3,370 reviews
  1. Allendale, MI
  2. 4 Year
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
    C+
  9. Dorms
    A-
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    B-
Grand Valley State University is ...
Public
Athletic Division
NCAA Division II (with football)
Athletic Conference
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Address
1 Campus Dr
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
80%
SAT Scores Range
940-1205
ACT Scores Range
21-26
Application Fee
$30
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Required
Will You Get In?

Test Scores and GPA for Grand Valley State University

Cost

Net Price
$16,370/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $11,792/ year
  • $30-48k
    $12,730/ year
  • $49-75k
    $16,118/ year
  • $76-110k
    $19,434/ year
  • $110k+
    $20,850/ year

Academics

Professors
B
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
17:1
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.224 responses
58%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.224 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
19,084Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
5%
Pell Grant
32%
Varsity Athletes
3%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 137 responses
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  • Friendly
    42%
  • Good people
    17%
  • Hard working
    17%
  • Sociable
    11%
  • Rich
    5%
  • Unique and hardworking
    3%
  • Not very friendly toward " outsiders"
    2%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
Data not available
Poll
64%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.255 responses
Poll
63%
of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.313 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 149 responses
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  • Opportunities
    25%
  • Diverse
    16%
  • Academic
    13%
  • Cares about student success
    12%
  • Awesome
    9%
  • Undergrad
    8%
  • Expensive
    7%

After Grand Valley State University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$39,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
65%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
86%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.153 responses

Grand Valley State University Reviews

3,370 reviews
All Categories
The second I stepped on Grand Valley's campus for a tour, I felt at home. Being surrounded by nature as well as feeling safe walking around at night. The majority of professors want to see you succeed and will assist you in any way possible if you reach out. The resources here are phenomenal. There is free tutoring for students for every class if you are struggling or just want some extra help. The only thing I could change about Grand Valley is the way they handle sexual assaults/inform other students. Generally, when a sexual assault occurs and is reported, every student gets an email saying where it happened and a VERY vague description of the perpetrator; it doesn't tell us anything else. However, there are security hired through every apartment unit as well as cops doing rounds on weekends. I feel very safe for this reason. Overall, I love Grand Valley and all the activities it has to offer. It truly has a club/activity for everyone. Go Lakers!
I love Grand Valley State University. I completed my undergrad degree here, and when applying for Master's programs in Occupational Therapy, Grand Valley was my first choice. Therefore, when I was accepted into Grand Valley's Master's of Occupational Science and Therapy program I was extremely excited to continue my education at this university. I am now a year into my Master's program, and wouldn't change a thing about the experiences I have had in lectures and fieldwork rounds. I am appreciative of the large amount of connections Grand Valley has with the community, which enable me as a student to receive the best education in the state!
Grand Valley is such a great University! A lot of the students are really nice and the professors really care about their students. The campus is so beautiful and the price to attend is just fantastic! School spirit is a large part of the University and the athletics here is awesome (we are a Division II school). The dorms are great and the food is pretty good too (there is a Panda Express, Starbucks, Qdoba, and other normal campus dining options). Very good campus safety as there is police available and patrolling 24/7 and if a student doesn't feel safe walking alone, there is the Safe Walk Program where you can have an officer walk you to where you need to go. (they are really nice and keep up great conversations about anything) Overall, this school is by far the best and I highly recommend attending.