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Grand Valley State University

How this student rated the school
Educational QualityB+ Faculty AccessibilityA
Useful SchoolworkB- Excess CompetitionB+
Academic SuccessB+ Creativity/ InnovationB
Individual ValueA University Resource UseB+
Campus Aesthetics/ BeautyA FriendlinessB+
Campus MaintenanceA- Social LifeB-
Surrounding CityB- Extra CurricularsA-
Describes the student body as:
Friendly, Snooty, Closeminded

Describes the faculty as:
Friendly, Helpful

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Date: Dec 10 2010
Major: Accounting (This Major's Salary over time)
I am a senior at gvsu and should be graduating next may 2011. Overall, I have liked it but keep in mind GVSU is not for everyone. First of all, when you start out with your freshmen year gen eds. they are really easy (some I should say) and others are b.s. but you do find your interest with them. As for my major, Accounting, I would say its around 3rd in the state, as is GV for academics, though it is comparable to MSU for regular academics (look at Princeton Review or U.S. News and World Report). As for the social scene, yes it could be better but there is more to college than getting drunk every day, if you wanna do that go to MSU or even better CMU.

Still, GV is good for those of us who like small classes and discussions with faculty. It is a combination between a large Big Ten type college and a small private college, it is a public university though. If you're looking to be taught by a graduate student at a graduate focused school (though higher reputation, people always overrate flagship universities in their respective states) then go to a Big Ten school. Also, I think GV needs to recruit more out of state and non West Michigan students (most "locals" are pretty cool though some can be close-minded, but it is good to get some diversity at any university) though they are doing that currently.

My biggest recommendation is to be involved in some sort of organization or activity outside of class. Whether it is Harry Potter Club or Greek Life it is important to be involved at GVSU in order to be part of the community. I think most people who don't like GVSU were not involved in the campus at all, and therefore complain. Also, the study abroad can be good to gain some insights on the world outside of West Michigan (I'm talking to you "locals").

Like I said overall I liked GVSU, but also GVSU has strong focuses in business, education, and health sciences/medical field. If you are not in that program, you will probably have a much different experience than myself. Just keep in mind that no college is perfect and to do your research. Furthermore, if you're out of state (I'm not but I know this) it can be cheaper to go to GV than your state flagship in state (ex. University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign) so make sure to check out the campus.

Lastly, our sports are really good and they are free to go to, including football. GO LAKERS!!!

questionHi, im a junior in high school and im starting to look at colleges. i visited gvsu two days ago and i absolutely loved it. i am also interested in accounting so if you have any insight or things you would like to pass down feel free to do so;). the only problem i have is the cost. do you have any advice on how to get scholarships or grants or anything?
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