Grand Valley State University Graduate Program Reviews

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92%
of students recommend
(4.04 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 71 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: HLC, + 2 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 25,460 (22,209 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 56% part-time, 44% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $16,053
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

1.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Grand Valley advertises a Hybrid MSOT program that takes 3 years and is designed for adult learners with families and other commitments. The program has been on the decline with unqualified professors who have little experience practicing OT or professing it. They demonstrate bias grading practices and poor leadership within the program. GVSU cannot secure fieldwork placements for students locally because they have developed poor and strained relationships with OTs in the immediate community. Save your money and your sanity and apply elsewhere. With multiple other MSOT programs in the area, GVSU will likely fall off the map and see a decline in admissions since there is minimal effort on the young staff to continue with program development. My education did not prepare me for my career. Multiple courses in my major were taught by first time professors and were recent past students. (Mid 20s, in the field for 2 years). Such professors had no oversight from seasoned professors and as a result, students suffered.
4.6 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2009

Grand Valley State University prepared me to be in the world as a new social worker. The teachers were all knowledgeable and shared stories from their own experiences in the world. The practicum was also a very valuable experience in order to prepare me for my career upon graduation.
4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Communications
Graduation Year: 2010

I went to Grand Valley State University for my undergraduate and graduate degrees. The class sizes are small, and the professors are attentive. I enjoyed my experience there so much, that I now work for the university!
4.2 out of 5.0
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Degree: Health Sciences
Graduation Year: 2009

College was one of the best experiences of my life. Undergrad provided the base work, to earn my masters and begin my professional career.
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2013

All programs are intentional and thoughtfully done. Professors are great and are invested in your education and development. You will be prepared, both in practical and theoretical sense for future study, employment, and overall success. There are also a lot of oppprtunities to connect with those in and outside of your field which can help with networking. Also, the campuses are well kept and have great amenities throughout.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education Administration
Graduation Year: 2013

Grand Valley State University is an amazing institution for a graduate degree. It is more diverse at this level than the undergraduate level. The education itself is amazing. Professors care about you and you're not just a number in its cohort model. If you apply yourself to the program, you are bound to be successful. The course content is coupled with a cohort model and assistantships which bring theory into every day practice. You will be well prepared for a future in Student Affairs through the College Student Affairs Leadership program. Many students have published with faculty. Connections are long lasting and those in CSAL celebrate your accomplishments even when you are gone. I recently got into a doctoral program and will begin this summer. The program coordinators, staff and faculty celebrated and there's a hashtag called #csalswag. I love it! This has been one of the greatest academic experiences that I have had thus far. Note: There was a study abroad in Jamaica trip available at the time I was in the cohort!
4.4 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2012

GVSU provides a strong entry-level program for students interested in theory related to occupational therapy. For the size of the program, professors make a reasonable effort to learn personal details about their students, such as interests, and learning styles, to help tailor the learning experience. Some semesters are challenging with minimal professor collaboration, and more challenging grading, but this is to benefit students as they prepare to enter the work force. Clinical skills vary with each professor. Many are strong theory educators, and a few are profoundly talented instructors in the real life skills students will need as professionals. Community respect for the program varies.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Loved everything about the experience. 5 clinical rotations allow for great variety of experience prior to entering the field. Instructors were wonderful and willing to assist students at anytime. Feedback is welcomed throughout the program and taken into consideration when shaping your experience. Great curriculum with rigorous didactic work as well as clinical applicability throughout.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Physical Therapy is my passion and I love what I'm studying. The Doctorate Physical Therapy program at Grand Valley is extremely challanging but I have learned a ton and all of my professors are very knowledgeable and helpful. They want to see you succeed as a physical therapist and provide you with the training and education to do so. I've learned so much at my first two clinical rotations and I can't wait for my next one coming up!
3.8 out of 5.0
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Degree: Education
Graduation Year: 2006

Too expensive, don't go. Find a career path that includes on the job training.
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