Valparaiso University Reviews
Student & Graduate Reviews (5)
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.