Application for Admission
Continuing Education Programs

We welcome your application for admission to the College of Adult Scholars and Certificate Programs of Valparaiso University. The mission of the College of Adult Scholars is to serve the advanced learning professional development and personal enrichment needs of individuals nationally and internationally. The College of Adult Scholars admits students that demonstrate the ability and motivation to succeed in an academically challenging environment.

You may mail any required materials to:
Office of Continuing Education
Kretzmann Hall 116
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 USA

You may contact us via:
Telephone: (219) 464-5313
Toll Free: (800) 821-7685
Fax: (219) 464-5381
Email: Continuing.Ed@valpo.edu

The Division of Continuing Education
The Division of Continuing Education offers the opportunity to start or return to college or take courses for professional and personal development. The College of Adult Scholars is a special program administered by the Division of Continuing Education and is designed to serve the educational needs of residents of Northwest Indiana. This selective program is open to highly motivated part-time adult learners seeking a first degree and professionals wanting advanced training through certificates of specialization. Benefits include a special academic status at the University, a wide range of academic programs from which to choose, a simplified admission and registration procedure, selections from both day and evening courses, a competitive tuition rate, and an academic adviser specifically designated for adult students and professionals.

Eligibility

  • Are at least 24 years of age or have not attended college for 3 years.
  • Have a baccalaureate degree and are seeking a certificate or second degree.
  • Enroll in a VU course offered through the College of Adult Scholars at an off-campus location.

For applicants interested in starting or returning to college:
Complete and signthis application and return with the $30 application fee. Copies of your high school transcript or GED and certified transcripts of all college coursework must be submitted to the Office of Continuing Education. A meeting with an academic adviser is required.

For applicants taking courses leading to a certificate or for professional development:
Complete and sign this application and return with the $30 application fee. Certified transcripts of prior college coursework must be submitted to the Office of Continuing Education. Applicants with fewer than 30 credits of college coursework must also submit copies of their high school transcript. A meeting with an academic adviser is required for students working toward a certificate and recommended for those taking individual courses for professional development.

For VU students changing from full-time to part-time status:
Complete and sign this application. A brief meeting with an academic adviser is required. The application fee is waived.

For applicants taking courses for personal enrichment:
Complete and sign this application and return with the $30 application fee. Certified transcripts of prior college coursework must be submitted to the Office of Continuing Education. Applicants with fewer than 15 credits of college coursework must also submit copies of their high school transcript.


CONTINUING EDUCATION APPLICATION
I. Program of Concentration
A. Intended Program of Study (select only one):
 
B. Probable field of study:
 
C. Planned term for first enrollment:
  Year

II. Personal Information
Last Name
First Name
Middle Name
Former Name
Date of Birth
 
Current Address
Address
City
State/Province
Postal Code
 
Contact Information
Home Phone
Cell Phone
Email
If you do not have an email address, please type "None".
 
Optional Information
Are you Hispanic or Latino?  
Are you from one or more of the following (please check all that apply):
American Indian or Alaskan Native          Asian         Black or African American
Native Hawaiian/Other Pacific Island       White
Gender:
Country
Visa Status
Other (Specify)

III. Employment & Professional Background
Job Title:
Company:
Address:
Work Phone #:
Will you receive employer assistance?
May we contact you at work?
Have you ever been convicted of a felony?
If yes, please explain fully. NOTE: Some states have restrictions on licensing or professionally credentialing an individual with a criminal record.

IV. Educational Background
A. High School/GED
  Year Graduated
  City
  State
B. High School/GED
  Year Graduated
  City
  State
NOTE: If you have taken fewer than 30 credits of college work, or if you plan to apply for financial aid through Valparaiso University, you must provide a copy of your high school transcript.
A. College
  Years Attended
  City
  State
  Credits/Degrees Earned
B. College
  Years Attended
  City
  State
  Credits/Degrees Earned
NOTE: Certified transcripts of all college coursework must be submitted before you will be allowed to register for coursework at Valparaiso University.

V. Selection of Valparaiso University
A. How did you learn about Valparaiso University?
 
B. What other colleges have you considered?
 

C. Rank the factors (1=most important) that affected your choice of graduate school (rank all that apply).
Reputation Accreditation Programs of Study Cost/Value Ratio
Location Other (please specify)

VI. Reading, Education, & Professional Development
A. Please describe ways in which you have attempted to develop yourself personally and/or professionally over the past 5 years (e.g., list seminars or workshops attended, courses in which you have enrolled, civic organizations in which you participate, books you have read, educational trips you have taken, and so on).
 
B. Provide a list of magazines that you subscribe to and/or read on a regular basis. Include newspapers, weekly and monthly magazines, journals, newsletters, and so on. In addition, or as an alternative, list two or three books (titles and authors) that you have read over the past 5 years.
 
C. Please list any computer/word processing experience you have.
 

VII. Essay
A. What are your professional plans, that is, for what occupation are your currently preparing?
 

VIII. Reflective Essay
A. All applicants are required to submit a one-page personal statement (200-300 words) indicating their purpose for wanting to undertake study at Valparaiso University and how this study relates to professional and personal goals. If you would like to submit your application or essay by mail, this statement must be typed (word-processed) double-spaced on a separate sheet and submitted with this application. Otherwise, you may complete your essay as part of this electronic application or you may email it separately to Continuing.Ed@valpo.edu. You may also mail your essay under separate cover to: The Office of Continuing Education, 1700 Chapel Drive, Kretzmann Hall 116, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383. If you are going to send it separately, please indicate your intentions in the essay box below.
 

APPLICATION FEE PAYMENT
Please select method of payment and the amount for your application fee.
If you have selected CASH, CHECK, or MONEY ORDER, please mail your payment to: The Office of Continuing Education, Kretzmann Hall 116, 1700 Chapel Drive, Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN 46383.
If you have selected CREDIT CARD, you can submit your credit card information through this SECURE form.
Method of Payment
Amount
Name on Credit Card
Credit Card Number
(################)
Credit Card Expiration (MM/YY)
 
The decision for admission to the Continuing Education Division is not final until all required application materials have been received. Applicants granted conditional permission to register for classes due to delayed receipt of official transcripts may not be allowed to begin their coursework if they do not satisfy the admission requirements.
 
Valparaiso University admits students of any race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or (as qualified herein) religion, to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities, generally accorded or made available to students at the school. It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, age, gender, disability, sexual orientation or (as qualified herein) religion in administration of its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, career services and placement, and athletic and other school-administered programs. Valparaiso University is an institution committed to its Lutheran traditions. The University reserves the right to promote the teachings of the church and to exercise preferences in admissions in favor of Lutherans.
 
PLEASE CHECK ALL APPLICATION INFORMATION BEFORE SUBMITTING.
 
By entering your full name below you are signing this electronic application form.
"I submit this application as a true and complete statement of facts for your consideration."
Applicant's Signature:
Application Date: