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3 College Junior

Campus Food: It is nice to have debit dollars because, even though it is money that students paid to have, it does save money out of pocket later on. However, there are times where it is not worth using debit dollars (or even paying out of pocket) for the food on campus.

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4 College Junior

Campus Housing: There are some aspects that are less than desirable, such as the lack of community interaction, even with the group facebook page. The residents mostly stay in their apartments and do not interact with people within the building

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: I lived at High Tree Townhomes one year, which was awful, but then l lived at 48 West another year, which was the best year of my life in the best apartments. You just have to search around. But please don't rent anything from S and M Communities; they suck.

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4 College Junior

Party Scene: It's not as awesome as other schools, but house parties are usually always happening. You just have to walk around or know someone. Going to bars in downtown GR is the best and so much fun!

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5 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: It's the best if you live downtown. Allendale variety isn't really there, but it's a small town. Grand Rapids has LOTS of food options.

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4 College Junior

Administration: I got an MIP my first year, but we were pretty dumb and probably deserved one. However, I will say this campus is much stricter on drinking than many colleges I have been too. If you can get past that, though, attending this school is the best decision I ever made.

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4 College Junior

Scholarships: I got a scholarship for my grades, but other than that, I got close to nothing. But that was mostly my parent's income, not because of GV.

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4 College Junior

Campus Food: I like Fuel the best, mostly because I loved the Chinese, but the food options in Kirkhof were usually decent.

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5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms were a blast! I had suite style, which was the perfect size. But traditional style isn't great. If you can, try and get suite or apartment style for on-campus dorms.

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4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I live in an on campus apartment and I love the set up of it. There is a full kitchen with plenty of cupboard and storage space, two full bathrooms and a large living area. My roommates and I all got along well and made many memories that we will cherish for a lifetime. I know that one of my roommates and I will be lifelong friends. I really like the proximity of our apartment to the school buildings and the parking is ample. It is easy to make friends and it is a very safe campus.

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5 College Sophomore

Athletics: I love the football games. I worked for the school taking tickets for football games. It was fun to see my team and fellow classmates cheering them on and having fun. I don't really attend any of the other sporting events though.

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3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I still live on campus but will be in an off campus apartment next year. It was easy to obtain an apartment for next year but lets face it, college students are poor so no cost of rent is reasonable. I know that the quality of the apartment won't be great, but it will be liveable.

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2 College Sophomore

Party Scene: I have no idea how to answer this questions. I have only been invited to one party and I don't drink so I didn't go. I work a job, go to class, hangout with my friends and study. I'm not the party type of person. My roommate went to parties all the time but I didn't ask her about them.

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4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: I love going to Panera Bread to study or meet friends. Jimmy Johns, Tim Horton's and Cold Stone Icecream are all walking distance from campus. I also love going to the downtown campus and eating at the many restaurants down there .

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5 College Sophomore

Administration: I have no issues or concerns with the strictness at our school. It is in place to keep us safe and it is effective. We have a great police presence and a very safe campus. I appreciate the rules very much. Safety of the students and staff is of utmost importance to me.

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1 College Sophomore

Scholarships: I am eligible for very little financial aid because of my parents income. This is not fair because they are not paying for any of my college yet I have to put their income on the FAFSA. There is no other option to apply without them. The interest rates on loans I applied for are so high that I will be paying a lot of money to get my degree.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Food: I like the layout and vibe of the campus dining halls. There are many options for food choices and dining areas. It's easy to fell comfortable at these places and their larger areas for bigger groups and smaller areas for individuals. I would like the option of not having to purchase a meal plan though. I like to cook my own food and don't always like the pressure of knowing I have to eat 40 meals a semester in a dining hall.

5 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: all of the apartments are along one road and walking from apartment to apartment is a piece of cake. I've never seen an apartment that sucks or looks like a piece of crap, all of them are fairly decent and the bus runs to all of them as well. The only bad part is that if you don't have an apartment and try to use the complexes parking lot they will boot your car (unless you get a guest pass)

4 College Freshman

Party Scene: As long as you're off campus you probaby aren't gonna get an MIP (unless you're a dick when the cops show up). One time I even walked right up to a cop, he asked me if I was going to a party, I said yes, and he just told me I should turn around. Pretty chill, they just try and make sure no riots ensue and it doesn't get too loud. Once you start to make friends it's really easy to find parties and if you're in greek life there are tons of parties as well. Usually they aren't wall to wall, except for welcome week which is really fun. In the winter the parties kind of die down since it's too cold to walk from apartment to apartment and the bus only runs once an hour, but there's something on the weekends usually.

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The buses don't run to a lot of off campus dining

4 College Freshman

Administration: Cops aren't dicks if you're nice and not belligerant

5 College Freshman

Scholarships: They gave me everything I needed to pay for school and I was able to use my financial aid to get books before it was deposited into my account which was incredibly covenient. Although you have to wait about 2 weeks after classes to get the remaining in you account, the financial aid office is super helpful and can answer any questions you have. They also have a deferment plan to pay tuition if you or your parents pay so the bill is not so large all at once.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: A new place just opened up called "which wich" and it's really really good. The asian food place is pretty good as well. The food is average but if you know the different places than it's not too difficult to vary your choices. The actual buildings for the dining halls are really cool though and debit dollars are awesome because if you run out of meals you can always order a pizza or get a snack at Starbucks.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I lived in the apartment style housing. It was small but it did the job, and I had my own bathroom (that I shared with just my roommate). Having a kitchen was kind of nice too

College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Never been inside the off campus apartments and don't personally know anyone that lives there.

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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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