Grand Valley State University in Allendale

Allendale, MI

(Rating 2.4 based on 5 reviews)
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Overview

Grand Valley State University offers 375-degree programs and 3 via distance education. Student-to-faculty ratio is 17:1. 2 high safety сampuses. Acceptance Rate is 80%. The most popular test is SAT - 3% of students submitted it in comparison to 99% of students who submitted ACT. 40.3% are women, and 59.7% are men. 2% percents of international students. Grand Valley State University is a member of 6 athletic associations. The average annual total cost of attendance at Grand Valley State University is 16815$, that is above national average. Total price of living is between $13362 and $21562 per year. 67% of full-time Grand Valley State University students completed their education program in 150 percent of time: graduation rate is above national average. Average salary after attending is $39,400, so if you studied 2 years, you’ll get your funds back in less than 2 years.

Average Annual Cost

Average annual cost includes tuition and fees, books and supplies, and living expenses, minus the average grant/scholarship aid. Separate metrics have calculated for different institutions depends on calendar system and sector of the establishment (public or private).

The Grand Valley State University is a public and non-academic-year institution, so it’s net price represents an average of all programs and includes only undergraduates who first enrolled in the fall term and pay in-state tuition and receive Title IV aid.

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$16,815
ABOVE AVERAGE

By Family Income

Depending on the federal state, or institutional grant and available, Grand Valley State University students in your income bracket may pay more of less than the overall average costs.

Family IncomeAverage cost
$0 - $30,000$11,792
$30,001 - $48,000$12,730
$48,001 - $75,000$16,118
$75,001 - $110,000$19,434
$110,001+$20,850

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Finance

Charges:

  • Typical room charge for academic year: 5730

  • Typical board charge for academic year: -

  • Combined charge for room and board: -

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Percent of students with financial aid

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19%

Types of financial aids

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14001 of Grand Valley State University undergraduate students were awarded with some type of financial aid, it’s 65 percents of all undergraduate students. This makes Grand Valley State University number 9 in the amount of financial aid awarded to students among all educational institutions in Michigan.

Students at Grand Valley State University awarded 5 types of loans or aids, the biggest percent of students received a any financial aid.

Family IncomeNumber awarded grant and scholarship aidAverage amount of grant and scholarship aid awarded
$0 - $30,000
99.78%
$10,392
$30,001 - $48,000
99.4%
$9,521
$48,001 - $75,000
97.18%
$6,255
$75,001 - $110,000
72.71%
$2,497
$110,001+
46.54%
$1,047

Salary After Attending

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$39,400

According to College Scorecard Data from U.S. Department of Education

Students services

Career

Academic/career counseling service

Employment services for students

Living & meal

Full-time, first-time degree/certificate-seeking students required to live on campus

Institution provide on-campus housing

Institution provides board or meal plan

Veteran Services Available

Yellow Ribbon Program

Credit for military training

Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families

Recognized student veteran organization

Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges

Disability services

3%

Percent indicator of undergraduates formally registered as students with disabilities

Undergraduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Graduate programs or courses are offered via distance education

Alternative tuition plans

Any alternative tuition plans offered by institution

Tuition payment plan

Tuition payment plan - a program that allows tuition to be paid in installments spread out over an agreed upon period of time, sometimes without interest or finance charges.

Special learning opportunities

Here are the learning opportunities available in Grand Valley State University.

Study abroad

Weekend/evening college

Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)

Teacher certification: approved by the state for initial certification or licensure of teachers

Study abroad - programs and arrangements providing students a possibility to complete part of the college program studying in another country.

Weekend/evening college allows students to complete courses and attend classes only on weekends or only in evenings.

Teacher certifications programs are designed to prepare students to meet the requirements for certification as teachers in elementary, middle/junior high, and secondary schools.

Athletic associations

  • Member of National Athletic Association
  • Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)
  • NCAA/NAIA member for football
  • NCAA/NAIA member for basketball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for baseball
  • NCAA/NAIA member for cross country/track

Graduation Rate

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67%
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Grand Valley State University graduation rate is above the national average.

67% of full-time students enrolled for the first time to Grand Valley State University completed the education program and got a degree in 150 percent of the expected time of completion.

The graduation rate value includes only programs that were completed less than six years for four-year degrees or less than three years for two-year degrees.

