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  • 12/22/2016

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    1 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    It's a commuter school, and great for busy adults with full-time jobs.

    What to do for fun

    Explore downtown GR!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend giving yourself an extra half hour before class, especially for parking.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a wonderful institution for students of all ages who want to better themselves. Their class schedules are flexible, and the professors truly do care about every student's success.

  • 01/05/2016

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 of 87

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    GRCC has made my dual enrollment experience phenomenal. I am able to maintain college classes while in high school, working, and having a busy family. When I am on campus for tests, I feel safe. I have seen a security guard at least once every time I have been on campus. They are here for us all, and it's provides a feeling of family.

  • 01/20/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We're downtown not only do we have campus security, but also the actual police located downtown. Nothing bad ever happens at my school.

    Clubs and Activities

    I wish their were more sports at GRCC although the clubs are great, if we lack something you are able to start it.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who don't have the money to go to a big university or college.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    The gym is great! I tend to go to the gym as much as possible. It helps that it's free for students too!

    Bang for the buck

    It's so affordable, great to go for two years then transfer, and it prepares you for a 4 year university.

    What to do for fun

    I play soccer, work out, and spend times with friends.

    Food and Dining

    Food is cheap and offers a very good variety.

    Dorm Life

    They do not have dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    I have heard from students who also attend the big universities, but take some classes here it's basically taught just as well some even better.

    Tips for prospective students

    Study, get as much help as you can, and manage your time in between classes effectively.

    In three sentences

    I love how it is so affordable for everyone. I love the amount of help they offer their students. I love how the professors care about their students.

  • 01/15/2015

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    4 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who would like to save money during their first years of post-secondary education or try out certain classes.

    Bang for the buck

    If commuting daily isn't an issue for a student, starting at GRCC can save thousands of dollars each year. A few professors will also help students to save even more.

    What to do for fun

    GRCC's main campus has a selection of clubs/sports students are able to participate in. Aside from that, there aren't many options on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There is a limited set of options for food since this is a community college.

    Dorm Life

    Since this is a community college, there are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Professors stick to their plans to get things done. The college will provide the tools needed for their career and the student will be expected to use those tools.

    Tips for prospective students

    Speaking with the advisors on a regular basis is a smart thing to do. If you're determined to study, they can help you create a clear plan for your college career. Teachers will also be glad to help you if you take the time to ask them for help.

    In three sentences

    Being a community college, GRCC won't offer everything that bigger (and more expensive) schools will offer, but they seem to do a great job at providing the proper things to get started on a bachelor's degree or complete an associate's degree. The advisors, as well as a few teachers, are very helpful when a student seeks guidance on how they should go about to get their degree. Like other schools, there will be some professors that will go out of their way to help you, while other professors will focus on doing only what's required of them.

  • 11/13/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    5 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's a great education for Community College prices. Sure, it won't get you a Bachelors Degree but it can certainly get you some credits toward it.

    Food and Dining

    There are some restaurants and cafes on campus but I haven't eaten at any of them yet.

    Academic Rigor

    The education that you receive at a community college is, contrary to popular belief, really quite good. The courses can be challenging at times but the instructors are there for you. They want to help you succeed.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to know your instructor a bit. It makes the classes more exciting. Also, plan on having trouble finding a parking spot for at least the first few weeks. However, the bus comes right to the campus so it's easy to get where you're going through the bus system.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a great place to get an Associates Degree or transfer credits toward a Bachelors Degree. The faculty are great and the class size is small. This makes for good interaction with the instructors.

  • 04/28/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    6 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Study or we always have something going on out side in the bostwick area

    Food and Dining

    Very Good

    Dorm Life

    No Dorms

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to do some work and also make friends

    In three sentences

    Wonderful people here. The staff is awesome. People are willing to see you suceed

  • 04/09/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are tons of restaurants around campus within walking distance, and GRCC has movie premiers and it's own cafe, plus tons of other things.

    Dorm Life

    There aren't dorms.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you're trying to find what you want to do in life, GRCC is for you. There are hundreds of classes at affordable rates to find what suits you best.

    In three sentences

    Affordable higher education. I chose to complete my gen eds here rather than at an Art School and it is literally 1/3 of the cost, and a lot of my professors also teach at the art school. I am getting the same education I would be getting at art school for 1/3 of the cost.

  • 02/26/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    8 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    I haven't had the chance to try anything on campus.

    Dorm Life

    I commute.

    Academic Rigor

    It depends on the instructor. Some classes are very easy and then there are those that are very hard.

    Tips for prospective students

    GRCC is a great place to start. They make sure you get what you need if you are looking to transfer and continue your education.

    In three sentences

    It is very accesible. It's easy to get your classes. They have convenient locations.

  • 02/16/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    9 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's about a quarter of the price of a four year university. You get basically the same classes and same work load. Most classes will transfer.

    What to do for fun

    It's in the heart of Grand Rapids, there are so many different things to do. It's not far from Eastown, which has plenty to do for college-aged kids. Go explore the city! You will not be disappointed.

    Food and Dining

    I suggest going to Jimmy John's down the street.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    The professors are very good at what the do, they are there to help you. Utilize them. If you don't understand something, stay after or use their office hours.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get there early to find a parking spot. Don't get the parking pass for the church lot unless you have classes at Sneden Hall.

    In three sentences

    It is a very fast paced environment in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The professors are helpful, much like high school teachers. The students are very diverse, from fresh out of high school kids to middle-aged single mothers.

  • 02/12/2014

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    10 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    This campus is one safe community college I'd say. I only been to one other community college before this one, but I don't remember the safety like this college had. For one Grand Rapids Police Department is less than two minutes away. They also have emergency stations all throughout to press the red button and alert the police. They have a big light above it that will flicker like a cop cars lights or maybe a strobe light. Not to sure because I never seen anyone have to press the red button. Also if there is any serious threat and you have your cell phone on file a text will be sent out alerting you of a stalker who hasn't been caught or whatever it may be.

    What to do for fun

    I'm not sure, I mainly went for my classes then I left. If you find yourself with free time in between classes there are plenty of computer stations for students to surf the web and do homework on. They also have a gym you can kill time in working out.

    Food and Dining

    I liked the food GRCC had to offer, although some of it is a bit pricey. I got a four slice mini pizza from the Raider Cafe for $5 something and expected it to be bigger for the price. They also have a Subway and another little kitchen in the cafeteria of the Main Building. Underneath the Student Center they also have the Raider Grill another cafeteria offering soup and other food.

    Dorm Life

    I don't believe there are dorms. I commuted from Allegan,MI for about a 45 minute drive.

    Academic Rigor

    My two semesters at GRCC wasn't very challenging. Although if you procrastinate you may fall behind being a full time student. If you stay focused and do your homework and of course show up for class you will do fine.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a good all around community college to attend with a great staff and diverse student base. It's very easy once you finally are enrolled to choose classes or even set-up a counselor visit. If your interested in transferring from GRCC to a four year university they'll have a guide for you with I think most of the universities in Michigan.

  • 01/29/2014

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    11 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Our campus has, on campus police right across the street from the main campus, I feel pretty safe. Also the Professors are made to lock there doors.

    Clubs and Activities

    Student life, has lots of clubs you can join.

    Great for these types of students

    GRCC would be great for all students including, non traditional students like myself. GRCC students range from different ages of people and everybody gets along.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Sneden Hall, that's one of the off campus location but do not worry because they (GRCC) have and free shuttle bus that runs from there to the main campus.

    Bang for the buck

    I think GRCC would be a great place to start,if you are thinking about going to an University GRCC is the best place to start, small class sizes and the professors always have time to talk to you and they are good at emailing you back on time.

    What to do for fun

    Go to the G.R Ford field house, it's free for all GRCC students. You can swim and exercise there for free.

    Food and Dining

    All the dinning areas are the best place to meet new people, there is always someone there.

    Dorm Life

    I do not stay on campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Come to Grand Rapids Community with a open mind, it's just like a normal college. Everybody there are so helpful. The first semester might be hard but there are people who can help you get through it, like your academic counselor.

    In three sentences

    Great place to meet new people. There is always something to do. Professors are so caring.

  • 11/29/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    12 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There are phones for campus security but the campus is in an urban environment and that does reflect the crime rate.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are many clubs and activities, but many of them aren't really developed yet.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are looking to save money, or stay home and help their family out financially.

    Bang for the buck

    The professors here actually CARE. They will help you through your classes if you're struggling, and there are tutoring labs you can attend almost anytime. The price of the schooling is wonderful for the amount of services provided..

    What to do for fun

    It's always fun to check out street musicians down by Rosa Parks Circle, or just walk around downtown. There are also often campus activities to occupy your time between classes, or you could make use of that time and get homework done!

    Food and Dining

    The food on campus is not the best and is rather pricey. But there are many cute restaurants you can walk to downtown that are really good.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms for Grand Rapids Community College.

    Academic Rigor

    Grand Rapids Community College is not challenging especially if you take GenEd classes. It can be more challenging through the honor's program, but not by much.

