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Reviews 939 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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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.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: There are multiple job fairs each year, some of which are specifically held for certain career fields. The career services are helpful too.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I am an Electrical Engineering major, and the program is absolutely wonderful. The teachers are really helpful and the workload is decent. Since most of the students are undergrads, great facilities and equipment are offered for use to all levels.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: Sometimes working things out with the registrar can be kinda difficult, but the selection of classes is really awesome for extra classes to take pertaining to a major or minor. The teachers are really helpful, and there are help sessions and tutors for anyone who needs help. The library is a nice place to study because they serve starbucks and there are rooms on the upstairs levels specifically for study groups or individuals. The café is also a nice place to study if you don't mind a little bit of noise since you can easily study in groups and there is plenty to eat.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: Living on campus really gives a sense of community, and all of the people at Valpo are really open and welcoming. There are plenty of places to go to study. It's really nice having a sink in the dorm freshman year so you don't have to walk down the hall to brush your teeth or wash your hands.

5 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Dining: Most options for off campus eating are within a 10 minute walk, and a few sub shops right on the edge of campus next to the freshman dorms. Another local place on the edge of campus called Industrial Revolution has the best burgers.

4 College Sophomore

Campus Dining: The food is really good at Valpo. There are so many different choices depending on what you're in the mood for. There are subs, noodles, sushi, stuff on the grill, quesadillas, and often choices for dinner from Germany and other countries that are featured. The buffet at Thanksgiving is the most excellent part.

3 College Sophomore

Local Atmosphere: It's a nice small city, and it's really easy to get to the movie theater, a bowling alley, and minigolf. Target, Kohls, Menards, etc. and quite a variety of restaurants are within a 10 minute walk from campus.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is really safe, and I never feel uncomfortable walking between buildings late at night. When there is local crime, the campus police send out an email about it, so students always know if anything is going on close by. There are always people who are willing to walk with you between buildings, but if you don't feel comfortable walking, there is a night bus for campus after 7pm.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: safety is top priority, rules are strong here

3 College Junior

Nightlife: Not much of a partyer but all are within walking distance

3 College Junior

Campus Housing: the dorms are old, but they are working on building new ones, freshman dorms do not offer air conditioning

4 College Junior

Athletics: The training areas are top of the line, and track is being put in so track meets can be held at home


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Amber Will
Schofield, WI
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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