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BE PART OF SOMETHING BIGGER THIS IS YOU, AMPLIFIED. Valparaiso University is where all the wide-ranging things that define you come together. Because the Valpo experience is not about going away to college — it’s about getting closer to your future. Every interaction with your professor and discussion in the classroom and conversation with a new friend will show you more of the world and of yourself. Imagine a schedule filled not only with studies, but with culture that inspires you, athletics that motivate you, and experiences that move you far beyond where you ever thought you could go. You can do it all at Valpo. Here, you can be part of something bigger without losing yourself in the crowd.

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Think of the world you want to live in. Then come to Valpo and build it.

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student-to-faculty ratio

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ACADEMICS 2021 COMPASSION AND RECOGNITION When you learn from someone who is invested in your future, what you learn means so much more. Small class sizes are key to your success. Your professors will know more than your name — they’ll know your career goals and dreams and inspire you to chase them.

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Our faculty is full of industry experts who have done some pretty major things, like participating in sessions with the United Nations and receiving a $2.3 million arpa-e grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to research solar energy. Soak up the learning. And take in the atmosphere: Many of our buildings are built to LEED certification standards, because environmental responsibility is something we stand behind.

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ou’ll gain a solid educational foundation with our two-semester, Y interdisciplinary freshman course — it’s loaded with discussion on the human condition, from coming of age to love to loss.

CHRIST COLLEGE—­ THE HONORS COLLEGE or those ready to go further, we’ve built an honors college with its own F faculty that works with academically talented students to examine the great works of history, literature, drama, philosophy, and religion.

SUPPORT SYSTEM Ask the difficult questions and challenge what you know to be true. Criticalthinking skills and creativity are central to the liberal arts foundation you get at Valpo, regardless of your major. We understand you might not have it all figured out yet. Which is why you’ll enjoy such a variety of academic programs and the freedom to change your mind. When you’re ready to take the next big step, we’ll work with you on graduate placement. It’s all about a support system — one that’s built from Day One when, as a freshman, you blaze your path in our Core or Christ College programs. Learn together. Grow together. And feel great about the fact that the next person you meet may become a friend for life.

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COMMUNITY DIFFERENT AND INDIVISIBLE People from every background, faith, and perspective make up the Valpo community. Our campus is home to a culture where no one is left out. That’s right — you never feel like you’re going it alone. Valpo is a residential campus, which means your classmates don’t clock in and out like a 9-to-5 job. They live nearby, are engaged in countless on-campus activities, and build you up to tackle this whole exciting ride. Settle into your way of being you. Get as immersed as you like in the lively student culture — where you balance athletics and the arts, and have the chance to hold leadership roles in organizations you care about. Form bonds in sororities and fraternities. Play on (or cheer for) Division I athletics teams. Enjoy the pulse of residential life. The just-big-enough campus and student body means there are endless opportunities. So many friendships ready to unfold. This is the community that wants you to be your best you.

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5 ways Valpo students prepare for success: 01 / Undergraduate research opportunities Welcome to stem paradise. Get hands-on experience in the field or in the lab. There’s even a new science building waiting for you.

02 / Career Center and internships Push forward with completely individualized guidance and support from our team of career experts.

03 / Alumni network Make connections with loyal, passionate, and successful Valpo grads. After all, we like to say: Forever Valpo, forever changed.

04 / Exploratory programs Haven’t decided on a major? Discover your options and strengths with programs designed for that figuring-it-all-out stage.

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SUCCESS FULL POTENTIAL. TOTAL COMMITMENT. We put your future into motion with focus and guidance — in and out of the classroom. It’s in the mentorship from your faculty, the opportunities that stretch your strengths, and the community that supports you all the way. Valpo prepares you for success. That’s thanks in part to the liberal arts and sciences curriculum that inspires you to think critically and communicate clearly. It challenges you to broaden your understanding and be creative. It spurs you to test concepts and theories, then take action. The ultimate goal? Launch your career. That takes a good amount of determination. It takes a moment when you close your eyes and say, “Let’s do this.” And you will. Our faculty and your fellow students are at your side. You have four years to get there, and we’ll figure it out together.

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PURPOSE YOUR INTERESTS … FUELED Imagine: 100+ clubs and organizations where you can lead, learn, and make new friends. The list is always growing. Take your idea and run with it. Shakespeare performance group? Latina sorority? Make the next big thing happen.