    Tips for prospective students

    Test out of easy classes such as College Algebra and English 101 and 102 if you can. Also, make sure to take hard classes at Grand Rapids Community College rather than your transfer school to save yourself from a low GPA.

    In three sentences

    The professors at Grand Rapids Community College genuinely care that their students have the tools they need to succeed. The atmosphere between students is less inviting. The urban environment is fun and upbeat.

  • 11/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    13 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Cops is all over GRCC main campus

    Great for these types of students

    GRCC is one of the best option for people looking to becoming Chiefs

    Bang for the buck

    GRCC is the cheapest college in the Grand Rapids area

    What to do for fun

    At GRCC, we have plays and concerts. However GRCC is limited compared to other colleges when it comes to fun.

    Food and Dining

    GRCC has no food and dining

    Dorm Life

    GRCC has no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    GRCC is as hard as the student makes it. The college has a lot of classes that's high school level for people who are not at a college level yet. GRCC support staff will help you get to where ever you want to go. So, if you are a dedicated individual GRCC will be easy for you.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend to whoever is thinking about going to GRCC to talk to an adviser at the college. Also, check on the teachers rating before signing up for their class (you can do this by typing their full name into Google). This is to make sure you have good teachers that knows how to teach instead of tell.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is great to get an associate degree and/or transfer to a University. The Tuition is cheap and they will work with you if you are not at a college level yet. GRCC has a lot of talented teachers.

  • 11/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    14 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a police station right across the street, and it's a 5 minute walk to downtown so it's a safe area.

    Great for these types of students

    Low-income, not sure what they want to major in yet.

    What to do for fun

    Art prize, museums, concerts and shows. But that's all things that are just from Grand Rapids not from the school. The school offers a membership to their gym for free, if you consider that fun.

    Food and Dining

    Subway is the best your gonna get, unless you want to walk to buffalo wild wings, which is in walking distance but not in the college student budget.

    Dorm Life

    There are no living areas for GRCC.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are nice, but they don't seem to care so much

    Tips for prospective students

    Try not to schedule classes to begin right before morning traffic or end right before afternoon traffic.

    In three sentences

    It's a 3 star community college.

  • 10/01/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    15 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I walk around campus all day and see many campus police and thats makes me feel very safe and comfortable to walk anywhere on campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    I am yet to attend a club but they all look very fun!

    What to do for fun

    I enjoy walking around campus in between my classes and walking downtown with friends.

    Food and Dining

    In my opinion, GRCC should have more options than subway. A free or low priced salad bar would be very nice!

    Dorm Life

    I wish GRCC had dorms so that I could make more friends and not have to drive to school everyday as a full time student.

    Academic Rigor

    I enjoy my classes and professors very much!

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend attending orientation because that is where I met most of my friends and counselors. I would also recommend attending the rally because it is a lot of fun and I was able to find all my classes by attending the rally.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is an college to start off with the college life. I have enjoyed meeting new friends and also my professors. I will continue to go to GRCC until I have completed taking my general classes and move on to a university!

  • 09/14/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    16 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There are many clubs and organizations to enjoy.

    Food and Dining

    There is not much for food compared to other colleges.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on-campus living.

    Tips for prospective students

    Students should get involved into a club which looks great on applications for transfers.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a great college for those who are not sure what they want to do after high school. The tuition is very reasonable for undecided students.

  • 09/02/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    17 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    If feeling unsafe to walk to your car, you can always go to the campus police station and ask to be escorted to your car. They are always willing.

    Greek Life

    There isn't one.

    Clubs and Activities

    There aren't many clubs, but the ones that do exist seem great to join.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who are not sure what to do with their major.

    Bang for the buck

    Great place to get your general education for the cheap. Well cheaper than a four year university.

    What to do for fun

    When I have time between classes or after class I like to wonder downtown, especially during Art Prize/

    Food and Dining

    Food is really good at the Raider Grille, but a little pricey for a college student.

    Dorm Life

    There isn't a dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The teachers are great. Too bad I can't say that for all the students there.

    Tips for prospective students

    This is a great place to get your general studies done and not wasting THOUSANDS of dollars when you're unsure about your major.

    In three sentences

    It is a great place for those who are unsure where their path leads. You have great resources of teachers, counselors, and tutoring. The education you receive from Grand Rapids Community College is beyond and above of your expectations.

  • 06/27/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    18 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have never had anything bad happen to me or my car etc. There are emails and texts mesg sent to all students when a car has been broken into or if a student did have an encounter just to keep us on alert. There is armed security at all night class so I feel safer when walking out in the dark to my car

    Greek Life

    There are class about greek studies but not much on the whole sororities and fraternities. Being a community school means a lot of kids travel so no one really has time to create a house.

    Clubs and Activities

    There is a lot of clubs and activities for anyone. I love that my school has an anime/ manga club. However the only down side to the clubs is that most meet up in the main campus so if you don't live in the area, then that drive can get long and costly.

    Great for these types of students

    Grcc is great for transfer students, it is cheap and most MI schools take GRCC credits. Also good for a kid who is still unknow about what they what to study. Class are cheap here and making a mistake won't cost you as much.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    There is a lake shore campus in Holland and the main campus in down town Grand Rapids so be careful when choosing classes because one might be in another town. The school is making more classes available to the lake shore students.

    Bang for the buck

    Cheap classes as compared to 4 year schools. Plus books can always be sold to a shop in down town Grand Rapids if the school store doesn't want your book back.

    What to do for fun

    Join a club and hopefully it doesn't run in with classes. Go enjoy down town life.

    Food and Dining

    School food is great and always filling. Another up side is that down town Grand Rapids is just outside the building and many small cafes and hot spots are within walking distance.But just remember to time traffic and the fact that you have to walk since cars equal parking garages.

    Dorm Life

    Um there is no dorm life. Community school means everyone is from everywhere and travels daily.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are not too hard as long as you put in the work. Teachers are very intune with students so no crazy bars are set that cause one to fail. Just remember every teacher is different.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get that aid work/ paper work in asap. The sooner it is in the system the easier your year can start. Please do not wait to the last minute. The aid office line is always long and no one has time to sit and wait.

    In three sentences

    I am saving cash by going here. I still see some people I know or have met from past courses.The snow makes everyone drive act like a mad hater.

  • 06/23/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    19 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a few scares on campus in the past few years, but overall it is a safe campus.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are easy to pay for out of pocket at 98$ a credit hour. A good school to take basic classes at.

    Food and Dining

    The Winchester is staffed by culinary students and has decent food, other than that, the cafes and cafeteria on campus serves unhealthy, expensive food.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms on campus, being a community college.

    Academic Rigor

    Classes are relatively easy.

    In three sentences

    A small community college located in the heart of downtown. GRCC offers a decent amount of classes, but nothing too specific in any one field. Good for its culinary and certificate programs, acceptable for students looking to transfer to a four year university.

  • 06/04/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    20 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Non-traditional,full-time employees,don't have a lot of money,have families. Don't expect to fit in if you're an average/traditional student.

    Bang for the buck

    If you don't have a lot of money or just want to save money GRCC is a good option.

    What to do for fun

    There isn't much to do here. Most people just go to class and leave afterwards. A few do sports(basketball,baseball,golf,tennis,softball and volleyball). A couple times a year there are events, like before exams. There are a few clubs too.

    Food and Dining

    I haven't been to all the restaurants on campus, but what I have had was delicious. You must go to the Quiet Cafe! It's great, healthy too.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms. It is a commuter college.

    Academic Rigor

    It's pretty much what you would expect from a community college. Some classes are surprisingly hard and take a lot of work though.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you know you are going to transfer to a 4 year college later make sure you are taking the right classes for your degree; don't JUST take whatever you want. Also, get a associate in arts with MACRAO. It'll make transferring easier.

  • 05/08/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    21 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Bang for the buck

    It's a community college so it is a lot cheaper, and you get what you pay for. Some professors are great, but I had many that didn't want or know how to teach.

    What to do for fun

    There are a lot of campus activities and things to do down town Grand Rapids.

    Food and Dining

    There are restaurants all around Grand Rapids and are not expensive!

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Academics are good, not fantastic but they try. There is a mix of really good and really bad professors at the campus.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved! Check out areas that will help you learn better. There's free tutoring, take advantage of it.

    In three sentences

    It was cool to meet people that lived in my area, we became good friends. The professors didn't always care about teaching. Learning environment was fantastic!

  • 05/06/2013

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    22 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Non traditional learners, older students, transfers

    Academic Rigor

    To be honest, I wasn't the hardest working student in the word and I managed a 4.0. As long as you fulfill the professor's requirements, you'll be fine.

    Tips for prospective students

    GRCC has a very nicely organized catalog. Don't be afraid to dig into it.

    In three sentences

    GRCC has a busy campus with a lot of attractions and shopping in the area. Parking is kind of crazy but overall a pretty good option.

  • 04/28/2013

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

    23 of 87

    Categories Comments
    In three sentences

    A great place if you are looking to transfer. It has many campus' throughout west Michigan. The price is defiantly right.

  • 04/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    24 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is always something to do on campus, there is a lot of clubs and organizations to join as well.

    Food and Dining

    There is a subway and Mexican restaurant in the Main building and a Grille and Cafe in the student life building.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms.

