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Valparaiso, IN
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4 College Junior

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus. VUPD sends out alerts when we need to be on our guards and nothing seriously bad had happened on campus. The sidewalks are well lit at night and the placement of emergency call buttons are convenient should anything bad happen. Every student is told to put VUPD's number in their phones on the first day, so everybody is able to contact emergency personal.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: Campus is really safe, and I never feel uncomfortable walking between buildings late at night. When there is local crime, the campus police send out an email about it, so students always know if anything is going on close by. There are always people who are willing to walk with you between buildings, but if you don't feel comfortable walking, there is a night bus for campus after 7pm.

5 College Junior

Health & Safety: safety is top priority, rules are strong here

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel very safe on campus and I feel at home. :)

4 College Junior

Health & Safety: It's a pretty safe campus, not in a big city.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

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

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

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 35 responses

  • 23% None
  • 13% Criminal activity near campus
  • 13% Walking alone
  • 10% Excessive drinking
  • 8% Sexual assault/date rape
  • 6% Non-students on campus
  • 6% Theft/robberies
  • 5% Lack of a strong security presence
  • 5% Unlit pathways
  • 3% Drugs
  • 3% Lack of safety escort services
  • 3% Violence among students
  • 2% Dorm safety
  • 0% Gang violence
  • 0% Lack of/broken emergency phones

How strongly do you agree or disagree with the following statements regarding sexual assault on your campus?    Based on 8 responses

Strongly Disagree
Strongly Agree
  • Alcohol plays a significant role in sexual assault on campus.
  • Campus administrators provide a supportive environment for victims of sexual assault.
  • Campus administrators work hard to actively prevent sexual assaults on our campus.
  • A friend, a classmate, or I have been a victim of sexual assault on/near our campus.
  • Our campus has easily accessible support services in place to address sexual assaults.
  • Sexual assaults are a serious problem on campus.
  • Students take the issue of sexual assault on campus seriously.

How would you rate the quality and convenience of the student health center?    Based on 34 responses

  • 6% Poor quality, not very convenient.
  • 0% Poor quality, very convenient.
  • 29% Mediocre quality, not very convenient.
  • 6% High quality, not very convenient.
  • 41% Mediocre quality, very convenient.
  • 18% High quality, very convenient.

How visible are the campus police on campus?    Based on 34 responses

  • 0% We have campus police?
  • 0% Not very visible.
  • 38% Just there to bust up parties or give out parking tickets.
  • 41% There if you need them but not overbearing.
  • 21% Extremely present and willing to assist students.

How safe do you feel on campus?    Based on 35 responses

  • 0% Relatively unsafe and uneasy about security.
  • 6% More comfortable when in a group, but relatively safe.
  • 34% Generally safe and comfortable walking alone across campus.
  • 60% Extremely safe and secure on campus.
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