OPPORTUNITY ON TO OPPORTUNITY You’ve probably been hearing a lot about going “off to college.” As if it’s a big farewell, a chapter closed. Not so at Valpo. We’re about getting on with things. The infinite possibilities. The fresh discoveries. The true sense of belonging — achieved simply by being you. It’s a journey, no doubt. But one you’ll make in the company of classmates who motivate you to be your best and professors who care about you and your success. We’re a close-knit community. It’s so easy to find opportunities to fuel your passions and find your purpose. Imagine a schedule filled not only with studies, but with athletics and intramurals, arts and culture, sorority and fraternity life, and everything in between. You can do it all at Valpo. Here, you’ll find your way. And go far beyond.
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student : faculty ratio
classes taught by teaching assistants
ON TO ACADEMICS Valpo professors love to teach. They love to learn, too (could be why U.S. News and World Report ranks our faculty No. 1 in the Midwest). Step in the classroom and feel the curiosity and zest for discovery. Small class sizes are key to your success. Your professors will know more than your name â€” theyâ€™ll know your career goals and dreams and inspire you to chase them. 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 LEED certified, because environmental responsibility is something we stand behind.
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CORE /kor/ noun
a two-semester, interdisciplinary freshman course focused on the human experience, from coming of age to love to loss.
THE HONORS COLLEGE / krīst/ college/ noun
an honors college with its own 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 as a freshman when 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 be a friend for life.
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Come for the experience. You can really do anything — homework, watch TV, meet new people. It’s a homey feel, kind of like mom’s kitchen.
— Andrew Padilla ’19
At any given time you go to Founders you’re guaranteed to see at least one person you know, so you’ll always have someone to sit with.
— Jenna Cartwright ’19
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ON TO COMMUNITY Grow into the person you dream to be. Know an entire community has your back. 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. Why? Because Valpo students expect success of themselves and of each other. Settle into your way of being you. Get as immersed as you like in the colorful 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. You won’t know everyone all at once — and that’s the thrill of it. Yet you’ll surely run into your favorite people around campus every day — especially at everyone’s favorite hangout, the Harre Union. (Starbucks and a concert, anyone?) As you can see, it’s okay to put your books down. In fact, it’s safe to try something and fail. That’s what happens when you’re where you not only fit, you belong. Get ready for the best years of your life — so far.
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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. Thereâ€™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 and IN_advance programs Havenâ€™t decided on a major? Discover your options and strengths with programs designed for that figuring-it-all-out stage.
05 / Institute for Leadership and Service CAPS Fellows Enjoy experiential learning opportunities in real-world organizations focused on service and leadership.
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SUCCESS ON TO SUCCESS The future holds so much for Valpo grads. They’re known throughout the world for
being well rounded. That’s what employers want. And, more importantly, that’s what the world needs. Valpo prepares you for success. That’s thanks in part to the liberal arts 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: 130-plus 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 220,000 hours to community outreach and service learning each year.
YOUR FAITH ... EXPANDED Valpo is an independent Lutheran university, where students from a variety of religious traditions come together to learn from each other. Join the conversation. Exchange beliefs. Expand your understanding. Share in the common pursuit of truth, not one common truth.
ON TO PURPOSE 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 350 acres and has more than 3,000 undergraduate students, there’s a niche for everyone. And new horizons around every corner.
The Lutheran faith is part of Valpo and here for you. Additionally, the diversity of backgrounds, beliefs, and passions here will inform and inspire the search for YOUR truth. Go ahead — feel free to ask the tough questions. Deepen your faith and find meaning in the process. What you leave with will help you serve the world after graduation.
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EXPLORATION ON TO EXPLORATION 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 (aka: hiking paradise) welcome you any day, any season. 2 minutes away: DOWNTOWN VALPO. Independent boutiques, award-winning restaurants, entertainment, and culture thrives here. You’ll have plenty to brag about when your friends and family come visit.
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GLOBAL 35% 25+
of students study abroad before graduation
ON TO GLOBAL UNDERSTANDING No boundaries. No limits. Just the pure and simple pursuit of understanding those we share the world with. At Valpo, your immersion in world culture begins. On campus: Say “hello” in Mandarin to native speakers at the Confucius Institute or prepare a traditional streusel at the Kade-Duesenberg German House. Abroad: Walk in the footsteps of John Keats in north England’s Lake Country or build irrigation canals for villagers in Nicaragua. That’s just the start. Because to lead and serve in the world, you need to soak up as much as you can first.
