Location
Allendale, MI
Undergrads
18,663
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 2426 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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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

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Although not as lenient as other schools, knowing that we are one of the safest schools in the nation makes up for it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: All our academics are very great and respected

5 College Sophomore

Academics: A lot of help provided with all majors in order to succeed

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Grand Rapids has a better atmosphere than Allendale

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Not good in the main campus (allendale) but very good in downtown campus (grand rapids)

College Sophomore

Greek Life: I am not involved with Greek life, or informed on it.

5 College Sophomore

Athletics: Although a D2 shool, our sport programs are fantastic and feel like D1 programs

3 College Sophomore

Nightlife: More house parties than bars and clubs, unless you go to Grand Rapids

3 College Sophomore

Majors: I wish there were more majors to choose from but all the majors available have excellent programs

College Sophomore

Majors: I have not applied for my specific program yet.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: A lot of options to choose from.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: exactly what they claim to be, larger school with a small school feel

4 College Junior

Campus Dining: Lots of convenient dining options, but I usually just bring my own lunch to save the money.

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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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