Grand Valley State University - [GVSU], Michigan, Allendale

    Allendale, MichiganLocation
    UniversitySchool type
    Estd 1960established year

    Grand Valley State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts University spread in about 1322 acres of land and was established in 1960. The University is located in Allendale, Michigan. It offers admission to students into about 140 graduate as well as undergraduate courses and is a renowned name in the US Education System. The most popular courses at Grand Valley State University are business, health, and engineering.

    The university is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission of the U.S. Department of Education and is one the coveted choices for studying in the USA.The student to teachers ratio at the University is 16:1 which provides a great studying environment to the students. The institute provides financial aid to about 90% of the students. The average class size at the University is 26 with a student retention rate of 84%.

    It is one of the top 100 universities in America in terms of Enrolment but it still strives to make liberal education the base to all academic programs. The total enrollment of the university was 24,033 students in the year 2019-20 with students from all states of America and 79 different countries across the globe. Admissions at Grand Valley State University are available in 4 intakes of Fall, Summer, Spring and Winter and observes an acceptance rate of 81%.

    Grand Valley State University Rankings

    The Rankings for Grand Valley State University are:

    Ranking Agencies Ranks
    The QS Ranking (2021) Not Marked
    CWUR(2021) Not Marked
    Times Higher Education >600
    US News Ranking (2021) 28 (Regional University, Mid-West)
    Webometrics (2020) 271
    • #20 Best college for veterans
    • #21 Best Value Schools
    • #8 Most Innovative Schools
    • #58 Top Performers on Social Mobility
    • #3 Top Public School
    • #60 Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs

    Grand Valley State University Highlights

    Type Public
    Campus Setting Suburban
    Location Allendale, Michigan
    Endowment 133 million USD (2019)
    Cost of Attendance In State-24948 USD
    Out of State- 30226 USD.
    Campus Housing Capacity The campus has various types of housing styles available including gender inclusive housing, Living Learning Communities. Off campus housing is also available.
    Application Accepted Online and Offline.
    Application fee $30 ( Non-Refundable )
    Financial Aid Loans, Grants, Scholarships.
    Admission Helpdesk Admissions Office
    300 Student Services Building
    1 Campus Drive
    Allendale, Michigan 49401

    Grand Valley State University Campus 

    • Grand Valley State University has a total of 7 campuses. The main campus of the University is located in Allendale Michigan and was established in 1960. The campus is spread in about 15.5km² of land.
    • The academic facilities on the Main Campus of Grand Valley include 122 classrooms, 144 research laboratories, 20 lab prep rooms, 21 computer labs, and the Mary Idema Pew Library Learning and Information Center.
    • The main campus also has a residence facility. It has about 6400 beds in different styles such as traditional style, suite style, apartment styles among others.
    • There are two campuses located in the Grand Rapids including the Graduate School and the Health Campus.
    • The University has its International branch located in Holland and is named Meijer Campus.
    • The other campuses of the University include Detroit Center of SouthEast Michigan, Muskegon Regional Center and Traverse City Regional Center.

    Grand Valley State University Accommodation

    • Grand Valley State University has on campus residence as well as off campus residence facilities.
    • The on-campus residence offers the students a chance to make connections, find opportunities and gain experience.
    • The Allendale and Grand Rapids branches of the University have really good residence facilities available.
    • There are numerous options for residence at the University including traditional style, cluster style, suite style and apartment styles, among others.
    • There are many apartments available in the Allendale campus namely the Grand Valley Apartments, Laker Village Apartments, Murray & Vansteeland Apartments, Niemyer, Off campus housing, family housing and more.
    • The Grand Rapids also has 2 residence facilities including the winter hall, Secchia Hall.
    • The on-campus residents also enjoy various facilities like sport clubs and other social involvements.

    Grand Valley State University Programs

    • Grand Valley State University offers courses including about 236 Undergraduate and Graduate programs in different fields.
    • There are a total of around 120 undergraduate programs in the fields of Business, Management, Marketing, Communication, Journalism, psychology, fitness, Health Professions and related services and more.
    • The University offers about 50 graduate programs in the fields of communication, cyber security, accounting and English, among others.
    • The University also offers combined degree programs in computer science, engineering, accounting and more.
    Programs Fees per Annum
    Bachelors of Business Administration $18884-$19492
    M.S. Applied Computer Science $18884-$19492
    Sports Management B.S. $18884-$19492
    Electrical Engineer B.S.E $18884-$19492
    M.S. Applied Statistics $18884-$19492
    Masters of Public Administration $18884-$19492
    Electrical Engineer M.S.E $18884-$19492

    Grand Valley State University Application Process

    Seeking admission at the Grand Valley State University is not really a hard nut to crack. Here are some points you have to keep in mind before applying for the admission.

    How to apply?

    Application Portal: Students need to apply via the international application or can apply via the paper application.

