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

4.5 out of 5 stars
Jenna Martens - 6/28/2017
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."
4.0 out of 5 stars
Natalie - 4/26/2017
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."
4.8 out of 5 stars
Kirstin - 4/23/2017
Degree: Special Education
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."
4.7 out of 5 stars
Angileena Gibson - 3/27/2017
Degree: Accounting
Graduation Year: 2013
"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!"
4.8 out of 5 stars
Jennifer Villwock - 3/13/2017
Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2011
"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."
3.8 out of 5 stars
Ashley Johnson - 3/10/2017
Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015
"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."
4.5 out of 5 stars
Austin VanRee - 3/9/2017
Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2017
"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!"
5.0 out of 5 stars
Shelby Owens - 3/8/2017
Degree: Biomedical Sciences
Graduation Year: 2016
"My time at Grand Valley State University was among the best of my life. GVSU was a place I felt safe and included, while still bein adequately challenged and prepared for my future. The faculty are top-notch and are there primarily because they want to teach; research and community outreach come second. GV offers so many resources to students like free tutoring, writing assistance, counseling, and so much more. It has all the great characteristics of a division one school, like research and outstanding faculty, while still small enough that you feel supported and cared about. GV offered me a great financial aid package, and classes were offered often enough that I had no problem graduating in four years. The campus atmosphere is friendly and welcoming, and there is no shortage of clubs and other groups to join."
5.0 out of 5 stars
Irma - 3/4/2017
Degree: Sociology
Graduation Year: 2015
"This institution is a perfect fit for commuter students, adult learners, international students, and Michigan residents to receive an affordable, liberal education. The connections I made at Grand Valley have helped me tremendously in graduate school and the workforce."
3.4 out of 5 stars
Alexandra Spurlock - 2/19/2017
Degree: Political Science
Graduation Year: 2012
"My degree program was excellent, however there were plenty of students within my degree problem who did not have the same positive experience. As with many programs, it really depends on the classes you choose to take. I consistently took classes with a professor that had a reputation for being tough, and that made me learn so much more than many of my peers. Her instruction made me more prepared for my current graduate studies. So to sum it up, it is what you make of it."
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