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Data come from the U.S. Department of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS). Data are reported to IPEDS annually , but there is a lag between the time when data are reported to the system and when they are publicly available. Data shown here include the most recent that were available as of mid-August.

Retention and graduation rate data are for students who started at the institution as first-time, full-time undergraduate students in the fall or summer term. retention or graduation status reflects the students' status at the initial institution only -- students who went on to attend and/or graduate from a different institution are not counted among successes for these rates.

Full-time equivalent faculty are estimated using by adding the total number of full-time faculty to one-third of the number of part-time faculty. Faculty counts are made in the fall semester, typically October 1.

The "Selected National Peers" group was identified in 2005 as a group that is useful for peer comparisons. It consists of US public institutions with at least 10,000 students which offer graduate degrees, do not have extensive doctoral offerings, have a similar range of disciplines to GVSU, and have at least rough similarities to GVSU in mission and academic reputation