First-Time Students

First-Time Students' Frequently Asked Questions

How do I apply to GRCC?

Just complete our easy and free online admissions application.

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

Our general entrance requirements are:
High School Graduates – both a 2.0 cumulative GPA with scores of 25 or higher on the SAT in math, reading and English, or 18 and higher on the math, reading, and English components of the ACT.

Transfer Students  minimum of 12 completed college or university credits with a cumulative GPA of at least 2.0.

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

What happens after I submit my application and transcript?

Within two or three days of receiving of your application, we will notify you if it is incomplete, if we have not received your transcript, or if you need to take our Accuplacer placement test.

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

All Dual Enrollment/Early College students must complete a regular admissions application to be admitted as a college student. Please see Dual Enrollment webpage.

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?

If you received a score of 3 or higher, you can receive credit by having a national standardized exam official transcript sent to the GRCC Student Records Office.

When should I apply to GRCC?

Suggested deadlines:

  • Fall semester: December 1st
  • Winter semester: September 1st
  • Summer semester: January 1st.

Always apply early for timely processing.

How do I register for classes?

You register for classes through your Online Center. To log in you will use the student ID number that you will receive once you have been admitted. GRCC recommends new students attend New Student Orientation or speak to an academic advisor.

How can I get help paying for classes?

Many types of financial aid are available. For more information on joining the more than two thirds of GRCC students receiving financial aid, contact the GRCC Financial Aid office at (616) 234-4030.

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 Transfer Course Equivalencies 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?

It is very common for college students to be undecided about their future direction. Career Development Services (616-234-3890) provides workshops and seminars as well as career assessment to provide students with educational guidance and insight into career paths that incorporate their skills, interests and abilities.

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.