Valparaiso University is a private institution that was founded in 1859. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,888, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 320 acres.

Valparaiso University is organized into five undergraduate colleges: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Engineering, Nursing, and Christ College. The most popular majors at Valparaiso University include: History, General; Mechanical Engineering; Political Science and Government, General; and Psychology, General.


U.S. News & World Report named Valparaiso University as #3 in the Universities-Master’s category for the Midwest in its annual rankings of “America’s Best Colleges.” It also ranked Valparaiso among the “Best College Values” based on a ratio of price to quality, and placed the College of Engineering in the nation’s top 25 undergraduate-only engineering schools. Over ninety-five percent of graduates secure employment or further education (twenty-three percent) within six months. More than ninety percent of students receive financial aid totaling over fifty-two million dollars annually.

More than thirty percent of Valpo students are members of one of the school’s nine national fraternities or seven national sororities.

Valpo’s colors are brown and gold and the school’s mascot is the Crusader. Most athletic events are held in the Athletics-Recreation Center (ARC), which is the primary sporting facility on campus. Valparaiso’s eighteen teams and nearly 600 student athletes participate in NCAA Division I (I-FCS for football) in the Horizon League, except for football, in which they compete in the Pioneer Football League (the Horizon League does not sponsor football) and play at Brown Field. The school is known for its well rounded athletes as 98% successfully graduate, which ties Valparaiso with the University of Notre Dame for the third highest graduation rate in the country.

Notable alumni include:

  • JoBeCerny, owner, Cerny/American Creative, well-known character actor, voice of the Pillsbury Doughboy
  • John Lutz, actor, “30 Rock;” writer, “Saturday Night Live”
  • William March, novelist, Company K, The Bad Seed

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