Grand Valley State University

Grand Valley State University, established in 1960, is a four-year public university in West Michigan providing a fully accredited liberal arts undergraduate and graduate education to more than 23,000 students. Grand Valley offers more than 200 areas of study, providing a wide selection of majors and minors. The emphasis on academic excellence is evident in small class sizes taught by high-caliber faculty and unique faculty-undergraduate student research opportunities that are more typical of graduate programs. State-of-the-art facilities and housing on both the main campus in Allendale and the downtown Grand Rapids campus further enhance the college experience, making Grand Valley a top choice for both Michigan and non-Michigan residents.

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) is an American liberal arts university located in Allendale, Michigan. The university was established in 1960 and is situated on west of Grand Rapids. Classes are also offered at the university’s growing Pew Campus in Downtown Grand Rapids, Meijer Campus in Holland, and through centers at Muskegon and Traverse City established in cooperation with local community colleges.


Applications are available throughout the year, with an October 15 receipt deadline. Interviews are conducted as early as November, with notice of admission within six weeks. Students must have a minimum average GPA of 3.0 in prerequisite course work and a 3.0 cumulative GPA. Two recommendations, one from a licensed physical therapist, 50 hours of observational experience and an interview are required also. The grade point average of the last five classes was approximately 3.6 on a 4.0 scale. Prerequisites are the following: introductory biology with lab with cellular biology as a component; human anatomy with lab; human physiology with lab; chemistry courses that are prerequisite for human physiology; exercise physiology; college algebra, OR trigonometry OR calculus; statistics; introductory psychology; life-span developmental psychology; and introductory sociology OR social problems OR cultural anthropology. Two sequential courses in college physics with lab are required. First year students begin in the fall semester. 25% of qualified applicants were admitted to the program in 2009.

Tuition, Fees and Financial Aid

For the 2009-10 academic year, graduate tuition is $505 per credit hour for residents and $710 per credit hour for nonresidents. There are no course fees. For specific information contact Grand Valley State University Admissions at 800/748-0246. More than 90% of PT students are receiving some type of financial aid. Physical therapy students have opportunities for special scholarships during their second and third year, and for half-time graduate assistantships during all 3 years. For specific information, contact the Office of Financial Aid at 616/331-3234.

Application Requirements (Undergraduate Only)

Application Fee – $ 30.00
Formal Demonstration of Competencies – Not Required
High School Diploma or Equivalent – Required
High School GPA – Required
High School Rank – Recommended
High School Record – Required
Recommendations – Not Required
TOEFL – Required
Test Scores – Required

Contact Info:

Grand Valley State University
1 Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401-9401
Ph: (616) 331-5000

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