Location
Valparaiso, IN
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2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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Reviews 951 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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5 College Junior

Majors: It is very easy to get into programs at Valpo. For most, it is as simple as declaring your major.

4 College Junior

Majors: I really enjoy being in the Creative Writing program. There are plenty of opportunities to have my work recognized and put to the test with peer competition. There is also a lecture series called WordFest that is off particular interest to my program. I have the opportunity to hear from successful professionals in my field about their experiences.

4 College Junior

Academics: The fun part about being a Creative Writing major is the class choice. There are a wide range of topic seminars and other interest specific courses that I can take depending on the type of writer I would like to become. The Career center is also very helpful in searching for available jobs/internships that meat each student's abilities/goals.

4 College Junior

Academics: Academics are taken very seriously. The library is packed with students nightly and on the weekends. Professors are also readily available for questions outside of class time. To help with work, TAs and the writing center are always available as well when a professor is not. The registration process is simple enough and advisors do their best to get students into the classes they need.

4 College Junior

Local Atmosphere: There are a good number of restaurants in Valpo and cutesy shops, but the best attraction is the proximity to the Dunes and Lake Michigan. There is a state park with lots of things to do. The locals are friendly to the students, especially during basketball season. There are also annual festivals, such as the Popcorn Festival that the school and locals partake in.

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. VUPD sends out alerts when we need to be on our guards and nothing seriously bad had happened on campus. The sidewalks are well lit at night and the placement of emergency call buttons are convenient should anything bad happen. Every student is told to put VUPD's number in their phones on the first day, so everybody is able to contact emergency personal.

3 College Junior

Campus Strictness: Valpo is very strict in particular about the honor code. This is good because it protects the academic integrity of the students. Campus should be more strict about alcohol on campus and smoking on campus. Both are prohibited, but it is common to see them daily.

College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: At Valpo, students are required to live on-campus until they have achieved senior status. As I have yet to achieve that, I only know what on-campus living is like. It is nice to be close to classes and dining options, but having this living style as a requirement is kind of a downer. The required meal plan forces students to eat what is being served rather than being allowed to make their own meals. Also, there are a lot of dorm rules that could be easier to live without.

College Junior

Nightlife: I am not at all the best judge of Valpo's party scene, as I prefer not to go out. I am aware that there are numerous Greek parties and other hangouts every weekend. Valpo is a dry campus, but I know that students do not follow this rule and with that being said, I do not think all of the parties are a good idea.

3 College Junior

Scholarships: Getting financial aid is relatively easy. The Finaid office is friendly and helpful to answer all questions and guide those who need help. The downside is for students who are paying their own way despite having well-off parents. Not as much aid can be given because it is based off of parent's income. The Finaid office does provide plenty of links to private loans though.

3 College Junior

Greek Life: There are many students involved with Greek life on campus, but they aren't too cliquey. As a non-Greek, I find the Greeks to be well mannered, social, and approachable as opposed to the stereotypes surrounding Greek life. At Valpo, the Greek men have charter houses while the Greek women have a specific dorm building. Greek members are not required to live in either and many non-Greek women live in Greek dorm building. Each fraternity and sorority have their own annual events, but all can be enjoyed by non-Greeks as well. There is no pressure to be Greek if you do not wish to be.

4 College Junior

Diversity: On Valpo's campus you can't walk a couple feet without running into a student who is different (ethnic/racially, religiously, economicly, etc.). Everyone accepts everyone and it is common to have class discussions based on everybody's different views due to their backgrounds. It is really great that a private, religion affiliated school can be so open and tolerable of everybody!

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose Valpo again in a heartbeat. I chose it to begin with because when I visited, I felt really comfortable and the people were all really friendly. I have never heard anything negative from the alumni or students who people knew were going there when I was deciding on which school to go to. The academics are wonderful, the people are great, and the teachers and class sizes are the best I could imagine.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Valpo has a very diverse community and embraces it. There are many students there from all over the world, and many different economic backgrounds. There is also a LGBTQ community on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are really good, and are even open to non-athletes when not in use. Football games aren't really that big, but the basketball and volleyball teams are really good and very popular on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are much cheaper than dorms for off campus housing, but it's not an option until you possess senior level status, unless you are married, in the military, or over the age of 22.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love Engineering at Valpo. The classes are really fun, especially the major specific labs. The teachers are all very helpful and easily approachable.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I have an internship this summer (the summer after my freshman year), and I absolutely love it. I spend 40 hours a week working on assembly drawing and schematics for electrical components, wire panels on the shop floor, attend meetings to learn the process of reviewing and approving designs, learn how to code on PLC's, and spend some time learning about other aspects of the company, such as how their shipping and receiving works, or how the various printing machines that they design the controls for actually work. I also do other various tasks that my manager or other coworkers ask, such as reviewing spreadsheets or word documents.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: They are really strict about their academic policies, but they don't really affect your social life.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: There is a dorm specifically for sororities, and houses for fraternities, but I don't want to go greek. Several friends have joined, but that doesn't make our friend group any different.

4 College Sophomore

Nightlife: There are people who will party, but if it's not your thing, it's very easy to stay away from.

4 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: There are a lot of really great people at Valpo, and a lot of the relationships on campus end up being fairly long term. The social life is also amazing, and so many people are very supportive.

4 College Sophomore

Scholarships: It's really easy to get and in the end going out of state costs about the same or less than it would have for me to go in state.

5 College Sophomore

Facilities: There are always plenty of activities to go to. The free orchestra and choral and other concerts are the best though, and are a really nice date night.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Class sizes are generally 25 or less, mostly depending on how many people need the class. Some of the science classes can be up to 80 for a freshman level course that multiple majors need, but even those aren't that bad because the professors are willing and eager to meet with you if you're struggling, and there are also weekly help sessions.

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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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