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 20 programs
  • Valpo Core intensive seminar for first-year students
  • Valpo Study Centers in England, Germany, Costa Rica, and China
  • 50+ Study Abroad programs in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, Central America, and South America

Graduate Success

  • 97% of graduates are employed or enrolled in graduate school 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 60,000

Athletics and Student Life

  • NCAA Division I varsity sports teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, Pioneer League, and Summit League
  • Mascot: Crusader
  • School Colors: brown and gold
  • 100+ co-curricular organizations
  • Ten fraternities, seven sororities
  • 60% 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 247,000 hours of community outreach and service-learning annually


Higher Learning Commission (University-wide accreditation)
Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
National Association of Schools of Music
The Council on Social Work Education
AACSB International (College of Business)
ABET (College of Engineering)
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
The American Bar Association
Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (Provisional)
Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
Educational Programs

The American Chemical Society
Indiana Department of Education-Office of Educator Licensing & Development
Indiana State Board of Nursing
The Association of American Law Schools

Student Body

Fall 2020 census

2737 undergraduates
399 graduate students
Undergraduate Student Demographics:
From most U.S. states and 38 countries
24% multicultural students
23% Lutheran
26% Roman Catholic
34% other Christian faiths
17% other faiths

Teaching Faculty

290 full-time faculty
93% hold Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
10:1 student-faculty ratio
20 average class size
100% of courses are taught by professors

Academic Profile of Freshman Class

26 Average ACT Composite
1179 Average SAT (1600 Scale)
3.82 Average GPA (4.0 scale)

Tuition and Affordability

$43,286 2019–2020 Undergraduate tuition and fees
$12,620 On-campus room/meals
98% students receiving financial aid
$110+ million amount of assistance awarded annually