Grand Rapids Community College

143 Bostwick Ave NE
Grand Rapids, MI 49503-3295
Tel: (616)234-4000
  • 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 24% of the student body (majority Black and Hispanic), which is less than the state average of 31%.
  • Grand Rapids Community College is the only community colleges within Kent County, MI.
  • The nearest community college to Grand Rapids Community College is Baker College of Muskegon (33.0 miles away).

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School Overview

  • The teacher population of 467 teachers has declined by 8% over five years.
Grand Rapids Community College(MI) Community College Avg.
Institution LevelAt least 2 but less than 4 yearsFour or more years
Institution ControlPublicPublic
Total Faculty467 staff100 staff
Grand Rapids Community College Total Faculty (2007-2016)

Student Body

  • The student population of Grand Rapids Community College has declined by 10% over five years.
  • The student:teacher ratio of 34:1 has stayed the same over five years.
  • The Grand Rapids Community College diversity score of 0.41 is less than the state average of 0.50. The school's diversity has grown by 18% over five years.
Total Enrollment15,668 students3,505 students
Grand Rapids Community College Total Enrollment (2007-2016)
Student : Teacher Ratio34:135:1
Grand Rapids Community College Student Staff Ratio (2007-2016)
# Full-Time Students5,021 students1,591 students
Grand Rapids Community College Full-Time Students (2007-2016)
# Part-Time Students10,647 students1,914 students
Grand Rapids Community College Part-Time Students (2007-2016)
Grand Rapids Community College Enrollment Breakdown MI All Enrollment Breakdown
% American Indian/Alaskan
Grand Rapids Community College American Indian/Alaskan (2007-2016)
% Asian
Grand Rapids Community College Asian (2007-2016)
% Hispanic
Grand Rapids Community College Hispanic (2007-2016)
% Black
Grand Rapids Community College Black (2007-2016)
% White
Grand Rapids Community College White (2007-2016)
% Non Resident races
Grand Rapids Community College Non Resident (2007-2013)
% Unknown races
Grand Rapids Community College Ethnicity Breakdown MI All Ethnic Groups Ethnicity Breakdown
Diversity Score0.410.50
Grand Rapids Community College Diversity Score (2007-2016)
College Completion Rate
Grand Rapids Community College Completion Rates for First-Time, Full-Time Students (2007-2015)
Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)$32,200$31,100
Grand Rapids Community College Average and Median Earnings, Disaggregated by Student Subgroups (2008-2013)

Finances and Admission

  • The public in-state tuition of $5,931 is more than the state average of $5,223. The in-state tuition has grown by 12% over four years.
  • The public out-state tuition of $8,571 is more than the state average of $7,110. The out-state tuition has grown by 10% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees$5,931$5,223
Grand Rapids Community College In-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
Out-State Tuition Fees$8,571$7,110
Grand Rapids Community College Out-State Tuition Fees (2007-2016)
% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid71%89%
Grand Rapids Community College % Students Receiving Some Financial Aid (2007-2016)
Median Debt for Graduates$10,370$13,600
Grand Rapids Community College Median debt for students who have completed (2007-2015)
Median Debt for Dropouts$4,112$6,000
Grand Rapids Community College Median debt for students who have not completed (2007-2015)
Source: 2016 (or 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

  • College Location Mi. Students
  • Baker College of Muskegon
    Private, non-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
  • 9,489 students | 50.90 Mi6767 West O Ave
    Kalamazoo MI  49003
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Did You Know?
For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $5,223 per year for in-state students and $7,110 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,115 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 71%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.50, which is lower than the national average of 0.65. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Henry Ford Community College. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.