    Academic Rigor

    Work is challenging at times, must set a decent amount of tim to the side for it all.

    Tips for prospective students

    Parking is terrible.

    In three sentences

    The classes range from easy to difficult. The teachers are friendly and willing to help. Classmates are usually friendly as well.

  • 03/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    25 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    There are pretty decent places to eat. We have a subway, grilled food, cafeteria, fresh foods, salad, soup and a subway. Also near of campus there are several restaurants to go to.

    Dorm Life

    I live at home to save more money. It is worth it, everyone wants the college experience. But you have the rest of your life for that. It is better to save money, pay for college without taking out loans. So when you go out into the real world you are financially stable with no loans.

    Academic Rigor

    I have been challenged academically and feel well prepared to go into the field on Nursing.

    Tips for prospective students

    When you go to buy books, look at Brians books or at amazon. You save so much more money. Also carpool if you can to cut on the cost of paying 2.50 every time you park.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a fantastic school that provides you lower tution and prepares you for your future employment. The Professors here are very invested in your accomplishment and pursuit in your dreams. Lastly, GRCC provides a very diverse student body that helps immerse you into seeing others views in classes.

  • 03/22/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    26 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    It's certainly changed with all of that crime one block over, but other than homeless people peeing in the ramp, there aren't too many things that actually touch campus itself.

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    While we do have clubs, you're not going to find too many, and the ones that are available don't have too many funds allocated to them.

    Great for these types of students

    Students that are unsure about career paths.

    Bang for the buck

    Professors here usually are adjunct and teach the same thing at the other colleges that people will transfer into, but for less.

    What to do for fun

    While there are lots of opportunities for fun outside of campus, you're better off just studying since there aren't many things on campus.

    Food and Dining

    Bring food from home, when the eats are open in the Student Life building they are expensive, and you're better off not eating at Winchester Alley.

    Dorm Life

    No dormitories.

    Academic Rigor

    Depends on the professor, but for the most part classes have up to six hours of homework daily. Unless you're studying for a scrub career.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't talk during lectures, or someone will most likely punch your teeth to the back of your throat. Write down everything the teacher writes up on the board. Treat professors with respect, especially here since most of them have connections. Take your studies seriously

    In three sentences

    The teachers are all invested in your education. There are a variety of classes to take. The facilities are decently clean, and all necessary resources are on campus

  • 03/13/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    27 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    Do everything ahead of time otherwise you won't get the help you need.

    In three sentences

    They have a good staff. You have the option to take classes online which is always a bonus. You can work around your own schedule.

  • 03/11/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    28 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Treat all of downtown like it's your college campus...stroll the streets, wander by the river, check out the art galleries, listen in on live music, attend a concert, catch a show, go ice skating at Rosa Parks Circle, stop in a coffee shop!...there are many to choose from!

    Food and Dining

    There are a few options on campus, but set in the heart of downtown GR, GRCC is near so many fantastic off-campus places to eat!...check them out!

    Academic Rigor

    General classes are not difficult. If you do the work, you'll get good grades. GRCC definitely offers more difficult classes though...particularly in some of their degree-seeking programs.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you intend to transfer to another college or university, compare which classes transfer ahead of time to make sure that you'll get credit.

    In three sentences

    GRCC has several excellent associate's degree programs. There are professors who love their jobs and are phenomenal teachers. Classes are affordable.

  • 03/10/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    29 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I have felt very safe at GRCC. They have emergency call buttons all over campus in case of an emergency.

    Clubs and Activities

    GRCC has many different clubs for each type of person.

    Great for these types of students

    I would say that GRCC is great for students who really don't know what they want to do as their career. It allows them the explore different options with out the costly tuition of a four year college.

    Bang for the buck

    I believe that GRCC is a great way to start of your college career. It is super cheap and allows you time to ease into the college experience without taking all your money.

    What to do for fun

    GRCC provides many different clubs that students can join and meet new people. However, there really is not much to do on campus. The first week of school they provide different activities around campus such as blow up toys and food stands.

    Food and Dining

    At GRCC, they provide three main dining areas. They have a cafeteria called the Raider Grille that very much resembles a high school cafeteria. The food there is good but everything you would've had in a high school cafeteria. The next place they have is the Quiet Cafe. The Quiet Cafe is a small little place that provides a comfortable atmosphere. Most of the time you will find students studying over a cup of coffee. The food there is very good and contains most food you would find at a deli. The last place GRCC has is a food court. The food court contains a Subway and a little Mexican food stand. The food court is always busy and full of students interacting with each other.

    Dorm Life

    Grand Rapids Community College does not have housing.

    Academic Rigor

    I have spent almost two years at Grand Rapids Community College and I believe that most of the professors are laid back. However, I have had a couple of professors that are very rigorous. It ultimately depends on the professors you have. Overall, I would say that GRCC is not considered too rigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would advise that future students talk to an adviser before picking what classes to take. Therefore they can help you plan out what classes you can take that will transfer over to school you plan on going to after GRCC.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is a great way to start off your college experience. It is smaller than four year universities making it more personal. However, it is a diverse school, allowing for opportunities to meet new people.

  • 03/05/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Visit the Teacher Seminar if you are an Education major. Grand Rapids Community College has Culinary Art, so visit the bakery that is run by the students at the Applied Technology building.

    Tips for prospective students

    As always, come to class prepared. Grand Rapids Community College Professors are always there to help, and the school offer tutor for each subject, and take advantage of it.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College has many great professors, and class environment. The hours are flexible, and classes do transfer. I plan to continue my summer classes at Grand Rapids Community.

  • 02/26/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Being in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids there are several restaurants at various price ranges to fill any craving you could possibly have!

    Dorm Life

    Since its a Community College there is no real dorm life. There are several apartments for rent nearby, but good luck finding something cheap and satisfactory. Opting for commuting is never a bad idea!

    Academic Rigor

    It depends from course to course, but some classes are a breeze, even when taken online. Although, all of the professors make it clear they're there to help you in anyway they can. Knowing that, always lifts a stress off of my shoulders.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure when you set an intended program, especially if you plan on transferring that your counselor knows the same information about the transfer and program that you do. Don't end up taking classes you don't need, or not being able to take classes you do need before your intended transfer.

    In three sentences

    A great community college, but if you run into a road block or complication the administration gets tricky. Overall, the college offers a huge variety of classes at several different campuses, which makes commuting easy!

  • 02/18/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    32 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    downtown Grand Rapids...

    Greek Life

    none

    Clubs and Activities

    I didnt join any because they were all boring

    Great for these types of students

    low GPA, undecided, or needing to save money

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    none

    Bang for the buck

    it's cheap and they do teach you

    What to do for fun

    nothing

    Food and Dining

    one cafeteria

    Dorm Life

    No dorms

    Academic Rigor

    The only reason it's difficult is because most of the professors think they are at a large University.

    Tips for prospective students

    Try to go somewhere else first. I couldn't decide where I was going to go so i ended up here. Very economically priced though.

    In three sentences

    Good school if you dont know where you're going to go. Also, it's cheap to attend. I did not do well here because there is absolutely no student activity or school pride. It's like a dull high school.

  • 02/08/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    33 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is filled with security. I never feel threatened or unsafe until it gets darker. But you have the option to ask for a security escort to your car if you don't feel safe walking alone.

    Greek Life

    There is not any Greek life at GRCC.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are clubs at GRCC but you have to search vigorously to find the one that is right for you.

    Great for these types of students

    Grand Rapids community college is great for students who want to save their money and live at home. It is also great for adults returning back to school.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Being downtown Grand Rapids, students have the option to explore the city on their breaks. There is entertainment, food and so much more downtown Grand Rapids.

    Bang for the buck

    Although the tuition is much cheaper than large universities, the tuition is still more expensive than other community colleges.

    What to do for fun

    I have yet to find anything fun to do at GRCC. I am not in any clubs or sports events though so I find it difficult to participate in fun activities with fellow students. Unlike big universities, the school doesn't force students to band together and make friends.

    Food and Dining

    The raider grille is very popular but the food is neither healthy or cheap. I seem to get a stomach ache after consuming the greasy food sold in there. The quiet cafe offers healthier food but it is also not cheap.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms in campus which makes it difficult to experience the student life of college. Students do have the option to live off campus but I have found the cost of living downtown is very expensive.

    Academic Rigor

    I have found that this all depends on the class and the professor. Most of the professors are very understanding with the busy schedules students have. Other times I have run into a few professors who acted as if their class was the only one that mattered.

    Tips for prospective students

    If you are looking for the traditional college experience you won't find it here. That being said, you can join clubs to meet new people or join a sports team.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is a good school to attend when you need credits but also need to save money. The professors are very intelligent and understanding. The campus is organized and it is easy to find your way around.

  • 01/28/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    As I said before, be careful. Always be aware of your surroundings and your belongings. Go to class assuming even the nicest person could harm you or steal from you. The school isn't too dangerous, but there are a lot of incidents that occur on campus, many that they don't report on their emergency response system. Better safe than sorry.

