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Grand Valley State University

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Description of Grand Valley State University

  • Location: Michigan, USA
  • Year of foundation: 1960
  • Language of instruction: English
  • Number of students: more than 24 000
  • Type of education: mixed.

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a state universal university with modern education.

Grand Valley State College was founded in 1960, accepted its first class of 225 students in 1963, and held its first graduation of 138 students on June 18, 1967. The state assembly decided to turn the college into a higher education institution in 1987. Since then, bachelor's, master's and doctoral programs have been implemented here in 200 regions.

The University consists of 7 colleges in the following areas:

  1. Business
  2. Education, social innovations
  3. Free sciences, arts
  4. Engineering, Computing
  5. Medical professions
  6. Nursing
  7. Interdisciplinary research.

GVSU has more than 4,000 study abroad programs.

Programs and prices, tuition fees in Grand Valley State University

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Accommodation, meals, prices

GVSU settles its students in 29 residential centers and three residential complexes on the main campus in Allendale. Two more dormitories are located on the Pew Grand Rapids campus.

Grand Valley Apartments 6 houses, each equipped for 40 people. Cost of living per semester:

  • Apartments: 2 bedrooms for 4 people – 1900$
  • Apartments: 2 bedrooms for 2 people – 3250$.

Laker Village – apartments in the style of a townhouse. On the territory there are sports facilities, parking, next to the bus stop. The cost per semester:

  • Single accommodation – 3450$
  • 2 bedrooms for 4 people – 2300$
  • 2 bedrooms for 2 persons – 3850$
  • 4 bedrooms for 4 people – 3050$.

Murray & Vansteeland Residential Centers and South Apartments Dormitory are located on the south campus near Blue Connection, Library, Niemeyer Honors College, Kirkhof Center.

Cost of living per semester:

  • 1 bedroom – 4300$
  • 2 bedrooms – 3850$
  • 4 bedrooms – 3250$.

Niemeyer Center – fully furnished apartments for students enrolled with honors.

Apartment options, price per semester:

  • 1 bedroom – 3850$
  • 2 bedrooms – 3850$
  • 4 bedrooms – 3250$.

Winter Hall is located on the Pew campus.

Apartments with the cost per semester:

  • 1 bedroom for 1 person – 3850$
  • 2 bedrooms for 2 people – 3250$.

Secchia Hall is also located near the Winter Hall,near themain attractions of the city. There are more accommodation options, but the price per semester is approximately the same:

  • 1 bedroom apartment – 4300$
  • 2 bedroom apartment – 3850$
  • 3-room apartment – 3250$
  • 4-bedroom apartment– 3050$.

The semester price includes utility bills, Wi-Fi,TV.

All dormitories are fully furnished, sports grounds, cafes, shops are equipped in the territories. Residential buildings are available for public transport, within walking distance - shopping centers, public places, educational buildings.

Upon request, the university can provide gender-sensitive housing, as well as assistance in renting apartments in the city if the student does not want to live on campus.

GVSU has six individual dining rooms for students and faculty located in each residential building. Meal plans provide a set of meals and extra money to spend in local stores. Plans range from $550to $1875 per semester.

Activities Grand Valley State University

There are many activities on campuses, from a variety of on-campus living programs, volunteer opportunities to sporting events and recreation.

More than 400 student organizations allow you to develop your talents.

GVSU has one of the best sports programs in the country, with Laker teams competing in more than 20 sports at the intercogiversity level. If desired, you can attend group training in yoga, athletics, kickboxing, CrossFit, etc. Among the leading sports sections:

  • Beach volleyball
  • Softball
  • Soccer
  • Frisbee
  • Basketball.

According to the program "Adventures in the fresh air" tourist trips, master classes of survival, travel are organized. Students can rent equipment, clothes, bicycles.


  • 3rd place in the ranking "Best Public Regional Universities of the Midwest"
  • Ranked No. 1 in princeton Review's Best College in the Midwest
  • America's Best College for 14 consecutive years
  • Business College is one of the 301 best business schools in the world
  • Accreditation by the Higher Training Commission
  • Partnership with medical institutions
  • Many student associations.

Facilities and equipment at Grand Valley State University

GVSU is:

  • The main campus in Allendale, Michigan – 1322 acres of buildings of faculties, laboratories, administration, etc.
  • Robert S. Pugh Campus on the West Bank of the Grand River – 65 acres of buildings for the education of engineers, future faculty, businessmen, graduate students
  • Grand Rapids Medical Campus at 14.5 acres – three academic buildings
  • Meijer Campus – Evening, Accelerated, Hybrid Courses for Local Students
  • Detroit Center – University Business, Event Venues, GVSU Charter Schools
  • Stevenson Regional Center at Muskegon Community College
  • Traverse City Regional Center
  • Battle Creek Regional Information Center – career support, assistance in individual education planning.

In all educational areas there are libraries, medical centers, canteens, sports facilities: playgrounds for team games, halls, treadmills, etc.

Admission dates and extra charges

The school year has two 16-week semesters:

  • Winter: January-May
  • Autumn: August-December.

As well as two 6-week sessions or one 12-week session:

  • Spring: May-June
  • Summer: June-August
  • Spring/Summer: May-August.

Additional expenses of GVSU students per semester:

  • Accommodation, meals – from 9000$
  • Books, consumables – from 700$
  • Medical care
  • Sports sections, mugs
  • Transport, parking – from $ 400 per year
  • Personal expenses
  • Annual contributions.

Entry requirements, how to apply, what is required to enrol

For admission to the bachelor's degree, applicants will need:

  • Certificate of secondary education
  • Official transcript
  • GPA
  • ACT/SAT Standardized Test Results
  • TOEFL certificate (from 106)/IELTS (from 7.5), if the student is a foreigner
  • Registration fee of $30.

Future masters should be provided with:

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Registration fee of $30
  • Transcripts of courses taken
  • GRE/GMAT results
  • TOEFL certificate (from 106)/IELTS (from 7.5), if the student is a foreigner
  • Essay/personal statement.

Applications are submitted in July-August, December.

Scholarships Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley University offers more than 500 scholarships for students and faculties. Most of them are paid on the basis of academic success, but you can get a scholarship according to social criteria, innovative ideas, extracurricular activities.

Some scholarship programs:

  • Robert and Ellen Thompson Scholarships
  • Mi-Lights Photonics
  • Internship Awards
  • Scholarship support for students enrolled in the exchange.

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Residence permits, citizenship and other services

  • Guardianship services during the studies
  • Student supervision

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