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Grand Valley State University Admissions

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Admissions at Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is generally accessible, and in 2015 82% of applicants were admitted. Students with good grades and test scores are likely to get in. To apply, applicants must submit high school transcripts, SAT or ACT scores, and a completed application form.

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Admissions Data (2016)

  • Grand Valley State University Acceptance Rate: 82%
  • GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for GVSU Admissions
  • Test Scores: 25th / 75th Percentile
    • SAT Critical Reading: 460 / 585
    • SAT Math: 480 / 580​
    • ACT Composite: 21 / 26
    • ACT English: 21 / 27
    • ACT Math: 20 / 26​

Grand Valley State University Description

Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is one of the 15 public universities in Michigan. The university is located on a 1,280-acre campus in Allendale, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Undergraduates can choose from 77 majors. Programs in business are some of the most popular among undergraduates, and the Seidman College of Business is well regarded nationally. The university has also been identified in national publications as an "up-and-coming" school and a good value. Academically motivated students should check out the Frederik Meijer Honors College and its interdisciplinary curriculum and living-learning opportunities. In athletics, the Grand Valley State Lakers compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC). Popular sports include baseball, basketball, golf, swimming, and tennis.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 25,460 (22,209 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,520 (in-state); $16,392 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $700 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $9,000
  • Other Expenses: $1,846
  • Total Cost: $23,066 (in-state); $27,938 (out-of-state)

Grand Valley State University Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of Students Receiving Aid: 86%
  • Percentage of Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 69%
    • Loans: 63%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $5,965
    • Loans: $6,508

Academic Programs

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Advertising, Criminal Justice, English, Finance, Health Professions, Hospitality Management, Management, Marketing, Nursing, Physical Education, Pre-Med, Psychology, Social Science
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Transfer, Retention and Graduation Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 84%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 17%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Football, Golf, Swimming and Diving, Baseball, Tennis, Cross Country, Basketball, Track and Field
  • Women's Sports: Track and Field, Basketball, Soccer, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Volleyball, Golf, Lacrosse, Cross Country

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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