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STUDENT LIFE STUDENT LIFE 130+ 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
American Red Cross Club
Asian American Association
Social Action Leadership Team (SALT)
Society of Women Engineers (SWE)
Black Student Organization
College Mentors for Kids
The Beacon – Yearbook
The Lighter – Student Literary Magazine
The Torch – Student Newspaper
Engineers Without Borders
Valparaiso Amateur Radio Club
Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Valparaiso International Student
Valparaiso University Ballroom Dance
Intervarsity Christian Fellowship
VUTV – Student Radio Station
WVUR – Student TV Station
Latinos in Valparaiso for Excellence (LIVE)
Model UN Club
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46/54% 48 33 350 46% male students; 54% female students
students hail from 48 states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico
study in a global environment with students from 33 countries
AT A GLANCE Established in 1859 25% Lutheran 26% Catholic 34% Other Christian faiths 15% Other 12:1 Student-to-faculty ratio 21 Average class size 3,300 Undergraduate students 1,140 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 11 Worship services each week Brauer Museum of Art — home to nationally recognized collection of
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COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES THE ARTS ART Art History Minor Digital Media Arts Studio Arts MUSIC Music Education THEATRE HUMANITIES ENGLISH Creative Writing Professional Writing FOREIGN LANGUAGES Chinese Minor Classics French German Hebrew Minor Japanese Minor Spanish HISTORY INTERNATIONAL STUDIES Chinese and Japanese Studies Global Service International Economics and Cultural Affairs Latin American and Latino Studies PHILOSOPHY THEOLOGY Theology and Ministry
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AREAS OF STUDY
NATURAL SCIENCES ASTRONOMY BIOLOGY CHEMISTRY Biochemistry COMPUTER SCIENCE DATA SCIENCE ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE GEOGRAPHY American Indian Studies Minor Geology MATHEMATICS METEOROLOGY PHYSICS PSYCHOLOGY STATISTICS PROFESSIONAL STUDIES ACTUARIAL SCIENCE COMMUNICATION EDUCATION Elementary Education (Grades K-6) Secondary Education (Grades 5-12) KINESIOLOGY Exercise Science Kinesiology Minor Physical Education Physical Education: Teacher Education Sports Management PRE-LAW PRE-MED PRE-SEMINARY
SOCIAL SCIENCES CRIMINOLOGY ECONOMICS POLITICAL SCIENCE International Relations SOCIOLOGY COLLEGE OF BUSINESS ACCOUNTING BUSINESS ANALYTICS ENTREPRENEURSHIP MINOR FINANCE INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS AND GLOBAL STUDIES MINOR MANAGEMENT MARKETING GRADUATE GLOBAL MBA/4+1 MBA COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING BIOENGINEERING BIOMEDICAL ENGINEERING MINOR CIVIL ENGINEERING COMPUTER ENGINEERING ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING HUMANITARIAN ENGINEERING MINOR MECHANICAL ENGINEERING
PHYSICIAN ASSISTANT STUDIES â€” 5-year B.S./M.S. PUBLIC HEALTH BSN COMPLETION PROGRAM FOR RN STUDENTS ACCELERATED BSN DEGREE OPTION INTERDISCIPLINARY PROGRAMS AMERICAN STUDIES APPLIED STATISTICS MINOR AVIATION BUSINESS ANALYTICS MINOR CINEMA AND MEDIA STUDIES MINOR ENVIRONMENTAL STUDIES MINOR ETHNIC STUDIES MINOR FORENSIC SCIENCE MINOR FUNDAMENTALS OF BUSINESS MINOR GENDER STUDIES MINOR HUMAN AGING MINOR MIDDLE EAST STUDIES PEACE AND SOCIAL JUSTICE STUDIES MINOR PHILANTHROPIC LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE MINOR URBAN STUDIES MINOR
COLLEGE OF NURSING AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS HEALTH CARE LEADERSHIP NURSING
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ATHLETICS MEN’S DIVISION I TEAMS
WOMEN’S DIVISION I TEAMS
INTRAMURALS AND CLUB SPORTS
Baseball Basketball Cross Country Football Golf Soccer Swimming Tennis Track & Field
Basketball Bowling Cross Country Golf Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Track & Field Volleyball
Flag Football Innertube Water Polo Miniature Golf Sand Volleyball Soccer Softball Swimming Tennis Ultimate Frisbee Volleyball *Partial listing
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The Valpo experience leads to opportunity
90 % 93% +
graduate placement for 23 years
graduate placement for 2014â€“2015 alumni
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EXPLORE VALPARAISO Stroll downtown Valparaiso and enjoy more than 30 restaurants, cafĂŠs, 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 Taltree Arboretum and Gardens, 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 â€” and a giant dragon. Seriously.
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Valpo ... Ranked
NO. 4 OVERALL IN MIDWEST
BEST UNDERGRADUATE TEACHING IN MIDWEST
100 TOP COLLEGES IN MIDWEST
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BEST VALUE IN MIDWEST
BEST COLLEGES FOR YOUR MONEY
NO. 4 IN NATION FOR CONTRIBUTION TO PUBLIC GOOD
GREAT VALUE COLLEGES: GREAT AFFORDABLE COLLEGES
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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 about $100 million annually.
COST OF ATTENDANCE 2016-2017: Tuition and fees:
Total direct charges:
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 March 1 of your senior year in high school. Valpo’s federal school code is 001842. Net Price Calculator is available at valpo.edu/financialaid. 93 percent of undergraduate students receive an average of $30,000 annually from all sources. Academic scholarships are awarded upon admission, ranging from $15,000 to $25,000. (Subject to change) Higher academic scholarships, up to full tuition, are awarded to many top students. Many departments offer scholarships, including music, engineering, foreign languages, sciences, art, and theatre. Several Lutheran-related awards are offered for pre-seminary students and others.
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ON TO 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. Itâ€™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 1.888.GO.VALPO 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.