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Valparaiso University
Valparaiso, IN
Valparaiso University, founded in 1859, is an independent Lutheran university offering majors in more than 70 fields of study in five colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, and an Honors College. Valparaiso emphasizes small classes, individual guidance, international study, and service learning. Its 310-acre campus is located in Valparaiso, 60 miles southeast of Chicago.
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Institution Type Private
Coeducational Yes
Undergraduate Students 3,294
   Women 1,775 (53.9%)
   Men 1,519 (46.1%)
Graduate Students 1,139
Entrance Difficulty Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate 83% of 7,484 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered Yes
Early Decision Offered No
Regular Admission Deadline Rolling
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA 3.71 (based on weighted GPAs)
SAT Math 566 average
490-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Critical Reading 549 average
500-600 range of middle 50%
SAT Writing
ACT Composite 26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Academic GPA X      
Standardized Tests X      
Essay     X  
Extracurricular Activities   X    
Cost of Attendance $51,190
  Tuition and Fees $37,450
  Room and Board $10,920
Average Percent of Need Met 94%
Average Freshman Award $31,139
Average Indebtedness of
2016 Graduates
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Academic Calendar System Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates 312
Regular Class Size 2-9 students: 14% of classes
10-19 students: 33% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 13% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Valparaiso Population 32,261
Nearest Metropolitan Area Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing 86% of freshmen, 66% of all students
Athletic Conferences NCAA Division I
Mascot Crusader
Sororities 25% of women participate
Fraternities 26% of men participate
Ethnicity of Students from U.S. 0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.1% Asian
6.7% Black/African-American
9.5% Hispanic/Latino
3.0% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
75.6% White
2.8% Unknown
International Students 5.3% from 32 countries
First-Year Students Returning 86.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years 54.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months 74%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly 17.3%