Mission & Values

“Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.
—Valparaiso University Mission Statement

Embracing the Journey

The freedom to pursue truth wherever it leads is at the heart of Valpo’s sense of community, uniting its academic and spiritual missions.

The university aims to foster in its students a lifelong commitment to this search for truth, encouraging the development of a sense of personal vocation as well as the intellectual and professional skills needed to pursue it.

An active, inclusive community and an accomplished faculty prepare Valpo graduates to choose and navigate their own paths through life.

Strengthening, Serving, and Leading Communities

Life at Valpo offers students a model of community participation, personal responsibility, and respectful concern for others.

Guided by a strong sense of ethics and informed by a broad understanding of the scientific, religious, and cultural heritage of human society, Valpo alumni have assumed leadership roles in their communities, churches, social institutions, the nation, and the world.

Faith and Learning

The creative relationship between faith and learning is central to our identity.
Valpo's Faith Tradition »

A Community Commitment to Ethics

Valparaiso's EthicsPoint reporting tool allows any member of the community to submit an anonymous, confidential report.
About our ethics »