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Founded in 1960, Grand Valley State University. is a Public college. Located in Michigan, which is a city setting in Michigan, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 22,209 full time undergraduate students, and 3,251 full time graduate students.
The Grand Valley State University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 17:1. There are 1131 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Grand Valley State University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at GVSU are considered Less Selective, with ,178% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 25 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
88% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 51% were in the top quarter, and 20% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Grand Valley State University.
346 Students rated on-campus housing 3.9 stars. 24 % gave the school a 5.0.
242 Students rated off-campus housing 3.9 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
380 Students rated campus food 3.9 stars. 31 % gave the school a 5.0.
388 Students rated campus facilities 4.5 stars. 58 % gave the school a 5.0.
388 Students rated class size 4.4 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.
385 Students rated school activities 4.2 stars. 46 % gave the school a 5.0.
385 Students rated local services 4 stars. 37 % gave the school a 5.0.
388 Students rated academics 4.3 stars. 50 % gave the school a 5.0.
137 Students rated Grand Valley State University
Grand Valley was a great college. The campus wasn't too large to where you felt like it was overwhelming but it was just big enough to give you the feel of going to a large college. The professors were great and the on campus resources were readily available.
As a first generation college student, Grand Valley State University made me feel welcomed. The campus is always active and the professors are very accessible outside of class. From my experience, they genuinely care about the students learning the material. There are very many diverse and inclusive groups, clubs, fraternity/sorority organizations, etc. I enjoy my time at Grand Valley State University.
The plus points of this university might be the resources provided. It has not been that long since I joined this community but I have gained help on many occasions, being on an academic or social level. The professors I've had are quite attentive toward their students and they really care for our grades. They help on any level they can and are mostly available for help any time by email and have specific office hours. I think it might also depend on a specific professor but they are quite helpful. The food places are good and have good menus but they repeat some menus quite often which gets kind of boring by the end of your semester overall I would give it a solid 7.5 considering all the vegan and vegetarian options they provide. The only thing that I didn't like was the lack of things to do on campus during holidays and breaks. Almost every food court or public space is closed on these small breaks and there might not be many parties to go to during that time too. It kind of a hit or miss situation regarding the parties. They are fun tho ngl.
I love Grand Valley. The environment is so safe and welcoming. Everyone I've met including teachers and students have been so nice and extremely helpful. The campus is beautiful and has a ton of activities to help de-stress after classes. The dorms are super nice and very roomy. The campus is right outside of Grand Rapids and there are a ton of store and shops that you can visit. You will never be bored here.
The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Grand Valley State University is 81%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.
I would have taken more AP classes so that my freshman course load would be easier. I also would have found a roommate to live with instead of "going in blind" in the dorms.
If I had to pick a worst thing about my school, I would choose scholarship availability. A lot are focused on race, disability, and majors, but I come from a lower middle class background and am paying myself (through loans/financial aid, of course) and a broader range of scholarships would truly help.
Classmates are all very different but all unique, some of them are very quite, some of them are more extravert, they say hi and smile at you trying to make friends, however, some of them are more likely to be introvert, they wanted their own space and liked their own worlds. But that's intersting to meet all kinds of different people.
Grand Valley offers a liberal arts education, meaning that you choose how and what you learn versus strict guidelines specific to your area of study found at most universities. All of Grand Valley's student services are free to all students, and will never cost anything as stated by the president.
Grand Valley is the smallest school I applied to. It has a beautiful, small, campus which makes walking from class to class an easy task. It is not a "party" school and it's occupants all seem to genuinely care about their education first and foremost. I wanted to attend a school where I knew I would put my education first, and I wanted to be sure that my surrounding peers were just as dedicated as I.
Before coming to the school, I wish that I would have spent some time talking to an advisor about scheduling classes. The advisors are readily available, and if not available in person they quickly respond to emails. I was very much wrapped up in everything else about college that I did not take the time to talk to an advisor, as recommended, before scheduling my classes. Although my classes were very interesting my first semester, I could have been much wiser in choosing a class schedule that better fits my degree requirements.
Grand Valley offers opportunities for everyone while supporting a friendly and safe environment for learning.
What i brag most about is all of the nice people i meet and the organizations that I am a part of. I also "brag" about the work i do in class and out side of class.
Anyone who wants a good education. I transferred here and feel that at Grand Valley you are challenged and receive an education on par with larger universities.
I dont think Grand Valley is a place for someone who wants to go to college nearly for the social scene. Although Grand Valley offers numerous social opportunities, its students are more conservative than many colleges and prefer to participate in campus sponsored events and acedemic betterment.
Classes in my program are scheduled poorly so they overlap, making it difficult to get into all the classes you need in order to graduate.
As cliche as it ma sound, this school is perfect for me. The school is rapidly growing but is still the perfect size! At first I was unsure about campus being in its own circumference rather than intertwined with a city, but it makes for a better chance to meet people! I have never been to another campus as clean as Grand Valley, its a wonderful environment to be a part of. Also being close to the big city of Grand Rapids makes for a lot of fun weekends!
Academics here are taken very seriously. If you are not willing to put in the time and go to class, you're going to fall behind! The biggest classes here are about 200 students and yet all of my professors have known everyone by name. I look at this as a huge advantage because it makes it so much easier to get help from your professor!
It is definitely a sports-driven school, but there is a good blend of students and there are literally hundreds of other clubs to get involved in.
There are thousands of activities to choose from at Grand Valley. There are several clubs to join based on interest, which can vary from anywhere to Pre-Pharmaceuticals Club to Swing Dancing Club. There are also fraternities and sororities to join, and also many different sports. I recommend joining at least one club that ties into an academic interest that you have, even if you haven't officially declared your major yet.
There isn't much to do on weekends, at least for me. Usually I do homework, and then end up hanging out with friends or going downtown.
That they are mostly athletic preps, who aren't super intelligent.
It places a bit too much emphasis on athletics, and I wish it was more intellectually. It seems like they are actively making things better though. It's a liberal arts college with a wide variety of majors, minors, and classes. We have the main Allendale campus, as well as the Pew campus in downtown Grand Rapids.
Somewhat. The majority of students here do coast through this college, and take the easier classes. That's a reflection of the students here though--not GVSU. You can find some really great people here if you're willing to look. There are a lot of 'jocks' though, and we are in conservative West Michigan.
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Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.
86% of students
attending Grand Valley State University receive some sort of financial aid.
30% were awarded federal grants.
While 62% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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