From the School

At Valparaiso University, students discover new ideas, passions, beliefs, and dreams within a talented community of scholars and educators.

Consistently ranked as a top university in the Midwest by U.S. News & World Report, Valpo equips students with the skills employers want. And for 24 consecutive years, more than 90 percent of Valpo graduates have been employed or enrolled in graduate school within nine months of graduation.

Valpo offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and interdisciplinary options through the Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Engineering, Nursing and Health Professions. The University also has a distinguished honors college, a Law School, and more than 40 programs through the Graduate School and Continuing Education.

An independent Lutheran University, Valpo enrolls nearly 4,500 students on its campus located in Northwest Indiana, an hour from Chicago. Students come to Valpo from 33 countries and 48 states, as well as Washington, D.C., and Puerto Rico.

At Valpo, students have endless opportunities to fuel their passion and find their purpose. A Valpo education equips graduates with the skills to succeed in their careers and their lives, well beyond graduation.

Overall

From The School


Students seeking admission to Valpo are evaluated on their overall academic record, including ACT or SAT scores. The freshman class entering in fall 2016 had an average ACT of 26, average SAT (2400 scale) of 1627, and average GPA of 3.71.

Transfer of credit is awarded after an admission decision is made on a course-by-course basis. Most university, college, or community college courses that are equivalent to corresponding Valpo courses are applied toward the general education requirement or as an elective credit. Courses in a student’s major may fulfill major requirements upon approval of the appropriate college dean or department chair.

Admission decisions are made on a rolling basis. The enrollment deadline for the fall is June 1 and for the spring is Nov. 1. The application is available online at valpo.edu/apply or can be submitted via the Common Application.

For more information or to schedule a visit, contact:
Undergraduate Admission
Duesenberg Welcome Center
1620 Chapel Drive Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219.464.5011
Email: admissions@valpo.edu
Website: valpo.edu/admission


Overview

Applicants
7,484
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.71

GPA Breakdown

50%
Over 3.75
21%
3.50 - 3.74
14%
3.25 - 3.49
11%
3.00 - 3.24
4%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
500 - 600
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
490 - 600
SAT Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
470 - 570

ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 29

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with Writing recommended

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

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Academic Programs


The College of Arts and Sciences offers degrees in the arts (art, digital media, music education and music performance, theatre), humanities (English, foreign languages, history, international studies, Chinese and Japanese studies, global service, international economics and cultural affairs, Latin American and Latino studies, philosophy, theology), natural sciences (astronomy, biology, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, data science, environmental science, geography, mathematics, meteorology, physics, psychology, statistics), social sciences (criminology, economics, political science, sociology), and professional studies (actuarial science, communication, education, kinesiology, pre-law, pre-med, pre-seminary, social work).

The College of Business offers programs in accounting, aviation, business analytics, entrepreneurship, finance, international business, management, and marketing, as well as an early-entry MBA.

The College of Engineering offers degrees in bioengineering, civil engineering, computer engineering, electrical engineering, and mechanical engineering.

The College of Nursing and Health Professions offers degrees in health care leadership, nursing, and public health, as well as a 5-year B.S./M.S. physician assistant studies program.

Early-entry graduate programs (bachelor’s and master’s in five years) include: M.S. in analytics and modeling, M.A. in arts and entertainment administration, M.A. in Chinese studies, M.A. in English studies and communication, M.A. in TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages), M.Ed. in initial licensure, M.A. in liberal studies (eight concentrations available), M.S. in information technology, M.S. in international commerce and policy, M.S. in international economics and finance, M.S. in digital media, M.S. in sports media, M.S. in sports administration, M.Ed./Ed.S. school psychology, and M.A. in clinical mental health counseling.

Majors and Degrees Offered


With small classes and a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio, students cultivate strong connections with their professors and classmates as part of a close-knit community. Programs for first-year and exploratory students offer guidance and tools for academic and career planning and help students develop strong analytical, writing, and problem-solving skills.

The Core program for first-year students offers a two-semester, interdisciplinary course focused on the human experience, from coming of age to love to loss. Students in Christ College — The Honors College benefit from dedicated faculty who work with academically talented students to examine the great works of history, literature, drama, philosophy, and religion.

Early-entry programs offer qualified students opportunities to enroll in graduate-level coursework during their senior year and earn both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in just five years, significantly saving both time and cost.


Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
13:1
Total Faculty
404
with Terminal Degree
305

207
Men
197
Women
53
Minority
9
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
54%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Majors

  • Area, Ethnic, Cultural, and Gender Studies

  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • East Asian Studies
  • Latin American 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
  • Education, Other
  • 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
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other
  • Public Health, General (MPH, DPH)
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse

  • History

  • History

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • General Studies
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General
  • Statistics

  • Military Technologies

  • Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Biological and Physical Sciences
  • International/Global Studies
  • Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 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.”

Degrees

Associate
Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral/Professional
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate
Terminal Associate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Dr. Grant A. Krafft
Chairman & Chief Scientific Advisor, 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
54%
Graduate in 5 years
64%
Graduate in 6 years
66%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Overview

From The School


Tuition, Room, Board and Fees


Tuition and fees for 2017–2018 entering students (per year) $38,760 Room and board (per year): Room and board cost is dependent on students’ selection of residence hall and meal plan. The average rate for a freshman entering in 2017–2018 will be $11,400.

