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 19,668 undergraduate students. The Grand Valley State acceptance rate is 82%. Popular majors include Education, Marketing, and Psychology. Graduating 66% of students, Grand Valley State alumni go on to earn a starting salary of $33,500.
NCAA Division II (with football)
Great Lakes Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Grand Valley State University Rankings
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Evening Degree Programs
- of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.220 responses
- of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.237 responses
- of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.237 responses
Most Popular Majors
Kinesiology and Exercise Science219 Graduates
Health Professions215 Graduates
Pre-Medicine Studies215 Graduates
Management Sciences and Information Systems204 Graduates
Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration184 Graduates
Undergrads Over 25
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Freshmen Live On-Campus
- of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.268 responses
- of students say varsity sports are a big part of campus life.326 responses
Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
- of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.153 responses
Grand Valley State University Reviews
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.
After transferring from a larger university to GVSU, it was the best decision I could have made for my college career. Professors here really do care about your learning and success, and are always there if you need something. You do not feel like just another number at this school. Advisors also do their best to ensure your success, and are available for extra resources. Campus is also beautiful! I enjoyed being downtown for the last 2 years, and the opportunities it provides.
Need healthier food options. Need some changes in some of the professors. Some professors treat each section they teach differently. They may offer less or more assignments compared to some of their other sections. This isn't fair. Students talk and word gets around quickly that their teacher is changing opportunities from class to class. Overall, great school!