Grand Valley State University Reviews

  • 87 Reviews
  • Allendale (MI)
  • Annual Tuition: $18,296
92% of 87 students said this degree improved their career prospects
94% of 87 students said they would recommend this school to others
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Student & Graduate Reviews

Ashley Johnson
  • Reviewed: 3/10/2017
  • Degree: Elementary Education
"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."
Austin VanRee
  • Reviewed: 3/9/2017
  • Degree: Health Sciences
"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!"
Shelby Owens
  • Reviewed: 3/8/2017
  • Degree: Biomedical Sciences
"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."
  • Reviewed: 3/4/2017
  • Degree: Sociology
"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."
  • Reviewed: 2/27/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Loved everything about the experience. 5 clinical rotations allow for great variety of experience prior to entering the field. Instructors were wonderful and willing to assist students at anytime. Feedback is welcomed throughout the program and taken into consideration when shaping your experience. Great curriculum with rigorous didactic work as well as clinical applicability throughout."
Kara Fahlen
  • Reviewed: 2/22/2017
  • Degree: Physical Therapy
"Physical Therapy is my passion and I love what I'm studying. The Doctorate Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley is extremely challanging but I have learned a ton and all of my professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed as a physical therapist and provide you with the training and education to do so. I've learned so much at my first two clinical rotations and I can't wait for my next one coming up!"
Alexandra Spurlock
  • Reviewed: 2/19/2017
  • Degree: Political Science
"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."
Bruce Gerber
  • Reviewed: 2/17/2017
  • Degree: Business
"Grand Valley State University is an up and coming university. It had the feel of a big time university but was very intimate and class room sizes weren't to much so you weren't able to speak with the professor. Every year I was there, GVSU was always under construction. It was a growing university with endless potential and has the ability to tailor to student's major."
Michael Dudley
  • Reviewed: 2/8/2017
  • Degree: Exercise Science
"Overall I think the university is great! The president is very involved with the campus and pushes his faculty to be involved and provide the best for their students. There are plenty of free resources for student to succeed, from the writing center, to tutoring, and academic advising. My degree is a degree that you should definitely go into knowing you should use it for grad school. I currently am back in school for Public Health and GVSU did a great job preparing me for this program. I highly recommend this school."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Education
"Too expensive, don't go. Find a career path that includes on the job training."
  • Reviewed: 1/31/2017
  • Degree: Mathematics
"GVSU taught me the knowledge I needed to succeed, but more importantly the courses and professors prepared me to succeed at the professional level."
Bethany Robinson
  • Reviewed: 1/28/2017
  • Degree: Occupational Therapy
"Grand Valley State University is a wonderful university to attend. The professors go above and beyond their course of duty. Always willing to work with students to understand material and taking a personal interest in each and every student. It was wonderful to attend a university where I wasn't just a student in the crowd. Each professor knew my name and took a personal interest in me. My critical thinking skills have grown since attending GVSU and I continue to grow in my academics and as a person."
  • Reviewed: 9/5/2016
  • Degree: Psychology
"This school was the perfect place for me. It had a wonderful staff and a beautiful campus. There rec center was incredible. I didn't realize how good we had it until going to other schools. It was a great place to attend undergrad. I would highly recommend this school to anyone."
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Social Work
"It is a small town college that has grown quite significantly. Most people in my area end up going to that school. Overall it is a good quality college"
  • Reviewed: 7/22/2016
  • Degree: Hospitality Management
"Very nice campus, small town college feel with wide array of majors. Very helpful staff and faculty."
Ashley Fox
  • Reviewed: 7/12/2016
  • Degree: Education
"The campus climate at GVSU can be described as honest, supportive and most definitely encouraging. I finished my undergraduate degree there and will soon pursue my graduate degree . I recommend this institution to anyone looking for handfuls of new opportunities! With its main campus in Allendale, MI, the accessibility to Grand Rapids and the Lakeshore couldn't be better for a student looking for professional experience and a little bit of free time."
  • Reviewed: 11/30/2015
  • Degree: Information Systems
"Its a great option, among many, if further schooling is right for you."
  • Reviewed: 11/9/2015
  • Degree: Political Science
"GVSU is a great school if you are looking for a Liberal Arts education in a smaller class setting."
  • Reviewed: 9/4/2015
  • Degree: Fitness Trainer
"I enjoyed it and it prepared me for my future in more ways than I could imagine. I learned a lot inside and outside of the classroom. I would recommend it to anyone thinking of earning a higher level of education."
Bethany E.
  • Reviewed: 8/19/2015
"I am impressed with the way they handled my master's program. We were well-prepared for our boards, and they were generous and accommodating for our rotations (much better than other physician assistant programs in Michigan)."