Academic Excellence

Students choose Valpo for its academically rigorous curriculum, hands-on learning, and a myriad of opportunities to develop essential leadership skills.

Valparaiso University has remained dedicated to the pursuit of excellence in education. This core belief provides the foundation for the University’s guiding mission – preparing students to lead and serve in an ever-changing society. Our world-class faculty’s first priority is teaching and mentoring, and class sizes remain small for that personal experience and close connection. Every year, Valpo is nationally ranked for academic excellence.

One thing that separates Valpo’s educational experience from most schools is the evolvement in the classroom.  Valpo gives students opportunities to work with any professor one on one.  There are also excellent research programs that support academic growth beyond what a normal classroom provides.   - Hannah Bauer – 2013

  • Experience the freshman “Core” – a year-long interdisciplinary course that provides a solid academic foundation through study and discussion of real-life, complex issues.
  • Choose from among more than 70 programs in five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing, and Christ College (the honors college).
  • Student-faculty ratio of 14:1.
  • Average class size: 22.
  • Ranked #3 for quality and #5 for value in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report
  • Values-based education that challenges students to explore their faith and their future vocation.
  • Cutting-edge technology for study and research, including an on-campus Doppler radar installation and a stand-alone solar energy research facility, among others.
  • 90.4% placement rate following graduation.
  • Nationally accredited academic and professional programs.

I have really come to appreciate the individual attention I get here at Valpo and all of the academic opportunities made available by the Valpo Fund. - Alyssa Mallardino – 2014

A Valpo education provides every student with opportunities to gain experience in interdisciplinary teams that focus on critical thinking skills, effective communication, and an appreciation for the value and importance of lifelong learning. Our graduates enter the workforce as articulate, ethical, and knowledgeable leaders in their chosen professions and truly make a difference in the world.


Continue the Valpo tradition of excellence in education. Please give to the Valpo Fund.