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About Grand Valley

Grand Valley State University is a public, state school in a small town setting in Allendale, Michigan. Grand Valley was founded in 1960 and now enrolls around 23,350 students a year, including 20,405 undergrads. Grand Valley offers on-campus housing for up to 6,012 students. Most students live in off campus housing, and 55% of students spend their weekends on campus .

There are many ways for students to get involved at Grand Valley! Love music or performing? Join a campus band, sing in a chorus, or perform with one of Grand Valley'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 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.

Learn more about life at Grand Valley on the Student Life page.

Mark your calendar! The deadline to apply regular decision to Grand Valley for Fall 2022 is May 1.

2021 Grand Valley Facts At-A-Glance
Academic Calendar Semester
Overall Acceptance Rate 88%
Average GPA 3.7
Applicants Submitting SAT scores 90%
In-State Tuition $13,244
Out-of-State $18,844
Percent of Need Met 68.2%
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package $12,606

Is Grand Valley a Good School?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions criteria, acceptance rate and average GPA are good indicators of how selective an institution is, but they don't say much about the quality of the education or the student experience. However, there are a few good ways to get a better sense how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its student body.

Let's take a look at each of these factors to get a better sense of what Grand Valley offers and if it might be a good fit for you.

Grand Valley Acceptance Rate 2021

It is moderately difficult to get into Grand Valley. Grand Valley admitted 88% of all applicants in 2021. Out of 15,415 applications received in 2021, 13,535 students were offered admission.

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grand Valley

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

About 83% of students who start at Grand Valley come back 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 statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 74% of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

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 2021, compared to a national average of $905 million.

Tuition and Financial Aid at Grand Valley

Cost 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 68.2% of the demonstrated financial need for undergraduates. First-year students that attend Grand Valley full-time are awarded $12,606 a year in financial aid, on average.

Graduates in the class of 2021 had an average of $28,969 in student loans per borrower. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

The 2022-2023 FAFSA Opened on October 1st, 2021

Some financial aid is available on a first-come, first-served basis, so fill out the FAFSA asap. 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 be very wary of anyone asking you for money.

Learn more about Tuition and Financial Aid at Grand Valley. Based on this information, how does Grand Valley sound? Remember, the best school for one person may be a terrible fit for someone else! 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, less than an hour from Grand Rapids.

If you want to see Grand Valley for yourself, 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 49401-9403

Campus Setting: Small Town

Grand Valley Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

May 1

Transfer Applications are Due

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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


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Grand Valley ACT Scores


ACT Range

21 - 27

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1050 - 1230


Math SAT Range

520 - 610


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520 - 620

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Grand Valley Tuition & Fees

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Wondering what life at Grand Valley is like? There are approximately 23,350 students enrolled at Grand Valley, including 20,405 undergraduate students and 2,945 graduate students. 88% percent of students attend school full-time, 92% percent are from MI and 8% percent of students are from other states.


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