Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University


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Recent Reviews

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

I have learned a lot about my intended career, even in the small amount of time I have been here, less than a semester. I ha...

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

I have learned a lot about my intended career, even in the small amount of time I have been here, less than a semester. I have also learned how to manage my time better than I have in the past.

What's unique about your campus?

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.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The most frustrating thing about my school is how expensive the food is.

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

A sense of community and of values, the ability to be independent and the knowledge that I'll need to be able to handle myse...

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

A sense of community and of values, the ability to be independent and the knowledge that I'll need to be able to handle myself in society. It's only been a few months, but I believe that I've grown up a lot. The whole college experience has been amazing and has affected my entire life and my outlook on the world. Before coming here, I felt like just a kid, about to be thrown out into the real world with no knowledge of the way things work, but college has already provided me with some insight into the world and how I should handle myself in it. College is a vital step in transitioning from high school kid to full grown adult and functioning, helpful member of society.

What's unique about your campus?

The close-knit feel, that is sort of true of the entire community. Everyone seems to be friends with everyone else; everyone knows each other, and things are incredibly calm and peaceful here. That's not to say that there isn't the typical drama, of course, but it's not the focus of t he university. We're all happy here, comfortable with each other. Everyone on campus is a member of my extended family.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

A person who likes to party; this is a dry campus, a smoke-free campus, and a very small and moral community of people. There's no room here for people who want to play around, have a lot of parties, or get involved in the darker side of college. There are parties here, don't get me wrong, and we all have fun, to be certain, but in a healthy and morally acceptable environment.

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

Valparaiso University is a school where students can come together to become more involved, to encourage academic growth and ...

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

Valparaiso University is a school where students can come together to become more involved, to encourage academic growth and learning, and to form lasting friendships throughout their four years in attendance.

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

After being at Valparaiso University for a semester and a half, I have learned more about not only my area of study, but also about myself. I have learned how to study and how to succeed in college. I have learned to love the subjects that teach me the important things I need to know for the profession that I want to pursue. I joined clubs, participated in intramurals, and even joined a sorority! Besides all of these accomplishments, I also learned how to be out on my own in the world and to have confidence in myself. I look at myself now and I do not even see the girl I was less than seven months ago! The experiences I have had for my first few semesters at VU are unique to only VU; my university taught me so many things that another school would not. I grew up and I have learned so many things about the world around me and myself.

What kind of person should attend this school?

The kind of person that should attend Valparaiso University is a person who likes a small school setting. They should be interested in getting involved in things at school. There are a lot of opportunities to join clubs and intramurals and the other events that are offered are really enriching and interesting. They should like small class sizes and a great opportunity to get to know their professors and fellow classmates.

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

College. Many believe that college is a time to party it up and do what ever one wants because there are no parents around to...

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

College. Many believe that college is a time to party it up and do what ever one wants because there are no parents around to tell you no. It's not. College is a time of growth and experience. A time of multitasking at its finest. My time so far in college has been a growing experience from immature child to a mature lady. I've learned to balance my time between class, homework, research, partying, and work. College is not as the movie portrays it to be. It is the complete opposite. You have responsibilities and priorities. There are also consequences to ill thought out ideas. The one thing I will take from this experience is if you want something done, do it yourself.

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

Valparaiso is unique because of the atmosphere. The professors really care about helping you out and answering your questions...

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

Valparaiso is unique because of the atmosphere. The professors really care about helping you out and answering your questions. The classroom sizes help students feel confortable enough to ask questions and have a relationship with the professors. The students display honorable characteristics and these qualities are even further encouraged while attending school at Valparaiso. Even though it is a small school, there are still enough people to make you feel like you are getting a true college experience. My experience here has been the best. There is good sportsmanship in the athletics and the extracurricular activities are awesome.

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

My college experience has taught me many things about myself and about the future me I will become. I am having the time of my life and I am very involved here on campus. Nothing will ever replace my times here. Going to college is valuable for more than just an education. You really grow as a person and learn so much about yourself you never know you could. You also learn skills on how to better associate with other people and how to act professionally. I have learned so much in my freshman year alone that I can only imagine what else I will learn in my college experience. Nothing will ever replace the things I learn here or the times I share with everyone around me. The relationships made in college stick with you for the rest of your life and the education is looked at strongly. If I had not gone to college, I would be so limited as to what I could do with my life and I would not have learned how to be with others or be an independent individual.

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

The worst thing about my school would be the location. The weather here is not so great because it is located so close to the great lakes. We manage, however, and are prepared for anything. There is also not much to do in Valparaiso but most people get so involved on campus it does not really matter. Chicago is also only an hour away if you really want something fun to do.

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

Valparaiso University is a school of high expectations in the academic field and openminded for any student to develop their ...

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

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.

