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3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: Enough to keep things interesting~

2 College Freshman

Administration: I hated my dorm. Too many drunks. Too many drugs.

3 College Freshman

Scholarships: Still haven't gotten this year's FAFSA confirmed

3 College Freshman

Off-Campus Housing: There are many houses and apartments just off campus for upperclassmen. There are many options for apartments, but houses can be difficult because a lot of them are passed along in sororities. Prices are normally very decent and can be very cheap options with roommates.

3 College Freshman

Party Scene: There are many things to do on campus, but you have to know the right people to go to different houses. Normally the best option is to make a lot of friends at different fraternity houses to get invited to all of their parties and events.

4 College Freshman

Off-Campus Dining: There are many different options in the area. You can get cheaper options, such as fast foods, and more expensive sit down restaurants, too. There are different types of foods from Mexican to Italian. My favorite places are Stacks (American), La Cabana (Mexican) and Pestos (Italian).

3 College Freshman

Administration: There are three areas where Valpo is fairly strict: parking, visitation in dorms, and the Honor Code. Parking can be a hassle because you must park where your pass is supposed to be. For freshmen, that's the top of the parking garage (which is ridiculous with how much you pay for a pass). Parking tickets can add up fast and be a total damper on your day. You can appeal them, but they are rarely turned over. Visitation in dorms can be a pain as well. If you are studying in someone else's room whom is the opposite sex, you have to leave five minutes before visitation is over, because if you get caught walking out of the room, you will get written up. However, some RAs are more lenient than others. Honor Code is also very important on campus. Bottom line: just don't cheat. They will catch you and you will be sent to Honor Council. Also, other students police this so you can be reported by one of your peers. Make sure you know the authorized aid for each class.

Alcohol use, on the other hand, is looked at a little differently. We have a dry campus, so if you are caught with alcohol, the RAs will deal with it as they see fit. Most of the time you just have to pour the alcohol out down your sink and are written up and taken to Judicial Board. Most punishments were just to write a page paper saying how this negatively affects the community. However, they do take this more seriously past the first offense.

4 College Freshman

Scholarships: Financial aid is normally given right after you are accepted or apply. They are very generous with academic scholarships as long as you have decent test scores and a good GPA from high school. They also have an Alumni Fund that can help each year. They normally give based off of your need and academics. I had no issues getting the scholarship I needed.

3 College Freshman

Campus Food: The dining hall and cafe are both okay. They have little variety from day to day, but if you get made to order options, they are normally pretty good. My freshman year, I ate a lot of made to order pasta, quesadillas and sandwiches. You get a lot of meal plan money your first year and most people have a lot left over. This money does roll over after the fall semester but not onto your sophomore year, so you have to make sure you use it or donate it. I would highly recommend getting the smallest meal plan possible and using Crusader Cash past that.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: Living on campus as a freshman is really nice. The dorms are relatively old, but serve the purpose they are supposed to. The sinks in the rooms provide ease of getting ready in the mornings and before bed as well as cleaning personal items such as plates or cups. The best dorm options are Alumni Hall or Lankenau Hall for freshmen. The social atmosphere is the best part of the dorms at Valpo. They always have activities for students in the halls and it makes it very easy to meet other students. The dorms are very close to other buildings on campus; the Harre Union and Neils Science Center are basically 2 minutes away. However, the dorms are not worth the cost. They are pretty expensive and not that nice. Unfortunately, they are the only option for freshmen so everyone has to pay regardless. Overall, I did have a wonderful experience in the freshman dormitory though. It was fun and I met a lot of friends.

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.

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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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