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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?

894 Undergraduate Awards
$30,853 Avg Cost After Aid
84% Acceptance Rate
  • 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.

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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.

Rank Ranking Name Share
#1 Best Value International Business Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Radio, Television & Digital Communication Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#4 Best Value Public Relations & Advertising Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#5 Best Value Economics Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#7 Best Value Social Sciences Graduate Certificate Schools Tweet It - Post It
#13 Best Value Legal Professions Doctor’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#19 Best Value Psychology Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#23 Best Value Communication & Journalism Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#28 Best Value English Language & Literature Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It
#44 Best Value Education Master’s Degree Schools Tweet It - Post It

Awards From Around the Web

The following table lists some notable awards Valpo has earned from around the web.

Rank Ranking Name Source
#10 Best Value Colleges for Physical Sciences College Factual
#37 Best Value Colleges for Nursing College Factual
#62 Best Colleges for Teacher Education Grade Specific College Factual
#71 Best Colleges for Education College Factual
#80 Best Value Colleges for Education College Factual
#102 Best Value Colleges for Health Professions College Factual

Where Is Valparaiso University?

Location of Valparaiso University

Contact details for Valpo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Us Highway 30 And Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-5000
Website: https://www.valpo.edu
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/valparaiso.university
Twitter: https://twitter.com/valpou

How Do I Get Into Valpo?

You can apply to Valpo online at: https://www.valpo.edu/admission/apply/

Admission Requirements for Valpo

Submission Required?
High School GPA recommended
High School Rank recommended
High School Transcript required
College Prep Program recommended
Recommendations recommended
SAT or ACT Scores required
TOEFL required

How Hard Is It To Get Into Valpo?

84% Acceptance Rate
52% Of Accepted Are Women
46% Submit SAT Scores
The acceptance rate at Valparaiso University is 84%. This means that is not quite as selective as some schools, but you'll still need to submit a good application if you want to be considered by the admissions department.

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.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 530 to 630 )
200
800

SAT Math Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 530 to 640 )
200
800
Valpo received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT English scores ranged between 22 and 30. Math scores were between 23 and 28. Composite scores were between 23 and 29.

ACT English Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 22 to 30 )
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36
ACT Math Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 23 to 28 )
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36
ACT Composite Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 23 to 29 )
1
36

Can I Afford Valparaiso University?

$30,853 Net Price
69% Take Out Loans
3.1% Loan Default Rate
The overall average net price of Valpo is $30,853. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group.

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

2,940 Full-Time Undergraduates
56% Women
22% Racial-Ethnic Minorities*
There are 2,992 undergraduate students at Valpo, with 2,940 being full-time and 52 being part-time.

 Full-Time vs. Part-Time Undergraduate Students at  Valpo

There are also 510 graduate students at the school.

Gender Diversity

Of the 2,940 full-time undergraduates at Valpo, 44% are male and 56% are female.

Undergraduate Student Gender Diversity at  Valpo

Racial-Ethnic Diversity

The racial-ethnic breakdown of Valparaiso University students is as follows.

Racial-Ethnic Diversity of Valpo Undergraduate Students
Race/Ethnicity Number of Grads
Asian 66
Black or African American 159
Hispanic or Latino 319
White 2,116
International Students 108
Other Races/Ethnicities 172

Geographic Diversity

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

104 Took All Classes Online
439 Took At Least One Class Online
11.2% Avg Growth Over 4 Years
In 2017-2018, 439 students took at least one online class at the school.

The following chart shows how the online learning population at Valpo has changed over the last few years.

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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
Education 21%
Health Professions 16%
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 44%
Military Technologies & Applied Sciences 44%
Other Education 67%
Philosophy 21%
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 Studies #5
Philosophy #7
Area, Ethnic, Culture, & Gender Studies #16
Other Education #23
Philosophy & Religious Studies #40
Health & Medical Administrative Services #158
Nursing #266
Education #335
Health Professions #434

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.

