With the arrival of College-go week, students (primarily juniors and seniors) will be talking and thinking about colleges and possible career pathways to take after graduation. Colleges will be showcased and talked about in CCRT classes and put into the minds of the students at Hobart High School. Being that Hobart High is in Indiana, colleges such as Indiana Bloomington,IUPUI, Purdue,Butler,Valpo University, and many others will be mentioned considering instate colleges can be a significantly beneficial to those who are looking to apply. With a tremendous amount of Indiana schools it is vital to know a little about some of the bigger and more popular schools that are close to home and that receive amazing benefits. A college that is just about 30 minutes from the home of the Bricks is Valparaiso University.
Valparaiso University has a 150 year history to its name, and has been through three distinct phases to get it to the college to is today, all starting in the year 1859 founded by the Methodist. Valpo was a co-ed pioneering institution. Due to the Civil War the school sadly had to close its doors in 1871. The school was brought back to life in 1873 by an enterprising educator , Henry Baker Brown. Valpo at this time was just known as a normal school. In 1900 the school was named Valparaiso College , then in 1905 Valparaiso University. Throughout the next 20 years , it established business and law schools. Many alumni at the time received jobs as governors , legislatures, business leaders and other major professions.
Valpo may have had decades of success but due to WWI the university went through financial hardships. During this a Lutheran Association saw great things from Valpo and bought it in 1925. They brought the new era to Valpo preaching scholarships ,freedom, and faith. In the 1940s the school established the school of engineering, and adopting the Student Honor system. With the school flourishing a Christ College offered a nursing program at the school making Valpo have even more options for students. In 1956 the Chapel Auditorium burned down and in 1959 it was replaced. In 1916 Valpo began to be involved with intercollegiate sports for the first time. Throughout the history of Valparaiso many things came and went to make Valpo the great college it is today.
“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.”—Valparaiso University Mission Statement. With this mission statement in mind , the university aims to foster in its students a lifelong commitment to search for truth. They want to embrace the journey you take to the truth. The life at Valpo offers the students a model of community participation, personal responsibility, and respect and concern for one’s self and others. They have four different systems at Valpo to help you maintain these potential goals.
The first one is the Student Honor System , this relies on each student to maintain standards and academic standards. The second one is the Collaborative System of university and governance. This assigns students responsibility for residential and social life. The third on is the Office of Volunteer Programs , this could include amplifying a commitment to get as many service learning hours as you possibly can. The last one is the Commitment to institutional Diversity , this deepened the understanding of the worlds variety of culture and religious traditions.”Guided by a strong sense of ethics and informed by a broad understanding of the scientific, religious, and cultural heritage of human society, Valpo alumni have assumed leadership roles in their communities, churches, social institutions, the nation, and the world” -Valparaiso University.
Valpo’s campus is a gorgeous campus with many places to study and socialize and expand on your learning. It’s a 320 acre area that contains more then 60 academic and residential buildings. Including athletic facilities , fitness centers, the Chapel of Resurrection,Center for Arts, Brauer Museum of Art, library, and the Harre Student Union.
One may ask how to get into this college? Applying is the easy part but just like every other college there are requirements that are needed to get in to this school. The first factor considered when looking at applicants is the strength they had in high school courses, trend in grades , their essay, and what activities they were involved in by the end of there senior year. Valpo also requires four years of English, three years of math, three years of lab science,three years of social studies, and two years of a foreign language.
Valparaiso also excepts transferred credits that a student might have earned in a AP or Honors program in high school. The GPA that incoming freshman usually start at Valpo with is a 3.62, but this can vary from what your top GPA was in high school. They also expect students to come with a 23-29 on there ACT, and a 1510-1780 on the SAT. The dead line to submit a application to this university is December 1. A student applying should get their confirmation shortly after the holiday season. Students who are accepted into Valpo must live on campus and take two semesters of a theology class. Valpo also offers financial aid to students who may need the extra help.
Valparaiso University is a diverse campus with many benefits for students who looking to attend college but stay close to home. Beginning the journey to your career pathway can be extremely stressful and frustrating, but taking the minute to sit down and look through some college choices and talk to your teachers, parents, and peers can take some weight off of your shoulders and make things easy on you.