History of Grand Valley State University Allendale Campus

According to U.S. News & World Report, in the 2011 publication of Best Colleges, Grand Valley State University in Allendale, Michigan, is ranked number 34 in of the Midwest Regional Universities. Founded in 1960, the university encourages first-year students to live on campus so they can fully experience campus life and be involved in the programs offered by GVSU.

A study commissioned in 1958 by the Michigan Legislature revealed the need for a four-year college in the Grand Rapids area. Thus, Grand Valley State College was born, which became Grand Valley State University in 1987. An 876-acre site was chosen and construction began. Over the years, the university has expanded and is now situated on 1,280 acres along with the addition of many satellite campuses or centers in downtown Grand Rapids, Holland, Muskegon, and Traverse City. In 1963, the first class of students numbered 226; in 2010/2011, that number exceeded 24,000.

GVSU is a four-year public university in West Michigan with an established reputation for creating unique learning opportunities. Students are attracted to the university not only from within the state, but also from across the U.S. and globally. Critical thinking is encouraged as well as focusing on creative problem solving and cultural understanding in order to prepare students to successfully live in a world that is changing at a rapid pace. Grand Valley’s wish for each student is for him or her to be more than prepared to excel in the field of his or her choice. To help each student meet that challenge, GVSU helps more than 5,000 students a year to achieve this goal through quality educational programs along with internships and student teaching. It is reported that 98% of GVSU graduates are successfully employed or pursuing advanced degrees. Grand Valley offers over 200+ areas of study, 78 undergraduate degrees, and 29 graduate degrees. Among the extensive areas of study are technology, nursing, finance, engineering, social work, legal professions, business, agriculture, education, psychology, and accounting.

Starting in June, be sure to visit the GVSU Farmer’s Market, where you can enjoy locally grown produce, fresh fruit and vegetables, maple syrup, homemade jams, and more. This Farmer’s Market is conveniently located at the Allendale Campus Parking Lot F, every Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Help keep our local farmers in business and enjoy some of the best quality foods Michigan has to offer! With the wide range of educational choices available and the environmentally friendly campus and student housing, GVSU gives students the opportunity to benefit from both rural and urban lifestyles. Who could ask for anything more?

Make Meadows Crossing your off-campus living choice and stay close to all that GVSU has to offer while enjoying your freedom and privacy for the complete package.

For more information, Grand Valley State University is located at 1 Campus Drive Allendale, MI 49401-9403, ph: (616) 331-5000


Sources for this article include:
www.gvsu.edu/cms3/assets/61697910-910A-8DF3-C277AFB5E6D3E506/ gvsu_strategic_plan_2010-2015_web.pdf

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