Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University


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Recent Reviews

Ryan
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

VU has a strong Lutheran tradition that is well-known. The faith community here is a big deal to a lot of students and most ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

VU has a strong Lutheran tradition that is well-known. The faith community here is a big deal to a lot of students and most of the faculty, but it isn't oppressive. I'm not Lutheran and don't feel out of place.

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

Apply to more schools than you care about. No matter how sure you are that your first choice will accept you, apply to more schools than you think you should; I recommend at least 5. Apps are annoying, but worthwhile. As a sophomore considering transfer, it is better to have more options than you need, than not having enough if a top pick doesn't accept you. Take advantage of priority filing and apply like crazy. You'll be glad for it in the long run.

What's unique about your campus?

The friends I've made here. The academic potential here is great, but it doesn't set itself apart from other similar schools until you meet the people here. I've made good friends with peers and professors, and they have all been wonderful parts of my life.

kelsi
Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our men's basketball team 10 years ago was really good; they're really young this year, but the games are still intense. We ...

Describe your favorite campus traditions.

Our men's basketball team 10 years ago was really good; they're really young this year, but the games are still intense. We also have excellent nursing, engineering and meteorology departments. Our business school is a large supporter of eco-friendly and ethical practices and organizations that sponsor such practices or activities.

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

It's important to find the right fit. A student will call this place their home for the next 4 years. It's important to take into consideration desired major/career, extra-curriculars and campus involvement opportunities, and location. I wanted somewhere far from home for my own independence and have had a wonderful experience making friends and learning to travel on my own. For others, this might not be ideal, so it's important to remember your own preferences when making a decision. It's your future so make your own decision and don't be influenced by anyone else!

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

It's really really cold here, but don't let that dishearten you because you can still study abroad and go somewhere warm!!!

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.

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

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