Valparaiso University

US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383

School Details

Valparaiso University, also known as Valpo, is a private, regionally accredited institution that was founded in 1859.  Located on a 310 acre suburban campus in Valparaiso, Indiana, Valparaiso University is the country’s largest independent Lutheran institution and is owned by the Lutheran University Association.  Valpo is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission.

Valparaiso University was originally founded by Methodists as a co-educational institution but had to close in 1871 due to losses that occurred during the civil war.  In 1873, the university re-opened as the Northern Indiana Normal School and became Valparaiso College in 1900.  The university got its current name in 1906.  The Lutheran University Association purchased Valparaiso in 1925 and it became a premier learning institution combining professional training and liberal arts university.

Valparaiso, Indiana is a city with an estimated population of 31,000, and is about an hour’s drive from Chicago.  The close proximity to Chicago offers Valpo students the chance to experience the cultural and entertainment opportunities that the city has to offer.  Valpo is 15 miles from the Indiana Dunes State park, and Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, located on the shore of Lake Michigan.

Valparaiso University enrolls over 4,000 students and offers undergraduate, graduate and doctoral degrees.  Over 100 academic programs are available.  Valpo students benefit from small classes that offer personal attention.  Five colleges, a law school and a graduate school make up Valpo’s academic unit.  The colleges include the College of Business, College of Arts & Sciences, College of Nursing, College of Engineering and an honors college, known as Christ College.

Valpo offers services and resources to students giving them access to technology and tools needed to assist them throughout the course of study.  The available services and resources include libraries and information resources, laboratory facilities, information technology, communications and media, and arts facilities.  Career preparation services and programs are offered to undergraduate and graduate students through the university's career center.  The career center houses interview and workshop spaces, a career resource library, and offers advising and appointments for counseling appointments.  Job listings and a database listing internships are also located in the career center.  The career center’s counselors help students develop their career skills by hosting workshops and offering job search support, career counseling, critiquing of cover letters and resumes, a mock interview program and events such as on campus job fairs and interviews with employers are sponsored through the career center.

Students seeking to enhance their college experience can choose to participate in over 100 student organizations and clubs, or the universities seven sororities and eight fraternities.  Cultural, social, art and athletic activities which include concerts, lectures and films are sponsored by the University Programming Council.
While traditionally a Lutheran institution, Valpo is open to accepting students of all religions.  The main center of worship on the Valpo campus is the Chapel of Resurrection.  In addition to worshiping on campus, students are also encouraged to participate in spiritual retreats.  Campus ministries at Valpo consist of the Social Action Leadership Team, also known as SALT, Fellowship Hall and Residential Ministry.  SALT is the Chapel of Resurrection’s social justice ministry and members of SALT learn to lead social justice oriented lives and make positive changes to the community.  Fellowship Hall is a campus based Christian community that participates in leadership discussions, retreats and common prayer.  Valpo’s Residential Ministry is operated as an effort of the Office of Residential Life and the Chapel of the Resurrection working together to maintain prayer chapels in the universities residence halls that serve as locations for song, meditation and prayer.

Undergraduate tuition at Valpo is $31,170 per year, not including fees.  A complete list of tuition and fees can be found on the Valpo website.  Scholarships and financial aid are available to qualified students.




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    Private, not-for-profit, 4-year or above
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    Doctorate degree
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