About Valparaiso University

Where the Journey Begins

Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago.

Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.

Where Passion Meets Purpose

Academic Programs and Assets

  • More than 70 majors offered in five undergraduate colleges
  • Graduate school offering over 40 master’s and two doctorate degrees
  • Law School
  • Valpo Core intensive seminar for first-year students
  • Valpo Study Centers in England, Germany, Costa Rica, and China
  • 17 international programs in Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America

Graduate Success

  • 93.7% of graduates are employed or engaged in graduate education within a year of graduating
  • 85% of pre-med students (and 100% of those from Christ College) are admitted to medical school
  • 50% of Valpo alumni hold at least one graduate degree
  • Alumni network numbers more than 45,000

Athletics and Student Life

  • Nine men’s and 10 women’s NCAA Division I varsity sports teams
  • Mascot: Crusader
  • School Colors: brown and gold
  • 50% of students play intramural sports
  • 100 co-curricular organizations
  • Eight fraternities, seven sororities
  • 66% of students live on campus
  • Hundreds of students participate annually in concerts, plays, and exhibitions, with access to state-of-the-art performance facilities
  • Students combine perform an average of 60,000 hours of service annually


The Higher Learning Commission, The American Chemical Society, National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education, Indiana State Department of Education-Indiana Professional Standards Board, National Association of Schools of Music, The Council on Social Work Education, AACSB International, The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology, State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau-Indiana State Board of Nursing, Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education, The Association of American Law Schools, The American Bar Association.

Student Body

3,000 undergraduates
1,100 law and graduate students
From most U.S. states and about 50 countries
9.7% international students
17.1% U.S. minority students
36% Lutheran
20% Roman Catholic
44% other faiths

Teaching Faculty


220 full-time faculty
90% hold Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
12:1 student-faculty ratio
22 average class size
All courses are taught by faculty members

Academic Profile of Freshman Class

25.9 ACT average
23-29 ACT mid 50%
1510-1780 SAT mid 50%
3.63 average GPA (4.0 scale)

Tuition and Affordability

$31,040 2011-12 undergraduate tuition and fees
$8,756 room and board
94% students receiving financial aid
$67 million amount of aid awarded annually