Diversity

Location
Valparaiso, IN
Undergrads
2,855
Tuition
$32,250
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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3 College Junior

Diversity: Lots of different people from different backgrounds.

3 College Junior

Diversity: We have many foreign exchange students from many different countries and regions.

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2 College Student

Diversity: Basically a bunch of middle-class, white kids.

3 College Sophomore

Diversity: there are a lot of international students, but since this is considered a Lutheran school a lot of students participate in the Lutheran church. However, some do go to the catholic church near campus. Also, people don't really talk about their sexual orientation on campus. There are a select few that are proud of who they are.

3 College Junior

Diversity: Very diversified, a lot of international students. They seem to stick together, there is not much socialization between others

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Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Amber Will
Hometown
Schofield, WI
Major
Political Science and History
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If you are looking for diversity and the opportunity to meet and mix with students of different races and ethnicity, Valpo might not be the place for you. The minority population on campus is exactly that—the minority. There are some international students, but they tend to stick together and are further removed from campus. Many live in 807 Mound, which is a housing unit close to the fraternity houses. While there may not be much ethnic diversity on campus, the religious and political diversity is pretty average. Since we are a Lutheran campus, there are obviously a large number of Christians on campus, but there are quite a few students that believe in different religions like Islam.

The University continuously tries to make campus a more diverse place. Approximately 10 percent of the students are from foreign countries, so the numbers are much larger than they seem when you physically walk around campus. New international programs are getting started to help Valpo appeal to many different kinds of students. While there is not an overwhelmingly diverse student population, most students are accepting of all different sorts of beliefs, backgrounds, and status. There is little to no tension among various groups.

Facts & Statistics

African American
5%
Asian
2%
Hispanic
6%
International
6%
Native American
0%
White
77%
Unknown
2%
Historically Black College/University?
No
Tribal College?
No
Out-of-State Students
64%
Common States of Residence
  • Foreign countries
  • Illinois
  • Michigan
  • Ohio
  • Wisconsin
Student Age Breakdown
Under 18: 1%
18-19: 34%
20-21: 31%
22-24: 20%
25+: 13%
Female Faculty
42%
Male Faculty
58%
Faculty Diversity
African American: 3%
Asian American: 3%
Hispanic: 1%
International: 2%
Native American: 0%
White: 88%
Unknown: 2%
Gay Pride
Valpo has Alliance, a GLBT group, but the overall attitude on campus is not extremely tolerant of these lifestyles.
Political Activity
College Republicans is the largest politically affiliated group on campus. College Democrats organize occasionally, and Valpo campus also has a College Libertarians group. There is also a group called PAL that meets to discuss hot topics in politics. They are not associated with any party.
Economic Status
Most students come from middle- to upper-middle-class families.
Most Common Religions
Christianity (largely Lutheran and Catholic) and Islam are the most prevalent religions.
Minority Clubs on Campus
The minority clubs on campus include LIVE (Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence), BSO (Black Student Organization), and VISA (Valparaiso International Student Association).

Student Polls

How would you best describe your personal political beliefs?    Based on 40 responses

  • 8% Libertarian
  • 10% Not sure
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 25% Conservative
  • 32% Moderate
  • 15% Liberal
  • 8% Progressive/very liberal

How would you best describe the political beliefs of campus as a whole?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% Libertarian
  • 2% Very conservative
  • 28% Conservative
  • 38% Moderate
  • 10% Not sure
  • 15% Liberal
  • 5% Progressive/very liberal

How diverse is the student body in the following areas?    Based on 40 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How diverse is your personal circle of friends in the following areas?    Based on 39 responses

Totally homogenous
Extremely diverse
  • Economic status
  • Ethnic heritage
  • National origin (international students)
  • Political affiliation
  • Religious background
  • Sexual orientation

How accepting is the campus community as a whole toward someone who falls into the minority (ethnic, sexual, or religious)?    Based on 40 responses

  • 2% It's hard to be a minority here.
  • 10% The campus is split on its acceptance-not all minority groups are as accepted as others.
  • 52% Most students are accepting, except for a few rare cases of intolerance.
  • 35% Very accepting.
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