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  • 07/29/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 out of 43 people found this review useful. 1 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It is a very friendly campus. Everyone is willing to help if you get lost or have a question. If you are green oriented this is good for you too! They have recycling bins everywhere, various pamphlets regarding water/earth preservation, and group clean-ups. There is a bus system too, which is great. Students get to ride free on the Rapid. They go to all the surrounding off-campus apartments and to both campuses as well as all around Grand Rapids. If you like to eat (who doesn't?) GV has the BEST food. Many different options (Subway, Papa John's, Chinese, Mexican, salad bar, bagel shop, burgers, sushi, Italian, smoothie/coffee places) lets you pick what you feel like no matter what day it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! There are SO many activities, you'll find one you like no matter what! Clubs regarding your major, a foreign language that interests you, performing arts, book clubs, volunteer organizations, athletics, fraternities/sororities, and the list goes on. This is the best way to meet people because you find others with common interests. If there isn't a group for you, you can create one! I'd suggest GVSU Alternative Breaks-- you will meet the most amazing people while volunteering nationwide! Entering as a freshman, it is a good idea to live on campus to meet friends. If you are very outgoing, go with traditional style. Everyone's doors are always open and they all know each other. A little more reserved could go with suite style or apartment. You still meet people because your building will do several actives throughout the year together (and GO to these! It's always fun!). For classes, there are many to chose from, it's hard to decide; sometimes you just want to take them all. The size of the classes are small enough so the professor knows everyone by name. Lectures are big, but there are discussion classes about 1/4 of the size and go more in-depth. Professors are always willing to help, so go to their office hours!

    Bang for the buck

    FREE printing and use of the computers in the labs. FREE tutors. Beautiful campus!

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met the best people here and get to have fun while learning.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are very knowledgeable and make time to help you if you don't understand or just have a question. Each class I take regarding my major just makes me want to learn more! Even the other classes are interesting! You can sign up for a tutor for free if you need more help. They are really nice. For papers of all kinds, you can take it to the writing center for suggestions, help, reference work, for free as well.

  • 07/27/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 out of 17 people found this review useful. 2 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    At freshman orientation, they tell you not to come to Grand Valley if you aren't willing to hold a door for somebody or smile and say hi to a stranger. This pretty much summarizes the people at Grand Valley. In our freshman dorm they also told us to leave the door open as much as possible, and people would just walk around from room to room to say hello. They also had seminars for freshman that were all about making friends and adjusting to college. For older students, there are also lots of parties to go to at off-campus apartments, but the actual campus is a dry campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grand Valley is a great atmosphere to live and learn in. People will smile at you as you walk by and hold doors for you or help you up if you slip in the snow. There are tons of activities for students to do, from clubs and intramurals to watching the exceptional sports teams play, going to concerts and comedians, and watching theater.

    Am enjoying being here

    It was really easy to make friends at Grand Valley. Because of the large number of students, there is many different types of people. This with good food and lots of things to do make it a great place to be.

    Am learning a lot

    Although there are a lot of students at Grand Valley, they try to keep the class sizes small for a better learning environment. They also offer free tutoring if you need it, and professors are usually readily available for help if you need it.

  • 08/07/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 out of 14 people found this review useful. 3 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Between clubs, sports (including intramurals!), events (even dances like the President's Ball!), and a really nice rec-center, there is absolutely no excuse not to get involved. Use the free transportation! GV is really green and offers bus transportation to almost anywhere you could possibly need. Take advantage of campus dining! It's not scary dorm food, it actually is delicious... which is more reason to take advantage of the rec-center to battle the freshman 15. Finally, I felt extremely safe and comfortable on this campus, and that doesn't happen easily. I could not have imagined a better freshman experience and highly recommend this school!

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley helps the majority of students financially, which definitely helped make my decision to go here easier.

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love being at Grand Valley! I stayed in suite-style housing my freshman year and wouldn't have changed a thing. The people are friendly and GV holds numerous social events to meet people and have fun. I didn't know a single person when I entered this school and it worked out perfectly. I met so many people in the first week ALONE and am still so close with my group of friends, despite the 4 months off for summer. Grand Rapids and the beach are both within a short distance from the Allendale campus. I am so glad I chose this school!

    Am learning a lot

    Grand Valley has an immense variety of majors so it is difficult not to find something you're interested in. The lectures are pretty small compared to other universities, typically 2-300 would be the largest. The discussions and labs usually hold about 30 students, offering a more personal learning experience. The professors have frequent office hours and free tutors are available and would fit with almost any schedule. Also, the professors aren't expected to do any research or independent projects for the university, shifting their focus solely toward students.

  • 12/28/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 out of 13 people found this review useful. 4 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that need smaller size classes and a more structured learning. For the students that need hands on teachers. For students that need to be around very nice and welcoming people and have a great sense of community. For students that are positive, like to try new things and are or would like to be optimistic about their future career in the college or their lives for that matter. For students that are culturally aware, and like to experience other cultures as well. For students that have been home schooled, only children, or have siblings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and use the tutoring opportunities as soon as you see you have difficulty in a class. Better late then never. Try to stay active in many on campus activities but, if you get a chance go down town and check it out, they have something going on every night. Also when in doubt talk to a counselor, RA, or some type of faculty when you feel stressed out or need help. That is what they are there for. College is about higher learning not stressing out and crying everyday because its hard. Get the help you need and keep it moving! :) Make sure you consider who you are going to live with before you agree to live wherever you are going to live. It can be extremely stressful to live with people you have a problem living with and not be able to move out it you have waited too long to make changes.

    Bang for the buck

    Your freshman year it is expensive but you get a meal plan 2-3 meals a day on your card. money on your laundry card AND debit dollars which is basically anytime money that you can used when going to any convenience store on campus. Also any sporting events for students are free( for all students), and printing paper at most computer labs is free also( for all students) . This is my first year and I don't need anything concerning extra food ( unless I have a hankoring for home cooked meals) while on campus. Money wise and food wise for your freshman year you are covered.

    Am enjoying being here

    It is hard to get used to it, as a person of color I don't know what it is but it is hard to relate and communicate with absolutely everyone on campus without some sort of racial lines being recognized. Grand Valley State is working very hard to blurr and eventually make the school itself a place where those lines may exist but not matter at all.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers take time out of their schedules to help you, ( although it is a given that you have to do some work yourself.) On top of that the library database is the best ever and easy to navigate through with a little guidance, ( it is a great help when you need to write a paper.) Tutoring is free for all attending students. They even have walk in tutoring sessions.

  • 08/17/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 out of 11 people found this review useful. 5 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    It is a larger school so by joining clubs and organizations, you will be able to meet more people especially if you live off campus.

    Am enjoying being here

    The atmosphere is great and the people you meet whether in classes or during the social events make the experience very enjoyable. There are plenty of social clubs and organizations that students can join to meet new people and have a support group to go to for things like exam study groups or things like that.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a broad variety of classes that are available and the professors are great. They make you feel important by learning and calling you by name. They make an effort to get on a 1-on-1 relationship with each student.

  • 07/11/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 8 people found this review useful. 6 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to enjoy their education, and who are not so concerned with prestige. This is not a very big party school, but it is fun and a little more relaxed than some others, I think. But having an idea of what you want to do is advised, since graduating in four years can be a challenge because of all the required classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a language class and study abroad! The language lab is wonderful and the people at the study abroad center are very helpful. There are a ton of student organizations and local places to volunteer, so get involved! And the campus is really nice, with new facilities and a lot of support staff.

  • 07/23/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 7 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It really is a great university, and I think anyone and everyone would enjoy it. It's 15-20 minutes from downtown Grand Rapids, and the bus system makes frequent trips between the Allendale and GR campuses. Allendale is a quiet town, but it's not a far drive to Lake Michigan or to Grand Rapids. Anyone can find their niche if they're willing to look for it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus! It's a great way to meet people. Don't be afraid to ask faculty/staff for help. They're very friendly, and they genuinely care. If you can get an on-campus job, it's a really great opportunity. Most offices work around your class schedule and are very flexible if you need extra time to study.

  • 12/26/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 9 people found this review useful. 8 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you love the snow and are looking to widen your view of the world, then Grand Valley is for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to meet people that you have something in common with in your first few weeks here.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is a very cheap institution, but that does not affect how competitive it is.

    Am enjoying being here

    Campus life is very exciting if and when you know where to hang out.

    Am learning a lot

    Grand Valley is known for its professors being actual teachers.

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 9 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley has so many courses and country-wide recognized sports and majors, it is good fit for many students. I am going into athletic training and physical therapy, both of which GV is very well known for. Just check on the website, which is really easy to use, and make sure we have your program. I promise you won't regret going here!

    Tips for prospective students

    Remember the reason you are here: To study hard, learn lots, and get good grades. You need to put school and class first. You are paying for it, right? Put your best effort into it so you will have no regrets later. Be smart while you are at college! Drinking and other illegal activities may seem fun, but really is not worth it. You HAVE TO have a social life. In order to relieve stress and not go completely insane, make sure you are spending a good amount of time with your friends! Make memories, push your limits, make new friends, go outside your comfort zone. College is a life-changing experience, make it a great one.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely! Tuition here is dirt cheap compared to my friends attending private college and even CMU, MSU, and U of M. Being cheaper does not make it an easy college by any means! So many professors are doctors in their field and have masters and other degrees in more than one field. These professors are also here to help you, no class is taught by a graduate assistance unless the professor has a conflict and cannot make class. Getting your money's worth is easy to do at GV!

    Am enjoying being here

    Being in the Laker Marching Band, Basketball Band, and participating in church services around campus are the ways that I choose to get involved and I have so much fun. There are so many ways to get involved around campus from volunteering and making a difference to just joining an intramural sports team or a club where you can meet with people that share the same interests as you. We even have a Renaissance Fair during the fall! No matter what you are interested, GV probably has it and it is most likely going to be an amazing program/club and definitely experience. And if it isn't, you can put us on the map for whatever interests you!

    Am learning a lot

    Professors are so knowledgeable and always more than willing to help inside and outside of class. Use your professors wisely!! They want to help you succeed in their class and if you get to know them, would love to write a letter of recommendation for you later down the road. The more you go to office hours, the better your education will be and the more likely you are to succeed beyond the classroom.

  • 12/14/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 8 people found this review useful. 10 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Always pay attention and come to Grand valley ready to have fun and learn. It is a wonderful experience!!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have to say that i am not a very social person so I don't talk to many people, But none the less I am enjoying it here. Grand Valley has so many activities and events to go to. I love the football games and Laker Late Night. It creates away for you to get out and get to know people and there isn't anything wring with that. I enjoy being around a loving environment. I t is such a warm feeling. colege is what you make it so make the best if it!

    Am learning a lot

    I would have to say that I am am learning quite a bit. Although I have a had a tough semester, professors are always here to help you and to make sure you understand something. They are sympathetic and I am glad that I attend this school. it is such a wonderful environment and there are so many resources to use. I have learned a lot about writing. I have also learned alot about math. This school is mainly teaching me to become a liberally educated person and i love it!

  • 01/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 out of 7 people found this review useful. 11 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any academic and career driven student is great for Grand Valley State University. It is rigorous, but beyond manageable and will help you out with your future in every aspect of life.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be nervous for college because it's a great and memorable experience! Get to know your classmates and professors because it will help you out. A couple days before classes make sure to look around campus and get familiar with it because it will help with the first day and allow you to be more calm about that semester.

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of tuition is fairly low compared to other universities and the campus is well worth the cost with its library, academic buildings, fountains, bridges and trees!

    Am enjoying being here

    Grand Valley has a great environment that promotes academics and extracurricular. They offer many clubs, which I have joined two already. They have a beautiful campus and friendly staff.

    Am learning a lot

    I have been at Grand Valley for two semesters now and all of my professors are very knowledgeable, but also know how to show you their knowledge so you understand it. Also, my classmates are willing to help out if I don't understand as well.

  • 10/14/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 12 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you're going to college expecting a bunch of wild parties every weekend, Grand Valley is not the school for you. However, for those students that want a great education with smaller class sizes, you would fit in well here.The classes here are great for any student. They are challenging, but the teachers do what they can so that every student understand the material and is sufficiently prepared for the exam and further courses in the subject. If you want to be a name rather than just a number, I highly recommend coming to Grand Valley.

    Tips for prospective students

    Understand that college is not like high school. You probably won't know many of the kids in your classes and that's ok. Find where you fit in and be yourself. The teachers may not assign homework that is due necessarily, but reading the textbooks, doing problem sets they post online, and whatever other material they provide is well worth doing. It may seem like a waste of time, even if you think you already know how to do something, but in the end it is well worth the time spent doing it when you get an A on an especially hard test.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is becoming a very well known school and with the ever growing medical mile in Grand Rapids, an undergrad at GV looks good for grad school applications. Also, we are provided with many services that other schools have to pay extra for. Students are give money to do laundry if they live on campus, students can ride the buses for free and they take you almost anywhere, the rec center is free for students and is a very nice, high quality facility. The food provided on campus, while it may not be the nice home-cooked food from back home, is better than most colleges. The Grand Valley campus is gorgeous and I would advise anyone who loves the nature experience that we have in Michigan to come here. It doesn't have the big city feel that many other campuses, like U of M, have. It's a nice, relaxing environment to live and study in.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is something here for everyone. We have a wide variety of clubs and organizations to join and the people are all really nice. The only issue that I've found is that the campus clears out on the weekend. It's almost creepy how quiet it gets. Many of the students are local, so they go back home and other just go home or go to other campuses for the weekend. Since not many people stay, Grand Valley doesn't schedule much to do on the weekend. Going downtown is always an option for the few that remain, but without a car, riding the bus can be a hassle since it only runs every our, if it's on time. Most of the clubs downtown are 21 and up on the weekends, so those who are not of age yet either can't go or get a fake ID to get in, which is obviously illegal and unadvised. It's still a fun place to be, you just have to know where to look to find things to do.

    Am learning a lot

    Most of the professors are really great. They try to teach to all types of learners (auditory, visual, etc.) and most have done an excellent job. The one professor I, and the rest of my class, had a problem with was replaced because the chemistry department recognized the issue and are doing what they can to work everything out. Grand Valley cares a lot about their students and want everyone to succeed.

  • 06/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 out of 5 people found this review useful. 13 of 210

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    GVSU is about thirty minutes about, maybe less, from Grand Rapids, MI. I am from the Chicago area, so I was concerned about being bored with this city. However, Grand Rapids is really fun! It's not too busy, and it's not too quiet. Just like Goldilocks and the Three Bears, it is just right. Also, on campus, there are always activities and special shows going on in the main lounge building, Kirkhoff Center. A student is never bored, when they take the time to look up events!

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many options for dining at GVSU. I am a vegetarian, and was concerned about how limited my options would be. Though, it surprised me when I found out they have dishes for vegetarians, and vegans, and gluten-free eaters, etc. They really so have variety!

    Dorm Life

    Having lived in a dorm where I could shut my own door to my room, I had a different experience than most. However, it was amazing. The Ra's at GVSU truly care about their kids, and will recall little things about each individual. It makes you feel like you are cared for.

    Academic Rigor

    In the ten classes I had taken this first year at GVSU (16 credits per semester), I made sure to put in the time for each class. They tell you to spend two hours per every hour in class on your own time during studies. Again, you get what you give. And with academics at GVSU, it is the same.

    Tips for prospective students

    When looking at colleges, make sure you meet with a few teachers, and ask some students what their opinions on the classes are. It may seem awkward to do, but it can really help to get a real opinion of a current student. Also, it may seem super scary at first, but living on campus is just the best thing to do. You truly feel the entire experience of a college when you stay on It's turf.

    In three sentences

    GVSU has not only the most beautiful, warm and welcoming campus I have seen (from visiting eight schools in total as a high school senior), it is truly a Home away from Home. As any other university, the student gets what they give in to the program, and in to their life on campus. I have absolutely no regrets, and am completely happy with the decision to live on campus, and be involved.

  • 08/15/2009

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 4 people found this review useful. 14 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Hardworking, fun-loving, diverse-interests, and those who own a good down or wool jacket.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be careful signing up for classes, make sure you know which campus the class is at and ensure you have enough travel time. Even make sure you have enough travel time to get around the campuses, ten minutes is not enough if the professors like to go over. I recommend having an hour break or so between classes, it gives a chance to unwind, grab a bite to eat, etc.

    Bang for the buck

    Not as expensive as some of the name brand colleges out there, such as MSU, but it isn't community college. You get what you pay for, however, which is a well-rounded, quality education.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful and the new honors college is amazing. The people are really friendly, and

    Am learning a lot

    I've enjoyed all of my classes and I have yet to have an inadequate professor. There is a wide curriculum with a little of something for everyone.

  • 01/02/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 out of 6 people found this review useful. 15 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Am learning a lot

    This is a great school! The professors are really nice and try to help as much as they can. office hours are helpful and so is the atmosphere! Sidewalks make it easy to get back and forth to classes and there are plenty of places to sit down and get homework done on campus. A very nice environment and great learning opportunities.

  • 03/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 16 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for any student! With over 200 clubs and organizations there really is something for everyone. As an incoming freshmen you are sure to find something to do, and the housing for freshmen promotes social activities!

    Bang for the buck

    Much cheaper than any other in state AND out of state university I looked at!

    Am enjoying being here

    I absolutely love GRAND VALLEY! Its in a great location, just outside of Grand Rapids so if you want to go to the city its just a free bus ride away. I plan on staying here for grad school too!

    Am learning a lot

    Class sizes are mostly small, and professors are easily accessible! All that I've had are very willing to meet with you outside of class and there are many other learning resources as well if you need help!

  • 06/18/2009

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    2 out of 5 people found this review useful. 17 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Apply to the Honors college before the deadline; it is definitely worth it!!!

    Will enjoy being here

    The campus is beautiful and there are a lot of places to go for lunch. The Honors dorms are amazing.

  • 04/29/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 18 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is a great school for anyone looking for a high-quality education with moderate-sized classes and a peaceful atmosphere. The campus is very safe with no problems at all and a great place to be.

    Tips for prospective students

    Before coming to college, prepare yourself for the change. I saw a lot of people coming in expecting it to be like high school and waiting until the last minute to write essays and study for tests. You are moving on to a higher level of education and you have to prepare for the change. If you come in ready to conquer and work hard, it will make college so much easier for you.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley has an amazingly low tuition, especially considering how nice the school is. Almost all the buildings are newly made and I have only had great experiences with all my professors. It is considerably cheaper to go here compared to MSU, UofM, and Central Michigan University while still getting a quality education. GVSU is a diamond in the rut and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are always plenty of things to do around campus. The school has a movie theater and plays recently-made films every week. Intramurals are always lots of fun too because you get to meet a lot of friends this way. Outside of school, there are dance clubs, bars, hookah, restaurants, and plenty other things for college students to enjoy. Some of the places are hard to get to by bus if you don't have a car, but it is only a 5-10 minute drive to see the night-life!

    Am learning a lot

    When I came to college, I expected to be filled with all kinds of new information and I would say that I truly was. Each of my professors were amazing teachers. They make sure you really understand the material and were all willing to stay after and help if I needed it. At Grand Valley, courses are generally well-taught, and teachers try to challenge you without being too difficult. It is a great school with high standards for each of its students.

  • 06/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 19 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is the perfect place for students who like a more one-on-one atmosphere with professors. It is also the perfect place for students who would rather hang out with friends than go out to a million parties every night.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick something you love and then choose your school based on the level of that major. Don't choose a school just because your friends are going there. Everyone changes in college, even if just a little bit, so give yourself some room to change and branch out and meet new people.

    Bang for the buck

    I think that I am getting a bang for my buck. I feel like my money goes a long way, especially with a meal plan. It may seem expensive when it comes time to pay, but compared to other schools with a similar level of education, GV is a bargain!

    Am enjoying being here

    I have met a lot of people in and out of my major. There are a lot of clubs and groups so there are many places to find people who share similar interests.

    Am learning a lot

    The classroom setting at GV is very intimate. It's like being in high school still. The class sizes are small and the professors are very helpful. The professors are willing to help anyone with questions and they are very intelligent and good at what they do.

  • 12/20/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 20 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to STUDY and work hard. Be sure to make a schedule, it is easy to get off track and there is PLENTY of free time! Use your time wisely. WORK HARD FIRST THEN PLAY HARD.

    Am enjoying being here

    The University is definitely campus friendly and beautiful. You surely meet life-long friends here at Grand Valley. The extracurricular activities are AWESOME and you can create your very OWN clubs!!

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley is a great school in an educational aspect. You not only learn a lot from classes but from the numerous extracurricular activities offered. It is an outstanding learning experience!

  • 02/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 21 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    our campus is rated as the third safest campus in the us, and it really stands up to that statistic. campus police are kind of a figure around gv and can be seen basically anywhere at any time. although i would not recommend going for a jog at one in the morning, pathways are well lit and because gv is a closed campus i have never noticed anyone who has looked out of place nor have i ever felt uncomfortable.

    Clubs and Activities

    there is nearly an exponential number of clubs and activities on campus, and with stuey, gv's online club connection site it makes becoming part of a club or searching for a new club to join very easy. as far as my personal experience with clubs on campus go, everyone has always been very inviting and enthusiastic to have new people and i have never felt unwelcome or not included.

    Great for these types of students

    students who are serious about their education and taking the next step into adulthood.

    Bang for the buck

    since i have been here all of my classes have been fairly challenging. i have only had class cancelled once which seems to be a recent trend at other universities. this term for example every single one of my professors have a doctoral degree. you get the large university professors, with medium size classes, at a mid-range price.

    What to do for fun

    gvsu is by no means a campus that you should come to expecting the party your term away. being notorious for enforcing its dry campus beliefs you will be severally disappointed if that was how you imagined spending your first year at college. that said, being only a short bus ride from the city, there is always something going on locally. for example: art prize, skating in rosa park, inter-mural sports, clubs, movies playing in kurkoff... the list goes on and on.

    Food and Dining

    campus food is by no means gourmet, but even for the pickiest of people there is always something for everyone. there are plenty of options unlike most other universities. only one of the on campus dining halls, fuel, is a buffet style eatery. the rest make the food right in front of you. the connection is arguably the best though. they use food grown locally in support of michigan and the greater grand rapids area and their meals are always hot and fresh.

    Dorm Life

    freshman dorms are the best part about college at many universities. grand valley does a good job of orientating students and encouraging them to get out of their dorm and mingle. if you are looking for a social life i suggest the traditional dorms. if you would still prefer that same community feel except with your own bathroom, suite style dorms are the way to go. apartment style and honors housing are very similar in the way that they tend to be more quite and fewer people leave their doors open to the hall. however, if you find yourself wanting a little more privacy, or perhaps is the case with honors housing, want to surround yourself with like students, these are the living facilities for you. honors students be warned though, because honors housing is on the opposite end of the campus from where the rest of the freshman housing is located you may feel removed from the rest of your graduating class.

    Academic Rigor

    although gvsu is a smaller university it will not hesitate to challenge you. with some of the best, most modern professors in their fields, if you're looking for a good, well rounded education, a challenge, and some stiff competition you'll find it here. this is not to say that gvsu is to be compared with ivy league schools, but more so to say, it will challenge you as much as you want to be challenged.

    Tips for prospective students

    upon looking more at colleges, whether you choose gv or not, be sure to take a tour prior to deciding. tuition is not a small hunk of change so you want to make sure the school fits you. another point to consider is, if you are eligible to join the honors program, regardless of if you plan to be in it for the long hall or not it is a good way to knock out a much more significant portion of gen eds than taking one class for each requirement. this will in turn save you money and most importantly time.

    In three sentences

    due to its closed campus layout and can do attitude from staff and students alike, grand valley state university gives resonates with an energizing feel of a small community with big dreams. having just celebrated its fiftieth anniversary, which is still fairly young for a university, gvsu is still looking to grow and improve itself; in this way, each student attending grand valley and the university itself are growing each year. this being said, grand valley is an inspiring atmosphere to be a part of and i would recommend it to anyone who is considering taking the next step in furthering their education.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 22 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Awesome! These cops are serious about their job. I feel very safe!

    Greek Life

    No clue! :)

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs for almost anything. There are also, like, 10 Christian groups on campus for any tradition.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for people who want to learn, but can have a lot of fun doing it!

    What to do for fun

    Oh, lots. Make friends, head to the GV Library, (There's more than you might expect) head downtown on the Rapids, hit up the gym or athletic facilities, chill with friends in the dorm lobbies or restaurant lounges, go to the Main Street Pub nearby, ($3 Late-night Burger. HUGE thing with lots of fries! Let's just say that they know how to feed college students for cheap.) Lots more. If you're into parties, they are a bit difficult to find, as in you usually have to know someone.

    Food and Dining

    Meal plans and Debit dollars are two different things. (Speaking from experience here.) A HUGE variety of restaurants, most of which accept Meal plans. My personal favorites are the Chinese food, Papa John's Pizza, and Fresh Food Co.

    Dorm Life

    Very fun dorm life, nice dorms, people are nice. Watch out for vandals in freshman dorms, though. If someone doesn't come forward, everyone will have to be billed.

    Academic Rigor

    Great profs and good classes. Quite liberal, though.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a really cool school! Homeschooled all my life, I arrived here and felt instantly accepted and comfortable. The Christian groups on campus are wonderfully diverse and all very welcoming. Nice profs, good learning, beautiful campus, lots to do, great food, and nice dorms! This is definitely a 5-star school!

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 23 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. DPS is always open, and they offer services like having someone walk you back to your dorm from a night class if it's across campus.

    Greek Life

    The greek life is prevalent on campus, but I don't know a whole lot about it.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have a whole website devoted to clubs, called Stuey. There are literally 100s of different clubs or organizations you can join!

    Bang for the buck

    For in-state, it's not that bad, and they do a lot to help with financial aid!

    What to do for fun

    There isn't a whole lot to do in Allendale, but it is a very short commute to downtown Grand Rapids! There's always something fun going on in GR; it's full of shops, venues, museums, bars, clubs, restaurants etc.

    Food and Dining

    There are SO many food options on campus, and some stores are open 24hours. You can use dining dollars almost anywhere.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was all right. I chose to do a two-bedroom apartment style, and I wish I would have went a more traditional route..or at least went in blind.

    Academic Rigor

    I'm only a Junior, so the classes haven't been terrible hard. With a little effort you can get decent grades in almost everything. I'm just starting to get into the hard classes though!

    Tips for prospective students

    Definitely do your registration early! The later you wait in the summer to go for orientation, the harder it is to get into classes that you'll need/want.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has some pretty awesome academic programs, and the sports are top notch. The social life, however, is pretty non-existent. You have to find your own things to do.

  • 08/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 24 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are cops everywhere--and they are always available.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over three hundred! And it's simple to create your own group.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, people who want a manageable size campus, those who want to be close to a big city, quiet, polite

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never walk under the link sculpture!

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many resources available for academic success, and everyone is really helpful.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on--over three hundred clubs, sports, or even just organized movies by RAs.

    Food and Dining

    Many options for food and different life styles, as well as smoothies!

    Dorm Life

    I live in the honors college, and it is wonderful.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes challenge you, but everyone is willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships, and research majors extensively and consider the honors colelge!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a very welcoming environment, for any and all students. There are many campus resources to help you not only pass, but excel in classes. There are over three hundred student organizations to join.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 25 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is always at your hand. You can call them and they will come running. If its late at night and do not want to walk back in the dark, call campus safety and they will pick you up and drive you back to your building. These guys are pretty awesome.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 clubs and organizations. There is something for everybody. If they do not have anything you would want to join, add something. If you have a new club you want to pursue, it CAN happen.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    WE HAVE AWESOME LAKER VALUES AND TRADITIONS.

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there is always the Rec Center. Things like Rock climbing and things of that nature. Get involved in clubs. Those are always fun. Kirkhof has a movie room and area where students can play pool and video games. You can also find things to do at the fieldhouse.

    Food and Dining

    Fresh and Kleiner's (name of the dining areas) are always packed. The students here and the visitor's love the food. There is also the option of ordering out. They are multiple food places around the area.

    Dorm Life

    You can transform your room around to the way you want it so that you are comfortable. They are nice sized rooms.

    Academic Rigor

    They have over 200 majors and over 80 minors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your GPA up. Getting involve is always a great way to mingle with other students.

    In three sentences

    GVSU is an awesome school for extracurricular activities. They are LGBT friendly. They are supportive of your goals.

  • 10/13/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 26 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    If you care about your schoolwork and want a social life too! Best of both worlds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early and sign up for the classes/housing you want; spend the extra money for good housing!

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely worth your costs. Beautiful campus, lots to get involved in, and great people. Classes and professors are wonderful!

