Acceptance Rate
Average HS GPA

GPA Breakdown

Over 3.75
3.50 - 3.74
3.25 - 3.49
3.00 - 3.24
2.50 - 2.99
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 620
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
480 - 580
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Other Admission Factors


Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Total Faculty
with Terminal Degree


Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
20 - 29

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years


  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting and Related Services
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance and Financial Management Services
  • International Business
  • Management Science, General
  • Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods
  • Marketing

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer Programming, Other
  • Computer Programming/Programmer, General
  • Computer Science
  • Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst
  • Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design

  • Education

  • Art Teacher Education
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • History Teacher Education
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Studies Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Teacher Assistant/Aide

  • Engineering

  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Rhetoric and Composition/Writing Studies

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • German Language and Literature
  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Health and Medical Administrative Services
  • Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Health and Physical Education, General
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Chemistry, General
  • Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences
  • Physics

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions

  • Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other
  • Social Work

  • Social Sciences

  • Criminology
  • Economics, General
  • Geography and Cartography
  • Geography, Other
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and National Security Studies
  • Political Science and Government
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Religious/Sacred Music
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Youth Ministry

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Piano and Organ
  • Voice and Opera

Students Say

Valparaiso University, a small Lutheran university, “is a serious academic community with strong, but not forceful, religious background” that “prepares, motivates, and challenges tomorrow’s leaders, engineers, nurses, and teachers while giving the opportunity for religious growth.” Business, education, and engineering are the most popular general areas of study, and are among Valpo’s most celebrated departments. Other standout disciplines include nursing, music, theater (“the department involves touring professional directors a couple times a year, which speaks for itself” and “puts on great plays”), and one of the nation’s largest meteorology programs (which “just erected a stateof-the-art Doppler radar, putting Valpo at the forefront for undergrad meteorology”). Undergrads here appreciate the breadth of excellent offerings as well as “the school’s ability to integrate the liberal arts with a variety of majors...As a student, I have been able to study engineering as well as hermeneutics, child development, and read classic texts ranging from Aristotle and Plato to Chuang Tzu and Derrida.” Valpo operates under an honor code students say, “creates an environment of trust and high moral responsibility.” “People follow the honor code, especially because the punishments are strict, such as failing the class for a first offense,” one student tells us. A few dissenters feel “the honor code may reduce some cheating, but I don’t think it comes near to eliminating it.” Outstanding students may enroll in Christ College, an honors college, which they describe as “very intense but very rewarding.”


Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


Notable Faculty

Prominent Alumni

Dr. Grant A. Krafft
Chairman & Chief Scientific Adviser, Acumen Pharmaceuticals

Paul Sieving
Director, National Eye Institute

Rebecca Pallmeyer
District Judge, US District Court, Northern Dist. of Illinois

Jacki Lyden
Contributing Host and Correspondent, National Public Radio

Mary E. Junck
Chairman /CEO/President, Lee Enterprises, Inc.

Cornell Boggs III
Sr. Vice President/General Counsel/Corporate Secretary, Dow Corning Corp.

Ginger Zee
Meteorologist, Good Morning America Show

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
Graduate in 5 years
Graduate in 6 years

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Interest Inventory
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School


ROI & Outcomes

Colleges that Create Futures


Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 1

Required Forms


Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid

Average Need-Based Loan

Average amount of loan debt per graduate

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package

Financial aid provided to international students

Expenses per Academic Year

Required Fees
Average Cost for Books and Supplies

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants


Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)

Direct Lender

Financial Aid Rating


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
Out of State

Foreign Countries Represented


52% female
48% male
59% are out of state
97% are full time
3% are part time

Students Say

One student estimates that “conservative, churchgoing studiers” make up about two-thirds of the Valpo student body. Most “come from somewhere in the Midwest,” with many “from the Chicagoland area.” The typical student is “here to learn. There are some who are just here for the party, but there are not many.” Because “meteorology and engineering are large areas of study, there are some students who are ‘nerdy,’ but no one is left out of university activities.” Valpo has “few minority students,” and “it would be nice to have a little bit more diversity.”