YOUR COMPASSION … IGNITED Be forever changed by service opportunities in the local community, across the country, and throughout the world. Valpo students volunteer more than 247,000 hours to community outreach and service learning each year.

A BETTER WORLD IS CALLING.

YOUR FAITH … EXPANDED Valpo is an independent Lutheran university, where students from a variety of religious traditions come together to learn from one another. Join the conversation. Exchange beliefs. Expand your understanding. The Lutheran faith is an integral part of life at Valpo. Additionally, the diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and passions here will inform and inspire your journey. Deepen your faith and find meaning in the process. What you leave with will help you serve the world after graduation.

It’s easy to find your place at Valpo. But you’ll do more than settle into a daily rhythm — you’ll make meaningful connections and live a life of purpose. That’s because, while our campus stretches across 350 acres and has more than 3,000 undergraduate students, there’s a niche for everyone. And new horizons around every corner. As you grow in every aspect of your life — personal, professional, and spiritual — you’ll discover that making the world a better place isn’t wishful thinking. It’s what we do.

No matter where you are starting from, come to Valpo to think about what you believe and dream about how you want to live.

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IT’S YOUR WORLD. Small-town charms. Big-city lights. Sometimes, it’s hard to choose between the two. Luckily, you don’t have to at Valpo. You get both in equal, exciting doses. One hour away: CHICAGO. The third largest city in the country is within easy reach. In fact, the South Shore Line goes straight to Chicago’s Millennium Park. 20 minutes away: LAKE MICHIGAN. Fifteen miles of shoreline and the famous Indiana Dunes National Park (aka: hiking paradise) welcome you any day, any season. 2 minutes away: DOWNTOWN VALPO. Independent boutiques, award-winning restaurants, entertainment, and culture thrive here. You’ll have plenty to brag about when your friends and family come visit.

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EXPLORATION

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GLOBAL 97% + 40

MOVE THE WORLD. You will have countless opportunities to become a confident participant in the world. Taking on these life-changing experiences means you’ll be a stronger collaborator and communicator who understands how to bring people together.

of Study Abroad students are employed within 12 months of graduation

More than 40 semester and short-term Study Abroad programs throughout Europe, Asia, Latin America, and Africa

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STUDENT LIFE LIVE OUT LOUD. 100+ clubs and organizations* for everything from academic, culture, and student government to campus media, service, and faith. And if we don’t have the club you’re looking for, you can start your own — who knows, it may be the next big thing on campus. African Student Association

Muslim Students Association

American Meteorological Society

Public Relations Student Society of

Asian American Pacific Islander Coalition

America (PRSSA)

BACCHUS/GAMMA

Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)

Black Student Organization

Society of Women Engineers (SWE)

Boxing Club

Student Senate

College Mentors for Kids

The Beacon – Yearbook

Criminology Club

The Lighter – Student Literary Magazine

Dance Marathon

The Torch – Student Newspaper

Earthtones

Valparaiso International Student

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Association

Fraternity and Sorority Life

Valparaiso University Ballroom Dance

Honor Council

Valpo Robotics

Intervarsity Christian Fellowship

VUTV – Student Radio Station

Intramural Sports

WVUR – Student TV Station

LatinX in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE)

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44/56 44% male students; 56% female students

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students hail from 44 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico

study in a global environment with students from 22 countries

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AT A GLANCE Established in 1859 21% Lutheran 28% Catholic 34% Other Christian faiths 16% Other 10:1 Student-to-faculty ratio 20 Average class size 3,011 Undergraduate students 510 Graduate and law students 26 Departmental honor societies 7 National honor societies 1 International honor society Donald V. Fites Engineering Innovation Center — LEED Platinum certified Doctorate of Nursing Practice — first in Indiana 8 Worship services each week

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COLLEGE OF ARTS AND SCIENCES

