GVSU

Grand Valley State University

1 Campus Dr, Allendale, United States
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  • Total Documents
    1,063
  • Class Notes
    533
  • Textbook Notes
    436
  • Study Guides
    94
  • Currently Enrolled
    1,111
  • Previously Enrolled
    794

Overview of Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

About this school

Grand Valley State, founded in 1960, is a public, comprehensive university. Its 897-acre campus is located in Allendale, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids and 12 miles east of Lake Michigan.
  • Institution Type


    Public

  • Undergraduate Students


    • Undergraduate Students:21,937
    • Men:9,039 Men (41.2%)
    • Women:12,898 Women (58.8%)

Location

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Admission Information (GVSU)

Freshman Admission Requirements

Difficulty of Admission


Admission to Grand Valley State University is moderately difficult: more than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation


  • High School Graduation:

    High school diploma required and GED is accepted

  • High School Program:

    College preparatory program is recommended

Required Or Recomended High School Units


SubjectRequired UnitsRecommended Units
English
4
-
Mathematics
3
-
Science
3
-
Foreign Language
2
-
Social Studies
3
-
History
-
-
Academic Electives
-
-

Examinations Required


ExamRequiredScores Due Date
SAT or ACT
Required
Not reported
SAT Only
-
-
ACT Only
-
-
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT
-
-
SAT Subject Tests Only
-
-
Essay/TestStatusScores Due Date
SAT Essay Component Policy
Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy
Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy
SAT: Used for placement ACT: Used for placement

Admission Details

Admissions Office


Address
1 Campus Drive
City, State, Zip
Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Phone
(616) 331-0246
Fax
(616) 331-2000
Email

Application Dates And Fees


Regular Admission Deadline
May 1
Application Fee
$30
Application Fee Waiver
Available
Regular Admission Notification
May 1
Accept Offer Of Admission
May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student cannot defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission


Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
-
Early Decision Notification
-
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
-
Early Action Notification
-

Application Form


Common Application
Not accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application

Other Application Requirements


Interview
Not Required
Essay Or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters Of Recommendation
-
Other
-
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students

Factors involed in acceptance process.
4 star = most important, 1 star = least important.

FactorImportance
Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Tests
Class Rank
Recommendations
Essay
Interview
Level of Applicant's Interest
Extracurricular Activities
Volunteer Work
Particular Talent/Ability
Character/Personal Qualities
First Generation to Attend College
State Residency
Geographic Residence
Relation with Alumnus
Religious Affiliation/Commitment
Ethnicity
Work Experience

Profile of Fall Admission

Overall Admission Rate


Overall Admission Rate
81% of 17,509 applicants were admitted
Women
83% of 10,779 applicants were admitted
Men
78% of 6,730 applicants were admitted

Students Enrolled


Students Enrolled
4,690 (33%) of 14,168 admitted students enrolled
Women
2,849 (32%) of 8,937 admitted students enrolled
Men
1,841 (35%) of 5,231 admitted students enrolled

Grade Point Average of Enrolled First-Year Students


Average GPA
3.60
375 And Above
32%
3.50 - 3.74
23%
3.25 - 3.49
22%
3.00 - 3.24
17%
2.50 - 2.99
5%
2.00 - 2.49
1%

SAT Score of Enrolled First-Year Students


Sat Math
530-610 range of middle 50%
• Score 700 - 800
4%
• Score 600 - 700
28%
• Score 500 - 600
57%
• Score 400 - 500
12%
• Score 300 - 400
1%
• Score 200 - 300
0%
• Score 700 - 800
4%
• Score 600 - 700
34%
• Score 500 - 600
52%
• Score 400 - 500
11%
• Score 300 - 400
0%
• Score 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled First-Year Students


Act Composite
24 average |21-26 range of middle 50%
• Score 30 - 36
9%
• Score 24 - 29
44%
• Score 18 - 23
45%
• Score 12 - 17
3%
• Score 6 - 11
0%
• Score 5 Or Below
0%

Tuition & Financial Aid (GVSU)

Tuition & Expenses

Cost of Attendance


  • Books & Supplies: - In-state: $11,994|Out-of-state: $17,064 (53.8%)
  • Room & Board: - $9,000 (40.37%)
  • Other Expenses: - $800 (3.59%)
  • Tuition & Fees: - $500 (2.24%)
Books & Supplies
Room & Board
Other Expenses
Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans


