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Grand Valley State University
Allendale, MI
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.
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Institution Type Public
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 22,209
   Women 12,987 (58.5%)
   Men 9,222 (41.5%)
Graduate Students 3,251
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 82% of 17,104 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered No
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline May 1
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.50
SAT Math Not reported
SAT Critical Reading Not reported
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 24 average
21-26 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests   X    
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities     X  
Cost of Attendance In-state: $19,920
Out-of-state: $24,792
  Tuition and Fees In-state: $11,520
Out-of-state: $16,392
  Room and Board $8,400
Average Percent of Need Met 69%
Average Freshman Award $10,870
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 1,137
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 4% of classes
10-19 students: 20% of classes
20-29 students: 34% of classes
30-39 students: 23% of classes
40-49 students: 13% of classes
50-99 students: 5% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Allendale Population 17,579
Nearest Metropolitan Area Grand Rapids
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 88% of freshmen, 28% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division II
Mascot Louie the Laker
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.3% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.3% Asian
5.2% Black/African-American
5.2% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
83.1% White
0.3% Unknown
International Students 1.2% from 68 countries
First-Year Students Returning 84.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 36.7%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 84%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly Not reported