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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

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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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.

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

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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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