Grand Valley State University

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2016 Undergraduate Tuition

$11,832

4.13% growth from 2015

2016 Average Net Price

$15,904

After Financial Aid

2015 Student Loan

3.91%

Default Rate

2016 Acceptance Rate

81.7%

17,107 Applicants

2016 Enrolled Students

25,460

82.9% Full-Time

2016 Graduation Rate

66.3%

2,263 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 Psychology (292 degrees awarded), Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (271 degrees), and Pre-Medical Studies (260 degrees).

In 2016, 6,276 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Grand Valley State University. 62.6% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 37.4% awarded men. The majority of degree recipients were white (5,319 degrees), 19.8 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (268 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $11,832, which is $-8,328 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Grand Valley State University is $11,832, which is $-8,328 less than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $15,904.

In 2016, 65% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 62% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$11,832

2016 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2016, the cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University was $11,832. The cost of tuition at Grand Valley State University is $-8,328 less than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($20,160).

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Average Net Price

$15,904

2016 Value

0.965%

1 Year Growth

In 2016 Grand Valley State University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $15,904. Between 2015 and 2016, the average net price of Grand Valley State University grew by 0.965%.

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Other Student Expenses

$7,380

Room and Board

$700

Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Grand Valley State University was of $7,380 in 2016. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $700. The cost of room and board decreased by 15.2% between 2015 and 2016. The cost of books and supplies decreased by 12.5% during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

65%

Of Undergraduates Receive Grants

62%

Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

65% of undergraduate students at Grand Valley State University received grants or loans in 2016. This represents a growth of 0% with respect to 2015, 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.

3.91%

2015 Default Rate

233

Number of Defaults

In 2015 the default rate for borrower's at Grand Valley State University was 3.91%, which represents 233 out of the 5954 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Grand Valley State University received 17,107 undergraduate applications in 2016, which represents a 0.695% annual growth. Out of those 17,107 applicants, 13,973 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 81.7% acceptance rate.

There were 25,460 students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in 2016, and 3% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Grand Valley State University has an overall enrollment yield of 30.8%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

81.7%

Acceptance Rate in 2016

13,973

Accepted Out of 17,107

In 2016, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Grand Valley State University was 81.7% (13,973 admissions from 17,107 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2015, which was 81.1%. Between 2015 and 2016, the number of applicants grew by 0.695%, while admissions grew by 1.36%.

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SAT Scores

3%

Submission Percentage

124

Scores Submitted

3% of enrolled first-time students at Grand Valley State University in 2016 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Grand Valley State University has a total enrollment of 25,460 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 21,095 students and the part-time enrollment is 4,365. This means that 82.9% 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 82.1% White, 5.12% Black or African American, 4.92% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Two or More Races, 2.23% Asian, 0.322% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0393% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Grand Valley State University in full-time Undergraduate programs are majority White Female (48.8%), followed by White Male (33.5%) and Black or African American Female (3.21%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are majority White Female (58.2%), followed by White Male (21.9%) and Black or African American Female (2.66%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

82.9%

Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Grand Valley State University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 25,460 students. The full-time enrollment at Grand Valley State University is 21,095 and the part-time enrollment is 4,365. This means that 82.9% of students enrolled at Grand Valley State University are enrolled full-time compared with 68.7% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%

2016 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 84%. 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

    20,893

  2. Black or African American

    1,304

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    1,253

The enrolled student population at Grand Valley State University is 82.1% White, 5.12% Black or African American, 4.92% Hispanic or Latino, 3.25% Two or More Races, 2.23% Asian, 0.322% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0393% 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 54.7% White, 14.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13.3% 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, 92 students (0.361%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2016, 1578 more women than men received degrees from Grand Valley State University. The majority of degree recipients at Grand Valley State University are white (5,319 degrees awarded). There were 19.8 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (268 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Grand Valley State University is General Psychology (292 degrees awarded), followed by Physical Education Teaching & Coaching (271 degrees) and Pre-Medical Studies (260 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 Public Administration and Social Service (445 degrees awarded), Education (1,009 degrees), and English (188 degrees).

Workforce

Common Jobs by Major

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Elementary & middle school teachers (2,049,426 people), Secondary school teachers (370,572 people), Education administrators (312,021 people), Miscellaneous managers (292,915 people), and Postsecondary teachers (230,148 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Public Administration and Social Service (445 degrees awarded), Education (1,009 degrees), English (188 degrees), Communications (342 degrees), and Math & Statistics (110 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Public relations specialists, Physicians & surgeons, Aircraft pilots & flight engineers, Financial analysts, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Public Administration and Social Service (445 degrees awarded), Education (1,009 degrees), English (188 degrees), Communications (342 degrees), and Math & Statistics (110 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 (3,103,629 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (483,140 people), Hospitals (247,544 people), Insurance carriers & related activities (203,000 people), and Computer Systems Design (196,538 people).

