Valparaiso University (Valpo)

Valparaiso, IN

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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University

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Overall School Rating:

Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars 24 Review

Greek Life:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3.5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4.5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars

Student Ratings

Reviews for Valparaiso University

Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall, I think Valparaiso is an above average school. Although it is expensive, I believe that in the long run, the cost is worth it. You get an education that allows you to get to know everyone in your classes, as well as getting to know the teachers as well. The part of Valparaiso I liked the most is the athletics. I am a part of the men's soccer team, and it has had a life changing impact on me. Being a part of the athletics community has been incredible for me, and well worth all the work involved.

Academics

As far as classes go, I think that the number and range of classes and programs offered are very good. For being a small private school, there is a large number of different options that the school offers in regard to majors and minors. The one negative part is that a lot of different classes seem to be scheduled at the same time of the day on the same day, so it can sometimes be a little difficult to create the perfect schedule for a semester. The professors that I have had are all great and they are extremely helpful. They are more than willing to help you succeed, and will help you if you are just willing to ask them. The workload seems pretty typical. It doesn't seem overly demanding for the most part, and it also doesn't seem to simple or easy either. Class sizes are around 20 to 30 people for the most part, which makes for a very friendly and interactive environment.

College Life

The social life is one thing that could be better at Valpo. Greek life isn't very big on campus, and there are some weekends where the most exciting thing that someone can find to do is hangout with friends or go to a movie. Some weekends can get a little dull, but that is always great time to catch up on homework! There are a ton of clubs and organizations on campus, and I would think that nearly anyone could find something on campus that they are interested in joining. As far as safety goes, I feel as if the campus is very safe. There is a campus police that monitors campus at all times. Also, there tends not to be any really big parties that could get a lot of people hurt or in trouble, which helps keep people safe as well. As far as athletics goes, there is a lot of sports for both men and women. The level of competition is extremely high, so it is very entertaining to watch. Also, there are a ton of intramural sports that are offered on campus as well.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall I'm grateful to be attending a prestigious school such as Valparaiso University. I have enjoyed my first year year and plan to graduate from here in the spring of 2016. What i like most at Valpo has to be the friendly people. Coming here I knew no one and the staff as well as upperclassmen made my transition easy and assisted me with anything I needed. I ultimately was able to have a great learning experience here on the campus. I really believe Valpo was the best choice for me and would recommend this university to others.

Academics

Valparaiso university is known for its nursing programs however there is a variety of classes and majors here. The professors work with the students on a one on one level. The class sizes are relatively small ranging from 15 to 20 students. The workload is tough but anyone can handle it as long as they are willing to put forth the work.

College Life

The campus is safe and has its own police. I have never had any problems on campus.There are over 55 organizations and clubs on campus so there is a lot to get involved in on campus. Valpo is a D1 school meaning we are pretty good when it comes to athletics.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2016

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I have really enjoyed my experience so far at Valparaiso University. The faculty and staff are very welcoming, sweet, and helpful. Class are great, and the people you meet are amazing. There is a lot of diversity on this campus. The only negatives I would say come from this school is that the food gets kind of old after awhile, and having to share a room with a roommate, meaning no privacy. Also the weather here is unpredictable, but if you have lived in Indiana or any other neighboring state you would be use to the crazy weather. Overall my college experience here has been really great.

Academics

We have a wide variety of majors on our campus. Our top programs are business, nursing, and engineering, but the school is also invested in what ever area you become interested in. Buildings are constantly becoming updated, which means technology and education is always up to date. Class sizes are usually very small, so there is always a teacher-student connection and relationships. The workload is what you would expect, its only overwhemling when you procrastinate.

College Life

Everyone on campus is usually peppy and very positive, no one is usually ever negative unless they are complaining about the weather. There is a ton of clubs and student organizations on campus to become apart of and a wide variety for any type of interest. The one sport we have that is extremely good is the Men's Basketball team. The Men's Basketball team is actually 1st in our division right now so it is pretty exciting to attend the games. Weekends are normally spent relaxing or hanging out with friends. There is always activities on campus to do. Most people go out to eat on weekends in downtown Valparaiso to take a break from campus food.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

What is truly amazing about Valparaiso University is the genuine atmosphere that just embraces you as soon as you arrive, and that atmosphere is not provided by the amazing architecture, the beautiful chapel, the warm dormitories, the safe sidewalks, or the beautiful all glass library; no, it is provided by the smiles and warm "Hello!"s that you receive around every corner. I don't think I've ever felt the distance that you feel from students at larger schools; at Valpo, you're important, even when you're not. I love it.