    Bang for the buck

    Their credits are pretty transfer-friendly, along with being cheap. They teamed up with different colleges like Davenport, where if you take certain courses there for three years, you can go to Davenport for one and get your bachelor's from Davenport. If you know what you want to do or not, GRCC MIGHT be a great starter school for you. You save money while getting all of your basic credits. Just make sure those credits transfer to the school you want completely, before you pay for them.

    What to do for fun

    Hang out in the Bostwick Commons, Student Life does a pretty good job at having different fun events on campus.

    Food and Dining

    There's a Subway and another restaraunt in the Bostwick Commons. The Quiet Cafe is pretty expensive, I wouldn't waste my time there. Many of the restaraunts on campus have meals prepared by the culinary students, and the culinary school is one of the best in the nation. So maybe that's why it's so expensive. I've never had their food, but it may certainly be worth it! There is also a cafeteria.

    Academic Rigor

    There are many amazing instructors at this school with amazing credentials. This is a community college, but take it seriously and it will pay off.

    Tips for prospective students

    Always watch your back, and your belongings. Campus police is present, but they certainly aren't great.

  • 01/20/2013

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    35 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There is a Campus police building directly located on campus very close to where many classes are held. There are also Emergency Phone poles throughout campus for safety.

    Clubs and Activities

    There are various clubs and Activites at GRCC that meet weekly and bi/weekly.

    Great for these types of students

    Students who are willing to work hard, and save money while commuting. GRCC is great for students near Grand Rapids who don't want to spend thousands of dollars on general classes.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Raider Rap battles in the Raider Grille every semester.

    Bang for the buck

    Best Financial college choice you could make.

    What to do for fun

    Art Prize, a world renowned art festival occurs in Grand Rapids every fall. It is a must-see for any person even somewhat interested in art. Grand Rapids Community College works hard on making a Community college feel more like a tight knit college by various activities throughout the year.

    Food and Dining

    Grand Rapids has some great restaurants that I would recommend. Yesterdog is a world famous hot dog restaurant open late, and very popular with college aged students. There are many great bars and restaurants in the area.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms at GRCC, but there are many apartments and beautiful rentable houses in Grand Rapids close to GRCC.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are hard, but the professors care, and will do a lot to help out, and to make sure the class is do-able, even with a busy work schedule

    Tips for prospective students

    Grand Rapids Community college will allow you to save thousands of dollars. I'm so glad that I decided to attend here. Make sure you stay in contact with your professors and form a relationship with them. Make the most out of your time at GRCC by meeting people, visit restaurants, and experience Grand Rapids.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is a great option for students who are not willing to jump into thousands of dollars of debt. There are many great teachers who really care and are willing to help you succeed. Located in a busy, eclectic city with lots to do.

  • 12/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    36 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    They alert you when your safety could be in danger

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I normally spend time in between classes in the science building studying or in the quite cafe with friends.

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you are respectful and show you are trying, your teachers will be very helpful.

    In three sentences

    I love the atmosphere of the campus, It is right in the heart of downtown Grand Rapids. The teachers are very helpful and easy to contact. Its only set back is that it is hard to meet new people attending a community college.

  • 12/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 37 of 87

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    What to do for fun

    There are many extracurricular activities, and many places to go due to its location in the middle of downtown.

    Food and Dining

    Many places to eat, very diverse choices.

    Dorm Life

    no dorms

    Academic Rigor

    I am going to college to be a personal trainer. So far, GRCC is great for that.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be able to manage your time wisely.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is an astounding college, filled with amazing students and an amazing atmosphere. The classes i have attended thus far have exceeded my expectations. GRCC is a great school, for a great price.

  • 11/21/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    38 of 87

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    Great for these types of students

    Great for those who need to pay their way through college. Great education for less.

    What to do for fun

    The campus has all kinds of clubs and student activities. Everyone will find something they like.

    Tips for prospective students

    Research the ins and outs of your major! Educate your self on what your journey in college will be like. The more information you get the more prepared you will be.

    In three sentences

    Wonderful atmosphere for a college education! I love the staff and teachers too. I also love all the help that the school offers for it's students so they will succeed.

  • 11/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 39 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    security is makes the campus secure and the staff is very friendly

    Clubs and Activities

    many diverse clubs and activities

    Great for these types of students

    Anyone who is open minded and willing to learn

    Bang for the buck

    For the price its an excellent school for a 2 year degree just remeber to try hard and have fun

    What to do for fun

    has many diverse clubs that welcome all walks of life and diversities

    Food and Dining

    has a subway and a variety of snack amchines

    Dorm Life

    Do not live on campus

    Academic Rigor

    The classes are challenging and exciting the atom sphere is more mature and stable than regular highschool

    Tips for prospective students

    Be kind and courteousness to the staff and your peers classes are fun and exciting and most of all be wiling to learn

    In three sentences

    I would rate this institution an A- the facilities s are clean and the staff are attendative to every students needs i learn fascinating new things in my classes and it is easy to afford

  • 11/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    40 of 87

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    In three sentences

    GRCC is the first college I attended and i am very happy with it. Professors are great, and all of my classes are nearby. I strongly recommend this college to others.

  • 11/08/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    41 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are unclear about what path or major to take would definitely fit in here, along with students who would like job training.

    Bang for the buck

    As a community college, GRCC is inexpensive. Majority of students are satisfied with their tuition for their classes.

    What to do for fun

    GRCC allows all students to try out for plays for many productions and a public theater is extremely close to the school. Students play sports, join clubs, play music, and dance.

    Food and Dining

    The food is pretty good! There are two cafeterias and a coffee shop. Plenty of restaurants line the roads around the school, too.

    Dorm Life

    There are no dorms as it is a community college. Counselors and teachers know the area of Grand Rapids so they may help future students or current students find places to live. Students also post bulletins about wanting roommates.

    Academic Rigor

    Career counselors are available much of the time to help students change majors and sign up for classes. The teachers are very dedicated to making sure every student succeeds.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be sure to go to the orientations before starting classes. Some of the most useful places on campus are hidden to new eyes.

    In three sentences

    As a community college, GRCC has open doors and a lot of potential for students from all around the United States. GRCC offers many interesting classes and extracurricular activities. The campus is well organized and close to popular areas downtown.

  • 11/04/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    42 of 87

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    In three sentences

    It is convenient if you are looking for small class sizes.

  • 11/01/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    43 of 87

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    What to do for fun

    Theater, sporting events, guest speakers

    Tips for prospective students

    Get involved in campus activities and clubs

    In three sentences

    Many off campus locations. Good Teachers Convenient class schedules

  • 10/31/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    44 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Has a Campus police and Grand Rapids officers are always around. You feel safe there until nighttime.

    Bang for the buck

    AWESOME, classes are cheap but you get the same great education as a university.

    What to do for fun

    The Recreation Center is a great place to let off some steam and work out. GRCC also offers a variety of clubs and groups.

    Food and Dining

    The Raider Grill has great food and their is always a healthy meal available with the inclusion of a Subway.

    Dorm Life

    GRCC does not offer dorm living.

    Academic Rigor

    Some classes are challenging at GRCC though most beginning classes are review from some high school courses. As you move up into the 200 and 300 classes though they become more challenging and vigorous.

    Tips for prospective students

    Check teacher reviews and talk to a counselor on which classes to take, GRCC's advising team knows more than you think. When thinking of transferring go with the MACRO agreement, which transfers to any college.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is definitely the most bang for your buck. They have great teachers with experience in the workforce that work one on one with students. It is a great college for the money and an awesome starter school for undecided majors.

  • 10/25/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    45 of 87

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    Food and Dining

    grcc has their own cafe and a subway!

    Dorm Life

    live at home and commute.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is great because it's local, cheaper than a university, and tons of career paths.

  • 10/18/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    46 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    We have multiple officers on campus with a abundance of emergency buttons located on campus. We also can have officers walk you from class to class if you have a fear of walking alone.

    Clubs and Activities

    Tons of clubs and activities are available to students. Also if you want to create your own club we have the opportunity for and allow you to promote them in an event called Raider Rally

    Great for these types of students

    Great for any type of student there are a variety of options for you to partake in!

    Bang for the buck

    The tuition here is one of the lowest tuition you can receive in Michigan for a community college

    What to do for fun

    Are campus holds a variety of events. Such as welcome week were we have rides and activities for students to take a break and relax. Also they hold events during exam time to relieve the pressure for students.

    Food and Dining

    The food here is excellent and two of the restaurants are ran by GRCC's own culinary arts majors.

    Dorm Life

    There is no on campus living at this institution.

    Academic Rigor

    Everyone at GRCC is friendly is along as you show that you want to be there.

    Tips for prospective students

    Enter into the college with an open mind. There are so many options for you as a student, so explore your options and set yourself up to be successful. You are the only barrier that could hold you back from being one of the greatest success stories waiting to be told.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College has an outstanding staff eager to assist you. Also they are very flexible to benefit your busy schedules. With a very diverse environment suitable for all races, religions, and sexes.

  • 10/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    47 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    There is plenty to do for fun, go to a movie, come and see the Grand Rapids Public Museum or better yet, see the Gerald Ford Museum. There is also a zoo nearby. Or go to the Rosa Park Circle and listen to jazz bands. Whatever your tastes, there is something for you.

