• 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 13,270 students (30% of students are full-time).
The college's student:teacher ratio of 16:1 is higher than the state community college average of 15:1.
Minority enrollment is 37% of the student body (majority Hispanic), which is more than the state average of 33%.

Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 13,270 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,931
  • Out-state tuition: $8,571
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

Top Rankings

Grand Rapids Community College ranks among the top 20% of public schools in Michigan for:

School Overview

The teacher population of 810 teachers has grown by 59% over five years.
Grand Rapids Community College
(MI) Community College Avg.
Carnegie Classification
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-High Traditional
Associate's Colleges: Mixed Transfer/Vocational & Technical-Mixed Traditional/Nontraditional
Institution Level
At least 2 but less than 4 years
At least 2 but less than 4 years
Institution Control
Public
Public
Total Faculty
810 staff
224 staff
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Student Body

The student population of Grand Rapids Community College has declined by 15% over five years.
The student:teacher ratio of 16:1 has decreased from 34:1 over five years.
The Grand Rapids Community College diversity score of 0.57 is more than the state average of 0.52. The school's diversity has stayed relatively flat over five years.
Total Enrollment
13,270 students
3,456 students
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Student : Teacher Ratio
16:1
15:1
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# Full-Time Students
4,017 students
1,325 students
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# Part-Time Students
9,253 students
2,131 students
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Total Dormitory Capacity
n/a
186 students
% American Indian/Alaskan
n/a
n/a
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% Asian
4%
2%
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% Hispanic
15%
5%
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% Black
9%
14%
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% White
63%
67%
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% Two or more races
3%
4%
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% Non Resident races
n/a
1%
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% Unknown races
6%
7%
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This chart display the percentage breakdown of students of all ethnic groups in MI.
Diversity Score
0.57
0.52
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College Completion Rate
19%
19%
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Average Graduate Earnings (10 Years)
$32,200
$30,700
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Tuition and Acceptance Rate

The public in-state tuition of $5,931 is more than the state average of $4,914. The in-state tuition has declined by 21% over four years.
The public out-state tuition of $8,571 is more than the state average of $6,836. The out-state tuition has declined by 22% over four years.
In-State Tuition Fees
$5,931
$4,914
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Out-State Tuition Fees
$8,571
$6,836
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% Students Receiving Some Financial Aid
68%
87%
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Median Debt for Graduates
$9,750
$11,637
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Median Debt for Dropouts
$4,500
$5,500
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Acceptance Rate
n/a
100%
Source: 2020 (or latest year available) Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (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.

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Quick Stats (2022-23)

  • Enrollment: 13,270 students
  • In-state tuition: $5,931
  • Out-state tuition: $8,571
  • Student:teacher ratio: 16:1
  • Minority enrollment: 37%
  • Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS)

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Did You Know?

For Michigan public community colleges, the average tuition is approximately $4,914 per year for in-state students and $6,836 for out-of-state students. For private community colleges, the average yearly tuition is approximately $11,103 per year. Read more about average community college tuition costs across the country.

The average community college acceptance rate in Michigan is 89%. Read more about national community college acceptance rates.

Michigan community colleges have a diversity score of 0.52, which is lower than the national average of 0.71. The most diverse community college in Michigan is Finlandia University. Read more about community college diversity statistics in the USA.

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