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.

Website: www.valpo.edu/

Private
Co-ed
3,251
Undergraduate
Students
(55.1%) 1,792 Women
(44.9%) 1,459 Men
802
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
84% of 7,954 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Rolling

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.69
SAT Math
583 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
586 average
530-630 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
$54,940
Tuition and Fees
$40,260
Room and Board
$11,860
Average Percent of Need Met
94%
Average Freshman Award
$31,812
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$37,978
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
310
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
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Campus Life

Valparaiso Population
32,261
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Crusader
Sororities
25% of women participate
Fraternities
25% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
9.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.5% White
3.4% Unknown
International Students
4.7% from 27 countries
First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 3 4
Science 2 3
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies   1
History 2  
Academic Electives 3  

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required Not reported
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT    
SAT Subject Tests Only  
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Writing component recommended
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: No policy as of now
ACT: No policy as of now

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
1700 Chapel Drive
City, State, Zip
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone
(219) 464-5011
Fax
(219) 464-6898
E-mail
undergrad.admission@valpo.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
Rolling
Application Fee
No fee required
Application Fee Waiver
Not reported
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
By May 1 or within 4 weeks if notified after May 1
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for all freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
2 recommended for all freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is not a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
84% of 7,954 applicants were admitted
Women
84% of 4,191 applicants were admitted
Men
85% of 3,763 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
975 (15%) of 6,704 admitted students enrolled
Women
516 (15%) of 3,518 admitted students enrolled
Men
459 (14%) of 3,186 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.69
3.75 and Above
50%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99
4%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
583 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
7%
Score of 600 - 700
36%
Score of 500 - 600
48%
Score of 400 - 500
9%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
586 average
530-630 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
6%
Score of 600 - 700
37%
Score of 500 - 600
50%
Score of 400 - 500
7%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26 average
23-29 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
21%
Score of 24 - 29
50%
Score of 18 - 23
28%
Score of 12 - 17
1%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 32%
Top quarter: 63%
Top half: 94%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
1%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
$54,940
Tuition and Fees
$40,260
Room and Board
$11,860
Books and Supplies
$1,200
Other Expenses
$1,620
Payment Plans
Prepayment plan, installment plan

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
finaid@valpo.edu
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline March 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning December 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal and Institutional Methodologies
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 001842
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
821 (95.2%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
722 (87.9%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
722 (100.0%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
322 (44.6%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
94%
Average Award
$31,812
Need-Based Gift
Received by 722 (100.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $30,370
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 433 (60.0%) of aid recipients, average amount $4,694
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 154 (21.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
131 (15.2%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $20,002

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
2,707 (84.2%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
2,443 (90.3%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
2,436 (99.7%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
974 (40.0%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
93%
Average Award
$30,984
Need-Based Gift
Received by 2,434 (99.9%) of aid recipients, average amount $28,710
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 1,674 (68.7%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,291
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 437 (17.9%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
626 (19.5%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $17,064

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
68%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$37,978
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
Not reported
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
Not reported

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans, Private loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
None

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Business, Engineering/Technologies, Foreign Languages, Military Science, Physical Sciences, Religion/Biblical Studies
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Art/Fine Arts, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Religious Involvement
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children and Siblings of Alumni, Children of Faculty/Staff, International Students, Relatives of Clergy, Religious Affiliation
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$1,375
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • American/United States Studies/Civilization
  • Art Teacher Education
  • Art/Art Studies, General
  • Astronomy
  • Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
  • Biochemistry
  • Biology Teacher Education
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Chemistry Teacher Education
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia
  • Drama and Dance Teacher Education
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • East Asian Studies
  • Economics, General
  • Economics, Other
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • English/Language Arts Teacher Education
  • Environmental Science
  • Finance, General
  • Foreign Language Teacher Education
  • French Language Teacher Education
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geography Teacher Education
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • German Language Teacher Education
  • German Language and Literature
  • Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
  • Health/Health Care Administration/Management
  • History Teacher Education
  • History, General
  • Humanities/Humanistic Studies
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International Economics
  • International Relations and Affairs
  • International/Global Studies
  • Keyboard Instruments
  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mathematics Teacher Education
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music Theory and Composition
  • Music, General
  • Music, Other
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics Teacher Education
  • Physics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing
  • Psychology Teacher Education
  • Psychology, General
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Social Science Teacher Education
  • Social Sciences, General
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language Teacher Education
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
  • Theology/Theological Studies
  • Voice and Opera
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering, Health professions and related sciences
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
Physician assistant
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
No online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
310
Part-Time Faculty
107
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
65%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 13% of classes
10-19 students: 30% of classes
20-29 students: 32% of classes
30-39 students: 18% of classes
40-49 students: 3% of classes
50-99 students: 4% of classes
Over 100 students: 1% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 34% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 48% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 15% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 3% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
627,828
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
500
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Master of Arts in Liberal Studies, Master of Science, Master of Health Administration, Master of Engineering Management, Master of Business Administration, Master of Ministry Administration, Master of Laws, Master of Education, Master of Arts, Master of Science in Nursing, Master of Public Health

Master's Programs of Study

  • Arts Administration
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Chinese
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Communication--General
  • Computational Sciences
  • Computer and Information Systems Security
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Engineering Management
  • English
  • English as a Second Language
  • Entertainment Management
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Ethics
  • Finance and Banking
  • Foreign Languages Education
  • Health Services Management and Hospital Administration
  • History
  • International Economics
  • International Trade Policy
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Management Information Systems
  • Management Strategy and Policy
  • Marketing
  • Media Studies
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Health--General
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Sports Management
  • Sustainability Management
  • Theology

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Nursing Practice, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Law
  • Nursing Education
  • Nursing--General
  • Public Health--General

Location and Setting


Boston Population
32,261
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Chicago
Campus Size
350 acres

Weather

Temperature
16.1 average low in January, 79.5 average high in September
Rain
125 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
 
Nearest Train Station
13 mile(s) from campus in Chesterton

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Women only housing, coed housing
Students in College Housing
64% of all students
Housing Requirements
Students required to live on campus through junior year
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
36%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
 

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
 

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Not offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Crusader
School Colors
Brown and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Bowling x x    
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Football     x  
Golf x x x x
Soccer x x x x
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Bowling x x
Cross-Country Running x x
Football    
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Bowling    
Cross-Country Running x x
Football x  
Golf x x
Soccer x x
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, bowling, cheerleading, football, golf, racquetball, softball, table tennis, triathlon, volleyball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, national fraternities, national sororities, student government, student volunteer organization, chapel programs, union board
Sororities
25% of women participate
Fraternities
25% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered off campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
3,251
Women
1,792 (55.1%)
Men
1,459 (44.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
3,180
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.2% American Indian/Alaskan Native
2.5% Asian
6.1% Black/African-American
9.9% Hispanic/Latino
3.4% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.0% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
74.5% White
3.4% Unknown
International Students.
4.7% from 27 countries
Average Age
20
All Graduate Students
802

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
83.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
62.5%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
70.5%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
72.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
78%
Average Starting Salary
78%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
18.0%
Disciplines Pursued
Business 1%
Engineering 1%
Law 3%
Theology 2%
Medicine 2%
Other 18%

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