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2022 Fast Facts

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GRCC Vision

GRCC provides relevant educational opportunities that are responsive to the needs of the community and inspires students to meet economic, social and environmental challenges to become active participants in shaping the world of the future.

GRCC Mission

GRCC is an open access college that prepares individuals to attain their goals and contribute to the community.

GRCC Values

  • Excellence
  • Diversity
  • Responsiveness
  • Innovation
  • Accountability
  • Sustainability
  • Respect
  • Integrity


Our vibrant campus has made improvements to meet the needs of a growing and changing community. GRCC has developed and introduced new campus programs to better serve our residents and make West Michigan stronger.
Recent enhancements include:

  • Modernization of the historic Raleigh J. Finkelstein Hall, allowing for a new approach to connecting students with support services.
  • An expansion and update of the Wisner-Bottrall Applied Technology Center to enhance career-focused programs. New manufacturing labs and computer science facilities support in-demand careers.
  • A new Secchia Piazza and renovated Heritage restaurant improve opportunities within the world-renowned Secchia Institute for Culinary Education.
  • Historic renovations to Steven C. Ender Hall, making it a hub for student offices and activities and the Custer Alumni House, home of the GRCC Foundation and alumni activities.
  • The consolidated GRCC Lakeshore Campus, making a college education more accessible and a solid step toward more complete offerings for Lakeshore communities.
  • Expanded student support programs to help students of all ages be successful and stay on track to graduate.
  • Increased online and hybrid offerings to help students schedule classes around home and work responsibilities.

Learning First at GRCC

  • GRCC offers the first two years of a university-level education with a community college philosophy.
  • Over 94% of GRCC faculty hold a Master’s Degree or Ph.D., and are committed to excellence in teaching. They also bring scholarly and real-world experience to the classroom in order to best prepare students for further education and for careers.
  • Learning opportunities are offered in flexible formats including in-person, hybrid, online and virtual courses.
  • GRCC is committed to the individual student’s experience and provides a wide range of student support services such as tutoring, academic advising, and counseling services all free of charge.
  • Classes are offered at the Main campus in downtown Grand Rapids, and at the new Lakeshore campus in Holland.
  • GRCC has six early middle college programs and offers concurrent courses at nine high schools.
  • In an effort to provide seamless educational pathways for students, GRCC maintains partnerships with regional high schools and technical centers, articulated program agreements with four-year partners, and reverse transfer agreements with local universities.
  • As an open access institution, GRCC provides learning opportunities to students at all levels of preparation, from classes and support that help students become college-ready to our Honors Program for high achieving students to challenges them for even greater success.
  • Grand Rapids Community College currently offers twelve Academic Pathways, with a variety of programs
    within each Academic Pathway. The twelve GRCC Academic Pathways are:
    • Art, Architecture and Mechanical Design
    • Business
    • Computer Information Systems
    • Culinary Arts, Hospitality, and Brewing
    • Health and Exercise Sciences
    • Education and Child Development
    • Humanities, English, Language and Communication Studies
    • Manufacturing and Applied Technology
    • Math, Science, and Engineering
    • Music and Theater
    • Public Service
    • Social and Behavioral Sciences
  • GRCC has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1917. In addition, several GRCC programs hold specialized program level accreditations.

Student Fast Facts


  • GRCC is proud to provide a wide range of programs to meet the needs of students and the community including:
    • Associate degree and certificate programs, career programs and transfer programs
    • Workforce training, job training, apprenticeship, customized business and corporate training, and ESL classes

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Associate of Applied Arts and Sciences 206
Associate of Arts 349
Associate of Business 95
Associate of Fine Arts 15
Associate of General Studies 151
Associate of Music 8
Associate of Nursing 56
Associate of Science 1
Certificate 227

* Includes fall 2021 and winter 2022. We are changing to a summer-to-winter timeframe.

2021-22 Non-Credit Students

  • 10,828-Workforce Training/CEPD
  • 629-Customized Training
  • 185-Job Training
  • 753-Construction Electrical Apprenticeship

Fall 2021 Credit Student Residence

  • 9,124 (73%) students enrolled in fall 2021 were resident students (Kent County/KISD)
  • 3,244 (26%) students enrolled in fall 2021 were non-resident students (other Michigan county)
  • 148 (1%) students enrolled in fall 2021 were from outside of Michigan

2020-21 Transfer Students

During the 2020-2021 year 2,116 students who were enrolled at GRCC transferred to (enrolled at) another college or university. Listed below are the top 10 colleges and universities in Michigan that GRCC students transferred to during the 2020-2021 year.

  • Grand Valley State University 14% (297 students)
  • Michigan State University 2.7% (58 students)
  • Ferris State University 13.3% (282 students)
  • Western Michigan University 2.5% (53 students)
  • Davenport University 5.4% (114 students)
  • Central Michigan University 1.5% (32 students)
  • Northern Michigan University 0.8% (17 students)
  • Baker College 3.3% (70 students)
  • Michigan Technological University 0.9% (19 students)
  • Oakland University 0.6% (12 students)

Fall 2021

Gender Percent
Female 58%
Male 42%
  • Average age: 25
  • Percentage of students 25 and older: 27%

Fall 2021 Race/Ethnicity

  • 1%-American Indian or Alaskan Native
  • 4%-Asian
  • 9%-Black or African American
  • 13%-Hispanic/Latino/Latina
  • 68%-White or Caucasian
  • 2%-Two or more races
  • 3%-Not specified

Enrollment and Tuition Fast Facts

Fall 2021 Enrollment

12,516 - students were enrolled at GRCC in fall 2021

Enrollment Percent
Part-time 73%
Full-time 27%
  • 3,436 (27%) students enrolled in fall 2021 were enrolled full time (12 or more credits)
  • 9,080 (73%) students enrolled in fall 2021 were enrolled part time (less than 12 credits)

Fall 2021 Faculty/Staff

Fall 2021 Faculty/Staff

Faculty/Staff Number
Full-time Faculty 239
Clerical/Secretarial/Service/ Maintenance 150
Technical & Paraprofessional 166
Other Professional 33
Executive/Admin/Managerial 35
Skilled Trades 13
Female 323
Male 301
Minority 139

GRCC College Board of Trustees

  • Kenyatta Brame - Vice Chairperson
  • Kathleen Bruinsma - Secretary
  • David Koetje - Chairperson
  • Salvador Lopez - Trustee
  • Brandy Lovelady Mitchell - Trustee
  • Juan Olivarez - Interim President
  • Sheryl Siegel - Treasurer
  • Daniel Williams - Trustee