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Grand Valley Admissions

If you are thinking about applying to Grand Valley, the deadline for Fall 2022 admissions is May 1 and the fee for the application costs $30. Application fees can add up, but some schools do have free applications and students with financial need may qualify for for an application fee waiver.

Applying Early to Grand Valley?

Grand Valley State University does not offer early decision or early action..

Some students apply to college early because they believe it will help their chances. Early deadlines may increase the chance of being admitted, since applying early shows your are very interested in a school, and your application is being considered before all the regular decision applicants apply.

See a list of some selective colleges that admit significantly more applicants during early decision or early action than during regular admission.

How To Get Into Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley is amoderately difficult school to get into. Grand Valley evaluates applicants carefully based on multiple criteria to decide who to admit, and who to deny.

In 2021, Grand Valley **accepted 88% of students, around 13,535 of the 15,415 students who applied.

Schools that are moderately difficult to get into, like Grand Valley, accept fewer than 85% of all applicants. At least 75% of all admitted students have GPAs in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT or over 18 on the ACT.

Transfer student admissions is moderately difficult.

What's Most Important to Get In to Grand Valley?

Colleges consider a range of factors when choosing who to admit for their next incoming class. Each college decides which factors are are most important in the admissions process. When creating your list of schools to apply to, you may want to consider your strengthsand any possible weaknesses in your application, and apply to colleges that put the most emphasis the admissions factors where you shine.

Admissions Factors at Grand Valley

Admissions Factor Level
Academic GPA Very Important
Alumni/ae Relations Considered
Character/Personal Qualities Not Considered
Geographical Residence Not Considered
Class Rank Considered
Work Experience Considered
Extracurricular Activities Considered
Level of Applicant's Interest Not Considered
Application Essay Considered
First Generation Considered
Interview Not Considered
Racial/Ethnic Status Not Considered
Recommendation(s) Considered
Religious Affiliation/Commitment Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record Very Important
State Residency Not Considered
Talent/Ability Considered
Standardized Test Scores Important
Volunteer Work Considered

Grand Valley 2021-2022 Application Requirements

To apply, all applicants to Grand Valley must submit the following items. Double check with Grand Valley's admissions department to confirm all application materials and requirements.

Area Required Recommended Required for some Details (if any)
Written Essay or Personal Statement
Interview
Transcript of High School Record

What GPA Do I Need To Get Into Grand Valley?

Students admitted to Grand Valley have an average unweighted GPA of 3.7.

Out of all students that were admitted, 61% submitted a class rank. At Grand Valley 20% of students ranked in the top 10% of their graduating class in high school, 47% were in the top 25% and 82% were in the top 50%.

Unweighted GPAs range from 4.0 to under 1.0.

At Grand Valley State University, students GPAs fall in the following ranges
4.0 GPA 61%
3.75 and 3.99 26.45%
3.50 and 3.74 20.54%
3.25 and 3.49 16.64%
3.00 and 3.24 11.53%
2.50 and 2.9 4.56%
2.00 and 2.49 0.27%
Grand Valley does look at standardized tests scores during the admissions process.

Grand Valley has a test optional admissions policy. Test optional schools allow students to choose if they want to submit ACT or SAT scores with their applications or not.

In 2021, 90% of Grand Valley's first-year students submitted their SAT scores with their application. 30% of admitted applicants sent ACT scores.

What's a Good SAT Score for Grand Valley?

To be competitive with other Grand Valley applicants, you should strive to earn between 1050 and 1230 (or higher!) on the SAT. At Grand Valley 25% of admitted students scored higher than 1230 and 25% of scored lower than 1050, but the majority of students scored somewhere in between these two numbers.

On the SAT Math Section, 25% of Grand Valley students scored 610 or higher and 75% of students scored 520 or higher. On the SAT Critical Reading section (formerly called the Verbal section), 25% of Grand Valley students scored 620 or higher, and 75% scored a 520 or higher.

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What's a Good ACT Score for Grand Valley?

To be most competitive at Grand Valley, you should strive to earn between 21 and 27 on the ACT.

An ACT score of 27 means you fall in the 75th percentile for Grand Valley's admitted students. One out of every four students scored above a 27, and three out of four students scored lower than 27 on the ACT.

A 21 on the ACT is the 25th percentile for Grand Valley students. Only one out of every four students scored below 21.

Want To Bring Up Your ACT Score? Access ACT practice tests and study tips and see upcoming ACT test dates.

Transferring to Grand Valley State University

For transfer students, it is moderately difficult to get admitted to Grand Valley.

Transfer students can enroll in Grand Valley during the following terms: Fall Term Winter Term Spring Term Winter Term Summer Term

Grand Valley Admissions FAQs

Can I defer my acceptance to Grand Valley?

Students who are admitted to Grand Valley must attend in the term they start. Deferring admissions is not encouraged. If you have a unusual circumstance, contact the admissions department..

Does Grand Valley accept transfer credits?

Grand Valley accepts eligible transfer credits from accredited institutions. Grand Valley accepts:

CLEP subject tests DSST/DANTES ACE recommendations for credit

Does Grand Valley accept Advanced Placement (AP) or International Baccalaureate (IB) credits?

Grand Valley does not accept International Baccalaureate credits but does accept Advanced Placement (AP) credits

Do I have to submit test scores to Grand Valley?

No, Grand Valley is test optional, so it's up to you if you want to submit test scores or not. If your scores are higher than the school's average, you may want to send them. If your scores are average or below average, you may want not want to include them in your application..

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Grand Valley Admissions Requirements

Admission Difficulty

Somewhat Selective

88%

How hard is it to get into Grand Valley? Grand Valley is a somewhat selective institution. The Grand Valley acceptance rate is 88%. This means that the institution accepts 87 out of every 100 applicants.

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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

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ACT Range

21 - 27

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

27 and Above

Good

21 to 27

Avg

21 and Less

Low

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Grand Valley SAT Scores

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Composite SAT Range

1050 - 1230

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Math SAT Range

520 - 610

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Reading SAT Range

520 - 620

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Grand Valley GPA

Avg. High School GPA (non-weighted)

3.7

GPA Needed to Get Accepted

At Grand Valley, the average unweighted high-school GPA for admitted students is 3.7. This is the average, which means that some applicants submit GPAs lower than this and some applicants submit GPAs above this level. If your GPA falls below the average, strong test scores or other qualifications may help you make you a more competitive applicant.

© 2021 College Confidential / Concentrical LLC, Data provided by IPEDs and Peterson's Databases, © 2020 Peterson's LLC.

Quick Facts

Total Enrollment

23,350

Campus Setting

Small Town

Acceptance Rate

88%

Tuition and Fees

In State

$13,244

Out-of-State

$18,844

Fall Freshmen
Application Deadline

May 1
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