wide Receiver Jeff Chadwick and CEO of Global Forex Trading Gary Tilkin.

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Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale , MI 49401-9403
General Phone: (616) 331-2020

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Grand Valley State Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management810business, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, management science, marketing, taxation
Liberal Arts718Russian studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, English composition, liberal arts and sciences, social services, ...
Education and Teaching599education, educational administration, special ed, school counseling, physical education teaching, reading teaching
Therapy and Counseling352psychology, social psychology, physical therapy
Science308biology, call and molecular biology, anatomical sciences, biostatistics, bioinformatics, biological and biomedical sciences, biological and physical sciences, biopsychology, chemistry, ...
Media291communication studies, journalism, radio and television, advertising, communication and journalism
Family and Social Work286public administration, social work
Nursing and Emergency Medicine225registered nursing
Medicine174pre-med, health professions
Security and Law Enforcement159criminal justice and administration
Photography and Commercial Art100film studies, photography
Computer Science and Engineering88computer and info science, information science
Hospitality84hotel management
Mathematics79mathematics, statistics
Medical Support and Technology71radiation therapist, physician assistant, clinical lab tech
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy52athletic trainer, occupational therapy, recreational therapy
Fine Arts48fine arts studies
Conservation and Resource Management25conservation
Religion and Philosophy21philosophy
Law20legal assistant
Engineering Technician17industrial tech, occupational safety tech
Drama and Performing Arts17dance, drama
Medical Administration11health care administration

Number of programs and degrees for Grand Valley State in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree3,62366
Master's degree97523
Post-master's certificate21
Doctor's degree351

Grand Valley State Student Body

In 2007-2008, Grand Valley State had a total enrollment of 23,464 students (20,954 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 78%
Graduate 22%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 86%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 2%
(Foreign Students) 1%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 2%
18-19 28%
20-21 28%
22-24 20%
25-29 11%
30-34 4%
35-39 3%
40-49 3%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)


Grand Valley State Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 84 %
Part-Time 29 %

Grand Valley State Room and Board (2007)

Grand Valley State offers campus housing for 5,464 of its 20,954 (full-time) students.

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Grand Valley State Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal480600
SAT Math510630
SAT Writing480600
ACT Verbal2126
ACT Math2126
ACT Composite2126

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT4%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT99%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Grand Valley State Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 8,196
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 12,510
Room and board $ 7,224
Room charge $ 5,174
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,050
Books and supplies $ 900
Other expenses $ 2,140

Financial Aid:
Grand Valley State participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 226800)

Grand Valley State Faculty

Grand Valley State has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track154124
Non-tenured and not on tenure track107124

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year9$108,3737$88,308
Associate professorcalendar year7$82,6876$71,769
Assistant professorcalendar year11$72,45811$56,813
Instructorcalendar year0*2*
No academic rankcalendar year1*10$36,490
All faculty totalcalendar year28$86,43336$59,714

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year100$90,39048$81,411
Associate professoracademic year160$68,255126$66,390
Assistant professoracademic year168$54,437129$54,653
Instructoracademic year46$42,67148$41,355
No academic rankacademic year35$40,53157$39,121
All faculty totalacademic year509$63,824408$57,691

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Grand Valley State Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Basketball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3085115

Grand Valley State Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business/Commerce, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer and Information Sciences, General
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Drama And Performing Arts
Dance, General
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Education, General
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, General

Engineering Technician
Industrial Technology/Technician
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician

Family And Social Work
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Economics, General
English Composition
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
International Relations and Affairs
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Political Science and Government, General
Russian Studies
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Radio and Television

Medical Administration
Health/Health Care Administration/Management

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
Physician Assistant

Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies

Music, General

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Athletic Training/Trainer
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Photography And Commercial Art
Film/Cinema Studies

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences, Other
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General
Social Psychology

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