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Grand Valley State University - 2016

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Institution Information

General Admissions

Entrance Requirements and Recommendations


Grand Valley grants admission to students who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. An Admissions Counselor carefully reviews each application for admission. Academic as well as other criteria presented by prospective students are considered in the evaluation. 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 and 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.

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

Fall 2015 Freshmen Student Profile:

Average high school GPA: 3.53
Average ACT score: 23.8

To be considered for admission, you must submit the following:

Completed undergraduate application for admission
Official high school transcript
Official results of the ACT or SAT test
A $30.00 non-refundable application fee
Any necessary supporting documentation

Transfer Admission Requirements
A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. or above with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours and eligible to re-enroll at the former institution will normally be admitted.

A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative G.P.A. or above with FEWER than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours must also submit high school records. Students that have been out of high school for three or less 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 freshman admission requirements as stated 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.


For engineering study, GVSU recommends a high school college preparatory program consisting of at least three units of laboratory science, including one unit of physics and one unit of chemistry; four units of mathematics, including two units of algebra, one unit of geometry, and a half unit of trigonometry; a half unit of computer programming; four units of English; two years of a foreign language; and three units of social studies. It is further recommended that the student develop keyboard typing skills, mechanical/CAD drawing skills, and a familiarity with mechanical tools.