Fast Facts

  • Founded: 1859
  • Undergraduate students: 3,000
  • Law & Graduate Students: 1,100
  • Full-time Faculty: 220
  • Faculty Holding Ph.D. or Terminal Degree in Their Field (%): 90%
  • Student-faculty Ratio: 12:1
  • Average Class Size: 22
  • Graduates Employed or Engaged in Graduate Education Within a Year of Graduating (%): 93.7%
  • Alumni Network Size: 45,000+


An Inclusive Community

Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.
The university aims to foster in its students a lifelong commitment to this search for truth, encouraging the development of a sense of personal vocation as well as the intellectual and professional skills needed to pursue it.


  • Ranked by U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges as one of the top 10 regional universities in the Midwest every year since 1990
  • Consistently appears near the top of the U.S. News Best Value list, ranking first among Midwestern regional universities in 2019
  • Ranked No. 5 in the Midwest for Best Undergraduate Teaching by U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • Ranked No. 4 in the Midwest for Best Colleges for Veterans by U.S. News & World Report (2018)
  • Included in The Princeton Review’s “2019 Best Colleges: Region by Region”