Valparaiso University Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More

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Valparaiso University Description:

Valparaiso University, often called Valpo, is a small private university located an hour southeast of Chicago near Lake Michigan in Indiana. Valpo is affiliated with the Lutheran church. Professional programs such as nursing, business and engineering are most popular among undergraduates, but the college's strengths in the liberal arts and sciences earned it a chapter of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. The school has a 13 to 1 student / faculty ratio and offers good grant aid. In athletics, the Valparaiso Crusaders compete in the NCAA Division I Missouri Valley Conference.

Admissions Data (2016):

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 4,412 (3,273 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female
  • 98% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $37,450
  • Books: $1,200 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $10,920
  • Other Expenses: $1,620
  • Total Cost: $51,190

Valparaiso University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 99%
    • Loans: 59%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $25,412
    • Loans: $7,485

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Civil Engineering, Elementary Education, English, Finance, History, Management, Mechanical Engineering, Meteorology, Nursing, Political Science, Psychology, Biology

Retention and Graduation Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 86%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 54%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 66%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs:

  • Men's Sports: Football, Track and Field, Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Golf, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Bowling, Basketball, Volleyball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Valparaiso University Mission Statement:

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"Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society."

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