Major Associate’s Bachelor’s Graduate Certificate Master’s Doctor’s TOTAL
Nursing 0 150 0 3 19 172
Law 0 0 0 0 86 86
Business Administration & Management 0 32 2 23 0 57
Mechanical Engineering 0 49 0 0 0 49
Computer Information Systems 0 0 0 48 0 48
Teacher Education Grade Specific 0 40 0 4 0 44
General Psychology 0 41 0 0 0 41
Health & Medical Administrative Services 0 13 0 24 0 37
Communication & Media Studies 0 36 0 0 0 36
Accounting 0 32 0 0 0 32
Teacher Education Subject Specific 0 30 0 0 0 30
Civil Engineering 0 29 0 0 0 29
International Business 0 9 10 9 0 28
Computer Science 0 28 0 0 0 28
Electrical Engineering 0 27 0 0 0 27
Economics 0 15 6 6 0 27
Health & Physical Education 0 19 0 7 0 26
Clinical, Counseling & Applied Psychology 0 0 0 25 0 25
General Biology 0 23 0 0 0 23
Marketing 0 23 0 0 0 23
Radio, Television & Digital Communication 0 6 1 16 0 23
Health Sciences & Services 0 22 0 0 0 22
Computer Engineering 0 20 0 0 0 20
Chemistry 0 20 0 0 0 20
Finance & Financial Management 0 18 0 0 0 18
General Business/Commerce 0 0 16 0 0 16
Romance Languages 0 16 0 0 0 16
Political Science & Government 0 16 0 0 0 16
Social Work 0 16 0 0 0 16
Philosophy 0 1 2 11 0 14
Atmospheric Sciences & Meteorology 0 13 0 0 0 13
History 0 11 0 0 0 11
Liberal Arts General Studies 0 8 0 3 0 11
Criminology 0 11 0 0 0 11
Management Sciences & Quantitative Methods 0 10 0 0 0 10
General English Literature 0 10 0 0 0 10
Mathematics 0 9 0 0 0 9
Intelligence & Command Control Operations 0 0 0 9 0 9
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 0 9 0 0 0 9
Computational Science 0 0 0 8 0 8
Physics 0 8 0 0 0 8
Natural Resources Conservation 0 7 0 0 0 7
Drama & Theater Arts 0 7 0 0 0 7
Music 0 7 0 0 0 7
Other Education 0 0 0 6 0 6
Geography & Cartography 0 6 0 0 0 6
Theological & Ministerial Studies 0 6 0 0 0 6
Teaching English or French 0 0 2 3 0 5
Writing Studies 0 5 0 0 0 5
Arts & Media Management 0 0 0 5 0 5
Fine & Studio Arts 0 5 0 0 0 5
Biochemistry, Biophysics & Molecular Biology 0 4 0 0 0 4
General Education 0 0 0 4 0 4
Germanic Languages 0 4 0 0 0 4
Statistics 0 4 0 0 0 4
International Relations & National Security 0 4 0 0 0 4
Sociology 0 4 0 0 0 4
Public Relations & Advertising 0 0 0 3 0 3
English Literature (Other) 0 0 0 3 0 3
Area Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
International Studies 0 3 0 0 0 3
Classical Languages & Literature 0 2 0 0 0 2
Mental & Social Health Services 0 0 2 0 0 2
Legal Research 0 0 0 1 0 1
Biological & Physical Science 1 0 0 0 0 1
Mathematics & Computer Science 0 1 0 0 0 1
Astronomy & Astrophysics 0 1 0 0 0 1
Other Business, Management & Marketing 0 0 0 0 0 0
Entrepreneurial Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Journalism 0 0 0 0 0 0
Communication & Journalism (Other) 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Programming 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Software & Applications 0 0 0 0 0 0
Computer Systems Analysis 0 0 0 0 0 0
Information Technology 0 0 0 0 0 0
Teaching Assistants 0 0 0 0 0 0
Engineering-Related Fields 0 0 0 0 0 0
Biomedical Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Environmental Engineering 0 0 0 0 0 0
Allied Health Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Public Health 0 0 0 0 0 0
Rehabilitation & Therapeutic Professions 0 0 0 0 0 0
Non-Professional General Legal Studies 0 0 0 0 0 0
Sustainability Science 0 0 0 0 0 0
Geological & Earth Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
General Social Sciences 0 0 0 0 0 0
Other Public Administration 0 0 0 0 0 0
Air Transportation 0 0 0 0 0 0
TOTAL 1 893 41 221 105 1,261

References

*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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