    Am enjoying being here

    I've met some amazing people here, and I know these are people I will be friends with for the rest of my life! Although a little boring at times, getting involved and trying to stay busy by keeping up on homework, staying active and being in organizations are great ways to meet new people and be the best person you can be.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are always willing to help you with what you don't understand and the work load is manageable! Grand Valley offers so many classes and opportunities that it's impossible to pass up.

  • 10/27/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 27 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student going into a medical field, Grand Valley is a wonderful school to go to. Their library is wonderful, and there building a new one as well. The classes are great at preparing you for your MCAT.

    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your grades up in High school, and apply early.

    Bang for the buck

    The food is pretty decent, and the housing is nice. The professors are wonderful, and are very open. Its easy to be able to go up to a professor and ask a question if you need to.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is so beautiful. Its a wonderful place to live. I really do enjoy it here. There are so many different activities that one can get involved in.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are generally wonderful at what their teaching. Grand Valley provides a lot of help, to every student. They have so many options, if a student does need help, that no matter what, you as a student can get what you need to get done, completed knowing that GVSU has your back.

  • 11/07/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 28 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Whats great for students is the on campus living. If you decide to go to Grand Valley and it is your first year in college life. LIVE ON CAMPUS! Living on campus is the best thing I could have ever decided to do. You get a wonderful experience with interacting with students and faculty members, you are informed with all the events that are taking place, you have easy access every classroom locations, and you have more fun. Plus you can get a meal plan with your living style and the food is great.

    Tips for prospective students

    The tips that I give to students that are looking into Grand Valley is that make sure you are open to a variety of things and willing to have fun. Make sure you can balance both a social life along with school. Because the one thing that will hold you back is putting your social life first. Make sure you have your priorities in check. DO NOT FALL BEHIND. Once you do its hard to catch back up. But mainly enjoy yourself it is a great experience and I am proud of my decision.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley always have something going on for students to get into and to interact with others. Never is there a dull moment on this campus. It is very live and well kept. There are so many different Sororities and Fraternities that you can join and many clubs and sports. Just go for it, sign up for any and everything. You never know what you may like, it could be the weirdest thing. Don't hold back just do it.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love going to Grand Valley because all the students here are very nice. I live three hours away from Allendale. I came to Grand Valley without knowing anyone at all. Since I have been here I have met a lot of new friends. I have not ran into any conflict once so ever. Everyone is open to a new challenge and that is what I enjoy the most, no one is afraid of meeting and greeting.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers work with me very well. I heard in High School that most professors do not give students the time of day, but that is not true. Every one of my professors knows my name and I can go to them about anything, especially if I need work assistance inside and out the class room. They are very polite and welcoming. I am glad that they show they care for me and want to see me succeed in life. They help me on everything I need to know or learn.

  • 12/19/2010

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 29 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Anyone looking for a mix between MSU or UofM and a Community school should definitly apply. GVSU is definitly building up...

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly suggest any future students to apply to GVSU regardless if you think you can get in.

    Bang for the buck

    On a campus tour, me and my friend were shocked to see everything was free: rec. center, tutors, computer use, PRINTING! I feel you get your money worth at GVSU.

    Will enjoy being here

    When I visited the campus everything felt right, nice dorms, nice new buildings, and nice rec. center.

    Will learn a lot

    I can tell GVSU is going to be a great school to attend.I also KNOW GVSU will prepare me for the future...can't wait!

  • 01/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 30 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Friendly, ready to learn, and hard working!

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get involved in student organizations! You can meet lots of friends and feel good about being involved!

    Bang for the buck

    There are multiple things that give Grand Valley Bang for the buck. You get to print for free!! There is a bus that can take you to and from campus' which is free as well! It saves you a lot of gas! There are also lots along the bus route that you can park in for free!

    Am enjoying being here

    Not only is Grand Valley's campus beautiful, the people at Grand Valley are very genuine and nice. I have met some of my best friends at Grand Valley. I also work on campus and love my job here!

    Am learning a lot

    As a junior at Grand Valley I can honestly say that I have learned more than I ever would have imagined. As a student going into education after leaving class somedays I feel so powerful from what I've learned in class. It makes me very excited to get into my own classroom.

  • 05/28/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 31 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for studious students who don't want to pay the big bucks for college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask a lot of questions, and make sure that you visit it more than once. Also it helps to talk to a current student so that you can get an unbiased opinion about the school.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 32 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    traverse city is very safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    not affiliated with any

    Great for these types of students

    traverse city location is great for students with a day job and/or children.

    Food and Dining

    the cyber cafe at the traverse city location is excellent.

    Dorm Life

    i suppose... i do not live on campus but i have not heard anything bad.

    Tips for prospective students

    relax, gvsu instructors are not the intimidating type. they get satisfaction from helping you succeed. turn your work in and if you are not confident in it, they will help you gain confidence.

    In three sentences

    very well informed and open minded professors. grand valley makes me feel appreciated as a student and respected as an individual. all of this while providing a solid education.

  • 01/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 33 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Greek Life

    greek life is a great way to get involved! grand valley has a strict no-hazing policy so no worries about that. i joined my freshman year and i love it! i felt like i wasn't meeting a lot of people in my classes and dorm and when i joined, i met so many wonderful women!

    What to do for fun

    attend sports games and cheer on gv! we have very successful athletics and the games are always fun. it is also fun to get involved in an outside activity such as a club sport, or a sorority or fraternity.

    Food and Dining

    the food is usually hit or miss so be prepared. they have some good food around the freshman area but one of the best places is across campus.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life is so-so. don't be discouraged if you don't get into the dorm you were hoping for. either way you will be meeting a lot of new people.

    Academic Rigor

    academic rigor is what it should be for college. study and work hard and your grades will show that. grand valley is a liberal arts school and they definitely try to enforce that. all of my professors have been great and they are really dedicated to helping you learn the subject.

    Tips for prospective students

    you may be scared that the first day is overwhelming and scary but transition leaders make it an easy move. by getting involved in student organizations you can expand your social circle and you see a different side of your school besides just academics.

    In three sentences

    grand valley state university is a great school. there are hundreds of ways to get involved and there is always something for everyone! plus, it is near grand rapids, on of the biggest cities in mi!

  • 01/24/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 34 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    ive heard that it is the safest campus in michigan and one of the safest in the us. campus safety is all over, which also means if your drinking you will get a mip. i feel completely safe leaving the library at 2am.

    Greek Life

    the greek life at grand valley is incredibly unique. unlike the stereotypical part school greek life, grand valley runs things a bit differently. encouraging students to find themselves, explore, do community service, and keep your studies on a high priority. greek life is a great community without having to get wasted every night and failing out of college, you can have friends without expectations.

    Clubs and Activities

    more than you could ever count.

    Great for these types of students

    eco-friendly, down to earth, lots of opportunities for christians to get involved. it seems as if there are a lot of long-boarding, indie music loving students. driven students who go to class. it is not a party school. there are a lot of opportunities to expand your view culturally.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    grand valley has a women's chocolate party every january. we have a presidents ball to get dressed up and dance to. we have a ravine where you can go hiking and hang out by the grand river. this also offers enormous hills and we go trekking through them all times of the year and have scavenger hunts.

    Bang for the buck

    grand valley is priced pretty well compared with other public universities. it is around 5,000 a semester and compared to other schools you get a few scholarships here and there.

    What to do for fun

    go sledding, skating, or swimming. go rock climbing or go to a concert. grand valley brings lots of celebrities, magicians, and hypnotists to keep you entertained. the campus red. center has a lot to offer. even hanging out in kirkhoff can be fun. and you cannot forget weekly comedy, talent shows, and movies!

    Food and Dining

    fresh foods is way better than most colleges. they strive to offer you fresh and healthy food. you can watch them prepare it and there are so many options.

    Dorm Life

    meet the girls who will be in your wedding party. meet your husband. meet the best friends of your life. you will have so many fun experiences together and hilarious stories to share with others.

    Academic Rigor

    the first two years are relatively easy, lots of busy work and book reading. the second two years are hard and truly preparing you for post education and the work force. get ready to study hard during the week and engage in fun activities on the weekends including intramiral sports or other on-camus events that grand valley has.

    Tips for prospective students

    live in the dorms, ride the bus to downtown grand rapids and explore the awesome city and pew campus. do a lot of ob shadowing and internships to find what major is for you and then befriend the faculty in that department. they will insure that you succeed in life and meet your career and educational goals.

    In three sentences

    grand valley is a great school, it is very easy to get connected and find a community. the professors are awesome and want to help you succeed and find your purpose in life. they offer lots of extra curricular activities to keep you involved, in shape, socialized, and to be the best person you can be.

  • 01/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 35 of 210

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    go to grand rapids and eat out, or take the bus to lake michigan dr. go into meijer or any other stores around. there are some good restaurants you could eat at too on lake michigan dr.

    Tips for prospective students

    take time to study.

    In three sentences

    grand valley is a very nice school. there is not really very much going on here. i wish there were more ways to get involved.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 36 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    cps is always present, and very helpful. i feel safe here.

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more student organizations / clubs on campus than you will ever have time for. you will find something that interests you here, no matter what you're into.

    Great for these types of students

    those with a mind for science, literature, and the arts. also, anyone with a geeky side.

    Bang for the buck

    the professors and available classes are well worth the tuition (which is better than in most places, i'm given to understand). i've had a lot of great experiences here. now if only textbooks didn't cost so much...

    What to do for fun

    there are lots of activities every week around campus, student lead organizations for everyone's taste, and athletic events. grand valley is a lot of fun!

    Food and Dining

    there are lots of available resaurants and stores on campus. healthy meals are easy to find (and the junk food you like too!) i do wish the prices weren't quite as high in some places.

    Dorm Life

    grand valley provides an impressive array of on and off campus housing which caters to just about everyone's preferrence. whether you like living in the dorms with your buddies, or just being by yourself.

    Academic Rigor

    i have had quite a few professors who impressed me with how much they expected of their students. it was not a matter of difficulty so much as what the faculty was willing to push us to.

    Tips for prospective students

    get to know your professors, especially those in your major. they are all very capable and will be your best resource throughout your college experience. and join a student club (or several) while you're at it, get involved!

    In three sentences

    grand valley is dedicated to their students. they go above and beyond to provide the best environment for learning, and a wealth of available classes and resources to use. they are always striving for new ways to enhance their students' experiences and learning.

  • 02/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 37 of 210

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    sleep

    Food and Dining

    expensive

    Tips for prospective students

    go for it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    In three sentences

    it is very expensive and competitive. sometimes the students act stuck up. anyhow, overall the school has a great education environment.

  • 02/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 38 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    very safe. it is well lit at night, so i don't feel the need to bring a flashlight or freak out walking back to my room by myself.

    Greek Life

    i have no idea. personally, i'm not a fan of sororities. however, if that's for you...then i think we do have a good amount of those down here.

    Clubs and Activities

    the school offers over 300 clubs and it grows every year. there is a huge event at the beginning in the field house where all the clubs meet and you can get information about them. there are a lot of different ones for all different activities.

    Great for these types of students

    i like it because it is a smaller college, so if you don't want to get lost in a large crowd, then you should go to grand valley. plus, you can walk to your classes or ride a bike.

    Bang for the buck

    good price. it is worth it.

    What to do for fun

    there isn't anything to do on campus unless you go to a free movie in the student center building. otherwise, you would have to go downtown to grand rapids, which is about 30 minutes away on the bus. it's kind of annoying.

    Food and Dining

    the food here is pretty good. there are a few varieties to choose from that are right on campus. fresh is the best one.

    Dorm Life

    i hated living in a dorm, personally, because people were loud. it was fine though for one year. i would tell people to live on campus for at least a year if they can because it is a good experience.

    Academic Rigor

    it is only challenging if you take harder class. it depends on what you do, but the general education classes are usually easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    work hard and you will succeed. grand valley is afforable and there is financial aid to help if you need it. i would highly recommend this school because it is academically excellent.

    In three sentences

    grand valley is really great. it is affordable, and the campus is really nice. the teachers and students are all great too!

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    this my first year here and i feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    over 100 to chose from and you are encouraged to form your own club

    Bang for the buck

    division 1 feel, division 2 price.

    What to do for fun

    your campus id gets you into any athletic game on gvsu campus. go cheer on the lakers. use your campus id to ride the bus, for free, into downtown grand rapids and hit the clubs. grand haven state park is 20 minutes away by car. gvsu is home to over 100 clubs or groups, there is always a meeting to attend. kirkoff is the student union and they have pool tables, show movies, study areas. you also get a gym to use. grand valley is fun.

    Food and Dining

    many options here at grand valley. the cstore in kleiner and late night dining is where i typically eat. its right down the street and open 24/7. fresh, the main cafe, is only a 8 minute walk and the food is fresh and tasty. i really like the downtown campus cstore takes dinning dollars, so i'm not using cash.

    Dorm Life

    dorm life love it. there is always some thing happening. the freshmen are grouped together, we live in the back quad, 4 huge residence halls. i live in a suite style coed dorm. the ra's rock and keep order in the halls

    Academic Rigor

    there is an honors college on campus. te professors are readily available. grand valley offers extra help if needed and challenges your mind to bring out the scholar in you.

    Tips for prospective students

    be open to everything. live on campus the first year. don't bring a car, you won't need it. explore clubs, groups find your niche. make friends and study buddies. rspect your self!!!

    In three sentences

    the name says it all, it's grand. grand valley is the number 1 division 2 school in the usa. grand valley state university offers opportunities found at division 1 schools and at the smaller private colleges.

  • 02/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 40 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    gvsu prides itself in keeping the campus safe. they can't always control choices some of the students make, but no college can. just be smart and always have a buddy after dark. the campus police are great!

    Clubs and Activities

    there are more clubs then ever. pretty much anything imaginable.

    Great for these types of students

    gvsu is great for any college student. the location is great, centrally located in michigan. close to big city and beaches all at the same time!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they are building a new state of the art library. absolutely gorgeous! great place to study now, but will be even better when the new one is finished! the ravine is absolutely gorgeous ... every season.

    Bang for the buck

    grand valley is a great university. you will definately get a great bang for you buck! i love it here and wouldn't change a thing. lots of great people and so many different acedemics to choose from. top notch school!

    What to do for fun

    movies, bowling, hanging out with friends, enjoy the downtown city of grand rapids, which is pretty incredible. spend the day at lake michigan and enjoy the sand and water. you just can't go wrong with this place!

    Food and Dining

    1. as a freshmen you will have to have at least a 14 meal pass. definately worth it, especially if you don't have a kitchen in your room. i will be a sophomore in fall of 2012 and still plan to have a pass for 5 meals a week. 2. great food and lots of variety. 3. flex dollars to spend anywhere are great!

    Dorm Life

    1. everyone needs to experience at least one year in the dorms. attitude is everything when your living in dorms. you can make it or break if for yourself. 2. in the dorms where you have shared bathrooms by many ... it's really not that bad. it's rare if ever i have to wait. 3. it does quiet down at night. i do a lot of my studying from 9pm on in my dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    1. excellent academics. grand valley has a very high percentage of graduates who go on to find great jobs. 2. the professors are great and available for you. if you don't get to know your professors it's because you choose not to. 3. class sizes are great! so easy to be a part of and not get lost!

    Tips for prospective students

    1. make an appointment and definately visit the campus .. you will love it and be prepared to be impressed! 2. apply before december 31 of each school year so that if your act score is 26+ you are eligible for a $1500 scholarship that will be renewed each year for up to four years! sad but true, if you miss the deadline they will not award it to you...even if you apply january 1. 3. some of the dorms are much newer, but i'm in the old jail cell style ... they were made the way they are so that if the college failed they could be used as a jail. they may be small, but you really get to know people because you hang out in the lounge together. i was encouraged to apply for these dorms by previous gvsu students and now i understand why!

    In three sentences

    1. great location! close to downtown grand rapids to enjoy the city life, but drive west a little ways and enjoy the beaches of lake michigan! 2. beautiful campus! lots to do! great workout facility! 3. not to big and not to small. just the right size!

  • 02/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 41 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    nothing ever happens. police are here and always available. you can walk around at 3am in the morning, and that is not an exaggeration.

    Greek Life

    they are all here. african american greek, caucasian american greek, hispanic greek, multicultural greek. i am nit involved

    Clubs and Activities

    african student council chemistry club research education for undergraduates math tutor

    Great for these types of students

    science students you will excel in academics and research. they make you interested in the material.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a new library is being built. amazing state of the art, and i have never seen anything like it.

    Bang for the buck

    i am an african american student of the sciences. i will be graduating may 2013 with an analytical chemistry bachelors in science and certification in green chemistry. this experience is a promising one for science students who want some of the best teachers who are involved with you on a one to one type of setting. you have no other option but to excel academically, in research, and planing on post graduation. hang in there and you will not graduate and be unemployed.

    What to do for fun

    go to different universities and party. go up to the lakes and spend some weekends, but you would have to know people in the area. i usually go with my girlfriend and her family.

    Food and Dining

    al lot of variety on campus. this will not be an issue at all. also, if you have a car the options are endless.

    Dorm Life

    very much packed together freshman year. not a comfortable situation. suggest you stick it through freshman year and get an apartment the next year.

    Academic Rigor

    in the sciences specifically chemistry the work is very doable. there is research, experiments, and discussions that allow a deep understanding of the materials.

    Tips for prospective students

    this is the school for you if you want to focus on your studies and not a lot of parties. if you utilize all opportunities grand valley state university gives you, you will have a very competitive resume, and employers will contact you before graduation.

    In three sentences

    majority ph.d. professors who interact with you in a small class setting and are very knowledgeable about their work. nice and quite with very minimal/nothing around to distract a student from focusing on his/her studies. at the end of the experience your resume will be very competitive.

  • 02/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 2 people found this review useful. 42 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    gives you tickets if you park where you can't.

    Greek Life

    useless

    Clubs and Activities

    plenty

    Great for these types of students

    normal?

    What to do for fun

    you can go exploring in the ravines or go downtown, depending on what you prefer.

    Food and Dining

    kliener is like high school food, fresh is much better, then the connection has better food than everything else but it's far away from freshman living centers.

    Dorm Life

    if you have a good roommate then nothing can really go wrong.

    Academic Rigor

    depends on your major and if you take a minor.

    Tips for prospective students

    go to class always.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 43 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    like i said gvsu is strict on campus and you can tell by how much security is around. the good thing about it is that gvsu is easily the cleanest campus in mi. bar none.

    Greek Life

    is a bit low, about 6%. but it grows every year.

    Clubs and Activities

    to many to name. you think it they have it. even a quidditch club.

    Great for these types of students

    hard working, involved. i can't see someone not liking it here, unless they don't like people.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    gvsu and svsu are big rivals along with ferris, whenever they play each other in sports things get a little crazy.

    Bang for the buck

    with the city of grand rapids being 15 minutes away they are always hiring. its easy to get a job right out of college here not to mention gvsu is in the top 10 universities in michigan.

    What to do for fun

    partying takes place off campus because the school is strict on campus. but that doesn't mean we don't know how to have good time. lots of intramural sports that are easy to sign up for and so man clubs you won't believe.

    Food and Dining

    about 5 good places to eat. its my second year here and its getting a little old. something gvsu should work on

    Dorm Life

    very involved. dorms have about 6 competitions a school year between the other dorms and it is fun to say the least. all of the freshman live on campus their first year, plain and simple. 4 to 1 girl guy ratio. doesn't get much better.

    Academic Rigor

    i use rate my professor to find the right professor that is right for me. but its hard to find a bad one here.

    Tips for prospective students

    study on campus. all the a students already know that you get the most work done when you are around other students who get their work done.

    In three sentences

    great schoo, professors care about you and you can tell, unlike other big schools in mi. even though its d2 there is still 25 thousand students and there is always something to do.

  • 03/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 44 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've waked around campus late at night multiple times and never felt unsafe. That doesn't mean you shouldn't be careful though. Take proper precaution, but there's enough good people and police on campus where you shouldn't be worried.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown! The bus will get you to the downtown campus in about 30 minutes and with your Student ID you can take any other Grand Rapids bus for free. There are some great clubs and coffee shops in the city with live music. If you don't feel like going off campus, there are usually a lot of things that go on closer by. There's even a small movie theater on campus that's free for students which is great to take advantage of.

    Food and Dining

    You have to know where to go to get food that is nutritious and not the same every day. There is a good selection, but since some of the places change their menus every day and don't always commit to the ones they post online, it can be a gamble.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different places to live, with different feels to each of them makes choosing a dorm hard, but worth it when you put in enough thought. The Resident assistants are trained for ANYTHING. any issue you have, you can go to them to get advice or have them help you through something specific. There are also a lot of different events put on by housing that are fun to attend and get to know people. There are even community service activities that you can become a part of though dorms that you can put on an application or resume.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and work has to be put int in order to do well. The professors are there to help and are always willing to share their knowledge with students and give you one-on-one time if you need it. Readings need to be done to understand complex material and large amounts of studying need to be done for a clear understanding of the material. Since there are so many different areas of study, it's not difficult to find courses that you enjoy though.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, tyr to live on campus. There are so many more people that you have the chance to meet and a huge amount of housing sponsored activities that will help get you involved in the Grand Valley and Grand Rapids Community. Also, make sure to focus on school and not just your social life, it's tempting to put off work, but it's worth it to get things done. Not doing so will make things much more difficult than they need to be. Find a healthy balance.

    In three sentences

    The beautiful campus and challenging coursework is what makes Grand Valley the only place I would ever want to receive my education. I've met so many people here though the campus events that I have no clue how I would have had such a good time had I chosen to go anywhere else. The wide arrange of support networks like the counseling center and different tutoring services made my academic life much easier than it would have been had the services not been offered.

  • 03/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 45 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley has one of the highest rated Criminal Justice programs in the nation and one of the strongest running and most accredited police academies in the US.

    Bang for the buck

    It does feel that the amount per credit is ridiculous but in the end there is a 93% of recieving a job in your field upon graduation so I feel it is well worth it.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley is full of intramurals and other activities to keep you busy. There is also a completely remodeled sports and physical fitness center.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants on campus and off for any type of cuisine you would like for the day.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is a perfect experience for any new individual living on their own for the first time. Grand Valley does an amazing job at pairing like minded individuals together for living.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging but you will learn more than you think.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus if you can afford it as it is much easier to make it to class on time. Dont be afraid to use the bus system for savings on gas. Rent your books from the bookstore to save as much money as possible.

    In three sentences

    This university has a great atmosphere full of diversity. The campus is full of beautiful architecture conducive to learning. The faculty and staff are all masters degrees or higher.

  • 03/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 46 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus security is constantly there to help. Just last week my car battery died and within two minutes of calling campus safety they jumped my car.

    Greek Life

    Fraternities and Sororities are allways participating in fundraising events on campus. Some of them are quite entertaining.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to join on campus. The list is almost infinite. If you are bored here joining a club will definitely fill up that time that you don't spend studying or working.

    Great for these types of students

    All students from all different backgrounds, cultures and with all different learning styles will feel comfortable here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Bagel Bros coffee is generally where I hang out.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is modestly priced, and I feel is worth every penny I have payed (or will pay).

    What to do for fun

    There is always something fun to do on campus, whether it is participating in the plethora of activities indoors and out, or just hanging with friends. They even have a movie theater that plays a new, and free, movie every week.

    Food and Dining

    Campus food is GREAT, and not to mention affordable. There are many places to eat and snack on campus. and they all provide top quality products.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is fantastic. The first few weeks of open door policy provide a fantastic way to meet new people.

    Academic Rigor

    I am Currently in Grand Valley State University's Elementary Education Integrated Science Program. This program is awsome and provides the perfect amount of challenges and learning experiences to make students ready for the classroom.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are need help with anything from schoolwork, to finding something fun to do. just ask around. Someone will point you in the right direction for anything you need or desire.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is by far the best choice I could have made for college. The quality of education, curriculum and staff is far superior to anything I have ever experienced. Also, students and faculty, are all part of a safe, caring community.

  • 03/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 47 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are campus police all over the place, however you rarely see them doing anything other than driving around looking for speeding cars or giving parking tickets. Campus is very safe.

    Greek Life

    Many sororities and fraternities are available to students and they all have a recruiting function at the beginning of the year. I think last time they had an ice cream social.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options for sports as well. There's football, soccer, volleyball, lacrosse, cheerleading, etc.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for students who love to do things and not just sit at home. Also, you have to be willing to work in your classes, or else no matter how easy they seem, you will not do well.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It's not really unusual, but there is the Arborenum, which is a small park with paths on campus. It's absolutely beautiful and relaxing.

    Bang for the buck

    This is one of the cheapest Universities in Michigan, the tuition right now is under $10,000. I know it's a lot, but it's better than that much per semester for another Michigan University. Make sure to fill your credit hours to 15 a semester so you get the cheapest credits possible.

    What to do for fun

    GVSU has many activities throughout the year. They start off with the icebreaker. It's like a dance to get people out and meeting everyone. They have sand volleyball courts on campus and an awesome gym that's free to students. There is also rock climbing, a wrestling room, a pool, basketball courts and a few fields for soccer and football.

    Food and Dining

    There is AMAZING food on campus. With so many options it's hard to pass up a meal on campus. Some options are Subway, burritos, sushi, salads, mac and cheese, Papa John's, and many more. If you plan on eating on campus a lot I would recommend getting a meal plan. Some of the dorm options come with them.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived on campus because it is much more expensive, however my friends living on campus seem to love it. You get to know everybody in your dorm and you're close to all of the campus dining areas and class buildings.

    Academic Rigor

    I found the classes to be very simple for the most part because almost all of the ones I've taken have been repeats of classes I took in High School. However, that is what makes them difficult. You think you don't need to study as much or pay as much attention in class and then you don't do as well as you can. If you try hard and go to class, it's very easy.

    Tips for prospective students

    You shouldn't procrastinate, because the semester really does go by extremely quickly, and before you know it it's time for finals! If you are planning on living close to campus, I would recommend one of the off campus apartment complexes. You can still use financial aid, but it's much less expensive than almost all of the on campus living options.

    In three sentences

    GVSU has a beautiful campus and is really a wonderful school. I have yet to have a teacher who was not very nice and helpful. It's also nice to have a bus to ride for free to almost anywhere you need to go, so, a car is not needed.

  • 03/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 48 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Very very safe

    Clubs and Activities

    Lots of them

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the blue sculpture!

    Bang for the buck

    One of the cheapest public universities in Michigan

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs

    Food and Dining

    Really good :)

    Dorm Life

    Can be dry unless you make your own fun

    Academic Rigor

    Pretty difficult

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to study Use the free tutoring Join clubs Be social

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State is small, intimate, and I believe that I am getting a quality education here. The classes are small. They are difficult, but at a high standard.

  • 04/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 49 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    All parking lots are well-lit. I've never felt unsafe or had any experience of troubles.

    Great for these types of students

    Professors are willing to meet with you outside of class, and they actually want to. They want to make sure that YOU get what you've come for, what you've paid for. They want to make sure that you learn, and they do it in a way that is interactive and exciting.

    Bang for the buck

    Do it. GO. It's one of the best decisions I've ever made.

    What to do for fun

    There's always stuff to do, whether its football/ basketball games, clubs, etc. Even if you're shy, making friends isn't difficult. You'll feel at home in no time.

    Food and Dining

    They've even got a Starbucks in their lobby!

    Dorm Life

    I've heard dorm life is great, but I commute, and honestly, I love it! I've got the best of both worlds.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley is a well-known school with high academic rigor. I'm proud to say that I'm getting my education from Grand Valley State University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply and GO! There's great things in store for you and Grand Valley will get you there. They're so affordable, too! I don't understand why any one wouldn't want to go.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school! The culture/ community is awesome and the academics are even better. The professors are incredibly understanding and they WANT to teach you - it's their passion.

  • 05/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 50 of 210

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    For fun i attend campus events. walk around our beautiful campus. Join and participate in inter mural sports

    Food and Dining

    There are so many options to choose from everyday. plenty of places to eat so no matter where your class is you are close to dining. and their are plenty of stop and go shops for when your on the run.

    Dorm Life

    Their is a wide variety of dorm types. Traditional where it is small but friends are made easily. suite where things are a little quieter. Also newer buildings that feel like hotels

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging. However their are many on campus help services that are free. Professors are always willing to help students

    Tips for prospective students

    It was an a easy adjustment to from living at home. This is where you will make friends for life. Grand Rapids is just a bus rid away and there is always stuff going on there.

    In three sentences

    A fairly large school with a small school feel. With great sports teams and plenty for students to do. Works had to achieve academic excellence.

  • 08/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 51 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've had to cross campus at 3AM on a weeknight before and I felt completely safe.

    Greek Life

    Not a part of it, but I've heard it's a blast.

    Clubs and Activities

    I joined the rock climbing club, and it changed my life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The silver ball by Padnos.

    Bang for the buck

    Shop Amazon for books NOT THE BOOKSTORE.

