Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 49401

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 LocaleSuburb: Large
Student to Faculty Ratio17:1
Open AdmissionNo
Religious Affiliation -
Level4 year
Business ModelNot for Profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate84%

Nursing Programs Offered

  1. BSN
  2. Masters degrees (MSN)
  3. Doctoral degrees (DNP, BSN to DNP)
  4. Accelerated BSN
  5. RN to BSN

Nursing Programs Graduates - 2016-2017 academic year

Program name Degree type Graduates
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 209
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Bachelor's degree 0
Palliative Care Nursing Postbaccalaureate certificate 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Master's degree 0
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse Doctor's degree - professional practice 17

Nearby Nursing Schools

The following schools are located within 200 miles radius from Grand Valley State University

Western Michigan University
49.12 miles away
Ferris State University
53.84 miles away
Lake Michigan College
65.22 miles away
Michigan State University
73.23 miles away
Indiana University-South Bend
91.34 miles away
Jackson College
93.51 miles away
Davenport University - Midland Campus
96.56 miles away
University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
100.88 miles away
Latoya's Health Education
101.13 miles away
Saginaw Valley State University
104.83 miles away


Institutional Accreditations
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

Admission to School


Acceptance Rate
SAT: Critical Reading460 to 585
SAT: Math480 to 580
ACT Composite21 to 26
Admission considerations
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

Net Price


Average Net Price/year
Net Price by Family Income
Less than 30k$11,247
30k to 48k$11,956
48k to 75k$15,506
75k to 110k$18,862
Over 110k$20,293
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Cost Per Credit Hours

Cost of a course per credit hour for undergrad and graduate classes.

Undergrad classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $493.00 $696.00

Graduate classes

Academic Year In State Out of State
2016-2017 $642.00 $642.00

Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander
American Indian or Alaska Native
Race/ethnicity unknown

Data soucre: IPEDS colleges survery (Fall 2016)

Relevant scholarships

Michigan League for Nursing Scholarship

In order to be considered for an award, a candidate must be currently enrolled in a Licensed Practical Nurse, Associate Degree or Bachelor's Degree Nursing education program and must have [...]

Michigan Nurses Foundation Scholarship

Michigan Nurses Foundation advance nursing and nursing education by awarding scholarships and research grants and by providing financial aid for the treatment of recovering [...]

Autocam Engineering Scholarship

Applicant must be a freshman or sophomore at Grand Valley State University enrolled full-time in the Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computer majoring in engineering. [...]

Barry Castro Business Ethics Scholarship

Applicants must be sophomores at Grand Valley State University who are enrolled full-time in the Seidman College of Business. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Rebecca Vogelsang Memorial Dance Scholarship

Applicant must be a Michigan resident who will attend Grand Valley State University full-time pursuing a degree in dance.

More scholarships

Data source: (2015-2016 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401

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