Located in Allendale, Mich., Grand Valley State University is a relatively young college, having only been in existence for about 50 years. In that time, the university has grown to become one of the largest universities in the nation in terms of enrollment, an athletic colossus and a well-respected provider of health care and business professionals.
The university offers a mix of rural and urban living thanks to its location in Allendale — close enough to nearby big cities, but also close to more natural settings like Lake Michigan.
Grand Valley State University offers 81 undergraduate majors and almost 30 graduate programs. The college has bachelor’s, post-bachelor’s, master’s, post-master’s, certificate and doctoral programs. The university’s offerings are divided into eight colleges: the F.E. Seidman College of Business, the College of Community and Public Services, the College of Education, the College of Education, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing, the Kirkhof College of Nursing, the Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies and the College of Health Professions.
The most popular majors at the school are business/commerce, health services, allied health and health sciences. In fact, the university is the number one provider of health care professionals in Michigan. With the rising medical needs of an aging Baby Boomer population, it’s expected that the university’s health programs will continue to expand and offer more majors and courses in the future.
The university is accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, which accredits schools in Arkansas, Arizona, Colorado, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Mexico, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Dakota, West Virginia, Wisconsin, and Wyoming. The NCA also accredits schools in the Navajo nation. More than 1,000 colleges are accredited by the NCA.
Grand Valley State University has a vibrant and active research program. In recent years, the university has engaged in more than 196 research projects which it received more than $40 million in grant funding to perform. Recently, the university’s Michigan Alternative and Renewable Endergy Center got more than $3.7 million in funding for a three-year project to test wind energy on Lake Michigan. The Annis Water Resources Institute frequently researches water resource projects involving ecosystems, the impact of contaminants and toxic substances, water quality, land use and more. The university has a growing commitment to sustainability and green initiatives, so much of its research is reflecting this commitment.
Grand Valley also has a vibrant study abroad program, offering students many opportunities to further their studies at partnering universities abroad. The university has also branched out into online learning, offering a number of degree programs online. Online learning is a major trend for universities throughout the nation because of the convenience they can offer students and faculty.
Grand Valley is an extremely well-reviewed institution. U.S. News and World Report ranks it No. 34 among regional universities in the Midwest. The Princeton Review has ranked it among the best colleges in the Midwest and Forbes Magazine recently ranked it as one of the best colleges in the nation.
The university’s business college receive particularly high marks from the Princeton review. Some of Grand Valley State University’s top-rated graduate programs include its nursing, occupational therapy, social work, public affairs and business programs.