    What to do for fun

    JOIN A CLUB OR RUSH GREEK!!!!! I cannot stress this enough.

    Food and Dining

    The food is great compared to other campus dining.

    Dorm Life

    You need to find things to do in order to have fun. Not impossible, but tricky sometimes.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are challenging, but not impossible to excel in.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open minded, and join a club. It could change your life for the better.

    In three sentences

    I love Grand Valley because it is new and clean. It's really fun, but also remains a great place to get work done and study. Overall, an awesome place to be.

  • 01/31/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 52 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley has a very safe campus. Equipped with its own police department, the Grand Valley students are in safe hands.

    Tips for prospective students

    It is always best to stay on top of your work. Grand Valley is a liberal arts college, so a lot of the material learned in class is broaden for generalization. Grand Valley is also very focused on molding its students into exceptional critical thinkers.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school, full of diversity and multiple opportunities for interpersonal interactions. The campus is manageable; it's not too big, or small, making it perfect for making classes on time and maybe seeing others that you know.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 53 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Not only does Grand Valley have their own set of campus patrol but they also have the Allendale police.

    Greek Life

    They have a good number of houses, however they live off campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've never seen a college with so many clubs! Anyone is able to start a new club as well. Also, as mentioned they have the best sports teams around!

    Great for these types of students

    I believe all types of students would be a good fit a Grand Valley. They have things for everyone as long as you make the best of it.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    From what I've seen I can only tell about the awesome bridge and new library technology there.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley has been rated one of the best college deals in the country for the price and the level of education.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has some of the best sports teams in Division 2, that is something I will definitely be doing for fun. They also told me about the wide ranges of clubs available.

    Food and Dining

    They have many options of where to eat from what I've seen and even the cafeteria food is good!

    Dorm Life

    I don't think I've seen better dorms and more options than at Grand Valley.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley has pretty high academic standards and has been ranked among the top schools and has a highly ranked business school as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early so you can get an early orientation date and the best housing. Also make sure you visit the campus and stay over night, it totally opens up your eyes the how the school really is.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is an affordable school that offers a great education. It has many specific programs that have be highly ranked. It also has the college atmosphere of a D1 school with the small classrooms of a D3 school.

  • 06/24/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 54 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are some superstitions and rumors related to various sculptures located around campus.

    What to do for fun

    GVSU has a lot of entertainment options ranging from a large number of sporting events to a free movie theater on campus. If you cannot find it on campus, the [free] bus can easily take you downtown for your entertainment needs.

    Food and Dining

    There are some excellent food options at GVSU and amazing meal plans. However, hours and certain meal plan rules make getting food a little difficult when working around a busy schedule.

    Dorm Life

    Most dorms are in excellent condition. There is also the perfect degree of community when you want it and privacy when you need it.

    Academic Rigor

    The curriculum at GVSU is challenging and thought provoking. It requires a substantial amount of effort and time, but is reasonable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't worry about knowing exactly what you want to do right away. The general education requirements give you the opportunity to experience a little bit of everything before you decide.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University has a great atmosphere with passionate students and professors alike. Classes are interesting and inspiring. However, constant curriculum changes make staying on track difficult.

  • 08/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 55 of 210

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are over 100 organizations, the student rec has so much going on and there are always on campus events taking place.

    Food and Dining

    The meals are freshly prepared and always great.

    Dorm Life

    Grand Valley has the BEST housing in the Midwest and the nicest and cleanest dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academic's are important here at Grand Valley State University. The learning environment allows for you a change to excel in various aspects as well as venture off into other things. There are on campus tutoring departments, the school is dedicated to helping everyone and allowing for people to be available when needed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be excited to come here, it's a great school. Get to know your professors. Be active in student organizations and don't allow the whole college thing to knock you off your focus.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing school. The teachers care about their students and education is key. The university makes a great learning environment for the children.

  • 11/07/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 56 of 210

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    Bang for the buck

    If someone who is a student tell me more could you email me at mlboyd2013@aol.com.

    Will enjoy being here

    I have been on campus seen photos, I'm only in my second year of high school, but i think that this is the perfect school for me.

    Will learn a lot

    I have a 3.0 right now, can i get in? I'm just a sophomore so i'm getting my grades up.

  • 11/08/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 57 of 210

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for students who are looking for a school that has many students, but it not overwhelmingly large. Grand Valley is not in the middle of a large city, but it is close to Grand Rapids.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to have fun, but remember that you are paying for your education, so try to do your best while still having fun and making great friends.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is very reasonably priced, but it is a great school with many options for degrees and lots of classes.

    Am enjoying being here

    The teachers are a lot of fun and there are a lot of great people as classmates. I have made so many friends here.

    Am learning a lot

    There is a lot to learn. With all the classes available, there is so much to learn.

  • 12/12/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Good school for nursing program, but competative.

    Bang for the buck

    Great value for a great education. Cheaper than a lot of other schools I had considered.

    Am enjoying being here

    There is tons to do and some kind of organization that fits everyone. People are very friendly and even without a car you can get places on the buses for free!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great here and care about your education. They are readily available through email and office hours to help you learn to your fullest potential. All my professors cover the material very efficiently.

  • 02/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for people who have no idea what they want to do, or have an interest in the arts such as dance, and photography.

    Tips for prospective students

    For freshman year, you should live on campus. Its a lot of fun, and you get to meet many people who you will be friends with throughout your college career.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is one of the cheaper colleges in Michigan, you learn a lot, and get to experience so much without paying extra.

    Am enjoying being here

    Living on campus is the best! I have met some of the most amazing people, just by living next door to them!

    Am learning a lot

    The professors here are not grad students, they are here to help you, and teach you something. Many professors use hands on activities to help reach every student.

  • 04/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students that want to get an education not students that are looking to party. There are a lot of fun things to do but this is not a party school by any means.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to an counselor as soon as you can, they can help you a lot when it comes to class sign up, financial aid questions, and housing questions.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition is fair, it may seem like a lot but it is cheaper then most and the education you get is top rate.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is great and really easy to get around. Everyone is really nice and respectful. It is a really quiet campus, but there is a lot to do.

    Am learning a lot

    The professors are great and really willing to work with you, if you don't do well here its your own fault, because they try so hard

  • 06/16/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for Students looking at mid-size schools. GVSU is on the bigger side, but it never feels like that. Campus is fairly small, but never crowded, just like the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to get decent ACT scores because a lot of the scholarships depend on high ACT scores.

    Bang for the buck

    Probably won't find a much better deal on tuition. After all, GVSU requires the second highest academic standards to attend out of the public universities in Michigan (following Univeristy of Michigan).

    Am enjoying being here

    I really enjoy the campus life. GVSU is just the right size to have smaller classes yet a lot of clubs you can join.

    Am learning a lot

    My professors are very helpful and personable. Almost every single one of my professors knows me on a first name basis. Great Learning atmosphere, and there is always help available for whatever class you are taking.

  • 07/01/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Students who want to do well will do well at Grand Valley.

    Tips for prospective students

    The Allendale campus is pretty big so unless you want to run across campus make sure you check a map and see where your classes are located before registering.

    Bang for the buck

    College is expensive...there is no way around it. However, Grand Valley does a great job of ensuring you get the most out of each dollar you put in.

    Am enjoying being here

    There are always many things going on around campus for all different sorts of students. Just look at the boards in all the different buildings or go online and you can find something that will interest you.

    Am learning a lot

    The classes are mostly medium sized so the professors have time to answer individual questions and are always willing to do so if asked.

  • 07/02/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in as many programs as you can and get to know your professors. Professors are a great resource and help you obtain career goals.

    Bang for the buck

    Professors are knowledgeable, classes are the right size for one-on-one attention, and the environment is great for learning.

    Am enjoying being here

    I have enjoyed the classes, professors, and environment.

    Am learning a lot

    GVSU gives students an opportunity to try take classes from a variety of of different areas of study. Once you choose your major there are classes that focus on the specific area of study that you want to pursue with knowledgeable professors and great meetings and seminars.

  • 07/07/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    While I am thoroughly enjoying my time at Grand Valley, I realize that it is not for everyone. Grand Valley is great for students who are sincere in their pursuit of an education, have open mind's and opinions, and want to become actively involved in the community here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grand Valley is located in Allendale, which is VERY small. Even though the city (Grand Rapids) is just a bus ride away, students that come here should know how to create their own fun! Campus is small compared to other public univeristies, but I strongly recommend wandering around and exploring because there are constantly fun and interesting things going on at GVSU that half of the students don't know about. Join clubs. We have clubs for almost anything you could hope for! Quidditch, swing dancing, Spanish, yoga... GVSU is not really a party school, and while plenty of people love to have fun, don't expect to come here and party every night.

    Bang for the buck

    Even though I have already noticed a raise in tuition prices from last year to this coming school year, when compared to other public universities that many of my friends attend, I feel that I am really getting more for my money than they are. I have an on-campus student job in University Development at Grand Valley and I know that when compared to other public universities in Michigan, Grand Valley's tuition is still below the state average and is also the lowest publicly funded school per student in the state. With this in mind, it is astonishing then that Grand Valley is now an up and coming public school and rivaling Michigan State University for second place behind the University of Michigan.

    Am enjoying being here

    Grand Valley campus and the people here are incredibly welcoming and friendly. The campus has a very warm feel to it and is comfortable and safe. Campus is spacious and well kept. It is small enough that one can get from one side of campus to the other in about 20 minutes on foot, but large enough that one doesn't feel crowded or cramped. I also really enjoyed my freshman year in the dorms. I went in blind and roomed with three other girls, all of whom I am friends with now and continue to live with. Aside from academic life, the social atmosphere is very active and caring. There are plenty of social and sporting events going on each week. Clubs and intramural sports are also very popular at GV.

    Am learning a lot

    I have found my classes to be very interesting and stimulating. I have taken a wide range of classes already, ranging from psychology 101 to the history of Ancient Greece and Rome to perspectives in education. All of my classes have been very enjoyable, informative, applicable, and well-structured.

  • 07/22/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Non traditional students have plenty of options for areas of study and class schedules. The education program here is top notch, and the staff is very helpful, they will work with you and help you succeed in the program.

    Tips for prospective students

    As with anything, shop around and make sure they have the type of program and setting you are looking for. The professors are generally very friendly, and the main campus has a nice mix of settings for studying and relaxing.

  • 09/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for you if you enjoy your academics, like being active, and have a positive attitude.

    Tips for prospective students

    There is so much you can immerse yourself in, you just have to do it. Grand Valley is as good as you want to make it. If you want to come to school, get involved, and meet new people...Grand Valley is great for you. It may seem intimidating at how much there is and feel like you have to do everything. Take the time to think about what you want, and then make your next move. Don't be afraid to talk to your classmates. Don't think that just because they seem well put together, they are in the same boat and just as nervous as you are. And don't try to rush your time at school. Take the time to appreciate all the good things you have going for you and learn from the bad experiences. Good luck!

    Bang for the buck

    The cost of Grand Valley is pretty reasonable based on what you get for it. Many free benefits offered to Grand Valley students are football tickets, a great bus system that connects the Allendale campus, Grand Rapids campus, and off-campus apartments, and work out advice from personal trainers. There is a state of the art gym featuring many new equipment this year that is free for students. Students also have a vast assortment of clubs to choose from at their disposal. Do you enjoy to dance? There's a club. Are you looking to help continually improve GV and join the Student Council? You can.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love it here! The Grand Rapids area is so nice and great for a college student. There is so much to do here if you get out and look around. Grand Rapids offers that big city feeling without all the issues of a big city. The campus is very clean and the people are great. The professors truly care about you and make themselves available to help.

    Am learning a lot

    Grand Valley has an education program that is different from many schools which makes them unique. For University Requirements to graduate, you must take a certain amount of classes in their General Education. This may seem like a lot of requirements GV is having you do, but the classes honestly pay off. It allows you to experience different classes that aren't in your comfort zone but you end up learning a lot. You can take a break from all the requirements from your major and take a fun, interesting class that you pick. I went in picking a random art class thinking it wasn't going to be fun. I ended up finding that I really enjoy art and it's now one of my outlets if I am stressed.

  • 10/04/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    It's good if you really want to buckle down and get your learn on. If you like to have fun or explore or try something new, I wouldn't suggest it. Especially, if you're in Michigan.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Because people certainly aren't the most open or inviting here, you really have to wedge yourself into a niche. They are, however, fanatically devoted to the school as you see in other reviews. I can't figure out why.

    Bang for the buck

    I think I'll have to get out to fully explore this.

    Am enjoying being here

    The weeks are bearable. There's a group no matter what you're interested in as long as you're the type of rank-and-file student you'd expect in west Michigan. Honestly though, no one here is okay with going outside their comfort zone and trying new things. It's positively dreadful on the weekends too.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses are informative, and although I have nothing to compare it to, but my community college that I was dual-enrolled in, I'd say that you shouldn't expect much more. The professors I've had are helpful and friendly.

  • 11/09/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has not been to campus.

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    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for someone who wants the big university feel in the size of a small town. Many groups and student run activities exist on campus so it's great for people who have hobbies they are passionate about and would like to continue doing.

    Tips for prospective students

    When applying, include anything you think may be even remotely relevant to what the application is asking for. Anything you have done since you started high school as far as extracurriculars or activities feel free to include. You never know what will be the thing that gets you accepted or gives you scholarships.

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition for this school is incredible. Most universities in the state hold tuition rates over twice that of Grand Valley.

    Will enjoy being here

    From the students and admissions counselors I've talked to, everyone seems to be really friendly. It's a small town school with large school opportunities.

    Will learn a lot

    Grand Valley has a lot of great programs, and the professors generally hold knowledge over every aspect of a major.

  • 11/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. Seriously, it would be a waste of time if you only went to get a piece of paper with your degree. The connections you make will benefit you.

    Bang for the buck

    Quite affordable for a university with a lot of programs.

    Am enjoying being here

    The people here are nice, and as I said, the diversity is great. You will find many people with similar interests, as well as getting to know others that are different.

    Am learning a lot

    GVSU wasn't ranked one of the best in the Midwest for no reason. An excellent school for liberal arts. You can pretty much major in anything, and there is a high retention rate for jobs and internships after graduation, great diversity and culture, and caring professors. It is a great experience, definitely many things to get involved with.

  • 12/11/2011

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Great school for the price... I believe it will really be worth it!

    Will enjoy being here

    I also have several friends who attend GVSU so I'm not going to be too lonely :) I also enjoy the campus.

    Will learn a lot

    GVSU's music education program continues to develop and I'm really loooking forward to being a part of it.

  • 12/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Those who think being green is important. Grand Valley seems to be rather into that sort of thing. It also seems like a liberal kind of school.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you can, try to get into the Honors College. The classes are usually interesting, focus on writing and discussion, and seem preferable to the usual required core courses and 'themes'. The can be a lot of work, though.

    Bang for the buck

    It seems so expensive, but it isn't as bad as some of the other schools I was considering. Grand Valley also offers a good number of merit scholarships, and they definitely ease the burden.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is beautiful, but I don't feel as though I fit in. Maybe the idea of the whole 'college experience' just doesn't fit my personality. The professors and the other students are usually very nice, though.

    Am learning a lot

    It depends on the class. Sometimes what exactly I am supposed to be learning is a bit fuzzy, and sometimes the classes are a little too simple.

  • 01/01/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Keep your chin up even if things don't turn out how you imagine they will. Roll with the punches and make the best out of it all, and soon you will be loving the campus and school.

    Bang for the buck

    Money is always an issue for college students, but I don't like how GVSU returns the financial aid refunds 2 weeks into the semesters. It forces the students to use their bookstore instead of shopping somewhere that the books are a fair price. I bought a required book used online for $5 when other students were forced to buy it in the University Book Store for $60. That's not fair at all.

    Am enjoying being here

    I definitely enjoy being here, even though my roommates are bad. The campus is great, the staff friendly and informative, and the opportunities for anything are limitless.

    Am learning a lot

    I enjoyed 2 of 4 of my classes. One I didn't enjoy I ended up failing, because I couldn't concentrate on the boring material. The instructor didn't make the Plant Biology class interesting.

  • 01/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There hasn't been a single time that I've felt unsafe at GVSU. It's well-lit at night, and there are always cops patrolling the streets and campus to ensure maximum safety and security.

    Greek Life

    I absolutely love my sorority, and that's what everyone else in the Greek community at Grand Valley will say when you ask them. With a vast variety of events, including both social and philanthropic, there's no better way to meet new people and get involved on campus than to join a Greek organization.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are an extensive amount of clubs and organizations that students can join for minimal costs, which can be learned more about at the Student Life Night events, where all student organizations come together to promote themselves - there is also free stuff, so it's a great event!

    Great for these types of students

    Any student would find their place with ease here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are many unique locations on campus, such as the Lil Mac Bridge, which is very high and overlooks a creek below. There are also many statues throughout campus that have superstitious themes attached to them.

    Bang for the buck

    For the moderate price you pay, this is an excellent school. You definitely get what you pay for and more.

    What to do for fun

    If you are a sports fan, the football games in the fall are insane. They are a great way to support your school's team and to just have fun! There are also numerous events on campus to attend as well as organizations to join. If you ever want a break from campus, the city is within driving distance for a total change of scenery! There's a lot to do in this area.

    Food and Dining

    Although I am an extremely picky eater, I'm always able to find something on campus that suits my likes and needs. You have a great variety of choices and options.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life at GVSU is great when it's your first year attending a university, helping you to become familiar with the campus and meet new friends so you feel like you belong.

    Academic Rigor

    While every college obviously has some classes that are easier than other, the majority of Grand Valley's classes are very involved and worthwhile. I've learned to much since I've been here and truly feel I am being well-prepared for the working world ahead.

    Tips for prospective students

    Whether you like a small-town feel or the big-city setting, you can get both at Grand Valley. Having locations in both Allendale, a smaller town, and in Grand Rapids, a larger city (with only about a 20-minute distance between), you're sure to feel at home here.

    In three sentences

    I have not once second-guessed myself on choosing Grand Valley. It is not only a beautiful school in a great location, but has so much to offer as far as major programs, class variety, and amazing professors go. I love this school.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    intramural sports, many clubs to join, near downtown grand rapids

    Tips for prospective students

    network with as many people as you can freshmen year

    In three sentences

    grand valleys campus is beautiful. with over 25,000 students, the class sizes somehow seem personal and helpful. somewhat limited in activities to do.

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    dry campus ! security definitely doing their job.

    Clubs and Activities

    many to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    honors dorm is exceptional ! feels like a family away from home.

    Bang for the buck

    beautiful campus !

    What to do for fun

    many things to choose from for social time. meet alot of nice people ! making lasting friendships.

    Food and Dining

    alot of dining areas to choose from. great food.

    Dorm Life

    awesome dorms. living in apartment suite style as a freshman in neimeyer honors.

    Academic Rigor

    serious academic studies. challenging but rewarding !

    Tips for prospective students

    definitely check it out ! great opportunity for many degrees.

    In three sentences

    top rated for beautiful campus, smaller class sizes and great education

  • 02/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have our own police force.

    Greek Life

    i don't know but there are a lot of them.

    Clubs and Activities

    so many to choose from!

    Great for these types of students

    any!

    Bang for the buck

    it's a lot cheaper than most 4 year schools.

    What to do for fun

    sports, band, clubs, visit kirkoff center to see a movie or play pool or a video game.

    Dorm Life

    i don't even have to live in a dorm! i'm in an on campus apartment!

    Tips for prospective students

    apply for housing and classes early because they fill up fast.

    In three sentences

    grand valley is better than i hoped for. great teachers, a wide spectrum of classes and endless resources and opportunities. go lakers!

  • 02/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    go to events on campus and basket ball/ football games

  • 03/08/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    this school has a beautiful campus and great dorms. it is also still growing and has credibility.

  • 03/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    i have never had a problem with security at either the main campus in allendale or the downtown campus in grand rapids. campus security comes quickly if they are needed. they are great.

    Greek Life

    there are an abundance of sororities and fraternities.

    Clubs and Activities

    i believe there are over 150 registered student clubs and organizations. i was involved with three. it's a great way to meet people.

    Great for these types of students

    hardworking, independent, like to have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    there is a giant swinging metal ball that the engineering students built right behind the padnos science building. you have to ride it - tradition! also, do not walk under the transitional link (blue structure on lakes plaza) the wrong way - going towards the little mac bridge. it is bad luck for your academics, if you believe campus supersititions.

    Bang for the buck

    i am completely satisfied with my university experience here. i studied abroad, a short five week program to costa rica. i would highly recommend study abroad if at all possible. you won't be disappointed, wherever you choose to study.

    What to do for fun

    hike the valley trails behind the dorms - barely anyone knows they exist. it's like another world down there.

    Food and Dining

    they have multiple dining facilities including fresh food company, where there are buffet style fresh food and all types of cuisine. in addition is an eistein bagel company, papa john's pizza, c-store for snacks, kleiner food, starbucks, and aramark food company.

    Dorm Life

    as long as you get involved with people on your floor and check out extracurricular clubs you'll love it. greek life is very big at gvsu.

    Academic Rigor

    they expect a lot at the collegiate level, but if you work hard it is attainable.

    Tips for prospective students

    learn how to ride the bus and utilize it - you don't need a vehicle freshman year and it saves so much gas money. keep your door open and talk to people if you live in the dorms. if you're a transfer or nontraditional student, sit by people you'd like to befriend in class. people usually sit in the same seat all semester, so pick you seat on the first day of class carefully. it is worth the effort to meet your professor during their office hours - remember this when it comes time for letters of recommendation from faculty for study abroad, scholarships, or job opportunities. they need to remember you.

    In three sentences

    the environment at grand valley is very welcoming and friendly. the professors and staff are excellent and willing to go out of their way to help students succeed. gvsu's free bus transit system will take students downtown to their other campus and is one of the most valuable resources they have.

  • 03/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    In three sentences

    You get the best of both worlds! Small quite campus in Allendale for your studying and relaxation, and the crazy city life in downtown Grand Rapids. Both of which are connected by free bussing.

  • 04/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    It's an experience you really do not want to miss out on. And the first year is the most important, it'll either make or break the rest of your college life.

    What to do for fun

    You are always busy at Grand Valley. Many would disagree, but they'd be mostly party people, or they don't join clubs here. What I love about Grand Valley is that there is always an event to go to. With free food! Yes, free food, and everyone knows college students love free food, especially when they're trying to get away from places like Kleiner. We have events ranging from a Dinner and Dance to Fashion Shows. It is always a wonderful time, and everyone enjoys themselves.

    Food and Dining

    Freshmen meet at Kleiner. Upperclassmen meet at Connection. And we all just happen to meet in the middle, at Fresh. Dining at Grand Valley is an experience in itself. Of course, when you first arrive your eyes bug out of its' sockets in total excitement that you get to basically eat fast food for the entire year! That is why places like Kleiner start to get old. Connection is a great place to eat, the meals are a surprise, and you're hardly ever disappointed. And lastly, you have Fresh, which us Grand Valley students call a gamble. It's risky when you go there and you're either severely disappointed, or undeniably satisfied.

    Dorm Life

    If you're a freshman and attend Grand Valley State University you know dorm life (especially in traditional living-which is a set up of two lofted beds, wardrobes, and a desk for you to work at) can be complicated. Majority of freshmen live in the traditional living styles, and for young women, they can be a hassle because of sharing bathrooms. However, you become so close to the people on your floor that they have evolved into a family away from home. I love all of the friends that I've met. And despite the minor problems of bathroom usage, we've become sisters.

    Academic Rigor

    To be completely honest, here at Grand Valley there is nothing but strict discipline to get work done. Of course, there are the occasional distractions. However, GV is a built campus for learning. You come here to learn, and you get out, creating a family as you leave.

    Tips for prospective students

    Motivation. If there is no motivation, you will slowly dwindle into the back of the crowd. Some wise words are, If you snooze, you lose. If you wait to the last minute to get things done, there's no chance you'll have the best outcome.

    In three sentences

    The students here thrive. We know what we came to do, and Grand Valley helps us accomplish our goals. Walking through this campus everyday allows me to experience a great future in the making.

  • 04/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I have never, not for one minute, felt unsafe at GVSU. During both the Christmas break and Spring break, I chose to stay on campus and work at a local Assisted Living Facility. I was the ONLY person in my ENTIRE dorm room for four full days. Not one time did I feel nervous or anxious. I also work the afternoon shift and several nights a week drive back to campus after 11pm. I have never felt frightened or fearful in the parking lot or walking to my dorm late at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley offers a tremendous amount of opportunities to get involved from sports, interest related groups to a variety of on campus religious clubs. If you do NOT get involved in some type of club, it's because you've locked yourself in your dorm room!

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley works for the dependent, first time away from home student as well as the independent, I don't need my hand held type of students. YOU make the experience - Grand Valley staff, professors and campus employees are their to assist you in your experience! That's what I LOVE about Grand Valley!

    Bang for the buck

    I know that when I leave the campus of Grand Valley, I will be leaving with a first class education complete with well-rounded experience AND a life time of friends and memories!

    What to do for fun

    Head west for a twenty minute driving will take you to the beaches of Lake Michigan. Head east, 15 minutes, to downtown Grand Rapids and you can take in ice skating, swing dancing, shops, fabulous restaurants, the river walk and so much more!!!

    Food and Dining

    No corn been and mush served here!!! Grand Valley offers a variety of dining options. The campus also offers organic dining...healthy all the way!!!

    Dorm Life

    Grand Valley offers the BEST in dorm living. My roommate and I share an apartment style dorm room which provides our own private bathroom and kitchen! Love, LOVE IT!!! Our Resident Advisor, Carly, is available and helpful...and has become a fantastic friend while leading our hall in character!

    Academic Rigor

    I work at an Assisted Living Facility 16-24 hours a week. I am involved in a mentoring program (off campus) and still manage to excel in my studies and enjoy dorm life. Some people say their are three main aspects to campus life; studies, sleep and your job...but only enough time for two! I find that is not the case; most of the time ;)

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit the campus, get to know your professors and counselor - and definitely explore all that the Grand Rapids area has to offer. Grand Rapids and west Michigan is an area full of resources, history, nature and museums.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is THE place to be for a well rounded college experience which not only offers top quality professors and excellence in education, but offers a variety of campus living experiences! GVSU encourages communication between students and professors; and promotes success through scholarships to students who work with their counselors to successfully work through their degree goals in four years. At Grand Valley students feel supported and inspired!

  • 04/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    I do not live in the dorm, but it does look like it provides a good selection of dining options.

    Dorm Life

    I do not live in dorm.

    Academic Rigor

    I believe that the amount of work is realistic with the number of credit hours and the goals of the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to use your aide, to pay for books you have to go to the book store.

    In three sentences

    I have found Grand Valley State University to be very accommodating. I really like the fact that I am able to take a lot of my classes on-line. I have found these classes to be informative and enjoyable.

  • 04/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    24 hour patrols of GVPD and parking security, on campus police force is very friendly and fair

    Greek Life

    I have not experienced greek life

    Clubs and Activities

    There is always something for someone to do, intramural sports go year round plus there is a club fair where anyone can come and sign up for any club they wish to try out.

    Great for these types of students

    anyone accustomed to country life, grand rapids is a twenty minute to half hour drive away, so there is not much night life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Singing sweet Caroline during the football games

    Bang for the buck

    GVSU is one of the top universities in the state and also has the lowest tuition of most of the universities in the state

    What to do for fun

    There are many fields and a large gym/basketball court area, plus newly installed turf fields where we play football rugby and soccer

    Food and Dining

    have to eat at kirkof if you have the chance

    Dorm Life

    very spacious rooms and dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Classes are some times difficult but the professors are always more than willing to help.

    In three sentences

    It is a great university for the first time student and transfer student. The staff and professors are always professional and kind. The campus is always clean and very inviting.

  • 04/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Safe.

    What to do for fun

    Walk from parking.

    Food and Dining

    Poor. Overpriced with poor choices in graduate buildings.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research your program fully. Ask questions about faculty communication styles. Ask current and former students about how well the program is/did prepare them for career, and what they wished they had studied.

    In three sentences

    Offers a wide variety of programs. Faculty may demonstrate preference in the classroom for transfer students from GVSU undergraduate programs (versus transfer, adult learner post-graduate students). Fair collaboration skills and opportunities among graduate programs (in comparison to other universities).

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There are always GV cop cars out ensuring the student's safety. I never once felt in danger. There is also a hotline you can call if you need help with anything at anytime.

    Greek Life

    There is a pretty significant greek life on campus, but it is concentrated in one part of campus. If it is your thing there is a big variety, but if it isn't it is not hard to ignore it.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are lots and lots of opportunities for one to get involved. If you don't see a club you want there is always the option to create a new one yourself. Funding for clubs is relatively abundant.

