Grand Valley State University (GVSU)

Allendale, MI

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Most Popular Majors

All Majors & Degrees

Agriculture and Natural Resources

Major Bachelors Masters
Natural Resources/Conservation

Arts & Humanities

Major Bachelors Masters
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures and Linguistics
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts
English Composition
English Language and Literature
Film, Cinema, Video, Movie Studies
French Language and Literature
General Music
German Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Other Fine Arts and Art Studies
Spanish Language and Literature


Major Bachelors Masters
Business/Managerial Economics
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management
Information Science/Studies
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Logistics and Materials Management
Management Science
Marketing/Marketing Management

Communication & Media

Major Bachelors Masters
Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Other Communication, Journalism and Related Programs
Radio and Television
Web Page, Digital Multimedia, Information Resources, and Graphic Design


Major Bachelors Masters
Curriculum and Instruction
Educational Leadership and Administration
Educational/Instructional Media Design
Higher Education/Higher Education Administration
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Reading Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching


Major Bachelors Masters
Mechanical Engineering

Fitness, Recreation and Leisure Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Athletic Training/Trainer
Health and Physical Education

Health & Medical Services

Major Bachelors Masters
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Health/Health Care Administration/Management
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Other Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences
Physician Assistant
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Registered Nurse and Registered Nursing (RN)
Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy

Interdisciplinary Studies

Major Bachelors Masters
Biological and Physical Sciences

Legal Professions

Major Bachelors Masters
Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Life Science

Major Bachelors Masters
Biology/Biological Sciences
Biomedical Sciences
Cell/Cellular and Molecular Biology
Other Cell/Cellular Biology and Anatomical Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Major Bachelors Masters

Natural Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Environmental Chemistry
Geology/Earth Science

Security and Protective Service Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Criminal Justice & Law Enforcement

Social Sciences

Major Bachelors Masters
Chinese Studies
Geographic Information Systems and Cartography (GIS)
International Relations and Affairs
Political Science and Government
Russian Studies
Social Psychology
Social Sciences
Women's Studies

Social Work

Major Bachelors Masters
Public Administration
Social Work

Technician Careers

Major Bachelors Masters
Occupational Safety and Health Technology/Technician


Major Bachelors Masters
Computer and Information Sciences

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GVSU Ratings & Reviews

Overall Rating for Academics:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 3 Reviews

67% of students gave Grand Valley State University 5 stars in Academics.

Student Ratings

Alumnus - Grad Year 2008

Academics Rating

I was enrolled in the School of Communications which offered several types of classes in fields like advertising, film, etc. Most of the classes were small in size which really helped those who wanted to learn one-on-one. Professors were readily available to help you as well.

Academics Rating

Grand Valley offers many courses and opportunities. The Frederick Meijer Honors College classes seem very well put together and the professors seem very helpful. Grand Valley offers many chances to study abroad and expose yourself to new cultures and people. The academic advisors are there to help you make decisions to reach your goals and become successful.

GVSU Academic Details

Academic Calendar Semester
Average Freshman GPA 2.90
Retention Rate 82%
Carnegie Class Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Orientation Month(s) Orientation for new students held in April, May, June, July, and August.

Specialty Study Options

  • Double Majors
  • Independent Study
  • Honors Program
  • Internships
  • Certificate Programs

Cooperative Education Programs

  • Education
  • Engineering

Pre-Professional Programs

  • Pre-Law
  • Pre-Medicine
  • Pre-Veterinary
  • Pre-Pharmacy
  • Pre-Dentistry

Class Sizes at Grand Valley State University

  • Fewer than 20 Students: 24%
  • 50 - 100 Students: 5%
  • 20 - 49 Students: 69%
  • 100+ Students: 1%
Fewer than 20 Students 24%
50 - 100 Students 5%
20 - 49 Students 69%
100+ Students 1%

Faculty Ethnic Diversity

  • Caucasian: 79
  • Unknown and Other: 9
  • Asian: 6
  • African American: 4
  • Latino: 3
Caucasian 79
Unknown and Other 9
Asian 6
African American 4
Latino 3

Faculty at Grand Valley State University

Total Faculty 1,600
Student-to-Faculty Ratio 17
Full-Time Professors 2,339
Male Faculty 805
Part-Time Professors 571
Women Faculty 795

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