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    Grand Valley State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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    Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, is a liberal arts institution and follows an open admission policy and accepts applications on a rolling basis. Grand Valley State University offers undergraduate courses in more than 50+ subjects and an array of graduate courses too.

    • Candidates may fill out the Common Application or GVSU application on the official website.
    • Applicants may upload the supporting documents while making the online application or mail the University directly making sure it is properly labeled and sealed with insurance
    • Applicants have to pay 30 USD as application fees. 95% of graduates are employed within a year of pass out
    • Students should fill out the FAFSA form before March 1 using Tax Information to opt for any scholarship to study in US.
    • Incoming freshman students must apply for admission before December 31 to be considered for a merit-based scholarship
    • The Federal Work-Study program helps students get students to find jobs on campus and get paid on a weekly basis. Outside campus work is not permitted. 


    Application Portal Online Portal
    Application Fee 30 USD
    Endowment 1.33 million USD
    Total Number of students (full-time) 24,033
    Number of undergraduates 21,112
    Number of postgraduates 2,921
    Student Faculty Ratio 16:1
    Selectivity 83%
    Median Starting Salary 43,800 USD
    SAT 1050 to1240
    ACT 21 to 27
    Ranking US 600 th
    Mode of Payment Master-Card/ American Express/Discover/visa
    Academic Calendar Semester-based
    Intake Seasons Fall, Summer, Spring, Winter
    Financial Aid Loans, Grants, and Scholarship upon admission

    Acceptance Rate

    Admission at Grand valley is easy if the prospective student meets the admission criteria adequately. The University has an acceptance rate of 82.8% for fall 2020. Total 23,350 students were enrolled for the fall intake session 2020, of which 20405 were undergraduate enrollment while 2945 were graduate enrollment. For fall 2019 total of 16,511 students applied for admission, 83% got admission, and 31% of the admitted students enrolled for different courses. 88% of applicants submitted their SAT scores 34% of applicant submitted ACT scores for admission. The graduate employability rate of the university is quite high-94% of recent graduates are employed or pursuing an advanced degree

    Grand Valley State University Admission Deadlines

    Students are asked to apply their submissions before the deadlines for admission to be accepted. The University doesn't tolerate delayed applications. These are the enrolment season deadlines 

    Undergraduate Deadlines

    Term/Semester (2020) Deadline
    Fall February 1, 2021
    Winter September 10, 2020
    Spring February 1, 2021
    Summer May 1, 2021

    Graduate Deadlines

    Term/Semester (2020) Deadline
    Fall February 1, 2021
    Winter September 10, 2020
    Spring February 1, 2021
    Summer May 1, 2021

    Scholarship Deadline:

    International Merit Award: All international students admitted for the fall semester are eligible for this scholarship.

    Application deadline: May 1.

    Grand Valley State University International Admissions

    For both foreign and domestic candidates the application procedure is identical. Foreign candidates must also satisfy other specific criteria.

    Admission Portal: Candidates should fill in the form International form of GVSU on the official site.

    Application Fees: 30 USD (credit card or money order)

    Admission Requirements:

    • Your complete Application
    • Original, attested of all academic records from all secondary schools and/or university (the documents should be in english or translated to english by a certified translator)
    • TOEFL, ILET and/or PTE test scores
    • Scores of Standardized Exams to study in the USA
    • A 2 page essay answering “How my personal experience and cultural heritage has shaped the person I am today and how those experiences can impact Grand Valley”
    • Essay and/or SOP for US
    • Letters of recommendation to study in US
    • Sometimes candidates may be invited for interview
    • Affidavit of Support (I-134)
    • Copy of Passport
    • Students need to send an official transcript from every undergraduate and graduate school granting the student a certificate.

    Transcripts can be sent to:

    Admissions Office
    300 Student Services Building
    1 Campus Drive
    Allendale, Michigan 49401

    English Proficiency Test Score for International Students

    International applicants are required to present TOEFL, ESL and/or SAT scores to demonstrate English proficiency. The minimum required scores by the university are:

    Test Minimum Score
    TOEFL 80
    IELTS 6.5
    MELAB 77
    PTE 53

    Visa Process for International Students

    International students may submit for a visa to undertake college in the United States only after the submission is completed. Once the process is done, the I-20 form can be collected from FedEx. After the students visa to study in the USA is issued the student may take an appointment in his/her nearest US Embassy

    • Valid Passport 
    • Visa 
    • Proof of Health Insurance
    • I-94 
    • Current United States Address and Phone Number 
    • Original I-20 
    • 200 USD fees for I-20 
    • Income proof that the candidate will be able to bear an year of expense at GVSU

    Grand Valley State University: Undergraduate Admissions

    Grand Valley State University programs offeres Undergraduate Admissions in Accounting, Media Science, Economics, Journalism, Finance, General Business, Health Care Administration, Management and Marketing.

