Allendale, MI
Tuition (in-state)
$14,568 ($10,078)
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Reviews 2402 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Junior

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

4 College Junior

Nightlife: Lots of bars and a few decent clubs, as well. It's always fun to go out downtown!

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: There are regularly parties on the weekends, but during the week the get togethers are smaller and less disturbing.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: Campus police patrol high traffic areas regularly and safety alarm pavillions are placed throughout campus.

4 College Junior

Academics: Professional workshops are held often. I also know many other students in my program which I like.

4 College Junior

Academics: The claasses are well rounded and the professors are very knowledgeable with personal experience.

3 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: Many options, but the price is either way too high or low rent/low quality.

4 College Junior

Campus Housing: Very roomy, comfortable, and modern living spaces for students. Better than a lot of off campus housing.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: Lots of awesome breweries andrestaurants in the area!

5 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: I absolutely love living in this city. There is always something going on... From ArtPrize to Founder's Fest, Grand Rapids is always fresh and exciting.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: I had a very difficult time figuring out how to accept my student loans

4 College Junior

Diversity: There is a mixed community of students who all seem to be accepting, or at the very least, tolerant of one another's religions, political views, and lifestyles.

4 College Junior

Guys & Girls: Students may be laid back and dress casually, but everyone seems to be respectful and appropriate.

4 College Senior

Diversity: Campus diversity is represented well

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: Grand Valley's dorms are great, a bit old school but that's the fun part! The dorms were my favorite part of my freshman year because it brings people together! You don't have to bring anything but clothes and such. Sophomore year options are not as great, and are expensive! I lived in laker village and that was in need of some updating! There are new apartment buildings though, I have yet to see them! The process for housing is easy, and you are pretty well provided for!

5 College Senior

Facilities: I love Grand Valleys Campus! There is something for someone everywhere! The new library is great and has tons of study spots, and so do other buildings! The student center could use some help. The athletic center is top notch. The amount of green space is wonderful, you can just walk into the woods right off campus! There are some campus activities, like sibs and kids weekends and parents weekend, don't really know about the traditions!

3 College Senior

Nightlife: I do not really party anymore. Freshman year it was pretty easy to find parties, there were drugs and alcohol and what not. Not really a positive experience. As time went on I partied less, you learn where and where not to drink based on safety. The parties that Grand Valley throws though, I hear they are fun and positive experiences!

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: There are constantly GV police around. There is really not anything to worry about on the Allendale Campus. The downtown campus is in a city, so you should just be more wary.

4 College Senior

Majors: I am an Art Education major, Grand Valley is a great school for both Art and Education. So far I have learned a lot from my classes, work load is manageable, and the facilities are wonderful. Some classes you have to take seem unnecessary, sometimes I wish it was a little harder in these classes because I feel like I would learn more!

College Senior

Majors: I have not had an internship. For the college of education you need to observe and student teach. You have to pay for this like a class, but it is like an internship. You get placed with a school and then have to pass an interview. For this type of position any sort of experience in your field is helpful!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: When I was using the campus dining plan I loved it. The food is pretty good, they have great variety and it is getting better! You have a lot of extra "dollars" for the stores on campus!

5 College Junior

Facilities: GVSU is more beautiful than any other school I have been to.

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College Junior

Scholarships: I haven't received any scholorships.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: GVSU works hard to keep its campus safe and healthy.

4 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It works exactly like its supposed to without being overbearing.

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Audrey Rosenau
Rochester Hills, MI
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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