Valparaiso University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (8)
Valparaiso University is a one of a kind institution that celebrates diversity and strives for excellence. Professors are dynamic and involved in the lives of their students beyond the classroom. Valparaiso University is known for it's dedication to service, and the college of nursing is no exception. Professors and students alike are often found in the community serving locally and abroad. The attitude of servitude that was fostered here has developed in me a passion for service in my nursing career today by devoting volunteer time to my community each week. Valparaiso University is a terrific place for learning skills for careers and an even better place to learn how to love yourself, others, and the community. I am forever thankful for my education and life learning at this institution.
Valparaiso University ranked on the top 5 Lutheran College in the Mid-West region for many reasons. The campus size is small but comes with a strong sense of community as students enjoy knowing many of their classmates and faculties. There is a good ratio between domestic and international students from 70 different cultural backgrounds. Academics are taken quite seriously by students and staffs with The Honor Code is written on all the main assignments and tests and the grading scale. Outside of classes, there are many cultural and educational events offered on campus throughout the year, as well as off-campus activities are also available including Downtown Valpo, the Dunes Beach and National Park nearby that take no longer than 30 minutes drive. There are also accessible free transportation available for students who wish to travel around town to Target, Walmart, Movie Theather, as well as late night van to pick up and drop off students within campus area from 11 pm to 3 am. The University also has its own Solar Energy Generator, Astronomy Observatory Lab, Art Museum, Marketing Agency, Convenience Store and even three different Starbuck locations. One of the very few draws back is Dining Service open hours are limited, the food is not as diverse and somewhat overly charged. ( eg: a tea bag can cost almost $2, a mini size of soup can cost over $3 and a healthy choice salad wrap can cost up to $8). The second draws back is the degree did teach me many things but somehow, it feels like it prepared me enough fo my Career as there are too many GenEd credits to complete where I should have more freedom to invest my credits hours in classes that actually matter. The overall Valpo experience is one worth living. It's overall the perfect place for students like me and hopefully you too!
This university is the perfect size for you take actually have a relationship with your professors, but you can meet more than enough new people. All my major classes really prepared me for the real world in teaching. Campus life is very active so you always have something to do, and you can find lots of great clubs to be a part of.
I was a non-traditional student - lived off campus and married. I went to class, did the work, and got good grades. Never found a social scene that I fit into. Nice people. Nice town. Good professors.
Valparaiso is a wonderful close knit school that offers a lot of opportunities for students to get involved. The student to teacher ratio is low enough to get one on one attention when you need it, but not so low that you feel like you're being singled out.
I attended VU for my bachelors in Business Management and wanted to attend their MBA program. I was told that Management isn't a real major and was not accepted to their MBA program. When I asked for a recommendation to attend an MBA program in Chicago (University of Chicago and Northwestern) I was told by a faculty member that I wasn't smart enough to get in and that I should set my sights lower. Fast forward a few years and now I own a multi-million dollar business... but I'm not smart enough. Interesting... VU prepared me with excel skills and a solid background in business law. Everything else, not so much. I honestly could've learned the rest online through basic research. Needless to say, they will never get a penny from me, except the reimbursement for the scholarships I received.
VU marked the beginning of lifelong friendships, learning, and service. My experience was enriched by the values and people of the institution, and I will never second guess my decision to attend Valpo!
VU has a great nursing program that incorporates class lecture and clinical experiences at hospitals around Northwestern Indiana. Most of the professors at VU are very helpful, experienced, and enjoy their job. Although the nursing program is distantly removed from the rest of campus and the student body, it emerges you in everything involved in your future career in nursing. You will feel separated from other programs though and will rarely see the heart of campus, the student union, chapel, etc. The hands-on skill experiences incorporated into the nursing program could have been better, included more practice time, and been more emphasized in classroom learning. Overall I feel that I got a good experience at VU that will benefit me throughout my career. VU is very expensive and offers no scholarships or minimal aid to students enrolled in a second degree program, so be prepared to take out a lot of private loans. Otherwise, I have no complaints and value my time spent at VU; I am proud to have a degree from this esteemed university, although it took a lot of hard work and the burden of many loans to earn.