Graduation rate is the percentage of institution’s new-entering, first-time, first-year undergraduate students who complete their program within 150% of the published time for the program. Graduation rate excludes a huge number of students. This index doesn’t consider students of nontraditional enrollments - part-time students, students who enroll mid-year, and who transfer from one institution to another. So graduation rate alone can create a misleading perception. Completion rate in the form of total number of students receiving any types of awards/degrees creates a complete picture. Combining this data with graduation rate is a better way to compare institutions.

Applying information

Average number of admissions to one applicant

1 : 1

Average number of applicants to one enrolled

4 : 1

Admission considerations

Required:

  • Secondary school GPA
  • Secondary school record
  • Completion of college-preparatory program
  • Admission test scores
  • Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)

Recommended:

  • Secondary school rank

Neither required nor recommended:

  • Recommendations
  • Formal demonstration of competencies
  • TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)

Acceptance Rate

The percentage of students given offers out of all those that applied.

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80%

In comparison to National Average

Grand Valley State University acceptance rate is above national average.

In comparison to state Average

Average acceptance rate for institutions in state is 70%, so acceptance rate value is above state average for 10%.

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80%
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In comparison to an average acceptance rate in of colleges in $10k - $20k price range

Average acceptance rate for all institutions in state in the same net price range is 66%, so Grand Valley State University acceptance rate value is above state net price average for 14%.

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80%
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Admissions yield

Of those that receive offers to enroll, this is the percent of students that actually do enroll. It is equal to the number of students that enroll divided by the number of accepted students multiplied by 100.
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31%

Total

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31%

Full time

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0%

Part time

Retention rate

Full-time retention rate

84%

Part-time retention rate

48%

The Grand Valley State University full-time retention rate is 84% and part-time retention rate is 48%.

Retention rate is the percentage of the institution's first-time first-year undergraduate students who continue at that institution the next year. E.g., full-time students who study in the fall semester and keep on studying in the same program next fall semester are counted in the retention rate.

Retention rate is an important index: if it is high, it demonstrates that school has quality curriculum, good student environments and cultures as more students choose to continue their studies.

SAT/ACT scores

SAT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Grand Valley State University students submitting SAT scores

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3%

Composite SAT Range (25th - 75th):
960 - 1210

SAT Range by section (25th - 75th)
Critical Reading: 450 - 580
Math: 510 - 630
Writing: 0 - 0

SAT Test Score Range

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ACT scores

Percent of first-time degree/certificate-seeking Grand Valley State University students submitting ACT scores

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99%

Composite ACT Range (25th - 75th):
21 - 26

ACT Range by section (25th - 75th)
English: 21 - 26
Math: 20 - 26
Writing: 0 - 0

ACT Test Score Range

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SAT Score Converter

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Student Body

The student-to-faculty ratio at Grand Valley State University is 17:1, that means that for every 17 students the institution has one professor, lecturer or specialist with a degree in education. Lower student-to-faculty ratio is better - it means that professors can dedicate more time and attention to each student.

Student-to-faculty ratio

17:1
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Men/Women

Number of international students

483
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2%

Percent of international students

Race/ethnicity breakdown

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Students enrollment in distance education

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In Grand Valley State University the biggest percent of students are enrolled in on-campus courses.

Distance education location breakdown

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Here are the students enrolled exclusively in distance education courses at Grand Valley State University and grouped by their location. Distance education courses are the most popular for students located in Michigan.

Campus Safety

The percentage of crimes on Allendale Campus

The campus located by 1 Campus Dr. address in Allendale, Michigan.

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Allendale Campus in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Grand Valley State University with 0.07% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Allendale Campus are burglary, forcible sex offense, and robbery.

The percentage of crimes on Robert C. Pew Campus (Grand Rapids)

The campus located by 401 W. Fulton Street address in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

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Robert C. Pew Campus (Grand Rapids) in comparison of all branches in the US. It is calculated as the average percent of crimes yearly by five years of data for every campus, based on an overall number of students studying there. The branch is the middle size campus of Grand Valley State University with 0.01% of maximum crimes a year. The most often crimes detected on Robert C. Pew Campus (Grand Rapids) are aggravated assault, burglary, and motor vehicle theft.

Academic Programs

Number of degree programs offered

Grand Valley State University offers 375 programs in total: 240 are for Bachelor's degree, 87 - for Master's degree, 21 - for Postbaccalaureate certificate, 18 - for less than 1-year certificate programs, and 3 are Post-master's certificate.

This is the middle number of programs in comparison with other 194 universities in Michigan state. Grand Valley State University is one of the few institutions in Michigan that offers a Master's degree program.

