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I've attended two other universities (grad school) sinceBrightMeteorology
I've attended two other universities (grad school) since graduating from Valpo, so I'd like to think I have a little perspective.

VU is a solid academic school. It's very undergraduate focused. In my four years, I only had one TA who came in once a week for half a semester to lead discussion for a non-major course. The rest of my classes were taught by actually professors, and I can count on one hand the number of bad ones I had.

On campus housing kind of sucks, but it's improving. VU is in the process of building new residence halls, which are much needed.

If you're looking for a party school, you're not going to find it here (basketball is pretty cool, though). There are only a handful of parties if you aren't Greek. The students who are Greek take a lot of pride in it, which is fine, but some take it too far and are judgmental of people who aren't Greek ("GDIs"). Honestly, VU was cliquier than my high school. I loved the city of Valparaiso, but keep in mind that it's not very big. If you want to go to a concert or a game, Chicago is a one-hour train ride away. But Valparaiso is very safe, has good restaurants, and you can walk home from the bar and not get mugged (do NOT take this for granted!!!). There's also a lot of green space on campus, and it's gorgeous in the spring.

4th Year Male -- Class 2015
Faculty Accessibility: A+, Social Life: C+
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Valparaiso University is an excellent school.Quite BrightElectrical Engineering
Valparaiso University is an excellent school. While many people may think that just because it is smaller and not well known outside the US, the truth of the matter is that this school provides you with everything you need for a stellar education. I am an electrical engineer, so I can only speak for the engineering department, but I have spoken to many other students of different majors who agree with me on these statements: faculty care about your education, you are challenged enough to understand coursework and real-world application of material, the campus, while small, offers a good variety of things to do, and people are friendly. I would say these are the main pros of the university that are prominent across all majors and parts of the university. Honestly, even though its a lot of work, I am learning a lot and feel like I am being prepared for my future career which is the whole point of college! I am very glad that I chose Valpo; I honestly can't picture myself anywhere else!
1st Year Male -- Class 2019
Education Quality: A+, Campus Maintenance: B
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The business school uses many adjunct faculty.Not so bright
The business school uses many adjunct faculty. They just show up to teach their classes then leave. They don't have offices on campus so students can't go to them with questions or for extra help. Valpo is trying to cut costs across the board. The university has missed their freshman enrollment targets the last few years. Their law school just laid off many faculty members to cut costs. You can read about this on the internet. I kept thinking that things would get better each year but they kept getting worse. This school now costs close to $50,000 and all you get are adjunct faculty who are barely on campus and teachers who really don't care about you or your education. I have been very disappointed in Valpo. It definitely hasn't been worth the money. Take my advice and don't go here. There are so many good college options available. This isn't one of them.
1st Year Female -- Class 1920
Perceived Campus Safety: B+, Individual Value: F
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