Grand Valley State University: Acceptance Rate and Admissions Statistics

Grand Valley State University

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Grand Valley State University is a public liberal arts university with an acceptance rate of 83%. Established in 1960, Grand Valley State University is located on a 1,280-acre campus in Allendale, Michigan, 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. Undergraduates can choose from more than 80 majors. Programs in business are some of the most popular among undergraduates, and the Seidman College of Business is well regarded nationally. Academically motivated students might consider the Frederik Meijer Honors College which offers an interdisciplinary curriculum and living-learning opportunities. In athletics, the Grand Valley State Lakers compete in the NCAA Division II Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (GLIAC).

Considering applying to Grand Valley State University? Here are the admissions statistics you should know, including average SAT/ACT scores and GPAs of admitted students.

Acceptance Rate

During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, GVSU had an acceptance rate of 83%. This means that for every 100 students who applied, 83 students were admitted, making Grand Valley State University's admissions process somewhat competitive.

Admissions Statistics (2017-18)
Number of Applicants 17,133
Percent Admitted 83%
Percent Admitted Who Enrolled (Yield) 30%

SAT Scores and Requirements

Grand Valley State University requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 89% of admitted students submitted SAT scores.

SAT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 630
Math 520 610
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

This admissions data tells us that most of GVSU's admitted students fall within the top 35% nationally on the SAT. For the evidence-based reading and writing section, 50% of students admitted to Grand Valley State University scored between 530 and 630, while 25% scored below 530 and 25% scored above 630. On the math section, 50% of admitted students scored between 520 and 610, while 25% scored below 520 and 25% scored above 610. Applicants with a composite SAT score of 1240 or higher will have particularly competitive chances at Grand Valley State University.

Requirements

GVSU does not require the optional SAT writing section. Note that Grand Valley State University does not superscore SAT results; your highest composite SAT score will be considered.

ACT Scores and Requirements

GVSU requires that all applicants submit either SAT or ACT scores. During the 2017-18 admissions cycle, 38% of admitted students submitted ACT scores.

ACT Range (Admitted Students)
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 21 27
Math 20 26
Composite 21 27

This admissions data tells us that most of Grand Valley State University's admitted students fall within the top 42% nationally on the ACT. The middle 50% of students admitted to GVSU received a composite ACT score between 21 and 27, while 25% scored above 27 and 25% scored below 21.

Requirements

Note that Grand Valley State University does not superscore ACT results; your highest composite ACT score will be considered. GVSU does not require the ACT writing section.

GPA

In 2018, the average high school GPA of Grand Valley State University's incoming freshmen class was 3.6, and over 64% of incoming students had GPAs of 3.5 and above. These results suggest that most successful applicants to GVSU have primarily A and high B grades.

Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph

Grand Valley State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph.
Grand Valley State University Applicants' Self-Reported GPA/SAT/ACT Graph. Data courtesy of Cappex.

The admissions data in the graph is self-reported by applicants to Grand Valley State University. GPAs are unweighted. Find out how you compare to accepted students, see the real-time graph, and calculate your chances of getting in with a free Cappex account.

Admissions Chances

Grand Valley State University, which accepts over three-quarters of applicants, has a somewhat selective admissions process. If your SAT/ACT scores and GPA fall within the school's average ranges, you have a strong chance of being accepted. However, GVSU also has a holistic admissions process involving other factors beyond your grades and test scores. The school is looking for applicants who have participated in meaningful extracurricular activities and completed a rigorous course schedule. The application also allows applicants to explain circumstances in high school that may have caused them to perform below their ability level.

In the graph above, green and blue dots represent accepted students. As you can see, the majority of admitted students had a GPA of B or higher, a combined SAT score (ERW+M) above 950, and an ACT composite score of 18 or higher. Your chances for acceptance improves if your scores are a little above these lower ranges.

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