Undergraduate Admissions Requirements

First Year Students

At Grand Valley, we are looking for students who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. An admissions counselor carefully reviews each application and considers academic and other various criteria.

Applicants will be reviewed using a combination of:

  • High school courses completed
  • Cumulative grade point average
  • Standardized test scores
  • Grade point trend
  • Rank in class
  • Other factors provided by the applicant

A single deficiency in an academic area will not necessarily mean a student is refused admission. However, students who are missing a number of courses are at a disadvantage.

The middle 50 percent of admitted freshmen students scored between:

  • 3.3 and 3.8 high school grade point average
  • 21 and 26 ACT
  • 1050-1220 SAT

Subject criteria in high school should include:

  • Four years of English, including composition
  • Three years of science, including two years of laboratory science
  • Three years of college preparatory mathematics
  • Three years of social science
  • Two years of a single foreign language

To be considered for admission, you must submit:

  • Completed undergraduate application for admission
  • Official high school transcript
  • Official results of the ACT or SAT test
  • A $30 non-refundable application fee
  • Any necessary supporting documentation

If a student has earned college credit or a post-secondary award prior to the student graduating high school, then the student would be considered a first-time student in the Fall. This would include dual enrollment students and Early/Middle college students.

Transfer Students

A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above with a minimum of 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours who is eligible to re-enroll at the former institution will normally be admitted.

A transfer applicant with a 2.5 cumulative GPA or above with FEWER than 30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours must also submit high school records. Students who have been out of high school for three or fewer years will also be required to submit an ACT or SAT score. Admission evaluation will be made based on both the college record and the high school record, using the first year student admission requirements as stated in the section above.

Applications for admission must be complete at least 30 days before the final day of registration. However, admission to any semester is subject to earlier closing without notice.

Dual Enrollment Students

Dual enrollment is an opportunity for students to get started on their college coursework before graduating high school, which saves them time and money.

Some high school students may be eligible for enrollment in Grand Valley courses while completing high school graduation requirements. Admission will be based upon:

  • Completed non-degree seeking application
  • High school transcript indicating cumulative grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Written permission from high school counselor or principal
  • Dual enrollment participation form, if applicable

Students are limited to enrollment in two classes per semester while in high school, and must meet with an admissions counselor prior to enrolling in Grand Valley classes each semester.

In order to apply, please fill out the dual enrollment form and bring it with you to your admissions appointment along with a copy of your most recent high school transcript.


Page last modified March 1, 2018