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Reviews 997 total reviews with an average rating of 3.3

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3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The food is pretty good, but I have to turn a blind eye to how it is raised. I wish that they would use more fair-trade, locally sourced, and organic products. The hours are good, as the main cafeteria opens at 7 and closes at 7 on weekdays, and then the café is open. I like the deli/ coffee shop in the library.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are fine, but nothing special. They do have some cool features, like beds that roll under a built-in bolster/cabinet. Once you are an upperclassman, there are a lot of good options. The nicest dorms are quite expensive, though. There are living-learning communities, such as language houses, that let you focus on something while living with people of the same interest.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Housing: You can only like off campus when you reach senior status, which is 88 credits.

4 College Junior

Off-Campus Dining: The off campus dining is good, and most of it is within walking distance.

4 College Junior

Administration: They can be pretty strict here, but it's also easy to avoid getting caught. Like, if you have guests past visitation hours, don't be loud and you won't get caught.

4 College Junior

Party Scene: You can definitely find places to party if you want to, but if that's not your thing, there are also lots of options for you.

4 College Junior

Scholarships: I had a pretty easy time with financial aid at Valpo - if you plan on going into ministry, there is a special scholarship you can apply for, which is great.

3 College Junior

Campus Food: The food on campus is great the first year, but you get sick of it pretty quickly. You also have to buy a meal plan your first 3 years, unless you have an exemption. But it's easy to get food off campus, and you can always do sandwiches.

5 College Junior

Campus Housing: The residential halls at Valpo are really great. The freshman rooms aren't fantastic, but they provide a lot of services to help you reach out and meet new people. The rooms get much better when you are a sophomore and upperclassman. Really excellent ResLife staff too!

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: It's definitely not a state school party scene, but at Valpo wherever you go (and whatever you do) it's safe. We are a tight community and we take sexual abuse very seriously. Where I have been has not been too scary or intimidating, upperclassman like to have a good time with all Valpo students.

5 College Freshman

Campus Food: Breakfast is amazing! The Founders Table does a great job making "home made" food and not over-distributed bland filling carb meals. A-la-carte can get expensive for guys, otherwise you shouldn't have any issue. Favorite part is the Starbucks at the cafe and grinders.

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3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: On campus it's obvious they spend the most money on the union, the library, and the chapel. Freshman housing is cramped and very old. In contrast sophomore through senior living is excellent. Housing process is very easy, on-line self service that is used for registering for housing and submitting work orders for broken/damaged room items. The best option for freshmen living is equal among dorms, but for sophomore living Beacon Hall is compared to an upper class hotel (pay the price for it too). The social atmosphere is very inviting with plenty of social opportunity. It is very easy to make plenty of friends through sports, greek life, and clubs.

4 College Freshman

Athletics: they provide great opportunities to students and keep their facilities clean. many students get involved and they are always looking for people to join.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are a few chains and a fair amount of local restaurants in the area. They are very convenient. I just wish their was more local restaurants in the area.

4 College Freshman

Administration: They do not mess around when a policy is broken, but they can be very forgiving.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: The school gave us no trouble, it was a matter of fact for learning the process of how to complete financial aid.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: Most are pretty low key. Not a lot happens at them. There have been a few that were kind of crazy, but nothing too major.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: For the most part our food is prepared hot and ready, but they tend to leave the food out all day. So it ends up not being too good. They are also very repetitive on their weekly menus.

4 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The campus overall is a great place to live. There is usually something to do, but they are not usually the best at getting information of the events they are holding to everyone in time. Now if it is school related and not extracurricular, they are fantastic about sending out information to students. Meeting new students was one of the easiest parts of the dorm community, a whole section on my dorm room floor are great friends. The union is the center of our school; it holds two different cafe options, a ballroom, mailing services, and a game room.

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


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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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