Academics

The coolest part of the classrooms is how your "peers" become comrades in learning, and in life. I've made friends with, joined clubs because of, grieved over the loss of, and have had life changing moments with my classmates. The professors take part in the camaraderie; I've been to their houses for everything from babysitting kids to having an all-class Indian curry-cuisine dinner. It makes learning, and expressing honest opinions, concerns, and questions so much easier than it ever was in high school or community colleges. It becomes a literal learning community

College Life

I'm a student athlete; I run three seasons total. In between Cross Country, Indoor Track, and Outdoor Track, I'm running to Christ College (our honors college) extra movies, UPC events, participating in University Council, or going to SALT meetings. I think this speaks of exactly how versatile and lenient these organizations are, and yet, they are highly dedicated groups. SALT (Social Action Leadership Team) raised over $14,000 dollars to fund a self-sustaining well for a hospital in Lugulu, Kenya (project "Kenya-Dig-it?"). The well will subsidize all income to create more wells in the community, giving fresh water to all residents. The honor's college puts out an annual musical written, produced, and put on by it's freshman class. These groups are all protected by Valpo's very own police squad (VUPD) who puts out frequent emails about weather and police alerts. There has never really been trouble on campus- which is wonderful.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Valparaiso University was the best choice I could have made for college. The teachers are most interested in your education, and the atmosphere is awesome. The campus is beautiful, and it is my home away from home.

Academics

The classes are small, so the teachers really get to know you. The professors are so easy to work with and understanding. The homework they give can sometimes be overwhelming, but it's going to be that way anywhere you go. I have always felt like I can go to my teachers with any trouble I have with work, and they are more than happy to help me.

College Life

Everyone is involved at Valparaiso. The sports, greek life, clubs, social lives are all amazing. School spirit is obvious, and because of the small size of school, it's easy to be involved if you want, but the school is also big enough that you don't have to be involved if you don't want to be.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Overall

One thing that I especially love about Valparaiso is that the professors care about the students. My experience has been that professors are willing to meet with students (even outside of office hours) and discuss what the student would like to discuss. I also love the chapel on campus! It is a great place to get involved, but no attendance to services is required. One fun experience on campus is that in the beginning of the year there is "Taste of Valpo" where local restaurants come and set up booths for students to try their food. For prospective students, it is important to pick a school where you feel comfortable. You will be on campus a lot and if you don't see yourself liking where you are then if you are able to you might want to look into a different school. Keep an open mind when looking into colleges; a website can't replace a visit!

Academics

Valparaiso offers a lot of programs. The professors care about students. The workload can be challenging, but with preparation and time management it should be manageable. If not, a General Studies 100 class is offered to help with the transition between high school and college. There is also an academic resource center on campus. The class size for the two introductory courses were bigger than I believe most classes are. I would challenge students in lectures to not be afraid to ask questions. The Core or Christ College programs keep smaller discussion class sizes.

College Life

Walking around on campus a student will most likely run into other students he/she knows and some students he/she does not know. There are a variety of clubs and organizations on campus. I feel that campus is safe. I think that at any school, a student should always be smart about his/her surroundings. I don't really follow athletics, but I know that mens basketball did well this year. There are activities to do on the weekends; student organizations will put on different events throughout the year.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 1 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 2 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think that this school is good. The atmosphere is ok. The people here are nice and welcoming. There is a good standard for academics and I have made some really good friends here. I enjoy like at this school.

Academics

I think the academics here is good. The class size is usually small, around thirty students. The professors are really nice and kind. You can get to know them really well and therefore you can get good connections.

College Life

The campus safety is very good here. The atmosphere is overall nice but the athletics are not that great. There are some events to do here but weekends are pretty quiet. I like it that way but not every one does.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Personally, I think Valparaiso University is a great school. At VU, not only am I learning and retaining the information I am taught, but I am learning skills that I know I will never forget. Here, you're not just memorizing what you're told to memorize and then end forgetting the information once you've taken the test, and that is what I love about the education I am receiving here at VU. The professors are friendly and always willing to help too, and they teach in a way that not only helps, but intrigues you. However, as most college kids know, the college experience isn't just about earning a degree, but also about the friends and experiences one makes on campus. The town of Valparaiso is full of things to do, and is huge! Not to mention, if you somehow manage not to find anything to do in Valparaiso, you can always head over to Merrillville or take the train to Chicago. The town is great, the people are friendly, the professors intriguing, and you get to learn some stuff while you're here too!

