Valparaiso University

955 reviews
  1. Valparaiso, IN
  2. 4 Year
B+
Overall Niche Grade
  1. Academics
    B
  2. Value
    A-
  3. Diversity
    A-
  4. Campus
    B
  5. Athletics
    B+
  6. Party Scene
    B-
  7. Professors
    B-
  8. Location
    C+
  9. Dorms
    C+
  10. Campus Food
    A-
  11. Student Life
    B
  12. Safety
    A-
Valparaiso University is ...
Private not-for-profit, Lutheran
Athletic Division
NCAA Division I-AA
Athletic Conference
Pioneer Football League
Address
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Website

Valparaiso University Rankings

Niche rankings are based on rigorous analysis of key statistics from the U.S. Department of Education and millions of reviews.

Admissions

Acceptance Rate
82%
SAT Range
1000-1220
ACT Range
23-29
Application Fee
Data not available
SAT/ACT
Required
High School GPA
Recommended
Application Website

Cost

Net Price
$22,058/ year
National
$15,431

Average cost after financial aid for students receiving grant or scholarship aid, as reported by the college.

Net Price by Household Income
  • <$30k
    $15,784/ year
  • $30-48k
    $15,772/ year
  • $49-75k
    $18,614/ year
  • $76-110k
    $22,324/ year
  • $110k+
    $25,505/ year

Academics

Professors
B-
Based on faculty accomplishments, salary, student reviews, and additional factors.
Student Faculty Ratio
12:1
Evening Degree Programs
No
87%
of students agree that professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.53 responses
78%
of students agree that it is easy to get the classes they want.51 responses
63%
of students agree that the workload is easy to manage.51 responses

Majors

Students

Full-Time Enrollment
3,150Undergrads
Undergrads Over 25
4%
Pell Grant
28%
Varsity Athletes
13%
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes the typical student at this school?
Based on 31 responses
Report
  • Well-rounded
    81%
  • Sheltered
    13%
  • Ethical.
    6%

Campus Life

Freshmen Live On-Campus
88%
Poll
49%
of students say that Greek life is average, and no one will treat you differently if you don't join.68 responses
Poll
55%
of students say varsity sporting events are attended, but not a huge part of campus life.75 responses
Poll
What one word or phrase best describes your school?
Based on 26 responses
Report
  • Exactly where I want to be
    35%
  • Enriching
    31%
  • It's high school all over again
    19%
  • Quiet
    12%
  • Stressful
    4%

After Valparaiso University

Median Earnings 6 Years After Graduation
$48,100/ year
National
$33,028
Graduation Rate
67%
National
47%
Employed 2 Years After Graduation
94%
National
83%
92%
of students feel confident they will find a job in their field after graduation.26 responses

Reviews

955 reviews
  • Excellent
    112
  • Very Good
    368
  • Average
    353
  • Poor
    68
  • Terrible
    54
Campus is very strict about some things and not very strict about other things. The honor code and visitation in the dorms extremely strict. The honor code is taken very seriously by the professor and administrators and not so seriously by the students. Visitation in the dorms is kind of ridiculous! The opposite sex can't be on your floor, except for in the lounge after 2am. Quiet hours also start fairly early, at 10pm, but depending on the RA are either majorly enforced or not enforced very much. Underage drinking and drug use happens on campus but typically not in the dorms. Creating a new student organization is supposed to be easy to do at Valpo but there are a lot of different requirements in order to create one.
  • College Junior
  • June 12 2014
There are three places to get food on campus: Founders (the main cafeteria), the cafe, and Grinders (which is in the library). The food at Founders is pretty good for the most part. There's always pasta, a sandwich bar, and soup & salad available. Some stations are only open during breakfast, lunch, and dinner though. Go to Founders at 3:00 in the afternoon and there will be a very limited selection of food choices. The cafe is the to-go food option on campus. There is a starbucks inside, which is super convenient and delicious! In addition to food, the cafe also sells personal hygiene products, so you don't have to walk/bum a ride with someone to Target. Grinders also has a Starbucks, plus a sandwich bar. I love having a food option in the library so you don't have to pack up all your stuff and leave if you need a bite to eat.
My main complaint about the food is the cost though. It is very expensive. However, the freshman meal plan is plenty enough to afford it ($1800 per semester). I had like $400 leftover at the end of the first semester. And also eating at the same place everyday 3 times a day gets pretty old after awhile. Luckily Jimmy Johns delivers right to your dorm!
  • College Freshman
  • Jan 5 2014
The Greek Life on campus is friendly within itself and to other non-Greek students. I didn't feel treated any differently being a non-Greek student, or a Greek student! The organizations are fantastic opportunities socially and professionally. I would recommend the experience to students who are considering it, but by no means does it feel necessary.
  • College Freshman
  • 6 months ago