    Great for these types of students

    1) Students who want a big university but the ability to make it small. 2) Students who want medium size class sizes. 3) Students who want enough of a party life, but not too much to distract from school. 4) Students who love snow!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None that I am aware of.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley offers a fairly wide variety of classes, and the education you receive is definitely more than what you pay.

    What to do for fun

    You are kind of in the middle of a corn field, so for fun things you should take a 25 minute bus ride into Grand Rapids. Once there, you can go clubbing at the B.O.B, eat at a variety of good restaurants, and/or go to museums and art galleries.

    Food and Dining

    There are enough dining places located at logical points throughout campus. The food is pretty similar at each joint. The quality varies, but is generally okay. There is a reasonable variety as well. Though, after my first semester I got tired of the food, so second semester I bought food from Meijer and cooked in my dorm.

    Dorm Life

    The Honors dorms are the nicest on campus, but the hallways are pretty quiet. The people are very nice, but you make friends through classes and groups you join - not the people on your floor. I lived off campus second semester and enjoyed my time much more - It was much more vibrant.

    Academic Rigor

    I am an Honors College student, so the required classes I took were significantly harder, but not too unreasonable. The Honors college is really a great place to learn beyond what is required if you have the motivation.

    Tips for prospective students

    This school is especially good if you are undecided on your major - lots of possibilities at a low cost. Also, there is a noticeable difference of boy to girl ratio - girls being more populous.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is very balanced. The party atmosphere is just right (maybe a little on the lower end). The number of students isn't too overwhelming, but it still feels big. Also, the campus is great - you can get anywhere in ten minutes by walking.

  • 05/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus is super safe and has a wonderful safety record which you can view by going on the Grand Valley website. It is just a great overall atmosphere.

    Greek Life

    I haven't gone Greek but my older sister that goes here did and she loved it. She said it was an amazing experience.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many to choose from and all of the ones that I have participated in have been great! They were very well organized and regulated and a lot of fun.

    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is great for all types of students! It has a mixture of everyone, including a lot of international students.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley's tuition is very reasonable for the quality of education that you are receiving!

    What to do for fun

    There are countless student organizations on campus and there is always something going on. The best time to figure out which one you want to be involved in is during Campus Life Night. This is when almost all of the student organizations set up tables in the field house and give you information about themselves. It is a lot of fun and they give out free stuff! :)

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent, some days are better than others.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms aren't bad but they are kind of small so be ready to down size on the stuff you putin your room.

    Academic Rigor

    The course load in the classes is usually a lot but worth it because you leave the class truly understanding the material.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be ready to learn. Grand Valley is a liberal arts college so you will get to experience all different kinds of courses. This can be very helpful in finding a major, even if you think you already have your mind set on one. The faculty and staff are really friendly and always willing to help but make sure you make a connection with your professors and at least introduce yourself in order to do your best in the classes.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is an amazing university. It is full of opportunity in education and extra curricular activities. If you allow them to, your experiences at GVSU could change your life.

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    I cannot attest to this; I've been on campus a grand total of three times (I live about 80 miles away and gas isn't cheap). I have seen security vehicles cruising around, though. I did notice once when I was there for orientation, members of the police academy walking down the hall in a group, but for all I know they could have just been leaving a class session.

    Greek Life

    They exist on campus and I want no part of them. The only way I would join a fraternity would be if by joining, the rest of my fees would be paid entirely.

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to list! Hundreds!

    Great for these types of students

    Any, I suppose. I aim to be a versatile person, both at the keyboard and in real life, so a campus that is equally versatile seems perfect for me.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I did notice there's a church on campus, but I didn't have a chance to go in. It seems to be non-denominational. Forgive me if I'm being presumptuous, but that seems like it would cause some clashing-- and of course, with all those differing belief systems under the same roof, any sermons delivered would have to be made applicable to all of those present, implying a sugar-coated message meant to tickle the ears, not speak to the heart.

    What to do for fun

    ... work out? I don't know how to really answer this, it's subjective. For me, I'm looking forward to peace and quiet so I can write, plus the exercise facilities so I can get back in shape, and maybe finding some form of martial arts club so I can learn a little self defense. I also like to play a lot of video games, so I can imagine on a campus this big there's bound to be plenty of opportunities for multiplayer awesomeness.

    Food and Dining

    I've eaten at their cafe once, and the food was excellent. Most likely I'll eat there from time to time when I'm there, but unless I can get enough ship money to afford a meal plan, I'll probably be cooking for myself for the most part.

    Dorm Life

    I will not be staying in a dorm; I've already completed two years at a local community college and have an Associate's degree under my belt. I'll be staying in a nearby apartment complex. From what I've seen of the dorms, they don't look to be anything special or worth mentioning (if you've been to other larger universities and seen their dorms, there's not much difference).

    Academic Rigor

    I'm sorry, but as I've already stated, I haven't actually attended. I've been accepted and have most of my paperwork filled out, but as to the standards of the classes, I can offer no information. My impression of the school is that standards are challenging, but rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships early. Google is your best friend; use it to search for grants in your state first, and once you've got all the grants you can find/are eligible for, go crazy looking for scholarships. There are literally departments of faculty whose job is solely to offer help to students, whether it be tutoring or advising or other forms of assistance, and they WANT you to use them, so take advantage of them.

    In three sentences

    I haven't yet attended classes; I'm currently trying to get enough scholarship money to pay for tuition, so I can't really say much about the teachers or the classes. The campus seems to be very well-kept and modern, the community wholesome and maintained, and the faculty I've met represent their school with grace. It's the only school I've found within 100 miles of my home that offers a major for someone who's into fiction writing, so I'm hoping to emerge as a more polished writer overall.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety, DPS, is an active and deeply involved group of individuals. They are constantly patrolling campus, and making sure that there is nothing to prohibit our safety.

    Greek Life

    Grand Valley has a great Greek Life program with which students can participate. The members are close, and they have a great bond with the community. Everyone who joins Greek Life is happy they did.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley has over 300 organizations from which students can participate. There is an organization for everyone. Students can water ski, sing, dance, help the community, play with paint ball guns, participate in civil war reenactments, play sports, and speak out for people who don't have a voice.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is a great school for anyone who wants the small school feel in a big school setting. All of the professors truly care about their students and it is easy to become recognized on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    In the center of campus is the Little Mac Bridge. People enjoy jumping on the bridge and feeling the spring of its suspensions.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is THE most affordable school or the opportunities they offer in Michigan.

    What to do for fun

    Not only is it fun to join organizations, but Grand Valley is also in close proximity to Grand Rapids. You can go ice skating in Rosa Parks Circle, hear concerts at Devos Hall or Van Andel Arena, watch fireworks, and go to ArtPrize. If you head in the other direction, Lake Michigan is only a hop, skip, and a jump away. Students love to play in the lake, watch the sunset, and just go on road trips. There are always fun activities happening on and off campus.

    Food and Dining

    There are several food places on campus, and each offer a variety of food choices. I always find something good to eat.

    Dorm Life

    Meeting new people is one of the highlights of dorm life. Live on campus! It will enhance your college career ten fold.

    Academic Rigor

    As with life, what you get out of your work is what you put into it. Grand Valley offers many rigorous courses to challenge students and to help them expand their knowledge.

    Tips for prospective students

    Freshmen year can be intimidating. Don't be afraid to join organizations. With over 300 clubs on campus, it is simple to find something that you enjoy. I have friends in community service organizations, a cappella groups, and the Quidditch team! Don't be afraid to try new things.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a school filled with diversity, respect, and wonderful people. Not only do the professors do everything in their power to help you succeed, but the students are dedicated to their education, service to the community, and the betterment of their lives. It is difficult to find a University so invested in sustainability, the advantages of studying abroad, and the welfare of every student, but Grand Valley is committed to each of these and so much more.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    There is a vast variety of food on campus to choose from. Chinese food, mexican food, and alot of others with over 3 dining halls.

    Dorm Life

    Traditional Style is the way to go! You will make more friends this way and be forced to leave your room and get involved!

    Academic Rigor

    Class sizes are smaller making it easier to connect with professors and get better grades. There is a lot of studying necessary to keep up with the class, but not an unbearable amount.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to get involved on campus! The more involved the better. You will make a variety of different friends and enjoy your time more on campus.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a very welcoming campus filled with respectful professors and students. A variety of different students can find attending school here enjoyable with all the different clubs, activities, and academics. I would recommend GVSU as a school to any student, especially those looking to focus on school as well as getting the whole college experience as a whole.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    creative unique outgoing athletic

    What to do for fun

    clubs and sports

    Tips for prospective students

    do your homework make a connection with your proffessors

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a beautiful campus with very friendly proffessors. This school is very highly rated in academics. It has a great layout of classes and it's easy to find your way around.

  • 05/29/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you search at least 3 colleges with the major that you choose to make sure you have a college that you are happy with.

    In three sentences

    GVSU is a big reputable college for turning out graduates for the community. I hope to learn lots and graduate with honors.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Spotlight productions holds a lot of great events throughout the year and there is always something going on around campus. Join a club to keep busy and volunteer.

    Food and Dining

    My neighbors and I ate at the cafeteria every evening for dinner. Something for everyone and lots of choices.

    Dorm Life

    Definitely recommend living in a dorm to meet new people and get away from home for awhile.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging courses with great professors who are willing to help.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the free tutoring offered in the student center. Get to know your profs well; you may need a letter of recommendation in the future.

    In three sentences

    A home away from home. Short walks between buildings, unless you have a class downtown then you can take the bus!

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The movie rooms are an awesome way to relax

    Bang for the buck

    It looks good on you resume. Most of my employers would've given me a second look had I graduated from there in the beginning.

    What to do for fun

    Get off campus!

    Food and Dining

    I would cook my own food. Almost 9 bucks for lunch.. Waaaay not worth the food. Breakfast is like 8 bucks and its mostly egg stuff (not creative at all)

    Dorm Life

    Have no idea. I live in my house.

    Academic Rigor

    It all depends on the teacher

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't eat at the cafe. Its very expensive and most of the time you won't like what is being served. Go to the tutoring labs. There is no way I would've passed my last class without those peoples help. Use It!

    In three sentences

    Not as diverse as I would like it to be. Not really setup for the working adult or family person. Is expensive to attend but it looks good on a resume.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food is great on the GV campus. You have many options going from meatless Mondays to the laker bowl days. Every eating center on campus has multiple options for every person's taste.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms was a great experience for me. I was matched up with an amazing roommate, whom I am living with next year also. I met some of the closest friends in the GV dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic curriculum is difficult, however, the professors enable students to appreciate their studies for a life filled of new experiences. It prepares you for nearly anything you may face in your academic carrier.

  • 05/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Wonderful campus safety, they are very vigilant with any disturbances and care about the students safety

    What to do for fun

    Downtown Grand Rapids is a short bus ride away and there are many museums there. Also, Lake Michigan is a short 15 minute drive away.

    Food and Dining

    Great food on campus and there is more than one place to get your food

    Dorm Life

    I never lived in the dorms but I have heard from many people that they are very nice.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and relevant. The professors always make an effort to get to know their students and they all seem to care about your success.

    Tips for prospective students

    Go to CLAS academic advising as much as you need, they will help you work through the very complex world of class requirements

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a rural four year college that deserves consideration from all potential students. It has wonderful staff who care about the success of all students. I would recommend GVSU to all students who are looking for a well rounded education.

  • 06/03/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is never a time I do not feel safe on my campus, campus security is top notch.

    Greek Life

    The Greek life is AWESOME!!!!!!!

    Clubs and Activities

    They have many activities to many to name.

    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is great for students who like individual attention from there proffesors, party-ing, or late night study sessions.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not any I can think of.

    Bang for the buck

    Learn how to budget your debt dollars wisely they will benefit you when you absolutely need them.

    What to do for fun

    I go to Kirkhof for a quick movie or a bite to eat, or go to the awesome parties there after I do my homework.

    Food and Dining

    The food was nice depending where you go. Fresh dinning hall was like an experimental place where they used us as Ginny pigs. Klinier was a fast food place and the connection had the best food on campus!

    Dorm Life

    I lived in a traditional dorm, the only thing i did not like was the room sizes depending on where you were placed in the building curve. I met many of my best friends during our late night lobby studying and bathroom encounters. Living traditional is the ultimate college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    It is impossible to fail a class with all the tutoring options, and clubs established for you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you stay on you blackboard and develope a professional relationship with your professors. It is a plus to your professors and it will be inevitable for them to give you the benefit of doubt when you need it.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is the school for you, it has a beautiful scenery and caring professors. I am a minority student do not feel a slightest bit of insecurity. I love it her!

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Not much!

    Food and Dining

    Often gets repetitive but it is not horrible.

    Dorm Life

    Go for newer dorms even though they are more expensive

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure your tour the campus and get to know the area before you commit.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great student focused university in a small knit community. For the most part the professors are understanding and reliable.

  • 06/05/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Ravines and Arboretum were a favorite place of many students to study or to enjoy a naturally beautiful setting.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has many clubs to be involved with, anywhere from Greek Life to Academic and Professional to Sports and Recreation.

    Food and Dining

    The biggest complaint I have for campus dining is that there are not many options for healthy dining at the cafeterias on campus. Fresh Foods is probably the best place to eat for the healthier food options, however it is expensive if you don't have a meal plan.

    Dorm Life

    I would strongly suggest living on campus, especially for the first 2 years of your studies. However I would avoid the traditional style dorms as my experience in one of the traditional freshmen dorm buildings included a bad case of black mold throughout the building, which was not properly dealt with until one of the residents was admitted to the hospital overnight due to a reaction to the mold.

    Academic Rigor

    The science department is definitely difficult. I felt like overall I was appropriately challenged in all of my degree classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would definitely suggest incoming students to live on campus, as this setting is the best way to meet your peers and get involved on campus. GV has many opportunities to get involved on campus and in the community, and seize as many of these opportunities as you can! You won't get as many chances to be involved (especially for free!) out in the real world.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a beautiful campus and offers many opportunities, both academically and recreationally, for all students. Most of the events they hold are free, and they also provide free tutoring. Overall I would definitely say my choice of GVSU for my undergraduate studies was a good one.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Unknown

    Greek Life

    Unknown

    Clubs and Activities

    Unknown

    Great for these types of students

    Students who enjoy learning and a professional atmosphere

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Unknown

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is a reasonably priced university

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has many diverse people. I enjoy meeting other students and spending time learning about them and where they come from.

    Food and Dining

    Unknown

    Dorm Life

    Unknown

    Academic Rigor

    Unknown

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not drag your feet with orientation, or in selecting your classes!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a nice campus that is well layed out and easy to navigate. They have well supplied classrooms with state of the art equipment. Their professors are professional and helpful.

  • 06/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Always a safe place to be. Even at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    Anything you can imagine, and more!

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who wants to feel important and cared for, who is ready to be challenged and transformed.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Studying one the huge lawn by the pond is something I look forward to every year. Nothing beats how relaxing that is.

    Bang for the buck

    Definitely affordable!

    What to do for fun

    There's so much to do! So many clubs you won't believe it! Plus sports, a gorgeous rec center, pool tables, movie nights, social events, formals. There is always something going on!

    Food and Dining

    Not bad at all, but nothing compared to a home cooked meal.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorm was the best decision I made freshmen year. The people I lived with changed my life and we will be friends forever.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are certainly challenging, but so much emphasis is put on the professors desire to see students succeed. There are countless resources to turn to.

    Tips for prospective students

    Build relationships! With professors, classmates, and roommates. There is something to learn from everyone, and have a support group makes the whole journey more meaningful.

    In three sentences

    This school has something to offer for absolutely every student. Inside and outside the classroom you will be learning, growing, and becoming a capable, intelligent adult. The campus is beautiful and fun to be a part of!

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley State University is the sixth safest campus in the nation. It is a dry campus so that mean no alcohol allowed on campus. The campus is equipt with its own police and security guards that drive around throughout the night. They also walk throught the dorms and buildings and talk to everyone.

    Greek Life

    I personaly am not in the greek life but I had a chance to check them out and they all seem very nice. The girls are very welcoming and because the campus is strictly dry and non hazing this makes greek life much safer. Greek life consits of doing many fun rasiers and chariety work.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over one hundred clubs and activities. Starting from club sports which some teams are very good to how to build a longboard in kirkoff center.

    Great for these types of students

    This school is great for any type of student or person. It is very easy to find something to do or someone to hang out with.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Alot of people go home on the weekends. Being out of state this is kind of hard to do alot when people aren't around. But I ended up going home with my roommate alot and got to know her family and that made us much closer. Also people like to go off campus on the weekends and ride the bus back to campus at night.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley can be expensive but it is completely worth it in the end and you do not get cheated out of your money. As a student there are alot of events that you can go to for free. You can use the gym and the inside turf building at anytime for free.

    What to do for fun

    There are plenty of open feilds. basketball courts, tennis courts, and beach volley ball feilds that people utilize everyday. Every week and weekend there are sports events that everyone goes to along with movies held in Kikoff center, where there is also pool tables and televisions.

    Food and Dining

    On campus there are many different places to eat. Withing those dining halls there are many different types of food. Some foods are there every day and some change depending on the day. There is also a buffet hall.

    Dorm Life

    There are so many different styles of living on Grand Valley's campus. As a freshman the dorms made it really easy to vist friends get food and go to class comfortably. The housing staff is very welcoming and everyone in my building got together.

    Academic Rigor

    Proffesors on campus vary in weather whos hard or not. But they are all willing to talk to students and have them come to their office to talk about their grades or tests or even help review for the next test.

    Tips for prospective students

    Some tips for prospective students would be, don't be scared to go here. The atmoshphere allows you to make freinds and be confident in your school work. Grand Valley is very understanding and can help you in any situation.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a wonderful atmosphere for students because the campus is calm. It is also a school that wants you to succeed because of the hundreds of resourses to guide you through college. Grand Valley State University has so many sucesseful students as well as student athletes because they know that you are a student before an athlete and your degree matters most.

  • 06/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus is really safe, well lit at night and campus pd are always around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities and they are relatively easy to get involved in and help make decisions about what you want to do. For example, I was a pre-pharmacy student before I switched to engineering and the pre-pharmacy club invited pharmacists and other related professionals to talk about the career.

    Great for these types of students

    If you do not like the idea of living in the city this campus is perfect. The Allendale campus is like a small town and then Grand Rapids has a lot to do if you get tired of the same thing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On the Allendale campus a new library is being built and a large structural pole was set out for any students/faculty to sign to be a piece of GVSU history.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other public universities I feel happy for the quality per dollar. But it still is expensive, for a lower division/undergraduate course it is $412/credit. So a three credit trigonometry course is $1236.

    What to do for fun

    There is a lot to do, you can go to Grand Rapids on the bus for free or go to the recreation center. I am a commuting student though so much of my time is spent of campus or studying.

    Food and Dining

    I do not eat on campus often but have a couple times and it is a lot like other campuses. In addition they have options for vegan/vegetarian.

    Dorm Life

    I have lived of campus since my freshman year so I do not know anything about dorm life but I do have a 3br 2bath rental house with my girlfriend and pay less than would living on campus! At the same time there is added responsibilities like bills but this is not too difficult.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on which classes you take and how hard you work in each class. Expect to study, if you don't want to don't go to any college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live off campus, there are many places cheaper than on campus, especially if you can rent with a friend.

    In three sentences

    Campus layout is intuitive and easy to learn. If your planning on being an engineering student you have to go to the downtown (pew campus). This is easy though with the free buses.

  • 06/15/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Lots of meal options. Something for everyone. I don't think I ever ate anything on campus that I didn't like!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life was a great experience. Would definitely go back and do it again.

    In three sentences

    Beautiful Campus. Always something going on. Easy transportation by bus.

  • 06/17/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GVSU has their own police that are out 24/7.

    Greek Life

    There are a bunch of opportunities to get into Greek Life. I personally have not been involved, but a lot of students are.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are about 100 clubs and organizations that are free to join and fun to be in. Grand Valley does a good job of getting students to know about these clubs.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for ANY type of student. There is a huge variety of students at GVSU.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a sculpture just beyond Little Mack Bridge on your way to the lake buildings. It is called the Transformational Link, where one end is completed and the other end is not. They say that if you walk under the transformational link from the complete end to the incomplete end, you wont graduate on time.

    Bang for the buck

    Although Grand Valley is quite expensive, it is still cheaper than many universities. It's tough to get in to, but it is modern, the buildings are new, and they are constantly making changes to campus to help ensure a great experience at Grand Valley

    What to do for fun

    You'll hear people say that Allendale is a boring city full of corn fields and cows. Although campus is surrounded by a couple of fields, it really is not that bad at all. I never found myself bored. There are always free events going on in Kirkhof, the Cook-Dewitt building, and the Performing Arts Center. Sporting events are completely free, too. You can take the bus downtown to the Grand Rapids Pew campus and explore downtown Grand Rapids.

    Food and Dining

    The food is not bad at all. Just like any other university, you'll grow tired of it because it's what you're eating everyday. But, Grand Valley offers many different varieties of places to eat on campus. If you don't feel like going to Kleiner, walk over to Fresh, Kirkhof, or The Connection.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in an Apartment Style, 2 Bedroom dorm my freshman year. Everybody told me I would not meet very many people, and that the individuals living in Apartment Style dorms rarely come out of their rooms. This is not true. Everybody had their doors open all day, and I met so many friends. I went in blind and my roommate was amazing. Grand Valley did a wonderful job with paring individuals that are going in blind.

    Academic Rigor

    The courses at Grand Valley are pretty tough. That being said, there are so many opportunities to get help if you need it. The professors are more than willing to meet with you. We have tutors for all different subjects, writing consultants to help with your papers, and numerous other opportunities. Classes are difficult, but extremely rewarding in the end.

    Tips for prospective students

    Join clubs and branch out. Grand Valley has so many clubs and organizations that are available for you to get involved and meet new people. Don't be nervous about leaving home to attend Grand Valley; the individuals here will make you feel much better about taking your next big step in life.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is an absolutely amazing school. The staff and faculty are extraordinary and truly care about your success in their classrooms. Campus is easy to navigate and fun to be on.

  • 06/19/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus, simply put, is clean and safe.

    Greek Life

    A wholesome Greek life with lots of chance to be a part of it.

    Clubs and Activities

    Options are everywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Academically focused.

    Bang for the buck

    For a highly rated university, the price is fair. Things are even greater when taking classes downtown Grand Rapids.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends! That's what college is all about.

    Food and Dining

    A good amount of options are available, and everything is priced fairly.

    Dorm Life

    Compared to other universities, dorms here are amazing.

    Academic Rigor

    Top-notch. The classes are academically challenging, preparing you for your career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find a good dorm and don't be afraid to put yourself out there. There are a lot of unique clubs and activities to get involved in. Go for it!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a top-notch university with great academics. The campus is neat, clean, new, and always expanding. Classes are small, making learning easier.

  • 06/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel very safe at Grand Valley, even at night when my night classes are done at 9:30. Grand Valley is a safe environment (probably because it is out in the middle of no where).

    Clubs and Activities

    I am involved in two clubs: Advertising and the Humane Society of Grand Valley. It is a fun way to meet students and friends, and keep busy during the school year, and in busy, I mean keep yourself from being too stressed out and going crazy.

    Great for these types of students

    ALL students will feel welcome at Grand Valley. Different cultures, ethnics, and religions are available at GVSU.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a liberal arts school, there are a ton of opportunities for students. Academic clubs, contests in each students area of study, and even open mic night are things offered by the campus. I wouldn't choose anywhere else to go to school.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley's sports teams are always providing fun for the campus. Also, there are a ton of educational experiences and opportunities in fun academic clubs and contests. There is always something to do or see during the semester.

    Food and Dining

    I have only experienced the food and dining a few times. The dining hall offers a variety of foods to choose from for all sorts of tastes. The main hall for students to hang out at (Kirkoff) also has a selection of food options in the basement of the building for convenience for the students.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are absolutely beautiful depending on what dorm is given to you. However, they are all up-kept very well.

    Academic Rigor

    Obviously, schools have their great subjects, and their not so great subjects. Grand Valley's medical program is one of the best in the nation. They also have a great science department. This is one of Michigan's fastest growing universities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grand Valley is not a place to slack off at. In fact, this college is quite challenging in all aspects and all subjects that they offer. I came from a community college and it was not as challenging as Grand Valley, however, I am thankful that the university pushes me to another level.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a challenging, yet helpful college to provide real life experiences for students. In most of the classes, there are situations provided that are applicable for real life. Grand Valley challenges students to be better students, people and employees.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    Everyone

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved. If you are going into the medical field, start exploring the medical mile downtown.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a beautiful campus and has many opportunities if you simply look for them.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very safe, and a very dry campus. My advise: Don't drink on campus! You'll regret it immensely if you get caught and get an MIP on your record. Just make wise decisions and enjoy spending these four years with your friends.

    Greek Life

    I personally am not Greek, but many people choose to join these groups of individuals and end up having a great time.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a campus life night in which there are several different clubs you can join. If you can think of it, there's probably a club here for it and even if it doesn't already exist, then you and a few of your friends can create one for it.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley's tuition is very reasonable for a university education and most of the campus is nice and a walk able distance to get to classes.

    What to do for fun

    Go play soccer or basketball with my friends, or go hang out with my friends elsewhere on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Great selection of food for any person whether your a healthy eater, just like eating, or anywhere in between.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone in the dorms are great and easy to make friends with. Living on campus as a freshman is a absolute must in order to enjoy your first year of college.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are tough, but if you show up to classes and take notes you'll do great.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you really don't want to go to a small college, but you also don't think you'll enjoy a larger college, Grand Valley is the perfect solution to your problems. Believe me you won't regret your decision.

    In three sentences

    The best decision I've ever made. The campus is a great size and everyone you talk to is extremely nice and easy to communicate with. Overall a wonderful and great college fit for any individual.

  • 06/21/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Yes, there are some slip ups in security once in a great while. However, DPS, campus security, does a marvelous job keeping GVSU a safe place. They're always out and about checking up on places and making sure that everyone is safe and protected. Even at night if you don't feel safe walking back from class all you have to do is call DPS and they'll be there to escort you.

    Greek Life

    I would advise you to join. It's not like the frat parties you see on movies. It is a wonderful learning experience that you won't regret.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 100 clubs at Grand Valley. Chances are you will find one that will work for you. And, if you don't find one you want and want to start a club for Underwater Basket Weaving, then go for it. All you need is a small group of students and a professor that would be willing to say that they approve and TADA you have your own club.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a good school for all types of students. It's a great environment for everyone and sets up a road to success for all students. So, you're a band geek? A computer science nerd? A math nerd? A jock? Part of the LGBTQ society? Music lover? Animal lover? Religious person? Great! You'll fit right in! Everyone is included! All of those labels above are taken away and you become a Laker.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure that you don't walk through the TransLink (the big blue scuplture) the wrong way. Not only will you get a lot of funny looks, but superstition says you will fail your upcoming exam. And if you ever get a chance, get a couple of friends and walk out to Little Mac bridge. Go to the middle of it and jump at the same time. It's fun, trust me (ranks right up there with riding the pendulum).

    Bang for the buck

    I guess whether or not it is worth it depends on the student. Honors students will have a different experience from athletes, athletes a different experience from commuters, and commuters a different experience from on campus residents. As an on campus resident, I thought Grand Valley was completely worth it.

    What to do for fun

    You can pretty much do whatever you want for fun. The campus is pretty large so you can go for a walk, run, or bike ride if the weather allows it. You can walk to Kirkhof and watch a movie. There are many on campus events that you can enjoy (such as guest speakers coming in, comedians, concerts, fairs, and markets). If you want a late night snack, walk to Kleiner Common's for 'Late Night'. There's a different menu of snacks you and your friends can enjoy if ever you get hungry and want a break from studying. You can also look up Laker Weekends and they will give you a list of what's going on on campus for that particular weekend.

    Food and Dining

    I loved the food at Grand Valley! There are several places to choose from: Fresh, Fuel, Kleiner Common's, Kirkhof, The Connection, Jimmy Johns, or Papa Johns. Try and move around campus and hit up the different food selections as often as possible. Even though Papa John's has fantastic bread sticks, don't get pizza every night. Get a meal plan, even if it's only 5 meals a week. There's a Meijers down the road for your other meals or you can eat the traditional Ramen Noodles. Trust me, the meal plan will be worth it.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is very fun. There are living center events almost every week and several ways for you to get involved with your new community. Whether you go in blind or request a roommate, there are several ways for you to get out and about and meet new people. Yes, there are quiet hours. And yes, these quiet hours are enforced. But, they aren't extremely strict about it. It's just for students to have a calm study environment because you never know when one of your neighbors may have an exam.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley is very good with academics. The professors here will try to challenge you to think in new ways and have you work hard. Yes, just like all schools there are some professors who will be more relaxed than others. But, even though they are relaxed, all professors are fair in the grading process. If you feel like you are falling behind, talk to the professor. They will find a way to get you into their office during hours or, if you need more help, outside of their hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Don't worry about not fitting in. There are over 100 different clubs and groups that you can join. Chances are you'll find one that works perfectly for you! Work Hard! Find a good balance between fun and school. Academics should always come first, but should never overpower you. If you work hard and find the time to focus on your classes then you will do just fine.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school with many ups and not so many downs. The staff is fantastic, it is a wonderful academic environment, and there is a beautiful campus. Although it has it's low points just like every other school, Grand Valley is a wonderful place to begin building your future.

