Location
Allendale, MI
Undergrads
18,663
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2439 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Campus housing is very expensive and very hard to get into

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: Campus dining is good, but there is a lot of unhealthy options that really give students that "freshman 15"

2 College Junior

Greek Life: Greek life is too judgmental based on personal appearance, and rumor or drama. A lot of service greek life is not doing anything relating to service; it is all turning social and centered around drama. It is also too expensive. I would not consider joining greek life

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: Allendale is generally about 25-30mins from most attractions

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: Health and safety on campus is good and there are never usually any worries

4 College Junior

Facilities: There are facilities for every student!

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are good policies around campus that ensure student safety and success

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: There is great diversity at Grand Valley!!

2 College Junior

Scholarships: financial aide can be quite upsetting for students who's parents have an estimated contribution, but aren't physically able to make that contribution... I, myself, have been having this ongoing issue with financial aide to try to help me, but they tell me that my parents should be able to put this much money towards my college. This simply is not logical. If my parents could really afford to send me to college, they would have done it, but the mere fact is that I am on my own when it comes to college expenses and if financial aide can't help me because of what my parents make, I think that is a real problem.

College Junior

Majors: Internships are not offered for my specific major, but I do know individuals who have had them, and they really enjoy them. Their current internship has ultimately given them an offered, full time, salary position after they graduate.

3 College Junior

Majors: Getting into the music program can be often difficult. There are a lot of prerequisites that have to be met to get into a lot of the classes and auditions during the year affect your registration, so it is hard to plan classes around those. Most general student assistants for orientations, don't know a lot about the music department, so getting into the music school is harder than staying in. Admissions should hire students from near every major to assist with orientations, so that students from more secluded majors can be helped accordingly and efficiently!

3 College Junior

Academics: There are plenty of times where the work load is enormous! A 100 level class attempts to give the work load of a 300 level class and that is not easy for students with a tight schedule. The liberal arts factor at the university can be off putting to students because of all the extra general education classes we have to take that say Music Education majors such as myself, will never really need later in life. It can be considered a waste of time and money, however, the experience is beneficial. Study areas can be hard to find during certain times of the year, but there are so many different places to be able to study, making up for the appearance of lacking. Professors are generally good, but there are always those who don't necessarily teach for the students, but rather themselves, but that's at any university. Grand Valley, overall, is a great school and the environment is amazing!

3 College Junior

Academics: The music department is very secluded from the rest of the college. Unfortunately, that means that there is a higher chance for things to go wrong for students, and a harder time fixing them. The music department can also be very unorganized, yet all classes are set at very specific times during the day, so it is a bit harder for students to find other classes that fit into their schedule and can put others behind. The seclusion of the Performing Arts Center can be very nice sometimes when a student just wants to be alone with other music majors instead of having to go to the library or other buildings where there is an abundance of other students to be distracting. Music students are very cut off from the rest of the school, but sometimes that can be very beneficial!

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I don't really know what to think about the strictness. It's all average

College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I did not live on campus because my aunt lived right near campus and it was cheaper.I did have a friend who lived on campus though and she is now living with me this year

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Being an English major is challenging. Professors grade papers very critically, but it's helpful to improve writing skills and techniques.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Registering for classes is somewhat difficult. Sometimes it feels like we as students don't have any help and get stuck deciding our entire life over a computer. The classes that aren't in my major are very good. They offer a huge variety. This semester I am taking a class called Live with the Great Lakes that is going to be very interesting.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have not had one teacher I disliked. All the teachers are very approachable and have open office hours. The class sizes vary, but all my classes have been under 50 students, most of them being 30.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's very easy to get a job on campus, plus if you do they easily work around your class schedule. Everyone is very friendly in the students stores

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love taking the athletic classes. You learn how to use all the equipment they offer at the gym and it's great to get healthy while making friends and enjoying a sport. I have taken a volleyball class and tennis class even though I know how to play both and I greatly enjoyed it.

College Sophomore

Nightlife: I have never attended any bars our nightlife outing in the year I have been. Being under 21 doesn't sound fun to go partying so I have never done it.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: It seems to me like everybody but myself is included in Greek life. I wasn't interested in it my Freshman year so of course I didn't apply, but they run everything around our school. All the extra curricular activities are ran by them .

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: I don't have a lot of friends on campus. A lot of the people already have their own cliques and aren't inviting to other people. I made a couple friendships, but nothing that I would content people to hang out with. Girls and guys tend to more sporty and athletic.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: It's just okay. There are a couple different options, but the healthier food like fruit and vegetables are often much more pricey. They offer pizza and breadsticks and a bowl of chinese food for 5$, but the healthier sandwich tends to be 7 or 8 dollars. It's quite annoying if people want a healthier alternative.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Not very diverse but it is growing and heading there

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Audrey Rosenau
Hometown
Rochester Hills, MI
Major
Hospitality and Tourism
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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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