Grand Valley State is one of the hottest colleges in Michigan in terms of growth, and it also continues to be one of the top public institutions in the country.

U.S. News and World Report once again honored the Lakers with a top public school nod. The school had long been a top pick in the Midwest, but now it receives a national honor.

The school ranks 228th among all universities in the national category.

The report says this about GVSU:

Although it is one of America’s 100 largest universities in terms of enrollment, Grand Valley strives to make a liberal education its foundation for all of its academic programs. Freshmen are exposed to more than 300 student organizations during an event called “Campus Life Night,” which allows students to explore the many options for extracurricular activities. About 5 percent of the undergraduate community participates in Greek life, and there are more than 20 chapters to choose from. While it is not required, the university recommends that all first year students live on campus to more easily become involved in campus life. The Grand Valley State Lakers are members of the Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference in the NCAA Division II. The athletic prowess of the university is unheralded, and the school has won the Director’s Cup seven times in its history as the best NCAA Division II athletic program in the nation.

And the great thing for students, at about $20,000 all in, it's also one of the most affordable schools in the nation.