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Valparaiso, IN
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$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 896 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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4 College Junior

Academics: The professors are great and extremely helpful. Small class sizes, so you're not just another student. Workload is a little rough for engineers, but you learn to manage it.

3 College Junior

Academics: I'd say that it's pretty average for a small private school. Classes are smaller and more intimate, so you get a better learning experience.

3 College Junior

Athletics: I'm a track athlete, and we don't even have a track

3 College Junior

Scholarships: It helps to go talk to FA in person.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of different people from different backgrounds.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a pretty safe campus, not in a big city.

3 College Junior

Campus Dining: The food gets old after a while.

3 College Junior

Facilities: Outdated, but there are plans to renovate campus.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Small class sizes, great help from professors.

4 College Junior

Overall Experience: Very high rate of employment for Valpo grads.

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: It's a quiet town, stuff to do but no big events.

4 College Junior

Majors: No problems getting into the College of Engineering

4 College Junior

Majors: Lots of great opportunities, a lot of work though.

3 College Senior

Guys & Girls: It's college. That's about it. I'v never have had a problem with any guys on campus. If there are a couple bad seeds in the bunch I wouldn't find it fair to rate the guys "low" just because of them. I have a lot of guy friends ranging from physics, biology, chemistry, engineering, and art,music, and business majors and I say that one group is better than the other they all have there own quirks and are intelligent in the field that they have decided to pursue! The only thing I was amazed at when coming to a Lutheran school was the little amount of guys I saw going to church activities. I guess I assumed more of them would be "religious" or interested in openly talking about God.

4 College Senior

Local Atmosphere: One of the reason I chose this college was for the great little city that it was in. While, it might not be a huge amount of choices there is still fun activities to do like movies, a put-put course in Maryville, and various little shopping centers!

4 College Senior

Campus Dining: I think the food that is served is great for campus food. I would like to see more vegan options but either than that I find the campus pricing decent and fair. More often than not I can find something to eat at least! :)

4 College Senior

Campus Strictness: There's not much I can say about the campus strictness. I don't not feel like the campus has "strict" rules. They all are there for a reason, and if they are to keep the students safe and without chaos and disorder I am all for them. I'v gotten violation for having a candle in my room (even though it was my roommates) but I understand why we needed to be written up if the RA feels like we could have possibly put others in risk of a candle incident...what I'm trying to say is if the rules are keeping me safe, then I'm happy that they are being enforced no mater what.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: My school does a great job of making me feel safe, even when I am walking alone at night from the library or the cafe. They have emergency posts I feel like at every corner on campus and VUPD seems to always patrolling and attentive to their students on campus!

3 College Senior

Off-Campus Dining: I appreciate the variety of campus choices that Valparaiso as a city provides. I would like to see more discount opportunities at more sit-down restaurants like The Tomato bar, Yatz, or even Noodles and Company, if that would be at all possible. As a student on a tight-budget though I do sometimes it find it hard to get vegan-friendly options that don't cost a fortune, still I can't complain to much because there are at least options for me and I am not completely out of luck.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: There's definitely enough variety to keep you busy. I still have yet to try a lot of the off-campus restaurants. There's a bunch of cafes and restaurants as well as a few little ethnic places, all of which are pretty close to campus. Some of the places are a little expensive, but there's a few cheaper pizza places, Subway and Jimmy John's right across the street, and my personal favorite, the Dynasty Buffet. So there is definitely something for everyone food-wise.

4 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: Valparaiso is a cute little town. There's plenty of little shops and restaurants to go to, not to mention the annual Popcorn Festival. There are a few bars that seem to be pretty popular with the upperclassmen, but I couldn't tell you about those firsthand. If you are really into shopping, the nearest mall is about fifteen minutes away, so unless you have a car it's not the best town for shopping. But there are fun places to go, especially if you have a car. Most of the time we stay on campus though, especially during the winter.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I'm super grateful I got the chance to live on campus last year. The atmosphere of living in the dorms was one of the biggest reasons I had so much fun here this year. I'd highly recommend living on campus. The majority of my friends lived in Alumni with me. Alumni and Lank are definitely the two best options of the freshmen dorms. Brandt isn't really as bad as everyone says, but if you can avoid living there your first year, do it.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: The people here are great! Really warm and welcoming for the most part.There's a real sense of community. As far as looks go, the guys are pretty decent. Things have changed a little since some of the older reviews. The people are a lot more open-minded than some of the reviews led me to believe.

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: The dorms are good considering Valpo makes you stay on campus until you're a senior. The freshmen dorms aren't very good but the upperclassmen dorms are pretty good. Housing is expensive but you don't really have a choice to live off campus until you're a senior.

3 College Junior

Athletics: Valpo athletics are ok but not great. Some of the teams are good but you don't really hear about them except for basketball, which is good, and football, which is horrible.

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Amber Will
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
Political Science and History
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When trying to determine the best part about their VU experience, most students recount the great friends and the encouraging atmosphere the professors work hard to create. A great advantage to the students at Valpo is the willingness of professors to speak with you, even if you aren’t in their class or even their department. If a change of majors might sound good, any professor from any department is willing to take time out of his/her schedule and talk about the department and its programs. The education and chances to learn from professors, who are there to teach first and research/publish second, is by far the best aspect of Valpo. It feels like a lot of work at the beginning because the classes are designed to make thought and discussion happen on a daily basis, but the work definitely pays off at graduation when you realize how much you've learned.

Students consistently comment that they have left Valpo with lasting friendships and a deep appreciation for learning. Valpo is a one-of-a-kind place that just seems to draw you in. The community aspect is the most commented on portion of life at Valpo because it is so strong. Campus truly becomes your home.

A negative part of the college experience is the strictness coming from VUPD, but most students feel that the positives highly outweigh the feelings of being treated like a child at times. Most students would choose Valpo again if they had to start over. If you are looking for a strong community and caring professors, Valpo really should be on your list. 

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