Health & Safety

Valparaiso, IN
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3 College Junior

Health & Safety: The surrounding area is not the greatest and some things have happened, but I feel relatively safe when I am on campus

4 College Sophomore

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

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: The VUPD are always there within a few minutes since the campus is so small. It is quite easy to find assistance if you need it.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Valparaiso is one of the safest campuses. Crimes are usually unheard of on this campus. Security is barely called because it is usually not needed. I feel very safe on this campus, even when I'm walking back to my dorm alone at night.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Located in a great town, low crime. There is not really a bad part of town in Valparaiso. You just have to use common sense, like never go alone anywhere, and especially after dark.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 168th
    Safest Campuses
  • 407th
    Most Visible Campus Police
  • 1332nd
    Best Student Health Center

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Amber Will
Schofield, WI
Political Science and History
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Quite simply, safety’s not an issue. It may be uncomfortable to walk alone on the paths from the main library back to the dorms, but it’s definitely safe. Very few incidents have occurred on or around campus in the past few years. Even with those couple of incidents, the vast majority of the student body have no problem walking around campus late into the night hours. If walking doesn’t seem like a good option, the Student Escort Service (or LAID Van) is up and running from 6 p.m.–2 a.m. every night, carting students all around campus. On the weekends, the van even runs down to the fraternity houses, so you can make it to the fraternity parties and back with minimal work on your part.

VUPD makes themselves pretty visible on campus. They always have two vehicles patrolling campus to make sure nothing is awry. They are around for the students' safety, and it is evident that the majority of the students feel safe on campus. The police officers most often catch people for drinking or for parking in the wrong area, rather than any criminal activity. If there is any crime on campus, President Heckler makes sure that all students get an email about it right away to explain the situation.

You can wander outside of campus in the evenings with little concern, but just always be aware of yourself and your belongings. Valpo is safe, but just like everywhere else, it is a good idea to keep track of your stuff—if you don’t, someone else probably will.

Facts & Statistics

Crimes on Campus
  • Aggravated Assault: 0
  • Arson: 0
  • Burglary: 21
  • Murder/Manslaughter: 0
  • Robbery: 0
  • Sex Offenses: 5
  • Vehicle Theft: 0
Security Office
VU Police Department
816 Union St.
(219) 464-5430 (non-emergency)
Safety Services
  • Bike registration
  • Emergency call-box phones
  • Student escort service
Health Center
Student Health Center
1406 LaPorte Ave.
(219) 464-5060
Monday-Friday 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Health Services
  • Allergy shots
  • Basic medical care
  • Counseling services
  • Flu shots
  • Immunizations
  • Lab services
  • Medical referrals
  • Physicals
  • STD testing
  • Wellness exams
  • Women's health
Day Care Services?
Did You Know?
The VU Police Department often teams up with fraternities, sororities, and other campus groups to provide informational and instructional seminars related to self-defense, drug prevention, alcohol abuse, and other related topics.

Student Polls

What safety concerns do you have?    Based on 33 responses

  • 24% None
  • 14% Walking alone
  • 10% Criminal activity near campus
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 7% Non-students on campus
  • 7% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 7% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 32 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 28% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 44% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 16% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 32 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 41% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 38% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 22% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 33 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 30% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 64% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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