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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
  • Staci from Brookfield, IL
  • 5
  • Having lived in a dorm where I could shut my own door to my room, I had a different experience than most. However, it was amazing. The Ra's at GVSU…

  • Jun-18-2012 Read More
  • Gabriel from Auburn Hills, MI
  • 4
  • Very fun dorm life, nice dorms, people are nice. Watch out for vandals in freshman dorms, though. If someone doesn't come forward, everyone will have to be billed.…

  • Apr-09-2012 Read More
  • 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…

  • Feb-13-2012 Read More


Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Bri Anderson from Grand Prairie, TX
  • Jan-16-2015 I am researching this school and have not visited the campus

    Well considering I am a person that LOVES to eat I think the food looks DELICIOUS. but I havent actually had any. Hoping to tour there this summer.

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  • 3
  • Ann Onomous from Fruitport, MI
  • Jan-03-2015 I am a current student here

    Before coming to GVSU I had always heard that college food is not that great, but I have actually been impressed with most of the options. There are enough options to please everybody...there is honestly every type of food possible available on campus. PS...don't get too carried away though, the freshman 15 is no myth!

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  • 4
  • Alex from Elk Rapids, MI
  • Dec-28-2014 I am a current student here

    There are a couple places that are available for serving food. Fresh, Fuel, Kleiner, Einsteins Bagels, and the C-store are the main places on campus. The food is good, and there are always healthy options available as well.

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  • 5
  • Diane from Allendale, MI
  • Dec-22-2014 I am a current student here

    Our campuses food and dining is just about perfect. We have plenty of healthy options at every dining place. It is extremely good and is somewhere I would still go and eat, its not the typical college food.

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  • 4
  • Stephanie from Grand Rapids, MI
  • May-13-2014 I am a current student here

    The food choices are all very good. All of them are within walking distance as well. You won't have to go far to get healthy food. Fresh Foods changes their menu up daily, with unlimited portions. There are also C-Stores available throughout campus just in case you need a quick snack!

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  • 3
  • Cassidy from Commerce Township, MI
  • Apr-17-2014 I am a current student here

    Other than Papa Johns, everywhere else is kind of blah. The connection has quality food, but if you don't have a meal plan, they will empty your pockets. Fresh is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that has OK food, but it definitely is what you pay for.

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  • 3
  • Caitlyn from Lake Orion, MI
  • Apr-09-2014 I am a current student here

    Students normally are assigned a meal plan, where they are given 5-14 meals a week to use in the dining locations. There are four main dining locations on campus. About 20 feet from my dorm is Kleiner. There are a few different choices for meals and they are really good... for the first few weeks. You get sick of them after a while but it is the only dining location open until midnight. Second, there is Fresh. Itâ??s an all you can eat buffet and my favorite when Iâ??m hungry. Under that is Fuel, it has only a few choices but Papa Johns pizza is one of them. Lastly, there is Connection. It always has salad and subs, and then 2 other choices that change every day. The only downside is that itâ??s a far walk unless you attend honors college.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Diane from Allendale, MI
  • Dec-22-2014 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
  • Gaby from Wyoming, MI
  • May-26-2014 I am a current student here

    So many opportunities! The people are always so welcoming so just check it out for yourself!

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  • 0
  • Bailey from Detroit, MI
  • Feb-28-2014 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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