Allendale Campus

Allendale Campus

Set on 1,304 acres along the scenic Grand River Valley, the Allendale main campus is home to modern classrooms and labs, contemporary housing, outstanding fitness and sports facilities, a comprehensive library, and much more.

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Deon Atkins

Deon Atkins

City: Benton Harbor, MI
Major: Criminal Justice
Year in Freshman Academy: 2011


I chose GVSU because they have one of the best police academies that are offered in Michigan. I was also attracted to the beautiful recreational center that has a glass window front, indoor track and a number of basketball courts! To top it off, the discovery that any bus around the city will take you anywhere as long as you have a GV ID. Card was a plus!! Freshman Academy impacted me by ensuring me that I was not alone at GVSU. Before attending the Freshman Academy, I was insecure about my math skills, but the staff helped me get through the hard times and was available any time that I needed them. Sulari, was always there to help me find a job and assist me with class scheduling which was difficult for me to pick the right ones at times. What motivates me to continue my education is knowing that I have people on my side that care about me and want me to be successful. To know that all faculty/ staff are not just working for the money, but instead because it is their passion does my heart great joy!

I am a native of Benton Harbor, MI and am the youngest of eight children. I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and a minor in Juvenile Justice. I have aspirations of becoming a federal agent someday or working with troubled youth to deter them from committing future crimes.

Admissions Office • 1 Campus Drive • Allendale MI 49401-9403
Phone (616) 331-2025 • 1-800-748-0246 • admissions@gvsu.edu