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
Help finding off-campus housing

First-Year Students living on campus

Campus Environment

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Students Say

“There are several activities to choose from on Valparaiso’s campus on a typical weekend, ranging from philanthropic dance parties at fraternity houses to music recitals to special guests speakers (to name just a few),” students tell us. Religious groups are active, and not just the Lutherans. The Catholic Church “is very active” here, offering “a student mass Sunday nights with a meal afterward, which is very nice” and “at least three events each week.” Athletics are also popular. “We have Division I athletics, so it’s fun to watch if you don’t play, but Valpo also offers club sports (like Ultimate Frisbee) and intramurals for all student to participate in.” The VU campus is officially dry, but that doesn’t mean students don’t drink. An aggressive campus police force means “there is lots of fear of getting arrested when drinking, but people do it anyway.” Fraternities “have parties every Friday night,” which helps to offset the perception that “the city of Valpo is horrible” because “there’s not much to do” there. “If you can’t entertain yourself, this is not the place for you,” students warn. When they need big-city diversion, students will “hop on the train to go over to Chicago, an hour ride, for about six dollars, and get a CTA day pass for four dollars (to ride Chicago’s transit all day).”

Special Needs Admissions

College Entrance Tests Required

Interview Required

Special Need Services Offered

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
Number of Honor Societies

Number of Social Sororities
Number of Religious Organizations

18% join a fraternity
17% join a sorority


Athletic Division
Division I

15% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
11 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
12 Sports

Cross Country
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor

Student Services

LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Valparaiso University cadets are affiliated with the University of Notre Dame detachment. Some classes and events are held on the VU campus while the remainder are at Notre Dame.
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus, at cooperating institutions: Valparaiso University cadets are affiliated with the University of Notre Dame detachment. Some classes and events are held on the VU campus while the remainder are at Notre Dame.


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security

Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network

Email and Web Access Available

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms

Average Number of PC's per Lab

Network Access in Dorm Rooms

Network Access in Dorm Lounges

Fee for Network Use

Student Web Pages Permitted

Student Web Pages Provided

Partnerships with Technology Companies

Online Class Registration Available

Personal computer included in tuition for each student

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors

Dell, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations

Campus Visits Contact

Joan Helvie
Visit Coordinator

Office of Admission
Duesenberg Welcome Ctr., 1620 Campus Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383



Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Harre Union
Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources
VU Center for the Arts
Brauer Art Museum
Athletics-Recreation Center
Kallay-Christopher Hall Kade Duesenberg German House Grinder's Coffee Shop Duesenberg Welcome Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Indiana Dunes - Lake Michigan
Merrillville - for shopping, dining, etc
Valparaiso Walk & Marketplace Shops
Porter's Vale (movie theatre and shopping)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays

Contact Admissions Office

Seniors can stay most Sun-Thurs nights.


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, is approximately 75 miles from Valparaiso. Chicago's Midway Airport is approximately 55 miles from Valparaiso, and South Bend's Michiana Regional Airport is about 55 miles from Valparaiso. The Gary/Chicago International Airport is approximately 30 miles from Valparaiso. AMERICAN LIMOUSINE SERVICE American Limousine services the Chicago, Gary, and Indianapolis airports. 1-800-729-1623 www.americanlimo.org COACH USA Serving Northwest Indiana and Chicago's suburbs, the Coach USA bus leaves from a stop in Portage 15 miles northwest of Valpo, running every hour, and travels to and from O'Hare and Midway airports. At the airport, be sure to get on the bus going to Northwest Indiana. 1-800-248-TRIP www.coachusa.com GREYHOUND Greyhound has stops in Northwest Indiana, including Gary and Michigan City, with connections to major cities throughout the country. 1-800-231-2222 www.greyhound.com SOUTH SHORE LINE With a station 20 minutes away from Valpo in Chesterton, ride the South Shore east to the South Bend airport or west to downtown Chicago where you have same-station access to Chicago METRA trains, and nearby 'L' Train access. www.nictd.com V-LINE TRANSIT SYSTEM The newest transportation option in the Valparaiso area, the V-Line bus system currently has four routes with stops at locations including the South Shore Line, Valparaiso University, and downtown Valparaiso. www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/v-line/index.html ChicaGo DASH express bus service operates early morning weekday buses to Chicago with late afternoon return trips to Valparaiso. 219-462-1161 www.chicagodash.com

