Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

1. Complete the application. A paper application is also available, and should be mailed to: Admissions Office, Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401. 

2. Pay the application fee. As part of the online application, you can pay the fee online. If you are completing the paper application, attach your check or money order with the nonrefundable $30.00 fee. Make checks payable to Grand Valley State University. Special circumstances may permit a waiver of the application fee. Contact Grand Valley’s Admissions Office for more information.

3. Request an official transcript from your high school.

4. Admission Test Results. Michigan Applicants: Submit results of the ACT or SAT. When you take the test, list Grand Valley as one of the recipients of your scores. Our school code for the ACT is 2005. Grand Valley’s code for the SAT is 1258. Exception: Applicants who have been out of high school for three or more years are not required to submit either of the test scores.

5. Admission Notification. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis once your file is complete. Grand Valley prides itself on quick response times on applications. You can expect to hear from Grand Valley within three weeks. If you have not received a confirmation within that time, contact the Admissions Office at (616) 331-2025 or toll free at (800) 748-0246.

6. Application Filing Deadlines. The Admissions Office must receive your complete application at least 30 calendar days before the final day of registration for the semester in which you wish to enroll. However, admission to any semester is subject to earlier closing without notice. Admitted freshmen must submit enrollment/orientation fee by May 1 to guarantee a place in the freshman class.

7. All documents and supporting data required for admission become the property of Grand Valley State University and will not be returned to you.

8. Grand Valley grants admission to students who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. Freshman applicants will be reviewed using a combination of high school courses completed, cumulative grade point average, standardized test scores, grade point trend, and other factors provided by the applicant.

9. Send final high school transcript to the GVSU Admissions Office by June 30.

10. Students earning college credit or a post-secondary award prior to graduating high school or at the same time as high school graduation are considered a first-time student in the fall (freshman admission). This would include dual enrollment students and early/middle college students.

At Grand Valley, we are looking for students who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. An admissions counselor carefully reviews each application and considers academic and other various criteria.

Applicants will be reviewed using a combination of:

  • High school courses completed
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Standardized test scores
  • Grade point trend
  • Rank in class
  • Other factors provided by the applicant

A single deficiency in an academic area will not necessarily mean a student is refused admission. However, students who are missing a number of courses are at a disadvantage.

The middle 50 percent of admitted freshmen students scored between:

  • 3.4 and 3.9 high school grade point average
  • 21 and 26 ACT
  • 1050-1240 SAT

Subject criteria in high school should include:

  • Four years of English, including composition
  • Three years of science, including two years of laboratory science
  • Three years of college preparatory mathematics
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of a single foreign language

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • Completed undergraduate application for admission
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official results of the ACT or SAT test
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Any necessary supporting documentation

Note: If you have attended an accredited institution of higher learning after high school, you are considered a transfer student.

1. Complete the application. A paper application is also available, and should be mailed to: Admissions Office, Grand Valley State University, 1 Campus Drive, Allendale, MI 49401. 

2. Pay the application fee. As part of the online application, you can pay the fee online. If you are completing the paper application, attach your check or money order with the nonrefundable $30.00 fee. Make checks payable to Grand Valley State University. Special circumstances may permit a waiver of the application fee. Contact Grand Valley’s Admissions Office for more information.

3. Official Transcripts. You must request that official transcripts be sent from each college attended (whether you earned credits or not) to the Admissions Office at Grand Valley. If you have completed fewer than 30 semester (or 45 quarter) hours of credit, you must request that an official high school transcript be sent to Grand Valley as well.

4. Admission Notification. Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis once your file is complete. Grand Valley prides itself on quick response times on applications. You can expect to hear from Grand Valley within three weeks. If you have not received a confirmation within that time, contact the Admissions Office at (616) 331-2025 or toll free at (800) 748-0246.

5. Application Filing Deadlines. The Admissions Office must receive your complete application at least 30 calendar days prior to the first day of classes before the final day of registration for the semester in which you wish to enroll.

6. All documents and supporting data required for admission become the property of Grand Valley State University and will not be returned to you.

7. Michigan Transfer Agreement (MTA). Students who attend a Michigan community college and earn an associate degree under the MTA or MACRAO agreement will have satisfied the Foundations categories of the General Education Program.

A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours who is eligible to re-enroll at the former institution will normally be admitted.

A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above with FEWER than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours must also submit high school records. Students who have been out of high school for three or fewer years will also be required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Admission evaluation will be made based on both the college record and the high school record, using the first year student admission requirements as stated in the section above.

