Grand Valley State University was chartered by the Michigan legislature in 1960 in response to the need for a public, four-year college in the state’s second largest metropolitan region. The mission of Grand Valley State University: Educating students to shape their lives, their professions, and their societies. The university contributes to the enrichment of society through excellent teaching, active scholarship, and public service. Allendale, Michigan, is home to Grand Valley’s main campus, established in 1960, situated on 1,322 acres 12 miles west of Grand Rapids. The 69-acre Robert C. Pew Campus in the heart of Grand Rapids is comprised of two separate sites with a total of 12 buildings including the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences (CHS), John C. Kennedy Hall of Engineering, and the new L. William Seidman Center. Classes are also offered in the Meijer Campus in Holland, and at our regional locations in Muskegon and Traverse City.