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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Quite possibly one of the safest campuses I've ever been to.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Small class sizes, which I love. Being a Biology major I was in the two biggest classes being general chemistry and bio 172. Both classes started out over 100, but the professors always stay after to ask questions. The only reason I didn't give this a perfect is because the classes are ridiculously hard, and my chemistry professor takes pride in his arrogance and ability to make your life miserable. If you remove hime out of the equation, every professor is great and very curious.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have never heard of anybody not getting a job/ not being accepted into grad school after graduation.

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4 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life here is pretty awesome. The university and the greek sororities and fraternities are starting to put together a traditional greek row, compared to the current cluster of houses spread out just outside of campus. Yes, the fraternities do throw parties about every week, but for the most part they aren't your typical "frats". I'm personally not involved with greek life, but I do have a lot of friends involved and for the most part they're just a bunch of people that care about each other and their community from what I collect.

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4 College Freshman

Athletics: When it comes to varsity sports you really only need to pay attention to one here...Basketball. We do excel in other sports as well, but our men's basketball program outshines everything. Every game is packed, and the campus thrives on it. When the team wins on a Thursday, the party does't stop for a lot of people until Sunday. With that being said, the university is in need of a new Gym, considering the age of the current ARC, but never the less, every game is still a blast.

Intramural sports are also huge here, just like any campus. You name it, we got it.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Valpo is a great place to be. It's friendly, inviting, and makes you feel as though part of a family. In my opinion it's just the right amount of everything. It's by no means a big public university, but yet it's not a small school in the middle of a cornfield either. It's the right amount of fun and party, with also some really challenging classes in every major. Somedays I wish there was more of one side of things than the other, but then it wouldn't the place that I call home. If you're looking at a place to go to school, at least take a glance at Valpo.

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5 College Freshman

Health & Safety: I have never felt unsafe on campus. It's well-lit at night and you're able to see around you and feel comfortable. There have been Saturday nights where I'll want to leave a party and someone will offer to walk me back and just drop me off. There has never been a situation where I've felt in-danger or unsafe.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Valpo could definitely improve their freshman dorms, but the professors here are people who truly care about you. You'll never be considered a number and your professors want to get to know you. No big 600 person lectures here, it's all about the ability to be a student and not just a number.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: We have endless career center opportunities, from Valpo alumni coming in and hiring on the spot, to students taking internships in Paris. The career center really works with you to make sure you're happy and not settling.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are not great. Afterwards, you're given many options that are definitely a step up. Beacon hall is brand new, however it is expensive. You're required to live on-campus until you reach "senior status" which is determined by the number of credits you have acquired. It's expensive to live on campus, however in sorority and fraternity housing, no meal plan is required.

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: I would never change my decision to go Greek at Valpo. It's introduced me to so many amazing people who I otherwise would've never met. There are multiple housing opportunities for Greeks - the BRAND NEW sorority housing will be done in Fall 2016 (and I'm living in my house!) and there are also Fraternity houses and an apartment-style building for Fraternity men. Greeks also have the option of living in standard dorms!

5 College Freshman

Athletics: Valpo has a really interesting athletic dynamic. The people you see out on the court are sometimes your best friends because it's a smaller school and you get to know people really well.

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Some of my favorite experiences at Valpo are the ones where you don't expect them to happen. It'll be a Wednesday night and you'll hear of a free roller-rink or movie & popcorn. There is truly never a boring day or night at Valpo (plus the basketball games are super hype!).

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Our campus is very small, so it is hard to feel like you are vulnerable or in danger. Everyone is familiar because it is such a small campus so I think its easy to feel comfortable and safe on our campus. There are many poles around campus that have buttons on them you could press when someone is in danger, like a help/emergency button that makes the campus feel safer as well.

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5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Professors on campus are very personal and take the time to get to know their students. They really care about the success and well-being of their students. The classrooms are a very good environment to learn in and experience the college classroom--comfortable, connected and kind!

5 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I know that the Honor system is something employers and internships really enjoy about Valpo students, because they know we hold ourselves credible and take responsibility and integrity seriously. Getting a degree from Valpo what is one of the top schools in the U.S. is truly an honor.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The dorms are relatively snug, but they work and are very accessible

5 College Freshman

Greek Life: Greek life is huge on Valpo's campus. It is very welcoming and a great way to get involved on campus. Of course if greek life isn't your thing, there is plenty of other activities on campus. Greek life is also commended here for no hazing and the greek unity that we have!

4 College Freshman

Athletics: Fan support is huge here at Valpo. Incredibly easy to get involved and be a part of an intramural team if you desired.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: The atmosphere is very welcoming and homey. I love my campus because its easy to get around on, and everyone is so friendly. I love the resources that are available as well.

4 College Freshman

Health & Safety: Campus is very safe. have never heard of someone being hurt.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: Most of the professors her are great. They are very helpful and caring when it comes to students.

4 College Freshman

Overall Experience: I have heard great things about placements of students after college. I think my degree will be well worth it.

3 College Freshman

Campus Housing: The freshman dorms are small and outdated. The other dorms are much nicer but very expensive.

3 College Freshman

Greek Life: There are not many sororities and fraternities on campus, but the people that are in them really love them. They are pretty small, but love what they do.

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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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