Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University, also referred to as Valpo, is located in Valparaiso, Indiana, United States. It was established in the year 1859 and is under the Lutheran University Association. Valpo is the largest Lutheran university in the United States and has the following academic divisions under it:

  • Christ College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business Administration
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Nursing
  • Graduate Division
  • School of Law

The athletic teams of the university are nicknamed the Crusaders. Male students of Valparaiso University participate in sports such as basketball and swimming and diving. Female students of the university participate in basketball, swimming and diving, and volleyball. Notable alumni of the university include Michael Essany, television host; Beulah Bondi, actress; and Lowell Yerex, aviation entrepreneur.

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Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso , IN 46383
General Phone: (219) 464-5000

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Valparaiso Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts172American studies, East Asian studies, European studies, Chinese studies, German language, French language, Spanish language, Classical languages, English, ...
Business and Management161business management, accounting, finance, international business, management science, actuarial science, management sciences, marketing, business and related services ...
Law159law, foreign lawyers
Nursing and Emergency Medicine80registered nursing, nurse practitioner
Education and Teaching73education, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, music teaching, physical education teaching, ESL instruction, teacher aide ...
Engineering66civil engineering, electrical engineering, mechanical engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy62health and physical education, sports and fitness management, exercise science
Therapy and Counseling59psychology, counseling psychology, school psychology
Science57biology, biochemistry, biological and physical sciences, atmospheric sciences, chemistry, geological and earth sciences, physics
Media41communication studies, mass communication, journalism, radio and television, organizational communications, public relations, communication and journalism
Religion and Philosophy23philosophy, ethics, theology, pre-ministerial studies, youth ministry
Computer Science and Engineering14computer science, computer engineering
Music13music, music performance, music theory and composition, piano
Art Studies13art studies
Family and Social Work8social work
Security and Law Enforcement8criminology
Drama and Performing Arts5drama
Conservation and Resource Management1environmental science

Number of programs and degrees for Valparaiso in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree66567
Master's degree17421
Associate's degree215
Postbaccalaureate certificate22
Doctor's degree - professional practice1511
Post-master's certificate81

Valparaiso Student Body

In 2007-2008, Valparaiso had a total enrollment of 3,872 students (3,920 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 49%
Women 51%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 72%
Graduate 28%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 74%
Black 5%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 11%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 33%
20-21 31%
22-24 18%
25-29 9%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Valparaiso Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 50 %

Valparaiso Room and Board (2007)

Valparaiso offers campus housing for 1,972 of its 3,920 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Valparaiso, Indiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Indiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Valparaiso Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal490600
SAT Math500630
SAT Writing480590
ACT Verbal2229
ACT Math2229
ACT Composite2228

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT50%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT68%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Valparaiso Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 26,950
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 26,950
Room and board $ 7,620
Room charge $ 4,680
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,940
Books and supplies $ 1,200
Other expenses $ 1,640

Financial Aid:
Valparaiso participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 184200)

Valparaiso Faculty

Valparaiso has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track4229
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1821

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year55$96,93617$103,289
Associate professoracademic year58$64,73628$61,138
Assistant professoracademic year45$57,15030$54,958
Instructoracademic year2*5$39,998
Lectureracademic year9$49,42612$43,041
All faculty totalacademic year169$72,11892$63,402

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Valparaiso Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Pioneer Football League
Basketball Horizon League
Baseball Horizon League
Track Horizon League

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports3866104

Valparaiso Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business Administration and Management, General
Business, Management, Marketing & Related Support Services, Other
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Management Sciences and Quantitative Methods, Other
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General
Teacher Assistant/Aide
Teaching English as Second/Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor

Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Mechanical Engineering

Family And Social Work
Social Work

Law (LLB, JD)
Programs for Foreign Lawyers (LLM, MCL)

Liberal Arts
American/United States Studies/Civilization
Chinese Studies
Classics/Classical Languages, Lit & Linguistics, General
Creative Writing
East Asian Studies
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other
European Studies/Civilization
French Language and Literature
German Language and Literature
History, General
Humanities/Humanistic Studies
International Economics
International Relations and Affairs
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General
Social Sciences, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Technical and Business Writing

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Organizational Communication, General
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television

Music Performance, General
Music Theory and Composition
Music, General
Piano and Organ

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Family Practice Nurse/Nurse Practitioner
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Health and Physical Education, General
Kinesiology and Exercise Science
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management

Religion And Philosophy
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies
Theology/Theological Studies
Youth Ministry

Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General
Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other
Physics, General

Security And Law Enforcement

Therapy And Counseling
Counseling Psychology
Psychology, General
School Psychology

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