Grand Valley State University

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2020 Undergraduate Tuition
$13,576
3% growth from 2019
2020 Average Net Price
$16,865
After Financial Aid
2018 Student Loan
2.73%
Default Rate
2020 Acceptance Rate
87.5%
15,465 Applicants
2020 Enrolled Students
23,350
83.3% Full-Time
2020 Graduation Rate
68.5%
2,863 Graduates

About

Grand Valley State University is a higher education institution located in Ottawa County, MI. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Grand Valley State University were General Marketing & Marketing Management (314 degrees awarded), Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences (276 degrees), and General Finance (271 degrees).

In 2020, 6,334 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Valley State University. 62.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (5,255 degrees), 16.4 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (321 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $13,576, which is $−8,954 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $13,576, which is $−8,954 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $16,865.

In 2020, 73% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$13,576
2020 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2020, the cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University was $13,576. The cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University is $−8,954 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,531).

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Average Net Price

$16,865
2020 Value
0.0297%
1 Year Growth

In 2020 Grand Valley State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $16,865. Between 2019 and 2020, the average net price of Grand Valley State University grew by 0.0297%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,908
Room and Board
$740
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Grand Valley State University was of $7,908 in 2020. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $740. The cost of room and board increased by 0.842% between 2019 and 2020. The cost of books and supplies increased by 5.71% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

73%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

73% of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University received grants or loans in 2020. This represents a growth of 12.3% with respect to 2019, when 65% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

Cohort default rates only account for borrowers who default in the first three years, and some schools only have a small proportion of borrowers entering repayment. These rates should be interpreted with caution, as they may not be reflective of the entire school population.
2.73%
2018 Default Rate
163
Number of Defaults

In 2018 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Valley State University was 2.73%, which represents 163 out of the 5968 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Grand Valley State University received 15,465 undergraduate applications in 2020, which represents a 6.34% annual decline. Out of those 15,465 applicants, 13,535 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 87.5% acceptance rate.

There were 23,350 students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in 2020, and N/A% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Valley State University has an overall enrollment yield of 28%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

87.5%
Acceptance Rate in 2020
13,535
Accepted Out of 15,465

In 2020, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Valley State University was 87.5% (13,535 admissions from 15,465 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2019, which was 83%. Between 2019 and 2020, the number of applicants declined by −6.34%, while admissions declined by −1.25%.

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SAT Scores

N/A%
Submission Percentage
0
Scores Submitted

N/A% of enrolled first-time students at Grand Valley State University in 2020 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Valley State University has a total enrollment of 23,350 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 19,459 students and the part-time enrollment is 3,891. This means that 83.3% of students enrolled at Grand Valley State University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Grand Valley State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 81.6% White, 5.79% Hispanic or Latino, 4.24% Black or African American, 3.71% Two or More Races, 2.52% Asian, 0.364% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0857% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (50.7%), followed by White Male (31.9%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.52%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (62.6%), followed by White Male (17.4%) and Asian Female (2.77%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

83.3%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Valley State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 23,350 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 19,459 and the part-time enrollment is 3,891. This means that 83.3% of students enrolled at Grand Valley State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.8% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

83%
2020 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Grand Valley State University was 83%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (75%), Grand Valley State University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    19,064
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    1,351
  3. Black or African American
    989

The enrolled student population at Grand Valley State University is 81.6% White, 5.79% Hispanic or Latino, 4.24% Black or African American, 3.71% Two or More Races, 2.52% Asian, 0.364% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0857% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 52.6% White, 16.6% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 75 students (0.321%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2020, 1554 more women than men received degrees from Grand Valley State University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Grand Valley State University is white (5,255 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (321 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Valley State University is General Marketing & Marketing Management (314 degrees awarded), followed by Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences (276 degrees) and General Finance (271 degrees).

The most specialized majors across all degree types at Grand Valley State University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (272 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (331 degrees), and Biology (494 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Physicians (408,081 people), Other managers (295,976 people), Elementary & middle school teachers (224,148 people), Postsecondary teachers (202,040 people), and Social workers, all other (182,055 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (272 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (331 degrees), Biology (494 degrees), English (165 degrees), and Communications (327 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Surgeons, Public relations specialists, Actuaries, Dentists, and Physicians

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (272 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (331 degrees), Biology (494 degrees), English (165 degrees), and Communications (327 degrees).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Elementary & secondary schools (599,997 people), General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (581,595 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (550,436 people), Offices of physicians (235,781 people), and Computer Systems Design (199,816 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (272 degrees awarded), Public Administration and Social Service (331 degrees), Biology (494 degrees), English (165 degrees), and Communications (327 degrees).

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Degrees

Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Grand Valley State University.
Most Common
  1. 314 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 276 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 271 degree-majorss awarded

In 2020, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Valley State University was General Marketing & Marketing Management with 314 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

2,390
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2020
3,944
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2020

In 2020, 2,390 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University, which is 0.606 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,944).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2020, 197 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University in General Finance, which is 2.66 times more than the 74 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2020, 226 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Valley State University in Other Health Professions & Related Clinical Sciences, which is 4.52 times more than the 50 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

37%
100% Completion Time
66%
150% Completion Time

In 2020, 37% of students graduating from Grand Valley State University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 66% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 69% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
American Indian or Alaska Native Female
Highest Graduation Rate (75%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Grand Valley State University is Female and American Indian or Alaska Native (75% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (72.4%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 0.105% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    5,255 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    321 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    234 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Valley State University is white (5,255 degrees awarded). There were 16.4 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (321 degrees).

0.347% of degree recipients (22 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic
  1. White Female
    3,310 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    1,945 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    195 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Grand Valley State University is white female (3,310 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,945 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at nearly $130M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $8.07M (6.2%), compared to the 3.19% average return ($1.26M on $39.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2020, Grand Valley State University had a total salary expenditure of $476M. Grand Valley State University employs 329 Associate professors, 311 Professors, and 249 No academic ranks. Most academics at Grand Valley State University are Male Professors (195), Male Associate professors(165), and Female Associate professors (164).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 315 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 249 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 207 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$130M
2020 Endowment
1.51%
decline from 2019

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at about $130M, as of the end of the 2020 fiscal year. The endowment of Grand Valley State University declined 1.51% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $90.5M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $14.5M - Federal
  2. $7.49M - State
  3. $582k - Local

As of 2020, Grand Valley State University received $14.5M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $7.49M from state grants and contracts, and $582k from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$210M
2020 Salaries
0.741%
growth from 2019

In 2020, Grand Valley State University paid a median of $210M in salaries, which represents 44.2% of their overall expenditure ($476M) and a 0.741% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.32% growth from 2018 and a 3.75% growth from 2017.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.6M (40.9% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$95.7M
Instructional Salaries
1,101
Number of Employees

In 2020, Grand Valley State University paid a total of $95.7M to 1,101 employees working as instructors, which represents 45.5% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11M (31.8%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
329 Employees
Office and Administrative Support
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
315 Employees

In 2020, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were Associate professor with 329 employees; Professor with 311 employees; and Professor with 249 employees.

In 2020, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were Office and Administrative Support with 315 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 249 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 207 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic
  1. Male Professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Female Associate professor

In 2020, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University was Male Professor with 195 employees, Male Associate professor with 165 employees, and Female Associate professor with 164 employees.

This chart shows the sex split between each academic rank present at Grand Valley State University.

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