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Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University. is a Private college. Located in Indiana, which is a city setting in Indiana, the campus itself is Suburban. The campus is home to 3,273 full time undergraduate students, and 1,139 full time graduate students.
The Valparaiso University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 12:1. There are 297 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Valparaiso University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.
Admissions at VALPO are considered Less Selective, with ,36% of all applicants being admitted.
In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 12 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.
90% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 64% were in the top quarter, and 34% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.
We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Valparaiso University.
98 Students rated on-campus housing 3.6 stars. 7 % gave the school a 5.0.
76 Students rated off-campus housing 3.4 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated campus food 3.3 stars. 11 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated class size 4.6 stars. 67 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 35 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated local services 4.2 stars. 45 % gave the school a 5.0.
102 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 44 % gave the school a 5.0.
45 Students rated Valparaiso University
I believe the school is underrated. Not only does it have a high level of education but it also has great people surrounding the community. When I visited I loved the area, vibe, and overall the school. The day of visiting I knew that it was meant to be for me to go to Valparaiso. It is in a great area with many different events and stores. It also is a smaller campus so your class sizes are smaller and more personal with your professors. Everyone I have talked to LOVES it at Valpo which makes it 5/5 stars.
This school is nothing but a scam. If anyone is brainwashed by their upbringing about doing well in school, going to a good private college, getting a good paying job, I recommend to re-think on what you've been instilled in you during your childhood. Especially if you grew up poor/middle class, I'd re-think on going to such an expensive school when an in-state school would be just fine. If you plan on taking out a bunch of loans and hope you can pay them after you land that dream job, think again! It's better to go to an in-state public school because they're just as good and you save at least 20k per year! Don't go into debt another 80k just for an overrated private college education! Don't fall for the religious bullshit either, my whole atmosphere as a student was filled with kids who didn't give a damn about religion.
And to add to this, their computer science department is absolutely terrible. The professors are super lazy and don't teach you shit. They do not get you job ready at all. Good luck re-learning everything in preparing for job interviews.
As a student, you do not want to come to Valparaiso University. As a black student you really do not want to attend Valparaiso. Tuition costs rise each year and sometimes the aid doesn't cover as much of the ballooning costs as it once did. Educational curriculum is flawed in the sense that they make you take a course called CORE (ENG101) which equates to 10 credits freshman year, but you'll be hard-pressed to find a university that accepts them should you wish to transfer. Ten credit hours is a lot to leave on the table when transferring. For black students the only things that make it worth is are organizations designed to be safe spaces for us such as Black Student Organization. The dining hall employees have proven to be exclusionary/discriminatory to black students so warning!
It is overall a nice college experience. Not much of a party school and is not BIG on athletics but it is possible to have a good time and catch some good sports games and matches. Food and housing needs improvement. Great overall for what private universities can offer.
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Although I didn't have too tough of a time transitioning from home life to college life, I would have actually told myself to pack less clothes. My roommate and I (we both roomed blind) packed our tiny dorm room full during our freshman year, which obviously wasn't the greatest living situation. I'd also tell myself to go out and make as many friends as possible...when I'm feeling homesick sometimes its nice to just play a board game with friends (note to senior self: bring board games) or cuddle up with blankets and watch a movie (another note: LOTS of DVDs) Pretty much just bring things that remind you of home; things that will, no questions asked, make you happy =]
Valparaiso University is a school of high expectations in the academic field and openminded for any student to develop their own identity and become successful.
The social life is probably the worst thing. It's a very small school and not very culterally diverse. Many students don't go out much here, and are focused solely on acedemics. You have to make it fun for yourself. The fun is not going to come to you.
The students in my classes are focused on their education, however, they also seek to have a life outside of the schoolwork and want to have the freedom of such a life.
I brag most about the vast number of ways to get involved on campus. There are so many different organizations to be a part of and support that the opportunities are endless. There are a ton of leaderships positions as well as volunteer opportunities to give your life some balance and meaning in helping those around you such as mentoring youth or working at the local soup kitchen which are my two favorites.
The law school is a pretty big thing, as well as the chapel/the fact that its a lutheran school. Also small class sizes
It's really really cold here, but don't let that dishearten you because you can still study abroad and go somewhere warm!!!
The program I am enrolled in at Valparaiso University is an Accelerated Nursing program. This is an intense program that lasts a year. Attending this school requires great dedication to one's school work. This is an expensive school in which hardwork is required to be successful if you want to make your education worth the money. Valparaiso is located in a small town, so a person should enjoy a small school atmosphere.
I came from South Florida so this was really the only school I applied for out of state. Obviously the weather and community is very different than what I am accustomed to, but it is not something that negatively affects my opinion of the University. Valparaiso is also much smaller than other Universities I applied too and the majority of the students are white/caucasian. Valpo, however is a growing University so there are many opportunities to get involved with the school and create new groups, organizations, or activities.
It is hard to pick a kind of person who should not attend this school because it is a school that offers a wide range of degrees. I would have to say that this school is not for someone who wants the minimum. Valparaiso University is not inexpensive by any means,but it offers a Lutheran spin on things by always looking at life's experiences through a Christan lens. So, Valparaiso University is not for someone who wants the most basic degree and does not want connection and discussion with others about God.
I love the people that I have met here so far. Also, I like the class sizes and the amount of resources that you have to help you with everything and how accessible the professors are.
Personally, I came into this school knowing it was of a Lutheran background so I assumed it had strong Christian values. There are people who do, but generally, I feel it does not. It frustrates me having Christian professors who teach improper doctorine and it frustrates me that we are a dry campus but barely enforce people who drink and smoke on campus.
I am an Engineering Major, and the engineering college is difficult but not impossible. There is also a lot of support for struggling students, especially in engineering.
Salt - Student action leadership team.
upc - university programming council
greek life. Greek life here is fantastic. It is so different than stereotypical greek life. We work extensively with the community through philanthropy.
Valpo is a great place. I really enjoy just about everything. It can be a bit windy... probably its biggest downside. The academics challenge me and the people are friendly.
super nice, and absolutely.
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99% of students
attending Valparaiso University receive some sort of financial aid.
31% were awarded federal grants.
While 58% received federal loans.
Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.
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