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Grand Valley State University Campus Life

Campus Size

Large Campus
Total Undergrads
Including 2,593 Part-time
Degree-Seeking Freshmen
Including 17 Part-time

Gender Breakdown:

59% Women
41% Men


NCAA Division II (with football)

Great Lakes Intercollegiate Ath Conf

  • Football
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Total Varsity Sports


Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $96,683)
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $79,228)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 227 168 Yes Yes
Baseball 31 - - -
Basketball 17 14 - Yes
Football 125 - - -
Golf 11 7 - Yes
Soccer - 26 Yes Yes
Softball - 18 Yes Yes
Swimming and Diving 36 29 - -
Tennis 8 11 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 19 Yes Yes
Badminton - - - Yes
Bowling - - Yes Yes
Cheerleading/Dance Team - - Yes -
Court Sports - - Yes Yes
Cycling - - Yes -
Equestrian - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Flag Football - - - Yes
Gymnastics - - Yes -
Ice Hockey - - Yes -
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Lacrosse - - Yes -
Rifle - - Yes -
Roller Hockey - - Yes Yes
Rowing - - Yes Yes
Rugby - - Yes -
Skating - - Yes -
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Track and Field, X-Country - - - Yes
Water Polo - - Yes -
Water Sports - - Yes -
Wrestling - - Yes -


Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.6%
Asian/Pacific Islander 2.6%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.0%
Hispanic 3.1%
Non-resident alien 1.2%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 1.5%
Two or more races 0.0%
White/non-Hispanic 85.9%
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Daycare on campus for children of students
  • Library on campus
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Marching Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Television Station
  • Radio Station
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 56
Liquor Law Violation 157
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 1

Notable Alumni

  • Greg Colton, director and storyboard revisionist for the animated TV series "Family Guy"
  • Jeff Chadwick, former NFL wide receiver
  • John Keating, Fox Sports Net personality
  • John R. Beyrle, United States Ambassador to the Russian Federation
  • Mark Dewey, former MLB pitcher
  • Patrick Sheane Duncan, screenwriter, director ("Mr. Holland's Opus," "Courage Under Fire")
  • Rob Rubick, former NFL player
  • Tommy Remengesau, former President of the Republic of Palau
  • Brandon Barnes, NFL offensive lineman
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Ashley from Ohio
  • 4
  • I did not live in a dorm freshman year. I lived in the laker village apartments and it was amazing! Upstairs and downstairs, 2 bedrooms for 4 people and a…

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  • Rachel from Ionia, MI
  • 5
  • meet the girls who will be in your wedding party. meet your husband. meet the best friends of your life. you will have so many fun experiences together and hilarious…

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  • Katelyn from Midland, MI
  • 5
  • freshman dorms are the best part about college at many universities. grand valley does a good job of orientating students and encouraging them to get out of their dorm…

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 4
  • Anonymous
  • I am a current student here

    The food is very good and they make sure to have healthy options and vegan options.

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  • 5
  • Rachel from Kentwood, MI
  • I am a current student here

    So many food options! Where do I begin? My favorite is the Panda Express in Kirkhof, but the line can get pretty long. There's also many places to get coffee or tea, like Starbucks, Argo, or Einstein Bros. Delicious!

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  • 2
  • Ashley from Ohio
  • I am a current student here

    Was not a fan of the food and dining. Started out with a 14 a week meal plan my first semester, it dwindled to 40 meals my second and third semesters and now I do not have a meal plan at all. I prefer healthy options and there did not seem to be much of that for me. Also there are not enough places to eat based on the number of students so waiting in line can be a long process.

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  • 4
  • Kimberly from Jackson, MI
  • I am a current student here

    Quality differs, but for the most part it is very good. There is a wide range of food options within walking distance. However, if you consider yourself dependent enough to do so, I would suggest not getting a meal plan and buying your own food at Meijer. You save a lot of money!

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  • 3
  • Emily from Eau Claire, MI
  • I am a current student here

    As I've mentioned, their options when it comes to food are lacking a bit. Sandwiches will probably become your best friend, considering how many sandwich lines there are.

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  • 4
  • Jordan from Midland, MI
  • I am a current student here

    There are many options for dining on campus, and the food is of pretty good quality for college. And as of the 2014-2015 academic year, the university is continuing to add dining options to the campus.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Ashley from Ohio
  • I am a current student here

    There are sororities and fraternities. I am not much into the greek life, but everywhere around campus I see people advertising to join!

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  • 0
  • Diane from Allendale, MI
  • I am a current student here

    I am actually apart of the Greek life here at GVSU, we have a completely different type of Greek Life compared to other schools. All of our Frats and Sororities must have above a 2.5 gpa no exceptions, an individual can most definitely be kicked out for not having high enough grades. Our greek life for the most part is filled with classy and wonderfully well rounded individuals.

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  • 0
  • Bailey from Detroit, MI
  • I am a past student here

    There's lots of opportunites to join a sorority or fraternity. There's a Greek Life night where you can check it all out too.

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