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Students, please take your seats.

(then jump right out of them!)

Great discussions begin in our lecture halls. But they certainly don’t end there.

That’s because, at Valpo, we believe in experiential learning — which is a fancy way of saying our students are empowered to think and do. Explore and discover. Study up and stand up. Real-life, hands-on learning experiences are waiting. All you have to do is dream big.

 

Dedicated faculty mentors and supportive peers have your back as you get a taste of life after graduation. Imagine: chasing a storm with your meteorology classmates or researching vaccines in a third-world country. Whoa kind of stuff.

 

Experiences can take all shapes and sizes. And many opportunities, like service projects and cultural immersions, unfold right on campus. All you have to do is come curious. We’ll help you blaze your path.

Students, please take your seats.

(then jump right out of them!)

Great discussions begin in our lecture halls. But they certainly don’t end there.

That’s because, at Valpo, we believe in experiential learning — which is a fancy way of saying our students are empowered to think and do. Explore and discover. Study up and stand up. Real- life, hands-on learning experiences are waiting. All you have to do is dream big.

 

Dedicated faculty mentors and supportive peers have your back as you get a taste of life after graduation. Imagine: chasing a storm with your meteorology classmates or researching vaccines in a third-world country. Whoa kind of stuff.

 

Experiences can take all shapes and sizes. And many opportunities, like service projects and cultural immersions, unfold right on campus. All you have to do is come curious. We’ll help you blaze your path.

Students, please take your seats.

(then jump right out of them!)

Great discussions begin in our lecture halls. But they certainly don’t end there.

That’s because, at Valpo, we believe in experiential learning — which is a fancy way of saying our students are empowered to think and do. Explore and discover. Study up and stand up. Real-life, hands-on learning experiences are waiting. All you have to do is dream big.

 

Dedicated faculty mentors and supportive peers have your back as you get a taste of life after graduation. Imagine: chasing a storm with your meteorology classmates or researching vaccines in a third-world country. Whoa kind of stuff.

 

Experiences can take all shapes and sizes. And many opportunities, like service projects and cultural immersions, unfold right on campus. All you have to do is come curious. We’ll help you blaze your path.

…and your mind will follow.

Nose in the books? Yep, that’s college. But what about your hands? Now that’s Valpo.

We take you beyond study hall and engage you in ways you can feel, see, and hear. From activities like robotic football* (it’s just like “human” football, only with student-built ’bots) to student media (we have our own newspaper, radio, and TV stations), you’ll find your niche. That’s not to mention undergraduate research opportunities in your field of choice (aka: the best prep for grad school and a professional career).

*P.S. Robots aren’t the only athletes on Valpo’s campus … we have 19 Division I Athletics programs and 25+ intramural events each year.

…and your mind will follow.

Nose in the books? Yep, that’s college. But what about your hands? Now that’s Valpo.

We take you beyond study hall and engage you in ways you can feel, see, and hear. From activities like robotic football* (it’s just like “human” football, only with student-built ’bots) to student media (we have our own newspaper, radio, and TV stations), you’ll find your niche. That’s not to mention undergraduate research opportunities in your field of choice (aka: the best prep for grad school and a professional career).

*P.S. Robots aren’t the only athletes on Valpo’s campus … we have 19 Division I Athletics programs and 25+ intramural events each year.

…and your mind will follow.

Nose in the books? Yep, that’s college. But what about your hands? Now that’s Valpo.

We take you beyond study hall and engage you in ways you can feel, see, and hear. From activities like robotic football* (it’s just like “human” football, only with student-built ’bots) to student media (we have our own newspaper, radio, and TV stations), you’ll find your niche. That’s not to mention undergraduate research opportunities in your field of choice (aka: the best prep for grad school and a professional career).

*P.S. Robots aren’t the only athletes on Valpo’s campus … we have 19 Division I Athletics programs and 25+ intramural events each year.

Permission to leave campus, granted

Our campus is a popular place. (Starbucks at the Union, anyone?) But as you grow and seek new challenges, you’ll want to spread your wings and fly.


We get that. Which is why we support you with real-world experiences revolving around your interests and area of study. Internships? Got them. Work-study programs? Those, too. Job counseling and resources at our on-campus Career Center? Yes and yes.


We partner with businesses and organizations near and far to make sure when you’re ready to leap beyond, there’s somebody to guide your journey.

Permission to leave campus, granted

Our campus is a popular place. (Starbucks at the Union, anyone?) But as you grow and seek new challenges, you’ll want to spread your wings and fly.


We get that. Which is why we support you with real-world experiences revolving around your interests and area of study. Internships? Got them. Work-study programs? Those, too. Job counseling and resources at our on- campus Career Center? Yes and yes.


