Valparaiso University Overview
Valparaiso University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.
What Is Valparaiso University Known For?
- Students at Valpo have an easier time paying back their loans. The school's student loan default rate is only 3%, compared to the national rate of 10.1%.
- The highest award offered at Valpo is the doctor's degree.
- For the 2017-2018 academic year, 76% of the faculty were full-time.
- After graduation, Valpo bachelor's degree recipients go on to jobs where they make $48,500 a year. That's about 19% more than their peers at other schools.
- The average Valpo student graduates in 4.2 years. That's better than the national average of 4.4 years.
Valparaiso University Rankings
Our rankings are based on an outcomes-based approach rather than subjective ones used by other media outlets. As such, we utilize data from the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) and the College Scorecard, among other sources. Visit our rankings and methodology section to learn more.
Program Level Awards
These are highlights of some of the most noteworthy awards granted to specific programs at Valpo.
Awards From Around the Web
The following table lists some notable awards Valpo has earned from around the web.
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Where Is Valparaiso University?
Contact details for Valpo are given below.
|Address:||Us Highway 30 And Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383|
How Do I Get Into Valpo?
You can apply to Valpo online at: https://www.valpo.edu/admission/apply/
Admission Requirements for Valpo
|High School GPA||recommended|
|High School Rank||recommended|
|High School Transcript||required|
|College Prep Program||recommended|
|SAT or ACT Scores||required|
How Hard Is It To Get Into Valpo?
Approximately 48% of accepted students are men and 52% are women. The acceptance rate for men is 85%, and the acceptance rate for women is 84%.
Average Test Scores
About 46% of students accepted to Valpo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 640.
Can I Afford Valparaiso University?
The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.
Student Loan Debt
Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Valpo, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $9,091 a year. That adds up to $36,364 over four years for those students.
The student loan default rate at Valpo is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.
Valparaiso University Undergraduate Student Diversity
There are also 510 graduate students at the school.
Of the 2,940 full-time undergraduates at Valpo, 44% are male and 56% are female.
The racial-ethnic breakdown of Valparaiso University students is as follows.
|Race/Ethnicity||Number of Grads|
|Black or African American||159|
|Hispanic or Latino||319|
Indiana students aren't the only ones who study at Valparaiso University. At this time, 32 states are represented by the student population at the school.
Over 49 countries are represented at Valpo. The most popular countries sending students to the school are India, China, and Saudi Arabia.
Online Learning at Valparaiso University
The following chart shows how the online learning population at Valpo has changed over the last few years.
This school is the 31st most popular in Indiana for online learning according to the online graduations recorded by the Department of Education for the academic year 2017-2018.
Online Growth Rankings of Valpo
The average growth rate over the last four years of online students at Valparaiso University was 11.2%. This is the #1,246 largest growth rate of all schools that are only partially online. This refers to all students at Valpo regardless of major.
The following table shows the 1-year growth rate of Valpo majors that offer at least one online course. This table only includes majors with positive growth.
|Major||1-Year Growth Rate|
|Intelligence & Command Control Operations||44%|
|Military Technologies & Applied Sciences||44%|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||21%|
The table below shows how the average growth rate over 4 years at Valpo ranks compared to all other partially online schools that offer a specific major. Note that the majors may or may not be offered online at Valpo.
|Major||Growth Rate Rank|
|Military Technologies & Applied Sciences||#5|
|Intelligence & Command Control Operations||#5|
|Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies||#16|
|Philosophy & Religious Studies||#40|
|Health & Medical Administrative Services||#158|
When we speak of partially online, we are referring to schools whose online population is less than 50% of its total student body. Mostly online refers to those with online populations greater than or equal to 50%.
Valparaiso University Undergraduate Concentrations
The table below shows the number of awards for each concentration.
*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.
More about our data sources and methodologies.
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