  • 06/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. I'm not afraid of walking from one place to another at night on the campus. Security is always driving around.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for pretty much everything. Most of the majors have a club. There are clubs for volunteering opportunities.

    Bang for the buck

    I think the cost to attend the school is equal to what you get back if you take advantage of all that they supply.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I like to hang out with friends and see a movie on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is food for everyone, meat eaters, vegetarians, picky eaters etc. There is always a place open to get food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is wonderful. It's like being apart of a big family. On the first night of moving in people are going door to door to meet other people in the dorm. The resident advisers try to make their floor a very close group.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are important here. They provide so many resources to get help if anyone needs it. There's the library, tutoring center, the website and the teachers are helpful too.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you meet with your adviser as soon as possible because they will help you graduate on time. Getting involved in an organization is very helpful because the other people will give you tips and answers your questions and it's always nice to have someone to eat with.

    In three sentences

    I like that the campus is small so you can get to all of your classes in fifteen minutes at the most. Teachers will go out of their way to help you by meeting after or before class. There is always something to do around campus and many places to study.

  • 06/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    JOIN GREEK LIFE! Best decision I have ever made and it is a great way to meet a lot of great people.

    What to do for fun

    GET INVOLVED! Find an organization to join and make friends! If you don't get involved, then you will be another person who goes home every weekend and is not enjoying his or her college experience.

    Food and Dining

    Grand Valley has many different places to eat on campus, and they are all great. There is a variety of food options, but not all of the places are open all the time.

    Dorm Life

    Best dorms I have seen with the best people. The RAs are great and will help you with anything you may need.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes can be challenging, but if you focus and make time to study, you will do fine. Go to office hours because the professors love helping their students!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! You will only have fun if you get involved and enjoy yourself. Meet as many people as you can, and make time for fun!

    In three sentences

    The school is amazing, and you will get the education you came here for. The curriculum is challenging, as it should be for a university. The school and a lot of its faculty are liberal, and it can be annoying to have those views shoved in your face.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus has a private feel to it, and it feels like it is its own little world. There are constantly security personel driving golf carts around campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Any type of club you can think of exists! If one does not, it is fairly easy to start one with enough support.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for all types of students!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every semester the weekend before finals there is a night where people meet by the clock tower to scream and let out stress.

    Bang for the buck

    Very cost efficient and inexpensive tuition! Great value for an up-and-coming school.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown Grand Rapids for nightlife or John Ball Zoo.

    Food and Dining

    Limited dining options, but most of the food is pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    Honors dorms are very well made and provide a good learning atmosphere.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes stimulate thinking and require understanding and not just memorizing.

    Tips for prospective students

    Decide what program you want to go into in your freshman or sophomore year. Understand the requirements that your desired degree involves. Meet with your counselor!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has great degree opportunities. They have a good selection of classes. They also provide plenty of help for choosing the program that is best for you.

  • 06/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's amazing! I actually think our campus is rated something like 6th safest campus in the country. Not only because of the campus safety, but also because the school's out in the middle of nowhere. But campus safety is always there to help. If you don't feel safe walking home, you can just call campus safety and they'll get someone to walk with you. There's also street lights on all the time.

    Clubs and Activities

    I've been to a couple of clubs, but our school has a club for literally EVERYTHING. Comic book club, lumberjack club, greek classic's club, ALL KINDS OF STUFF! It's amazing the diversity of it all! There's also some athletic clubs like Lacrosse and several intramural sports.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for commuter students of the west michigan area, students that want to get to know several different types of students, and people who want a learning experience where there's more one on one with the professors.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Well, there's this place on one of the walk ways on campus where there's a giant blue statue that's shaped like a house being re/deconstructed depending which way you walk underneath it. Legend has it, if you walk under it the deconstructing' way, you'll fail everything in college ever and your exam scores will be terrible.

    Bang for the buck

    As far as school's like this go, it's pretty reasonably priced. The teachers are great and are always there to help you as much as they possibly can. And as far as the I know, the Art, Education, Nursing, and engineering programs are supposed to be really good here.

    What to do for fun

    There's always some kind of campus event going on. Whether it be quidditch tournaments or a kickball competition. Also, there's also downtown grand rapids. All students at GVSU get to ride the local bus, The Rapid, for free! The bus ride downtown from campus is about 15-20 minutes. Totally worth it, though. there's ton to do and explore down there! Including Art Prize in the fall and laugh fest in the spring. there's also free concerts during new year's, swing dancing on tuesday nights at Rosa Park's circle, and also a lot of cute little shops! I've found that it's also a lot of fun to explore the ravines and woods behind campus, too. There's all kinds of trails back there! A great place to explore with some friends!

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty great. The only thing is, the cafeteria the most close to the freshman dorms is the one, of course, with all the bad food for you. The one with the healthier food is a little farther away. So make that trip! It's worth it! I gained at least 20 pounds my first year because i didn't feel like walking to the healthier cafeteria. Don't do that to yourself!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is really great! The RA's do an excellent job of trying to get a sense of community. Planning different events and parties for students to participate in. And in my experience, they've also been good at reacting calmly and rationally during any sort of emergency. As for the dorms themselves, they're all really well kept! Even some of the older ones. And there's always a cafeteria a reasonable walking distance away. No matter where you are on campus. The only negative thing is that the freshman dorms are kind of far away from the art buildings and some of the writing buildings. It's only really close to the science buildings and the gen ed building. Which was kind of hard during the winter months around here. Because of the lake effect snow, we can sometimes get 1-2 feet of snow out here overnight, which makes it hard to well, want to go to classes. Especially if you have to walk a distance.

    Academic Rigor

    I found myself being challenged at a good rate here! I'm an illustration major, though. So the classes I take aren't necessarily hard because you have to be smart or study a lot. They're hard because you have to put a lot of your time into assignments. On my art classes, I spend, oh I don't know, somewhere between 10-20 hours per class outside of class on projects. It's all about being hard working and keeping up. I found that was the same instance with my gen ed courses as well.

    Tips for prospective students

    My tip would be to never EVER procrastinate. I got into a lot of troubles my freshman year and ended up extremely stressed because I would leave projects to the last minute. Don't do that to yourself! Start the day you receive an assignment and, as hard as it is, try to make school your number one priority. It will pay off in the end.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a beautiful campus. The professors are wonderful. There's several different people to meet as well.

  • 07/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is wonderful. We have even been voted one of the safest campuses.

    Greek Life

    I am not personally involved in greek life but my friends are and they enjoy it!

    Clubs and Activities

    If you like to be apart of clubs and activities Grand Valley State University. We have something for everyone one. Whether you like football, greek life, or maybe just a small club of your interest. We have it all!

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley State University is great for ALL STUDENTS!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not aware of any

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley State University is definitely worth the cost!

    What to do for fun

    I work and attend the football games at Grand Valley. I also enjoy some of our free events on campus and I love to attend our dances.

    Food and Dining

    Food is great!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome here at Grand Valley. You have welcoming RA's and you make friends quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    You will leave Grand Valley with the tools you need to succeed in any of the many professions you may choose.

    Tips for prospective students

    Grand Valley is a great place to learn and grow. This is a great environment for not only educational growth but self growth. If you feel your are not the best student, no worries because there are tutoring centers and faculty who are more then willing to help.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is an amazing school. The experiences are unmatchable, and all the faculty and staff are here to help you. I am and proud GVSU Student and I hope you will be too!

  • 07/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    Compared to many other colleges, GVSU offers a great value.

    What to do for fun

    There are always things to do on campus...the athletic center is great. Catch a movie on campus or just hang out at one of the coffee shops.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved either within your dorm or in campus groups. This is a time to be whoever you want to be.

    In three sentences

    I love Grand Valley's campus and the curriculum. Their art program is very competitive and challenging. The professors are very helpful. The student life opportunites and the dorms are great!

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Grand Valley is wonderful. I am absolutely never worried when I am walking by my self and I know that the rules that they have are placed for my safety and that of others. The Campus police are fantastic at their jobs and if you need help they are just a phone call away. Everyone is given the number to get ahold of them. So there is no question of your safety here.

    Greek Life

    Greek Life at Grand Valley is nothing too chaotic and is very helpful of the programs that they support. Greek life at GV is always hosting different group projects and doing things to make their different fraternities and sororities known. Becoming apart of one of the groups of the Greek Life at Grand Valley is a good way to become close with a group of people that you will probably make friends with for life.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are countless clubs and activities that you can join all the time at Grand Valley and there is something for virtually everyone and anyone. Trust me it is worth it to take the time to look at all the different groups and clubs that there are. A great chance to do this is at Campus Life Night where everyone can come and look at all the different clubs and groups that are available to the students.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a wonderful idea for students who are coming to Grand Valley for the first time.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    At the beginning of the year for first year students there is a tradition that Grand Valley has that is called Transitions. Where the first year students are put into groups and are taken on tours of the campus and different assembly's and group activities that make them more comfortable with the campus and making friends. It is a great experience and it is of course optional but I would not miss out on this.

    Bang for the buck

    I would say that Grand Valley is definitely worth the money you pay. This campus is one that you will instantly love and the people are so nice. The curriculum is challenging but also worth the effort and is different and fun.You will not be disappointed if you choose Grand Valley. The various majors and minors to chose from and the classes that go along with them are wonderful and usually fit anything you could possibly want or need to take.

    What to do for fun

    For fun there are multiple groups that you can join for free and just try out for a day if you want. Being involved at Grand Valley is not a hard thing to do as it is such a friendly place and there is always something going on to give you some time for fun and relaxation from studying.

    Food and Dining

    The food and places to eat at are really good. It is definitely better than the cafeteria food that we all become accustomed to in high school and you have a better choice of variety in the different types of food. Also, the places that you can eat at do things to accommodate those who do not eat meat. It is a great experience.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so fun and you are able to make so many friends. I would suggest a dorm to anyone new coming to Grand Valley as it is an experience that you will not soon forget and you are able to make so many connections. Make sure that you don't miss out on this wonderful opportunity. Yes, the dorms may be small but it is absolutely worth it.

    Academic Rigor

    The work load and the amount of time you need for studying is much different than that of your regular high school work. It is definitely important to manage your time and make sure that if you are having a hard time to get help from either another student or a tutor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to be apart of different groups and try new things all the time, because you will not regret making friends and learning new things about yourself. College is meant to be a learning experience so let it be just that.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a beautiful campus. With friendly and caring people who are always willing to help. I am so glad I was able to go to Grand Valley as my experience so far has been nothing but wonderful.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus security is always near and will even jump your car if need be :) Since I've been here I have not heard of a security threat.

    Greek Life

    The frats and sororities are lacking since they don't necessarily have housing and happen to be small. They will often rent out larger apartments however, the parties tend to be smaller or not frequent.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a wide range of clubs and activities for students to join here. Check out the website for all of them!

    Great for these types of students

    Not ready for a bigger university, such as University of Michigan, yet ready to focus on academics while being in a modern, clean and hoppin' city.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    When its a nice day out I go down to the pond in the middle of campus and do my homework on one of the tables set out. Nobody bothers you and it seems to be secluded while still being in the center of campus!

    Bang for the buck

    GVSU has kept up with students demands. With unlimited print balance, computer labs never full, lines minimal for food, a well stocked bookstore, comfy study areas, and more, GVSU has done well.

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown! Grand Rapids constantly have events (usually free) happening. The bars and Founders Brewery are some of the best. If you're not of age go to the beach not far away on Lake Michigan or go walk the Grand River on the convenient pathways during sunset. Grand Rapids also has multiple parks, all offering different things. The John Ball Zoo is a fun getaway as is the Frederik Meijer Sculpture Gardens. On campus there is always something going on. Join a club or organization and get involved!

    Food and Dining

    They have a wide variety ranging from Einsteins Bagels to Papa Johns Pizza. They also offer buffets with fresh foods. Wherever you are on campus you can always find food nearby. The prices are also moderately priced unlike some college campuses.

    Dorm Life

    I have never lived in the dorms. But, from what I've seen and heard they are very well kept and modern. However, there is not much of a party seen. But, socially they're a great opportunity!

    Academic Rigor

    You're professors here really care about your well doing and will work with you to get to your desired end result. I've been to other Universities and colleges and GVSU can be high paced. However, your multiple readings and requirements help keep you on track. The small class sizes also give you an opportunity to interact with the professor and fellow students.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Live downtown Grand Rapids and do the commute. It's worth it. - Check out ratemyprofessor.com for up to date information on GVSU's professors. - Take a class on the downtown campus if possible. Change of scenery and a cool campus. - If you're trying to save money take a class, two or more at GRCC (the community college here in Grand Rapids). They are easily transferrable to GVSU. - During or after orientation schedule an appointment immediately with an advisor that relates to your future major. They can help you with things that an academic advisor can't. - Wait until after your first class to buy your books. You may want to drop the class or your professors may put the book online. - Buy from Brians Books. They ofter discounted prices and carry all of GVSU's textbooks. Theres a location in Allendale as well as downtown Grand Rapids. - GVSU has a great farmers market to get fresh veggies from every week!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school due to its small class sizes, caring professors and beautiful campus. However, the main campus is far from downtown GR and if you're looking for a party school, this should not be you're choice. However, if you're 21 and live downtown, Grand Valley is the place to go to get a great high academic education.

  • 07/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Sabrosismo, AOR, LSU

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Love sitting behind the stadium and watching the sun go down :)

    Bang for the buck

    Rent your books at Chegg.com.

    What to do for fun

    Sabrosismo! The latin dance group that I'm in is a great group, very fun,exciting and good time to mingle with fun people!

    Academic Rigor

    I would give Grand Valley a 3.5/5

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you search on the internet as much as you can to find money for college costs.

    In three sentences

    I really enjoy Grand Valley State. I have had great professors. I would like my adviser to contact me and check up on me occasionally because I feel I have chosen classes that I didn't need.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The campus is very safe. but they are EXTREMELY strict on parking.

    Clubs and Activities

    5 stars. There are over 300 clubs and if you do not see one you like, it is easy to start one.

    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is good for any type of student.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Every summer they host a convention called J-FAX so be warned if you live on campus during the summer. You WILL see people dressed up in crazy costumes. Also, try Menna's at least once. It is fantastic. You can even get it delivered.

    Bang for the buck

    It seems that a lot of the money we send in for tuition gets wasted on random things but there are so many perks we get that it is a pretty good deal.

    What to do for fun

    You can join a club, sorority, fraternity, play games outside, ride bikes, go swimming, work out in the gym, play any sports on their proper courts/fields, have a game night with the people on your floor, go downtown to explore the nightlife. The possibilities are endless. As long as someone has something that has some amusement to it and a group of people, you can have fun.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of the food is pricey, especially the meal plans, and sometimes the food isn't that good. But the experience of the eating places and the chance of meeting new people by way of the community tables make it a little better.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is fantastic. While most dorms are small, that just means you are even closer to other people. And the RA's are so helpful. There are so many activities planned in the dorms that you will meet many new people.

    Academic Rigor

    I think that the normal college rigor is hard but not too hard. The honors college, on the other hand, is very very tough but it is also very rewarding.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are worried about a too large of campus or too small of campus, no worries here. You can make most walks on campus in 10 minutes. Also, the bus is very convenient for getting to downtown classes and nearby off campus living.

    In three sentences

    I think the GVSU is a fantastic school. The campus looks beautiful, it is always kept in great condition, there are over 300 clubs to join, you are guaranteed to meet interesting people and life long friends, and so much more. I am very glad I chose to come here.

  • 07/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    We have our own police station.

    Greek Life

    They're always active around campus.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who are open to meeting new people, and are able to break the stereotypes of cliques in high school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Delta Sigma Phi's do a walk a mile in her shoes walk in which all of the boys run around campus in heels. It is hysterical.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on. Whether it's the activities in Grand Rapids within the city, or smaller activities in Allendale with the close-to-campus students.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be open to meeting new people, and take the time to get to know your professors. They will all turn out to be incredibly helpful in the long-run.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is one of my absolute favorite places on earth. Not only is it an incredibly beautiful school, but all of the faculty and students are fantastic and well-rounded people. Without the helpfulness of the faculty there, I would not have made it as far as I have.

  • 07/19/2012

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    GVSU is definitely the best education for your dollar. It is very affordable and still gives an excellent education. GVSU focuses hard on preparing students for their future job so that they will be able to succede.

    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports, exercise at the gym, go to the pool, go ice skating down the road, watch home games for free, watch movies at the college's theater, go to plays or musicals, attend or participate in talent shows, go downtown Grand Rapids, and so much more. There are also hundreds of clubs to join,

    Food and Dining

    The food is delicious, there are tons of options, and the dining stations are new and look like cool resturants. In at least one there actually are students that sing or play music.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms themselves are rather small, but dorm floors are a lot like family. People often leave their doors open to meet new people, especially the first week. It creates a tight-knit community.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be very difficult keeping up on studying while also trying to be social and work a part-time job, but the professors are always there for you and can help. You need lots of self-discipline. However, GVSU isn't as rigorous as an Ivy-League school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Don't just study. Getting involved in things outside of academics and showing leadership will give you an edge for getting an intership or a job.

    In three sentences

    GVSU has a high reputation for being a successful school that helps students get a job in their fields of study. It provides an excellent education for an even greater price. There is a friendly environment there, making it easy to make friends, talk with professors, and get help from advisors.

  • 07/29/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    There are a ton of different ones to choose from. Sometime in the first month there will be a day when all the clubs set up booths. Go to that. Not only do you get information on the clubs but also free stuff!

    What to do for fun

    Go to the football games and other sport activities. Join a club. Sometimes there is a comedian or a hypnotist that comes to campus and those are always fun to go to.

    Food and Dining

    There are a ton of food options. If you feel like you want healthier food then the Connection is where you want to go. If you want something a little less healthy Kleiner has great food. And Fresh is also a great place to get food.

    Dorm Life

    It was great. Get to know the people on your floor and building and you are sure to have some new friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with one of the clubs on campus and don't go home every weekend.

    In three sentences

    I love it there. It is a great environment to be in and there is a lot of stuff to do. The campus is really nice.

  • 08/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Athletic events, SO MANY CLUBS, exploring campus (Allendale and Downtown)

    Food and Dining

    They have really great options for all types of eaters. The variety of food on campus is nice because you never get bored of the food.!

    Dorm Life

    Great sense of community in the dorms. You meet your friends there!

    Academic Rigor

    The difficulty of classes really depends on if you actually attend! If you are part of the Honors college, the classes are more difficult, but worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take the time to meet your peers, explore campus, and be sure to attend as many events as possible!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great place to discover what you want to do. There are so many opportunities to get involved. Great campus, great faculty, great community.

  • 09/06/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I really feel secured.

    Greek Life

    Haven't tried out anything yet.

    Bang for the buck

    The university gives you a bang for your buck : )

    What to do for fun

    Go out and mingle so you can find out where the parties are at.

    Food and Dining

    I really like my food choice. I think the snacks are a bit to high.

    Dorm Life

    My dorm life is comfortable, I wouldn't mnd having more interesting people around. I appreciate my roommate and would like to have a bigger room.

    Academic Rigor

    I appreciate the challenge of establishing and maintaining academic rigor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you come prepared to get started on your journey. Come to Grand Valley State, you will feel like you are home with family.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State is a very accurate, dedicated school that looks out for the well being of their students. I appreciate the comfort I get when I'm in need of assistant about anything. I really like how the setup is arranged for the students.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There is an on-campus police department and there are always campus security patrolling both on and off campus at all times during the day. It is a very safe campus.

    Greek Life

    Although greek life is relatively small compared to most campuses, it is a GREAT way to get involved, get to know people, and make great connections to community service and possible job opportunities. There are eight sororities and nine fraternities on campus. (Learn more information about each at http://www.gvsu.edu/greeklife/?CFID=160648837&CFTOKEN=26405485&jsessionid=5pwwIGGXBtOYxjjWa1eAUdp)

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley has over 150 organizations, clubs and different activities that you can become involved in. There is literally something for EVERYONE...(ex. Love animals? Join the Pre-Vet club!) You can see all of them at >> http://gvsu.edu/studentlife/stuey/

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Everyone always goes to the home football games, we have a really great football team! Also after 10pm during the week, Kleiner Commons hosts Late Night where students can go and use their meal plan to get comfort food that is not normally served (i.e - mini corn dogs, ice cream sundae, etc)

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley has a lot of resources and definitely uses the money that you pay for tuition, although you may not know exactly where it is being used. Currently a new football stadium and a new library.

    What to do for fun

    Go to sporting events, take the bus downtown, GO GREEK!

    Food and Dining

    There are quite a few places to eat on campus: Kliener Commons, The Connection, The River Landing, Fresh Foods, Fuel, and a few 24/7 convenience stores. The menu is the same everyday at everywhere except for Fresh Foods, which is a buffet style, but can be hit or miss on food that is actually good.

    Dorm Life

    Depending on what style you live in, the rating varies. Traditional Style: 80ish rooms, Community bathrooms, thin walls and a lot of different personalities...To each their own.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley has some very good, and some very mediocre professors for different courses. Check ratemyprofessor.com when you sign up for classes, and do not hesitate to sign up for a tutor or talk to your professor during office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply for scholarships as soon as you can and apply for as many as you can. Since Grand Valley is a public school, the amount of financial aid is not nearly as high as a private school. Check out the campus in winter, if you like it then, you'll love it in the fall!

    In three sentences

    A beautiful campus, large enough to feel like a college but small enough so getting to classes is simple. There are bus systems that are free to students that take you throughout campus, to the off campus apartments, as well as to the downtown campus. Although there is a large number of students enrolled, the campus feels smaller than it is.

  • 09/10/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Never go under the blue dome sculpture from the wrong side! It symbolizes a path of your life still not finished. If you walk under it wrong, you will never graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley here offers free tutoring, free printing and free library access. Also we are provided with bus transportation for around campus as well as the downtown locations as well!

    What to do for fun

    Join as many clubs and organizations as possible. All of them are really cool and you can meet so many new people too!

    Food and Dining

    A lot of healthy food options that promote better care for your body.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers here really try to push you but really want you to succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are transferring double check to see what classes will transfer! Some will change depending on when you transfer.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is really a top rate school, with smaller more intimate classes, professors who really care about their students and academic programs to help students for future careers. It is also financially cheaper than a lot of other schools. Grand Valley is a home away from home with people who want to help you and will be with you every step of the way.

  • 09/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley is lacking in this aspect. You can take buses downtown or drive over to Grand Haven to go to the beautiful beach, but that's about where your options run out. You really have to put in the effort to find things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The meal plans ensure that you're always well-fed. Most restaurants have some pretty solid selections. The best option, where you can actually get real food, is a hike all the way across campus (which in reality isn't that far).

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are beautiful and modern...but if you live in the traditional style buildings people tend to keep their doors closed and to themselves. The suite styles, surprisingly, are much more lively and fun.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are much easier than I expected and I do not have much homework, which wouldn't be so bad but there's not really much else to do but homework.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to really try to experience the campus before you come. If you're from a small town you'll probably think it's a whole new world, but if you're from a bigger one it feels incredibly small. It all depends on the kind of person you are.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a beautiful, well-kept campus, however it is very small. Coming from a bigger, busier, city, I kind of feel a little trapped in the enclosed campus. I do enjoy the stressing of the value of liberal education though, so that's a plus.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Very good.

    What to do for fun

    Party downtown!

    Food and Dining

    Food is alright. Don't eat at Kleiner too much or you will see where the freshmen 15 kicks in.

    Dorm Life

    Dorn life is not the most pleasant if your stuck in traditional. Try your best to get your application in on time to try and get placed in something nicer.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are quite easy for those that have taken any college prep courses such as AP, honors or advanced courses. I can not say anything for the others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Attempt to get as early a orientation date as possible so you get at least some choice in your classes for the upcoming two semesters. And your housing application, get your housing application in ON TIME.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University provides an excellent academic environment for incoming freshmen to prosper and grow and individuals. There math and writing centers are filled with exceptionally well trained upper undergraduate students to assist you if necessary for any problems that might occur in one of your classes. The school provides a strong framework for the growing world.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've accidently left my car or room unlocked before, nothing ever happens. I've never had anything stolen or broken. I can walk back across campus to my dorm from the Fieldhouse from working out at nine at night and feel perfectly safe. I also have a job that requires me to walk back to my dorm late at night. I've never felt unsafe during my time here.

    Clubs and Activities

    We have hundreds of clubs ranging from Muggle Quidditch to the Humane Society. Can't find one you like? Grab two friends and a professor and make one!

    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is great for athletes and people who want to get involved in their community. It's also great for band, art, and theatre. Pretty much anyone can find their niche here.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The weird blue structure by Little Mac? DON'T WALK UNDER IT! Walking from Little Mac to the Lake Hall buildings is ok. The reverse? Don't do it! Legend says you'll fail all your exams! Also, the Arboretum? Great place to study, lay out, read for fun, pretty much anything. Go explore it!

    Bang for the buck

    I got several scholarships from Grand Valley which made paying for college a lot easier. It is also one of the cheaper colleges in my region, although by far one of the best.

    What to do for fun

    I plan pick-up soccer games, go around to random dorm rooms, work-out, join clubs and hang out with friends. When I'm feeling anti-social, I just play some videogames in my room, but there's so much to do here, I almost never do that.

    Food and Dining

    I'm right near the Connection, which, in my opinion, has the best food on campus. There's a delicious little sandwich place, along with a Papa Johns. The buffet-style cafeteria, called Fresh, sacrifices quality for quantity. I rarely eat there. In Kirkoff Center, there's a wide array of options, from Subway to a pizza place to a nice little Mexican option.

    Dorm Life

    I live in Niemeyer, which is part of the Honors College. I absolutely love it! I love the people, my door is always open and if I'm walking through the halls, I can just drop in on whoever is free. We're a tight-knit community. It doesn't hurt that we have the best dorms on campus either...

    Academic Rigor

    I'm in the Frederick Meijer Honors College, so I have a tougher course load than most. It's not more than I can handle, but it's enough that i'm not bored. To get the most of your experience, you need to ask questions and get involved in discussions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take hard courses your senior year! Don't slack off! I took several AP courses in high school and ended up coming in with 21 credits. That's more than I'm taking my first semester! Talk to the admissions office, they're there to help you out. It's their job. Talk to current students, take a tour, just come look around. We're really friendly here, come see us!

    In three sentences

    GVSU has a great community, fantastic professors, and dozens and dozens of things to get involved in. If you want to feel involved in your college, this is the place to go. From Laker Football to clubs about anything under the sun, this is the place to be.

  • 10/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I see the police patrolling all of the time, but they're super friendly. They even have a night called Shots with Cops where they educate you on the drinking laws and on how to drink safely if to do choose to do so.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something for everyone, and I mean it! There's football, volleyball, and basketball, then there's fencing, capo, and even Nerf Club.

    Great for these types of students

    Any type, really. You'll find a club that suits your needs, or if you don't, you'll at least find some students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The blue structure. You can only walk a certain way under it, or it's bad luck.

    Bang for the buck

    You get an amazing education for only 20 grand. That's what really decided it for me.

    What to do for fun

    You can join any number of clubs from tennis to fencing, you can throw a food party and invite your floor, and game nights, dances, sports events and the such happen all of the time.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. For a picky eater, definitely keep food in your dorm. But if you like things like nachos, rice and various dishes, the food is pretty tasty.

    Dorm Life

    Living in the dorms is amazing! Game nights, capture the flag, movie nights... the list is endless! And so many friends end up getting made even in the first week.

    Academic Rigor

    This is not high school. Profs expect you know every thing they are talking about, but they will also answer any questions you'll ever have.

    Tips for prospective students

    Watch out for the cars on the sidewalks, the sprinklers that water the sidewalks, and all of the bikers/longboarders.

    In three sentences

    I'm so glad I decided to come here! Small classes, profs that learn your name, and study abroad opportunities every time you turn around? Definitely a great choice.

  • 10/13/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Campus Safety

    GVSU does everything in it's power to make sure its students are safe. Have a late night class and are afraid to walk home? No problem! Just call the Department of Public Safety and a security officer will walk you home! Also the campus is well lit at night so there are very few stretches of dark walkways everywhere on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley has 200+ student organizations available on campus. And if there is not a club you're looking for it's so easy to make one! All you need is four students and a faculty member to sponsor is and voila! A new student organization has just been formed!