Financial Aid


At Valpo, we’re committed to ensuring an outstanding education is within reach. We believe any student who has the ability and desire to succeed at Valpo should be able to do so, which is why our undergraduate students receive significant financial assistance, totaling about $100 million from all sources annually.

Approximately 93% of undergraduate students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, and/or campus employment. Students are encouraged to file the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) by March 1.

Our financial aid office works closely with students to review all available financial aid options and address any special circumstances that may not be reflected in the FAFSA, such as a sibling’s private elementary or secondary school expenses, extraordinary medical or dental expenses not covered by insurance, a family member who recently became unemployed, or a change in income that affects a student’s ability to pay the remaining balance.

For more information, visit valpo.edu/student-financial-services.


Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Jan 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$28,968

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$26,100

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,837

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$37,294

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,320

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$37,550
Required Fees
$1,210
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,500
Transportation for Commuters
$750

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

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

Non-Need-Based
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)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall

From The School


Valpo students are scholars and musicians, athletes and actors, leaders and volunteers, dancers and theologians, and researchers and world travelers. In a close-knit community of 4,500 students, there are endless opportunities to get involved and embrace leadership roles in the arts, Division I athletics, sorority and fraternity life, and throughout campus.

Valparaiso University offers numerous opportunities for students to get involved and develop leadership skills through 15 national sorority and fraternity chapters, 19 NCAA Division I Athletic programs plus 8 intramural leagues and more than 25 recreational sports events annually, thriving arts programs with more than 100 performances each year, and more than 130 student clubs and organizations.

Valpo is an independent Lutheran university where students from a variety of religious traditions come together to learn from each other. Students come to Valpo from across the country and around the world and represent a variety of faith and cultural backgrounds. The University encourages thoughtful dialogue across differences and offers students the opportunity to expand their worldview. In addition to multicultural organizations and international banquets on campus, students can learn about other cultures through more than 20 Study Abroad programs in Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa.

Valpo has been recognized for its commitment to outstanding teaching, preparing thoughtful leaders with strong cross-cultural skills, global awareness, and dedication to serving others. Each year, students perform nearly 250,00 hours of community outreach and service-learning, and the University has an Institute for Leadership and Service dedicated to help students discover their purpose.

Visit valpo.edu/student-life to learn more about student life at Valpo.


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
3,294
Foreign Countries Represented
30

Demographics

2.03%
Asian
6.36%
African-American
9.00%
Hispanic
71.58%
Caucasian
2.61%
Unknown
5.31%
International

54% female
46% male
57% are out of state
98% are full time
2% 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.”

Overview

From The School


Location


Located just an hour from Chicago in Northwest Indiana, Valpo’s campus spans more than 350 acres. Downtown Valparaiso is within walking distance from campus and features independent boutiques, award-winning restaurants, entertainment, and culture. From the annual Popcorn Festival to ice skating at the Central Park Plaza, there’s always something to do. Valpo is also in close proximity to the Indiana Dunes, with 15 miles of shoreline along Lake Michigan.

Campus Facilities & Equipment


Valpo’s campus spans more than 350 acres and features state-of-the-art facilities including Doppler radar equipment, art and digital media studios, and the James S. Markiewicz Solar Energy Research Facility, which houses the only solar furnace at an undergraduate research facility in the United States.

Opening fall 2017, the 56,000-square-foot Center for the Sciences: Chemistry and Biochemistry Building contains wet laboratories and equipment for chemistry, biochemistry, and biology students, expanding undergraduate research opportunities.

Since 1995, the Center for the Arts has offered campus and community a variety of opportunities to experience the arts. The center presents plays, concerts, and public lectures in the 275-seat University Theatre and the 170-seat Duesenberg Recital Hall. The Studio Theatre is a 40’ x 40’ “black box” with its own state-of-the-art lighting and sound system, offering a highly flexible space that hosts faculty-directed mainstage productions, student-directed showcases, and experimental projects.

Located in the Center for the Arts, the Brauer Museum of Art has a nationally recognized collection of 19th-, 20th-, and 21st-century American art, including the largest known collection of works by Junius R. Sloan, a Hudson River School painter who lived and worked in the Midwest. The Center for the Arts is also home to a ceramic studio, graphic design computer lab, digital photo and video facilities, color and black-and-white photo labs, and other resources.

Off-Campus Opportunities


Valpo students travel near and far for academic and personal enrichment. More than 25 Study Abroad programs are offered in England, China, Argentina, and beyond. Study Away programs like the Washington Semester allow students to take courses while earning internship credit and gaining valuable experience across the country.


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
61%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

First-Year Students living on campus
84%

Campus Environment
Suburban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Frat Sorority
Other
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
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
95
Number of Honor Societies
35

Number of Social Sororities
6
Number of Religious Organizations
8

25% join a fraternity
22% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

13% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Crusaders)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Crusaders)
12 Sports

Basketball
Bowling
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
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.

Sustainability

75/99

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
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
58

Average Number of PC's per Lab
25

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell, Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

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

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Joan Helvie
Visit Coordinator

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

Phone
219-464-5011

Email
undergrad.admission@valpo.edu

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
Chicago
Merrillville - for shopping, dining, etc
Valparaiso Walk & Marketplace Shops
Porter's Vale (movie theatre and shopping)

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
8am-5pm
219-464-5011

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

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times
varies

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
undergrad.admission@valpo.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Seniors can stay most Sun-Thurs nights.

Transportation

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


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