Grand Valley State University
Located in Allendale, Michigan, Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is a public institution founded in 1960. Along with the Allendale main campus, GVSU has two satellite campuses in the surrounding area. The Allendale campus includes 1,322 acres of land. It is one of the largest universities in the state and one of the 100 largest universities in the country. During the Fall 2017 semester, the university served more than 25,000 students. GVSU offers more than 200 areas of study, including over 82 undergraduate majors. The university is comprised of eight colleges, including the Kirkhof College of Nursing.
There are six nursing programs available at GVSU, including accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, BSN, MSN, DNP, and BSN to DNP programs. The nursing programs are accredited by the CCNE and offered at the Kirkhof College of Nursing (KCON). The traditional BSN program includes 1,260 clinical hours of experience at primary care and rehabilitation hospitals, along with other clinics throughout the region. The college also has their own learning labs that provide simulated clinical experience. The MSN program is an advanced generalist program that is completed over 7 semesters. Students must maintain a 3.0 or better grade point average. The courses are primarily offered at the Cook DeVos Center for Health Sciences, along with web-enhanced courses.
|Campus LocaleLarge Suburb|
|Number of Students25,049|
|Student to Faculty Ratio16:1|
|Is Admission OpenNo|
|Religious Affiliation -|
|On Campus HousingYes|
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission|
01/01/1968 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels|
04/20/2002 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels|
04/20/2002 - Current
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
|SAT||1050 to 1230|
|ACT||21 to 26|
|Secondary school GPA Required|
|Secondary school rank Recommended|
|Secondary school record Required|
|Completion of college-preparatory program Required|
|Recommendations Neither required nor recommended|
|Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended|
|Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required|
|TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required|
|Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended|
In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Cost to Attend
The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.
|In District Students||$512/credit|
|In State Students||$512/credit|
|Out of State Students||$722/credit|
|In District Students||$669/credit|
|In State Students||$669/credit|
|Out of State Students||$669/credit|
Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.
|Program||Credit Hours||In district||In State||Out of State|
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.
In 2017-2018 academic year, 86% of Grand Valley State University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.
|Students Receiving Aid||Average Amount/Student|
|Other Federal Grant||10%||$1,164|
|State Grant & Scholarships||20%||$622|
|Institutional Grant & Scholarships||68%||$4,404|
|Federal Student Loans||62%||$5,620|
$16,175Average Net Price
Average Net Price by Family Income
|Less than $30,000$11,604|
|$30,001 to $48,000$12,507|
|$48,001 to $75,000$15,385|
|$75,001 to $110,000$19,127|
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Data source: https://nces.ed.gov (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing.