Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University


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Recent Reviews

Quinn
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a dull place sometimes, but in the end it'll take good care of you.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

It's a dull place sometimes, but in the end it'll take good care of you.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Finding the right college should revolve around nothing more than acedemics. It's not about where you're going to get the most playing time, or how the social life is. Those are things you can deal with after you make your decision. You pay thousands of dollars to an institution to receive the best education possible. The main thing you need to look at is the quality of the program you are interested in at that particular university. How does it stack up to others across the country? How does the curriculum compare to others? Do you feel that the classes offered give you the best chance to be prepared for and successful in life after college? Make sure that you meet as many professors and faculty members as you can on your visit as well. These are the people you are going to have to deal with for at least four years. It's crucial that you can relate and communicate with them. Don't worry about not meeting people. Unless you lock yourself up in a your room for four years, you will make friends who will impact your life forever. Above all, enjoy the experience!

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

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.

Philip
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The univeristy you choose should be one of the highest undergraduate school in your student's major. A strong emphasis in un...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

The univeristy you choose should be one of the highest undergraduate school in your student's major. A strong emphasis in undergraduate studies is essential. Having a good undergraduate best will best prepare your student for future graduate work and job placement. Class size also is important to a good education. Smaller class sizes allow the professor to focus on the students. The university you choose should also be a growing university. If a university is not showing a trend of growth, then steer clear.

What's unique about your campus?

Class size, concentration on undergraduate studies, acedemics

Dustin
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This is the only school I considered. It has my major and is one of the best in the country for it.Our Greek Life is small, b...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

This is the only school I considered. It has my major and is one of the best in the country for it.Our Greek Life is small, but it means the world to me here.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

People go to college for an education, but the real college experience is in the people and how you develop as a person while you're there. Here at Valpo I'm fortunate enough to have plenty of both, but the most unhappy people here are the ones who only do homework and study. The happiest students are the ones who are active on campus and do more than just play games in their dorm. Go to a reputable college and get your good education, but never forget that the people you meet here, and the things you'll do here you will never be able to do anywhere else again. When you're in college, seize the day. The bottom line is to search for a college with lots of sports, activities, and an active Greek Life. A smaller campus is also better for creating closer friendships and is convenient for traveling. And make sure that you're far enough from home to live on campus, but not so far that your family can't visit.

What kind of person should attend this school?

People should only attend this school if they're willing to work extra hard here. I love my major of meteorology, but the work load is very intense and difficult and not for everyone. But I also feel that there's a higher quality of people here than anywhere else I've been.

Shannon
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University is a school where academics, spiritual life, and social life combine to give students a great experienc...

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

Valparaiso University is a school where academics, spiritual life, and social life combine to give students a great experience.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

For parents and/or students who are looking for the right college, I would encourage you to visit the school. A school can look really good on their website, but it may look and feel completely different when you make your college visit. Look for schools that offer the programs you may be interested in and make sure that if you have your mind set on a specific career choice that your school choice offers other programs you may be interested in. Until you get to college and begin taking classes, you might not know for sure if your chosen career path is the right fit for you, so having flexibility in your own school for changing majors is a great opportunity (and lessens the chance for a need to transfer). As for making the most of your college experience, my best suggestion is to find the clubs and activities that you love and participate! College offers so much to students and there is a lot to take advantage of. It is usually through these clubs and activities that you will find your friends for life and it is usually through these clubs that you'll have the most fun.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

If a person is not very motivated to do well, or if they have no idea what they should do with their life, they probably shouldn't come to Valparaiso. VU has classes and programs to assist a person in discerning what he/she wants to do, but this requires that a person has some idea of what they may want to do. This school is expensive so it is probably best if the student took time to decide what program they would be interested in before they made the decision to come here (just to save some money).

Jeremy
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for their pre-law program.