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

The transition to my college life was not an easy task. Nevertheless, I did confront it knowing that this transition was for my own good. I have always known that college is my to becoming successful in life. There are hardly any well paying jobs in todays society where only a high school diploma is accepted. Yet, this was my first time moving away from my home in order to live in a completly different environment with a different group of people. Now that I look back to when I started this journey, I realize the mistake I made. Thus, if I were to return to my senior year in high school, the advice I would give myself is to relax and not be afraid of change.

What's unique about your campus?

My school gives a promising opportunity for a diversified student population. It also maintains its academic standards at a high standard. Last of all, the learning experience is unforgetable. Teachers are very devoted to their students. The same is true when it comes to the students.

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

I would tell myself to not be so afraid. The transition was relatively smooth for me and I fit in well here at Valparaiso. ...

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

I would tell myself to not be so afraid. The transition was relatively smooth for me and I fit in well here at Valparaiso. However, I would tell myself not to be afraid to try to make friends and talk to more people. I did not really have too much trouble making friends, but I do not really talk to anyone outside of that group. While this is not too much of a problem for me given my personality, I feel I could be having a better time if I knew more people as friends. Also, I would tell myself to get involved more in campus activities. This is a good way to get key life experience and is something I feel I have not done well thus far in my college life.

What kind of person should not attend this school?

Someone who wants to be at a big school or in a big city. Someone who wants there to be constant action and partying.

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

It is a small school with very friendly people. Small class sizes make it easy to learn and the professors are easily accessible. It is an excellent academic environment.

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

I would tell myself to keep having fun and not worry so much about what other people think about you. In high school I was in...

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

I would tell myself to keep having fun and not worry so much about what other people think about you. In high school I was involved in every possible activity, and I was constantly trying to please people. When searching for a college to attend, I was trying to find one that pleased both my parents and myself. Luckly, the one I chose happened to be perfect for both of us. To return to my point of constantly trying to please people, I would tell my past self that it doesn't matter how my senior prom looks because after it is done, it will be in the past and it won't matter anymore. That is true about everything that I tried to make perfect. Also, I would inform myself that at college people don't care about who you were friends with in high school or how involved you were. I know this sounds cliche, but it is true, and it won't make sense until you actually experience it. The main point of my talk would be to just have fun and enjoy all my high school friends.

What's unique about your campus?

The best thing about Valparaiso University is the opportunity to be involved. Even as a freshman, I have become a member of the Premed Club, I am a College Mentor, and I have been involved in many intramural activities. I have also just joined a sorority, which is opening the doors to many more opportunities to be involved. I also love the class sizes at Valpo. All of my professors know my name, and they are always available if I have any questions outside of class.

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

I brag to my friends about how I know so many people on campus. Valparaiso is a relatively small school, so I recognize most of the students on campus. Even if I don't know their names, everyone is very friendly and will smile or say "hello" as you walk past them. My friends that attend larger school say that they feel lost in their giant campus, but I feel perfectly at home here.

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

Ivy Tech is a school that is full of opportunity to expand your knowledge, succeed in your goals, and is a school full of div...

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

Ivy Tech is a school that is full of opportunity to expand your knowledge, succeed in your goals, and is a school full of diverse students and staff from all walks of life that will help mold you into an well rounded. culterally competent professional.

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

Well Ivy Tech Community College of Valparaiso has a partnership with Valpariaso University that allows you to pursue a BSN at VU after graduating with your ASN from Ivy Tech. The agreement also includes paying Ivy Tech tuition prices for Valparaiso University education and only 46% of Valparaiso University's tuition to obtain your masters. It also takes less time to graduate with an ASN and BSN/MSN throught his program than many others.

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

I would tell myself as a high school senior to be prepared to study hard and learn more in the next two years than you could possibly imagine. The amount of growth you experience within your first year in a nursing program is tremendous. Ivy Tech Community College will be one of the best decisions you will ever make. Look into the vocational that allows you to take college courses while in college or just take night class or courses on the weekends, this would definitely help jump start your freshman year of college as well as taking less time to get into the nurisng program. Don't be surprised that you will be one of the youngest people in the nursing program, it is a compliment, and you worked hard to get there. Don't be afraid to believe in yourself, you will be a competent nurse, and Ivy Tech Community College will make sure of that.

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

Get involved in clubs and activities right away. It's a great way to meet people. Take advantage of every academic and extr...

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

Get involved in clubs and activities right away. It's a great way to meet people. Take advantage of every academic and extracurricular opportunity to enhance your resume and/or build your portfolio. Don't be afraid to ask your professors questions or make an appointment to see them. Never miss a class. Participate in class. Take advantage of all extra credit opportunities.

What kind of person should attend this school?

Academically accomplished, well-rounded students. Students who like the idea of a faith-based institution, but without the rigidity and narrow-mindedness of some religious universities. Persons who are desiring the academic reputation, quality and opportunities of a large, research university, but without the massive size.

What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

The dining hall food! The cold, snowy winters.

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