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Number of degree programs offered via distance education

There are 3 distance education programs that are provided in the Grand Valley State University: 3 are for Master's degree.

Note, that programs offered via distance education might be fully online as well as partially online and require on-campus meetings. So explore each program to make sure you can commit.

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Total credit/contact hours

Here you can find the data on instructional activity in measured in total credit and/or contact hours delivered by institutions during a 12-month period. Also we shown the Michigan state average data to help you compare.

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Grand Valley State University provides coursework for undergraduate students, graduate students and students with doctors professional practice.

In 2014-2015 academic year estimated full-time equivalent undergraduate enrollment was 19686 students with 590581 сredit hours for 12-month instructional activity period. The enrollment for graduates was 2418 with 58042 credit hours. The doctors professional practice enrollment was 346 students.

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Student Reviews and Ratings for Grand Valley State University

Overall Rating:

Overall Rating:

There is a reason this school is ranked to poorly. If you go you will find out exactly how bad the school is. From the poor nursing program to so many other things that make this school a fail. They cost far to much for what they give back. To many professors hired just because they want to hire a diverse staff but fail to be good teachers. Sad what the school has become. GO ANYWHERE ELSE.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I wasn’t going to post a review about this school because I don’t want to give them another second of my time, but if I can prevent someone else from going through what I did I want to. I was only at this school for one year, and i can easily day it was the worst year of my life. Having my roommate switched at the last second before the year started with no warning from someone i really got along with to an absolute brat was absurd. Not to mention the school did nothing more than tell this person to stop after they continually left the door to my room unlocked and sometimes even open when no one was there putting all of my possessions at risk of being stolen. The teachers seem like random people that were brought in off the street because the school doesn’t want to pay for knowledgeable qualified professors. The wifi is questionable at best, so don’t expect it to work. The campus food is inedible. The academic advisors will ignore everything you say and if you get angry about it they will tell you that you need to see a counselor for your “mental issues”. The entire school is money hungry and charge way too much for the garbage hole that the school is, and put the tuition into their own pockets instead of the school. Not to mention the school is out in the middle of nowhere where nobody can find you. There are dozens of rapes, there are robberies, burglaries, and shootings, and remember all of these things happened in the course of the 2016-2017 school year. The police do nothing to try and prevent these things, they put all their time into going around all the parking lots and writing as many parking tickets as humanly possible. The people are just nasty, there’s no other way to describe them, and the dorms are falling apart. This school doesn’t even deserve one star, and I wish i could get my tens of thousands of dollars and that entire year of my life back because i gained nothing from it, because only four of my credits transferred to my new school

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

2 stars. Why? Let me give you a few reasons:1. I feel like the curriculum, at least for me being an illustration major, was actually pretty good. Granted, I feel like I was bogged down with a lot of unnecessary courses (welcome to Liberal Arts college) but I think that what I DID get out of it was pretty good.2. FEES. Students are paying tuition for what, exactly? They charge for PAPER now. Parking has always been an issue and it's $400+ for a parking permit. The only thing that's "free" is bus fare, and you can see why when you realize the low quality (super early stopping times, inconvenient weekend routes, etc). Overall, you kind of pay all this money and end up wondering what you're actually paying it for.I guess all in all, I wouldn't recommend liberal arts college for people who know what they want to do.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

Grand Valley is a fantastic university. Gorgeous campus but a smaller more intimate feel than a big ten campus. Staff truly cares about kids. Class sizes are smaller allowing students more interaction with their professors. Clean, modern, beautiful facilities. They are pouring money into upgrades on the main campus as well as the downtown Grand Rapids health sciences campus. This university is a rising star for sure. Check it out!

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Overall Rating:

I really like what they've done with the place. There's so much to do and learn here. The admissions and financial aid departments are top notch. There's some really great professors here (and some professors I'm shock are still on the GVSU payroll). My only issue would be the lack of diversity.

Source of the review: Google Places, Google Maps™

Location & Website

Address: 1 Campus Dr

Place:

Religious affiliation: Not applicable

Calendar system: Semester

General Phone Number: +6163312020

Institution is active in current year: 1

Institution's internet website address: gvsu.edu

Financial aid office: Go to the page

Admissions office: Go to the page

Online application: Go to the page

Net price calculator: Go to the page

Veterans and Military Service members tuition policies: Go to the page

Student-Right-to-Know student athlete graduation rate: Go to the page

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