    Great for these types of students

    GVSU is great for friendly and outgoing students. People at GVSU are so friendly and open about meeting new people and having a great time. Also, Grand Valley is great for students who want to get a good education. GVSU is all for liberal education. Not liberal as in political mind you. They have a very wide range of courses that fit every learning type; may it be audio, visual or hands-on.

    What to do for fun

    What I personally do for fun is read or browse the internet but, there are so many activities on campus for one to join. There are intermurrial sports which are sports for people who don't want to join a club or varsity sport or if they feel they need some practice working on said sport before joining the big leagues.

    Food and Dining

    Awesome. The campus food is so good. They also have many different kinds of food in four dinning halls that are on campus. It doesn't matter if you are a vegetarian or omnivore, you will find delicious food to eat on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I love living in the dorm right now. It's so easy to make new friends and there are always people near by to help you if you need it. Yes, it can be a little noisy at night but that can be expected. If you can sleep with any noise around, invest in some earplugs or get used to sleeping with the noise.

    Academic Rigor

    At this point, academic difficulty all depends on what your major is and what year you are (freshman, sophomore etc.). GVSU has class difficulties rating from 100s to 400s. After you complete your general education requirements, then you are free to take more difficult classes and more classes that go toward your major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy. At GVSU, there is no such thing as a dumb/stupid question. There are so many resources available for you to use. There are academic help centers, counseling centers, career centers and so much more. Also do not be afraid to be yourself. There are tons of people on campus so there is bound to be at least one person that is looking for a friend just like you too.

    In three sentences

    GVSU is a very friendly university. Coming here you know that somewhere there is always someone ready and willing to help you with any of your problems. Also there are many student organizations of one to join so there is always a group of people out there wanting to become friends with you.

  • 10/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Attend games, go to events, join clubs, and hang out with friends.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different choices in food on campus, and you are given a card for the meal plan. It becomes useful when you are in a hurry and don't have money. You can use it at any food place on campus.

    Dorm Life

    Students become close and make lots of friends in their dorms. Dorm life is good even though a lot of people like to live in apartments.

    Academic Rigor

    There are classes that are really difficult and you need to spend hours studying, and there are some classes that are easy. It depend on how you will spend your time on it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't skip class, and do all of your homework. For freshmen especially, they tend to slack off a bit, so you need to set your self on track because there isn't someone there to look after you.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a good school to receive one on one help for your classes. It's a good size school, and I would recommend students to apply here. There isn't a lot of peer pressure, or too much stress for students.

  • 11/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This campus could not be more safe. There are cross walking guards during the day to make sure students can cross the road safely. During the night there are always poilice patrolling the campus to make sure it is safe. There is also a wonderful program where if you are coming back from a class late at night and feel uncomfortable, you are able to call the security department and they will send someone to come escort you home. I feel 100% safe at Grand Valley State University.

    Greek Life

    Joining a fraternity or sorority is something that can really impact your life here on campus. You create friends who have the same interests and views as you do. It is nice coming into college knowing you might be able to make 30 new friends within the first week of school.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a club for everything! During freshman week there is an event that goes on called Campus Life Night, where all of the different clubs come and show the freshman what they can be involved in. There is everything from volleyball and swim team to quittage from Harry Potter. There is a place for everyone to join a team and make friends and this is the place to do it.

    Great for these types of students

    If you are someone who is not very good at writing papers, the writing center is the place to go. They have staff that are always willing to help and you can also make appointments online. It is a great place to get help when you are stuck.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    A tradition that I found was funny and cool has to do with the football team. Before classes start, sports teams come early to start training and camps. And apparently it is a tradition for the freshman football players to stand on this box in he middle of Fresh and sing a song to everyone in the restaurant at the time. But if a player messes up or forgets the words, he is put under the box until the next player is done singing. It is a tradition that is always enjoyed.

    Bang for the buck

    There are many ways to try to pay for college. There are many scholarships and loans that the school with tell you about. There are also many jobs on campus that are always ready to hire and many jobs that are close to campus that help out as well.

    What to do for fun

    There is always something going on around campus. I like to hang out with my friends and we either go to the recreational center and go rock climbing or we just watch movies in the movie theater. Every weekend there is something going on so it is very easy to stay busy.

    Food and Dining

    There is always good food here. There are three places that are the main places to eat here. One of them is right in the middle of Freshman land and it has subs, pizza, burgers, and burritos. The place to go for a good breakfast is called Fresh. They have a new menu every day for every meal and it is always good. The other place is across campus and is called The Connection. They have amazing burgers and wonderful make your own salad bar. Food there is always delicious.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are dorms. They are small and I made the mistake of thinking they were bigger and I over packed. The residential staff is always nice. They always take the time to email you about the different events that are happening. My RA is the sweetest and always has something planned for us so we can get to know each other better.

    Academic Rigor

    It feels like every teacher cares about each students education. I have emailed many professors about issues or for help and they have always been willing to help and have been there. Each class has only about 30 students in it (except for lectures which has about 150). So you can really get that one on one time with the professor and be able to ask questions.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to schedule an orientation date as soon as possible. Classes fill up really fast and you don't want to be stuck with all of the morning classes and have only 10 minutes between each class.

    In three sentences

    The campus is absolutely amazing. They really care about your education here. I love everything about this place.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    On campus police department, security, and constant patrol so no fear to explore GVSU freely

    Greek Life

    No affiliation but they exist.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is something always going on.

    Great for these types of students

    Strong work ethic, those who take care of themselves, and are hungry (competitive) for life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sports here are fairly strong; one of the best programs in the nation for Div. II

    Bang for the buck

    Reasonable, but the one thing I never explored as much as I could have was scholarships. Invest in yourself and sell, sell, sell yourself about how capable you really are.

    What to do for fun

    Workout through the fall and winter semester and remember that Lake Michigan is only like a half an hour away, its the beach....in Michigan. YOLO so work hard in school, in the gym, have fun on the beach =D

    Food and Dining

    Everyone should eat at Fresh at least once, even if you don't get a meal plan. I've spent weekends visiting friends from high school as Central Michigan, Eastern Michigan, and Western...GVSU has better food than all three.

    Dorm Life

    This isn't a party-school it's meet smart people by networking in between studying and retire early by working hard. Don't get caught up in that life...

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging yet manageable by working with others on the material presented.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live off campus in either Hillcrest Apartments, or Country Place Townhouses. These living establishments are less expensive than on campus, the buses will take you on campus for free (so no need to even have a car), and there will be more room than a dorm room (you'll have your own room and share your bathroom with only one other person). With living on campus your really just paying to be closer to the classrooms and live in the same room with someone you've never met, at the locations listed above you have your own room. If your worried about not meeting people off campus you just get involved through clubs, make sure to go to the Fieldhouse to workout and when not in class find a place on campus to study away from your TV. Leave high school behind with TV/ video games. You might as well just sell your video games, it will be the best investment you'll ever make regarding meeting people, getting stuff done, and simply having fun that isn't artificially produced. Even if you don't come to GV get rid of the mind wasting vices.

    In three sentences

    Navigation across campus is of ease, the class sizes are very manageable, and those attending are individuals with high moral to be successful. However welcoming the nature of Grand Valley State University is, the township of Allendale and the college need to better collaborate with one another to offer off campus life on campus. As well as improving upon available space for automobiles through a parking garage would undoubtedly improve the convenience for students trying to park on campus as not having a space to park by the most heavily used buildings for classes will need to become better addressed in the near future.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Campus activities, football games, hang with friends either on or off campus, take the bus to downtown Grand Rapids

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your teachers, don't procrastinate, don't leave every weekend to visit other colleges or go home, study hard and you will be rewarded!

    In three sentences

    Out of all the colleges I've been to, Grand Valley has the most beautiful campus by far. Everyone is friendly and the professors are eager to help. I feel very safe here and the campus is always clean.

  • 11/13/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley security teams up with the local police. All the safety seems concerned for the well-being of the students, and I see them patrolling on a daily basis. I have not heard of many serious reports or problems, and of the reports and problems that have occurred, I feel that the campus safety has always done its best to keep the students out of harm's way.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are looking to get a job after their education should be pretty impressed with Grand Valley's programs. Many of the degrees require internships (or Co-op's) that will line you up with employers, give you real-life work experience in the field you are interested in, and the professors also aim to educate you in a practical way that will be beneficial for your own career.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley offers a lot for FREE to their students! There are always free events going on, study abroad programs at a good price, work opportunities on and off campus to get a little extra cash and experience, and meal plans that are very flexible for what you get (compared to other schools). My Fiancee is going to a private school in the area, and her tuition is around $25,000 (that doesn't include room and board, or meal plans)! On top of that, not as many programs or opportunities are offered to her. Grand Valley's rates for your returns are exceptional. It's one of the best deals you'll be able to find!

    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are lots of open areas to throw footballs or frisbees, there are free events on campus and workshops to have fun and get to know other students. There are movie nights every night on campus to chill out, eat popcorn, and really veg-out. Home-game football games are always a big deal, and make the student body come together.

    Food and Dining

    There is a lot of selection of different types of food on campus - Italian, Chinese, Japanese, American, Mexican, and more! Living a healthy lifestyle with the food is do-able, and the buildings and eating areas (for dining) are nice, clean, open, spacious, and relaxed environments.

    Dorm Life

    I commute, but I hang out with my friends on campus in the dorms and apartments often enough to get an idea. The dorms are relatively new, with nice features and good pricing. The campus always has something going on, so you're never bored unless you want to be.

    Academic Rigor

    At least in the engineering field, the classes are demanding. My gen-ed's have also had a decent amount required of me. Be prepared to work, but don't worry about ridiculous assignments being given all of the time.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you like a culture that is friendly and welcoming, come to Grand Valley. If you like a school that challenges you in the classroom, but still knows how to make the most out of life outside of the classroom, come to Grand Valley. If you're looking for an education that will give you a well-rounded approach, with a lot of hands-on work and learning, come to Grand Valley!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is friendly, competent, caring, and concentrated. The students there care about each other, and care about the learning. The professors are generally very understanding, and seem to have an honest interest in the success and education of their students.

  • 11/22/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley has its own police department, called the GVPD. There has never been and mugging at grand valley. They are all about safety.

    Greek Life

    People who are involved in Greek life are passionate about it and will do anything for their brother and sisters. Greek organizations is the best way to have a forever dwelling friendship with someone.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 300 student organizations at Grand Valley and steadily growing. There is always something to do. That mad sound hard to believe, but it is true.

    Great for these types of students

    People who want to find themselves, People who want to get away from home, people who love sports, and people who like school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The rumor is, if you walk through the completed side of the big blue statue then you will not graduate.

    Bang for the buck

    There are so many amenities offered at this school that are free,for example; Math Center, Writing Center, Tutors, SLA Classes, and All sporting events.

    What to do for fun

    For fun you can go to the gym and workout because its FREE. You can also, go to the gym and play a little pick-up game wit some upperclassman or some of your peers.

    Food and Dining

    Depending on where you are the food can be the best place you ever eaten. If you live in the freshman area, the food is okay, but not the best.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm Life is wonderful, I encourage everyone to stay in traditional housings. You get that one-on-one with everyone in the building, so making friends is extremely easy.

    Academic Rigor

    The Professors treat you like an adult, which means you have to grow up fast and be on top of your course work.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not be scared to be open to others. Make yourself approachable and enjoy your stay at college.

    In three sentences

    Unbelievably, an experience that I did not expect. The open and welcoming arms of the school was wonderful. I will forever be a Laker for a Life time!

  • 12/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel so safe if I have to walk at campus at night, there are cops all around campus so it's easy to feel safe.

    Clubs and Activities

    There's a club for everyone here!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On homecoming weekends the dorms compete against each other with fun games. Such as a lip syncing contest and a dance off. It's a lot of fun!

    What to do for fun

    Its always fun t go to the football games! Everyone cheers together and it's a great time. There's also a lot to do downtown for weekends, there's clubs and malls so it's never dull at GVSU.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is really great! It's fresh and yummy and they even do Meatless Mondays so students can stay healthy. My favorite place to eat is the salad bar at the Connection because they make the best salads.

    Dorm Life

    I love living on campus in the dorm! I live in a Freshman apartment and I love having my own room and bathroom even if I have to clean it.

    Academic Rigor

    The general classes aren't that hard but I'm sure the higher classes do in fact get harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    1. Never procrastinate on homework, with all the classes it's very easy to fall behind. 2. Get involved in something! It's great way to get involved and meet new people. 3. Use the resources that GVSU has to offer, like the Writing Center and tutors for any subject you need help with. 4. Introduce yourself to your professors, it's an easy way to stick out to your professor. 5. Enjoy the college life!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school because it's a small school with the same opportunities of a big school. There are tons of clubs and research opportunities. The professors are also amazing, they know your name and they're always willing to help you out.

  • 12/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    I am not in one, but people in Frats and Sororities are always busy doing things. They keep themselves busy, and have lots of fun. Join clubs and organizations. I am in a few, and I love them.

    Food and Dining

    The food and dining here is alright. It isn't the most tasty, nor is there a lot of variety. There is some variety, but not too much.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life here is great. I have made so many friends from my dorm. We are like a little family, and it is awesome.

    Academic Rigor

    The academic rigor isn't too bad here. You will need to study and do your homework to get an A, but it isn't too hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    This college is very dead on the weekend, so if that will bother you, don't go here. Stay busy. Join clubs and/or sports to keep yourself busy, and make lots of friends.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is very good. Everyone here is so polite, and you can be yourself here. There are a lot of clubs/sports to join to keep yourself busy.

  • 12/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Grand Valleys is one of the safest campuses. They have their own security and police that check campus for violence or mysterious behavior. I feel very safe at campus because I know there are police around campus watching us.

    Greek Life

    I have heard of many people that love going Greek at GVSU. The sororities and fraternities are very classy and stay away from Hazing and other violence. GVSU is known for their safe and friendly Greek Life.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has buses that take students to wherever they want for free! They take you to downtown Grand Rapids, which is beautiful, it has ice skating in the winter for a $1 and many concerts in the Van Andel Arena all year round.

    Food and Dining

    There are many restaurants to choose from at Grand Valley. They have many healthy food choices in each restaurant which is nice and will keep everyone in shape.

    Dorm Life

    Everyone is really friendly and outgoing at Grand Valley. In the dorms al of the doors are opened for everyone to socialize and meet new friends. Its a great experience for everyone to participate in. The dorms are fairly big and you can choose which type of dorm you want.

    Academic Rigor

    You will get a outrageous education here. The classes have a small amount of students in them, allowing the students to participate more in class and get to know their professors and their classmates. You don't feel overwhelmed with more than 400 students in your classroom because there aren't more than 100 in the classes.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont let anyone or anything distract you from focusing on school. You or your parents pay for your education for you to be successful in your future, so live your life to its potential and study hard.

    In three sentences

    I think Grand Valley is a wonderful school for those who are fully focused on school. If you want to get a good education you should apply here. Grand Valley is a Dry Campus, so partying is not allowed, which keeps you focused entirely on your education.

  • 12/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    If you know the right people, you can have fun no matter what the hour. Just be active with groups on campus and the fun begins.

    Food and Dining

    There's food for every taste here. If you don't like anything here, it's a short bus ride away from the grocery store and a few nice restaurants.

    Dorm Life

    It's the easiest way to make friends. Living on campus is an easier way to always be connected to campus happenings and services.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are similar to AP classes in high school. Just staying focused and asking for help when you needed are very important.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be afraid to ask for help. Prioritize. Don't stress over bad grades because it only means there's room for improvement.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a clean and efficient learning environment. This campus is fun if you know where to look. Being serious about your studies will get you far.

  • 12/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food and Dining are great at Grand Valley. You have such a variety of food selection. Going from a buffet of anything you could think of to Papa Johns and Subway, there is always such a great selection of food.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is awesome. Meeting new people and having friends that you didn't know you were going to have. They always say that you meet your best friends in college and I believe that is true.

    Academic Rigor

    I feel like I get a lot of information from my professors. Their are no teacher assistants so all of the professors know what they are talking about. They are very informational and helpful about the class that they are teaching and are willing to help students as much as they can.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find what you really want. How much are you going to study? What are your financial issues? Academic classroom sizes, dining, housing, etc. You find whats best for you and what fits you best.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a very clean, well organized college. It has everything I expected. From great academics, to a brand new library in 2013, and great dining and housing, Grand Valley is a one of a kind college that adds great ratings to Michigan Colleges.

  • 12/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard and you'll make the grades.

    In three sentences

    The campus is lovely and spacious, professors work well with the students, and the school works to improve student life.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The safey of the students at GVSU are very impaortant. There are Poilce on duty 24/7.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is this clock tower at GVSU that stands out because it rings like every fifteen minutes but also the clock is in the middle of the student service and the student life built.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley State University has so many different programs for students who need extra help all a student have to do is ask for help.

    What to do for fun

    For fun a student could create a club, join a club, volunteer, hang with their friends, play a sport, or go to the Kirhoff to play games. It all depends on what a student likes to do for fun.

    Food and Dining

    The food at GVSU was good at first but after eating the same food it did not taste the same.

    Dorm Life

    Living in a Dorm you would have to have self control and have people skills because you are sharing a room with someone you do not know.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley State University does have a high expectations academically for their students, but the students would have to want a high expectation for their self to show what GVSU offers. As for the classroom setting it is small, so the Professors will know you by your name.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know how to balance your academic life from your social life. Time management plays a big role in college when you know you have a test coming up and when you want to hang with your friends.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University has so many different majors and minors to explore.There are Counselors there to help the students to determine the best way to proceed their career to graduate on time. One major part of college is you social life and your social life at GVSU is really what you make.

  • 12/30/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    In the summer time the beach is only a half hour away! There is a gym with a pool and the school holds concerts with popular bands.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you decide to come to Grand Valley be prepared to work hard. This is not a party school, a lot is expected of you but it is worth it. I love it so far.

    In three sentences

    The campus is very beautiful and just the right size. The professors take the time to help and care for there students. I would not want to go to any other school.

  • 12/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    They are great. Will walk/drive you home if you need to get across campus late at night.

    Greek Life

    Several fraternities and sororities. I never got involved in greek life but I know people who love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    Campus Life Night at the beginning of the year with all clubs/organizations/greek life set up around the gym. Great opportunity to sign up for just about any type of group you can think of!

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There are deep ravines and hiking trails on campus that are beautiful to walk through in all seasons.

    Bang for the buck

    Great campus, great education!

    What to do for fun

    Honestly, not a whole lot on campus but Grand Rapids is only 20 minutes away. There is always lots to do there, and there is free bus service connecting the campus to downtown.

    Food and Dining

    There are several places to eat but I got sick of it after about two months. I don't know that's different than any campus, though. Overall the food is decent.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Honors College dorms which are quieter than typical freshman dorms which was perfect for me. I got along well with my roommates so I had a great freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    I a member of the Honors college and the nursing program, so my classes are definitely challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live in the area and it seems like everyone in your high school is going there and you are turned off by that, don't be! I was in that situation but I rarely see anybody from my high school. You really only see those you make an effort to see.

    In three sentences

    I am very happy with the education I am receiving. Most of the professors I've had have been great. I love the location as well; it's in the country but only a 20 minute drive to downtown Grand Rapids.

  • 01/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This university has recently received a state grant to provide more officers on the campus.

    What to do for fun

    Hanging out around campus such as kirkhof to play pool,workout at the gym or ride the bus to a day in Grand Rapids.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to meet a ton of people at welcoming week because those people who you meet will most likely be your friends throughout the year(s). STUDY! Do not procrastinate.

    In three sentences

    It is a great school with a beautiful campus. The class size is ideal and one can get to know the professor unlike bigger universities. A student here is known as individual here not just a number!

  • 01/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Food is food, it gets old after a while, but its not too bad.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in apartment style, so you can close your door when you want or hang out with people in the commons.

    Academic Rigor

    It can be hard at times, but its nothing too un managable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved with as much as possible.

    In three sentences

    It's an awesome school. The campus is gorgeous, all around clean. Everyone is super friendly and nice.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus police are everywhere around campus so you feel pretty safe here. Nothing really major goes on here but when something does, it gets taken care of quickly and never really need to worry.

    Greek Life

    I am not involved in Greek Life but I have heard they do lots of charity work.

    Clubs and Activities

    Like I have said before, there are many clubs and organizations to join up with. I am on the collegiate Track and Field team so I don't really have time to join up with any other clubs but I have heard great things about them.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for any type of student. If you are shy, they really encourage you to get outside your box and meet people. Also there are many different kinds of people you see walking around campus and everyone is welcome.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grand Valley has lots of cool random sculptures around campus. They don't exactly have a definite purpose but very cool to look at.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that with how much tuition is for Grand Valley, you do get your money's worth. There are lots of different class choices and great professors.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things to do for fun here. There are lots of organizations and club that you can join. Also there are many things to do around campus. The recreational center has lots of things for you to do as well as a game room/hang out place in the Kirkoff center.

    Food and Dining

    The food is very good here but does kind of get boring after eating the same thing day after day. That could be my fault however because I tend to be a very picky eater.

    Dorm Life

    The dorm life is very nice. I am in a traditional style dorm and they're better than people make them seem. You meet lots of new friends and it's a great environment.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors here really want to help you learn and get a better education. I've learned a lot here already and can't wait to learn more.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would suggest going to GVSU because the environment is very warming. Make sure you get involved in anything that you can.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a very good, well-rounded school. The professors here really care about your education and strive to help you achieve greater goals. Also there are lots of organizations people can become involved in and make you feel very welcome.

  • 01/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is great. Guards are always circling around campus and the police station that is located on campus is really easy to get too.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is an amazing amount of different clubs and activities. It is well worth the look at.

    Great for these types of students

    Nursing majors, music majors, outgoing people, and people that like the snow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Don't walk under the blue thing the wrong way (or at all if you can't remember what way to not walk under it like most people.) The amount of people that avoid walking under that at all costs is astounding. (I don't walk under it either.)

    What to do for fun

    Go into Grand Rapids and hang out down there, or go to the field house and work out or take lessons for something; even go rock wall climbing!

    Food and Dining

    The variety of food could be better.

    Dorm Life

    I make sure to try to keep my door open so that people walking down the hall can stop and chat. Most everyone is friendly and I like most of the people I have met.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure to keep up on your class work or else you will fall behind. And read your books that you paid so much money for from the bookstore. They will be lifesavers for some classes, but paper weights for others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you do your homework and study for tests. College does seem easier than high school at first, but really if you want to keep your grades up, it takes just as much, if not more effort than it did in high school.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great place to go if you are a music major or a nursing major. The music program here is fantastic and I made many friends in the marching band! The nursing program is also amazing; demanding, but amazing.

  • 01/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've never felt unsafe at Grand Valley! Almost everywhere you go you see a GVSU security car and the campus is very well lit. Also, with GVSU being in a small town, there's never much threat of danger in the first place. Grand Valley is a very safe campus!

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for students who appreciate the small-town way of life. While Grand Rapids is only about 20 minutes away, Allendale has a cute small-town vibe.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I love walking down to the Grand River during my down time. I love that there are so many hiking trails to get out on and to be active in nature. For awhile, you forget you're at college!

    Bang for the buck

    You're really getting an amazing bang for your buck at GVSU! From the new and comfortable housing arrangements to the fitness center, the good food at the connection and, of course, the great quality education you're receiving!

    What to do for fun

    There's lots to do for fun on campus at Grand Valley! The recreation center has a state-of-the-art fitness center with a rock wall and swimming pool, there are tons of clubs to get involved with, and GVSU always hosts cool speakers to come and listen to!

    Food and Dining

    Grand Valley has a good selection of food choices all over campus. No matter where you are on campus, there is always some place to stop and eat within 5 minutes of where you are!

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is so fun! Most of Grand Valley's housing is relatively new so living conditions are wonderful! The RA's always have fun things planned for building bonding.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes here at GV are wonderful! I'm getting an education just as good as I would at a big university, but I'm getting a lot of one on one interaction with all of my professors, even in lecture halls.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you get involved! I know everyone says that, but it's true! You make a ton of friends that way and learn what you're passionate about.

    In three sentences

    I was nervous about my first year of college as an incoming freshman, however, Grand Valley has made the transition so easy and fun! The campus is gorgeous and the many clubs available make being bored impossible! I love this school and am looking forward to continuing the rest of my college career here!

  • 02/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety here is rated among the top ten for universities in Michigan. They are constantly patrolling the campus 24/7. You never feel scared to walk alone, if you do you can simply call 20/20 and can have someone walk with you back to your dorm.

    What to do for fun

    There are many things on campus to do for fun like the broad array of clubs, like the running club and beekeepers club. They have sand volleyball courts near Fuel, sports center, and the apartments. There is a recreation center to help stay or get into shape, along with yoga class, and a rock-climbing wall. There is no doubt you will never be bored.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of choices here on campus. The best places to eat on campus is the Connection and Fuel. The Connection is a long walk for freshman, but is worth the walk. They have salads, subs, 'home meals', a 'grocery store', and Papa Johns. Fuel has everything from Papa Johns, Chinese Food, a mini cafe, to personalized crepes.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life can be a very hard/ bad experience or it can be one of the best experiences you have here at college. It all depends on how well you get along with people and open up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always ask questions in your classes, it is the only way you will learn. When you first get here, go out and explore the campus, try new things, it will help you with homesickness and become more acquainted with the campus.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a wonderful school with an amazing atmosphere. The professors here really want you to succeed and are willing to give you as much as help as you need to do well. There are also many clubs you can join, there is no doubt that you cannot find one where you can fit in.

  • 02/17/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has a lot of clubs you can join and there are sporting events going on all of the time so there is usually something to do. there is also a small movie theater that you can go to.

    Food and Dining

    I personally do not like the food but many people do. so its just personal preference.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life is like any other dorm it loud and hard to study in them

    Academic Rigor

    They are very helpful but they still make you think and lern everything you need to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    One thing that you need to do is use the help centers and talk to your teachers right away if you don't understand the content they are teaching.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a wonderful school. They have tough courses but they make up for that in how helpful the teachers are. Grand valley also offers a lot of centers that help with writing, math, and science.

  • 03/15/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand rapids is 15 min away from campus along with the beach being very close as well.

    Food and Dining

    A lot of food options on campus

    In three sentences

    Awesome campus and very frendly staff. Great looking college with a lot of things to do around and off of campus.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early to be eligible for scholarships.

    In three sentences

    Loved the campus. Very friendly and helpful staff. Looking forward to attending this fall.

  • 03/24/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Bang for the buck

    Excellent education for the price and both a great starting point for an undergrad student or a person looking to get a masters or doctorate in their field.

    Food and Dining

    The food and meal plan is a great price for the quality and quantity handed out.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are a great place to hangout with your buddies, to relax and to do some serious studying.

    Academic Rigor

    There are some students who slack off but you do not have to look very hard to find the students that really enjoy what they are studying and work hard at it.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great place with a friendly community of students and advisers that are really there fr you.

  • 05/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley is as safe of a place as a college campus can be. Many of my female friends have expressed that they are never worried about walking around the campus alone. I have never had any feeling that I was in any danger even the many instances where I was walking home from the library after midnight.

    Greek Life

    Personally, I did not partake in Greek life; however, a number of my friends did. They have all had positive reviews and have told me they do not regret the decision to go Greek. The only downside I found to Greek life is that it is quite expensive.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley has over three hundred various clubs that are available for students. There is also an extensive intramural sports program that allows students to continue playing the sports they love at a very low cost.

    Great for these types of students

    A great university for very active students who came from a small school. Also for students who enjoy smaller class sizes and more individual attention for professors. I must also include that you have to love the snow as well, because we get a great deal of lake-effect snow.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    On Grand Valley's campus there is a giant blue arch that almost nobody ever walks under because the legend is that if you walk under the arch you will fail your next final. I never decided to challenge that legend.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is one of the least expensive state universities in Michigan. That being said, they have a very competitive application process and many well-respected programs. My family has definitely appreciated how economical it was to attend Grand Valley and receive a quality education at a fair price.

    What to do for fun

    Throughout the year there are many campus-sponsored events that go on to help students get to know each other and have fun. There is also a state-of-the-art rec center for any avid weightlifters, basketball players, volleyball players, or swimmers. Anyone who is active will never be out of activities on Grand Valley's campus.

    Food and Dining

    In Michigan, Grand Valley is known for having some of the best food on a college campus. There are three main cafeterias and one of them is all-you-can-eat, always with fresh fruit and many options. There is never any reason a freshman wont have a good meal at Grand Valley.

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life at Grand Valley was an experience I will never forget. Everyone in my building was very friendly and always had their doors open or unlocked to welcome people in. The facilities are all almost brand new, which makes the living arrangements quite spacious and feel more like a home than a dorm room.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley will challenge students in a way that they never experienced in high school. Thankfully, as a freshman you can ease into the rigorous college courses by taking more general-education classes your first semester. After that, typically students are more ready to handle advanced courses that directly pertain to their individual majors.

