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4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The physical therapy program is mostly really great. It's challenging and is preparing me to become a skilled PT.

4 Recent Alumnus

Academics: The Doctorate of Physical Therapy program is strenuous, but thorough.

4 College Senior

Academics: Professors are generally quite good and willing to help, advisors help with schedule planning and there are tons of study options.

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3 College Junior

Academics: There are plenty of times where the work load is enormous! A 100 level class attempts to give the work load of a 300 level class and that is not easy for students with a tight schedule. The liberal arts factor at the university can be off putting to students because of all the extra general education classes we have to take that say Music Education majors such as myself, will never really need later in life. It can be considered a waste of time and money, however, the experience is beneficial. Study areas can be hard to find during certain times of the year, but there are so many different places to be able to study, making up for the appearance of lacking. Professors are generally good, but there are always those who don't necessarily teach for the students, but rather themselves, but that's at any university. Grand Valley, overall, is a great school and the environment is amazing!

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3 College Junior

Academics: The music department is very secluded from the rest of the college. Unfortunately, that means that there is a higher chance for things to go wrong for students, and a harder time fixing them. The music department can also be very unorganized, yet all classes are set at very specific times during the day, so it is a bit harder for students to find other classes that fit into their schedule and can put others behind. The seclusion of the Performing Arts Center can be very nice sometimes when a student just wants to be alone with other music majors instead of having to go to the library or other buildings where there is an abundance of other students to be distracting. Music students are very cut off from the rest of the school, but sometimes that can be very beneficial!

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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

Student-Faculty Ratio
17:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,054
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
557
Total FT Faculty
1,054
Faculty with Terminal Degree
73%
Average Faculty Salary
$65,517
Full-Time Retention Rate
82%
Part-Time Retention Rate
42%
Transfer-Out Rate
10%
Graduation Rate
66%
Programs/Majors Offered
98
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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 (ratemyprofessors.com).
  • Take electives.
  • Triple-check credits you plan to transfer.
Did You Know?
The website ratemyprofessors.com 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 112 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.

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 17% Jeff Chadwick - former NFL wide receiver
  • 17% Greg Colton - director, "Family Guy"
  • 14% John R. Beyrle - U.S. ambassador to Russia
  • 14% Brandon Barnes - NFL offensive lineman
  • 11% Rob Rubick - former NFL player
  • 9% Tommy Remengesau - former president, Republic of Palau
  • 9% John Keating - Fox Sports Net personality
  • 6% Mark Dewey - former MLB pitcher
  • 3% Patrick Sheane Duncan - screenwriter, director

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 114 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 21 responses

Never
Always
  • 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 20 responses

  • 5% This was my dream school.
  • 85% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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