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Reviews 978 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball pretty much rules at Valpo but the girls did win the NCAA championship in soccer ... I think

3 College Sophomore

Guys & Girls: Belmont, where I attended last year, was a campus full of pretty people. Valpo, not so much

College Sophomore

Scholarships: My family's income was too hight for financial aid eligibility

College Sophomore

Party Scene: I don't go to parties

3 College Sophomore

Campus Food: The food is not great at Valpo but better than Belmont where I attended last year

3 College Sophomore

Greek Life: I have no interest in greek life so I pay no attention to it

3 College Sophomore

Off-Campus Housing: I'm a transfer so I don't really know

3 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I'm a transfer so it's all new to me

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Most of the campus excitement revolves around basketball, to tell the truth, but they are one of the only good teams at our school, though the volleyball team is pretty good. Pep band is awesome--not that I'm biased or anything, being in it. Facilities are pretty nice.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: For the most part, I really enjoy living at Valpo; many people in Brandt are annoying/rude, but I've also met some of my best friends here, so I really can't complain. Housing process was easy, though the amenities are not as good as Lankanau and Alumni, or so I've heard.

3 College Freshman

Administration: RAs in my dorm at least don't really enforce anything; people are loud all the time, and continuously obviously drunk.

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College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: I have literally no experience with off-campus housing, since I'm a freshman.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never once felt uncomfortable or unsafe walking campus at night; security seems to be pretty good, especially for the dorms.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: I mostly only hear about Greek life because of parties. Nothing too major, though there are some cool academic/charitable fraternities.

College Freshman

Party Scene: I don't really party, so I don't know or care how good the party scene is.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are many different Greek life options at our school. All of them work hard to help the community, as well as hosting social events. They do a lot of out reach on campus. There are only houses for the social fraternities. The sororities live in dedicated dorms. The non - Greeks view them as fellow students. Many Greek students have friends that are not Greek. They definitely contribute to the social atmosphere in a positive way.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: I really enjoy living on campus. Although the dorm room themselves are older and kind of run down, the atmosphere of living among classmates is very enjoyable. It provides great opportunities to make new friends and feel a sense of home away from home. The numerous study lounges are a huge plus to living in the dorms as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I feel that the campus is very safe and I have never felt uncomfortable walking alone.

3 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: I feel safe on campus as long as I am walking with someone. There is nothing that has made me feel unsafe; I just do not feel safe at night in general, so my rule is always walk with someone.

3 College Sophomore

Local Area: Downtown is cute and there is good food and shopping. Chicago is not too far away for a more urban evening

4 College Sophomore

Majors: Internships are a great way to get experience in a professional environment and to begin networking in people. YOu gain valuable skillss that could easily apply to a future career. If you do not like the work you are doing, it could be a good indication that changing paths is a good idea. The reverse is true as well. If you love the work that you are doing, there are plenty of people to help you to continue on the right path to a career like that.

I was paid $12 an hour and worked 40 hours a week, Monday through Friday from 8-5 with an hour for lunch. I was responsible for a few projects on my own like researching a possible high school internship program, fundraising (since it was a nonprofit) and putting together a number of spreadsheets. There were also things like taking minutes, making phone calls, printing and copying things etc. that interns had to take care of.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Soccer and basketball receive the most attention in Valpo. Many students attend the soccer games and they are a great way to meet new people! The athletic facilities are great here at Valpo.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are plenty of restaurants off campus in Valpo. You can pick from anything from fast food to high end restaurants- some of them can be very expensive!

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life does not really affect the social atmosphere on campus.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: The safety here on campus is great! There is little to no crime and you can feel safe walking alone at night.


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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. 

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