Valparaiso University


President: Dr. Mark A. Heckler

International Student Coordinator: Timothy Tesar

Address: 1700 Chapel Drive

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Established: 1859


School Population

Total number of students: 4,516

Number of countries represented: 50

Student-Faculty ratio: 13:1

Tuition and Fees: $36,160 (2015/16)

Valparaiso University

A focus on learning through service and emphasis on broadening experiences help Valpo students develop into thoughtful leaders who work to make the world a better place.
Valparaiso University enrolls about 4,000 students from most states and more than 50 countries, constituting an international, interconnected community.

Quality Education:

  • Number of Majors: over 70 programs and 40 plus master’s degree programs with a Doctorate in Nursing and Law
  • Professional school acceptance rate: 90+%
  • Pre-medicine graduates are accepted into professional schools at more than twice the national average (avg)
  • Princeton Review’s Top 100 Best Midwest Colleges
  • Top Tier U.S. News and World Report
  • Civil Engineering program ranked #7 in the nation among undergraduate engineering schools
  • Above 90% of faculty, who teach in the classroom, have their terminal degree most often the doctorate

Famous Alumni:

  • Linda Allen, class of ‘78, Director of C-130J International Programs Lockheed Martin
  • Stephen Buyer, law ‘84, US Congressman 4th District Indiana
  • Jennifer Lake, class of ’04, VP of Skirt PR
  • Carole Nuechterlien, class of ‘83, Chief Corporate Counsel Sangstatt Medical Co. in Switzerland
  • Ben Schnakenburg, class of ’00, First VicePresident of LaSalle Bank Corporation
  • Paul Chambers, journalism, current overnight anchor and entertainment news editor of CNNRadio Network
  • Todd A. Dawson, Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer for Olympus Corporation of the Americas


  • Valpo is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Midwest Association of Colleges and Schools
  • Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business
  • American Chemical Society
  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • The American Bar Association (law)

Bachelor Degree Programs (short list)

  • Biology
  • Business
  • Chemistry
  • Communication
  • Civil Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Economics
  • Education
  • Graphic Design
  • History/Law
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Nursing

University Opportunities

  • Internship opportunities and practicums are available
  • International Scholarship based on academics.

University Environment

  • Safety measures: 24 hour security police
  • City population: 32,000
  • 1 hours south of Chicago
  • Average climate during year:
    Average rainfall: 24.4 inches
    Average annual temp: 17 Celsius
    Average high temp: 21C (28C in July)
    Average low temp: 1C (-4C in Jan)
  • Airport access: Chicago O’Hare Airport (ORD)

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