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Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public Michigan university. It attracts nearly 25,000 students with its high-quality programs and state-of-the-art facilities. Grand Valley provides a fully accredited liberal undergraduate and graduate education and has campuses in Allendale, Grand Rapids, and Holland, and regional centers in Muskegon and Traverse City. Grand Valley is a comprehensive university, serving students from all 83 Michigan counties and dozens of other states and foreign countries. Grand Valley offers 81 undergraduate and 31 graduate degree programs. The university is dedicated to individual student achievement, going beyond the traditional classroom experience, with research opportunities and business partnerships. Grand Valley employs more than 2,000 people and is committed to providing a fair and equitable environment for the continued success of all.

  • Named one of "America's 100 Best College Buys" 17 years in a row by Institutional Research and Evaluation, Inc.
  • Ranked one of the “Most Affordable Large Public Colleges” in the 2013 Affordable Colleges Online list of the “Most Affordable Large Public Colleges"
  • Named a "Military Friendly School" in 2013 by G.I. Jobs magazine
  • Tied for 7th in the "Top Public Regional Universities in the Midwest" category of U.S. News & World Report's 2013 Best Colleges
  • Seidman College of Business was named one of the "Best 296 Business Schools" for 2013 in The Princeton Review's Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 edition
  • Named a national role model for its commitment to diversity by Minority Access, Inc.
  • Named a Best Midwestern College in The Princeton Review's 2013 College Ranking
  • Earned the Directors' Cup from the National Association of Collegiate Directors of Athletics for being the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation eight of the last 10 years
  • Ranked 13th nationally in study abroad participation in 2013 by the Institute of International Education
  • Recipient of the 2012 Excellence in Academic Libraries Award from the Association of College Research and Libraries
  • Named one of the country’s greenest universities by Sierra Club; placing 16th overall and the highest-ranking Michigan institution on the list
  • Listed as one of the most environmentally responsible colleges in the U.S.A. and Canada in The Princeton Review's Guide to 322 Green Colleges: 2013 edition
  • Listed as one of "America's Top Colleges" in 2012 by Forbes Magazine
  • Recognized as a "Fit-Friendly Worksite" by the American Heart Association

Besides the advantages of working in the dynamic world of learning and thoughtful perspective, Grand Valley faculty and staff members receive some of the most comprehensive and personalized benefit packages available in any industry.

The Grand Valley State University’s Personalized Benefits Program allows each faculty and staff member to choose the medical, dental, vision, and flexible spending account coverage options that best suit the needs of them and their family. This cafeteria-style plan allow individuals to customize their benefits program to best fit their individual needs yet still serve the university’s large and diverse work force.

For more information, visit our benefits page: www.gvsu.edu/healthwellness/benefits-37.htm


Possessing and mastering a range of thoughtful perspectives is necessary for open inquiry, a liberal education, and a healthy community. Recognizing this, Grand Valley seeks to include, engage, and support a diverse group of students, faculty, and staff. The institution values a multiplicity of opinions and backgrounds, and is dedicated to incorporating multiple voices and experiences into every aspect of its operations. We are committed to building institutional capacity and strengthening our liberal education through providing an inclusive environment for all of our Grand Valley constituents.


Grand Valley State University will become one of the nation's premiere Carnegie classification "Master's Large" institutions of higher education grounded in the tradition of liberal education.  It will be recognized and acknowledged as a community of diverse, committed scholars engaged in collaborative, lifelong learning to achieve acknowledged academic excellence and positive community impacts.  By focusing on the promotion of high quality undergraduate and graduate degree programs, the institution will be the university of choice for students and faculty alike and it will enjoy broad support for its innovative partnerships and initiatives that promote the physical health and the intellectual, social, environmental, economic, and cultural advancement of West Michigan, and ultimately, the advancement of the state, nation, and world.

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