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-65: Exit at US-30 East in Merrillville. Proceed approximately 12 miles east to Valparaiso. You will see the US-30 entrance to the University on the left (on the north side of US-30), leading towards the Chapel. You may also continue past this entrance and then turn left at the Sturdy Road stoplight at the edge of campus (If you drive past Wal-Mart, you have gone too far). The entrance to the University is 100 yards on the left. From I-80/90 or I-94: Exit at IN-49 South in Chesterton. Proceed approximately 8 miles south to Valparaiso, then exit onto US-30 West. Turn right on Sturdy Road (second stoplight). VU's entrance is 100 yards on the left. You may also continue past the stoplight and then turn right into the US-30 entrance. From O'Hare and Midway Airport Take I-294 South (Tri-State Tollway) to I-80/90 East, towards Indiana. When I-80 and I-94 split, you can take either highway, I-80 joins I-90 and is a toll road while I-94 remains toll free. In Chesterton, take the Indiana 49-South exit to US-30 West. After passing through the second stoplight, you will see the entrance to campus on your right. From Midway, take Cicero Avenue south to I-294. Approximate Driving Times Chicago 1 hour Milwaukee 2 hours Indianapolis 2.5 hours Toledo 3 hours Detroit 4 hours St. Louis 5 hours Minneapolis 8 hours Please allow yourself additional traveling time when driving on 80/94 from Chicago due to road construction.

Local Accommodations
*** - Mid-Scale Hotels ** - Value Properties Country Inn & Suites *** 2020 LaPorte Avenue • Valparaiso 888-201-1746 • 219-476-0000 countryinns.com Across from campus Ask for "prospective student" discount Courtyard by Marriott *** 2301 E. Morthland Drive/U.S. 30 & Ind. 49 •Valparaiso 800-321-2211 • 219-465-1700 cyvalparaisohotel.com Across from campus Ask for the Valparaiso University rate Fairfield Inn & Suites *** 2101 E. Morthland Drive/U.S. 30 & Ind. 49 •Valparaiso 800-228-2800 • 219-465-6225 ffivalparaiso.com Across from campus Hampton Inn & Suites *** 1451 Silhavy Rd. • Valparaiso 800-HAMPTON • 219-531-6424 hamptoninn1.hilton.com Across from campus Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites *** 1251 S. Silhavy Rd • Valparaiso 800-Holiday or 219-464-9395 valpohie.focushotels.com Very close to campus Ask for special discount price if visiting the university Inn at Aberdeen (B&B) *** South Ind. SR 2 • Valparaiso 219-465-3753 innataberdeen.com 4.02 miles from campus Super 8 Motel ** 2 locations on Ind. 49 Valparaiso & Chesterton 800-800-8000, 219-464-9840 super8.com 1.73 miles from campus Other Local Lodging Best Western Indian Oak Resort *** 558 Indian Boundary Rd. • Chesterton 219-926-2200 book.bestwestern.com 13.03 miles from campus Dunes Walk Inn *** 1491 N Furnleigh Ln • Chesterton 219-728-6393 duneswalkinn.com 16.58 miles from campus Econo Lodge ** 713 Plaza Dr. • Chesterton 219-929-4416 econolodge.com 13.15 miles from campus Gray Goose Inn (B&B) *** 350 Indian Boundary Rd. • Chesterton 219-926-5781 graygooseinn.com 13.16 miles from campus Hilton Garden Inn *** 501 Gateway Blvd/IN 49 at Interstate 80/90 • Chesterton 219-983-9500 hiltongardeninn.com 10.12 miles from campus Spring House Inn *** 303 N. Mineral Springs Rd. • Chesterton 219-929-4600 springhouseinn.com 14.64 miles from campus Radisson at Star Plaza *** 800 E. 81st Ave. I-65 & U.S. 30 • Merrillville 219-769-6311 radisson.com 15.29 miles from campus Red Roof Inn ** 8290 Georgia St. I-65 & U.S. 30 • Merrillville 219-738-2430 redroof.com 15.87 miles from campus