ALLENDALE, Mich.– Officials at West Michigan’s largest university are seeing some record-breaking enrollment numbers.
It was called an ambitious prediction years ago, but now Grand Valley State University is seeing enrollment reach past 25,000 students.
Helping GVSU reach this major milestone is a record number of 4,226 first-year students in the fall term, bringing the total number to 25,094.
The percentage of minority students is also a record high 15.6 percent; there’s a record number of international students, with more than 400 enrolled; and there’s also a record number of out-of-state students enrolled, up to 1,384. There’s also an increase of students from Southeast Michigan.
The university credits affordability, providing the right programs, and smaller class sizes for much of its success.
In fact, Grand Valley secured another spot on the list of “America’s Best College Buys” for the 18th year in a row.
So, what programs are many of these students enrolled in? Engineering, health professions, nursing, and business are among the most popular.
Officials at GVSU also say 85 percent of its graduates stay in Michigan for work or to pursue graduate degrees.