Grand Valley State University Reviews
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!
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!
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!
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.
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.
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.
Grand Valley State University is a school that provides you with a well-rounded education! Diversity is definitely a priority within every educational program! The professors strive to make every student prepared to deal with the educational and grand spectrum events of the real working force! Professors take numerous hours and tremendous amounts of effort to propel students to their positions of success. The educational curriculums available are phenomenal, in their own respects. The learning styles are very hands on, as well as, textbook cultivated. The leaders of the educational curriculums are not only fully trained within the realms of the subjects, but have much earned experience in the fields as well. The on-campus activity and groups are very welcoming and stable to assist in the furthering years of every students future. Many boards of these organizations are sponsored by companies and corporations located locally within the surrounding community of each campus, as well as, national companies that have partnerships with Grand Valley, for the sole purpose of graduates succession. Being from an inner-city background, the rural atmosphere of Grand Valley changed my life. Ive met some outstanding individuals that have shaped my life tremendously. Many of my mentors were professors who I didnt know actually cared about my college career and the one gained thereafter. Furthermore, I honestly wouldnt know where I would have been in life without attending this great school! My life has changed for the better and I owe it to Grand Valley State University! Best decision!
I am a Laker for a Lifetime. I could not be more proud to display my Laker Blue, and am extremely satisfied with the quality of education I received from Grand Valley State University. It is a University that prepares you for both career and life, all while surrounded by picturesque views of beautiful West Michigan.
I loved my time at Grand Valley State University. Not only did the undergraduate program that I completed (Elementary Education) fully prepare me for a career, I also participated in student organizations and created friendships that will last a lifetime. Some of my most valued time at Grand Valley was the two years that I was a Resident Assistant and lived on campus. This role was invaluable to my development as an individual; I learned how to cooperate and work together with people who were very different from me effectively. This time also taught me how to deal with conflict and confrontation in a way that all parties were respected and valued. The new library was built during my time at Grand Valley; it was so fun to watch it grow daily during construction but even more enjoyable to be able to use the new state of the art technology once it was built. The fourth floor of the library is my favorite spot on campus: not only is it perfect for studying, but the view (especially during sunrise or sunset) is stunning as well. I continue to live close to Grand Valley and still love to visit, reminisce, and enjoy the beautiful campus.
As a transfer student, my experience at Grand Valley State University has been incredible. Their advisers really helped me during my transition, making sure every credit transferred over and applied to my specific degree. The atmosphere of the college was also amazing! Grand Valley has an excellent student body that is supported with state of the art facilities, small class sizes, and endless resources in helping you succeed in your future. Tuition is also very affordable, allowing students to graduate with less debt while still getting degree from one of the best colleges in the mid-west! If you are deciding where to go for your undergraduate or graduate degree, you will not regret choosing Grand Valley State University!