    Application Fee: 30 USD

    Basic Admission Requirements:

    • All the original academic records of any secondary school or university previously attended.
    • TOEFL, IELTS and PTE scores.
    • ACT or SAT scores
    Test Score
    ACT 21 to 27
    SAT 1050 to 1240
    • An essay answering “How your personal experience and cultural heritage has helped you become the person you are today and how those experiences will impact the Grand Valley State University?”
    • Letter of Recommendation.
    • Interviews may be taken.
    • Scores of Standardized exams to study in the USA
    • Personal Statement
    • Statement of Financial Support (showing Bank statement of minimum balance 28,500 USD for undergraduate and 22,500 USD for graduate)

    English scores including

    English Proficiency Test Required score
    IELTS 6.5
    TOEFL 80
    PTE 53
    MELAB 77

    Application Deadlines

    The application deadline for Undergraduate and Graduate courses are different. If you want to apply for Grand Valley State University you must keep two date into your consideration:

    Undergraduate admissions

    Term Deadline
    Fall February 1, 2021
    Winter September 10, 2020
    Spring February 1, 2021
    Summer May 1, 2021

    Graduate admissions

    Term Deadline
    Fall February 1, 2021
    Winter September 10, 2020
    Spring February 1, 2021
    Summer May 1, 2021

    Note that due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, the admission process might be delayed by a few days.

    Grand Valley State University Cost of Attendance

    The estimated fee of the college is decided by the tuition fees and other fees that includes books, room charge and more.

    The total fee is about 24,948 USD without any financial aid out of which the tuition fee is 12,484 USD and the other fee is 12,464 USD. The average fee is 16,975 USD with financial aid.

    The The estimated budget to study in the US comprising the cost of living for international graduate and undergraduate students is mentioned-below in the table:

    Category Cost (in USD)
    Undergraduate Tuition and fees 18,000 USD
    Graduate Tuition and fees 12,900 USD
    Rooms and boards 10,000 USD
    Food 3,542
    Books and Supplies 728
    Personal Expenses 2,616
    Transportation Costs 1,360

    Grand Valley State University Placement

    The Grand Valley State University provides great graduate employment opportunity. Around 75% gets placed at a full-time job after their graduation and the rest chooses to study further, and around 7% of the graduates are into part-time jobs.

    GVSU provides several career fairs, Resume Reviews, Virtual and Computing Interviews, Teacher Education Fair, and several internship opportunities for the graduates.

    The institution boasts that around 57% students receive jobs before graduating, 33% receives an offer within 3 months of graduation, and around 8% students receive jobs within 3-6 months of graduation.

    When the median salary of Alumni is compared at the institution by jobs, we see that the highest paying jobs for a graduate of Grand Valley State University are $58000 annually. Whereas, when we compare the median salary of graduates in terms of degrees, we see that the Bachelors of Arts and Science pays the highest average at $63000 and $ 54000 respectively.

    The overall average salary of a graduate is $59371. Mentioned below is the College Salary report according to the Pay-Scale:

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    Career Median Salary
    Early Career $49900
    Mid-Career $86600
    College Salary Report Rank 888th

    According to the Pay-Scale, around 44.2% graduates starts an early career, 26.4% are in their mid-career, and 17.4%, 6.8%, 5.1% are in Experienced, Late Career, and Entry Level respectively.

    Mentioned below are the top hiring companies from Grand Valley State University and the average salary range paid by them:

    Company Average Salary
    Spectrum Health $39k-$98k
    Perrigo Company $56k-$129k
    National Heritage Academy $42k-$69k
    Meijer, Inc. $49k-$128k
    Steelcase, Inc. $75k-$108k

    Grand Valley State University Scholarships

    • In Grand Valley State University, almost 90% of students receive some type of financial aid services. International students are offered scholarships to afford the study in the USA.
    • There are numerous forms of Financial Aids including scholarships, loans, grants and others.
    • The grants offered are based on the academic accomplishments of the students.
    • Some awards offered at the University include:

    International Merit Award

    • For graduate and undergraduate students
    • Award worth 5,000 USD
    • Offered to all students with outstanding academic performance
    • Award based on academic credentials, personal statement, and extracurricular activities.
    • Deadline- May 1

    Presidential scholarship

    • Annual award of range 4,000 USD to 7,000 USD
    • GPA of 3.8 or higher and ACT score of 32 or SAT score of 1430
    • Must participate in a Scholarship competition held in December and January.
    • Renewable for three year.
    • Some of the Scholarship programs include:
      • Go Clean Scholarship which offers a 3555 USD aid.
      • Ritchie-Jennings Scholarship offers an aid of 10120 USD.
      • Inlaks Scholarship offers an aid of 10120 USD.

    Work while studying

    In Grand Valley State University all departments and the community create part-time and summer employment opportunities for students. Grand Valley has a database known as Handshake for job-seeking students. Students can work up to 10 to 15 hours per week which can help in financing their education and developing their career skills.