The most specialized majors at Grand Valley State University are Public Administration and Social Service (445 degrees awarded), Education (1,009 degrees), English (188 degrees), Communications (342 degrees), and Math & Statistics (110 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. 292 degrees awarded

  2. 271 degrees awarded

  3. 260 degrees awarded

In 2016, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Grand Valley State University was General Psychology with 292 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

Degrees Awarded to Men

  1. 2,349

  2. 3,927

In 2016, 2,349 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University, which is 0.598 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (3,927).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2016, 156 degrees were awarded to men at Grand Valley State University in General Finance, which is 4.11 times more than the 38 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2016, 272 degrees were awarded to women at Grand Valley State University in Social Work, which is 7.16 times more than the 38 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

31%

100% Completion Time

65%

150% Completion Time

In 2016, 31% 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, 65% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 68% 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 Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.

American Indian or Alaska Native Male

Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Grand Valley State University is Male and American Indian or Alaska Native (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (67.2%).

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, 0.133% 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

    5,319 degrees awarded

  2. Black or African American

    268 degrees awarded

  3. Hispanic or Latino

    257 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Grand Valley State University is white (5,319 degrees awarded). There were 19.8 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, black or african american (268 degrees).

0.574% of degree recipients (36 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic

  1. White Female

    3,352 degrees awarded

  2. White Male

    1,967 degrees awarded

  3. Black or African American Female

    188 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Grand Valley State University is white female (3,352 degrees awarded). There were 1.7 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (1,967 degrees).

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Operations

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at nearly $104M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $3.63M (3.48%), compared to the 2.07% average return ($597k on $28.9M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2015, Grand Valley State University had a total expenditure of $429M. Of that $429M, they spent $189M on salaries and $429M on benefits.

Grand Valley State University employs 326 Associate professors, 287 No academic ranks, and 275 Professors. Most academics at Grand Valley State University are Female No academic ranks (179), Male Professors(179), and Male Associate professors (176).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University are: Office and Administrative Support, with 340 employees, Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media, with 240 employees, and Business and Financial Operations with 184 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$104M

2015 Endowment

1.22%

growth from 2014

Grand Valley State University has an endowment valued at about $104M, as of the end of the 2015 fiscal year. The endowment of Grand Valley State University grew 1.22% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $75.5M 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. $14.7M - Federal

  2. $6.92M - State

  3. $1M - Local

As of 2015, Grand Valley State University received $14.7M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $6.92M from state grants and contracts, and $1M from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Primary Expenses

Expenditure values can vary depending on whether the institution is public or private, and are not available for private-for-profit schools.

$189M

Salary Expenditure

$429M

Benefits Expenditure

In 2015, Grand Valley State University had a total expenditure of $429M. Of that $429M, they spent $189M on salaries and $429M on benefits.

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Expenditure by Category

This tree map shows all of the primary expenses of Research at Grand Valley State University as a share of total expenditure.

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Salary Expenditure

$189M

2015 Salaries

4.23%

growth from 2014

In 2015, Grand Valley State University paid a median of $189M in salaries, which represents 44% of their overall expenditure ($429M) and a 4.23% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 3.46% growth from 2013 and a 4.89% growth from 2012.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 31.3M (42.2% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$84.9M

Instructional Salaries

1,107

Number of Employees

In 2015, Grand Valley State University paid a total of $84.9M to 1,107 employees working as instructors, which represents 45% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $9.7M (31%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor

Most Common Instructor

326 Employees

Office and Administrative Support

Most Common Non-Instructional Employee

340 Employees

In 2016, the most common positions for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were Associate professor with 326 employees; No academic rank with 287 employees; and No academic rank with 275 employees.

In 2016, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Grand Valley State University were Office and Administrative Support with 340 employees; Community, Social Service, Legal, Arts, Design, Entertainment, Sports and Media with 240 employees; and Business and Financial Operations with 184 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic

  1. Female No academic rank

  2. Male Professor

  3. Male Associate professor

In 2016, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Grand Valley State University was Female No academic rank with 179 employees, Male Professor with 179 employees, and Male Associate professor with 176 employees.

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

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