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B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    B+
  3. Diversity
    B+
  4. Campus
    A
  5. Athletics
    A+
  6. Party Scene
    B+
  7. Professors
    B
  8. Location
    B-
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    A
  12. Safety
    B+
Grand Valley State is an above-average public university located in Allendale, Michigan in the Grand Rapids Area. It is a large institution with an enrollment of 19,373 undergraduate students. The Grand Valley State acceptance rate is 81%. Popular majors include Education, Marketing, and Psychology. Graduating 65% of students, Grand Valley State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
About Grand Valley State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
One Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
Website

Grand Valley State University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
81%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1230
ACT Range
21-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

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Cost

Net Price
$16,175/ year
National
$15,523
Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.
Average Total Aid Awarded
$6,374/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
86%

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
16:1
Evening Degree Programs
Yes
85%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.220 responses
69%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.241 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.241 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,373Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
2,564
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
29%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 154 responses
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  • Friendly
    42%
  • Good people
    16%
  • Hard working
    15%
  • Sociable
    12%
  • Rich
    5%
  • Unique and hardworking
    3%
  • Not very friendly toward " outsiders"
    3%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Poll
65%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.272 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.330 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 166 responses
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  • Opportunities
    27%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Academic
    12%
  • Cares about student success
    11%
  • Undergrad
    8%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Expensive
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
49%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
95%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.153 responses
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Proud to be a Laker! I loved my four years at the "college in the cornfield" which continues to grow in both the primary Allendale and downtown Grand Rapids campuses. The primary campus is so lovely that we returned to have our wedding in the arboretum and reception at the Alumni House. The sprawling layout leads to lots of walking, biking, or skating but also affords a sense of community as students tend to live and study with those seeking similar majors. I was a member of the Honors College which afforded the opportunity to get to know our professors well since some of our classes spanned multiple sememsters. A very strong athletic department means great games to attend and an enormous FieldHouse to allow year-round indoor participation in every sport imaginable even in the midst of a Michigan winter.
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I am currently a senior at Grand Valley pursuing my undergraduate degree in nursing. I have had very great experiences at this school, such as meeting life long friends, being accepted into the nursing program, attending football tailgates and games, etc. Although many of the courses I have taken thus far have been challenging, the majority of the professors are amazing and willing to help you achieve the grade you desire in the class if you are willing to put in the work. I am very excited to finish getting my degree in this next year and I will be proud to say that I am a Grand Valley alum!
Great campus and great people! Overall an amazing college experience. I am proud to be a Laker for a lifetime. The campus is very conveniently located from the Grand Rapids downtown area and in the suburbs of Allendale. GV does a really good job at being a big school, but with a small school feel with their class sizes and the attention that each and every student gets. Grand Valley State University is a very up and coming educational institute as it as seen tremendous growth in every aspect of Education.