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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I haven't taken one class I didn't like at my school. There is a variety of majors and with that comes a variety of classes. Teachers are always willing to help you and talk to you about experiences or help you through problems.

4 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There is a lot of work that goes into helping people find a career after graduation and even part time work in school or during vacations. The people at the career center are all very kind and willing to work with you.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: We have lots of tools to prevent hazards. My favorite is where you can keep on call with the police department if you feel unsafe getting from one place to another. They stay on the line with you until you reach your destination.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Being on campus is great. Not only are you near classes but you can walk to the number of gyms we have on campus or the amazing library. Being on campus allows you to easily reach teachers and other facilities when needed.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a large variety of housing on one side of campus for Greek housing. I know lots of people who wanted to join and lots who did not. Many people join for academic purposes.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: I like that there is an opportunity for club sports and not just varsity. It allows people to enjoy a sport without making it their entire lives. I was part of club lacrosse and it was a great time. They work hard to make it very team oriented.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: My college works hard to include everyone; from different cultures to different likes and interests. Everyone can find something to get involved in. I'm part of the Native American Student Association which I absolutely love. We go on small mission trips to protect Native American landmarks and also work hard to educate not only students but the surrounding community about Native American culture. We have an annual pow wow that lasts two days. Where we invite all people to come be part of the celebration. I got to talk to elders around the ceremonial Potawatomi fire, join in dances, and talk to vendors about their craft and experiences.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: It's cool but I'm not interested in it

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: It's great but I wish parking didn't cost so much! But I love the school. The campus is beautiful!

5 College Freshman

Academics: The professors are great and very diverse. The registration process is easy but a little bit stressful if you're a freshman or a sophomore because the seniors and then juniors get to pick classes first. Or, it just depends on how many credits you have. The workload is very heavy, but what college isn't? You just need to have great time management skills and everything will work out.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Grand Valley has rarely any crime that goes on on campus. When a sexual assault does happen, the students are notified via email to know where it happened and when. Walking I'm walking on campus during night, I feel very safe and at ease. There are many lights and you can see all around you if anyone were to come up to you. Also, there are always GV police around campus making sure the students are safe. They help you with anything you need.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grand Valley offers so many different courses and it is really amazing. If you don't like one, you'll most likely find some you do enjoy or sound interesting to you. The professors love what they are teaching and want the students to succeed. They always have office hours where you can go in for help or just talk to them about their lives. This really helps students and professors to bond and learn more about each other. In the long run, this will help because the next time that professor sees you in a year or so, they will still remember your name out of the hundred of students they've taught. The class styles are also awesome. From lecture, to discussion, to labs, they have all impacted me in a different learning way and I can't say which one has been my favorite. The class sizes are reasonable and also awesome, especially for discussion classes. I love having 30 or less students in a discussion class instead of 60 or more.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The career center is always working to help students find jobs no matter how small or how big. They help you with resumes and what to say an in interview. There are multiple opportunities to receive an internship in Grand Rapids because the city is always growing. The alumni is also always there to help with students and teach them about their success. The career events that the campus has is a wonderful advantage where students can bring their resumes and apply in person to employers. There are also many many many jobs on campus that are a large variety and can suit anyone.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: My first year, I lived in the traditional dorms which included one other roommate and a community bathroom. I tried multiple other styles first before getting this one and did not get those. Traditional was okay for the fact you do not have to clean the bathroom, but it is also very noisy and annoying that you can hear your neighbors talking because the walls are paper thin. I went into a friend's dorm once that was a two-bedroom with their own bathroom and kitchen, and it was dead silent. This living style is probably the best option just because you get your own privacy in your room and your own kitchen and bathroom. Although, I did meet a lot of new friends in traditional which was the best part. The costing did bother me a bit, especially because traditional was almost the same price as the nicer places.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: You can always find sororities and fraternities on campus trying to get more students involved. They also have multiple bake sales and games that go on to raise money for their philanthropy. I don't find Greeks any different from non-Greeks which is great because it does not matter if you're in one or not. Greek row is beautiful. All the houses are similar and honestly very gorgeous. I could understand why Greeks want to live there.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: I know many students that are involved in intramural sports because Grand Valley offers so many. Football is huge here and our team is extremely great, especially for making it to the finals. Many fans come out to multiple sporting events because we support our teams a lot. There is so much school spirit that Grand Valley students are never quiet during an event.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Grand Valley was the best choice for me to make. It is not too big and not too small and there are always events going on on campus. The teaching is great and I have not had any major problems with any professors yet. I would choose this school again because of all the opportunities they offer. Students can volunteer for over thousands of places, travel anywhere to study abroad, and get involved with student life. This school wants every individual to really get involved no matter what that is and it is a great way to meet new people that will be your friends down the road.

3 College Junior

Health & Safety: I know there are a lot of issues with safety that have been arising on GVSUs campus lately. However, GVSU chooses to keep most of them quiet unless they absolutely have to tell the public. I think making a point to inform people would be useful for the students and community as a whole.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Most of my professors have been amazing - especially those who are in my specific department which is speech language pathology. However, some of the gen ed professors seem to forget that their class is simply a gen ed and treat it like a 400 level class. These professors tend to have less of a positive personality as well.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: There are so many career fairs that I think are very beneficial. They are sometimes geared towards getting internships, finding volunteer work, or finding a job. It's great.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: my freshman year dorm was very far away from my classes and it could have been cleaner.

5 College Junior

Greek Life: I personally love the greek life at GVSU. I was not in a sorority my freshman year, but I decided to expand my horizon after that and it was the best decision I have made thus far. I feel moe comfortable oaths big campus, I have endless professional connections, and it has taught me many valuable lifelong skills.

4 College Junior

Athletics: I appreciate the fact that GVSU decided to expand its rec center this year. It was much too small before. I do also wish that the varsity sports were more of a big deal within the community.

5 College Junior

Overall Experience: I feel attending Grand Valley State university has really impacted my life in a positive way. I have been submerged into great organizations, have wonderful professors who truly care not only about my success, but also about making meaningful relationships with students, and I feel very academically prepared for the real world

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: They offer counseling for anyone who is going through anything. Also had police officers who will walk you to your car if you feel unsafe.

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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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