Check out the results of the Crusader Questionnaire!

We surveyed members of the incoming class of first-year Valparaiso University students in an effort to find out a bit about who you are — what you’ve been doing, your favorite activities, your hopes for the future, and much more.

The group offered a number of unique and interesting answers  — many more interesting answers than we can easily summarize. Here’s a glimpse of the incoming Crusaders. We look forward to welcoming you to campus!

1. Favorite type of pizza

Top answers:
Cheese
Pepperoni
Hawaiian
Supreme
Deep dish

Interesting replies:
Garbage Pizza (Loaded with vegetables!)
BBQ with Sausage and Onions
Spinach, mozzarella, egg, and parmesan cheese
Roast beef

2. Summer plans 

Top answers:
Working
Traveling
Playing sports
National Youth Gathering
Camp Counselor

Interesting replies:
South Korea
Lebanon and India
Irish Dance tour

3. Unusual item bringing to campus 

Top answers:
Stuffed animals
Pillow/Blanket/Pillow Pet
Instruments
Gaming stations
DVD collections

Interesting replies:
Me/Myself/My personality
Light-up Unicorn
Magic Wand
Tetris lamp
Shinai (kendo practice sword)
Leather craft tools

4. States lived in/traveled to 

Top answers:
Indiana
Illinois
Wisconsin
Michigan
Florida

Most common range:
Visited: 6-15
Lived in: 1-3

5. Hometown population

Largest listed:
New York City–8,244,910

Smallest listed:
700

Most common range:
20,000 to 50,000

6. Unique volunteer experience 

Top answers:
Teaching/working with children
Assisting with the elderly
Volunteer coaching
Sunday School/Vacation Bible School
Food pantries/soup kitchens

Interesting replies:

Polka dance for elderly couples
Setup for a Legos robotics competition
Volunteered at a dog jumping club

7. Who would play you in a movie? 

Top answers:
Mila Kunis
Jennifer Lawrence
Tom Hanks
Anne Hathaway
Emma Watson

Interesting replies:

I would play myself!
Tina Fey
Seth Rogen
Morgan Freeman

8. Favorite TV show 

Top answers:
How I Met Your Mother
Big Bang Theory
The Walking Dead
Glee
Grey’s Anatomy
Game of Thrones

Interesting replies:

Adventure Time
Dance Moms
Jeopardy
Storage Wars

9. Greatest Honor 

Top answers:
National Honor Society
Eagle Scout
Music distinctions
Athletic achievements
Scholarships

Interesting replies:

Singing in Carnegie Hall
Senior class “Most Likely to Win the Hunger Games”
Helping start a school in a village in Africa
National Wheelchair Basketball Association High School Academic All-American

10. Been on TV? 

Top answers:
News
Sports clips
Band/Marching Band Parade
During a game

Interesting replies:
Slime Time on Nickelodeon
An extra for TV show “Chicago Fire”
Food Network
As a baby did a commercial for Kodak that aired during the opening ceremony of the Olympics

11. Vanity license plate 

Interesting replies:
FINFAN
RCK N RLL
MR PREZ
[My other vehicle is a] TARDIS
LUV2SHOP

12. Foreign travel 

Top answers:
Mexico
China
Canada
Europe
Jamaica, Puerto Rico, Bahamas, Caribbean

Interesting replies:

Philippines
Singapore
Syria
Lebanon
Romania
Qatar
Turks and Caicos

13. Favorite movie 

Top answers:
Disney movies
Harry Potter
Star Wars
Pitch Perfect
The Avengers

Interesting replies:
Zombieland
The Princess Bride
My Big Fat Greek Wedding

14. Looking forward to most at Valpo

Top answers:
Meeting new people
Academics
Sporting events
Independence/Living somewhere new

Interesting replies:

Popcorn Festival
Snow
The waffles

15. Met anyone famous? 

Interesting replies:
Bruce Springsteen
Hilary Clinton
R. Kelly
Alec Baldwin
Jamie Foxx
Kellan Lutz
Josh Duhamel

16. Unusual pets 

Interesting replies:
Chinchillas: Pomsie, Quecho, Hoich, Chilly
Bearded dragons: Diffusion, Duke, and Squirt
Shrew named Greg
Mini potbellied pig named Calypso
Flying squirrel named Buddy

17. Most unusual food you’ve eaten 

Top answers:
Calamari
Alligator
Insects (often chocolate covered)
Frog
Shark
Escargot

Interesting replies:

Squirrel
Dog treats
Pigs feet
Scorpion
Lion
Eel

18. Playing on your iPod 

Top answers:
Imagine Dragons
Mumford and Sons
Kiss
One Direction
Michael Bublé

Interesting replies:
Disney
Soundtracks

19. Favorite music genre 

Top answers:
Anything!
Rap/R&B
Country
Indie/Alternative
Rock
Pop

Interesting replies:
Show tunes
Instrumental
1920s and 1950′s jazz
A Capella

20. Most memorable moment 

Interesting replies:
Sitting on the cliffs of Moher
Getting my Valpo acceptance letter on my birthday!
Bringing the congregation to tears by singing “O Holy Night”
Dad coming home from Afghanistan
Winning the World Championship of Irish Dance

21. Dream job 

Top answers:
Actor/Singer/Performer/Musician
Meteorologist
Something enabling world travel
Engineer
Nurse/Doctor

Interesting replies:
Criminologist
Mother Theresa in heels
FBI/CIA Agent