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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 83%. Popular majors include Education, Marketing, and Psychology. Graduating 66% of students, Grand Valley State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $35,300.
One Campus Drive
Allendale, MI 49401
About Grand Valley State University...
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

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
83%
Application Deadline
Rolling Admissions
SAT Range
1050-1240
ACT Range
21-27
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Early Decision/Early Action
No

Cost

Net Price
$17,184/ 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
$6,734/ year
National
$7,535
Students Receiving Financial Aid
90%

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.243 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.243 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 156 responses
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  • Friendly
    42%
  • Good people
    16%
  • Hard working
    15%
  • Sociable
    12%
  • Rich
    4%
  • 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.274 responses
Poll
62%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.332 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 168 responses
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  • Opportunities
    26%
  • Diverse
    15%
  • Academic
    12%
  • Cares about student success
    12%
  • Undergrad
    8%
  • Awesome
    8%
  • Expensive
    7%

After College

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$42,800/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
66%
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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I love going to Grand Valley! Most of my classes are smaller (about 30 students) per class and I can easily ask my professors for help. Both Allendale and the downtown campus are very nice and the free bus makes getting between the two very easy. There are lots of opportunities to meet new people and join new clubs even when you're not a freshman. The dorms and on-campus housing are also pretty nice and the food is ok to good; no complaints. The party scene is ok, definitely much tamer compared to some other universities in the general area.
Some cons include the following: Sports aren't a big deal here and most students are not involved with athletics. Diversity is incredibly lacking. I'm guessing about 80% of student here are white. There's not much going on in Allendale outside of the university but downtown GR is just about 20 minutes away so it's not that big of a dealbreaker.
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I love the size of Grand Valley and it is a perfect transition for people from small and large high schools. The people are so kind, supportive, and welcoming! The university’s student social life opportunities are amazing! It’s seems as like there is always something going on and there is something for everybody! The professor are invested in your personal journey and are extremely kind! It is an amazing opportunity to have Grand Rapids bear for internships and social life! This university really supports the individual students and helps us!
Grand Valley State University is a great college to attend! It has the most beautiful campus with many great opportunities for students. They have over 400 clubs to choose from and if you can't find one that fits you, you can always create a new one. Grand Valley is also located near the city of Grand Rapids which is an ever-evolving city with great activities for any young person. Grand Valley is also a big enough school to feel independent and free but also small enough that you see familiar faces daily. My overall experience at Grand Valley has been amazing and I would recommend this school to anyone and everyone!