Bethany of Grand Haven asked, "When did Grand Valley State become a university? Didn't it used to be a college? What's the difference?"
Mark Brooky
Dec 2, 2013



Grand Valley State College was founded in Allendale in 1963. Its first building is Lake Michigan Hall.

It's interesting to note that one of the sites under consideration for the GVSC campus in the late 1950s was North Holiday Hills in Spring Lake Township, according to local historian Dr. Dave Seibold ("Grand Haven in the Path of Destiny").

The Allendale/Grand Rapids school became a university in 1987.

So what's the difference?

The collegeadmissionbook.com website explains that a four-year college typically offers a liberal education, as in "unrestricted," and are usually smaller than universities (Hope College, Calvin College).

A university offers "a full range of academic programs in undergraduate, master's and doctoral programs," the website explains. "They may be either public or private, and can have an enrollment as small as 5,000 or as large as 50,000. Research is part of the mission of these schools, and so faculty members are expected to place a priority on research as well as teaching."

But, as the website further states, that's not always the case. CLICK HERE to read the full explanation.

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Based on the way this is subtitled, my prediction for next week's mailbag...What happened to the AP Parts Factory at the corner of Jackson and 31...wasn't it there last week?

Sorry jerk comment.


Hey, put a muffler on it.


I remember when the Rycengas thought they could get GVSU built in Ferrysburg back when they were looking for a place to build it. They bought all that land in anticipation. Now we have Swiss Village instead, what a poor trade-off!


If you spend anytime in the Swiss Village, you will indeed get an education.


My comment was deleted. I guess I shouldn't have expected more from the Grand Haven Tribune. How is a /newspaper/ in support of censorship? Ridiculous.


So, what did you say that they took umbrage with? :-)


better edit gcjames, your ignorance is showing and people get called morons for that on here...how do you post this again? Oh yeah, hit the SAVE button, ha!

Cheryl Welch

GCJames, we don't show that you ever had a comment. If a comment is moderated, we will still see it on our end. This leads me to believe you A.) Never posted it; or B.) Deleted it yourself.


Aha, the plot thickens.


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