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  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
    B+
  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 $33,500.
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.
Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,604/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,507/ year
  • $49-75k
    $15,385/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,127/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,966/ year
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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.237 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.237 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,373Undergrads
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 150 responses
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  • Friendly
    43%
  • Hard working
    15%
  • Good people
    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.268 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.326 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 162 responses
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  • Opportunities
    26%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Academic
    12%
  • Cares about student success
    11%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Undergrad
    8%
  • Expensive
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$41,000/ 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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Currently, I am a freshman at Grand Valley State University. For me, the idea of moving three hours away from home terrified me. I knew absolutely no one and I have never been away from home. The day my parents dropped me off at my dorm by myself was the scariest feeling of my life. For the first couple of days, I was so upset that I couldn't leave my room. Once transitions started, I finally grew out of my depression and I began to talk to people that were going through the same pain as me. I made a new friend that now I am proud to call my best friend. Together, we discovered so many clubs and fun activities available on campus. We also discovered the freshman fifteen as a result of the Kleiner building and Fresh Foods. I am very greatful that my parents supported me going away to Grand Valley. I am so proud to be a Laker!
Grand Valley State University is an excellent school and by far one of the best decisions i have ever made. I get so excited talking about Grand Valley whenever someone asks about it. There are so many opportunities for students to get involved, like Greek Life, intramural sport teams, and clubs for any and all majors! The campus takes 10 to 15 minutes to walk across so everything is in a very convenient location. Also Grand Valley prides itself on being named one of the country's most environmentally responsible colleges by The Princeton Review. Everyone i have talked to that has went to Grand Valley says it is one of the best universities in the state of Michigan. I am proud to be a student at Grand Valley and I cannot wait for what the future brings me because of my decision of going to Grand Valley State University.