GVSU: A small college, major university experience

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Grand Valley State University has established a reputation for creating unique learning opportunities that attract top students. Its liberal education focus emphasizes critical thinking, creative problem solving, and cultural understanding. Through personalized learning enhanced by active scholarship, Grand Valley accomplishes its mission of educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies.

Acting from a Strong Foundation — With 78 undergraduate and 29 graduate degree programs, Grand Valley offers an academic experience one would expect from a small private college and the programs and resources only available from a major university. Virtually all of the university’s areas of academic study incorporate its liberal education focus into the learning process. The result is that graduates are better prepared to meet new challenges with confidence and professional expertise.

Value Matters — Grand Valley tuition is below the state average for Michigan public universities, while more than 91 percent of its graduates are successfully employed or pursuing advanced degrees.

First-rate Faculty/Real-world Research — Grand Valley faculty members love to teach and believe that research mentoring is the greatest form of teaching. Through active, engaged scholarship in student-directed research projects, they inspire students’ passion for learning, self-discovery, incorporating academics with professional work. It’s a core value that makes Grand Valley different — and creates a more personal, interactive, and meaningful learning experience for students. Plus, every class is taught by faculty not teaching assistants, assuring first-rate learning opportunities in every class.

Shaping an Ideal Educational Destination — Our contemporary campuses in Allendale and Grand Rapids, Michigan’s thriving, second largest city, include state-of-the-art learning, living, and research centers and provide unique opportunities for internships and employment in leading-edge industries, including the life sciences, health care, sustainability, and engineering.