Grand Valley State University

Allendale, MI 49401
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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.

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Number of Students25,049
Student to Faculty Ratio16:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation -
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 1 0
Master's degree 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 5 16
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 2

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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



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1050 to 1230
ACT21 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

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).
Application fee
Undergrads $30
Graduates $30

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$512/credit
In State Students$512/credit
Out of State Students$722/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$669/credit
In State Students$669/credit
Out of State Students$669/credit

Tuition Estimates

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
LPN 45 $23,040 $23,040 $32,490
ADN 70 $35,840 $35,840 $50,540
BSN 125 $64,000 $64,000 $90,250
FNP 50 $33,450 $33,450 $33,450
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
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.

Financial Aid

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
Pell Grant 29% $4,233
Other Federal Grant 10% $1,164
State Grant & Scholarships 20% $622
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 68% $4,404
Federal Student Loans 62% $5,620
Private Loans 5% $10,700


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
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
Over $110,000$20,966

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Student Population













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

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Michigan state board of nursing.
Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Dr
Allendale, MI 49401

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