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Degree: Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication
Graduation Year: 2014

I'm proud to be a Grand Valley grad! The campus is beautiful, the school pride is strong, and (most) faculty legitimately care for your future. The professors have real world experiences in the programs they teach, although some of the coursework is outdated. The majority of the facilities are phenomenal, especially the library, but the art building and lake buildings could use some updating. My biggest issue with Grand Valley was the parking. There was never enough parking and people would stalk you to your car so they could take your spot. Be prepared to walk because all of the parking in on one side of campus. Bundle up in the winter because it's COLD and extremely windy.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Great place to go for 4 years. This school aided in me gaining a ton of independance, professional contacts, and overall life expercinces. It gives you the big school feel with small, personalized classrooms. Great loacation, having Lake Michigan to one side and Grand rapids to the other. Would highly reccomend.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Great place to go for 4 years. This school aided in me gaining a ton of independance, professional contacts, and overall life expercinces. It gives you the big school feel with small, personalized classrooms. Great loacation, having Lake Michigan to one side and Grand rapids to the other. Would highly reccomend.

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4 out of 5
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Degree: Therapeutic Recreation/Recreational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Great place to go for 4 years. This school aided in me gaining a ton of independance, professional contacts, and overall life expercinces. It gives you the big school feel with small, personalized classrooms. Great loacation, having Lake Michigan to one side and Grand rapids to the other. Would highly reccomend.

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Degree: Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
Graduation Year: 2019

Grand Valley State University is a great school with great facilities! Grand Valley is a big university, but it is quite small at the same time. It was just created in the 60s and continues to expand so much every year. There are thousands of classmates per class, but the biggest lecture size is just over one hundred students. The professors can easily teach lectures without the need of teacher assistants which is one of my favorite aspects at Grand Valley State University. This allows the opportunity to get to know your professor better, and to not get confused on who to contact when you need to seek help. I also enjoy that there are two different campus' - the main campus in Allendale, and the downtown Grand Rapids campus. The university does a great job at making sure it is easy to make it to both campus' with the rapid 50 bus. Not only is Grand Valley a great school from an educational standpoint, but it is on the cheaper side for a university! The estimated cost for Grand Valley State University is $20,000. This cost includes tuition, books, rent, food, etc. As the cost for Grand Valley is fairly low, unfortunately, Grand Valley does not offer a lot of scholarship opportunity. They have some great academic scholarships that you can be eligible for coming out of high school, but that is about it. To receive scholarship money, one must look at outside scholarships. However, scholarship opportunities would be the only downside of attending Grand Valley State University. I would still recommend it to anyone!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

There were elements to attending Grand Valley that were very positive and others that were not so amazing. The best part of my experience was the faculty and the facilities. Grand Valley really does have great resources -- as a BMS student, I was able to take a class in the cadaver lab (which is something not all undergraduate...or even medical... schools have!) The library is beautiful, all of the buildings have tons of room to study with so many great chairs and tables that are isolated enough to get things done. The campus is in kind of a strange location; Allendale, Michigan is not exactly an awesome place as it's pretty much just cornfields. But the campus is just 30 minutes from Grand Rapids and I felt very connected to Grand Rapids even from the moment I moved out to Allendale. As I previously stated, the faculty was something that really made Grand Valley a great experience -- my professors for sociology, organic chemistry, genetics, and creative writing were incredibly encouraging, helpful, and interesting to learn from. I felt well supported by them. The career center also has great resources and the campus is always hosting mock interviews, guest lectures, and other events to support students. I wish I had taken more advantage of those events (although, to be fair, it would have been difficult to keep up on those things while a full-time student.) Sometimes because Grand Valley is a "suitcase college" (everyone leaves on the weekends...no, seriously...) it can be a little lonely if your'e hanging around campus on a weekend or, for me, even though GV is not a big school, it felt pretty big to me (I attended a small private school from elementary through high school.) All in all, they provide great financial resources and scholarships for undergrad, they have a great faculty and facilities and resources. You just have to make the best of it -- no one is going to be watching over your shoulder making sure you take advantage of the right opportunities. They are there but you need to pursue them!

4 out of 5
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Degree: Exercise Science
Graduation Year: 2018

My time at Grand Valley was well spent making new friends, forming connections with the faculty, and exploring everything Allendale and Grand Rapids has to offer. The Laker community always felt united whenever at sporting events, in class, or just on campus!

5 out of 5
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2011

The BSN program at Grand Valley is very well organized. The faculty works very hard to plan the program and make sure you understand what is required to complete the program. GVSU also offers a direct admission program from high school (if you meet certain criteria) which can take so much stress off a student when the time comes to apply to the program which is very competitive. The academic advisers are easy to reach and VERY involved. When it is time to begin clinical in the hospital setting I found I had to do a lot of my own advocating for my education. My preceptor had 7-8 students on the same floor so I really had to take the initiative to ask nurses and staff questions and seek out learning opportunities. The clinical sites students are matched at are fabulous and there are lots of opportunities for students in west Michigan.

4 out of 5
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Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016

Great school in a great location. Lake Michigan 20 minutes west and downtown Grand Rapids 15 minutes East. Not a very diverse school. Considering the school has only been around about 60 years they have grown tremendously and have gained a greater presence across the Midwest. I think you can get a quality education in any discipline at Grand Valley.

5 out of 5
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Degree: Special Education and Teaching, General
Graduation Year: 2015

Grand Valley State University greatly prepared me for my career in special education. The rigor of the courses simulated what teachers experience daily. The student teaching experience helped me to experience the classroom and students, and it also helped me to build connections and lifelong mentors.

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