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Valparaiso University Campus Life

Campus Size

Small Campus
2,795
Total Undergrads
Including 177 Part-time
692
Degree-Seeking Freshmen

Gender Breakdown:

52% Women
48% Men

Athletics

NCAA Division I-AA

Horizon League

  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country/Track

Pioneer Football League

  • Football

Total Varsity Sports

Coaches

9
Men's sports coaches (Average salary: $80,244)
10
Women's sports coaches (Average salary: $55,700)
Athletics Details
Sport Varsity Men Varsity Women Club Intramural
All Track Combined 44 22 - -
Baseball 34 - - -
Basketball 13 13 - Yes
Bowling - 11 - Yes
Football 107 - - Yes
Golf 8 9 - Yes
Soccer 44 22 Yes Yes
Softball - 19 - Yes
Swimming 17 16 - -
Tennis 9 8 Yes Yes
Volleyball - 17 Yes Yes
Badminton - - Yes Yes
Court Sports - - - Yes
Fencing - - Yes -
Field Hockey - - - Yes
Frisbee/Disc Sports - - Yes Yes
Indoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Outdoor Fitness/Recreation - - - Yes
Swimming and Diving - - - Yes
Table Tennis - - - Yes
Water Sports - - - Yes

Diversity

Student Total
American Indian/Alaskan Native 0.5%
Asian/Pacific Islander 1.8%
Black/non-Hispanic 5.9%
Hispanic 4.5%
Non-resident alien 8.4%
Race/Ethnicity unknown 4.0%
Two or more races 0.5%
White/non-Hispanic 74.4%
Disabilities
Percent of students with disability 3% or less

Services & Housing

Services Offered
  • Remedial services for students with learning disabilities
  • Academic/Career counseling
  • Employment services for current students to find part-time positions
  • Job placement for graduates to find full-time employment
  • Library on campus
Living
  • On-Campus Housing
  • Meal plan offered, meals per week can vary

Clubs & Organizations

Musical Groups
  • Choral Groups
  • Concert Band
  • Jazz Band
  • Music Ensemble
  • Pep Band
  • Symphony Orchestra
Performance Arts
  • Dance
  • Drama Theater
  • Musical Theater
Journalism & Publications
  • Literary Magazine
  • Student Newspaper
  • Yearbook
  • Radio Station
Reserved Officers' Training Corps (ROTC)
  • Army ROTC
  • Air Force ROTC
Other
  • International Student Organization
  • Student Government
  • Campus Ministries

Safety Statistics

Arrests On Campus
Illegal Weapons Possession 0
Drug Law Violation 11
Liquor Law Violation 23
Criminal Offenses On Campus
Personal Crime 1
Property Crime 14

Notable Alumni

  • Al Seib [Class of 78], Photojournalist, Los Angeles Times
  • Jackie Lyden [Class of 75], Senior correspondent for NPR
  • Kathi Seifert [Class of 71], Executive Vice President, Kimberly-Clark Corporation
  • Lloyd McClendon [Class of 81], Former manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates
  • Bryce Drew [Class of 98], NBA basketball player for the Houston Rockets, Charlotte Hornets, and Chicago Bulls
Reviews Dorm Life
  • Gabrielle from Fenton, MO
  • 2
  • No air conditioning in the older buildings, except for the RLC offices. Some of the old ones have had mold and bad leaks from the roof in the past. New…

  • Sep-02-2012 Read More
  • Hilda
  • 5
  • Dorm living is an amazing experience. Meeting new people and just having a sense of community is very important and Valpo offers that to their students. …

  • Nov-05-2012 Read More

Reviews

Student Responses to Review Topic: Food And Dining
  • 5
  • Austin from Lebanon, IN
  • Mar-15-2014 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    The food that I have got there is always really quite good. Plus there are several places right off of campus that are easy walks to. Jimmy Johns, and stake and Shake just to name some. Then there are others that are really close but, slightly more expansive than these options. Most of the time there is nothing you can want that you can't get at the student union.

