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Grand Valley State University sets record enrollment with fall’s incoming class

Grand Valley State University arch photo
Grand Valley State University arch

It’s also the most diverse first-year class in GVSU’s 63-year history.

Grand Valley State University’s Class of 2027 is the largest in the school’s history. The 4,974 students is an increase of 24.6% over last year’s incoming class.

“It is also the most diverse incoming class we’ve ever had with just under 1,400 students of color which is 28% of the class.”

GVSU President Dr. Philomena V. Mantella broke down this diverse class further discovering more record-breaking numbers. Enrollment of first-year African American or Black students is up 51.6%, and the number of first-year Hispanic/Latino students is up 41.8%.

And the university set another enrollment record with 2,149 first-generation students. It also continues attracting veterans to its programs with first-year veteran enrollment up 19% over last year.

Overall, GVSU’s total enrollment stands at 22,269 which is a 3% increase over fall of 2022.

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.