Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
Tel: (616)234-4000
15,668 students
Public institution
It is the mission of Grand Rapids Community College to provide the community with learning opportunities that enable people to achieve their goals.
School Highlights
Grand Rapids Community College serves 15,668 students (32% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 34:1 is lower than the state community college average of 35:1.
Minority enrollment is 23% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 30%.
Grand Rapids Community College is one of 2 community colleges within Kent County, MI.
The nearest community college is ITT Technical Institute-Wyoming (8.00 miles away).

School Overview

The teacher population of 467 teachers has declined by 5% over five years.
College Grand Rapids Community College Community College Avg.
Institution Level At least 2 but less than 4 years At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control Public institution Public
Total Faculty 467 staff
62 staff
Grand Rapids Community College Total Faculty (2006-2014)

Student Body

The student population of 15,668 has declined by 7% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has increased from 33:1 over five years.
The school's diversity score of 0.39 is less than the national average of 0.70. The school's diversity has declined by 9% over five years.
Total Enrollment 15,668 students 1,371 students
Grand Rapids Community College Total Enrollment (2006-2014)
Student : Teacher Ratio 34:1
Grand Rapids Community College Student Staff (2006-2014)
# Full-Time Students 5,021 students
779 students
Grand Rapids Community College Full-Time Students (2006-2014)
# Part-Time Students 10,647 students
1,083 students
Grand Rapids Community College Part-Time Students (2006-2014)
Grand Rapids Community College Enrollment Breakdown  Community College Average Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Grand Rapids Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2006-2014)
% Asian
Grand Rapids Community College Asian (2006-2014)
% Hispanic
Grand Rapids Community College Hispanic (2006-2014)
% Black
Grand Rapids Community College Black (2006-2014)
% White
Grand Rapids Community College White (2006-2014)
% Unknown races
Grand Rapids Community College Unknown (2006-2014)
Grand Rapids Community College Ethnicity Breakdown  Community College Average Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity ScoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. 0.39 0.70
Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Score (2006-2014)

Finances and Admission

The in-state tuition of $5,931 is more than the state average of $5,664. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
The out-state tuition of $8,571 is less than the state average of $10,360. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees $5,931 $5,664
Grand Rapids Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
Out-State Tuition Fees $8,571 $10,360
Grand Rapids Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2006-2014)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid 71%
Grand Rapids Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2006-2014)
Source: 2014 (latest year available) IPEDS

School Notes

  • Grand Rapids Junior College (GRJC) was founded in 1914 by the Grand Rapids Board of Education after a resolution was passed by the University of Michigan's faculty which encouraged the establishment of junior colleges in Michigan. Today, GRCC's eight-block downtown campus includes several classroom buildings, a learning center and library, Spectrum Theater, the Applied Technology Center, a remodeled music building, a fieldhouse with natatorium, a student center (including the Diversity Learning Center), Bostwick Commons, and the state-of-the-art Calkins Science Center. An off-campus “Learning Corner” has been added to serve the East Hills and Eastown neighborhoods as well as the greater Grand Rapids Community. In addition, GRCC has two Michigan Technical Education Centers (M-TECs ® ) in West Michigan. The Patrick Thompson M-TEC ® , located in Holland, opened in Fall 2000 in partnership with the Ottawa Area Intermediate School District. Its open entry/open exit instruction eliminates the need for students in manufacturing and industry-related occupational programs to conform to a traditional semester time frame. The Leslie E. Tassell M-TEC ® in Grand Rapids opened in 2002. This world-class facility offers training in manufacturing, auto service, and building and construction trades. In Fall 2004, more than 14,000 students enrolled in more than 1,600 liberal arts and occupational courses. The diverse student body represents students from Kent and surrounding counties as well as students from across the U.S. and 22 other nations. Another 10,000 learners are served by non-credit instructional opportunities. In addition to traditional classroom environments, students may also receive instruction through community and distant service-learning offerings, seminars, workshops, training classes, distance learning options and other educational formats. GRCC employs a faculty of more than 250 full-time and 350 part-time members as well as a staff of 650, all of whom are focused on the College's priorities to be student-centered, collaborative, and flexible. Throughout its 90-year history of academic excellence, GRCC has maintained a solid reputation as a premier transfer institution and is nationally recognized for both its liberal arts and occupational programs.

Nearby Schools

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  • 312 students | 8.00 Mi1980 Metro Court S.W.
    Wyoming MI 49519
  • Baker College of Muskegon
    Private not-for-profit
    3,481 students | 33.00 Mi1903 Marquette Ave
    Muskegon MI 49442
  • 4,640 students | 33.00 Mi221 S Quarterline Rd
    Muskegon MI 49442
  • 1,832 students | 34.70 Mi2800 College Dr
    Sidney MI 48885
  • 5,929 students | 50.20 Mi450 North Ave
    Battle Creek MI 49017
Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,508 per year for in-state students and $5,995 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,883 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 73%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity scoreThe chance that two students selected at random would be members of a different ethnic group. Scored from 0 to 1, a diversity score closer to 1 indicates a more diverse student body. of 0.48, which is lower than the national average of 0.50. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.