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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.

Financial Aid

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.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5882nd for the average student loan amount.
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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.

Student Enrollment Demographics


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.

Information Summary

Ranks 58th in Michigan and 2958th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Michigan and 240th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery 1 0.01
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary N/A N/A
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 8 0.05

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 840 0.45
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 10 0.01
Forcible Rape 81 0.04
Robbery 464 0.25
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,952 1.04
Larceny 3,897 2.07
Vehicle theft 325 0.17

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population33,909 (33,909 urban / N/A rural)
Households13,859 (2.28 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,176
Families6,343 (3.21 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public Urban-serving Single Campus
Undergraduate PopulationMixed part/full-time two-year
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate two-year
Size & SettingVery large two-year

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringAssociate's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2603

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 3938th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $2,472 $5,316 $7,884
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $426 $426 $426
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $103 $222 $329
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $4,098 $6,942 $9,510
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $10,388 $13,232 $15,800
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $6,260 $9,104 $11,672

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $2,516 $2,811 $5,252 $5,619 $7,748 $8,187
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,613 $1,661
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $3,949 $4,064
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $1,500 $1,618
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $1,500 $1,618

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record N/A /  N/A /  N/A
College Prep. CompletionN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scoresN/A
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 854th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $77,608 ($77,512 male / $73,261 female)
Number of FT Faculty 245 (116 male / 129 female)
Number of PT Faculty 914
FT Faculty Ratio 0.3 : 1
Total Benefits $15,139,066

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143 Bostwick Ave NE
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p. 616-234-4000
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