Resources › For Students and Parents Valparaiso University Admissions ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Graduation Rate & More Share Flipboard Email Print Valparaiso University Football. SD Dirk / Flickr For Students and Parents College Admissions College Profiles College Admissions Process College Rankings Choosing A College Application Tips Essay Samples & Tips Testing Graphs College Financial Aid Extracurricular Activities Advanced Placement Homework Help Private School Test Prep College Life Graduate School Business School Law School Distance Learning View More By Allen Grove College Admissions Expert Ph.D., English, University of Pennsylvania M.A., English, University of Pennsylvania B.S., Materials Science & Engineering and Literature, MIT Dr. Allen Grove is an Alfred University English professor and a college admissions expert with 20 years of experience helping students transition to college. our editorial process Facebook Facebook Twitter Twitter Allen Grove Updated August 10, 2017 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): Valparaiso University Acceptance Rate: 83%GPA, SAT and ACT Graph for Valpo AdmissionsTest Scores -- 25th / 75th PercentileSAT Critical Reading: 500 / 600SAT Math: 490 / 600SAT Writing: - / -What these SAT numbers meanHorizon League SAT score comparisonTop Indiana college SAT comparisonACT Composite: 23 / 29ACT English: 23 / 30ACT Math: 23 / 28What these ACT numbers meanHorizon League ACT score comparisonTop Indiana college ACT comparison Enrollment (2016): Total Enrollment: 4,412 (3,273 undergraduates)Gender Breakdown: 46% Male / 54% Female98% Full-time Costs (2016 - 17): Tuition and Fees: $37,450Books: $1,200 (why so much?)Room and Board: $10,920Other Expenses: $1,620Total Cost: $51,190 Valparaiso University Financial Aid (2015 - 16): Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 99%Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of AidGrants: 99%Loans: 59%Average Amount of AidGrants: $25,412Loans: $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, TennisWomen's Sports: Golf, Softball, Soccer, Tennis, Track and Field, Bowling, Basketball, Volleyball Data Source: National Center for Educational Statistics Valparaiso and the Common Application Valparaiso University uses the Common Application. These articles can help guide you: Common Application essay tips and samplesShort answer tips and samplesSupplemental essay tips and samples If You Like Valparaiso University, You May Also Like These Schools: Purdue University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphBall State University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphDePaul University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphNorthwestern University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphIndiana University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of Iowa: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphDrake University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphButler University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphLoyola University Chicago: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphUniversity of Notre Dame: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT GraphDePauw University: Profile | GPA-SAT-ACT Graph Valparaiso University Mission Statement: mission statement from http://www.valpo.edu/about/mission-values/ "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."