AREAS OF STUDY #+ Philosophy

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

#+ Actuarial Science

# Physical Education Teacher Education

#+ Bioengineering

#+ Art*

#+ Physics

#+ Civil Engineering

# Astronomy

#+ Political Science

#+ Computer Engineering

# Biochemistry

Pre-Law Study

#+ Electrical Engineering

#+ Biology

Pre-Medicine Study

+ Engineering

# Chemistry

Pre-Seminary Study

# Environmental Engineering

#+ Chinese and Japanese Studies

#+ Psychology

+ Environmental Studies

#+ Communication*

#+ Public and Professional Writing

+ Humanitarian Engineering

#+ Computer Science

+ Public Relations

#+ Mechanical Engineering

#+ Creative Writing

#+ Social Work

+ Mechatronics

#+ Criminology

# Sociology

# Data Science

#+ Spanish

COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS

#+ Digital Media Arts**

#+ Sports Management**

# Health Care Leadership**

#+ Economics

# Statistics

# Health Science

# Elementary Education**

+ Teaching English to Speakers of

# Nursing**

#+ English Language and Literature

Other Languages (TESOL)**

# Physician Assistant Studies**

#+ Environmental Science

#+ Theology*

# Public Health**

+ Forensic Science

COLLEGE OF BUSINESS

CHRIST COLLEGE — THE HONORS COLLEGE

#+ Geography

# Accounting

#+ German

+ Aviation

# Global Service

+ Business Administration**

#+ History

#+ Business Analytics

# International Economics and

+ Entrepreneurship

# Finance

#+ Exercise Science

Cultural Affairs

#+ International Relations

+ Fundamentals of Business

+ Journalism

# Integrated Business and Engineering

# Kinesiology

# International Business

#+ Mathematics

+ International Business and Global Studies

#+ Meteorology

# Management

#+ Music*

# Marketing

# Music Therapy

#+ Supply Chain and Logistics Management

+ Neuroscience

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#Major +Minor **Graduate * See our concentrations and interdisciplinary minors at valpo.edu/academics. Visit valpo.edu/4plus1 for early-entry graduate options.

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ATHLETICS Get your game face on! Valpo Athletics competes in the prestigious Missouri Valley Conference — the nation's second-oldest Division I athletics conference. Plus, we have intramural leagues, club sports, and a new Esports program through the National Association of Collegiate Esports (nace).

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The Valpo experience leads to opportunity.

96% + 90% graduate placement for 2018–2019 alumni

graduate placement for 27 years

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EXPLORE VALPARAISO. Stroll downtown Valparaiso and enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafés, and ice cream shops just a short walk from campus. Find a friend with a car and check out the 49’er Drive-In Theatre, providing entertainment since 1956. Take a hike at the Gabis Arboretum, home to one of the most diverse oak collections in the nation. Or stop by Zao Island, featuring mini golf, laser tag, go-karts, bumper cars, batting cages, a game room — and a giant dragon. Seriously.


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The buzz about Valpo. 2021

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AFFORDABLE

$110 98% million in financial assistance awarded annually

AN OUTSTANDING EDUCATION At Valpo, an outstanding education is within reach. When you choose a college or university, you’re investing in your future — and Valpo is more than worth it. If you have the ability and desire to succeed at Valpo, we believe you should be able to do so, which is why our undergraduate students receive significant financial assistance, totaling more than $110 million annually. In fact, scholarships are such an important priority here at Valpo that we recently launched a fundraising campaign to support the University’s endowment and raise money for student scholarships. File the FAFSA, preferably by April 15 of your senior year in high school. Valpo’s federal school code is 001842. Net Price Calculator is available at valpo.edu/student-financial-services. 98% of undergraduate students receive financial assistance through scholarships, grants, loans, work-study, and other sources. Academic scholarships are awarded upon admission, ranging from $20,000 to $30,000. (Subject to change) Upon application, you will be considered for academic departmental scholarships ranging from $1,000–$3,000. Several Lutheran-related awards are offered for pre-seminary students and others. The best part is that all admitted students are automatically considered for the Board of Directors Scholarship, the Presidential Scholarship, and the Honors Scholarship. Because we want you to focus on your future without worrying about the process. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to the Office of Undergraduate Admission at undergrad@valpo.edu or 219.464.5011.

of Valpo students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships, awards, grants, or work study

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EXPERIENCE VALPO. The best way to know if Valpo is the right place for you is to visit. Explore our 350-acre campus. Meet a professor in your chosen field. Cheer on Valpo at a game or check out an arts performance. Walk through a residence hall. It’s all here waiting for you. And your first visit to campus is your first step toward unleashing your full potential. Schedule your visit online at valpo.edu/visit or call 219.464.5011 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Valparaiso University provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The University does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion and tenure, other employment practices, applications for admission, or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation, or (as qualified herein) religion. An institution committed to its Lutheran tradition, the University reserves its right to promote the teaching of the church and to exercise preferences in admissions and employment-related practices in favor of Lutherans. Valparaiso University is a tobacco-free environment.

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