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Mrs. Friend, one of our 6th grade English teachers, also attended Grand Valley State University and feels strongly about the education she received there. "I graduated from Grand Valley State University. I have a Bachelor of Arts Degree with a major in language arts and minor in education. I have my Master's Degree also from Grand Valley in Early Childhood Education. While attending G.V.S.U. I ran cross country and track in addition to taking Honors Program classes which helped prepare me for working full time as well as being a wife and mother. My classes at Grand Valley prepared me in many ways for my teaching career and I would highly recommend the teaching program at G.V.S.U."
Miss Kittridge, a 5th grade teacher at Ealy Elementary, had this to say about her time at Grand Valley State University,
"I loved my time at G.V.S.U. The campus felt large because of the diverse programs, people, and activities yet my classes remained small. Most of my classes included hands on experiences which helped me learn in a way that best fit me. I also really enjoyed the fact that I had a relationship with my professors. If I didn't understand something or had questions about what courses to take, I could always find someone to help. There were always activities going on around campus which made it easy to find hobbies that interested me. Football games, movies, the recreation center, and computer lab printing were all free which made it easy to get involved and stay on top of homework."
Mr. Christensen who teaches 8th grade English, feels strongly about the impact of his university.
"When I arrived at Grand Valley State University, I knew immediately that I was home. I never sat in nameless soulless lecture halls, only in quaint and personal classroom settings where every professor knew me by name. My professors, and my supervisors at my campus job, were available day and night; once when I was ill and hospitalized, I even had visits from them in the hospital. Now that I'm older and no longer a student there, I still exchange e-mails with them. I miss them, and I miss Grand Valley State University because during a very happy time of my life, it was and will always remain Home."
All of the above staff are "Lakers for a Lifetime!"
Information provided below comes from Libby Bonnell, Assistant Director of Admissions at Grand Valley State University:
1. Describe your institution and the student who is the "best fit."
Grand Valley State University is a public, mid-sized college located in Allendale, Michigan, 13 miles outside Grand Rapids, the second largest city in Michigan. With enrollment just under 25,000 students, an average class size of 27 and classes taught by faculty, not graduate students, we are a great fit for students who want endless collegiate opportunities with personal attention.
2. What are your admission requirements?
At Grand Valley, we are looking for students who are prepared to meet the challenges of a rigorous university curriculum. An admissions counselor carefully reviews each application and considers academic and other various criteria.
Applicants will be reviewed using a combination of:
- High school courses completed
- Cumulative grade point average
- Standardized test scores
- Grade point averages trend
- Rank in class
- Other factors provided by the applicant
Subject criteria in high school should include:
- Four years of English, including composition
- Three years of science, including two years of laboratory science
- Three years of college preparatory mathematics
- Three years of social science
- Two years of a single foreign language
To be considered for admission, you must submit the following:
- Completed undergraduate application for admission
- Official high school transcript
- Official results of the ACT or SAT test
- A $30.00 non-refundable application fee
- Any necessary supporting documentation
3. Why is post-secondary training important?
Students will have more opportunities available to them. Aside from personal growth and intellectual development, training offers more career opportunities and a higher income.
4. As the parent of a middle school student, what steps can I take now to help my child succeed in the future?
It’s never too early to prepare for college. Studying hard and exploring interests is a good start because high school will have more of a focus on good grades and preparing for standardized tests required for post-secondary training.
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