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 more than 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

  • 92.5% of graduates are employed or engaged in graduate education within six months 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 57,000

Athletics and Student Life

  • Nine men’s and 10 women’s NCAA Division I varsity sports teams
  • Mascot: Crusader
  • School Colors: brown and gold
  • 100+ co-curricular organizations
  • Eight fraternities, five sororities
  • 61% 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 more than 90,000 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, Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs, 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.

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Student Body

3,264 undergraduates
1,256 law and graduate students
From most U.S. states and about 50 countries
31.7% multicultural students
24% Lutheran
27% Roman Catholic
34% other Christian faiths
15% other faiths

Teaching Faculty


220 full-time faculty
90% hold Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
13:1 student-faculty ratio
21 average class size
All courses are taught by faculty members

Academic Profile of Freshman Class

26 Average ACT Composite
1643 Average SAT (2400 Scale)
3.67 Average GPA (4.0 scale)

Tuition and Affordability

$34,760 2014-2015 Undergraduate tuition and fees
$10,180 On-campus room/meals
93% students receiving financial aid
$90 million amount of assistance awarded annually