Grand Valley State University Graduate Program Reviews

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93%
of students recommend
(4.1 out of 5.0)
School rating based on 70 respondents

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School Information

  • Website: Visit College Website
  • School Accreditation: NCA HLC, + 2 more
  • Programmatic Accreditation: ABET, + 8 more
  • Campus Setting: Suburb: Large
  • Student Population: 25,325 (21,972 undergrad)
  • Student to Faculty Ratio: 17 to 1
  • Graduate Attendance Status: 58% part-time, 42% full-time
  • Annual Tuition: $14,612 in-state; $19,331 out-of-state
Source: NCES

Student & Graduate Reviews

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.
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Grand Valley State University is a wonderful university to attend. The professors go above and beyond their course of duty. Always willing to work with students to understand material and taking a personal interest in each and every student. It was wonderful to attend a university where I wasn't just a student in the crowd. Each professor knew my name and took a personal interest in me. My critical thinking skills have grown since attending GVSU and I continue to grow in my academics and as a person.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2018

I am currently enrolled in the Grand Valley State University Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) Degree in Leadership program. I really love the hybrid format with several on-campus meetings combined with online coursework. The courses are offered downtown Grand Rapids on the Pew Campus, which is only a short walk to many eateries, coffee shops and entertainment. I am currently taking my first course at the GVSU Detroit Center, which is only steps from the Detroit Tigers' Comerica Park. One downfall to the Detroit Center is that GVSU does not yet own a parking lot, so students have to find a street meter (2 hour max) or find a pay-lot. Both campuses have a great feel. The graduate program prepares current and future educational leaders for building and district level administration. The professors bring high quality experience from multiple K-12 roles, both current and past. This program is articulated with Eastern Michigan University's Ph.D. in Educational Leadership, which means all Ed.S. coursework will be accepted. I am considering the Ph.D. option upon graduation. Overall, this is a fantastic academic program and I've enjoyed the networking opportunities.
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