1963 : First Freshman Class Registers at Grand Valley State College

September 26, 2023 all-day

On Septmber 26, 1963, registrations for the first freshman class were taken at Grand Valley State College in Allendale. 226 students enrolled, including a student from Iran.

The library, which had been a priority for the new President, was on its way well before opening day to establishing an impressive collection. Head Librarian Stephen Ford had been working on acquiring books for over a year, operating out of a small private house on the campus site. By the time they moved into temporary headquarters in Lake Michigan Hall, a staff of seven had been appointed and nearly 10,000 books had been catalogued!

According to Mich — Again’s Day, Grand Valley State was Michigan’s first separate 4-year state-supported liberal arts college to open in 60 years.


GVSU Historical Timeline

For more information about the first days of Grand Valley, link to the narrative history, Section One, Part X, “A Campus in the Cornfields”.

Mich — Again’s Day

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