    Food and Dining

    Near GRCC, there is plenty of fast food places to eat.

    Dorm Life

    GRCC doesn't have a dorm life whereas there are no dorms on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    GRCC is a college that fits most people and the academics are not that hard at all. Instructors are wanting you to succeed in your profession.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is small but accommodating. GRCC is fun and social. GRCC is the place to be.

  • 09/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    48 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    The campus is pretty secured. The campus security does a good job patroling the grounds.

    Greek Life

    I don't know what that means.

    Clubs and Activities

    They have plenty of clubs and activities for you to do. You just have to check the bulletin board to see what's going on.

    Great for these types of students

    It's great for students who like to learn and have fun.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    I like to spend most of my time in the library or in the Ford Fieldhouse shooting hoops.

    What to do for fun

    Movies, bowling, pool, go to the museum, fishing etc.

    Food and Dining

    They have a Subway and a mexican restaurant.

    Dorm Life

    no dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    The classes aren't really hard, just be on time for class and do all that is required of you from the syllabus. If extra help is required just get signed up with a tutor.

    Tips for prospective students

    I would recommend this community college to whoever lives in the Grand Rapids community.

    In three sentences

    It is an amazing community college. The professors are great! They have good resources and programs.

  • 09/09/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    49 of 87

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    In three sentences

    They are great starter college. It gives a student the opportunity to get ready for harder courses and universities. Grand Rapids Community College also helps the undecided find their major.

  • 08/15/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    50 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Campus safety theres a campus police right across from campus and located everywhere on campus is emergency booth where you can push if you ever encounter some trouble.

    Clubs and Activities

    Theres a lot of student clubs

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    IF your interested in raping theres a MC rap activity done on campus through one of the clubs

    Bang for the buck

    Student activities are awesome theres food like elephant ears, pizza, theres prizes and raffle tickets to join, free stuff for exaple tie-dye t-shirts, and lots more.

    What to do for fun

    Student activities during the semester is always fun, theres diffrent clubs to join and enjoying diffrent people and learning about them is awesome.

    Food and Dining

    Like I said before food is great on campus!!! A+++

    Dorm Life

    I never stood in dorms but I had friends who did and they said they loved.

    Academic Rigor

    Teachers are great. Academic program I love it and it work for me and I feel its easy paced.

    Tips for prospective students

    The food on campus is very addicting especially if your a coffee fan. But over all just be yourself and focus on what your attending the school for.

    In three sentences

    I rate Grand Rapids Community College a 10 out of 10. This school has gave me that step into the college feel. Also great experience to break the ice and meet a lot of people and they offer a great education.

  • 07/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    If you are going to attend GRCC you will be way better off if you live in Grand Rapids for class selection and also its about 250.00 more per class if you don't.

    In three sentences

    Seems to very disorganized thus far, they don't offer a good selection of classes or times at their lakeshore campus. I have not been happy with their financial aid office or academic advisor at all!

  • 07/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    52 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    There have been a couple incidents of violence on the campus in the few years I have attended community college. The campus is very proactive in safety and reminding students to not walk to their cars alone at night and offer assistance all hours the campus is open and an officer will walk you to your vehicle.

    Bang for the buck

    Grand Rapids Community College offers many classes that will transfer to larger universities credit for credit, and the best part is that your paying sometimes as low as 1/5 what you would for that class at the larger university.

    What to do for fun

    Grand Rapids Community College is located right down town Grand Rapids where there is an array of things to do such as Art Prize. The campus also has many different clubs and organizations that you can get involved in.

    Food and Dining

    While the food has improved at GRCC I still think there is room for improvement.

    Dorm Life

    I have not personally ever lived in a drom while with GRCC, however I have had a couple classmates who have roomed together there and have had a positive experience.

    Academic Rigor

    Community College offers the same academic rigor as a university and it takes time and dedication in your studies for success!

    Tips for prospective students

    Come into this college setting as you would any other university. Too often I have witnessed young students coming to community college thinking it was going to be easier course work than they would find at a university and this is far from the truth. Be ready to work, and communicate your needs as necessary, Get involved with other students, form study groups and prepare for a great education!

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College has been an excellent learning experience for the most part during my college career. The environment for learning is very diverse and the staff work hard for student success. The campus also offers many opportunities for students who may be struggling through tutoring or lab settings.

  • 07/11/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    53 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Police station next to campus.

    Clubs and Activities

    Clubs are available for people to participate.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who are undecided on a major.

    Bang for the buck

    Inexpensive compared to other colleges and university in the area.

    What to do for fun

    Walk downtown for Starbucks.

    Food and Dining

    Basic cafeteria style food.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms available.

    Academic Rigor

    It is not very challenging unless you are not the best at the subject to begin with.

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask about the best professors. Also do not expect the online classes to be easy. Register for classes early or no classes will be open.

    In three sentences

    It is smart way to save money on the first years of college. It is not very difficult if you put the time in. Most of the Professors are knowledgeable.

  • 07/08/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    54 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Food and Dining

    Downtown is always full of live, happy people. There are many restaurants that you can eat at. They have almost anything that you could think of in the area.

    Dorm Life

    GRCC offers some off campus living, but they do not pay for it. The area that GRCC is located is a real nice, quiet area to live. I would love to live in the area.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not procrastinate on filling out scholarships or trying to get financial aid. There are so many scholarships out there that nobody ever see's or applies for. Who doesn't want free money?

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is a really good place to start out your college career at. The staff and students there are nice, caring, and just want to see you succeed. I would high recommend going there.

  • 06/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    55 of 87

    Categories Comments
    What to do for fun

    Hang out at subway or in the student center Restaurants are close by for in between classes Fun things happen at the Raider Grill from time to time Sit out side in the common area and talk with friends

    Tips for prospective students

    Ask the teachers questions, they are there to help Study for every test and quiz Take notes in class Show up early to get a good parking spot :)

    In three sentences

    Friendly and helpful staff Easy to find your way around campus Places to hang out in between classes so I'm never bored

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    56 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Muggings, bank robberies...campus police are always close by, and keep students up to date.

    Clubs and Activities

    A few good spots around campus in downtown GR. The Intersection is fairly close.

    Great for these types of students

    Looking to save money, wants to stay home for an extra year or so, not looking for a stereotypical college experience.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Not many... small campus. In the middle of Medical Mile in downtown GR

    Bang for the buck

    only A thousand or so depending on the course-load (per semester)

    What to do for fun

    Sporting events? Basketball and baseball is pretty much all the school has to offer.

    Food and Dining

    You have Subway, Raider Grille, the Quiet Cafe, and then a hospital cafeteria across the street.

    Dorm Life

    No dorms. Very little student activities (football program has been discontinued)

    Academic Rigor

    As expected with any college, you get the grade that you work for.

    Tips for prospective students

    Excellent school to go to to save money, however, realize that this school is home to a large student body; parking is troublesome, classes get snatched quickly, and waiting lists to get into majors (i.e. nursing programs) are at least 2 years.

    In three sentences

    Saves Money. Glorified High School. Great Staff.

  • 05/30/2012

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    57 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Being in the middle of a decent sized city, you always have to be careful about being out late by yourself. Luckily, all you have to do is call security and you can get an escort to your car or to your next class. During the day, campus is about as safe as being anywhere.

    Great for these types of students

    Great for students who need to work full-time and want to complete a degree to advance in their already established career, or for first year students who have no real direction.

    Bang for the buck

    I received my Associate's degree from GRCC. I only have $4000 in debt and I only took that loan out for living expenses. As far as tuition is concerned, mine was completely covered by state and federal funding, and for that and the cheapness at GRCC I will forever be appreciative. I feel like I learned more about life and about my major in four years at GRCC than I would have if I had spent two years living in a dorm at a traditional university. My professors at GRCC were so great (most of the time) and I could really tell that they wanted you to learn from them. I will never regret my decision to attend Grand Rapids Community College.

    What to do for fun

    The best part of GRCC is that you don't have to stay on campus. You have the entire city of Grand Rapids at your disposal. There are museums and restaurants, cafes and carriage rides. The city is yours and you don't have to walk very far and you are in the heart of downtown GR.

    Food and Dining

    The Quiet Cafe was an everyday occurance for me. It was like going to a coffee shop downtown, only on campus. Not only is the QC fantastic, but there is Art & Bev's run by the Culinary Arts students which was a more quality option than the Raider Grill (the RG is cheap, but it still has it's merit). The Heritage was the place to go if you wanted a fine dining experience for a reasonable price, the best the culinary program had to offer, very classy and the best quality food and drink, good for an on campus date!

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on your professor, you will be challenged. A lot of professors may forget that you are taking more than their class and will load on the homework, so be sure you can handle the coursework when you sign up.

    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of your guidance counselors here. They are an extremely invaluable resource when transitioning into GRCC and transitioning into a four year college.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Comm. College is an extremely good starter school, or even a good technical school depending on what your major is. It is an inexpensive option for transfer students and a good place for traditional students to get cheap credits. I would continue to go to GRCC if they offered a BA in my field.

