About Grand Rapids

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Located on the eastern edge of Grand Rapids, Aquinas' location allows students to reap the benefits of living in Michigan's second largest city. With over one million people in the greater metropolitan area, students have the opportunity to take advantage of the thriving city that is frequently ranked as one of America's best mid-sized cities. 

Grand Rapids is rich in culture, thriving economically, and always provides something to do. From ArtPrize to LaughFest to the hundreds of events at the Van Andel Arena, Grand Rapids always knows how to entertain!  

The city of Grand Rapids offers such attractions as the Gerald R. Ford Museum, the Van Andel Arena, Fredrik Meijer Botanical Gardens, the John Ball Zoo and the Fifth Third Ballpark. Grand Rapids boasts several professional performance groups including Opera Grand Rapids, The Grand Rapids Symphony and the Grand Rapids Ballet Company.

  • #1 Metro area for job growth in USA - (Headlight Data, 2017)
  • #3 Safest College Town in America (SafeWise Report, 2016)
  • #3 Best City in the U.S. for Economic Success (Area Development Magazine, 2016)
  • #6 Fastest Growing Metro in the U.S. (Bureau of Economic Analysis and Headlight Data, 2016)
  • #7 Most Overlooked Dream City - (GoodCall.com, 2017)
  • #19 Best Places to Live - (U.S. News and World Report, 2017) 
  • Top 52 Places to Go in the World - (New York Times, 2016)
  • Top 10 Up-And-Coming Cities For Recent College Grads (Forbes, 2016)

To plan your visit to Grand Rapids and learn more about what the second-largest city in the state has to offer, visit ExperienceGr.com.