Perfect-sized city living.

With more than 30 neighborhoods comprising Grand Rapids, you will want to reserve time to navigate each city-within-a-city during your college years. Plan to become a regular at your choice of 52 coffee shops, frequent the shores of Lake Michigan located 25 miles to the west, take in a student session at one of 71 parks around the city, adhere to your budget with student discounts available for symphony and athletic event tickets, and locate one of 340 geocaches...all prior to an average annual snowfall around 67 inches. We'd be glad to welcome you as a fellow Grand Rapidian. And many sources support our claim that this is a fantastic place to live.

The CU Edge: Grand Rapids

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Rankings that Set Our City Apart

A Recognized Stage for Exhibiting Creative Ideas

Grand Rapids hosts ArtPrize, an annual international art competition. Grand Rapids Theological Seminary serves as the permanent venue for Crucifixion, a stained glass mosaic crafted by Mia Tavonatti and designated by public vote as the winning entry of ArtPrize 2011, and What Breathes Beneath Our Story, a series of 19 paintings set on claybord panels by Bette Lynn Dickinson.

Grand Rapids Art Prize - Cornerstone University

The internationally recognized Art Prize competition take place in Grand Rapids every fall. Cornerstone University is involved in the action, and has been chosen to permanently display the Grand Prize-winning entry from 2011.

Historical Roots

Residents of Grand Rapids thrive as members of an economically diverse community, having offered notable contributions to the industries such as healthcare, consumer goods, information technology, and aviation. The area was once home to flourishing Native American communities, including the Hopewell and Ottawa tribes. The first Europeans to arrive were fur traders, and the local resources eventually attracted lumberers and furniture builders. Our city remains recognized as the home of the world's top five furniture manufacturing companies and the restored Meyer May house designed by architect Frank Lloyd Wright. As the hometown of the 38th President of the United States, the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Museum recognizes his leadership.

Area Event Information

The city calendar remains filled with upcoming festivals, art openings, museum exhibit launches, and networking events. To plan your time in the city, reference these helpful resources and be sure to reserve a time slot in your itinerary for a campus visit.