Christ College – The Honors College of Valparaiso University

A community of faculty and students that integrates fields of study, inspires love of learning, and enriches Christian moral and intellectual life through independent thought and collaborative inquiry.

  • At 42 years old, is one of the oldest honors colleges in the country and nationally recognized in several major publications
  • 4-year program emphasizing the liberal arts and humanities—history, literature, art, philosophy, and religion leading to honors designations at commencement and on transcript
  • Christ College has its own dean and faculty (unlike honors programs), and its own building, Mueller Hall
  • 85 first year students
  • Approximately 300 students enrolled in Christ College, freshman through senior year
  • Average class size: 14 (no classes over 20)
  • 10 full-time faculty including the dean, plus 6 post-doctoral teaching fellows
  • CC students are concurrently enrolled in one of VU's other colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing
  • Coursework emphasizes critical thinking, collaborative learning, independent study
  • CC courses fulfill many general education requirements that all students must meet
  • Many CC course are cross-listed with other departments and can fulfill major and minor requirements
  • CC students complete their degrees with CC honors in 4 years without credit overloads
  • Admission process:
    • begins with application/acceptance to Valparaiso University
    • students are selected from that pool for invitation to apply to CC
    • accepted applicants notified by rolling basis, generally within 3 weeks of receipt of application
  • Almost all students in or near the top 10% of high school graduating class
  • Many Christ College graduates go on to distinguished professional or graduate schools; others immediately launch careers in business, industry, science, the arts, engineering, health care, education, church work, and other fields; still others serve in domestic or international volunteer programs.

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