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GVSU 2016-2017 enrollment breaking records

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Now that Grand Valley State University students have settled in for the 2016-2017 school year, the university has released record-breaking enrollment figures.

Grand Valley State University’s total enrollment continues to climb. With 25,460 students that’s 135 more students taking classes this year than last.

When it comes to first-time students, GVSU is a popular place with 4,380 hitting the books.

The number of minority students is also reaching new heights up nearly 17-percent over last year’s enrollment. The university says that’s a record number, too at 4,315.

And yes, there are a record number of students living on campus with more than 6,240 living the dorm life. GVSU has invested in campus living spaces opening its brand new $37 million Holton-Hooker Learning and Living Center. The 135,000-square-foot building consists of 240 bedrooms housing 500 students.

In a statement, Grand Valley says it “continues to be a talent engine for the region with 85 percent of graduates staying in Michigan to start their careers. Of all recent graduates, 94 percent are employed or attending graduate school.”

WGVU is a service of Grand Valley State University.

Patrick Center, WGVU News.

Patrick joined WGVU Public Media in December, 2008 after eight years of investigative reporting at Grand Rapids' WOOD-TV8 and three years at WYTV News Channel 33 in Youngstown, Ohio. As News and Public Affairs Director, Patrick manages our daily radio news operation and public interest television programming. An award-winning reporter, Patrick has won multiple Michigan Associated Press Best Reporter/Anchor awards and is a three-time Academy of Television Arts & Sciences EMMY Award winner with 14 nominations.