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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.

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.

4 College Junior

Academics: I felt that most of the professors wanted students to do well. All professors were very willing to help students who were struggling. With a select few professors, I felt that they were frustrated by the students' lack of understanding when questions were asked in class. However, the majority kindly reexplained the concepts. The professors are enthusiastic to help with any out of class issues as well (internships, research, etc.). There was a large variety of courses offered to students. The registration process can be frustrating. The quantity of students trying to register at the same time often causes the registration page to fail to load. It leaves you panicking that your class is filling up while your internet fails to load the courses you need. I think that with the growth that Grand Valley is experiencing, they need to create more study areas for students. 9 times out of 10 during exam week, every area is full.

3 College Senior

Academics: Academics are ok. It's always different at every university so it's alright I guess.

5 College Freshman

Academics: Tons of options with classes


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Grand Valley is known for its business, dance, education, film and video, nursing, and physical therapy programs. Many professors at Grand Valley are accepting and helpful, although there are exceptions. The workload depends on the professor, course level, and department, but most classes have a mediocre amount of work. Busy work is generally avoided by professors, while most of the assigned homework will really help with understanding the course material. The Writing Center, which offers students quality tutors, will help with any kind of writing for any class. Tutors can also be found for lots of other subjects, as well. 

It is important to do research before signing up for classes. Some courses require prerequisites, while a few general education classes are required for certain majors, and sometimes one course can cover two sets of requirements, which will save you time and money. Taking classes with good professors is much more important than it might seem. While most programs and professors at Grand Valley State are decent, the "Themes" (part of the general education program) and "Supplemental Writing Skills" requirements can be tedious, especially for students who do not enjoy writing.

Facts & Statistics

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Total FT Faculty
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Average Faculty Salary
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Part-Time Retention Rate
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Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 24%
  • 20 to 49 students: 69%
  • 50 or more students: 7%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: No
Recreational/Avocational: No
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • Brooks College of Interdisciplinary Studies
  • College of Community and Public Services
  • College of Education
  • College of Health Professions
  • College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
  • F.E. Seidman College of Business
  • Frederik Meijer Honors College
  • Kirkhof College of Nursing
  • Seymour and Esther Padnos College of Engineering and Computing
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences, Other: 2%
  • Pre-Medicine Studies: 2%
  • Psychology: 3%
  • Social Work: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Philosophy
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
  • Weekend/evening college
Other Academic Offerings
  • Distance learning
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Grand Valley offers a variety of online courses. There are also hybrid courses, which combine online work with some in-classroom time.
Best Places to Study
  • Fourth floor of the Zumberge Library
  • Honors College study areas
  • Seidman House
Tips to Succeed
  • Bring an abundance of layers for winter.
  • Contact your roommate before moving in so you don't end up with two of everything.
  • Join student organizations.
  • Pay close attention to financial aid and tuition deadlines.
  • Ration your Debit Dollars throughout the semester.
  • Register for classes with good professors (
  • Take electives.
  • Triple-check credits you plan to transfer.
Did You Know?
The website is an excellent resource for finding professors who are fun, not terribly difficult, kind, and know their material.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 226 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 134 responses

  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 134 responses

  • 16% This was my dream school.
  • 76% This was one of my top choices.
  • 7% This was a school I settled for (safety school).


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