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

4 College Freshman

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

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5 College Freshman

Academics: The academics here are absolutely fantastic. I am in the Honors College and it has positively transformed the way I read, write, discuss, argue, and think about the world around me. It is unlike any other program I have ever heard of; we read a variety of texts from a variety of time periods, parts of the world, and subject matter. We are also required to put together an original Musical Production, as well as a debate. Never have I felt more enriched in my education than I have since being a part of this program.

The professors in my major are all experts in their field and are eager to know the name of each of their students, and to help us with anything they need. They also give great opportunities for hands-on learning.

4 College Freshman

Academics: Good one on one time with professors, no TA teaching and a good curriculum.

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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

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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Excellent
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 31 responses

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Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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