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IPEDS ID: 152600
OPE ID: 00184200
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Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, Indiana 46383
General information:  (219) 464-5000
Type:  4-year, Private not-for-profit
Awards offered:  Less than one year certificate
One but less than two years certificate
Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  Suburb: Large
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  4,524 (3,163 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  13 to 1
Carnegie Classification
Master's Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs
Religious Affiliation
Lutheran Church in America
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty313114
Research and public service00
Total graduate assistants-16
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
Tuition and fees$32,250$33,480$34,760$36,1604.0%
Books and supplies$1,200$1,200$1,200$1,2000.0%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$9,164$9,560$10,180$10,5203.3%
Off Campus
Room and board$7,150$7,150$7,900$7,9000.0%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2012-20132013-20142014-20152015-2016% change 2014-2015 to 2015-2016
On Campus$44,254$45,860$47,760$49,5003.6%
Off Campus$42,240$43,450$45,480$46,8803.1%
Off Campus with Family$35,090$36,300$37,580$38,9803.7%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2015-2016
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition planX
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid168896%————
Grant or scholarship aid68696%$16,437,596$23,962
Federal grants22331%$1,235,690$5,541
Pell grants21931%$906,602$4,140
Other federal grants22031%$329,088$1,496
State/local government grant or scholarships13619%$764,262$5,620
Institutional grants or scholarships68696%$14,437,644$21,046
Student loan aid48968%$3,987,050$8,153
Federal student loans48768%$3,348,147$6,875
Other student loans659%$638,903$9,829
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid12,97091%$67,741,532$22,809
Pell grants81425%$3,476,119$4,270
Federal student loans2,09064%$16,235,138$7,768
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$21,869$22,058$22,136
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$13,980$15,784$16,818
$30,001 – $48,000$14,522$15,772$15,034
$48,001 – $75,000$18,651$18,614$18,969
$75,001 – $110,000$22,462$22,324$22,496
$110,001 and more$26,143$25,505$25,480
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees, books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment4,524
Undergraduate enrollment3,163
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment173
Graduate enrollment1,361
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 97%
Part-time: 3%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 49%
Female: 51%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 2%
Black or African American: 6%
Hispanic/Latino: 8%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 71%
Two or more races: 3%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 2%
Non-resident alien: 7%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 95%
25 and over: 5%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 41%
Out-of-state: 53%
Foreign countries: 5%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 0%
Enrolled in some distance education: 7%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 93%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 11%
Enrolled in some distance education: 17%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 73%
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants6,6573,1403,517
Percent admitted82%82%82%
Percent admitted who enrolled14%14%13%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading490600
SAT Math510630
SAT Writing480590
ACT Composite2329
ACT English2330
ACT Math2329
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 82%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 79 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 58%
6-year: 70%
8-year: 70%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 55%
6-year: 67%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 59%
Female: 74%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 50%
Asian: 60%
Black or African American: 34%
Hispanic/Latino: 50%
White: 72%
Two or more races: 71%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 38%
Non-resident alien: 46%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2014-2015
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctorUndergraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Area, Ethnic, Cultural, Gender and Group Studies
African Studies-----0
American/United States Studies/Civilization-1----
Asian Studies/Civilization-----0
Chinese Studies--5d---
East Asian Studies-0----
European Studies/Civilization-0---0
Latin American Studies-0---0
Category total-15d--0
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-37----
Category total-43----
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Actuarial Science-6---0
Business Administration and Management, General-1931-00
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Other--4--0
Business/Commerce, General----00
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-----0
Finance, General-28---0
International Business/Trade/Commerce-933---
Management Science-0---0
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-18---0
Category total-9368-00
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication, General-20----
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs, Other00----
Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia-67--0
Organizational Communication, General-0----
Public Relations/Image Management-0----
Radio and Television-0----
Sports Communication--7--0
Category total02714--0
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Programming, Other----0-
Computer Programming/Programmer, General----0-
Computer Science-4----
Computer Systems Analysis/Analyst----0-
Information Technology--109---
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design----0-
Category total-4109-0-
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services--8---
Education, General--10---
Education, Other--9d---
Elementary Education and Teaching-173---
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching-00---
Music Teacher Education-4----
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching-6---0
Physics Teacher Education-0----
Secondary Education and Teaching-010---
Teacher Assistant/Aide0-----
Teacher Education and Professional Development, Specific Levels and Methods, Other--0---
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels--4---
Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language/ESL Language Instructor--8--5
Category total02752d--5
Civil Engineering, General-21----
Computer Engineering, General-3----
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-26----
Mechanical Engineering-26----
Category total-76----
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-5----
English Language and Literature, General-223--0
English Language and Literature/Letters, Other--8---
Professional, Technical, Business, and Scientific Writing-0----
Category total-2711--0
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Classics and Classical Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics, General-3----
French Language and Literature-2----
German Language and Literature-1----
Spanish Language and Literature-7--0-
Category total-13--0-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing-----0
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General-0----
Health/Health Care Administration/Management-175d--0
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other--0---
Nursing Education--9--2
Nursing Practice---16d--
Public Health, General-0----
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse-1310---
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling-----0
Category total-14814d16d-2
History, General-122--0
Category total-122--0
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General--0---
Legal Studies, General-----0
Programs for Foreign Lawyers--0---
Category total--0131-0
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
Humanities/Humanistic Studies00----
Category total00----
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-6----
Category total-6----
Military Technologies and Applied Sciences
Cyber/Electronic Operations and Warfare--0d---
Category total--0d---
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences0-----
Computational Science--1---
International/Global Studies-21---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-90---
Sustainability Studies-----0
Category total0113--0
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-4----
Category total-4----
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-1----
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-17----
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-1222---
Category total-3022---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Applied and Professional Ethics--4d--4
Category total-34d--4
Physical Sciences
Atmospheric Sciences and Meteorology, General-21----
Chemistry, General-16----
Geology/Earth Science, General-0----
Physics, General-6----
Category total-43----
Counseling Psychology--23---
Psychology, General-313---
School Psychology--10---
Category total-3136---
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration and Social Service Professions, Other----0-
Social Work-14----
Category total-14--0-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics-----0
Economics, General-5----
Economics, Other-0----
Geography, Other----0-
International Economics-418---
International Relations and Affairs-5----
Political Science and Government, General-17----
Social Sciences, General103--0
Category total16021-00
Theology and Religious Vocations
Pre-Theology/Pre-Ministerial Studies-0----
Theology/Theological Studies-52--0
Youth Ministry-0----
Category total-52--0
Transportation and Materials Moving
Air Transportation, Other----0-
Category total----0-
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General-8----
Arts, Entertainment,and Media Management, General--10---
Digital Arts-0----
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-9----
Fine/Studio Arts, General-0----
Keyboard Instruments-1----
Music Performance, General-3----
Music Theory and Composition-1----
Music, General-10----
Music, Other-0----
Voice and Opera-0----
Category total-3210---
Grand total1710373147011
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Recognized student veteran organization
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 30
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 8
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 0
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $22,672
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $12,327
Full-time students: 100%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2014-2015 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined11670
Swimming and Diving2117
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission(!)1/1/1929 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
Law (LAW) - Professional schools1/1/1929 - 1/1/2016Accredited
Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels9/22/2000 -  Accredited
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels9/22/2000 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language4/30/2012 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1962 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools1/1/1961 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2014 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations91017
Liquor law violations064
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations4813
Liquor law violations033
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible12
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201220132014
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible12
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)00
Statutory rape0
Aggravated assault000
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate3.5%3.0%4.4%
Number in default353345
Number in repayment9831,0741,011
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)