Grand Valley State University Reviews

4.12 out of 5 stars
(38 Reviews)
  • Allendale (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $17,762
90% of 38 students said this degree improved their career prospects
95% of 38 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

4.8 out of 5 stars
Genevieve - 1/7/2020
Degree: Criminal Justice
Graduation Year: 2019
"Overall, the Criminal Justice Program at Grand Valley State University prepares you for a diverse range of post-college options. No matter what you are interested in, there is a faculty member who can share their unique experiences and act as a mentor to help you reach your goals. Whether you are looking into policing, corrections, victim advocacy, federal enforcement, environmental protection, legal studies, or continuing on to graduate school, there is someone there to help you. Small class sizes allow you to get to know those in your program and faculty members on a more personal basis. What makes this program stand out from others is that you are recognized as an individual rather than just another student sitting in a lecture hall."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Elizabeth Cullen - 12/16/2019
Degree: Teaching
Graduation Year: 2012
"GVSU's Music Education program is excellent. The general music professors are top-tier academics and care for their students. The studio professors do vary in quality. It has been years since I attended, so I do not know which studios are currently at the top. I would recommend researching this and taking several lessons with the studio professor of your choice before committing. The audition process is standard. Music scholarships are typically small, and would need to be supplemented with academic scholarships. I would not recommend attending GVSU for music performance. The general education program at GVSU is average. This is a liberal arts school, so be prepared to take courses from a variety of disciplines. I really enjoyed my liberal education, and eventually added a minor in Philosophy because of one of the classes I took. This being said, liberal education is not for everyone. If you want an education with laser-sharp focus on one academic discipline, this is not the school for you. GVSU is a Division II school for sports. They are a top D2 school and regularly win national championships in multiple sports. We won two national championships for football while I was there. This was particularly fun because I was in the marching band. On-campus housing is above average. There are suite style options for freshmen, and many students stay on campus throughout their degree. It costs about half as much to live off-campus, and there is a reliable bus system. I personally lived right across the street so that I could walk. It was less than a mile each way."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Sarah Baird - 12/12/2019
Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2012
"The content, classes and teaching staff at Grand Valley State University were amazing and very knowledgeable. I did not receive any help finding a position however after graduating. It took me 3 years to find my first teaching position and I had to move to another state to find one. I felt very prepared to teach my classes and have been successful in my career now that I have found my first position."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Melissa Berry - 8/21/2019
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2013
"Grand Valley was the absolute best choice I could have ever made for myself. College is overwhelming enough, and not having a support group could add to that pressure. I flew across country to attend a college where I did not know a single person, yet, I felt surrounded by warmth and support everywhere I turned. From the professors to the advisers to other students, everyone there is helpful and friendly. It was the perfect size school, not too big or too small, but just right. I recommend GVSU to anyone looking for the greatest adventure of their life."
5.0 out of 5 stars
nicholus kopacki - 8/19/2019
Degree: Physician Assistant
Graduation Year: 2008
"This program is very difficult but will prepare you well for the rewarding profession of a Physician Assistant. The beginning part of this program is considered the didactic part of your education. during this time you will be in class 4-5 days a week learning about physiology, pathophysiology, clinical medicine and pharmacology. This is a very difficult part of schooling for most PA students. Most days are 7-8am to 5-6pm. Additionally there is hours of studying after classes are done for the day. Many weekends are consumed with studying for exams that are the following week. The didactic portion of the program is 15 months in duration. The second phase of the program are the clinical rotations. these rotations are typically 4 weeks in duration. Family practice and internal medicine are the exceptions and these are 8 week rotations. Students are able to choose 2 elective rotations in addition to the required core rotations. These can be in any are of medicine the student chooses. at the end of every month the students come back to take an exam on the previous rotation just completed."
3.9 out of 5 stars
Krisi B - 6/29/2019
Degree: Public Relations
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."
4.4 out of 5 stars
Angela Thweni - 6/28/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Jessica Herring - 3/31/2019
Degree: Health Sciences
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!"
4.6 out of 5 stars
Megan - 12/26/2018
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!"
4.1 out of 5 stars
Garrett B. - 6/26/2018
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!"
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