Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Grand Valley State University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. All you need to do to learn more about a stat is click on its tile, and you'll be taken to another page that analyzes that data more closely. Also, you can use the links below to scroll to any section of this page.

How Well Is Grand Valley State University Ranked?

2022 Rankings

College Factual recognizes the best colleges and universities in its annual rankings. These rankings include categories for best overall colleges, best colleges for each major, best value schools, and much more.

Grand Valley State University was awarded 532 badges in the 2022 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is computer teacher education.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked GVSU as #405 out of 2,576 colleges and universities in the country on its 2022 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 67 colleges in Michigan, GVSU is ranked at #8.

See all of the rankings for Grand Valley State University.

Is It Hard to Get Into GVSU?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Grand Valley State University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 81%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

Average Test Scores

About 76% of students accepted to GVSU submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 620. Math scores were between 520 and 610.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 530 to 620 )

SAT Math Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 520 to 610 )
GVSU received ACT scores from 54% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 21 and 26.

ACT Composite Scores for Grand Valley State University  ( 21 to 26 )

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Grand Valley State University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio is often used to estimate how much interaction there is between professors and their students at a college or university. At Grand Valley State University, this ratio is 16 to 1, which is on par with the national average of 15 to 1. That's not bad at all.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

In addition to the student to faculty ratio, some people look at what percentage of faculty members are full-time as a sign of how much time professors will be able to spend with their students. This is because part-time teachers may not be be on campus as much as their full-time counterparts.

The full-time faculty percentage at Grand Valley State University is 66%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  66 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Grand Valley State University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Grand Valley State University has a freshmen retention rate of 85%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  85 out of 100

Graduation Rate

The on-time graduation rate is the percent of first-time, full-time students who get their bachelor's degree with four years. At GVSU this rate is 37%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 33.3%.

On-Time Graduation Rate  37 out of 100

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Grand Valley State University Undergraduate Student Diversity

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 21,112 undergraduates at GVSU with 18,810 being full-time and 2,302 being part-time.

How Much Does Grand Valley State University Cost?

The overall average net price of GVSU is $17,646. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for GVSU

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$11,578 $12,459 $15,775 $20,113 $21,981

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of GVSU, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At GVSU, approximately 62% of students took out student loans averaging $6,584 a year. That adds up to $26,336 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at GVSU is 3.7%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do GVSU Graduates Make?

Yearly salaries vary depending on what you major in, but on average, bachelor's degree recipients from GVSU make around $42,800 per year during the early years of their employment. This is right on par with the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. Also, graduates in your major field may make more.


See which majors at Grand Valley State University make the most money.

Location of Grand Valley State University

Located in Allendale, Michigan, Grand Valley State University is a public institution. GVSU is located in a safe and convenient suburb.

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Contact details for GVSU are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 1 Campus Dr, Allendale, MI 49401-9403
Phone: 616-331-2020

Grand Valley State University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 89 majors graduated from Grand Valley State University. Of these students, 5,248 received undergraduate degrees and 1,024 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
General Biology 327 $29,400
Marketing 314 $41,800
Other Health Professions 276 $28,900
Health & Physical Education 272 NA
Finance & Financial Management 271 $45,700
General Psychology 233 $28,000
General Education 221 $34,800
Nursing 198 $56,800
Criminal Justice & Corrections 165 $35,400
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 156 $43,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Grand Valley State University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at GVSU

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2018-2019, 2,974 students took at least one online class at Grand Valley State University. This is an increase from the 2,406 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2018-2019 2,974 331
2017-2018 2,406 291
2016-2017 1,786 347
2015-2016 1,474 290
2013-2014 1,121 282

Learn more about online learning at Grand Valley State University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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