Teaching and mentoring are the primary foci of the Valparaiso University Department of Social Work. All 10 Core Competencies, (which we actively use to evaluate our program), are student-oriented. The faculty are committed to pushing students to excellence. Early in the admission process we explain to new students what we expect of them, how we will hold them to high standards, and how we will walk with them through each step, supporting them in the process. Additionally we include multiple opportunities to apply theoretical material to real-life situations.