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

4.08 out of 5.0
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Degree: Public Health
Graduation Year: 2016

All of our professors are extremely willing to help us learn & will take time out of their day to further explain any difficult topic. The professors also spend time working in the field outside of class time which I think is very respectable. I have enjoyed my first year in the program & believe that the workload is manageable if you are willing to put in your best effort. I do think that it is an extremely competitive program, but I feel as though this is necessary to push each individual to try their hardest. The program is very organized and I believe that I will be more than ready to be an entry level Physical Therapist when I graduate.
4.67 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

Pros- The grad school is located at the heart of Grand Rapids which is a bigger city meaning more opportunities for students. Since it is a bigger city there are chances to work with different people of different backgrounds and social economic statuses. It is not a very big school meaning easier access to teachers and other resources like volunteer opportunities. Cons- The lack of access to much financial help is the biggest problem. Housing around the area is very expensive and often pushes students to live outside of the area.
3.17 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physician Assistant
Graduation Year: 2014

Pro- training for family practice, lots of hands on experience, uni sets up rotations, GR is a great community, inclusion of LGBT Con- Not well trained for specialties, lack of racial diversity, little scholarships available, must rely on financial aid
4.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Liberal Studies
Graduation Year: 2015

Pros: The professors and adjunct professors are very motivated to inspire graduate students to apply theory to practice. They provide opportunities for us to expand our student affairs knowledge and bring current issues into the classroom for discussion. They also created a domestic study abroad course to learn more about Minority Serving Institutions where we stayed at Morehouse College during their graduation week to help us understand their importance and gain personal experiences with staff and students from Morehouse and Spelman Colleges. If you did not receive a GA, they have a bi-weekly meeting with these students to discuss their experiences and help place you in departments of your interest to gain practical application of education from the classrooms. Their orientation week allows students to meet, network, and hear from almost every department. The Student Affairs Graduate Association is heavily involved with the recruitment of new students, the direction of where the program is headed, and image of the program. If you have the time or energy, there are many opportunities to help develop and/or coordinate many university programming. Cons: While my co-hort is fairly diverse, the class of 2014 and 2016 are predominantly white.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Nursing
Graduation Year: 2016

I love my graduate program. The teachers are wonderful and truly caring. The only major downside is parking and bus rides.
4.5 out of 5.0
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Degree: Elementary Education
Graduation Year: 2015

I really enjoy the education graduate program things I was very please with. -Faculty response quickly to questions or concerns -Registration was easy and fast - My academic counselor was very professional and new the pathway I was taking. - The professors know their content very well and used different teaching methods. -Professors can be flexible base on your needs and situation The only thing that astonished me and I wish was a bit different was student diversity. In my grad program I was the only minority.
4.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Social Work
Graduation Year: 2016

The Social Work program is filled with knowledgable professors and experienced faculty. Professors provide a lot of practical advice and provide many different service opportunities and sites for experiential learning. I feel very prepared for a career in Social Work and supported by the incredible staff.
3.83 out of 5.0
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Degree: Special Education
Graduation Year: 2014

GVSU had a great Special Ed program at the master's level. The department chair, Dr. Schelling, is outstanding. The workload was manageable and realistic for professional students. GVSU, like so many schools, is still stuck with Blackboard. Blackboard is very outdated, in my opinion, and limits the ease and quality of online instruction.
2.75 out of 5.0
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Degree: Physician Assistant
Graduation Year: 2016

It is surrounded by lots of things to do, if you have the time.
5.0 out of 5.0
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Degree: Educational Leadership
Graduation Year: 2016

Juggling a full time teaching job while seeking my Master's in administration has been stressful at times. The professors are very understanding and supportive. I have learned a ton from my professors who have shared their experiences of being in the same position I currently am in now. I'm have way through my degree and plan to have my special education administration certificate soon!
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