Academics

Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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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.

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.

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.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 264th
    Best Registration Process
  • 308th
    Most Caring Professors
  • 387th
    Most Manageable Workloads
  • 403rd
    Smartest Professors
  • 440th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amber Will
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
Political Science and History
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All professors at VU are incredibly approachable. If you have an issue with the class, or even if you have a question about something else in the department, they are always open to talking with you. Each professor has posted office hours, but most are around outside of their office hours with their doors open. Some will even give out their cell phone numbers and encourage students to call them at home if they need help. Because the average class size at VU is very small, each of the professors will manage to learn who you are both in and out of class. They know if you don’t show up to class, but if they mention it to you, it is because they want you to be able to make the most out of your time at VU. This helps a lot when writing recommendations since they actually know enough about you to write a unique letter.

Something unique about Valpo is that every class is taught by a professor rather than a graduate student or teacher's assistant. Very few classes even have TAs; science labs often have lab assistants, but when it comes to the actual classes, you can expect to see a professor standing at the front of the room lecturing and answering questions. VU is what many call a teaching school, and while the professors are strongly encouraged to do research and publish in journals, their primary focus and objective is to teach students. While some professors may not be the most personable, on the whole, they are accessible and ready to help you learn.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
12:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
259
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
119
Total FT Faculty
260
Faculty with Terminal Degree
73%
Average Faculty Salary
$70,417
Full-Time Retention Rate
87%
Part-Time Retention Rate
50%
Graduation Rate
74%
Programs/Majors Offered
114
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 44%
  • 20 to 49 students: 51%
  • 50 or more students: 5%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: No
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce: 2%
  • Law: 7%
  • Psychology: 1%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 4%
Graduation Requirements
  • Cultural Diversity
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Quantitative Analysis
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
  • Theology
  • Valpo Core
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Liberal arts/career combination
  • Student-designed major
Best Places to Study
  • Christ College Commons
  • Christopher Center for Library and Information Resources
Tips to Succeed
  • Check your e-mail, and then check it again.
  • Get enough sleep or you're likely to get sick.
  • Get used to community bathrooms.
  • Go to class. Get used to studying more than you did in high school.
  • Join Greek Life. Just get involved in all the organizations that Valpo has to offer.
  • Learn the number for Domino's by heart.
  • Learn to like college basketball.
  • Take advantage of on-campus jobs.
  • Talk to your profs-they are more than willing to help you.
Did You Know?
  • In 2004, Valpo received its Phi Beta Kappa Charter, joining universities around the nation in the prestige and tradition of this academic honor society.
  • If you don't want to stick around for summer sessions but need to catch up on your credits, take an online class. Valpo offers several online courses in the summer (as well as a few during the academic year).
  • To fuel your mind, you need to feed your body! Valpo profs understand this, so twice a year during final exams, the Valpo profs serve Midnight Brunch in the Union. Just make a donation of canned goods or a dollar to charity, and you will get served by your profs.
  • The College of Engineering is the only designated engineering college at a Lutheran University in the United States. It also is ranked in the top 10th percentile in the nation.

Student Polls

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 32 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 33 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

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