Location
Allendale, MI
Undergrads
18,663
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2032 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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.

4 College Student

Campus Housing: On campus housing is within walking distance to any of the buildings on the Allendale campus, and the dorms are, for the most part, well taken care of.

3 College Student

Greek Life: I don't know much about Greek life; it's not really my thing.

4 College Student

Computers: On occasion the internet is slow when using your own computer, but I've yet to encounter a problem while using school computers.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: Not much to do if under 21

3 College Freshman

Drug Safety: I don't pay attention to any of it

3 College Freshman

Weather: Too cold to walk to class and the sidewalks flood and they get too icy in the winter. Hard to walk

3 College Freshman

Athletics: Weight room is horribly small. 25 students are allowed at a time. That's absurd

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Moving off campus was the best decision I've made. Dorm life was fun, but apartment life is so much better. There's a lot more freedom and space to feel like you're really living on your own.

3 College Sophomore

Drug Safety: People mostly drink off campus, not on campus in the dorms. It is pretty easy to get alcohol when you're underage if you know someone older.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Mostly chain restaurants around allendale campus, but downtown grand rapids has some great bars and restaurants near Pew campus.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: On campus life night is basically nonexistent (at least if you don't want to get busted by an RA), but off-campus it is pretty easy to find a good party if you walk around any of the apartment complexes or know people. You do have to be careful if you're underage because the cops around here love to shell out MIPs, but if you're smart about it then you will be fine and have a good time.

4 College Sophomore

Computers: There are lots of convenient computer labs, especially if you go when they aren't that crowded. The free printing is awesome, compared to some schools that make you pay per sheet or give you a quota.

3 College Sophomore

Transportation: In theory, our busses are fantastic and convenient. The bus drivers are typically pretty friendly and respectful, especially if you are friendly in return. However, during the winter months (which is almost the entire school year here), the bus schedule gets very messed up and the timing is very inconsistent. Busses are never on time which can be very inconvenient.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Admission into my program was not difficult, but some programs, like social work, require a more complicated process. However it is not difficult as long as you have a decent GPA and resume.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: I love my program because there are plenty of opportunities to take classes that interest me, even outside of my major because there are not that many required courses for the degree.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: The football games are really fun to attend, but I don't think athletics are as big here as they are at other public universities. I think it would be a bigger deal if we were a Division 1 school.

College Sophomore

Greek Life: Greek life is not very prominent on campus. They are generally seen as clique-y but no one really dislikes them. They do not have much of a presence around campus unless they're getting in your way in Kirkhof to advertise something.

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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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