Grand Valley State University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$14,302
2.89% growth from 2021
2022 Average Net Price
$17,105
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
0.948%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
90.4%
17,123 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
21,648
83.5% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
66.3%
2,836 Graduates

About

Grand Valley State University is a higher education institution located in Ottawa County, MI. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Grand Valley State University were General Psychology (334 degrees awarded), General Marketing & Marketing Management (325 degrees), and General Education (276 degrees).

In 2022, 6,722 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Valley State University. 65.4% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 34.6% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,584 degrees), 15.5 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (360 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $14,302, which is $−9,694 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $14,302, which is $−9,694 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $17,105.

In 2022, 85% of undergraduate students attending Grand Valley State University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 49% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$14,302
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University was $14,302. The cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University is $−9,694 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$17,105
2022 Value
0.932%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Grand Valley State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $17,105. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Grand Valley State University grew by 0.932%.

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Other Student Expenses

$8,572
Room and Board
$740
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Grand Valley State University was of $8,572 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.25% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $740. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

85%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
49%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

85% of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a growth of 14.9% with respect to 2021, when 74% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
0.948%
2019 Default Rate
56
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Valley State University was 0.948%, which represents 56 out of the 5906 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Grand Valley State University received 17,123 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 0.233% annual growth. Out of those 17,123 applicants, 15,474 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 90.4% acceptance rate.

There were 21,648 students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in 2022. 63% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Valley State University has an overall enrollment yield of 25%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

90.4%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
15,474
Accepted Out of 17,123

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Valley State University was 90.4% (15,474 admissions from 17,123 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 91.7%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 0.233%, while admissions declined by −1.63%..

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SAT Scores

63%
Submission Percentage (2022)
2,440
Scores Submitted (2022)

63% of enrolled first-time students at Grand Valley State University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Valley State University had a total enrollment of 21,648 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 18,066 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,582. This means that 83.5% of students enrolled at Grand Valley State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grand Valley State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 78.2% White, 6.51% Hispanic or Latino, 5.3% Black or African American, 3.51% Two or More Races, 2.71% Asian, 0.337% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0554% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (48.7%), followed by White Male (30.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (4.11%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (52.6%), followed by White Male (14.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (2.82%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.5%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Valley State University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 21,648 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 18,066 and the part-time enrollment is 3,582. This means that 83.5% of students enrolled at Grand Valley State University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

79%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Grand Valley State University was 79%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Grand Valley State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    16,939 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,410 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    1,148 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Grand Valley State University is 78.2% White, 6.51% Hispanic or Latino, 5.3% Black or African American, 3.51% Two or More Races, 2.71% Asian, 0.337% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0554% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 138 students (0.637%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 2,064 more women than men received degrees from Grand Valley State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Grand Valley State University is white (5,584 degrees awarded). There were 15.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (360 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Valley State University is General Psychology (334 degrees awarded), followed by General Marketing & Marketing Management (325 degrees) and General Education (276 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Grand Valley State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (275 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (335 degrees), and English (163 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Physicians (417,702 people), Postsecondary teachers (231,156 people), Other managers (228,119 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (223,409 people), and Secondary school teachers (176,852 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University in 2022 are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (275 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (335 degrees), English (163 degrees), Biology (540 degrees), and Math & Statistics (119 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Surgeons, Cardiovascular technologists and technicians, Physicians, Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents, and Aircraft pilots & flight engineers

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (275 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (335 degrees), English (163 degrees), Biology (540 degrees), and Math & Statistics (119 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (589,519 people), Elementary & secondary schools (584,398 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (509,765 people), Offices of physicians (221,848 people), and Computer Systems Design (192,286 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (275 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (335 degrees), English (163 degrees), Biology (540 degrees), and Math & Statistics (119 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Grand Valley State University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 334 degrees awarded
  2. 325 degrees awarded
  3. 276 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Valley State University was General Psychology with 334 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,329
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
4,393
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 2,329 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University, which is 0.53 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (4,393).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 179 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University in General Finance, which is 2.21 times more than the 81 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 271 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University in General Psychology, which is 4.3 times more than the 63 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

41%
100% Completion Time
69%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 41% of students graduating from Grand Valley State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 69% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 71% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Male
Highest Graduation Rate (80%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Grand Valley State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (80% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.141% of graduates (4 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    5,584 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    360 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    249 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Valley State University is white (5,584 degrees awarded). There were 15.5 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (360 degrees).

0.342% of degree recipients (23 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    3,634 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,950 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    229 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Grand Valley State University is white female (3,634 degrees awarded). There were 1.86 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1950 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at nearly $169M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−9.43%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Grand Valley State University had a total salary expenditure of 506M. Grand Valley State University employs 318 No academic ranks, 318 Professors and 314 Associate professors. Most academics at Grand Valley State University are Male Professor (199), Female No academic rank (191), and Male Associate professor (160).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 296 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 267 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 204 employees.

Endowment

$169M
2022 Endowment
3.29%
decline from 2021

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at about $169M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Grand Valley State University declined 3.29% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $123M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $19.2M - Federal
  2. $9.07M - State
  3. $630k - Local

As of 2022, Grand Valley State University received $19.2M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $9.07M from state grants and contracts, and $630k from local grants and contracts.

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Salary Expenditure

$210M
2022 Salaries
1.35%
decline from 2021

In 2022, Grand Valley State University paid a median of $210M in salaries, which represents 41.5% of their overall expenditure ($506M) and a 1.35% decline from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$100M
Instructional Salaries
1,119
Number of Employees

In 2022, Grand Valley State University paid a total of $100M to 1,119 employees working as instructors, which represents 47.9% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

No academic rank
Most Common Instructor
318 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
296 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were No academic rank with 318 employees, Professor with 318 employees, and Associate professor with 314 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were Office and Administrative Support with 296 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 267 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 204 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Male Professor
  2. Female No academic rank
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University was Male Professor with 199 employees, Female No academic rank with 191 employees, and Male Associate professor with 160 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Grand Valley State University.

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