Allendale, Michigan is located west of Grand Rapids and is the home of Grand Valley State University. The main campus founded in 1960, is located on 1,237 acres. It is one of the fastest growing universities in the United States, both in population and physical size, as the university is continually building more facilities. The university is also ranked as one of the top up and coming schools in the Midwest. The university enrolls a total of just under 25,000 students on the Allendale campus and two campuses in the surrounding area, and offers over 200 areas of study, making it the largest university in the Grand Rapids Area. Due to GVSU, Allendale has experienced a lot of growth in the past several years. New restaurants, stores, apartments and housing developments have all been added. Allendale is more than just a college town as it’s location between Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore is a desirable place with a lot of land for new construction and the Allendale Public Schools.