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Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 4-Year Public
Acceptance Rate92%
Acceptance Rate92%

About Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University Overview

Grand Valley State University is a public, state school in the small town setting of Allendale, Michigan. Grand Valley was founded in 1960 and currently enrolls around 22,406 students a year, including 19,379 undergrad students. Grand Valley ensures housing for up to 6,012 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 55% of students spend their weekends on campus.

📆 Mark your calendar! The final application deadline for Fall 2023 is May 1.

Student Activities at Grand Valley

Interested in music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of the school's theater groups.

Interested in journalism or communications? Grand Valley students can write for the campus newspaper, host a radio show or be a producer for the student-run television channel.

Thinking of pledging? Grand Valley has both fraternities and sororities.

Planning to play sports? Grand Valley has many options for athletes. See them all and learn more about life at Grand Valley on the Student Life page.

2022 Grand Valley Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 92%
Early Decision Acceptance Rate Info Not Available
Early Action Acceptance Rate EA not offered
Average GPA 3.6
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 62%
In-State Tuition $13,560
Out-of-State $19,296
Percent of Need Met 68.8%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,104

Is Grand Valley a Good School?

Different people have different ideas about what makes a "good" school. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is.

Let's take a closer look at these areas to get a better look at what Grand Valley offers and if the school seems like a good fit for you.

2022 Acceptance Rate for Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley is moderately difficult to get into. The acceptance rate at Grand Valley is 92%. Out of 17,163 applications received in 2022, 15,730 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grand Valley

Retention refers to the number of students that stay enrolled at a school over time. It is a way to measure how satisfied students are with their school experience, and if they have the support necessary to succeed in college.

Around 83% of students who start at Grand Valley return the next year. Around 67% of students who started at Grand Valley earn their Bachelor's degrees within six years. Compare this to the average six-year graduation rate for colleges and universities in the U.S., which is around 61% for public schools and 67% for private.

Job Outcomes for Grand Valley Grads

Job placement stats are a good resource for understanding the value of a degree from Grand Valley by providing a look on how job placement has gone for other grads. 74% of graduates from Grand Valley recieve at least one full-time job offer within six months of graduating.

Check with Grand Valley directly, for information on any information on starting salaries for recent grads.

Grand Valley's Endowment

An endowment is the total value of a school's investments, donations, and assets. Endowment is not necessarily an indicator of the quality of a school, but it can give you a sense of how much money a college can afford to invest in expanding programs, improving facilities, and support students.

Grand Valley's endowment was valued at $131.7 million in 2022, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Grand Valley

Tuition is another important factor when choose a college. Some colleges may have high tuition, but do a better job at meeting students' financial need.

Grand Valley meets 68.8% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. The average financial aid package for a full-time, first-year student is around $12,104 a year.

Graduates in the class of 2022 had an average of $28,981 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2023-2024 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2022

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA early. Visit the FAFSA website to apply for student aid. Remember, the first F in FAFSA stands for FREE! No one should ever pay to fill out the FREE Application for Federal Student Aid, (FAFSA), so don't give your money (or info!) to any website that claim you do.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Grand Valley.

Based on this information, is Grand Valley the school for you? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for another! So ask yourself: Is Grand Valley a good school for you?

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Where is Grand Valley State University Located?

Grand Valley is located in the small town setting of Allendale, Michigan, in the suburbs of Grand Rapids.

If you want to see Grand Valley for yourself, be sure to plan a visit! The best way to reach campus is to take Interstate I-96 to Allendale, or book a flight to the nearest airport, Kent County International.

You can also take a virtual campus tour to get a sense of what Grand Valley and Allendale are like without leaving home.

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College Info

1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49525

Campus Setting: Small Town

Grand Valley Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

Not available

The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Grand Valley is May 1.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Grand Valley ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above


21 to 27


21 and Less


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Grand Valley SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1010 - 1230


Math SAT Range

500 - 610


Reading SAT Range

510 - 620

Grand Valley Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Grand Valley is like? There are approximately 22,406 students enrolled at Grand Valley, including 19,379 undergraduate students and 3,027 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 91% percent are from MI and 9% percent of students are from other states.


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