Grand Valley State University accepts installment plan, deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid

Financial Aid Office


Email
Website
Net Price Calculator Url

Application Process


Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification Date
On a rolling basis beginning January 16
Methodology For Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology

Forms Required


Forms RequiredFiling Cost
FAFSA| Code is 002268
Free

Profile of 2017-18 Financial Aid

First-Year Student


Financial Aid Applicants
3,173 (77.5%) of freshmen
Found To Have Financial Need
2,620 (82.6%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,573 (98.2%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
410 (15.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
66%
Average Award
$10,902
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,246 (87.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $8,257
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,166 (84.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,384
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 161 (6.3%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
693 (16.9%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,649

All Undergraduates


Financial Aid Applicants
15,729 (81.2%) of undergraduates
Found To Have Financial Need
11,550 (73.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
11,385 (98.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,043 (17.9%) of aid recipients
Average Percent Of Need Met
67%
Average Award
$10,093
• Need-Based Gift
Received by 7,451 (65.4%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,409
• Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 7,655 (67.2%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,660
• Merit Based Gift
Received by 561 (4.9%) of aid recipients
Merit Based Gift
3,216 (16.6%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $3,440

Borrowing


2016 Graduates with Loans
71%
Average Indebtedness Of 2016 Graduates
$29,675
Parents Of Students Receiving Aid
24.0%
Parents Of Students Not Receiving Aid
11.0%

Financial Aid Programs

Scholarchips And Grants


Need Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non Need Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards


Academic Interest/Achievement
Business, Communication, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, International Studies, Mathematics, Physical Sciences, Premedicine, Social Sciences
Creative Arts/Performance
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Cinema/Film/Broadcasting, Dance, Journalism/Publications, Music, Theater/Drama
Special Achievements/Activities
Not reported
Special Characteristics
Adult Students, Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, Children of Union Members/Company Employees, Children of Workers in Trades, Handicapped Students, International Students, Local/State Students, Out-of-State Students, Public Servants, Spouses of Deceased or Disabled Public Servants, Veterans, Veterans' Children

Employment


Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,880

Academics & Instruction (GVSU)

Academics Overview

Academic Calendar System


Semester

Summer Session


Offered

Graduation Requirements

General Education/Core Cirriculum


Required

Computer


Students not required to own/lease a computer

Foreign Language


Not required

Math/Science


Required for all students

Faculty & Instruction

Full-Time Faculty


1,183

Part-Time Faculty


585

Full-Time Faculty With Ph.D./Terminal Degree


52%

Regular Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 4% of classes
  • 10-19 students: - 20% of classes
  • 20-29 students: - 34% of classes
  • 30-39 students: - 25% of classes
  • 40-49 students: - 12% of classes
  • 50-99 students: - 5% of classes
  • Over 100 students: - 1% of classes
% of Classes
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
50-99
Over 100 students
# of Students

Discussion Section/Lab Class Size


  • 2-9 students: - 6% of discussion sections/labs
  • 10-19 students: - 33% of discussion sections/labs
  • 20-29 students: - 52% of discussion sections/labs
  • 30-39 students: - 8% of discussion sections/labs
  • 40-49 students: - 0% of discussion sections/labs
% of Sections/Labs
2-9
10-19
20-29
30-39
40-49
# of Students

Advanced Placement

International Baccalaureate


Not accepted

Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations


Accepted for placement and credit

Sophomore Standing


Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources

Libraries


Library Available On Campus
Yes
Holdings
1,602,733
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available On Campus
2600
Internet E Mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services

Remedial Instruction


Offered

Tutoring


Available

Services for Students Requiring Accommodations


Available

Services for Students with Accessibility Needs


Grand Valley State University provides hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Undergraduate Retention & Graduation

Returning First-Year Students


83.0%

Students Graduating Within 4 Years


34.1%

Students Graduating Within 5 Years


60.3%

Students Graduating Within 6 Years


66.0%

Programs & Majors (GVSU)

Undergraduate Education

Undergraduate Majors (105)