  • 05/24/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Tips for prospective students

    Take advantage of the orientation tours. Utilize tutoring labs. I mean your paying for them, take advantage.

    In three sentences

    I absolutely love it here. I love the small class sizes. I love the interaction opportunities between students and professors

  • 05/23/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    59 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Alerts on student emails help keep students informed early.

    Clubs and Activities

    Intramural sports, clubs, organizations, sports. Could be easier to locate on website.

    Great for these types of students

    Full-time and living at home, part-time independent students, non-traditional students, freshmen fresh out of high school, returning college students, and transfer students.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    N /A

    Bang for the buck

    You easily get more bang for your buck from the experiences that you gain from being at GRCC, which further proves that GRCC is a college plenty should consider stopping at first before going to other colleges and universities.

    What to do for fun

    Tons of organizations, intramural sports, clubs, or just meeting up with people in the downtown area just seconds away from campus.

    Food and Dining

    Plenty of choices on campus for food, and plenty of choices nearby. Also, plenty of people in the dining area at a time to be able to meet new people easier or to relax and study.

    Dorm Life

    Even though its a community college, it would benefit with some off-campus housing deals for those that have to be part-time students.

    Academic Rigor

    Depending on the class and the instructor, you can learn plenty or you can be challenges and learn plenty.

    Tips for prospective students

    Be prepared to work, keep your mind focused on completing the homework, and don't forget to become involved in on campus activities, but not to lose focus on achieving goals.

    In three sentences

    Grand Rapids Community College is a diamond in the rough. Where most people would write off Grand Rapids Community College because it's a community college, I implore those people to make a double take to go beneath the cover to see the chapters inside this best seller book. Grand Rapids Community College, or GRCC, is a inexpensive place where individuals can go to fine tune their GPA, take an inexpensive route to acquire prerequisite credits, attend a nationally accredited college and gain a two-year diploma, or all the above and prepare to transfer to a four-year university.

  • 05/16/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Bang for the buck

    For tutition, GRCC is a great place to go because it is a very reasonable price for a college these days. Though, the food, as mentioned, does run a little too high for those watching their pennies.

    What to do for fun

    Unfortunately, GRCC seems to not have many activities open to the students. There are the computer labs and the swimming pool, but the main thing to do is just get together with a group of friends and hang out.

    Food and Dining

    The Quiet Cafe to the Raider Grill to Subway to the restaurants downtown. They have quite the option to chose from. Though a warning to those short on money, on campus food is not cheap.

    Dorm Life

    GRCC does not provide dorms to the students

    Academic Rigor

    The general education classes are not too challenging, but when you start getting into classes for your major they start laying down many projects and reports that will have you overwhelmed throughout the semester. However, it is no UofM.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do the work and show up. People mistake a community college to be comparable to high school, but it is not. It is a new jump up from the high school status and your future depends on it.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a wonderful community college to attend, especially for those who are first time college students in the family. I was so extremely worried my senior year of high school that I would not be able to handle the college experience, however, GRCC pulled me through. With the great teaching staff and maneuverable campus everything went swiftly and smoothly for my first year.

  • 05/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    0 out of 1 people found this review useful. 61 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    Dangerous campus

    Greek Life

    No Greek life.

    Clubs and Activities

    No clubs.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    None.

    Bang for the buck

    I love my major because it makes me want to help others and show others what life is all about.

    What to do for fun

    Swim.

    Food and Dining

    Horrible food.

    Dorm Life

    Horrible Dorm life.

    Academic Rigor

    This school is mediocre.

    Tips for prospective students

    Don't ever go to this college.

    In three sentences

    This college is okay, but it just is not for me. I would like to transfer immediately to Texas Christian University. I hate this school here.

  • 04/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    GRCC has their own police department and they are extremely helpful.

    Food and Dining

    Walking distance from downtown so there are plenty of places off campus as well as on campus.

    Dorm Life

    None

    Academic Rigor

    Moderate

    Tips for prospective students

    If you have the grades avoid a community college unless you have to go because not everything will transfer so you have to be very careful.

    In three sentences

    Its like high school all over again. There is not much of a challenge and it tends to get really expensive especially for it being a community college. If you didn't have good grades or a high ACT score it is an ok place to go.

  • 04/20/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Clubs and Activities

    Anime club Black student organization Hispanic organization

    Great for these types of students

    Social Beginner Focused

    What to do for fun

    Converse with all the other students, workout, and join the various clubs and student organizations.

    Tips for prospective students

    Do not take any college lightly

    In three sentences

    The education standard is really good, and is model for other community colleges.The atmosphere in the school is relaxed, also the school schedule and local cafes, are very flexible.

  • 04/05/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    I feel perfectly safe on campus. This doesn't mean that I don't take precautions.

    Greek Life

    To meet people who are interested in the same subject as you, go study in one of the tutoring labs that tutors on that subject.

    Great for these types of students

    This is a great college to start in if you are unsure of what major to do.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    Student activities week is full of fun and you get a lot of free stuff.

    Bang for the buck

    I gain a great education without much cost.

    What to do for fun

    For fun I sit outside and study, work out at the ford field house, and walk around downtown GR.

    Food and Dining

    There a few nice places to get food at a reasonable price on campus.

    Dorm Life

    There is no dorm life that I'm aware of.

    Academic Rigor

    Most students are serious about their academics, since there are many returning college students here.

    Tips for prospective students

    Find out about the college as much as you can before you start. I missed out on a few opportunities academically, because I wasn't aware of them.

    In three sentences

    I appreciate the small campus community. Where-ever I go on campus I meet someone I know. The professors are also helpful and respectful of opinions and beliefs.

  • 03/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    What to do for fun

    Go out about the town downtown GR.

    Food and Dining

    The cafeteria serves great food, and is perfect when you're hungry between classes.

    Dorm Life

    I do not know as I live off campus.

    Academic Rigor

    You will learn a lot of beneficial information. Don't listen to people who say it's just community college. The classes are only easy if you put in time and effort to meet the goals you desire.

    Tips for prospective students

    I highly suggest taking your pre-requisite classes here at GRCC. You will save yourself a ton of money rather than taking them at a University. Also, look for your books online and not from the bookstore. Sometimes it can be a lot cheaper that way.

    In three sentences

    GRCC is a great school for all students, whether pursuing an associate degree or just saving money by getting their pre-requisites. As a returning student, I feel comfortable with the small campus and friendly environment. The classrooms are great learning environments.

  • 03/12/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 66 of 87

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    Campus Safety

    downtown gr has had it's share of problems. but being in a diverse community such as ours, we're bound to have a few bad apples. but overall a wonderful place to live and go to school.

    Bang for the buck

    definitely worth it!

    What to do for fun

    there are so many fun and entertaining things to do in downtown grand rapids---a true hotspot in michigan!

    Food and Dining

    i actually love the campus food!

    Dorm Life

    i don't live on campus.

    Academic Rigor

    most profs are laid back. they have the ability to keep the environment easy-going but you still learn all you need to, and then some.

    Tips for prospective students

    attend a cc before a university and save some money!

    In three sentences

    much cheaper tuition than a university. very diverse students and staff. wonderful learning atmosphere

  • 03/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Campus Safety

    grcc does have its own campus police. through this system. students can take school through the criminal justice dept. then get experience with the campus police.

    Greek Life

    some fraternities and sororities do exist. they are minimal are are usually run out of the houses uptown near the school.

    Clubs and Activities

    grcc does have intramural sports and tournaments of various kinds. also depending on the major the school offers contest for artist, photographers, and marketers.

    Great for these types of students

    grcc is aimed for business majors, nurses, artists, and engineers. they have many more majors and general educational classes. but those majors get the most attention.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    they play films outside the school so those driving by in their cars and/or walking by can stop and enjoy a film for a bit.

    Bang for the buck

    the tuition for grcc is cheaper than pretty much any other school around. you can save thousands by just going for a semester.

    What to do for fun

    art prize once a year is an incredible experience. going to one of b.o.b.'s five restaurants. and during the colder months go and see the grand rapids griffins take the ice.

    Food and Dining

    the school is located in the thriving downtown of grand rapids, so finding great eats, and quality entertainment is just down the street.

    Dorm Life

    the houses downtown are actually quite nice and are located conveniently up the hill from the city so there is no need for a car. also many can live in one house, with cheap mid-west rent. you can't lose.

    Academic Rigor

    being a community college it gets a bed reputation for being sub-par academically, when in all seriousness it is quite difficult and stimulating.

    Tips for prospective students

    for those looking to the future, grcc does have 4 year programs, but i would recommend transferring after freshman or sophomore year. the internship and study abroad programs are excellent. especially the italy and greece trip.

    In three sentences

    grcc is great for those coming straight out of high school. i enjoyed the art dept. immensely and would recommend it to anyone. those looking to transfer to a state or private school should look no further than grcc.

  • 02/28/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Great for these types of students

    it is a great place for students who want to feel like they are a part of something. for students that want amazing teachers that take the time to learn your wants and needs.

    What to do for fun

    i love walking around downtown grand rapids. no matter what time of day, the city is soo beautiful and exciting. it's fun to try new restaurants and coffee shops downtown.

