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5 College Sophomore

Campus Quality: There are always plenty of activities to go to. The free orchestra and choral and other concerts are the best though, and are a really nice date night.

4 College Freshman

Campus Quality: It has a great community atmosphere!

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: Outdated, but there are plans to renovate campus.

4 College Junior

Campus Quality: The chapel makes campus unique and beautiful. The chapel is very involved on campus and is a great place to hang out and do homework between classes. The new buildings on campus are great. The older buildings on campus are going to get rebuilt or renovated in the next 20 years, as campus expands. The academic programs are great too. There are a ton of ways to get involved on campus with all of the different student organizations available.

3 College Junior

Campus Quality: The fitness center on campus is great, but is too small and gets overcrowded at times. The union is a great place to hang out, do some homework or just relax. The library is wonderful. There are two loud floors and two quiet floors with a Starbucks on the first floor. Although at midterms and towards finals week, don't expect to be able to get a table on the loud floors. It gets overcrowded and students have to find other places to study.

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Valpo has been updating the campus over the last few years with some really nice renovations and new facilities, including the library, Union, and fitness center. The library is a great addition to campus. It brings a state-of-the-art facility to a campus that is trying to move forward and expand. The spacious atmosphere and floor-to-ceiling windows promotes a relaxed setting to study in. The Harre Union opened in January of 2009 and has a games and recreation center, meeting rooms, lounges, a 24-hour computer lab, and a ballroom that hosts numerous events. It has two different eating places: one that is available at meal times and another open later into the night. The facility has become a center for student life since many activities are held there on a weekly basis.

The ARC, while nice in size, is usually overrun with athletic teams and their practices. However, the recent addition of the fitness center offers a wide range of options for non-varsity athletes. It is state-of-the-art with a cardio area that has 25 machines, a weight training area, and an aerobics area. There are also fitness classes available. The facility is free for students and is open much longer than the old gym was. It makes exercising accessible for students so they can fight off the freshman fifteen with ease.