  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • Anthropology
  • Art History, Criticism and Conservation
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other
  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Computer and Information Sciences, General
  • Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration
  • Dance, General
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Emotional Disturbances
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Multiple Disabilities
  • Education/Teaching of Individuals with Orthopedic and Other Physical Health Impairments
  • Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Engineering, General
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Family Practice Nurse/Nursing
  • Film/Cinema/Video Studies
  • Finance, General
  • Fine Arts and Art Studies, Other
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geochemistry
  • Geography
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • Germanic Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Health Communication
  • Health Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Hospitality Administration/Management, General
  • Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
  • Human Resources Management and Services, Other
  • Information Science/Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • Journalism
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Legal Assistant/Paralegal
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources/Conservation, General
  • Occupational Health and Industrial Hygiene
  • Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician
  • Occupational Therapy/Therapist
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physical Therapy/Therapist
  • Physician Assistant
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Pre-Dentistry Studies
  • Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
  • Pre-Veterinary Studies
  • Psychology, General
  • Public Administration
  • Radio and Television
  • Reading Teacher Education
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Russian Studies
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Psychology
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Special Education and Teaching, General
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Statistics, General
  • Taxation
  • Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
  • Women's Studies
  • Writing, General

Most Popular Disciplines


Offered

Professional Degree Programs


Not reported

Special Programs


Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session

Study Abroad


Business/marketing, Health professions and related sciences, Communication/journalism

Online Degrees


None

Graduate and Professional Education

Master's Degrees Offered


Doctor of Nursing Practice, Doctor of Physical Therapy

Master's Programs of Study (48)


  • Accounting
  • Adult Education
  • Allied Health--General
  • Bioinformatics
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biostatistics
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Cell Biology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Criminal Justice and Criminology
  • Curriculum and Instruction
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • English Education
  • English as a Second Language
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • Higher Education
  • Information Science
  • Management Information Systems
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Medical Informatics
  • Middle School Education
  • Molecular Biology
  • Nonprofit Management
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing and Healthcare Administration
  • Nursing--General
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Physician Assistant Studies
  • Public Administration
  • Public Health--General
  • Reading Education
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Software Engineering
  • Special Education
  • Taxation

Campus Life (GVSU)

Location & Geography

Population


17,579

Nearest Metropolitan Area


Grand Rapids

Campus Size


1,391 acres

Weather


Temperature
14.7 average low in January, 78.7 average high in September
Rain
134 rainy days per year

Available Transportation


Nearest Bus Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Grand Rapids
Nearest Train Station
12 mile(s) from campus in Grand Rapids

Housing

College Housing


College offers housing to students

Types of Housing


Coed housing

Students of College Housing


27% of all students

Housing Restrictions


Freshman Housing Guarantee


Freshmen are guaranteed housing

Students Living Off Campus/Commuting


73%

Security

24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices


Available

24-Hour Security Patrols


Available

Late-Night Transport/Escort Services


Available

Electronically Operated Housing Entrances


Available

Personal Support Services

Health Service


Offered

Personal Counseling


Offered

Child Care


Offered

Sports & Recreation

School Athletics


Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division II
Mascot
Louie the Laker
School Colors
Blue, black, and white

Intercollegiate Athletics (Women)


FactorOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Intercollegiate Athletics (Men)


SportOfferedScholarships Given
Baseball
Basketball
Cross-Country Running
Football
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Softball
Swimming And Diving
Tennis
Track And Field
Volleyball

Recreational Sports


Intramural Sports
archery, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, crew, cross-country running, fencing, field hockey, football, golf, gymnastics, lacrosse, racquetball, skiing (cross-country), skiing (downhill), soccer, softball, squash, swimming and diving, tennis, volleyball, water polo, weight lifting, wrestling

Student Activities

Activities And Organizations


Grand Valley State University offers choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, habitat for humanity, alternative breaks, hospitality and tourism management club, dance troupe, colleges against cancer

Sororities


Fraternities


ROTC


Student Body

Co-educational


Yes

Number of Full-Time Undergraduates


19,373

Undergraduates


All Undergraduates
21,937
Women
12,898
Men
9,039

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.


  • 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
  • 2.5% Asian
  • 4.9% Black/African-American
  • 5.4% Hispanic/Latino
  • 3.6% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
  • 0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
  • 82.8% White
  • 0.4% Unknown

International Students


1.2% from 70 countries

Average Age


21

Number of Graduate Students


3,112

Student Resources (GVSU)

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