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  • Downtown
    Enjoy a huge range of entertainment, dining, shopping and sightseeing opportunities, all within an easy, eye-catching 10-minute walk.
    West Side
    From tigers and coffee to meat markets and Mexican restaurants, the West Side is a fascinating mix of old-school and up-and-coming.
    Grit, growth and creativity characterize this downtown neighborhood, which boasts unique galleries, clever dining spots and many pleasant…
    Heritage Hill
    One of the nation’s top old-house neighborhoods – with 1,300 buildings dating back to 1844 – is just a five-minute walk from downtown.
    Medical Mile
    This world-class health-sciences corridor is spurring new retail and residential developments well beyond its namesake mile.
    North Quarter
    The city’s largest park, tiniest burger joint, oldest sweet shop and newest best-bar winner are just a few of the pleasures that await visitors.…
    Diversity is the hallmark of Southtown, with numerous ethnic groups contributing to a vibrant mix of restaurants, shops and events.
    An eclectic mix of specialty shops, galleries, restaurants and entertainment venues reflect this area’s friendly, funky, fabulous character.

    Colleges & Universities

    Grand Rapids is a college town. There are at least 15 institutions of higher education in the metro area, serving tens of thousands of students.

    For students, Grand Rapids offers a variety of college experiences to choose from: state universities, private colleges, Christian colleges and one of the nation's finest community colleges. Downtown campuses offer the opportunity to live and study in the midst of a dynamic business and entertainment district. Suburban campuses offer more of a secluded feeling, often in lovely landscaped settings.

    Either way, students can take advantage of the many cultural and recreation options that have earned Grand Rapids distinction as "America's #3 Fun and Recreation City."

    For parents, Grand Rapids offers great peace of mind. It's a safe, clean, friendly city named by Forbes magazine as the best place in America to raise a family. So you can feel good about sending your child here. You'll feel good about visiting them here, too. It's easy to get to Grand Rapids. It's easy to make your way around. And every area of the city is packed with hotels, restaurants, attractions and events - so you and your student will find plenty to do together during weekend visits.

    Students and parents alike can take comfort in the fact that there are plenty of jobs here - Grand Rapids is one of 20 U.S. cities leading the economic recovery, according to The Atlantic magazine. It's a great place to live, work and play after graduation!

    Explore Grand Rapids colleges:

    Aquinas College
    Calvin College
    Central Michigan University
    Cooley Law School
    Cornerstone University
    Davenport University
    Ferris State University
    Grace Bible College
    Grand Rapids Community College
    Grand Valley State University
    Kendall College of Art & Design
    Kuyper College
    Michigan State University College of Human Medicine
    Secchia Institute for Culinary Education
    Western Michigan University