educational quality of Valparaiso University is largely excellent, but in
order to attain your coveted degree, you will have to
endure four years of bad conditions.
good: the professors are approachable, and usually very good.
If the professor has tenure, he or she can pretty
much be expected to be a solid teacher and good
Now, without the good, the bad would make
this university completely intolerable. First, the campus has got
to be one of the ugliest suburban campuses in the
country. It is HORRIBLY maintained. Sidewalks are cracked
everywhere, flood significantly every time it rains, and are rarely
put in a place that actually follows the most likely
walking path for students. Second, the all-round management is
terrible. This is made clear by the terrible misappropriation
of money. The campus technologies are horrendous, the dorms
are almost all shabby and poorly maintained, professors frequently complain
about their low incomes, and little to no money is
spent on landscaping. Thirdly, the surrounding city is AWFUL.
There is literally nothing to do any day of
the week besides go out to eat. And that's
what you see - it is nearly impossible to get
into a restaurant in this town of 30,000 on a
Friday or Saturday night. Also, until recently, there were
and still are almost no sidewalks connecting the campus with
the city, forcing students to walk on the roads (in
the winter) and in the grass/dirt in the fall/spring.
There ARE a number of good restaurants right off campus,
but given the lack of sidewalks and crosswalks, it is
very difficult to walk to them. Lastly, the surrounding
region of Northwest Indiana is arguably the ugliest section of
the United States. Not helping this at all is
the fact that it is snowy, cold and muddy for
about half of the school year, making it about as
drab as could possibly be conceived.
if education is the only thing important to you in
a college, then this school is worth a look.
If you're looking for a aesthetically-pleasing, enjoyable, memorable college experience,
then you could pick nearly any other college in the
country and do better than Valpo.