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: NCA 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

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.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Counseling
Graduation Year: 2018

Grand Valley State welcomes you the minute you are accepted. Professors and advisers make sure you feel connected as well as supported throughout your time in the program. There are so many centers to help you through the program and prepare for the professional world, like the writing center and career center. Professors are accessible and turn into great mentors. The program is small to be able to have a lot of one on one attention but you are still getting that big university feel.
4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: School Counseling
Graduation Year: 2017

The professors in the program are excellent, and the classes contain both academic rigor and practical experiences.
4.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2015

The program has been fantastically designed to follow a developmental sequence. The faculty are encouraging and supportive, and overwhelmingly knowledgeable.
3.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2018

Grand Valley State University offers premier education for future physical therapists. Pros: excellent location in the heart of beautiful downtown Grand Rapids with Mary Freebed Rehabilitation Hospital just blocks away, friendly faculty that do everything to help you succeed, excellent clinical opportunities. Cons: cost of living is higher than in other areas.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2017

I consider this to be a very great program. The biggest note, however, is that there is almost no diversity at all. All but three people are from Michigan, only one person is not white, there isn't a huge range of ages, and there are only a couple people of diverse sexual orientation (none of whom are totally out). Also, if you're not married or about to be, you might feel out of place. If you're looking for white Catholics, though, you'll fit in here.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physical Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

I love GVSU! My program, Physical Therapy, has the best professors in the state. It is by far the one most affordable colleges in the state and is located near the second largest cities in Michigan. This city has great food and entertainment ranging from sports to comedy clubs to art prize. It is highly recommended to anyone considering college.
4.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Occupational Therapy
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros: Great certification pass rates, faculty who cares, variety of learning opportunities, overall the best program in Michigan Cons: Expensive or limited parking due to downtown city campus
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

MSW program at Grand Valley is very well rounded and allows for a very diverse education. Advisors are difficult to communicate with, but courses are very interesting
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