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Just call us “Valpo”

If you’ve heard of Valparaiso University you’re probably on a first-name basis with us. Valpo. And we like it that way.  

That’s because warm and friendly is our thing. Since 1859, we’ve been an independent Lutheran school with a reputation for not only incredible academics, but a bright, energetic spirit that attracts students that truly want to make a difference in this world.  

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Where Passion Meets Purpose

At Valpo, all the wide-ranging things that define you come together. You’ll reach your full potential. And you’ll do it with our total commitment to guide you, inspire you and bring out your absolute best. Our campus defines a culture where no one is left out. And our approach to hands-on, experiential learning gets you out of the classroom and into real life.

The path you’ll travel at Valpo is exhilarating, to be sure. And one that’s full of personal, spiritual and professional growth. Every day is a chance to realize the “something bigger” you want to be a part of. Every day is a moment to imagine the world you want to live in. And, at the heart of it all, every day is a call to action to channel your passion — and then get out there and make an impact.

As to where you’ll find us: Valpo is located just an hour’s drive from Chicago in Valparaiso, Indiana. We’re close to Lake Michigan and the famous Indiana State Dunes National Park, and an easy drive from just about anywhere in the Midwest.

We hope your journey leads you to us. Know that when you arrive — whether it’s for a campus visit, to start as a full-fledged student or a visit as an alumni — you’ll leave an impression on us, just as we hope to do with you.


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
  • Dedicated Valpo Study Centers in England, Germany, Costa Rica, and China
  • An additional 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
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Athletics & Student Life

  • NCAA Division I varsity sports teams in the Missouri Valley Conference, Pioneer League, and Summit League
  • 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

Student Body

2,522 Undergraduates
417 Graduate Students

Undergraduate Student Demographics:
From most U.S. states and 38 countries

28% Multicultural Students
19% Lutheran
28% Roman Catholic
37% Other Christian Faiths
16% Other Faiths

Teaching Faculty

244 full-time faculty
96% hold Ph.D. or terminal degree in their field
11:1 student-faculty ratio
21 average class size
100% of courses are taught by professors

Academic Profile of Freshman Class

27 Average ACT Composite
1206 Average SAT (1600 Scale)
3.76 Average GPA (4.0 scale)

Tuition and Affordability

$44,796 2020–2021 Undergraduate tuition and fees
$13,180 On-campus room/meals
98% students receiving financial aid
$110+ million amount of assistance awarded 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