Valparaiso, IN
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Reviews 834 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Diversity: Very opinionated on various topics.

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: Very enthusiastic on Greek Life on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Campus Strictness: Sometimes too strict, often times not.

2 College Sophomore

Weather: Bad weather as close proximity to Lake Michigan.

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Tough program available on campus.

3 College Sophomore

Majors: Hard workload but great opportunities.

4 College Sophomore

Transportation: Needs more local and long distance transportation offered for students with no vehicle.

4 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Lots of police around campus. Feel relatively safe walking at night.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: The food options around campus are very diverse, so there's sure to be something for everyone.

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4 College Freshman

Transportation: I have my own method of transportation since I commute to school, so I wouldn't exactly know how to accurately rate the transit options.

4 College Freshman

Academics: The academics are challenging, but the work is very progressive.

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4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: The majority of students on campus are terrific people, open-minded, and well-rounded. I'm proud to be a part of the VU community.

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4 College Freshman

Diversity: The diversity of races on campus is fantastic. We have many foreign students from around the world.

3 College Freshman

Weather: During the winter, the weather is especially hard on walking students. Rain in summer along with thunderstorms also presents challenges.

4 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Our campus police do a very admirable part to keep the young peoples on campus safe and out of harms way, including drugs.

3 College Freshman

Nightlife: As I said earlier, I do not live on campus, therefore I'm not on campus for much of the nightlife.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I don't know much of Greek Life, but I find the brothership/sistership interesting. I may consider joining a sanction if I meet one worth joining.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: I did get a hefty amount of financial aid, but I feel that I deserved more since my family's financial status is considerably lower than the majority population at Valparaiso University.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I actually do not live on campus. I commute about 22 miles one way everyday, but I imagine the on campus living conditions aren't terrible.

3 College Freshman

Athletics: The students are highly involved in supporting their teams, even if we're the underdog.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: My scholarships were fantastic; I am very thankful. Tips: Apply early and work hard in high school! If you do both of those things, Valpo will most likely give you a generous scholarship.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have never lived off-campus.

4 College Freshman

Guys & Girls: For the most part, guys here are absolute gentlemen. I barely ever have to hold doors open myself, they offer rides home from parties (when they're sober, of course) so the girls don't have to walk in the cold and dark, and they're overall very respectful, even at parties. There is a wide spectrum of different types of guys, but they are pretty much all outgoing and willing to socialize. It's not hard to find a friend or significant other at all!

5 College Freshman

Diversity: Our school is about 30% international students. One of our core values is diversity, so it is welcomed and encouraged around campus at all times.

5 College Freshman

Drug Safety: Valparaiso University is a dry and drug-free campus, meaning that drugs and alcohol are prohibited on campus. Some students go off campus to drink or do drugs, but most who do are very responsible about it and only partake in moderation.


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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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