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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) for First Time Students

How do I apply to GRCC?

It's simple, easy and FREE! Just go to our online application and complete the online admissions application.

What grades and test scores do I need to be admitted to GRCC?

Our general entrance requirements are both a 2.0 cumulative GPA and subscores of 18 on each of the Math, Reading and English components of the ACT test for high school graduates and for transfer students 12 credits minimum with a 2.0 cumulative GPA from another college or university.

If you do not meet the requirements, you can be admitted by taking the Accuplacer placement test.

What happens after I submit my application and transcript?

The  online admissions application takes about 2-3 days to process. If your application is incomplete, a letter will be sent to notify you. If you do not submit a transcript, or submit a transcript with a GPA and/or ACT score below our admissions requirements, you will receive another letter asking you to take GRCC's placement test.

I am a Dual Enrollment/Early College student, do I need to re-apply to be a regular student?

Yes. All dual Enrollment/Early College students must complete a regular admissions application to obtain admission as a college student. Please see Dual Enrollment web page.

I took courses at KCTC/Careerline Tech Center, can I get credit for that?

To receive credit for those courses at GRCC, please submit an Articulation Application, Student Achievement Recording Process Form, and an Official Transcript to the GRCC Articulation Office (616-234-3377) for review.

I took AP classes, how can I get credit for those?

Credit is granted for scores of 3 or higher. You must have an official transcript of national standardized exam test scores sent to the Student Records Office.

When should I apply to GRCC?

Suggested deadlines: Fall semester- December 1st; Winter semester- September 1st, and Summer semester - Jan 1st. Always apply EARLY for timely processing.

How do I register for classes?

Once the admissions process is complete, you will receive a student ID number that you will use to create your Online Student Center login. You can browse the GRCC catalog and schedule in the Online Student Center to enroll in classes. GRCC recommends that new students attend the Orientation program or speak to an academic advisor.

How can I get help paying for classes?

Over two thirds of the GRCC student population receives some form of financial aid. There are a variety of types of financial aid available. Please contact the GRCC Financial Aid office at (616) 234-4030 with further questions.

How can I visit GRCC?

The Admissions Office offers campus tours for prospective students. Please go to the Visit GRCC page to view available dates and times and reserve a convenient opportunity for you to explore GRCC.

What GRCC courses will transfer to other colleges/universities?

One of the best advantages about GRCC classes is their transferability. Please refer to the transfer guide for more information.

How much is GRCC tuition?

GRCC charges tuition by the contact hour. The rate varies for resident, non-resident and out-of-state. Please refer to the Tuition and Fees site for the most current information.

What degrees and courses are available?

For course listings and descriptions, as well as details about degree programs and educational opportunities please refer to the GRCC Course Catalog.

I am currently undecided, how can I get career advice?

Being undecided is very common for all college students. To find educational direction and get a better idea of existing career paths that incorporate your skills, interests and abilities, contact Career Development Services (616-234-3890) They provide workshops and seminars as well as career assessment.

How and when can I talk with an academic advisor?

GRCC academic advisors meet only with admitted students by appointment. New students are encouraged to attend the New Student Orientation program.