    Admission Portal: Candidates should fill in the form International form of GVSU on the official site.

    Application Fees: 30 USD (credit card or money order)

    Admission Requirements:

    • Students must submit a 500-word personal statement stating their goals and reasons for wanting to enter Grand Valley State University.
    • Secondary school (high school) official transcripts for grades 9 to grade 12 (These records must be submitted in English or accompanied by a certified English translation).
    • National exit test results (if applicable)
    • Original, attested, or certified copy of all academic records from all secondary schools and/or universities attended.
    • Diplomas or graduate certificates from all high schools or universities.
    • English proficiency exams scores
    • Official SAT/ACT scores.
    • Proof of residency.
    Test Score
    SAT score 1050 to 1240
    ACT score 21 to 27

    Grand Valley State University Graduate Admissions

    Grand Valley State University offers Postgraduate Admissions in Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Health Professions and Related Programs; Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs; Psychology.

    Admission Portal: Candidates should fill in the form International form of GVSU on the official site.

    Application Fees: 30 USD (credit card or money order)

    Admission Requirements:

    • For Accounting and Business Administration (MBA) students GMAT Score is required
    • Biology, Biomedical Sciences, Biostatistics, Cell and Molecular Biology, Engineering, Health Informatics and Bioinformatics, Physician Assistant Studies, School Psychology Specialist, and Speech Language Pathology students need to present GRE Scores
    • Minimum GPA 2.5

    Here’s a checklist of top 4 courses that is most popularly pursued here,

    Application Fee 30 USD 30 USD 30 USD 30 USD
    Transcripts Required Required Required Required
    Essay One of 500 words One of 500 words One of 500 words One of 500 words
    Work Experience Preferred Preferred Preferred Preferred
    Resume No No No No
    Recommendations 1 1 1 1
    Admission Interview Only if invited Only if invited Only if invited Only if invited

    Most of GVSU's courses are provided via the website. It is required that students submit the applications 3 months before to the deadline of the program. It took up to 4-5 weeks to get the submission reviewed successfully and the verdict arrived. Students are informed via mail regarding the admission verdict. 

    The application letter informs the applicant regarding certain protocols and entry and residency criteria. The foreign students must register for an I-20 application upon admission. They are sent the I-20 type via Fedex.


    Ques. What is the application fee for admission?

    Ans. $30 is the application fee which can be paid either by Money order or by credit card.

    Ques. Is it hard to get admission in Grand Valley?

    Ans. No, the University has high acceptance rate of 83%. So getting admission in Grand Valley can be easy if the applicant’s eligibility criterion is perfectly matched

    Ques. Do applicants at Grand valley get interviewed for admission?

    Ans. An applicant may get invited for an interview.

    Ques. Which Test is considered for English proficiency for admission in Grand Valley?

    Ans. TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB, PTE test scores for English proficiency is considered by Grand Valley.

    Ques. What are the required SAT OR ACT scores at Grand Valley?[13]

    Ans. For SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing an average score of 530-630 and for SAT Maths 520-620 score is required. For ACT a composite 21-27 score is required.

    Ques. Which test score is considered for admission in the M.B.A program at Grand Valley?[1]

    Ans. GMAT score is considered and strongly recommended by Grand Valley. It can strengthen an applicant’S profile and increase their chances of admission.

    Ques. What GPA do you need for grand Valley’s executive M.B.A program?[2]

    Ans. A minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 in all 600-level courses is required for the executive M.B.A program

    Ques. What are the on-campus scholarship options available for international students at Grand Valley?

    Ans. All international students admitted for the fall semester can apply for the International Merit Award scholarship before 1st May.

    Ques. When can I apply for admission in Grand Valley?

    Ans. Fall and winter are the two intake sessions at Grand Valley. An applicant can apply accordingly before their respective deadlines.

    Ques. What is the average Tuition fee for undergraduate courses at Grand Valley?[3]

    Ans. Average tuition fee for UG programs at Grand Valley is $18,296.

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