Valparaiso University

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world rank  1084

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University Overview

Established in 1859, Valparaiso University is a non-profit private higher-education institution located in the suburban setting of the large town of Valparaíso (population range of 10,000-49,999 inhabitants), Indiana. Officially accredited by the Higher Learning Commission, Valparaiso University (VU) is a small (uniRank enrollment range: 4,000-4,999 students) coeducational US higher education institution formally affiliated with the Christian-Lutheran religion. Valparaiso University (VU) offers courses and programs leading to officially recognized higher education degrees such as pre-bachelor degrees (i.e. certificates, diplomas, associate or foundation), bachelor degrees, master degrees, doctorate degrees in several areas of study. See the uniRank degree levels and areas of study matrix below for further details. This 163 years old US higher-education institution has a selective admission policy based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades. The admission rate range is 80-90% making this US higher education organization a least selective institution. International applicants are eligible to apply for enrollment. VU also provides several academic and non-academic facilities and services to students including a library, housing, sports facilities, financial aids and/or scholarships, study abroad and exchange programs, online courses and distance learning opportunities, as well as administrative services.

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University Identity

Acronym VU
Founded 1859
Motto In Tua Luce Videmus Lucem
In Thy Light We See Light
Colours Brown and gold

University Location

Address US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
46383 Indiana
United States
Tel +1 (219) 464 5000
Fax +1 (219) 464 5381

Study Areas and Degree Levels

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Yearly Tuition Range

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Undergraduate Postgraduate
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)
over 20,000 US$
(14,700 Euro)
10,000-12,500 US$
(7,400-9,200 Euro)

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University Admissions

Gender Men and Women (coed)
International Students Yes, international applicants are welcome to apply for admission
Selection Type Yes, based on entrance examinations and students' past academic record and grades
New Admission Requirements - Secondary school GPA is recommended
- Secondary school rank is recommended
- Secondary school record is required
- Completion of college-preparatory program is recommended
- Recommendations are recommended
- Formal demonstration of competencies is recommended
- Admission test scores are recommended
- Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) is required
- Other Tests (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) are neither required nor recommended
Admission Rate 80-90%
Admission Office Duesenberg Welcome Center, 1620 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso 46383-6493
(219) 464 5011
888 468 2576

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Size and Profile

Student Enrollment 4,000-4,999
Academic Staff 400-499
Control Type Private
Entity Type Non-Profit
Academic Calendar Semesters
Campus Setting Suburban
Religious Affiliation Christian-Lutheran Christian-Lutheran Evangelical Lutheran Church in America -

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Basic Classification Doctoral/Professional Universities
2000 Classification Masters Colleges and Universities I
Size & Setting Four-year, medium, highly residential institution
Enrollment Profile High undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile Four-year, full-time, more selective, higher transfer-in institution
Undergraduate Instructional Program Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program Special Focus: Two-Year Institution

Facilities and Services

Library Yes Go to Valparaiso University's Library
Valparaiso University's library collection is comprised of both physical (i.e. books, medium etc.) and digital/electronic items. In 2018 the library has reported 341,478 physical volumes, 106,963 physical media and 345 licensed digital/electronic databases. Valparaiso University's library has 1 branch.
Housing Yes
Valparaiso University provides on-campus housing. The total dormitory capacity, whether on or off campus, was about 2,005 students in the 2018 academic year.
Sport Facilities Yes
Financial Aids Yes
Study Abroad Yes
Distance Learning Yes
Academic Counseling Yes
Career Services Yes
Institutional Hospital Not reported

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Institutional Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission

Other Specialized or Programmatic Accreditations

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education (CCNE)
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB International)
  • American Bar Association (ABA), Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • Indiana Department of Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) of ABET
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

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Memberships and Affiliations

  • Midwestern Undergraduate Private Engineering Colleges (MUPEC)
  • American Association of Colleges of Nursing
  • American Chemical Society
  • American Council on Education
  • American School of Classical Studies in Athens
  • American Schools of Oriental Research
  • American Society for Engineering Education
  • New American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Colleges and Universities
  • Association of American Law Schools
  • Association of Graduate Liberal Studies Programs
  • Center for Research Libraries
  • Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology
  • Lutheran Education Association
  • Association of Governing Boards
  • Council of Independent Colleges
  • National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities
  • Lutheran Educational Conference of North America
  • National Athletic Association (NAA)
  • National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA)

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