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Reviews 2782 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: It's hard to complain about Grand Valley. The only thing I wish was different was the fact that freshmen are required to stay on campus in a dorm. As an introvert, that's not my typical preference. I don't know if it's unique to GVSU or a common thing for colleges. However, other than that, I've really enjoyed my time at Grand Valley so far.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Coming from a small town and a very small high school Grand Valley was the best of both worlds. It's nuzzled in tiny Allendale but with all new buildings and a pretty great student life, but is only minutes away from busy Grand Rapids. There are ALWAYS things to do during weekdays and on weekends.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are so many different activities to choose from and there are so many different types of people.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Grand Valley State University is great for so many reasons and for me the most crucial reason is the number of international students who come each year.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Grand Valley is a great school, and it is steadily growing every year.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grand Valley State University is an incredible university. The environment promotes learning in every way, as well as growth as a person. The university supports its clubs and other programs adequately.

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I love Grand Valley, I could not have picked a better fit for myself

3 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I wish I had explored more out of state options!

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5 College Junior

Overall Experience: It's the perfect size campus, nothing is too far but it is also big enough where you feel like you're at college. All of the people are very nice and the faculty is here to help you succeed. On campus jobs are plentiful and are aware you are a student first so your schedule is based around classes and study time.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Overall Experience: Love it! Everyone is nice and flexible!

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4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love Grand Valley! Helpful and encouraging staff

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: As a member of the track and field team at GVSU, my experience has been shaped around my training schedule. Though I though transitioning to such a busy life would be difficult, I was quickly welcomed and introduced to many tools to help me adjust. I have only attended this college, so I don't have much to compare it to, but I believe it to be an amazing atmosphere to learn and grow in! The work is challenging and the people are extremely friendly.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Engineering program is extremely difficult and it seem like they don't want you to pass at all. I technically passed a class but had to retake it because I didn't pass by 'engineering standards'.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: It is definitely college student friendly.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Still working on it, scholarships are okay though.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: The physical therapy program at GVSU is very competitive because they are very good at what they do. For a hardworking student it is easily doable but you must be willing to put in the time and effort.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: I am in the honors college and it is honestly one of my favorite aspects of GV.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food isn't always healthy but the locations, meal plans and dining dollars make it convenient, especially for freshman living on campus. Now that I am off campus I will most likely only purchase dining dollars.

3 College Sophomore

Scholarships: While it is relatively easy to get loans through Grand Valley, they do not offer many scholarships outside of sports which is a but disheartening.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are so many nice people on campus, its always say to find someone and start up a conversation.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Nothing out of the ordinary.

4 College Sophomore

Administration: It's strict enough to provide a healthy enjoyable environment.

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: There are a lot of off-campus options, but all are fairly pricey.

3 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I really haven't been to too many parties while at school.

2 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There are not a lot of options for off-campus dining in Allendale. Especially good vegetarian options.

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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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