The Value of a Valpo Education

The value of a Valparaiso University education is revealed in many ways. The strong academic reputation is one and a Christian environment that fosters both spiritual and intellectual growth is another. Still others include extensive activities, leadership opportunities and learning beyond the classroom. But perhaps one of the greatest returns on a Valpo education is the preparation to make a difference by connecting your work and faith in service to the world and its people.

Modest tuition & high academic reputation

Expect more, pay less at Valpo, ranked consistently by U.S. News & World Report as a "Great School at a Great Price." We're also listed in The Barron's 300: Best Buys in College Education, and Peterson's Competitive Colleges and Peterson's Honors Colleges.

A large selection of majors & flexibility to meet individual need

Offering over 70 major areas of study, a guided "exploratory" program, Christ College--the Honors College, and options for individualized majors, Valpo carefully assists you, the student, in meeting your changing needs and interests. Our goal is to make you a lifelong learner and a leader in your career and community.

Personal attention

Valpo's average class size is 20; all your classes will be taught by professors, 89% of whom hold PhD or the highest degree awarded in their field. 91% of faculty are full-time. You will also benefit from a student to faculty ratio of 13:1 and an exceptionally accessible faculty offering over 1,000 courses in the five colleges.

Active learning

Internships are required for some majors and encouraged for all at Valpo. You may be involved in research not only in those settings but also with professors on campus and during study-abroad and off-campus programs.

Intellectual growth in a values-based environment

Founded on Christian values, this independent Lutheran University nurtures students of all faith backgrounds, allowing them to pursue both spiritual and intellectual growth. Faith and free inquiry are at the heart of Valpo's mission.


The overall job and graduate school placement rate for Valpo is 935 over the past seven years. Our students receive hands-on experience and marketable skills grounded in a sound liberal arts education. This combined with the Valpo career network makes our graduates marketable to employers.