ALLENDALE, Mich. (WOOD) — Grand Valley State University has enrolled a record number of students for the fall semester.
Officials welcomed 4,226 first-year students, bringing the total number of students enrolled at GVSU to 25,094 and hitting a major milestone for the university.
GVSU has seen an increase in enrollment of students from Southeast Michigan and have also attracted a record number of out-of-state students up to 1,384.
The percentage of minority students is also at a record high 15.6 percent and more than 400 international students have also enrolled.
“What these numbers represent is that Grand Valley is true to its commitment to students,” President Thomas J. Haas said. “We want controlled growth so we can ensure quality programs and smaller class sizes. We also have a keen eye on what our students need to be successful in pursuing careers or advanced degrees.”
Haas also said that the university’s ability to control cost is critical for students and is strengthened by generous supporters.
Grand Valley is on the list of “America’s Best College Buys” for the 18th year in a row. The Grand Finish grant encourages students to stay on track to graduate in four years with a $1,000 scholarship given at the start of the fourth year to students with 90 credits.
The net cost of tuition at Grand Valley decreased this academic year because of an increase in financial aid and a tuition increase of less than $300 per year, according to officials at GVSU.
GVSU has seen an increase in enrollment numbers in engineering, health professions, nursing and business.
“We work hard to get students to Grand Valley, but we work even harder to support them as they earn their diplomas,” Provost Gayle R. Davis said. “Our faculty are designing programs that help Grand Valley students become life-long learners and contributors to their communities as well as secure suitable employment upon graduation. We’re thrilled with the quality and diversity of the students who are choosing Grand Valley.”