Allendale, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
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Reviews 2049 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: I felt challenged at Grand Valley.

4 Recent Alumnus

Scholarships: Grand Valley does not offer much money to their students in terms of scholarships and grants. However, applying for federal aid was easy and fast through them.

Recent Alumnus

Campus Strictness: I wasn't often on campus.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I did not encounter any challenges. I transferred into Grand Valley and they worked with me on transferring my credits.

4 Recent Alumnus

Majors: I was a P.S. Major and although it was hard work and a lot of reading and papers, I enjoyed it. I really learned a lot from my professors.

2 Recent Alumnus

Nightlife: Downtown Grand Rapids - where all the bars are is 30 minutes away. If you're under 21, the cops seem to have a huge presence on campus and its harder for there to be parties from what I've heard.

Recent Alumnus

Drug Safety: I lived off campus and did not engage much with students who lived out in Allendale; however, from what I saw and heard the drug scene was practically nonexistent in relation to other schools in Michigan.

College Sophomore

Computers: i have my own laptop so i really cant say

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I just go out to the pizza joints and they are the best

5 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I do not have a dorm on campus but i have friends that do. GVSU keeps in accordance with the rules for the most part. Security seems to keep everything and everybody in order. I feel pretty safe being here. I love my school. GO GVSU !!!!!

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I only go to the football games and have a great time. There are many students that are involved in this sport and the fans are great. The stands are always filled. We have a great team with lots of wins. The players will sign autrographs and interact with the fans which makes it more personal. I really enjoy going.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: The first time dealing with FA it was a bit confusing but now i am a junior and it comes easy. I only had to use it once. GVSU is very helpful in the process.

College Sophomore

Health & Safety: i have only seen security. I have never had an issue with them. i follow the rules and do what im supposed to do to stay out of trouble.

4 Recent Alumnus

Diversity: I live off campus, which allows me to live downtown GR (main campus is in middle of nowhere). I've lived in 3 different houses within the last 4 years here and I haven't paid over $400/month for nice older city homes in good neighborhoods minutes from the central downtown location. Totally worth it.

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4 Recent Alumnus

Off-Campus Housing: I live off campus, which allows me to live downtown GR (main campus is in middle of nowhere). I've lived in 3 different houses within the last 4 years here and I haven't paid over $400/month for nice older city homes in good neighborhoods minutes from the central downtown location. Totally worth it.

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Recent Alumnus

Campus Housing: I did not live on campus and never explored it.

2 Recent Alumnus

Greek Life: There are no frat or sorority houses and since GVSU does not have a big party culture, the greek life is mainly focused on community service.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: The places are nice, but the prices are ridiculous when compared to off-campus housing for non-students.

4 College Student

Nightlife: I'm not much of a partier, but I know there are plenty to choose from, and there are several other night-time events to participate in, too.

3 College Student

Weather: It's very open, so occasionally the wind just whips through.

5 College Student

Diversity: I have met so many different people from different places and with different beliefs.

4 College Student

Health & Safety: The campus is well-lit and I almost always feel safe walking home at night. The health department is within walking distance, and they are extremely kind.

4 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: There are several restaurants just down the road, but even if that doesn't include enough choices, there are plenty more in Grand Rapids.

4 College Student

Local Atmosphere: Grand rapids is one bus ride away, so if you can't find anything to do on campus, there is plenty to do downtown.

5 College Student

Transportation: Anyone can catch a free ride on the shuttle bus between the Allendale campus and downtown campus every 7 minutes during weekdays and every hour on the weekends.


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Audrey Rosenau
Rochester Hills, MI
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There are very few students who do not adore Grand Valley. Many appreciate the setting and close proximity to a big city. The diversity and range of activities and organizations on campus ensures that everyone finds their niche, although for some students it takes a year, while others put in little effort and find their place right away. This is similar to the academic experience of many students: some find passing classes to be no problem, while others have to study often. The professors and staff are excellent at helping students who need additional academic assistance and seek it out. Everyone is different at Grand Valley, a fact that is embraced and understood by all students and faculty.

In general, students agree that Grand Valley is an experience they would never trade. Organizations offer a social life, networking opportunities, and depending on the organization, academic help. It is important that students take an occasional break from the stress that inevitably comes with homework and deadlines. Club meetings, eating out, and seeing a movie with friends are great ways to take a short break from school. It is also important to have a regular sleep schedule and diet. Spending time outside, especially in Grand Valley's rural setting, can help calm the mind and give a student some breathing room.

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