We partner with businesses and organizations near and far to make sure when you’re ready to leap beyond, there’s somebody to guide your journey.

Permission to leave campus, granted

Our campus is a popular place. (Starbucks at the Union, anyone?) But as you grow and seek new challenges, you’ll want to spread your wings and fly.


We get that. Which is why we support you with real-world experiences revolving around your interests and area of study. Internships? Got them. Work-study programs? Those, too. Job counseling and resources at our on- campus Career Center? Yes and yes.


We partner with businesses and organizations near and far to make sure when you’re ready to leap beyond, there’s somebody to guide your journey.

Matthew Sherrier ’17,
Nasa Intern

“I did a summer engineering internship with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a phenomenal experience with a community of students from across the country. I worked in the technology and innovation division, doing 3D printing — it’s new, cutting edge. My mentor was a Valpo grad. We found common ground because Valpo has a way of nurturing a certain type of person.”

Matthew Sherrier ’17,
Nasa Intern

“I did a summer engineering internship with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a phenomenal experience with a community of students from across the country. I worked in the technology and innovation division, doing 3D printing — it’s new, cutting edge. My mentor was a Valpo grad. We found common ground because Valpo has a way of nurturing a certain type of person.”

Matthew Sherrier ’17,
Nasa Intern

“I did a summer engineering internship with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a phenomenal experience with a community of students from across the country. I worked in the technology and innovation division, doing 3D printing — it’s new, cutting edge. My mentor was a Valpo grad. We found common ground because Valpo has a way of nurturing a certain type of person.”

Matthew Sherrier ’17,
Nasa Intern

“I did a summer engineering internship with NASA Johnson Space Center in Houston. It was a phenomenal experience with a community of students from across the country. I worked in the technology and innovation division, doing 3D printing — it’s new, cutting edge. My mentor was a Valpo grad. We found common ground because Valpo has a way of nurturing a certain type of person.”

Top 5 industries for recent grads:

NURSING 135
EDUCATION 76
ENGINEERING 61
ADVERTISING/MARKETING/SALES 39
FINANCIAL SERVICES 37

Gain experience with companies near (Chicago is just an hour away) and far (internship at adidas HQ in Germany anyone?). Valpo has key business partners around the world.

Top 5 industries for recent grads:

NURSING 135
EDUCATION 76
ENGINEERING 61
ADVERTISING/MARKETING/SALES 39
FINANCIAL SERVICES 37

Gain experience with companies near (Chicago is just an hour away) and far (internship at adidas HQ in Germany anyone?). Valpo has key business partners around the world.

Top 5 industries for recent grads:

NURSING 135
EDUCATION 76
ENGINEERING 61
ADVERTISING/MARKETING/SALES 39
FINANCIAL SERVICES 37

Gain experience with companies near (Chicago is just an hour away) and far (internship at adidas HQ in Germany anyone?). Valpo has key business partners around the world.

Top 5 industries for recent grads:

NURSING 135
EDUCATION 76
ENGINEERING 61
ADVERTISING/MARKETING/SALES 39
FINANCIAL SERVICES 37

Gain experience with companies near (Chicago is just an hour away) and far (internship at adidas HQ in Germany anyone?). Valpo has key business partners around the world.

Make a difference.

VALPO STUDENTS DEDICATE MORE THAN 247,000 HOURS TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SERVICE-LEARNING EACH YEAR. YOU CAN JOIN THE IMPACT.

As part of our community of kind-hearted future leaders, you’ll change lives. Along the way, you’ll build your character and develop skills. Start at our Institute for Leadership and Service, which stirs in you a greater sense of purpose through guest speakers, summer fellowships, reflection opportunities, and related coursework. From there, decide what parts of the world could use your compassion — then get out there and let it shine.

Make a difference.

VALPO STUDENTS DEDICATE MORE THAN 247,000 HOURS TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SERVICE-LEARNING EACH YEAR. YOU CAN JOIN THE IMPACT.

As part of our community of kind-hearted future leaders, you’ll change lives. Along the way, you’ll build your character and develop skills. Start at our Institute for Leadership and Service, which stirs in you a greater sense of purpose through guest speakers, summer fellowships, reflection opportunities, and related coursework. From there, decide what parts of the world could use your compassion — then get out there and let it shine.

Make a difference.

VALPO STUDENTS DEDICATE MORE THAN 247,000 HOURS TO COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND SERVICE-LEARNING EACH YEAR. YOU CAN JOIN THE IMPACT.

