GRCC Fast Facts

2019 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

Learning First at GRCC

  • GRCC offers the first two years of a university-level education with a community college philosophy.
  • Learning opportunities are offered in flexible formats, including weekday, weekend, evening, online and hybrid and accelerated courses. Classes are offered at the Main campus in downtown Grand Rapids, at the Lakeshore Campus in Holland and at six regional centers. GRCC also has six middle college programs and offers courses at ten concurrent sites.
  • Wherever classes are offered, GRCC keeps class size small enough to provide individualized attention and assistance to students. Fall 2019 average class size is 22.
  • GRCC faculty, over 94% of whom hold a Master’s Degree or Ph.D., 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.
  • 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.
  • As an open access institution, GRCC provides learning opportunities to students at all levels of preparation. Our developmental programs help students become college-ready and our Honors Program challenges and motivates high achieving students to even greater success.
  • In our effort to provide seamless educational pathways for students, GRCC maintains 40 partnerships with regional high schools and technical centers, 30 articulated program agreements with four year partners and seven reverse transfer agreements with local universities.
  • Grand Rapids Community College has over 130 programs of study, including transfer pathways developed to launch your education in the areas of biology, business, chemistry, criminal justice, culinary arts, health sciences, social and behavioral sciences, mathematics, English, the arts, humanities and more.
  • GRCC offers 39 workforce associate degrees and 37 certificate programs including non-credit training which are designed to give you the necessary skills to immediately go to work.
  • GRCC has provided customized training to 57 companies through 227 classes, reaching 1,585 people. In addition, 427 companies were served through workforce training, continuing education and professional development reaching 18,613 community members in 2018-19.
  • GRCC has been continuously accredited by the Higher Learning Commission since 1917. Twelve programs hold specialized accreditations: Air Conditioning, Refrigeration and Heating Technology, Nursing (Associate Degree Nursing and Licensed Practical Nursing), Music, Secchia Institute for Culinary Education, Radiologic Technology, Occupational Therapy Assistant, Dental Hygiene, Dental Assisting, Automotive Technology, Child Development, Corrections, Law Enforcement and Visual Arts.

Student Fast Facts


  • 25,812 students served in 2018-19 in credit classes (75%), customized training (21%), job training (1%), apprenticeship (2%) and GED/ESL (1%).
  • Over 130 career, transfer and certificate programs.
  • Michigan Transfer Agreement facilitates transfer to 45 Michigan 4-year colleges and universities (

Degrees Awarded

Degree Number Awarded
Associate of Applied Arts and Science 421
Associate of Arts 742
Associate of Business 156
Associate of Fine Arts 15
Associate of General Studies 432
Associate of Music 12
Associate of Nursing 95
Associate of Science 88
Certificate 386

2017-18 Career Program Completers

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Working in a Related Job - 64%  Blue
Working and Attending School - 20%  Green
Working in an Unrelated Job - 8%  Yellow
Unemployed - 4% Orange 
Attending School - 3%  Red
Out of Labor Market - 1% Dark Red

Fall 2019 Educational Objectives

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Both earn a degree from GRCC and transfer to another college - 35% Blue
Obtain credits to transfer to another  college without earning a GRCC degree - 24% Green

Earn a degree from GRCC  (no intent to transfer to another college) - 17% Yellow
Learn skills to get a new job or advance in a current job - 14% Orange
Uncertain/undecided - 8% Red
Both earn a degree from GRCC and transfer to another college - 35%
Take classes for personal interest and enrichment only - 2% Light Blue
Improve basic skills in English, reading or math - 1% Green

Fall 2019 Credit Student Residence

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Kent County (KISD) - 72.0% Blue
Other Michigan County - 27.1% Light Blue
Out–of–State - .9% Yellow

2018-19 Transfer Students

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Ferris State University - 28% Blue   
Grand Valley State University - 25% Light Blue 
Davenport University - 7% Orange
Western Michigan University - 5% Orange   
Michigan State University - 5% Red
Central Michigan University - 3% Green  
Calvin College - 2% Light Yellow
University of Michigan - 1% Dark Blue

Aquinas College - 1% Green
Lansing Community College - 1% Pink
All Others - 23% Dark Red

Fall 2019

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Female 52.5% Blue
Male      47.5% Yellow

  • Average age: 24
  • Percentage of students 25 and older: 27%

Fall 2019 Race/Ethnicity

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Caucasian - 62% Dark Blue   
Hispanic - 15% Green   
African–American - 9% Yellow    
Asian/Pacific Islander - 4% Orange    
Two or more races - 3% Red   
Native American - 1% Dark Red
Unknown - 6% Light Blue


Enrollment and Tuition Fast Facts

Fall 2019 Enrollment

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Part–time - 69.8% Blue
Full–time - 30.2% Yellow

Credit Enrollment - 13,326
Full-time Equivalent - 7,129



2018 Revenue

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Tuition and fees - 28% Blue
Property taxes - 28% Yellow     
State - 19% Green    
Govt. grants and contracts - 15% Orange
Other - 7% Red    
Auxiliary - 2% Purple    
Private gifts and grants - 1% Dark Blue


Faculty/Staff Fast Facts

2019 Faculty/Staff

Full-time Faculty – 240
Clerical/Secretarial/Service/ Maintenance – 156
Technical & Paraprofessional – 157
Other Professional – 38
Executive/Admin/Managerial – 33
Skilled Trades – 13


Female – 330
Male – 307
Minority – 137

GRCC College Board of Trustees

Deb Bailey
Kenyatta Brame
Cynthia Bristol
Kathleen Bruinsma
Kathy Crosby
David J. Koetje
Bill Pink, Ph.D. (President)
Sheryl Siegel