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Reviews 3244 total reviews with an average rating of 3.6

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3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Courses have been very difficult lately, and professors aren't as willing to help.

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: I don't know much about it, but I have heard great things about it.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel safe most of the time.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: Living in small rooms are terrible, but other than that great experiences

3 College Junior

Athletics: People in athletics are somewhat treated equally as student who are not in athletics. Student body is very involved when in comes to going to events. More for football and basketball, but fans still come

3 College Junior

Overall Experience: Sometimes professors are very approachable and other times they don't seem to care about the success of students. Students don't work together to help each other out and for all of us to succeed. It becomes difficult to get ahead in school when there is no help to do so.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: When it comes to attending sporting events football is very popular at my school...other sports not so much.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My school is all about students success.. I would choose it again. Students are there to learn. It is not a "party school".

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I have enjoyed the majority of my professors. The ones that I enjoy the most are the ones that seem to really have a passion for the subject that they are teaching and teach it in a way that can be easily understood by students while also being somewhat challenging. I have only had a couple of sub par professors at GVSU. They were okay professors because they were not interested in the success of the students learning the material and they seemed to brush off subjects.

3 College Junior

Party Scene: If anything my friends and I go out to different stores for ideas.

4 College Junior

Academics: I have enjoyed every class I have taken. The professors are very kind and willing to help if you have any issues.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Because of the location and the program I was in in high school (World Language and International Studies Academy), I am used to more diversity however everyone is accepted.

4 College Junior

Drug Safety: I choose not to be a part of the drug scene. I have not seen it nor been pressured. I know there probably is drug use but I do not participate.

3 College Senior

Health & Safety: I'm not sure on this, I have never felt personally scared but there have been reports of sexual assault on campus which I think having any at all is unacceptable.

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5 College Senior

Athletics: Our facilities are great, and the fan support is there, although I myself am not a sports fan.

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: I really love GVSU, we have great opportunities and great professors that engage us and try to relate things to the real world.

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4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: In the standards of security of campus I believe that ours is great. We have a very supportive police department who are very friendly and always willing to help should a student need anything. The most common crime that occurs on campus would be sexual assault. We have a way of alerting the student body of any crimes as well as are kept frequently update about what is going on in these situations.

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3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I'm not really a huge fan on Greek life to begin with. I love to volunteer and participate but greek life isn't something that I would participate in. I have heard of sororities and fraternities being really nice but I have also heard of them as being cliquey and snobby.

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4 College Sophomore

Athletics: My school's participation in regards to athletics is pretty large and everyone is encouraged to attend all games to support the community. Our school's spirit is very apparent. Many wear spirit gear all of the time, I don't think that there is a day that you wouldn't notice someone decked out in Blue and white. I have attended sporting events this year but I must confess that with schoolwork I did not attend sporting events as much as I have wished to but I do know that a great many attend and that there are always activities before game time begins. The athletic facilities themselves are awesome. I have gone to the rec center this past year every week and I found the quality to be great but not so great as to make the equipment difficult to use. It was also very functional and very well spaced from the dorms. I also liked the fact that the gym was open a wide range of hours on the weekdays to accommodate all of the different ranges of schedules that students may be dealing with.

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4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My first year at GVSU was trying in regards to my rooming situation and the adjustment that has to take place after moving away from home and from high school dynamics for the first time. However it allowed me to grow into a person who can communicate, be around those who I don't particularly care for, and how I would like to come across to others. In regards to my education, I had excellent professors. My Psychology professor namely, was amazing. As a student I could really tell that he cared about what he was teaching us and wanted us to succeed but at the same time he also required us to want to do our best and succeed as well. I do not have complaints about professors at GV. While there where a few that didn't really know how to teach and command a classroom very well, it gave me the challenge that I needed not only to strive to pass the class but to end up with the best grade that I could by working my butt off to get there all semester. All in all I am very happy with GVSU and all the experiences that it has provided me with and I am excited to continue to attend it this year.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Obviously there is some stereotyping of greek life, but that is to be expected. The professional Greek organizations are less known and that is a shame (probably due to the fact that we do not party at all), but otherwise Greek life is great. Every house is held to high standards and most of them are very friendly en encouraging even to those who don't wish to be a part of Greek life. Same goes for non-Greek goers

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: They are vastly expanding the gym and I can't wait to see how that improves, I just wish it was more towards the center of campus. we have many fields to play sports, but not enough indoor fields for the winter, not everyone wants to play intramural so if you just want to kick around with some friends there isn't really anywhere to go when there are scheduled sports

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I love my school! They teacher's that I have gotten to know are very polite, but firm and won't allow students to take the easy way through their classes. They expect hard work from you, but are lenient and understanding where it matters. They expect a good amount of responsibility, but are understanding of how you are living on your own and need time to figure things out. Every teacher is open to talk if you are struggling in their class, they just need you to take initiative over your own education. They are also very willing to recommend you for events in your field in order to gain experience.

The people there are very friendly and there are plenty of friends and acquaintances to be made, and people in your classes are always willing to band together for projects and study sessions.

This is just a very encouraging uplifting environment, with plenty of opportunities to be had.

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: There is always going to be drugs and alcohol at every school you attend. Unfortunately it is not something you can avoid. But, It is not something I would want to get involved in, so I stay away.

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4 College Student

Campus Housing: I love the place I live in. The Laker Village apartments are so cute!

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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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