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to listen and take notes. even if you think you know the information being taught, there is always room to learn more.

    In three sentences

    i love how diverse the campus is. you feel as though the teachers really care. i enjoy how connected the teachers are with their students, and the campus is very inviting and easy to adapt to.

  • 02/26/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    3 out of 3 people found this review useful. 69 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    we are located right by a police station.

    Great for these types of students

    all people of all ages have the opportunity to go to that school. if you are not at the grade you want to be at, or you right now can not afford to go to a university or college.

    What to do for fun

    the school has clubs that you can get involved with. the school clubs range from religious groups all the way to sports groups.

    Food and Dining

    we have a subway in our school.

    Tips for prospective students

    don't think it's a slack off school. grand rapids community college is hard work. this school is a school that wants you to succeed in what you want to do.

    In three sentences

    grand rapids community college is a school that wants the best for you. this college is all about preparing you for the future. if you want a quality education without paying through the nose to get it this is the college for you.

  • 02/14/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    campus security is always around. it has an escort service that will bring you to your car or next class if you do not feel safe.

    Great for these types of students

    students who enjoy quick and very informative classes.

    What to do for fun

    since it is located downtown, there are hundreds of places within walking distance that range from club life to small cafes and rosa parks circle where a ton of different activities happen year round.

    Food and Dining

    the food on campus is excellent. wide range of options and even a quiet cafe where you can eat and do class work in a quiet environment. the raider cafe is a must try at least once. fairly inexpensive and large servings

    Dorm Life

    i am not sure because i live within 10 minutes of downtown so i am still with my parents

    Academic Rigor

    viewed as one of the top community colleges in the country

    Tips for prospective students

    be sure to note the location of your classes. one of the main halls is about a 15 minute walk from the main campus. also join one of the student groups. they are accepting and make college life much more enjoyable and they are great for networking.

    In three sentences

    an excellent college, especially for the price. diverse and active student groups that are very welcoming. also has a great location in downtown gr; all the shops and restaurants i enjoy downtown are within walking distance!

  • 02/07/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    i've always felt safe on campus.

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    skywalks link every building on central campus.

    Bang for the buck

    great prices!!!

    What to do for fun

    join a club... i recommend christian fellowship. in grand rapids, they have swing dancing every tuesday night. also in rosa parks circle is ice skating for $1.

    Food and Dining

    we have subway, and a few other places: the raider grille and quiet cafe. however, grcc is well known for its culinary program, so any event has five star food! grcc is right downtown, so just a block or two away can be found just about any kind of food! i ate tai today :).

    Dorm Life

    grcc doesn't have dorms haha... this means you get to live at home! which, in turn means you get free food, and free laundry machines, and so much more. do not take your mother for granted!!!

    Academic Rigor

    grcc is a community college, and offers classes beginning with teaching students to add and subtract numbers and going all the way up to differential equations (that comes after calculus iii). the more challenging classes are just as rigorous as a class found at a large university, but the professors are much more accessible.

    Tips for prospective students

    get involved. there are all sorts of activities and clubs. if you don't know what's going on, take a bathroom break because there is always a list of activities in the stall street journal. explore. in each building, there are study rooms and socializing areas; investigate and find a place that works for you. the library is really great too! also, take advantage of free stuff, especially during welcome week!

    In three sentences

    grand rapids community college has great professors who are willing to help; there are about four different tutor labs free to students with professional tutors. it's very inexpensive, and a great place to take some classes. i've met students who are just getting started, students who are finishing up, and students who are coming back to school.

  • 01/27/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    72 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Campus Safety

    the campus is well patrolled. there are 911 call boxes located all over the campus. in general, crime in grand rapids is very low.

    Greek Life

    i know nothing of greek life on campus

    Clubs and Activities

    i am not into clubs and activities; however, i believe there are many activities (four public museums, including the gerald ford presidential museum.

    Great for these types of students

    any student who wants to test the watter, or have greater access to professors. tutoring is also available for those who request it,

    Share any unusual traditions or locations on campus

    as i stated earlier, grcc is located in the heart of a historic district. if you like architecture or are simply looking for a unique place to call home, the historic district offers many options and price ranges.

    Bang for the buck

    in state tuition is quite low. the costs of classes and books has always been covered by pell grants.

    What to do for fun

    discounts for academically and locally sponsored plays and musicals. very large public library is a perfect place to study. in spring and summer months grand rapids is 30 minutes from beautiful lake michigan and many public and private beaches. for glbtq students will enjoy the proximity to saugatuck, a gay haven.

    Food and Dining

    you are on your own. vending machines are everywhere. there are several cafes on campus and many more private establishments in the thriving entertainment district, which is within walking distance.

    Dorm Life

    grand rapids community college does not have dorms; however, located in the heart of a historic district, finding lodging is easy in the large older homes which have been broken into multiple units. many are loaded with character.

    Academic Rigor

    grand rapids community college is a real institution of higher learning. do not treat this college experience as a warm up for the following two or more years at a university. one great difference is that instructors are more available to students. treat them as a resource, and ask for assistance when needed before it becomes crucial.

    Tips for prospective students

    threat this as a real school of higher learning. statistics have shown that those students who apply themselves at a two year college have higher grades than those who started their college career at a four year institution.

    In three sentences

    grand rapids community college is and open enrollment school. tuition is reasonably priced. class size is generally small, allowing for more personalized attention from instructors.

  • 01/02/2012

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 73 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Great for students that want to save money, get general classes out of the way, and give themselves time to figure out their major.

    Tips for prospective students

    Pick out your classes early, and make sure you ask questions, teachers are more than willing to go over things with you. Also try to buy your books used and also rent them, saves a lot of money in the long run!

    Bang for the buck

    Great bang for the buck value! Cheap class prices with top of the line teachers and small class sizes.

    Am enjoying being here

    Close and convenient. Class sizes small, which makes it easy to succeed in classes.

    Am learning a lot

    Great College to start off with, saves money and helps get your general classes out of the way, while giving you time to figure out your major.

  • 12/27/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    74 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Any student who needs prerequisite courses at a low price.

    Tips for prospective students

    Make sure you take the time to get to know your professors -- it will help you get the most out of your college experience.

    Bang for the buck

    Great classes at a very low resident tuition price!

    Am enjoying being here

    I get great classes, but it's not really a colleg-like atmosphere. It feels more like high school.

    Am learning a lot

    The courses are first-class and the professors are excellent!

  • 12/15/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    75 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    GRCC is great for students who are not sure what they want their major to be, or even if they do- it's a great place to test out if that major is best for you! Going into GRCC I was a psychology major, and I am leaving a Family Studies major!

    Tips for prospective students

    Write, Write WRITE! Writing is a big part of any college, but before you attend GRCC, see if you can beef up your writings skills for those papers you will inevitably have to write (especially since English 101 and 102 are required!)

    Bang for the buck

    I couldn't find a better price anywhere!

    Am enjoying being here

    There are many programs for all sorts of students! You can go to transfer fairs, they have an anime club, and many student activities that you can participate in year-round!

    Am learning a lot

    Grand Rapids Community College has given me a more worldly view, and opened my mind to the thoughts of the world. In all my classes, I learn something new- and not just what to put on the exam, but knowledge I will use to better myself.

  • 10/31/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 1 people found this review useful. 76 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students planning to transfer, non-traditional returning students, English as a second language students, those who need one-on-one attention, and those who need financial aid.

    Tips for prospective students

    Get to the parking ramps at least an hour early because they fill up quickly, especially around noon. Don't be afraid to ask questions, or get frustrated if you get lost. Chances are you won't get lost, though, because it's a small school. If you're running late or won't make it to class, call/email your teachers. They're usually very lenient and will let you make up work you missed if you notify them before class, even if they don't check their messages until after class.

    Bang for the buck

    Classes are very cheap, but you learn a lot. Books are also cheap, especially when you rent them. There is also another bookstore in town that you can rent books from besides the school store. Parking in the ramps is one very low cost with your school ID even if you're there all day.

    Am enjoying being here

    The faculty are extremely helpful, it's a small school focusing on one-on-one attention, there are many helpful resources, and it seems to be a very safe place to learn. Since it's downtown, there are many places to eat or hang out in between classes that you could easily get to by walking or by riding your bike if you have one so you don't have to waste gas money or pay for parking twice.

    Am learning a lot

    The teachers here are highly knowledgeable about the subjects they teach. They do a great job at making the curriculum clear, answer any questions you may have, and most will help you if they notice you seem to be frustrated or not doing well.

  • 08/11/2011

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

    0 out of 2 people found this review useful. 77 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Will learn a lot

    I hear a lot about this school in which it's cheaper to go to then a University which would save me lots of money

  • 07/30/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    78 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    - self-motivated learners

    Tips for prospective students

    I went through the music program, and can't recommend it highly enough. One of the premier community college music programs in the country, and it shows - great staff, and fantastic quality.