The VUCA (Center for the Arts) and Kallay-Christopher are also newer buildings serving academic purposes. Both are equipped with up-to-date classrooms and equipment. The VUCA also has a museum, theater, and recital hall that hosts many events and performances throughout the year.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
189
Campus Size
320 acres
Student Centers
Harre Union
Campus Library?
Yes
Main Libraries
Christopher Center Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • Games and Rec Center
  • Grinders in Christopher Center Library
Bar on Campus
None
Bowling on Campus
None
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • Grinders in the Christopher Center
  • Perks in the Harre Union
Movie Theater on Campus
None
School Slang
  • `Berg: Wehrenberg Hall (either the cafeteria or the dorm itself)
  • Ark: ARC (Athletics Recreation Center)
  • CC: Christ College, Mueller Hall (the honors college-both the college and the building)
  • Chapel: The Chapel of the Resurrection
  • Chapel Meadow: The grassy area behind the Chapel
  • DA: Desk Attendant
  • The Dungeon: The basement of Mueller Hall
  • Fish Tank Lounge: The lounge with the fireplace right next to the Founder's Table.
  • Hilltop: The neighborhood just west of campus
  • Merlin: The huge, grizzled tree in Chapel Meadow
  • Mound Street: The fraternity house neighborhood
  • TA: Technology Assistant (help you with computer problems in the dorms)
  • The Vooka: VUCA (Center for the Arts)
  • Voopdee: VUPD (Valparaiso University Police Department)
  • VUCRU: The student fan section at basketball games and other sporting events
Traditions
  • FOCUS: Each year, incoming freshmen attend this two-day orientation event held the summer before freshman year starts. This is a great way for students to meet other members of their class, find roommates, take placement exams, and meet with professors to talk about majors. Many freshmen end up remaining friends with fellow Foci for all four years at Valpo.
  • Late-Night Bingo: About once a month, the Union holds Late-Night Bingo from 11 p.m.-2 a.m. The proceeds go to charity, and students play for big prizes like TVs, DVD players, bicycles, gift certificates, and tons more. There are smaller prizes, too, such as baskets of candy and McDonald's certificates. This event has become so popular over the years that it had to change locations in order to accommodate the many people who wanted to play.
  • Midnight Madness: That's right, it's basketball again! Midnight Madness is held the midnight of the day when basketball practices can officially start as per NCAA rules. Thousands of fans and students gather at the ARC to watch the first practice of the men's and women's teams, including a scrimmage, slam dunk contest, and three-point contest. Tons of free prizes are given out and students are usually treated to a laser-light show and a meet-and-greet with the players.
  • Paint the Campus: During Homecoming, student groups and Greek organizations turn out to paint the windows of the Union and the dorms with their artistic renderings of the Homecoming theme. These are judged in a competition, and the winning team receives points toward their Homecoming total.
  • Sibling Weekend: Each winter, Valpo students host any and all of their siblings for a weekend of campus fun. The University shows kid-friendly movies and schedules multiple events that students can easily attend with siblings.
  • Songfest: Songfest is the culmination of Spring Week and is a contest between Greek organizations. It is basically a song-and-dance revue; each team choreographs a routine and chooses costumes. The performance is held in the Chapel, and it always promises to be a good time.
  • Vespers: These are special music-filled worship services held late at night during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Tickets disappear so quickly that some students go all four years without ever being able to attend. Even though they are held in the Chapel, which seats about 5,000 people, tickets are offered to the community and alumni as well, and they always sell out.
Urban Legends
  • If you step on the seal in Berg Hall, you'll fail your finals. Go kiss the grave instead!
  • In the 1920s, the Ku Klux Klan considered buying the University.
  • Kiss the dog's grave on Old Campus for luck on finals.
  • Kissing Bridge has moved a few times. The original legend was that if you kissed your sweetie on the bridge as a train passed below, you were soul mates.
  • Legend has it that the administration nudged a group of students to create and implement the Honor Code system.
Favorite Things To Do
Valpo has a wealth of activities and events to attend. The VUCA (Center for the Arts) is home to plays, concerts, recitals, and lectures, as well as the University's Brauer Museum of Art. The Brauer Museum is home to many modern American artworks, including pieces by Georgia O'Keefe. Recitals and concerts of various campus music ensembles and groups also take place in the Chapel of the Resurrection. Various lectures, debates, and the Christ College Symposium Series take place in the Mueller Hall Refectory. Lectures and films are conducted in the Neils Science Center auditorium. Poetry slams and book discussions, as well as small concerts, often pop up in the Café at the Union. In addition, departmental or special-interest lectures often take place in the academic buildings around campus, as well as in the Lumina Room of Huegli Hall. Athletic events take place at the ARC (Athletics Recreation Center), Brown Field (football field), the new softball diamond, Eastgate (soccer field), and the Emory Bauer Baseball Field.
Student Newspaper
The Torch
Clubs and Organizations on Campus
A complete list of Valparaiso's Student Organizations can be found on the University's Web site. There are about 100 different clubs to get involved in, and if you don't find what you are looking for, you can create a new one.
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organizations
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student newspaper
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Yearbook
ROTC
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The cement structure outside of the Christopher Center Library actually breaks up enough sunlight so that the floor-to-ceiling windows do not cause increased aging of the books.

Student Polls

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 19 responses

  • 15% Songfest
  • 15% Welcome Week
  • 12% FOCUS
  • 10% Spring Concert
  • 8% Celebrate
  • 7% Vespers
  • 7% Sibling Weekend
  • 5% Midnight Madness
  • 5% Free concerts in the Chapel
  • 3% Late-Night Bingo
  • 3% Morning prayer
  • 2% Paint the Campus
  • 2% Dance marathon
  • 2% Spring break trips
  • 2% Men's basketball games
  • 2% Greek life activities

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 65 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 20 responses

  • 17% Study in the grass.
  • 16% Go to downtown Valpo
  • 14% Attend the free concerts
  • 14% Go to the dunes
  • 12% Play cards and board games
  • 12% Go to Chicago
  • 7% Philanthropy events
  • 3% Spending time in the VUCA
  • 3% Free movies
  • 2% Work in the weather lab, creating weather maps

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 21 responses

  • 67% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 29% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 5% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 56 responses

  • 21% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.
  • 62% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 12% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 4% I hate my school and have no school spirit.

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