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

My school is best known for their pre-law program.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

I would try to hang out with someone outside the orientation program of overnight stay at the college you vist. It would be best to hang out with someone you think you would get along best with and find out from them the diversity of the campus, academically,socially,etc.

What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

I wish I had known that everyone who is not in a fraternity is completely absorbed in academics. There are not any normal people here; they are a fraternity alcoholics or book-diving nerds.

Clare
Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

VU is dull and I wish I would have gone somewhere else.

Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

VU is dull and I wish I would have gone somewhere else.

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Take your time, and explore as much as you can.

What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

The worst thing about my school is the student body. They are generally not people who share my interests and ideals. They are not very accepting of others who are not members of a Greek organization.

Amanda
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Selecting a college the perfect college was a grave test for me; I am not a confident decision maker, so I often worried I ma...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

Selecting a college the perfect college was a grave test for me; I am not a confident decision maker, so I often worried I made the wrong choice. Students who find themselves unsatisfied with the University or other college they selected will not find themselves at the end of the world. They can always transfer to the school that fits their lifestlye, their financial situation, social aspiration, and career preparation. The first University I selected was my first choice, but it turned out I was unsatisfied and started looking for different options to attend the best school for my life choice. After I chose the school I wanted to complete my degree, I found that making the most out of a college experience, not only includes selecting the school best fitting to a student's lifestyle, but also stepping out of their shell, making friends, creating study groups, and achieving beyond their standards. No staff member, professor, or peer can make the most out of a college experience; only a student can!

What kind of person should not attend this school?

The kind of person that should not attend Valparaiso University is someone who does not want to aspire to be their best or someone who does not want to work hard and receive an amazing educaitonal experience.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating aspect at Valparaiso University is the lack of financial aid they give out and tuition seems to increase every year.

Erika
Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The personal relationships that you have with your professors is great. It allows you to get the most out of the classes; ou...

Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

The personal relationships that you have with your professors is great. It allows you to get the most out of the classes; outside help, tutoring, asking questions. Also, every one at Valpo follows an honor code so there is a lot of trust throughout the campus. This is a private school and you really get your moneys worth, and everyone here wants you to succeed and they help you reach your goals!

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

When looking for the right college keep in mind the class sizes, honestly it makes all the difference. Also, keep in mind the reputation of the school. Even if you have a smart child, if they are going to a "party" school then they will be in a much different environment, and surrounded by a different type of student than if they chose to go to a more acedemic school.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

The smaller class sizes allow for special off campus trips with the class (for some science classes you go to the Dunes at Lake Michigan, and some times you get to go to Chicago to go to the museums. Also, some professors will buy food (pizza) if it is an evening class.

Matthew
What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice is to start early and stay dilegent. Start at the end of your junior year in high school, take the SAT and then tak...

What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

My advice is to start early and stay dilegent. Start at the end of your junior year in high school, take the SAT and then take it again for a better score during the fall of your senior year. Apply early to the colleges of your choice this leads to early admission and more opportunities for scholarship from the college. Search for outside scholarship it will be better to have scholarships then loans, trust me getting loans are difficult. Have your parents do their taxes early and finish the FAFSA form. After you enroll in the college of your choice and get the finances all work out and are starting in the fall stay on top of your work. Space it out and complete what you can. Do not procastinate, if you have a week off for a school break that is a good time to finish those long papers. If you get caught up in work remember to take it easy every so often. Also to have a excellent college life join groups that you like and get involved, make friends in your dorm and if you want to rush for social fraternities, great to have on a resume.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who does not like to read, write, or do research. There is much more reading then writing papers at my college and when it is time to write those 10 to 20 page term papers its time to hit the library and internet for hours trying to find enough information to write about.

What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

What I brag about most when talking to my friends about my college is that we have a student government that is allowed to allocate nearly a million dollars a year to student groups and organizations. Also that our student government is given a great amount of power by the Board of Directors to determine student policy.

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  • 3,273
  • Tuition & Fees
  • $37,450
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  • 83%

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