Academics

The workload at Valparaiso University, especially for a nursing student like myself, is a pretty decent sized load. Like at other universities, there will be days you are drowning in homework and study, and others where you can't think of anything to do, but it isn't anything a hardworking college student can't handle. In most classes, you will normally have about 14-30 classmates and the class will revolve not only around a lecture/powerpoint, but also in-class discussion which makes it easier to get to know fellow students and learn while doing so. In most of your classes (depending on the class of course) this size will remain the same, however VU still has huge lecture hall classes with about 100-200 people in them. The large classes isn't to say that the class will be more boring or that it will be more difficult to learn, as I have had some and this was not the case, but there are times when a lot of people need to take the same class at the same time. Also, the professors, in both the small classes and huge lectures, are very interesting and willing to help students with any question that they may have. They also tend/try to keep things interesting for the students, which is nice.

College Life

I've grown up by Valparaiso my whole life, and every time my friends and I wanted to do something fun on the weekend Valparaiso is where we would go. There are plenty of things to do in the general area besides studying, clubs, or other school related things if you are in need of getting away from all of that for a bit. However, there are also plenty of things to do on campus. Valparaiso University has tons of (including the popular Humans Vs. Zombies) for everyone/anyone, and nice selection of athletics, including intramural/recreational. Whatever you do at VU however, you are guaranteed to have fun making new friends, learning new interesting things (like how to tango), and enjoying the towns atmosphere.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2015

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

Overall I like my school. It's very personalized education. A teacher is always available to talk or listen. The classrooms are not packed, so I feel like a student and not a number. Ultimately though it's been the great people I've met who have made my experience as good as it has been.

Academics

My school has a good program academically. It is a private school so the worload can be strenous but if you work hard you will excel. The class size isn't big because it is private, so you get that personal attention. Every professor has set office hours so they are available to you. They will meet with you about your paper and discuss grades and etc. they are very helpful. Also every student has a counselor they meet with to set up classes and map out a four year plan. There are programs that will help you succeed. There is a writing center with people who will help thou edit your pàpers. There is a carrer center that will help you with your resume and job hunt. There are Aldo clubs and organizations and if they don't have one you want, you can create your own.

College Life

It's a pretty good social atmosphere. There are alot of organixations you can join. The night lfe is not jumping with exctement. It is a dry campus. There are a lot of social events every week. There ate poetry slams, I've cream socials and etc.


Student at This School - Grad Year 2014

Overall Rating

Detailed Ratings

Greek Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
On Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Off Campus Dining:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
College Life:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Nightlife:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Athletics:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Diversity:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Local Atmosphere:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Safety & Security:
Rated 4 of 5 Stars
Campus Facilities:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Housing:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Job/Career Placement:
Rated 3 of 5 Stars
Academics:
Rated 5 of 5 Stars
Overall

I think a really important part of college should be the growth that occurs during the student's time there. In my own standing as a sophomore, I've grown quite a lot since before I started college, and a lot of it is as a result of the connections and experiences I've had here at Valparaiso University, and I'm happy about that. I love going to school here, and I'm really glad that my faith as a Christian can be accepted here, because this is a Christian university. Another thing I really like is the availability of Japanese classes, clubs and activities. I love our small, close-knit Japanese club, where we can practice speaking Japanese together, our fun trips to places such as the asian market Mitsuwa, and the anime club.

Academics

VU has some really good programs for Engineering and Nursing. There is also the joke that Engineering and Nursing majors have no life, because of their workload. The usual gen-eds are required, and also two courses of Theology because this is a Christian university. In my own experience reguarding my workload (I am an English major) I find the workload to be substantial, but not overly heavy. I like it this way. I also consider myself a student of average intelligence, an A, B, and every once in a while Cs student. I've had positive experiences with all of my Professors. I've gotten a variety of different types, and a fair amount of them who say they are Christians, which is important to me, and also a number of them who I know aren't Christians, which I don't like (this is a Christian university, after all.) Class size is usually between 15 and 30.

College Life

The overall social atmosphere is good, people are polite and friendly. There is a good variety of many different types of clubs and organizations, the campus also seems to be safe, but mostly for lack of creepers/rapists/thugs rather than a good security, though we do have campus police available. The athletic department seems to be good, but probably worse than average than other schools. Our football team sucks but our basketball teams are good. Some people go to frat parties on weekends, but there's also a good amount of people who aren't partiers.


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