As part of our community of kind-hearted future leaders, you’ll change lives. Along the way, you’ll build your character and develop skills. Start at our Institute for Leadership and Service, which stirs in you a greater sense of purpose through guest speakers, summer fellowships, reflection opportunities, and related coursework. From there, decide what parts of the world could use your compassion — then get out there and let it shine.

Adjacent to campus, the St. Teresa of Avila Catholic Student Center hosts Café Manna, a weekly soup kitchen outreach ministry. Every week, Valpo students take time out of their busy schedules to serve others, stocking cans and boxes in the kitchen or serving a hot meal and dessert to guests. Community outreach. It’s a Valpo thing.

Check these off your list: break boundaries, make cultural connections, and venture off into whole new worlds.

 

It’s true — what seems like a tall order is actually part of the daily pulse at Valpo. Our campus may be intimate, but it has global purpose: Students travel near and far for academic and personal enrichment. Study Abroad programs are offered in England, China, Argentina, and beyond. And maybe you’ve heard of our Chorale — it tours the world.

 

You can explore new frontiers right on campus. Our student body is incredibly diverse and all about building connections. Knock on the German House and watch a subtitled movie. Or create your own cultural adventure (we’ve seen it all — even a re-creation of a French Renaissance banquet). Yes, the world is yours.

Check these off your list: break boundaries, make cultural connections, and venture off into whole new worlds.

 

It’s true — what seems like a tall order is actually part of the daily pulse at Valpo. Our campus may be intimate, but it has global purpose: Students travel near and far for academic and personal enrichment. Study Abroad programs are offered in England, China, Argentina, and beyond. And maybe you’ve heard of our Chorale — it tours the world.

 

You can explore new frontiers right on campus. Our student body is incredibly diverse and all about building connections. Knock on the German House and watch a subtitled movie. Or create your own cultural adventure (we’ve seen it all — even a re-creation of a French Renaissance banquet). Yes, the world is yours.

Check these off your list: break boundaries, make cultural connections, and venture off into whole new worlds.

 

It’s true — what seems like a tall order is actually part of the daily pulse at Valpo. Our campus may be intimate, but it has global purpose: Students travel near and far for academic and personal enrichment. Study Abroad programs are offered in England, China, Argentina, and beyond. And maybe you’ve heard of our Chorale — it tours the world.

 

You can explore new frontiers right on campus. Our student body is incredibly diverse and all about building connections. Knock on the German House and watch a subtitled movie. Or create your own cultural adventure (we’ve seen it all — even a re-creation of a French Renaissance banquet). Yes, the world is yours.

Check these off your list: break boundaries, make cultural connections, and venture off into whole new worlds.

 

It’s true — what seems like a tall order is actually part of the daily pulse at Valpo. Our campus may be intimate, but it has global purpose: Students travel near and far for academic and personal enrichment. Study Abroad programs are offered in England, China, Argentina, and beyond. And maybe you’ve heard of our Chorale — it tours the world.

 

You can explore new frontiers right on campus. Our student body is incredibly diverse and all about building connections. Knock on the German House and watch a subtitled movie. Or create your own cultural adventure (we’ve seen it all — even a re-creation of a French Renaissance banquet). Yes, the world is yours.

Travel the World

Semester and yearlong programs around the world:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom

Travel the World

Semester and yearlong programs around the world:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom

Travel the World

Semester and yearlong programs around the world:
  • Argentina
  • Australia
  • Chile
  • China
  • Costa Rica
  • Czech Republic
  • France
  • Germany
  • Greece
  • Hungary
  • Ireland
  • Italy
  • Japan
  • Mexico
  • Namibia
  • New Zealand
  • Nicaragua
  • Peru
  • South Africa
  • Spain
  • Thailand
  • United Kingdom
INTEGRATE THE CLASSROOM AND THE REAL WORLD. EXPLORE NEW IDEAS, PLACES, AND CULTURES, AND LEARN HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR DISCOVERIES INTO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.
DREAM BIG. IT’S ALL HERE WAITING FOR YOU.
INTEGRATE THE CLASSROOM AND THE REAL WORLD. EXPLORE NEW IDEAS, PLACES, AND CULTURES, AND LEARN HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR DISCOVERIES INTO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.
DREAM BIG. IT’S ALL HERE WAITING FOR YOU.
INTEGRATE THE CLASSROOM AND THE REAL WORLD. EXPLORE NEW IDEAS, PLACES, AND CULTURES, AND LEARN HOW TO TRANSFORM YOUR DISCOVERIES INTO A SUCCESSFUL CAREER.
DREAM BIG. IT’S ALL HERE WAITING FOR YOU.
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