Applications for admission must be complete at least 30 days before the final day of registration. However, admission to any semester is subject to earlier closing without notice.

If a student has earned college credit or a post-secondary award prior to the student graduating high school or at the same time as high school graduation, then the student would be considered a First Year Student in the Fall. This would include Dual Enrollment students and Early/Middle College students.

Dual enrollment is an opportunity for students to get started on their college coursework before graduating high school, which saves them time and money.

Some high school students may be eligible for enrollment in Grand Valley courses while completing high school graduation requirements. Admission will be based upon:

  • Completed non-degree seeking application
  • High school transcript indicating cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Written permission from high school counselor or principal
  • Dual enrollment participation form, if applicable

Students are limited to enrollment in two classes per semester while in high school, and must meet with an admissions counselor prior to enrolling in Grand Valley classes each semester.

In order to apply, please fill out the dual enrollment form and the dual enrollment non-degree application and bring it with you to your admissions appointment along with a copy of your most recent high school transcript.

If a student has earned college credit or a post-secondary award prior to the student graduating high school or at the same time as high school graduation, then the student would be considered a First Year student in the fall. This would include Dual Enrollment students and Early/Middle College students.

Admissions Decisions

Grand Valley State University has a rolling admission policy and reviews applications and makes admission decisions as students’ files are completed. Admission decisions are based on the applicant’s coursework, test scores, grade point average, and any other supporting materials that may be included or requested.


Orientation, Academic Advising, and Registration

1. Orientation. The Admissions Office will notify admitted students of upcoming advising and registration sessions. Admitted freshman students must submit their enrollment/ orientation fee by May 1 to guarantee a place in the freshman class. In addition, a comprehensive introduction to Grand Valley will occur prior to the beginning of the semester for which a student will attend classes. These sessions include information on support services and university resources available to new students.

2. Academic Advising. Students will meet with faculty members or advisors before they make their class selections. Advisement takes place in conjunction with registration.

3. Registration. The Admissions Office will notify you of available registration dates. Consult the Grand Valley State University Annual Class Schedule for complete information about registration dates. An Annual Schedule is available online for students to register for an entire year of coursework.


Housing Information

You must be admitted to Grand Valley before you can apply for on-campus housing. The Admissions Office will send you information about housing once you’ve been admitted. It is important to make housing arrangements as soon as you have been admitted. University-owned housing is limited. Students are not required to live on campus. Students should apply for housing by May 1.


Scholarships and Financial Aid

1. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) must be completed by you and/or your parents or spouse. You should fill out the FAFSA completely and accurately. Do not leave blank spaces. Indicate zeros in situations that do not apply. The FAFSA is the only form you need to use to apply for need-based financial aid and loans. For maximum consideration for need-based aid, applicants should file the FAFSA by March 1. The Grand Valley FAFSA code is 002268.

2. To be considered for non-need, merit-based academic scholarships, you must have your admission application completed by December 31. Your admission file must be complete including all official transcripts and test scores.

3. Grand Valley’s Financial Aid Office may request additional information if, upon reviewing data you have presented, we believe that further clarification of your financial situation is needed. Such information may include submission of the applicant’s or parents’ IRS 1040 forms.

4. General eligibility requirements for federal aid require a valid Social Security number. To assist with your financial aid, please complete this field on the application. 5. All students applying for federal student financial aid should provide a final high school transcript to the Admissions Office.


Additional Admission Criteria

Admission to Grand Valley does not guarantee admission to certain undergraduate or entry-level graduate degree programs. Students must fulfill additional requirements before they may declare a major in any of the programs listed below. Please refer to the Grand Valley State University Undergraduate and Graduate Catalog for admission requirements and application deadlines.

 

Allied Health Sciences (certain emphases only)
Art Education
Athletic Training, M.A.T., Fall 2019
Audiology, AU.D., Fall 2020
Cardiovascular Sonography
Computer Science
Communication Sciences and Disorders
Dance
Diagnostic Medical Sonography
Education
Engineering

Film and Video Production
Health Information Management
Information Systems
Information Technology
Medical Laboratory Science
Music
Nursing
Occupational Safety and Health Management
Occupational Therapy (M.S.)
Physical Therapy (D.P.T.)
Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)

Physician Assistant Studies (M.P.A.S.)
Police Academy (MCOLES)
Professional Science Masters (M.S.)
Radiation Therapy
Seidman College of Business programs
Social Work
Studio Art (all emphases)
Therapeutic Recreation


You are responsible for notifying the Admissions Office in writing of any new or additional criminal charges filed against you subsequent to submitting this application and prior to attending classes.

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