    Tips for prospective students

    As a freshman everything will be new and seem a little overwhelming at first. I would recommend attending all of the campus-sponsored events that you can the first few weeks because that is where you can meet a lot of new friends. Remember, just about everyone is in the same situation as you, it is important to act outside of your comfort zone once in a while.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University has been a phenomenal institution in that it has allowed me to grow both in and out of the classroom. The University is able to provide a large student body and ample opportunities, while maintaining the feeling that you are attending a small school. This was the best educational institution I could have chosen for myself because it allowed for a smooth transition from high school to college life.

  • 05/09/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Campus Safety

    The thing I really love about Grand Valley is that they have such an emphasis on making sure minors do not have alcohol. This is so important because when attending a college without parents, students are likely to party and get distracted from their studies, resulting in getting on probation, or having to leave the college.

    Clubs and Activities

    I was accepted into the dance program as a major. When I auditioned the students and professors were so welcoming. After my audition I was able to talk to Shaun Bible, one of the instructors, and he made everyone at the audition feel good about themselves from what he said. I find this so important because he did not come off as intimidating, and with instructors who love what their doing, and treat people with immense friendliness, it leads to a successful program. Concluding, with such friendly and welcoming people, I am sure the clubs and activities at Grand Valley are striving, and I cannot wait to explore them.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I loved the emphasis on the clock tower at Grand Valley. It is awesome that Grand Valley is known for something so unique and beautiful. The clock tower ties Grand Valley all together.

    Food and Dining

    When we visited Grand Valley I was impressed by all of the different choices students have for dining. Grand Valley has cafeteria style, as well as small restaurants around the campus. I enjoy the variety Grand Valley provides for their dining because it accommodates for people who are vegetarians, have food allergies, or just want some variety in their eating.

    Dorm Life

    When I visited Grand Valley I was Impressed by the dorms. Grand Valley offers so many options for all types of living, as well as allowing off-campus living. While visiting, I discovered how clean and new the dorms appeared which is very impressive. I also enjoy that Grand Valley provides a servery while applying for housing having the student answer questions about the type of housing they prefer,the type of person they are, and if they mind living with a certain kind of person.

    In three sentences

    When I visited Grand Valley State University I saw that they take much pride in their school for how clean their campus is. I was impressed with how many academic programs are offered, as well as the Grand Rapids campus, with many awaiting opportunities in such a large city. Grand Valley provides a welcoming atmosphere with helping students, staff, and their beautiful campus.

  • 05/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always cool events going on weekly, sometimes daily. There are awesome clubs/organizations to join and very friendly students. :)

    Tips for prospective students

    Attend Grand Valley State if you'd like a challenge and also if you want your monies worth.

    In three sentences

    GVSU is an amazing liberal education institute. It is worth your money. It helps provide all the necessary skills for future careers.

  • 05/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The Grand Valley police department is always on patrol. The campus is very well lit so you don't have to worry about walking back from the library in the dark! All of the buildings have access codes to get inside as well as having individual locks on all of the dorm room doors. Overall, Grand Valley is a very safe campus!

    Clubs and Activities

    There really is something for everyone at Grand Valley! From athletic clubs, swing dancing, and hiking, to educational clubs, Greek life to chess, the clubs and activities offered at GVSU are outstanding.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for a wide range of students. Those who are into being green will love it at GV as we are very well known and recognized for being green! Athletes will love the athletics at GV, whether they participate in them or just like to watch them. If you are into volunteering, GV is great for you too, as there are always opportunities to give back!

    Bang for the buck

    Between the top-notch education you are receiving, to the spacious dorms, to the state-of-the-art gym and rec center, you really are receiving a pretty decent bang for your buck!

    What to do for fun

    There are always events taking place on campus. Football games are huge at Grand Valley and always a lot of fun! There are lots of clubs to join and volunteer opportunities, as well. Off campus, Grand Rapids is a 20 minute drive away with awesome night life, shopping, and dining. Grand Haven and Lake Michigan is also 20 minutes from Grand Valley

    Food and Dining

    Grand Valley offers a wide range of dining options, from buffet style options at Fresh, to delicious salads and entrées at the Connection, to Papa Johns, there is always a place to satisfy what ever craving or hunger you have!

    Dorm Life

    I love the dorm life at Grand Valley. There are many different housing options to chose from. I found the majority of the dorms fairly spacious, and many of the buildings are very new! Dorm life is a great way to meet people and form inseparable bonds.

    Academic Rigor

    Every class has offered me something worth while. The professors are awesome and they really do care about how you do in their classes!

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Joining clubs and participating in activities is the best way to meet new people and to enjoy your time at Grand Valley.

    In three sentences

    There is something for everyone at Grand Valley State University! Between the plethora of clubs to join, outstanding athletics to enjoy, and top-rated education to prepare you for your future, Grand Valley has it all. Not to mention, the campus is gorgeous and there is always something going on!

  • 05/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Connection has the best food on campus

    Dorm Life

    I had the Apartment style with my own bathroom and room. Loved it! I wish I would have been able to experience the regular dorm style living though because you get to meet a lot more people that way.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging but definitely not hard to find help for almost any class you take.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure to join clubs! Being involved during the school year is probably the best way to stay connected on campus. Also make sure you use the tutoring resources available to you for free. They have helped me a lot in getting through my freshman year smoothly.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great school! I think what makes me want to go back the most are the teachers whom I feel have taught me a lot already. They make sure that they are connecting with their students and that the students are understanding the material and not just being able to past the test. I also love the variety of tutoring options and the writing center. There is a variety of students who attend GV and there is almost always something to do in your free time.

  • 05/30/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety at Grand Valley is also great. Grand Valley has their own police station on the Allendale campus and the police officers are always around where you need them.

    Greek Life

    Greek life is great. There are fraternities and sororities for everyone and there are also religious co-ed fraternities \.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley offers plenty of activities for everyone such as intramural and club sports, medieval club, campus ministry and more. There is a club for everyone and if there is a club that does not suit the students fancy they are welcomed to create their own positive club.

    Food and Dining

    The food selection at Grand Valley is good. There is Subway, Papa Johns and other various places for breakfast lunch and dinner.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are great. Yes they are small, but they are also intimate. It allows students to get to know their dorm mates more. There times when students may have their doors open because they know a few friends are going to stop by. This is where you create long lasting friendships !

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley's academics can be challenging, but the faculty and staff are willing to help students who show their concern about their grades. There are also some fun classes that can ease the stress of a student's core classes such as basketball, tennis, zumba, archery and bellydancing !

    Tips for prospective students

    It is great for prospective students to register for their general education classes first, so they can focus on their major classes as they get older. The freshman dorms are where you will meet your best friends (I am still close to all of my dorm mates) ! Everyone should attend campus life night which is where all the school organizations gathered to inform students about their club. Last but not least, go to the various activities and events that are occurring on campus; there is something for everyone to participate in.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a great place for students who come from a suburban or city filled environment. There is a downtown campus for students who prefer the city action and there is the main campus that is located in a quieter area of Michigan. The students, faculty and staff are also very welcoming and show their concern towards everyone.

  • 06/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I feel comfortable walking across campus at 1 a.m. or on weekends anytime. The police force does an excellent job and they are all over.

    Greek Life

    Is a strong, but healthy part of campus life, if you want to be a part of it you can, but it is a low pressure system.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are over 150 student organizations and many club from the ping pong club to the fishing club.

    Great for these types of students

    Relaxed, creative, and active students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Rowing after touchdowns at football games, Little Mackinaw bridge, walking around the arch by Au Sable Hall.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is more affordable than many universities and offers all sorts of benefits for attending and excellent financial aid. I feel like I can accomplish anything at half the price of the University of Michigan.

    What to do for fun

    You can go to athletic events, rock climb for free, workout, play all sorts of sports from racquetball to roller hockey, go to Lake Michigan, the mall, or even downtown Grand Rapids for a concert or nice meal.

    Food and Dining

    There are a variety of places to eat from an all you can eat buffet style restaurant to a crepes and smoothies restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    The Freshman campus area is excellent for developing friendships and the dorms are very nice also. The resident assistants really promote a strong learning and community environment.

    Academic Rigor

    As a whole Grand Valley State is not extremely difficult, but like any college it has its challenging professors. Grand Valley State teaches you the skills that are necessary to further your education and life, but does not bog you down in busywork.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you balance schoolwork with relaxation to have an excellent college experience.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State is a rising college with fantastic professors. There is a tight connection between instructors and students. Grand Valley has so many student organizations that are excellent for student growth and enjoyment.

  • 07/03/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    Grand Valley offers many delicious and healthy food choices all around campus. They also have meal plans that come with the standard dorm rooms, and the meal plans work at most of the restaurant choices. Grand Valley also offers vegan/vegetarian food choices, as well as they provide food choices for those with food allergies.

    Dorm Life

    I was a commuter for my freshman year.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley is definitely a good college to go to if you want to be challenged. Making the switch from high school to college, was slightly difficult as Grand Valley classes require you to read the book and do the work, or else the classes will be very challenging. The teachers on the other hand are great! They are very friendly and willing to help if you go to them and ask.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure that you are prepared to study hard and to use the resources available on campus, they help a lot. Also, talk to your teachers, they will love talking and will help you in any way that they can. It is also good to join at least one club that you are interested in, it's a great way to make friends, and socialize.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is an all around great place to go, filled with great students, teachers, and an amazing atmosphere. They are constantly improving and looking for student input to appeal to the students. Grand Valley is also very accommodating to what ever special needs a person has, such as food, sleeping arrangements, or distance around campus.

  • 07/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus Safety is prominent, active, friendly, visible, and always willing to help. Some students have complained that officers are quite quick to give out MIP's however, and that they are constantly looking to bust parties.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Transitional Links has a tradition in which students are encouraged to walk from the uncompleted side to the completed side. The Transitional Link is a large blue statue of sorts that looks like a house, and is big enough fro students to walk though. It's said that walking from the uncompleted side to completed side is symbolic of your time at Grand Valley; you come here as a uncompleted student in a sense, and leave as a completed student when you are done.

    Bang for the buck

    Professors learn your name and put personal investment in your learning. Class sizes are small, and really allows learning to grow. Also, there is a plethora of free help through-out campus, like free study groups, and free math, science, and English support centers. The university is consistently keeping up the grounds, and maintaining buildings, and even building several new ones! Educational opportunists are vast, and all of the programs are great.

    What to do for fun

    The campus is extremely active, and there are hundreds of organizations to join and get involved in. Joining club sports, hanging out in Kirkhof, in the resturants, in your dorm, catching a movie on campus, and attending the sporting events and playing sports yourself are some of the many things to do on campus. Grand Valley is by itself in terms of location; the university is the university, not joined to any major cities. However; that being said, Grand Valley also has prominent visibility in neighboring downtown Grand Rapids, which is just a fifteen-minute bus ride.

    Food and Dining

    Food is relatively good, although it can be a bit repetitive (seems to repeat on a calendar). The Connection on campus is by far one of the best places to eat on the Allendale Campus, as if offers more of a variety of food for students. Some of the older dining areas don't offer as much in terms of variety. The cafeteria at Fresh is great though, all you can eat for one meal, yes please!

    Dorm Life

    Although it would be nice to have Air Conditioning units in the original dorms, dorm life is amazing! I have met my best friend there, and going in blind was the reason for it. I met many people on my floor who I still keep in touch with today (three years later).The stories and experiences I've had from my dorm won't soon leave me; they helped mold my college experience. The dorms are well kept, and the Resident Assistants are constantly visible, running programs to help keep students engaged and active in the community.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors do more than simply make you memorize a list of facts, and have you recite it verbatim back on an exam. The exams make you think, applying critical information learned from the semester to see what you have learned, and if you can apply the information you've learned into real-life situations. Requires dedication and studying! Take advantage of the free tutoring and study groups the Grand Valley has! It's a grade saver!

    Tips for prospective students

    Study hard! Get involved! Although it may seem daunting going to college, take an opportunity to join one of the hundreds of organizations on campus, and really get to know people and your professors!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is consistently pushing the envelope, always making a path towards the future. Grand Valley puts the investment in its students, and you can see that in the professors, the new academic buildings, and the positive attitude on the campus (which is gorgeous). Grand Valley is simply amazing.

  • 07/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    It's amazing. I once locked myself out of my car and campus security was there in five minutes to help me safely open it along with actually checking to make sure that it was my vehicle so people weren't snatching cars that weren't theirs. I often walked around in the dark due to late night club meetings and there were always patrols that came around and made sure that all of the students made it back to their dorms safely.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a giant pendulum outside of the Pandos science wing and late at night, people sneak out there and jump on it, riding it. There are also religions fanatics that come and preach by the Au Sable hall as well and that sometimes doesn't lead to anything nice.

    What to do for fun

    There are so many clubs and sports that you can get involved in. Every year, right before the semester starts in the fall, there's a large orientation, if you will, that allows you to see all of the teams, clubs and activities that you can be involved in. This includes but isn't limited to midevil bands, equestrian sports / clubs, tons of futurities and sororities, many religious events and Gay / Straight Alliance. That even includes a drag fashion show once a year.

    Food and Dining

    Amazing. Always freshly cooked, plenty of choices and the lines were always kept moving. My only complaints are there usually aren't enough seats during meal rushes and the food is ridiculously expensive. More than it needs to be, in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    I know people that have enjoyed the dorm life a lot more than I have, but i did not have a very good experience myself. I lived in Calder Residency and while most of my neighbors were quiet and considerate, it wasn't always the case. Several people down my hall were noisy regardless of the time of night/morning or if it was exam weeks. There were sometimes parties or loud, sexual activities and when the RA was informed that the activities were disrupting other students, the complaint was shrugged off. It might have just been my dorm situation, but they lost my vote on the dorm life! Not to mention the plows in the winter bury your cars

    Academic Rigor

    Most of the professors are great and they want to see you succeed. But also remember it takes two to tango, as in they will help you if you are helping yourselves. If you are doing everything in your power to pass / complete an assignment etc, and they see that, they will help you as much as possible. I've met many graduates from GVSU and they all are top of their game whether they started their careers with their Bachelors or continued on to grad-school, they are completely prepared. Grand Valley and it's professors made sure of it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Rate your professor.com can be a wonderful thing. Always know your professor before you take them on. Don't take off more than you can chew your first year. It can make a freshman year more difficult than necessary when you're still trying to learn the college life. People say always live on campus and i do disagree to a point. Put yourself where you are the most comfortable. If that's at home and commuting everyday, than do so; remember Michigan weather though. Professors expect you to be in class, safely of course, but whether or not there's three feet of snow and ice. LEAVE IN PLENTY OF TIME. Another thing, don't slack off. When professors, upper classmen and advisors say spend at least 20 hours a week on studying, they mean it!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a very well kept, well organized school. Students are almost always put first, along with their teaching, rather than the individual professors own studies. I had a great first year and enjoyed every day.

  • 07/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I always feel safe on campus. Always.

    Greek Life

    Not for me, but there is plenty to join.

    Clubs and Activities

    Plenty of clubs to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for students who want to focus on their education instead of partying everyday of the week.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The campus is full of art and unique buildings that really make the campus special.

    Bang for the buck

    Not too expensive for everything.

    What to do for fun

    Exercise and socialize with your peers.

    Food and Dining

    Limited food options that aren't healthy or cheap.

    Dorm Life

    Small rooms with no cell phone service.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors care about the students and really help you understand what you need to know.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always keep an open mind and be positive.

    In three sentences

    A small quiet school that is welcoming to everyone. Grand Valley was the best thing to move on to from high school. Caring faculty that want you to understand the material to better your education for your future.

  • 08/06/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Intramural sports! Campus Ministry! CRU! Club Sports!

    Food and Dining

    Yum!

    Dorm Life

    I did not live in the dorms, however, I hear it is great.

    Academic Rigor

    It is challenging, always work your hardest. Do not fall behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    Know your curriculum before you go in to schedule.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is the most beautiful campus I have ever seen. The main campus is a short drive from beautiful downtown Grand Rapids. It also has many great extracurricular activities available.

  • 08/07/2013

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    What to do for fun

    Go downtown on the Rapid bus. Hang out with friends in dorm room or join a club.

    Food and Dining

    The food is amazing as well. You get a great variety of it and it doesn't get old.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing!!! You meet all kinds of different people that come in different sizes, shapes and colors.

    Academic Rigor

    I will find out more about this once I actually get on campus. But since I told a AP class in high school, I assume that the classes will be difficult. Just play hard but work harder.

    Tips for prospective students

    Apply early for admission. The school gives out great scholarships, but also fill out some if you have time, extra money never hurts anyone. Study hard and do well on the ACT. If you did bad on the math portion of the ACT, there is a placement test you can take that will help you.

    In three sentences

    A big school with a lot of interesting classes. The diversity is great. People are constantly helping you if you need it.

  • 08/12/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There isn't really anything to be scared of at this campus. I always felt safe, even walking back from the lib at 2am. Never a problem!

    Clubs and Activities

    I was part of the Grand Valley Belly Dance Club and that's where I spent most of my time. Belly Dancing seems to attract a lot of bodies around campus. Not many girls do it, but our recital brought over 100 students last spring. There are so many clubs to be a part of here, I find it hard to believe you won't find something that you love.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Beware of leaving your bike unlocked, people put them in trees!

    What to do for fun

    Well, lets see here... Grand Rapids is like 10 minutes away!! There's always stuff to do in this town. I went to a lot of hockey games, the winter months were fun to go look at the christmas lights and go ice skating in Rosa Parks Circle. Our gym is literally THE BEST! I would go workout once a day and loved every minute of it. But sadly if you're serious about school and grades, academic life doesn't leave a lot of time for the fun stuff.

    Food and Dining

    I feel bad for the freshman that have to eat on campus every day. I wouldn't say the food is bad! because that wasn't the case, but after eating the same thing for weeks on end it sure does make you fat (maybe thats the goal) and you get real tired of it. I loved eating at Bleaker Street in Fuel and getting the salad bar in Fresh or the Connection. I tired really hard not to gain that freshman 15, but it almost felt impossible to eat a good, healthy, filling meal.

    Dorm Life

    Just like any college freshman, moving out of the house to a life of your own is really tough! The one thing I struggled with in my dorm life was the fact that GV doesn't always give a tour of the traditional dorms, and I was one of those tours. To my dismay I ended up getting assigned traditional dorms my freshman year. Too much drama for me living on a floor with 40 some females. I couldn't take it, but I survived. The one thing I wish was that I knew what these dorms looked like and that it wasn't a huge wake up call.

    Academic Rigor

    The academics at GV are completely awesome. But don't take that the wrong way. I had a few professors that were just hard to understand and please. Then again life isn't fair but you take what you get. Grand Valley really is looking out for you! The professors are so personal and will even make special trips to campus to meet with you (Some, but not all). I highly recommend getting a tutor if your worried going into a class! or even visiting the tutoring centers, they're there for you! It was such a help for me, and let me tell you my GPA wouldn't be where it is without those resources.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would be sure to take a tour. Within my first year I heard a lot of complaints about the campus because it wasn't what people were looking for. Just Like anything else you do in life you really want to make sure you feel comfortable walking around and making this campus your home. During my tour in February of 2012, I had never felt better walking around the campus. I knew it was for me.

    In three sentences

    If I were to rate Grand Valley State University out of 10, it would receive and 8. I have never felt more at home when I walk around campus. The professor really are looking for the best interest and the students are super friendly.

  • 08/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Police all over the campus.

    Greek Life

    WTF?!?!

    Clubs and Activities

    Seems to be a lot going on.

    Bang for the buck

    It is ok I guess.

    Food and Dining

    Food is decent and doesn't cost too much.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live on Campus but I have heard nothing but negative things. It is costly and a pain from what I have heard.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you live close or want to live in Grand Rapids it is a good school. The teachers are very helpful. Don't expect them to help you if you get on Academic Probation. If you are a veteran though they change their tune pretty fast especially if you are disabled.

    In three sentences

    The teacher are great. The service staff are near worthless and very rude. Overall I like the college but deal with them as little as I have to.

  • 09/12/2013

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    I've been there and it seems like a great place.

  • 10/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Hang out with friends, attend sports events, and take the bus to Grand Rapids! Seriously. Explore GR, it has sooo much to offer.

    Food and Dining

    Pretty good compared to other colleges I've stayed at and visited in my time. There is a great selection of places to go though- it's really hard to get sick of something if you're willing to walk to the other dining locations.

    Dorm Life

    AWESOME. Living in the dorms was the best choice I ever made. Choose suite style or traditional- apartment style isn't as social.

    Academic Rigor

    Difficulty of classes really depends on the professor. I've only had a few classes that were extremely difficult and this was because the professors weren't as amazing as my others.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Make your college experience worthwhile. Use the new library to your benefit- it's beautiful, why not study there?

    In three sentences

    GVSU is an amazing university with a beautiful campus. The professors are amazing and the student body is highly active. Still expanding, with freshman classes getting bigger and bigger each year,

  • 11/19/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    we have GVPD, Grand Valley Police Department on campus and it is very safe on campus

    Greek Life

    greek life is great here you form very special bonds i am actually joining a fraternity when i get enough money

    Clubs and Activities

    we have over 150+ clubs which are amazing and fun

    Great for these types of students

    any type of student, is welcome here we are very diverse

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    a tradition is to ride on the pendulum on campus its a freshman tradition another tradition is to jump in the fountain out side of the student services building

    Bang for the buck

    there is so much to do on campus its unbelievable there is no way you should be bored at gvsu

    What to do for fun

    i hang with friends. i chill in the movie room on campus, i play pool or i work

    Food and Dining

    we have many places on campus to eat. all of the food on campus is great not as good as michigan state but it is good

    Dorm Life

    i actually live off campus because i didnt have enough financial aid to pay for housing but i will be living on campus next fall if i get enough scholarships

    Academic Rigor

    The assignments are easy and hard at the same time, once you get to high level classes it will get hard

    Tips for prospective students

    tips for students, always connect with your teachers. always ask for help. when you think your done you are never done always continue to work, and if you like the cold this place is for you

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a good School. I have made many Friends. I would attend this University over Michigan State

  • 11/21/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Clubs and Activities

    Circle K, Make a Wish Foundation, SNA

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have a wrecking ball! It is a pendulum that they built for the science program but it is always a tradition to ride the ball.

    What to do for fun

    Football games and various campus clubs.

    Food and Dining

    A huge variety of food choices and healthier choices are being added everyday.

    Dorm Life

    Amazing bonding opportunities and beautiful campus.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major. Nursing is extremely hard to get into and stay into but it is so worth it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus in the dorms your first year. You get to meet new people from all over and you get to really bond with your new friends. It is nice to be so close to all of your classes and the campus is so beautiful. Meet with your professors outside of class so that they know you are interested in learning and eager to get a good grade.

    In three sentences

    GVSU has been a great place to grow and learn at. The campus is extremely beautiful in all the seasons in Michigan and the people are so kind. The medical/nursing classes have been a great plus and I am learning so much there.

  • 12/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Greek Life

    I'm not in it personally, but some of my dorm mates are and they love it!

    Clubs and Activities

    I'm planning on joining some of the many clubs like Pre-PA for my major, humane society, and volleyball! There are so many just go to club night and you will see (and get some fee stuff).

    What to do for fun

    There are clubs, intermerals and you can always go to parties. I don't think GVSU is the most exciting school but that can be a good thing for some people.

    Food and Dining

    Personally, I don't like it very much. I'm a picky eater and greasy food makes me sick. My roommate and others in my dorm love it though.

    Dorm Life

    I like it majority of the time. I'm really glad I decided to live on campus but there is always drama. Some people are stuck in the petty highschool problems, but I guess that can happen anywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the major you go into, some graduate programs, like mine, are very competitive so you need to study and do your work!

    Tips for prospective students

    Go wherever you want to go, don't do what others want. Its the beginning of your life and you need to choose your college, major, and friends for yourself. Also, don't party too much. It's okay to let go sometimes, but school should come first!

    In three sentences

    Great class sizes and a beautiful campus. The campus is big, but not too big. Not a very big party school, but there still are parties.

  • 12/25/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    There's a line you can call,and campus wide systems in place. So pretty safe.

    Greek Life

    There's definitely options.

    Great for these types of students

    To be honest I don't see a whole of diversity here at GV, but this is something that I think is changing.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The Little Bride everyone loves and its actually pretty cool

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has lots of events, and it's usually all in the events section of the website so it's easy to keep up to date.

    Food and Dining

    There's actually lots of options here, so check out the different venues.

    Dorm Life

    It depends on who you end up rooming with, but it always helps to be polite and respectful.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the class and the teacher, but the classes are usually somewhat challenging.

    Tips for prospective students

    It might be cheaper to live off campus, but you might be missing out on college life. Register for classes early, and it can help to look up your professors at ratemyprofessor.com. Also, buy your textbooks ahead of time as professors do not like it when you show up to the first day of class without them.

    In three sentences

    GVSU is a very great university. It has a wide variety of fields. Its campus is beautiful.

  • 12/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Great willing to help with anything.

    Greek Life

    Wouldn't personally know, but there are tons to pick from.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons to pick from.

    Great for these types of students

    All kinds

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    It can get cold in the winter.

    Bang for the buck

    Great price.

    What to do for fun

    I do a lot of fun club activities.

    Food and Dining

    Food is all over campus. Great choices.

    Dorm Life

    I wouldn't know.

    Academic Rigor

    The perfect amount, well balanced.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take a tour of campus.

    In three sentences

    Is a great and well rounded school.

  • 12/31/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Presidents ball!

    What to do for fun

    Go downtown Grand Rapids or drive out to Lake Michigan. There are many fun lake-towns nearby.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Live downtown Grand Rapids, the commute is worth it. Work while you are in school to get involved in the community.

    In three sentences

    Awesome location. Great community. Priceless education.

  • 01/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Fun is always available on campus with so many clubs and organizations to join. There is something going on everyday giving students the opportunity to get involved and to learn something new while having fun and meeting new people.

    Food and Dining

    There are many options for food and the easy access of the meal plans make having meals quick and easy. The many options for dining keeps the students options tasteful and helps avoid eating the same food over and over again. The convince of getting food is also easy because depending on where on campus you live, getting food will take less than a 20 minute walk.

    Dorm Life

    Life in the dorm is fun, safe, and social. Each dorm building has one Resident assistant who help students find their way around and answer any questions the student may have. They are also there to have someone to talk to and help keep dorm life safe.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are a fare difficulty so students do not struggle. The school also has the students take prerequisites to insure classes taken to ready the students for future classes. Professors keep their classes engaging and social to avoid making class boring and encourage learning.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for students would to use all the resources possible that the school has to offer. The school provides many sources to help the student as much as possible, for example the tutoring services that they for for almost every subject. They also provide personal tutors to help one on one with the students.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a friendly environment for education and expression. The Diverse community allows students to be themselves without having to worry about being judged. More importantly the professors are friendly and willing to help the students one on one to help better the students grade and experience.

  • 01/05/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Extremely safe. There are police everywhere

    Greek Life

    Not very big. There are no official Greek houses at the school

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of options to choose from

    Great for these types of students

    Not party type. Students coming from small hometowns.

    Bang for the buck

    Tuition is pretty cheap compared to other schools.

    What to do for fun

    Not much. It's out in the middle of farmland.

    Food and Dining

    Food is not the best. Not healthy in my opinion.

    Dorm Life

    There is a lot of dorm living options. Dorms are very nice compared to other schools.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on your major

    Tips for prospective students

    Not much of a party school.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a small campus. The majority of buildings and facilities are brand new or very new

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There is always, always, always something to do on campus. There are a lot of free events that take place. Attending sport events are typical for fun on campus.

    Food and Dining

    The food isn't the best if you are looking to stay fit, but there are also lots of healthy options

    Dorm Life

    It provides some of the most comfortable and affordable living spaces. The people are friendly and most places have an on call Resident Assistant. The community is also beautiful.

    Academic Rigor

    The work definitely challenges you, however, there is a resource center for most classes that are free.

    Tips for prospective students

    Visit advisors regularly Keep on top of your work Become well acquainted with professors Explore all options Visit Financial Aid

    In three sentences

    Overall Grand Valley is very resourceful. It provides a network of individuals for you to connect with. It is intimate and provides a peaceful place to get a higher education.

  • 01/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    The police officers are everywhere, you definitely feel safe.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Rapids is alot of fun in all seasons. There is Art Prize and in the winter you can go ice skating. You can attend parties off campus, and in the dorms you can hangout with friends and make your own fun. The school also provides a good amount of events if you chose to participate in those.

    Food and Dining

    It is simply college cafeteria food. There are alot of options, and its all pretty decent stuff.

