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Reviews 951 total reviews with an average rating of 3.4

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5 College Senior

Overall Experience: Committed to the students, atmosphere and education. Comfortable environment for anyone to feel like a part of the family.

5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: You feel safe, it's a small town with great officers

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: They have the best admission staff, Nicole helped me throughout my application. She always got right back to me and answered all my questions. They seem to care about all students and really want them to succeed!

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: They are remodeling the older freshman buildings on campus housing. I hear they are hot in summer months but tolerable.

4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is easy to get into. They do a lot for the community & have awesome parties!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Fans at VU go crazy for basketball! They "bleed" gold & brown! The valparaiso university crusaders actually got second place for college basketball last year. VU fans celebrate all year! #govalpo

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Everyone who works at my school has been friendly. I love how excited the students are during orientation! Valparaiso university is expensive, however, they offer students a hefty financial aid package paid for by alumi. It's in Valparaiso, Indiana which is the best city in America!!

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: The professors are grear and good at their jobs, but I have experienced some bad professors. The good professors are the ones who can teach their class in a way that is beneficial to each student, however the bad professors just make the students like myself miserable.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Many students who graduate from valparaiso have been able to get jobs right after. This shows the benefits of attending valparaiso.

5 College Senior

Health & Safety: Never experienced any trouble. It's actually safe to walk outside at night.

4 College Senior

Campus Housing: The dorms are great and spacious. The staff does a great job with cleaning the dorms and it feels like home.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: I don't know much about the greek life but they do throw great parties and activity events for the students. They are always involved with the school and outside events.

4 College Senior

Athletics: The athletics are great and the events bring the students together as they support their own. The athletics shows school spirit and it is a great part of the school.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Valparaiso University is a great school with professors and a loving environment. The numerous amount of activities and the size of the campus makes it easy to develop bonds with other students. The school challenges you to be the best you and that's why I would go back to Valparaiso University to do it all over again.

4 College Senior

Health & Safety: The crime at the university is low. Campus police continuously patrol the parking lots. I think that the campus police should have to do routine walk through checks, through the buildings, making sure there are no suspicious activity or people. There are many help buttons throughout the campus, just in case there was a problem.

3 College Senior

Overall Experience: The value of a degree from this school is very well known in the working field. Many employers search for Valparaiso University graduates.

3 College Senior

Campus Housing: I do not live on campus nor do I live in Valparaiso.

3 College Senior

Greek Life: Since I do not live on campus, I do not see much of the Greek life. I see advertising around campus of opportunities to join, volunteer, and how to participate in their activities. Greek students, to me, are just regular students that have a different life style out of classes.

4 College Senior

Athletics: I do not play sports anymore, but sports are an important aspect of my university. There is great school spirit, with many home games to attend. Sadly, I do not make it to the games as often as I would like being a commuter.

4 College Senior

Overall Experience: Some of my favorite experiences at my school would be the material that is taught in the class room, by the great professors. If there weren't 5 outstanding professors, from 5 different backgrounds, I would not be as interested in my field of study. With the diverse lectures and labs, it makes studying meteorology at Valparaiso University an amazing experience. One thing that I would do over is being a commuter from over 80 miles away. It has put added stress on myself and my wife. There are a lot of out of pocket expenses that strain our bank account; but we find a way to make it work. I would have choose to live in Valparaiso if I could go back, with my wife.

5 College Sophomore

Campus Housing: I love living on campus. It puts you so close to all the awesome events that Valpo hosts.

4 College Sophomore

Athletics: Basketball is amazing, but the other sports are not as awesome.

4 College Sophomore

Greek Life: My friends in Greek life really enjoy it, and Valpo's Greek life has a large influence from philanthropy, which makes it an amazing experience.

5 College Sophomore

Health & Safety: The University Police are very nice, and love what they do, making interactions with them significantly less painful than other locations may be.

5 College Sophomore

Overall Experience: Even my general Engineering classes were less crowded than than I was expecting. The largest lecture hall on campus is the smallest class size my friends at public schools have. It is amazing how the classes allow professors to really get to know the students, and in turn, keep up with them. I appreciate the effort my professors put in to keeping up with everyone in the class.

Valpo offers a WIDE variety of classes, ranging all over on topics of study. Even within the Honors College, Christ College, there are so many choices for specializing.


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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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