Grand Valley State University’s Class of 2027 is the largest in school history
The 4,974 students is an increase of 24.6% over last year’s incoming class. The Allendale school set a number of enrollment records. Why is the school performing well at a time when other universities are struggling to attract students?
Grand Valley State University is thriving. Attracting students from all 83 Michigan counties, all 50 states, District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. The number of international students is up 17% over last year.
The incoming class is the most diverse ever with just under 1,400 students of color which makes up 28% of the Class of 2027.
Grand Valley State University’s President Dr. Philomena V. Mantella explains the attraction begins with its strategic plan, Reach Higher 2025 focusing on three commitments. The first is an empowered educational experience.
“It means the integration of liberal education with professional learning including co-ops, internships, and community-based learning. Places for students to practice.”
Preparing students with skills employers seek. The university has committed itself to students and employers over a lifetime of learning. For students, accessibility through all stages of life. Local employers supported with the development of their workforce.
Finally, “We are creating a culture of educational equity. Our focus on affordability, student support, multiple educational pathways, along with a vibrant learning community.”
Taken together, Mantella says strategic plan creates a deep sense of belonging to the university and community.