    Highly qualified graduate students of grand valley can be considered for Graduate Assistantships which can help them with their financial need and skills. There are numerous opportunities for Off-campus employment since University is located in a suburban area.

    Grand Valley State University Alumni Network

    Grand Valley State University has alumni in sports, art, media, politics and others.

    Notable Alumni include:

    • Brain Calley.
    • Brandon Carr.
    • Jeff Chadwick.
    • The Crane Wives.
    • Paul Cranmer.
    • Frank Foster.
    • Mike Gravier.
    • Matt Judon.
    • Kevin Lee.
    • Charles Johnson.
    • John Keating.

    The university offers many special services to the alumnus which include career services and access to many different facilities.

    $18,0001st YEAR

    4 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

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    Course Duration

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    May 01

    Application Deadline

    $21,3601st YEAR

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    Jul 01

    Application Deadline

    $12,9001st YEAR

    2 years

    Course Duration

    May 01

    Application Deadline

    Grand Valley State University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $18,000 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    2 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score11401050123076
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing575530620-
    ACT Check Detailed Score24212654

    Grand Valley State University Acceptance Rate

    80.9 %

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    Grand Valley State University enrollment

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    Attendance Cost


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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $18,000 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $12,900 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $700 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $9,150 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $2,400 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $5,560 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $2,400 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $1,846 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $2,400 / Year

    Top Accreditations [Institutional & Program Wise]

    Institutional accreditations
    North Central Association of Colleges and Schools
    Program wise accreditation
    Arts Programs
    National Association of Schools of Art and Design
    Medicine Programs
    Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology
    Music Programs
    National Association of Schools of Music


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    Academy Ranking of World Universities

    Ranked #301 - #400

    Education (International)

    College Rating

    Based on 5 Students Rating

    8.5 out of 10
    9.4/10Social Life


    8.5 /10

    I am a humanities student and interested in studying further but specifically in psychology after so much search I filled the application form of the college from the official website and paid $30 for the application form as there was not so much hectic in filling the form.

    Course Curriculum :

    I have learned a lot in my course up till now. It helps me improve in every aspect of my life as it not limited to the subject syllabus only.

    8 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    8 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    9 /10 extracurricular
    8.8 /10

    I loved the small town atmosphere of GVSU. It is only a few hours away from home and it had everything I needed. I had no issue applying or getting accepted. The extracurricular activities were also exactly what I was looking for. I wanted to volunteer and be in marching band. GVSU was becoming more and more popular the whole time I was in high school and, I will not lie, I did not know it existed beforehand. I owe a lot to friends that graduated before me.

    Course Curriculum :

    Compared to many people, I did not mind the Course Curriculum. While I don't care for math and science, it gave me variety in my degree plan and helped me maintain my well-rounded individuality.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    6.7 /10

    It was in the heart of GR, lots of business nearby for me to intern at, or job shadow different fields. This is why I chose this university to transfer too, along with the low cost of tuition. Those were my deciding factors.

    Course Curriculum :

    I think its very SAP heavy with little other ERP education. This makes it hard to find jobs when looking and makes getting an internship before graduation even more important for students. So I would give it an average rating.

    8 /10 academic/food
    6 /10 faculty
    6 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    5 /10 placement
    8 /10 extracurricular
    10.0 /10

    I chose to go to this college because my sister went here before she went to medical school. Also it?s close to home for me so I don't have to live on campus. It's an accredited university that looks beautiful.

    Course Curriculum :

    I love the course curriculum. I learn a lot and I can tell that the information will be helpful in my future career. I did not like high school at all but college is a completely different experience for me.

    10 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    10 /10 accomodation
    10 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    8.7 /10

    The beauty of the campus and an amazing program for my major. It was also far away from my hometown which was a huge goal for me. I visited the campus during my senior year in high school and absolutely fell in love. Everything draws you in from the modernized buildings to the friendly people on campus.

    Course Curriculum :

    I absolutely love the curriculum minus the internship classes I have to take. It's absolutely amazing and the faculty are all helpful and have experience in my field. Without them, I wouldn't have really had a reason to come to Grand Valley.

    9 /10 academic/food
    9 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    8 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    10 /10 extracurricular
    1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401

    Nearby This Campus

    • Bus Station
    • Restaurant
    • Book Store
    • Shopping Mall
    • Airport

    Bus Station

    West Campus at Lake Village WB0.10 km
    Kirkhof Station0.20 km
    Mackinac Station SB0.42 km
    S Campus at Calder NB0.43 km
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    Book Store

    GVSU Laker Store0.15 km
    Reformed Free Publishing Association7.74 km


    Riverview Airport7.74 km


    Panda Express0.12 km
    Which Wich Superior Sandwiches0.19 km
    QDOBA Mexican Eats0.63 km
    Peppino's Pizza Express1.36 km
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    Shopping Mall

    Campus Party Store1.55 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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