    Dorm Life

    Even though living in one room is not ideal, I love my roommate and the people in my dorm. They become some of your closest friends, if you make an effort.

    Academic Rigor

    Make sure you put the necessary time and effort into your classes, if you want to do well. You cant slack off and expect to pass the class, no matter what type of class it is.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you want to make new friends, start with the people in your dorm, that is the easiest place to start making friends.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is an awesome school. Everyone here is friendly, and the professors are usually always great. They are willing to take time out of their day to make sure you succeed.

  • 02/03/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley has their own police department and they have cross guards to keep students from getting hit by vehicles. At late hours of the night, Grand Valley has security guards that walk around ensuring the safety of students.

    Greek Life

    Grand Valley has many Fraternities and Sororities.

    Clubs and Activities

    Grand Valley has over 150 organizations. A few of my favorites are Swing dance club, running club, pre-nursing club and pool club.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for all types of students. We are very dynamic and diverse.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Grand Valley just built a new library that is located next to the Kirkoff Center, a place with classrooms and hangout places. Between Kirkoff and the new library, there is a tunnel that goes underground that students can use to travel between buildings. This tunnel is especially essential in the winter to stay out of the cold.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is just as expensive as many other college around here.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of activities and organizations to do on campus, but also off campus. Grand Valley has over 150 organizations and you can always use the rec. center on campus. There are also many places to hangout off campus including one of my favorites the Hookah Lounge.

    Food and Dining

    I don't particularly like the food here and the lines are always long when I want to get food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't live in the dorms, but from what I hear and see, it seems like they are a safe and fun environment. Its an easy way to meet new people and get the full college experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley is a very rigorous school and the classes are meant to challenge the students, but also be engaging and fun!

    Tips for prospective students

    Take your time when choosing a school. Just because one visit is exceptional, doesn't mean that others are not. Take a look at all options and make the best decision based on what your interests are. Don't go to a school because your friends are going there. You may turn out to dislike the atmosphere or the classes.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a very diverse and liberal institution. The student body is very dynamic and engaging with all classes and activities. To me, Grand Valley is much more grand than the name portrays.

  • 02/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is hit or miss. It can be great one day and then awful the next. There are some places on campus that offer the same things all of the time, and there is actually a little consistency with these options.

    Dorm Life

    Most of the dorms are fairly new, and the students at GVSU are very friendly. It is easy to make new friends, you just should not be afraid to go out of your comfort box.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are not that hard as long as you do the work that is assigned and study. A lot of what you learn in your classes can also be applied to the real world.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University offers many different opportunities to develop not only educationally, but also as a person. The main campuses, in Allendale and Grand Rapids, are absolutely beautiful. There is a low faculty to student ratio, which makes it easy to get help in your classes.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    there isn't a whole lot nearby but the school does offer little dance parties, movie night and some fun for people who live on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always make an effort to make sure your professor knows you and who you are. Go to their office.

    In three sentences

    The school board and administrators could care less about your education. The professors on the other hand, do everything they can to help you. They show their passion and professors really do care about students.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We are one of the top ten safest campuses in the nation!

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Valley is great for students who want to go to school in a peaceful, calm environment. It is not a crazy party school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Our football team has more wins than any other NCAA football team! Go Lakers!

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is one of the more affordable four year universities in the state and everything on campus is very nice and updated.

    Food and Dining

    There are tons of places to choose from on campus.

    Dorm Life

    After living in traditional style dorms my first year I can honestly say that it is not bad. You get used to living in a smaller space and you will meet tons of great people. Dorm life is the best way to meet new people in college.

    Academic Rigor

    As long as you are willing to focus in class and put in some work on your own time you will succeed. Any time that you are having problems you can meet with a professor or a free tutor to assist you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared for a cold, bitter winter.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a very pleasant, welcoming college. The students are very caring and polite. The staff have a passion for education and do everything they can to help students succeed.

  • 02/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus feels pretty safe walking around either during the day or at night.

    Clubs and Activities

    I haven't been to many yet, but there are a lot to choose from.

    Great for these types of students

    For students who want a taste of reality, become more well rounded and also more independent.

    Bang for the buck

    Although college is expensive, growing costs us. If you want a good education and will work hard for it, you are pretty sure to be pleased.

    What to do for fun

    Go to theatre productions, you can attend various events. And go rock-climbing if that floats your boat.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't tried their food yet, but I'm sure it's pretty good.

    Dorm Life

    I enjoy living on campus, it helps you to focus and do your best.

    Academic Rigor

    Great academics.

    Tips for prospective students

    Focus on getting good grades to keep and maintain a high GPA. A good education equals a good paying rewarding career.

    In three sentences

    Good accredited education. The college continues to grow bigger. Seems like it has everything you need to succeed in any profession that you choose here.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley is located in the beer capital, there is ALWAYS something to do!

    Food and Dining

    There is food EVERYWHERE! This is not an exaggeration, there is food in almost every building, no shortage of choices.

    Academic Rigor

    Though this school is tough the profs are always there to help. No one gets left behind.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for a more quite and relaxed school then Grand Valley is for you. Everything about this school is set up for the students, and they ensure you get the best education possible.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a very well organized modern school that cares for its students. All of my professors have made me feel comfortable and confident to come to them with any problems or questions I may have. I love everything about this school.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Going to sporting events and support my school. You can also take the bus to down town Grand Rapids and do things there.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good. The meal plan seems expensive, but you get a lot for what you pay for.

    Dorm Life

    It is like a second family in the dorm. There are lots of things to do to bond with people who are living in the same building as you. They have a great set up for all the different dorm types.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging, but in a good way. No teacher is trying to fail their students and they always want to help you so if you're having trouble all you have to do is go and talk with your professor.

    Tips for prospective students

    Live on campus for a year and get to know all the things that go on.

    In three sentences

    It is a beautiful campus. There are always lots of things to do. The classes are the perfect size.

  • 02/14/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Food and Dining

    The food kinda sucks.

    Dorm Life

    It can be boring at times but you can make your own fun.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and there are very good facilities.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Have kickback with friends and support on campus events

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Grand Valley and get prepared to work hard. Have fun, meet new people, and you will have a great experience. Take your school work very seriously.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a really good school. Their academics is excellent, the university is well diversed, and is one of the top schools in Michigan. Attending Grand Valley has been a great experience.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus was rated 3rd safest in the country. I feel incredibly secure walking around campus at night by myself. The people are so nice here, I couldn't imagine there would ever be a problem. Within my building, no one steals from each other, we even leave our shoes out in the hallway and there are no issues.

    Clubs and Activities

    I personally am involved in the honors council and the Red Cross Club but there are lots of other activities from club sports to puzzle club.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Make sure you swing on the wrecking ball when you first get on campus, and never walk under the blue sculpture! Rumor is that you won't graduate if you do so.

    What to do for fun

    There are lots of events on campus that you can attend, like free tie dye, capture the flag, and guest speakers in addition to academic workshops and events within your individual dorm. There are also a lot of clubs to participate in and plenty of volunteer opportunities. Having the downtown section of campus and bus system also means you have easy access to downtown Grand Rapids and all the fun things there too.

    Food and Dining

    There are decent options on campus, but it would be nice to have a little more variety. There is only one buffet style dining hall on campus and it can either be really good or really really awful. The dining hall in freshman land is not really the best with only 6 options that get old pretty quickly.

    Dorm Life

    I live in suite style dorms and absolutely love it. It's really nice to have the shared bathroom and our own sink as opposed to the traditional dorms. The dorms are all pretty new and all my friends are surprised by the size when they visit. Some people have had issues with their heat not working, but when you put in a work order they will fix it pretty quickly.

    Academic Rigor

    There are definitely challenging classes available, but many of the lower level classes are not so (as expected). As a freshman, I don't have extensive knowledge of all the classes available, but I am in the honors college and I know that it offers some interesting interdisciplinary studies such as a class about the Holocaust. Programs in science and engineering also have challenging, but enriching courses as well. I don't think they are as rigorous as some larger, more competitive schools, but offer a great learning environment. The class size is usually around 30 so you have the opportunity to build a relationship with your professors.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to schedule your tour before the worst of winter hits. I see tour groups walking around in the freezing, blizzard weather and feel so bad. I would recommend looking into the Honors College if you are eligible, but know that it allows you to get credit for your general education quicker, which can be good, but also can be bad if you plan to use the gen eds to discover what you want to major in.

    In three sentences

    Choosing Grand Valley was a perfect decision for me, though I know it may not be fore everyone. If you're looking for a big ten school with raging parties and huge sporting events this may not be the school for you and if you're looking for a small private school it may not be for you either. For me, it has been a great in between these two extremes with challenging classes, great opportunities, and some of the greatest people I've ever met.

  • 02/27/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This is MIP central. The cops will be there in 5 seconds if you even mention the word alcohol. They don't have the best reputation for resolving incidents not involving alcohol...that's pretty much it.

    Great for these types of students

    White males, honestly.

    Bang for the buck

    Being a part-time worker and full-time student paying my own way through college, it's definitely a struggle.

    What to do for fun

    Lots of clubs and events. Parties all the time in the off-campus apartments. Also many on-campus events just about everyday.

    Food and Dining

    Umm...I recommend buying your own food. It may be cheaper. And taste better.

    Dorm Life

    Pricey, but not too bad. Can't really complain. Just choose carefully.

    Academic Rigor

    Great professors, for the most part with challenging work that isn't too difficult to master.

    Tips for prospective students

    Meet with your professors and advisors. All the time. Well, at least once or twice a month. You need to start building those relationships now, especially if you need letters of recommendation (you will).

    In three sentences

    GVSU has very nice sized classes and is one of the cheapest (and best) schools around. However, diversity lacks a bit in some subjects, which was important to me. Overall, it's a great school, with problems here and there like any other university.

  • 02/28/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Everyone seems to co-exist well, and it's a safe campus.

    Greek Life

    There's lots of opportunites to join a sorority or fraternity. There's a Greek Life night where you can check it all out too.

    Clubs and Activities

    This school has so many clubs and organizations and so much to do. I was going to be a part of PALS the semester I went. It's a busy school.

    Great for these types of students

    Hard workers, students looking to make friends, students looking to get away from home.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Homecoming is big at GV, where there's No Place Like Laker Valley and such. Also, all the students love to hang out at the Kirkhoff Center.

    Bang for the buck

    You get a good, valued education for a typical amount for a college.

    What to do for fun

    You can take the GV buses downtown, into downtown Grand Rapids, where there's lots of things to do.

    Food and Dining

    The food is decent. What can you expect from food court food, really. Fresh Food Court was the best place to eat. Lots of variety there.

    Dorm Life

    I attended one semester and lived in the Robinson freshman dorms with a roommate. Everyone on the floor was friendly and they all seemed like one little family. There was a strong sense of friendship everywhere.

    Academic Rigor

    There's much homework and it takes a lot of study and such to succeed. If you're a good student, you will do fine, like any college.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you have all your financials sorted out first. And utilize the resources the school gives you, they want to see you succeed. If I hadn't of had my academic counselor and career counselor, I would never have known what I wanted to do with my career.

    In three sentences

    GV is an underrated school. Every high schooler in my area considers CMU, U of M, and MSU, but rarely when I was a senior did I ever hear mention of Grand Valley. It's a good school.

  • 03/04/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Grand Valley has been repeatedly voted the safest college campus in the nation for more than a decade.

    Greek Life

    Great greek life. I'm not personally in it but I have only heard good things.

    What to do for fun

    Join clubs. Do extra curricular activities. And if that is not your thing, intramural sports are always going on and have every sport imaginable. Also there are plenty of activities to do around campus.

    Food and Dining

    As far as campus food goes, it is truly delicious. There are five dining areas including Einsteins bagels and a Starbucks coming soon.

    Dorm Life

    The dorms are much larger than most other schools I have visited. They are modern and have study rooms and kitchens and the rates are not to outstanding.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors at Grand Valley never stop amazing me. I can truly say, I have never had a bad professor here. The professors are extremely credible and humorous and make the classroom experience enjoyable.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not lock yourself in your dorm all day. Grand Valley has chances that may be hidden if not looked into but once found are extremely enjoyable.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has a campus unlike any other. People choose Grand Valley for the academics but stay for the natural beauty of the campus. I have never regretted my choice of this school.

  • 03/10/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    In three sentences

    The campus is beautiful. The campus is more modern than a lot of other universities in Michigan. The programs are great.

  • 03/11/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    They pride themselves on the success of their healthcare related students.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley provides great opportunities for a variety of different students. They have awesome advisors who actually sit down and take the time to figure out what you want to do. They are also working hard to provide sustainable features across campus.

  • 03/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of free clubs and programs to do on campus. Also Grand Rapids is simply down the road and easily reachable where there are clubs and bars for every one to enjoy

    Dorm Life

    Dorm life for freshman is fantastic. If you choose to later move to the upperclassmen living areas people tend to stay more to themselves so it is harder to get out and have fun.

    Tips for prospective students

    Tips for upcoming students would be to get involved with campus life, because you will make more friends and have a great time. secondly take the time to get to know your professors.

    In three sentences

    I love grand valley, because of the campus is wonderful. Also the college has a lot of clubs for students to get active and have fun. Lastly Grand Valley offers fantastic academic help for students who are struggling in their classes.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We are ranked one of the worlds top safest colleges of 2014. The crime that is committed is mainly theft.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am part of the pre OT club and love it. I would like to join more clubs next year!

    What to do for fun

    The students get in for free at rock climbing and other activities at the rec center.

    Food and Dining

    There needs to be more healthy alternatives rather than greasy food that upsets your stomach. The food that I mainly get are sandwich, salads, and rice. Fresh is an all you can eat buffet but the food can be undercooked there so I suggest being careful if you eat there. The school is getting a Qdoba next year.

    Dorm Life

    I am in suite style and have never had a problem with dorm life. The dorms are nice and always fix problems quickly. Do not open your windows in the winter because pipes can burst and you can be charged for that at the end of the year.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of the classes are hard but that is because it is preparing students for grad school if they have to go to it for their career field.

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your advisor to make sure that a class you are in is the right class you should be taking. When you are a freshmen in college talk to your advisor early in the year because they will always be there for you to ask questions. Take advantage of tutoring services.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is a good environment for learning. I love being a student at Grand Valley State University. Grand Valley has a lot of tutoring services which makes it nice because they actually care about their students doing well.

  • 03/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I've never had any issues on campus, and never felt unsafe. GVPD is always patrolling, and I've actually been pulled over more than once for not fully stopping at a blinking red at 2am after leaving work, so they are definitely always aware of whats going on!

    Clubs and Activities

    Physics club gets to do some awesome things! I got to meet Neil deGrasse Tyson and received a private lecture from him for only the physics club.

    Bang for the buck

    I just transferred from the University of Arizona, and I definnitely say GVSU is a great deal. I was an out of state student at UA, where my estimated cost of attendance was over 40,0000 a year. When I transferred to GV, they gave me in-state status after only 6 months, so now my cost is only 20,000 a year. I've made good connections and have a good job on campus, so GV was definitely worth the change.

    What to do for fun

    I suggest getting involved and meeting new people. Just today I volunteered to work the science olympiad, and that was actually really fun. I was a time keeper for the robo-cross event, and watching these middle schoolers do these tasks with robots they built was awesome. I was able to connect with staff and other students while doing so, and it was generally a good time.

    Food and Dining

    I really only ate at Zoca and Subway, but Subway is a chain so I will only talk about Zoca. I love their burritos! I just wish they were open on weekends. Highly recommended.

    Dorm Life

    This isn't applicable because I did not live in the dorms. I didn't want this to affect overall ratings so I gave it a neutral rating of 3.

    Academic Rigor

    Some of my classes were definitely harder than others. I am a physics major, and it is definitely time consuming. Just don't get behind, make sure you attend all classes, and study hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    Use the resources the university offers, like math and science tutoring rooms. Lakerjobs also has a lot of campus jobs, and I personally loved working on campus. Enjoy your time at GV, and befriend your professors!

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has some excellent faculty, and be sure to take advantage of resources like office hours and the math lab. Campus can be hectic at times, and parking can be a hassle, but overall I am definitely satisfied with my choice to transfer to GVSU. I will be graduating in 2016, and may look into grad school with GVSU also.

  • 04/02/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley has an abundance of things to do for fun. In the Fall, there are a tons of apple orchards and cider mills to visit, as well as ArtPrize in Downtown Grand Rapids. Grand Valley always has special guests and events going on for students, for fun or for academics. There is also a club for pretty much anything you could possibly think of and plenty of sports teams that students can join for fun and to meet new people with similar interests. Again, Grand Rapids is about 25 minutes down the road and there is always something going on in the city, or even just exploring Grand Rapids is a fun way to spend the day. There is also the Grandville mall and movie theater as well as a ton of restaurants right by campus if you're looking for a more relaxed evening. There is always something fun to do around campus or in Grand Rapids, you just have to keep your eyes open and have fun no matter what you're doing, that's what college is all about.

    Food and Dining

    There are a lot of different food options for Campus dining. There are some dining areas that are better than others, and you definitely have to change up what you eat or else you will get sick of the same thing all the time. They even have different options for special diets. I am a vegetarian and I never have a problem getting a sufficient meal, and every monday at Fresh Food Company, they have Meatless Mondays as well as having gluten free options every day. Fresh Food Company and The Connection both have different options different days of the week, but most of the other dining areas always have the same thing, but they have plenty of options. There is also a variety of coffee shop type of areas, such as Java City, Einstein's Bagels, and even a Starbucks on the downtown campus, and coming to Allendale Campus in Fall of 2015, as well as a Qdoba coming to the Allendale campus in Fall of 2014. There is a wide range of food selections from pizza, to mexican, to italian, to salad. Most things you would or could want you can find in Campus dining with all the selections available to students.

    Dorm Life

    I lived in the Suite style dorms my freshman year of college, and they were very nice. They were a decent size and we had a combined bath room connect with another room, so my roommate and I had two other roommates. There was a kitchen, very large living room area, and had two study rooms and laundry rooms. The only downfall is that the dorms do not have air conditioning, so in those first few months of heat, a fan is definitely a must, but it's a small price to pay for how nice our living was.Everyone was very welcoming and I still have friends from my dorm to this day, but you have to be willing to branch out and be open to meeting new people. The dorm life and Grand Valley is very sufficient and I wouldn't trade my experience in the dorms for anything.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley professors are usually very decent educators and are challenging, but fair. Now, of course not all of them are great, so don't quote me on this. Some may get the professors that are not from this country or go off topic during lectures, or just seem downright unfair. But this is true for just about any university, no one can have all their expectations met from every professor. Also, this is a college university, so if you are upset about the class being difficult, no one should be upset because it's suppose to be challenging. I have been attending Grand Valley for two years now, and all the staff I have some in contact with truly seem to care about students and their learning. They really try to be available an even reach out to students to help them in any way they can, and that is something that is very important in my perspective. Professors that care about their students are the ones who are going to the teach the most and best, and are going to make sure I get something out that course.

    Tips for prospective students

    Something to be bluntly aware of about Grand Valley is there is a great deal of snow in the winter and it gets very cold, so having a nice air of boots and a cozy winter coat is a must if attending Grand Valley. Something else to be aware of is there are two campuses, one in Allendale and one in Grand Rapids, so you could have a mix of classes in the two areas and that can get a little messy. Despite these small prices to pay, both campuses are beautiful, rain or shine, or snow.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley has the small town feel with a big city right down the street, so whatever mood you're in, you can get what you want. Grand Valley has a very diligent and caring teaching and advising staff, who really put their all into helping students attain their goals and aiding their problems Grand Valley is a safe, beautiful, and all around homey environment full of great people, and I would truly recommend this University.

  • 04/07/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus safety is pretty focused and helpful. I hear good things and I have experienced good things.

    Clubs and Activities

    Over 300 clubs which is cool. They even have a quidditch team so there really is something for everyone.

    Great for these types of students

    Focused on academics and making friends. Some partying but it isn't that comparable to Western or U of M.

    Bang for the buck

    Overall, I think GVSU is well priced and gives you what you pay for (except the parking).

    What to do for fun

    There are some parties and downtown Grand Rapids is a good place to be on the weekends.

    Food and Dining

    Not so great. They need to add more healthy options. While there are some, I don't fancy eating salads and subs everyday of my life.

    Dorm Life

    The roommate selection process sucks, but I guess maybe I could have just had a bad experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Challenging in a good way. Professors are there to do their job and nothing less.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't come here for the parties, nor the food. Both are lacking.

    In three sentences

    The academic aspect of GVSU is challenging yet manageable. The food could be better, but the people are friendly. Professors are always willing to help, in my experience.

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    For fun, there are many on-campus activities. For example, at the end of this week I am attending a country concert in the Fieldhouse and an overnight fundraiser. There are other various events throughout the year to attend such as sports events, shows and invites that clubs and organizations put on, and other volunteer events.

    Food and Dining

    Students normally are assigned a meal plan, where they are given 5-14 meals a week to use in the dining locations. There are four main dining locations on campus. About 20 feet from my dorm is Kleiner. There are a few different choices for meals and they are really good... for the first few weeks. You get sick of them after a while but it is the only dining location open until midnight. Second, there is Fresh. Itâ??s an all you can eat buffet and my favorite when Iâ??m hungry. Under that is Fuel, it has only a few choices but Papa Johns pizza is one of them. Lastly, there is Connection. It always has salad and subs, and then 2 other choices that change every day. The only downside is that itâ??s a far walk unless you attend honors college.

    Dorm Life

    There are many different dorm styles; I got lucky enough to live in a more roomy style known as apartment style. It is best to research what kind of room best fits you and your roommate, followed by signing up for that style as soon as possible. No matter what style you get into, the best part is meeting everyone on your floor. Even if it is not on purpose, you become close with your neighbors because you are all sharing the same experience. I know I will be friends with my freshmen dorm neighbors throughout college even though we will be living in different places next year.

    Academic Rigor

    The beginning of the first year was very stressful because I had to learn how to balance my time with classes, along with homework and studying time. I got the hang of it eventually and learned that it is best to get things done as far ahead of time as I could. The professors at Grand Valley do their best to make their classes interesting and they always go out of their way to make themselves available to answer all of the studentâ??s questions. The classes are challenging, but you do learn a lot.

    Tips for prospective students

    I encourage students to take every opportunity they can to gain new experiences by joining clubs or organizations, participating in volunteer events, becoming part of a team, or signing up for study abroad. College is the time for figuring out who you are, so I think you should take advantage of all the great resources that Grand Valley offers.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is a college that has not only educational opportunities for its students, but also opportunities for students to meet a wide variety of other students, discover their interests, make network connections for future career opportunities, and much more. Everyone is accepting and willing to help each other out in any way possible, including the staff, which will go out of their way to help students succeed. Grand Valley is the perfect ace for students to thrive and figure out who try are and what they want to become.

  • 04/17/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Campus PD is everywhere. Not to mention GVSU was ranked one of the safest campuses in the state, and possibly even nationally.Campus is small enough that there are ALWAYS people around. Security is never an issue for me, and never has been.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    We have the wrecking ball, so there's that.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Valley is a crazy expensive university. Apply for all the grants and loans you can. Sororities and Fraternities are pretty expensive on campus as well - spend your money wisely!

    What to do for fun

    Grand Valley offers tons of events on campus that are available to all students - commuters included. There are comedy shows, poetry slams, and free food everywhere. GO. You won't regret it.

    Food and Dining

    Other than Papa Johns, everywhere else is kind of blah. The connection has quality food, but if you don't have a meal plan, they will empty your pockets. Fresh is an all-you-can-eat restaurant that has OK food, but it definitely is what you pay for.

    Dorm Life

    Though I have not lived on campus, I have heard plenty of good things about it. You are involved in campus life and make friends easily. I've also heard fantastic things about Laker Village and 48 West apartments. Look into off campus housing for a more independent feel.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Valley's General Education classes do not mess around. Essays are the norm when midterms and finals come around. But, if you take classes concurrently with your major requirements, it is a lot less stressful. Classes for your major lift the stress of GenEd classes off your shoulders because you're doing something you're interested in. don't cram yourself with GenEd classes within the first 2 years - you WILL regret it.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to apply early. Grand Valley is an attractive school for up and coming scholars, making it difficult to be accepted if you're not at the top of the grid. My advice is to take all the money you can - GVSU is an expensive school, but it is definitely worth it.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley is an amazing environment. The people are amazing. The education is stellar.

  • 05/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    I've always felt 100% safe at Grand Valley, without a doubt. Campus police is always available any time of the day or night!

    Clubs and Activities

    There are so many clubs and activities to do- from intramural sports, to Relay for Life.

    Great for these types of students

    Outgoing, friendly.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Riding the pendulum that made headline news this fall!

    Bang for the buck

    The campus is BEAUTIFUL!

    What to do for fun

    Join an organization! This will surely introduce you to others, and give you some time away from studying. There are many options to choose from, just find the one that fits you best. Plus, downtown Grand Rapids is a quick trip away, giving plenty of more options!

    Food and Dining

    The food choices are all very good. All of them are within walking distance as well. You won't have to go far to get healthy food. Fresh Foods changes their menu up daily, with unlimited portions. There are also C-Stores available throughout campus just in case you need a quick snack!

    Dorm Life

    You get out of the dorms what you put into it. I found lifelong friends in my dorm, all because I opened the door for it. These people are going through a lot of the same first year experiences as you are- open up, and get to know your neighbors!

    Academic Rigor

    Stay motivated. The classes are manageable, but create a bond with your professor. They are here to help. Every professor I have had at Grand Valley has went above and beyond to make sure I was understanding all of the materials, and changed their schedules if I could not make it to their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be involved! There are over 200 on campus groups to join. These will help you meet people, as well as make connections. There is surely something for everyone!

    In three sentences

    Laker for a Lifetime. This is Grand Valleys catchphrase, and it holds true. Wanting you to succeed, they place the tools basically right in your hands.

  • 05/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    This school takes safety very serious and as soon as you call Grand Valley's police, they will get to you in less than 10 minutes. If there is ever someone that takes things too far, you are sure to hear about it and Grand Valley is good about bringing awareness about to people (example: a meeting on how to handle and be aware of signs of abuse).

    Greek Life

    So many opportunities! The people are always so welcoming so just check it out for yourself!

    Clubs and Activities

    Too many to name, you could even create one on the off chance that you don't find what you're looking for!

    Great for these types of students

    Great for anyone that wants diversity and liberal arts.

    Bang for the buck

    Everything seems to be expensive and overpriced but, you are really given so many resources and opportunities to help each one of us whenever needed. Such as having therapists, numerous computer labs available multiple times a day, etc.

    What to do for fun

    Find activities on the daily that are going on on campus! Also, being able to post your own posters as well for activities.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't be shy, explore the campus and all that it has to offer! You are sure to find a group that you can connect with and call your family!

    In three sentences

    This University is a very welcoming school to all that come. They keep arts and diversity in mind at all times so that everyone is always included and able to connect in many different aspects. This college makes sure to make each individual well rounded by the time they leave.

  • 06/26/2014

    Reviewer is Accepted here and planning to attend soon. Reviewer has been to campus.

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    Dorm Life

    Amazing dorm options even for freshman.

    Academic Rigor

    I haven't started classes yet but they will be what you make them!

    Tips for prospective students

    Talk to your professors, everyone I have talked to is super nice and open to just having a chat. Leave your dorm door open! Many of GVSU dorms have bathrooms, kitchens and even private bedrooms, leaving the door open is key to meeting new people!

    In three sentences

    GVSU has a beautiful modern campus. The residence halls are very nice, most even have their own bathroom (freshman included). Everyone on campus is super nice including all of the staff!

  • 07/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    Haven't really been too many incidents that would make me worry. There are plenty of police on duty so I feel pretty safe there.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are a lot of clubs and activities, however I wish there were more clubs relating to student interests because many of them are academic or sports related.

    Great for these types of students

    Adventurous types and people who want a change from city life.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I wouldn't say there's anything unusual traditions or locations on campus that students go to.

    Bang for the buck

    Compared to other schools, I think it is a good value for the money. Most schools cost twice as much and you don't get much out of it. Reasonable tuition and you also get other things many schools don't offer.

    What to do for fun

    You can watch a movie on campus, participate in activities, but not much of a party school so you will have to go off campus if you are looking for one.

    Food and Dining

    It's ok. There's some variety, but there needs to be more variety and better quality food.

    Dorm Life

    Very nice dorms. Some of the newest in the state and the RAs are really nice and very helpful. The dorms can also be funny because you can participate in activities.

    Academic Rigor

    I think it is fairly challenging. Not many problems with the teachers. They're all really friendly and willing to help you.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into the situation with a positive attitude. Make sure to interact with other people and build connections by participating in clubs in activities.

    In three sentences

    Grand Valley State University is friendl