Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 845 total reviews with an average rating of 3.2

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3 College Student

Drug Safety: A lot of people don't drink but some do. You will not feel left out if you don't drink or do drugs.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Dining: Basically everyone eats in the Union.

3 College Student

Guys & Girls: People are very nice and friendly. Easy to make friends. Unfortunately there are almost no attractive girls.

3 College Student

Off-Campus Housing: No one really does off campus.

3 College Student

Nightlife: Frat houses are the only thing Valpo has going for it. Besides that your gonna be stuck in your dorm watching a movie.

4 College Student

Computers: Everything is great except for the Wifi in the dorms. Dorm wifi is atrocious.

2 College Student

Athletics: Basketball is the only highlight of sports here. don't even bother to go to a football game. Fitness center has nice equipment but it is too small.

3 College Student

Transportation: The bus takes a long time to pick up drunk people at parties.

2 College Student

Diversity: Basically a bunch of middle-class, white kids.

4 College Student

Scholarships: Very good scholarships for those who did well in high school.

2 College Student

Weather: It's call Val-pour-rain-snow for a reason.

2 College Sophomore

Majors: all the majors have requirements which are necessary, but some hold double standards which in the end screw you over. Some profs have no motivation to encourage their students.

1 College Sophomore

Majors: I did not like the way everything was handled for students that were struggling. Profs were misleading

3 College Sophomore

Academics: Its as good as you make it. The advisors suck so you need to know exactly what is expected of you before going to them

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I would live off campus if there were enough houses for rent and all the sororities and fraternities didnt take them all

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: its like any other town

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I think some people in greek like are really nice and others can be really mean and only associate with people in their organizations. if one person doesn't like you, the rest don't

1 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: I do not like being told what to do so the strictness bugs me, but I listen to what the rules are. They make the rules for a reason. You can get away with it if your careful, but you are risking a lot

2 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: The only good housing is either Uptown which you can only get as a junior or senior or the newest building which isn't even finished yet.

3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Athletics at Valpo are based on how much money or trophies that team brings in. The other teams such as track, swimming, dance, and cheerleading do not get anything from the school really expect basic necessities, if that even cuts the budget.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: there are a lot of international students, but since this is considered a Lutheran school a lot of students participate in the Lutheran church. However, some do go to the catholic church near campus. Also, people don't really talk about their sexual orientation on campus. There are a select few that are proud of who they are.

3 College Junior

Academics: I think my nursing program is a good one. I think they prepare us and make us responsible for life in the real world and working world after school.

2 College Junior

Weather: Winters are very cold. Especially this winter, and rain

3 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are places to eat and a movie theater, bowling, a mall about 20 minutes away

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: It's suppose to be a dry campus, but what college is. Its suppose to be non-smoking but people still smoke although I wish they didn't.

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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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