Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a private 4-year institution that was founded in 1859. It enrolls approximately 4,000 students from most states and more than 40 countries, and offer’s more than 70 fields of study in their five colleges, graduate division and law school.

Valpo belongs to a small and distinctive group of colleges and universities that consistently earns national recognition for the quality of its academic programs that integrate the best of the liberal arts with professional preparation, combining theory with practice. Their Lutheran heritage provides students freedom to connect their faith to life, the location provides quick access to the beauty of the Indiana Dunes/Lake Michigan shore and the excitement of Chicago, and their size combines the diversity of a larger institution with the friendliness of a smaller one.

The academic program is rigorous, but Valpo students are well prepared for the classroom challenges. Nearly 60 percent graduated within the top one-fifth of their high school class with approximately six percent ranking first or second in their class. Valpo students also are engaged outside the classroom, participating in numerous volunteer and service learning activities as well as a wide variety of campus organizations and recreational sports.

Universities, like congregations, are continually in the process of realizing their aspirations. Never fully achieved, an institution’s expression of its mission and vision capture its core hope and inspire its efforts to meet the challenges and opportunities of the day.

From its inception as a Lutheran university in 1925, Valparaiso University’s mission and vision has led it to Intentionally and vigorously imbue its students with a sense of vocation that fosters spiritual maturity and significant service in home, job, congregation, community, and the world.

The means through which this life-giving understanding is learned and re-enforced is a rigorous pursuit of academic excellence in an environment that reflects a Lutheran Christian understanding of life, human nature, the church, corporate worship and the study of the Scripture and theology.

From its Lutheran beginnings, Valparaiso University’s grasp of the importance of Christian vocation has been deeply influenced by the dreams and needs of Lutheran clergy and laity and the congregations they serve.

Valparaiso University
1700 Chapel Drive
Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493 USA
(219) 464-5000