Success on the court isn’t the only goal for the Crusader women’s basketball program, as Valpo puts a strong emphasis on being champions in the classroom as well. The Valpo women’s basketball team takes its academic success seriously, putting in a number of hours outside the classroom with tutors and in study tables. In its history, the Crusaders women’s basketball program has had a pair of Academic All-Americans, including one First Team selection.
Most recently, forward Tabitha Gerardot was voted to the Academic All-Horizon League Team at the conclusion of the 2011-12 season. Gerardot, a member of Christ College, Valparaiso’s honors college, posted a 3.90 cumulative grade point average as a French and Spanish double major. She was named to the Horizon League’s Academic Honor Roll during the fall and just earned Valparaiso University’s Presidential Academic Honors for student-athletes.
One-on-one mentoring from faculty and small class sizes are among the many strengths of a Valpo education. The University offers professional education with Colleges of Engineering, Business and Nursing, with a foundation in the liberal arts. More than 90 percent of annual graduates find employment or enter graduate school within six months of earning their degrees – further proving the quality of learning found at Valparaiso University.