Valparaiso University Summary

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Basic Statistics

Valparaiso, IN
Full-Time Undergrads
Part-Time Undergrads
In-State Tuition
Out-of-State Tuition
Room & Board
Acceptance Rate
80 %
Admission Difficulty
Average SAT Scores
Average ACT Scores

Best ThingsMore . . .

  • Basketball
  • Free movies from Union Board
  • On-campus concerts
  • The library

Worst ThingsMore . . .

  • Snow over two feet deep in the winter
  • Community bathrooms
  • VUPD
  • Rain and clouds-a lot of the time

Frequently ComparedCompare . . .

Overall ExperienceWhat's This?

When trying to determine the best part about their VU experience, most students recount the great friends and the encouraging atmosphere the professors work hard to create. A great advantage to the students at Valpo is the willingness of professors to speak with you, even if you aren’t in their class or even their department. If a change of majors might sound good, any professor from any department is willing to take time out of his/her schedule and talk about the department and its programs. The education and chances to learn from professors, who are there to teach first and research/publish second, is by far the best aspect of Valpo. It feels like a lot of work at the beginning because the classes are designed to make thought and discussion happen on a daily basis, but the work definitely pays off at graduation when you realize how much you've learned.

Students consistently comment that they have left Valpo with lasting friendships and a deep appreciation for learning. Valpo is a one-of-a-kind place that just seems to draw you in. The community aspect is the most commented on portion of life at Valpo because it is so strong. Campus truly becomes your home.

A negative part of the college experience is the strictness coming from VUPD, but most students feel that the positives highly outweigh the feelings of being treated like a child at times. Most students would choose Valpo again if they had to start over. If you are looking for a strong community and caring professors, Valpo really should be on your list. 

Valparaiso Student Reviews

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5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: I would choose Valpo again in a heartbeat. I chose it to begin with because when I visited, I felt really comfortable and the people were all really friendly. I have never heard anything negative from the alumni or students who people knew were going there when I was deciding on which school to go to. The academics are wonderful, the people are great, and the teachers and class sizes are the best I could imagine.

5 College Sophomore

Diversity: Valpo has a very diverse community and embraces it. There are many students there from all over the world, and many different economic backgrounds. There is also a LGBTQ community on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: The facilities are really good, and are even open to non-athletes when not in use. Football games aren't really that big, but the basketball and volleyball teams are really good and very popular on campus.

4 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: Prices are much cheaper than dorms for off campus housing, but it's not an option until you possess senior level status, unless you are married, in the military, or over the age of 22.

5 College Sophomore

Majors: I absolutely love Engineering at Valpo. The classes are really fun, especially the major specific labs. The teachers are all very helpful and easily approachable.


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