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Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN 4-Year Private

About Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth. Our spacious campus of more than 350 acres offers over 70 different academic majors.The university aims to foster in its students a lifelong commitment to this search for truth, encouraging the development of a sense of personal vocation as well as the intellectual and professional skills needed to pursue it.

Valparaiso University is a private, religous school located in the small town setting of Valparaiso, IN, less than an hour from Chicago.

Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University currently enrolls around 3,122 students a year, including 2,723 undergrads. The institution runs on a semester academic calendar.

As of 2021, the total market value of the school endowment was $254,282,000. The school spends $11,877 for each full-time student enrolled.

Admissions Facts About Valparaiso University

Acceptance rate: 87%

Average GPA: 3.76

Mean ACT score: 26

Mean SAT score: 1180

Early Decision or Early Action: No/No

2022 Regular Decision Notification Date: October 1

What's the acceptance rate at Valparaiso University in 2021?

It is moderately difficult to get into Valparaiso University. Around 87 percent of all applicants are admitted to Valparaiso University each year.

Admitted students have an average high school GPA of 3.76 out of 4.0. The mean SAT scores for students who get into Valparaiso University is 1180. The mean ACT scores is 26.

In 2021, 0 applicants were waitlisted and 0 students were ultimating offered a spot off the waitlist.

Is Valparaiso University a good school?

The definition of a "good school" is different for different people. Admissions difficulty and admitted student statistics can give you a sense of how selective a college is, but they don't tell you how happy or successful students are. There are a few statistics that can give you a good idea of how satisfied students are and how well a school supports its students.

Retention, graduation, and job placement statistics all give valuable information about the quality of the student experience, before and after graduation.

Retention and graduation rates

About 82 percent of students who start at Valparaiso University return for their second year of college. Out of the 713 students who started at Valparaiso University as first-time freshman, 399 graduate within four years.

Valparaiso University's six-year graduation for undergrads is 66 percent. The average six-year graduation rate for U.S. colleges and universities is 61 percent for public schools, and 67 percent for private, non-profit schools.

Job outcomes and student debt

Job placement and student debt statistics for recent graduates can give you a sense of the return on investment a school offers. Within six months of graduating, 76 percent of graduates receive at least one full-time job offer.

The average starting salary for recent grads is $50,220 a year. The average student debt for graduates in the class of 2021 was around $36,617 per student, not including those with no debt. For context, compare this number with the average national debt, which is around $36,000 per borrower.

Based on this information, how does Valparaiso University sound? Remember, a school that is perfect for one person may not be the right school for someone else! So the real question to ask yourself: is Valparaiso University a good school for YOU?

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All applicants should hear back from Valparaiso University by October 1.

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College Info

Valparaiso University Application Deadline

First-Year Applications are Due

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Transfer Applications are Due

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The deadline for Fall first-year applications to Valparaiso University is Continuous processing.

The deadline for Fall transfer applications to Valparaiso University is Continuous processing.

Check the school website for more information about deadlines for specific programs or special admissions programs

Valparaiso University ACT Scores


ACT Range

22 - 29

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

ACT Score

Estimated Chance

29 and Above


22 to 29


22 and Less


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ACT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median ACT score of an admitted student to Valparaiso University is 26. Students with an ACT score of 29 and above have a good chance of getting into Valparaiso University. Students with an ACT score that falls between 22 and 29 have an average chance of getting admitted, and students with an ACT score of 22 or below have a low chance of being offered admission.

Valparaiso University SAT Scores


Composite SAT Range

1090 - 1290


Math SAT Range

530 - 650


Reading SAT Range

540 - 640

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

SAT Score

Estimated Chance

1290 and Above


1090 to 1290


1090 and Less


SAT Scores Needed to Get Accepted

The median SAT score for Valparaiso University students is 1190. Applicants with SAT scores of 1290 and above have a good chance of being admitted to Valparaiso University, while applicants with SAT scores between 1090 to 1290 have an average chance of admittance, and prospective students with an SAT score below 1090 have a low chance of being offered a spot at Valparaiso University.

Valparaiso University Tuition & Fees

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Student Life

Wondering what life at Valparaiso University is like? There are approximately 3,519 students enrolled at Valparaiso University, including 3,009 undergraduate students and 510 graduate students. 98% percent of students attend school full-time, 46% percent are from IN and 54% percent of students are from other states.


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