Grand Rapids Community College (GRCC) was established as Grand Rapids Junior College in 1914. In 1991, the institute became a community college and received its current name. GRCC operates an eight-block downtown campus in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
Grand Rapids offers certificates and associate’s degrees in a variety of fields of study. Courses are conducted through two academic divisions:
- School of Arts and Sciences
- School of Workforce Development
Students can opt for degrees in the disciplines of biological sciences, child development & education, English, mathematics, performing arts, applied technology, business administration, and fashion merchandising, among others.
Distance learning programs are offered to provide flexible learning opportunities for students who are unable to attend on-campus classes. Distance classes are generally conducted online, as well as through telecourses, live cable, and interactive TV.
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The students are offered admission in accordance with their academic performance at the high school level. A GPA of at least 2.0, combined with an ACT score of above 18, or 12 college credits, are necessary to gain admission. Those not meeting the criteria can sit for the Accuplacer educational assessment test. Early college students, or those pursuing their high school diploma and having a cumulative GPA of 2.5, can also apply for admission by completing the Early College application.
Enrollment to international students is also offered. It is mandatory for such applicants to score a minimum of 71 in the Internet-based TOEFL, or 197 in the computer version. IELTS scores of 5.5 can also be taken into account.
Students can apply online for their respective courses. However, applications for September classes need to be submitted by the last week of May, while applications for January classes have to be sent in before the beginning of October.
Prospective students, while applying to the college, need to submit not only a completed application form, but also their high school or college transcripts, ACT scores, and an application fee.
The Office of Admissions caters to the admission of early college students as well as international students. All other applicants can get in touch with the Enrollment Center for detailed information.
Students can receive financial assistance as per their needs. This may be in the form of federal programs like Stafford loans or PLUS Loans for parents. Apart from this, students can also earn the GRCC Foundation Scholarship, or obtain the Hope Scholarship Credit, and The Lifetime Learning Credit. Also, even though the college itself does not recommend any lenders, students of can opt for alternative loans from private institutions.
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p.The student body is large and diverse, comprising more than 15,000 representatives from across United States and over 20 nations worldwide. The campus includes the Diversity Learning Center, the Applied Technology Center, Bostwick Commons – a student center, the Calkins Science Center, and the Spectrum Theater. In addition, it is home to several student clubs and organizations. These include the Student Congress, International Food Service Executives Association, Fashion and Design Club, and Delta Pi Alpha Honor Society.
The Counseling and Career Center offers career counseling, personal counseling and academic advising to the students. It helps them to achieve personal and academic success by means of informed decision making. Student Employment Services are also offered, which enables the students to gain required skills and knowledge for their future careers.
The library provides online databases, up-to-date technology, and various DVDs and CD-ROM materials to the students. Apart from this, students also have access to the well-equipped research labs.
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The college is a member of the National Junior College Athletic Association and the Michigan Community College Athletic Association. Its athletics teams are known as the Raiders. GRCC is home to men’s teams in baseball, basketball, football, golf, and tennis, and women’s teams in basketball, volleyball, softball, and tennis.
GRCC is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Secondary Schools. The Art Department has received accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Art and Design.
Brooke Bright graduated with her Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Phoenix. She currently resides with her family in Northern Illinois. When she is not chasing her two sons around you can find her organizing something or reading a mystery novel.