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  • 4
  • Nursing major from Chicago, IL
  • Dec-30-2013 I am a current student here

    The two main options for food are Founder's, which is the large cafeteria, and the Campus Cafe. Both are located in the Union, which is convenient. Freshman have a really large meal plan so it's not uncommon for some students' meal plan money to roll over to second semester. However, it doesn't roll over from second semester to next year so you have to make sure to use it up by May! The food itself isn't gourmet cooking, but it's honestly not bad! Founders has a variety of options that change every day, and has healthy options like a salad bar that's pretty yummy. The cafe has more grab and go type of items such as pizza, chicken nuggets, etc but there are healthy options there too. There is also seating at the cafe. As for hours, Founder's closes at 8pm most nights, while the cafe is open fairly late. (Midnight on weeknights and 1am on the weekend) so if you're hungry late at night, you can use your meal plan money and don't have to go off campus to eat.

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  • 4
  • Carl from Plainfield, IL
  • Nov-12-2013 I am a current student here

    The food is pretty good at Valpo. There are two main areas to eat on campus that provide different varieties of food everyday. If one gets tired of that, there are a number of eateries right off campus that one can chose from.

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  • 4
  • Megan from Kouts, IN
  • Sep-27-2013 I am a current student here

    Food here at Valparaiso University is delicious! There are always new options everyday, and there is usually something new to discover! There is also a small cafe at the front of the Union (main building) that serves coffee and other various items. The only downfall to the food, is the cost. I do not have a meal plan, and I realized the food is a bit over priced.

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  • 5
  • Alisa from Munster, IN
  • Aug-28-2013 I am researching this school and have visited the campus

    The food is great. My favorite spot is pastabilities in the Harre Union cafeteria.

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  • 3
  • Valpo Student
  • Aug-25-2013 I am a current student here

    The food on campus is pretty decent most days, but it gets old really quickly. However, Saturday and Sunday are the best days to get breakfast!!! We have brunch until like 1 or 2, and you can get delicious waffles and top it with whatever you like....sadly its only available on the weekend...

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  • 2
  • Gabrielle from Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jun-19-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Food is expensive and mediocre at best. Sometimes the food is cold. Other times it just doesn't taste like it should. Onions are used in many meals.

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Student Responses to Review Topic: Greek Life
  • 0
  • Carl from Plainfield, IL
  • Nov-12-2013 I am a current student here

    I am not associate with Greek life, but I can say that we do have a good number of both fraternities and sororities on campus that one can get involved in.

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  • 0
  • Megan from Kouts, IN
  • Sep-27-2013 I am a current student here

    As far as I know, there are many different fraternities and sororities on campus. However, most of them do not have a house. Only a couple currently have a house. Others still live in the dorms. It was recently approved, however, that when the fraternities and sororities have enough money, they are allowed to start constructing a house this week.

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  • 0
  • Gabrielle from Colorado Springs, CO
  • Jun-19-2013 I am accepted here and planning to attend soon

    Awesome! 25% of students are active in Greek Life. Great way to make connections and develop personal and professional skills. Great way to get involved in community and on campus.

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  • 0
  • Kristina from Lansing, IL
  • May-18-2013 I am a current student here

    I, myself, am not a part of Greek life but I know several other peers in Greek life. The girls and guys I know that are involved love it! They say that it is fun and enjoyable! There are also music/theatre sororities and fraternities, so there are also plenty of options in Greek life as well. Although some fraternities and sororities have been getting investigated because of suspicious activities of hazing and drugs. Valpo takes these things very seriously and are quick to act upon things like this! The Greek life has improved overall because of the seriousness of discipline Valpo has taken.

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  • 0
  • Tiffany from Mount Morris, IL
  • Mar-11-2013 I am a current student here

    A large majority of campus is Greek Life and it is a great opportunity. The woman and men in Greek Life are not like anything you see in movies. They are respectable people that do philanthropy and have fun. No one is forced to join or will be looked down upon if you dont join.

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  • 0
  • Kaydoe
  • Feb-18-2013 I am a current student here

    There aren't a lot of fraternity/sorority options for minorities either. There frats and sorors that we have a predominantly Caucasian, but they try to be inclusive of everyone.

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  • 0
  • Denise from Rensselaer, IN
  • Feb-04-2013 I am a current student here

    Great for everyone. If you want to go Greek there are plenty of fraternities and sororities ready to recruit, or if you don't that is perfectly acceptable too. No hard feelings either way.

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  • 0
  • Sarah from Greenfield, WI
  • Feb-01-2013 I am a current student here

    Greek Life is amazing here at Valpo. No one is excluded. Actually approximately 80 percent of the students at Valpo are a part of Greek Life. Even if you're not a part of it you are always welcome to any activity that they are sponsoring. Greek Life is also very strong in its volunteer work.

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