  • 07/06/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    79 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who are not sure on what major they are going for, who just need basic classes, who want to learn more about art, biology, english, history whatever your interested in GRCC has it. I really hope others will find as much pleasure as I have in Grand Rapids Community College

    Tips for prospective students

    As long as you take good notes and study hard for each class and do your homework, there is no way you cant make it. Success is key to your motivation. Focus on each course and figure out what each professor wants on an exam or essay and you will fit right in.

    Bang for the buck

    I am just starting my third year and on my last semester for my associates degree. GRCC is less than half the cost of a major universities tuition and you feel like you can really talk to your professors. I have learned so much from Biology, Art, English, etc that I am now seeing light from new studies and changing my major. I'm glad I figured out I want to do something else here then when I spend thousands at a major university.

    Am enjoying being here

    I love that this school is downtown Grand Rapids. There are many choices for food that you can either walk to or on campus they have Subway and the Raider grill which give you multiple things to chose from. Also the diversity here is awesome; many groups that you can join, many people you can meet. And being right in the middle of downtown means you basically cant miss art-prize. some classes will even put this into their lecture some how. Makes learning fun.

    Am learning a lot

    Starting out at a community college has really got me going for the long haul. The professors are very helpful. There are also tutoring sessions for your harder classes and study groups for free on campus. Because classes are smaller in a community college you can really get a feel for college before you jump into the deep waters of a major university.

  • 06/07/2011

    Reviewer is A past student here.

    80 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    have a plan for parking. during peak times you need an insane amount of luck and time to get into the parking ramp. being downtown is a major disadvantage as far as parking goes.

  • 03/28/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

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    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    If you are fresh out of high school you will feel right at home. If you are a returning nontraditional student get tutoring if you need it.

    Bang for the buck

    Most definitely a good cheap idea is community college anytime here its no different don't waste your money going to a 4 year institution save it by going here.

    Am enjoying being here

    Many opportunities await you at this school they accept everyone who applies and are willing to help you better yourself. I tutor math as a part time job and see much diversity.

    Am learning a lot

    I found this school to be nice and close buy if you live in the Rockford area and so much cheaper than a 4 year university. The education is quality too. I am learning at 1/16 the cost

  • 03/18/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    7 out of 7 people found this review useful. 82 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those who intend to transfer, Those with a full-time day or night job, Those coming back to earn a degree after being out of school for many years, Those seeking an Associates or 2-year degree, Those who can't pay for a larger school.

    Tips for prospective students

    Branch out and try to meet and get to know people. Or get involved in a campus club or organization to meet some knew people. And make connections with those who sit near you in class and your professors. Learning is much more enjoyable when you have someone to do it with and when you actually feel a connection to those around you on campus. You feel a sense of pride in your school when you make such connections and you could make a lifelong friend.

    Bang for the buck

    GRCC is a very inexpensive school which opens a lot of opportunities. It allows you to take inexpensive classes to help you discover your interests and potential career choices if you're undecided. It is also an excellent school for transfer students because you can take a lot of basic undergraduate classes that will transfer easily to larger schools at a much cheaper price. The small, intimate class sizes are great for those who have difficulty learning or who need extra help because you actually get face time with your professor and they get to know you one on one. And they also offer classes in many locations in the Kent County area such as at local highschools so that students who commute do not have to go as far to attend classes. And they have a very flexible scedule with many night and weekend classes offered for those students who have a full time job during the day. Great price for all the class options offered and the education you recieve.

    Am enjoying being here

    The campus is small and fairly contained in Downtown Grand Rapids which means there are great places to eat and many things to see in between classes. Because there are no dorms and no one lives on campus it does make it a bit more difficult to connect with fellow students. And many students are non-traditional who are older and are coming back to school to earn a degree or who have taken a few years off to work and figure things out in between high school and college. There are campus activities and fun things that many clubs and campus groups organize, however there are usually few who attend because they have to commute to the campus and they aren't during regular class times. The education and learning environment is great but you have to go out of your way to get to know new people and forge friendships which can make the college feel a bit lonely when actually you are surrounded by many people.

    Am learning a lot

    I am learning a fair amount in my classes. My professors are engaging and passionate about what they do which makes learning much more enjoyable. The class sizes are perfect and you can recieve a lot of individual attention from teachers which helps the learning process. I enrolled in the fall semester right after I graduated from my high school which was one of the best in the area. This meant that I had a lot of my basics down and my classes were pretty easy for me. The classes offered are more tailored to those who did not recieve a good high school education or who have not been students for any number of years. The classes are mostly basic and will prepare anyone well to transfer to another college.

  • 03/03/2011

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    83 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Those low on cash. Those who aren't yet sure what they want to do, and don't want to blow a lot of money in classes they aren't sure they need.

    Tips for prospective students

    - Look up your professor when you pick your classes at (http://blog.ratemyprofessors.com/). That way, you at least have an idea of what you're paying for. Professor quality varies greatly, even in the exact same class! Do your research. - Really try and get involved in some sports or activities. Because of the nature of community colleges, it is really easy to fall into a routine of just going to your classes and going home. - Apply for scholarships from the Grand Rapids Community Foundation (http://www.grfoundation.org/). Nearly every friend I have who goes to this school gets at least $1,000 a year from them.

    Bang for the buck

    Once again this comes down to who you pick for your professors and how much work you put in. It costs the same amount for a poor professor as it does for one who knows his/her stuff. Obviously, I would advise you to pick the more difficult professors. Additionally, I would advise that you put effort into really learning the material, as opposed to worrying about the grade. If you put in the time, and you know the material of whatever it is you're studying backwards and frontwards, the grades will come. More importantly however, you will build a firm foundation with which to move up from once you transfer to a different institution.

    Am enjoying being here

    I gave it 3 stars mostly on the basis of it being a community college. Compared to other community colleges I've seen, this place has a lot to offer. There are plenty of student clubs, a plethora of athletic programs, and heck, even Alpha Theta Pi is here. The amount of activities available make it easy to get involved and enjoying yourself along the way. If however, you compare Grand Rapids Community College to any major university, you will find yourself wanting more in terms of student life.

    Am learning a lot

    This is a college that you get out what you put into it. You have a great deal of selection when it comes to choosing your professors. If you want to skate on by and have an easy A, you can do that, but you won't learn much. On the flip-side, you can pick more difficult professors, and get just as good of an education as you would of had from a major university. The choice is yours.

  • 10/26/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    84 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    stay focus STUDY get GOOD GRADES have fun

    Tips for prospective students

    To stay focus and keep your grades up because it will help if you want to transfer to a big university!

    Bang for the buck

    I paid everything without taking any loans, and I still got a nice amount of money back in refund.

    Am enjoying being here

    I enjoy being at GRCC, I have some friends that go there.

    Am learning a lot

    Yes I am learning a lot, I am learning the material that I will need for myself and the career that I want to go into.

  • 06/16/2010

    Reviewer is Researching this school. Reviewer has not been to campus.

    85 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Tips for prospective students

    be observent

  • 03/21/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    1 out of 5 people found this review useful. 1 person found this inaccurate. 86 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Who don't have major yet, and plan on transfering to a university in the future.

    Tips for prospective students

    Dont come here

    Bang for the buck

    Financial Aid and student loans are easy to apply for and to receive also and with the money you receive paying tuition for classes and other miscellaneous things won't be hard.

    Am enjoying being here

    Not at all, classes are to full and not enough resources. The only good about this school is that my friends are with me

    Am learning a lot

    Not really, the sane teachers you had in high school teach here also, and in some classes professors are meant to teach in elementary not college.

  • 01/11/2010

    Reviewer is A current student here.

    2 out of 2 people found this review useful. 87 of 87

    Categories Comments
    Great for these types of students

    Students who live in GR, Wyoming, or anywhere close to downtown of GR

    Tips for prospective students

    GRCC to me was a backup if I didn't get the required ACT score needed for the bigger colleges, so I recommend to obtain an ACT score of at least a 26 to get scholarships of course. If you're planning to go to GRCC, plan ahead in your mind that college is a whole other playing field of difficulty to pass the classes with an A because the high school habits may still linger on you so shake them off especially if you're a procrastinator...DON'T SLACK OFF on your classwork, you're paying for your classes; one chance to get A's. Otherwise it'll be trial and error until you learn to do better in your classes the first time around.

    Bang for the buck

    extremely cheap tuition compare a rough estimate of $1200 in GRCC to a $18000 in a big university. WOW better go to GRCC to take care of those required classes for transfering, or if you're looking for a assoicate or bachalors degree, that's fine as well.

    Am enjoying being here

    Close to my home, nice, friendly community, professional staff that'll help anyone in need, love the food here, look up Heritage Restaurant it has awesome food if you can the money to pay for it. if only have around 5-10 bucks you can always go to the cafe, or Raider Grill.

    Am learning a lot

    Don't be embarrassed that probably one of your friends is going to a big university like Michigan State, Western Michigan, or UofM because in GRCC you'll still learn plenty of material required to transfer to your top choice of college. A big plus is classes are around 15 to 30 people not like 50 to 100 in a classroom in Michigan State, that's crazy how are you gonna pass that class with an A if you're only a student number in their attendance than rather be treated as a human being here in GRCC in one on one talks with the professor if you need help because they'll be glad to help you out to understand the class material better.