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Valparaiso University, a small Lutheran university, “is a serious academic community with strong, but not forceful, religious background” that “prepares, motivates, and challenges tomorrow’s leaders, engineers, nurses, and teachers while giving the opportunity for religious growth.” Business, education, and engineering are the most popular general areas of study, and are among Valpo’s most celebrated departments. Other standout disciplines include nursing, music, theater (“the department involves touring professional directors a couple times a year, which speaks for itself” and “puts on great plays”), and one of the nation’s largest meteorology programs (which “just erected a stateof-the-art Doppler radar, putting Valpo at the forefront for undergrad meteorology”). Undergrads here appreciate the breadth of excellent offerings as well as “the school’s ability to integrate the liberal arts with a variety of majors...As a student, I have been able to study engineering as well as hermeneutics, child development, and read classic texts ranging from Aristotle and Plato to Chuang Tzu and Derrida.” Valpo operates under an honor code students say, “creates an environment of trust and high moral responsibility.” “People follow the honor code, especially because the punishments are strict, such as failing the class for a first offense,” one student tells us. A few dissenters feel “the honor code may reduce some cheating, but I don’t think it comes near to eliminating it.” Outstanding students may enroll in Christ College, an honors college, which they describe as “very intense but very rewarding.”

Student Body

One student estimates that “conservative, churchgoing studiers” make up about two-thirds of the Valpo student body. Most “come from somewhere in the Midwest,” with many “from the Chicagoland area.” The typical student is “here to learn. There are some who are just here for the party, but there are not many.” Because “meteorology and engineering are large areas of study, there are some students who are ‘nerdy,’ but no one is left out of university activities.” Valpo has “few minority students,” and “it would be nice to have a little bit more diversity.”

Campus Life

“There are several activities to choose from on Valparaiso’s campus on a typical weekend, ranging from philanthropic dance parties at fraternity houses to music recitals to special guests speakers (to name just a few),” students tell us. Religious groups are active, and not just the Lutherans. The Catholic Church “is very active” here, offering “a student mass Sunday nights with a meal afterward, which is very nice” and “at least three events each week.” Athletics are also popular. “We have Division I athletics, so it’s fun to watch if you don’t play, but Valpo also offers club sports (like Ultimate Frisbee) and intramurals for all student to participate in.” The VU campus is officially dry, but that doesn’t mean students don’t drink. An aggressive campus police force means “there is lots of fear of getting arrested when drinking, but people do it anyway.” Fraternities “have parties every Friday night,” which helps to offset the perception that “the city of Valpo is horrible” because “there’s not much to do” there. “If you can’t entertain yourself, this is not the place for you,” students warn. When they need big-city diversion, students will “hop on the train to go over to Chicago, an hour ride, for about six dollars, and get a CTA day pass for four dollars (to ride Chicago’s transit all day).”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Mike Targonski
Director of Admission Visits and Events

Office of Admission
Duesenberg Welcome Ctr., 1620 Campus Dr.
Valparaiso, IN 46383

219-464-5000 ext. 7112


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Harre Union
Christopher Center for Library & Information Resources
VU Center for the Arts
Chapel of the Resurrection
Athletics-Recreation Center
Kallay-Christopher Hall Kade Duesenberg German House Grinder's Coffee Shop Duesenberg Welcome Center

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Indiana Dunes - Lake Michigan
Merrillville - for shopping, dining
Downtown Valparaiso & Central Park - for dining, cafes, ice cream
Valparaiso Cinemark

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday through Friday
219-464-5000 ext. 7112

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Varies
Times: Varies
Average Length: 1 hour

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews

Information Sessions


Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available

Contact Admission Office or register online for faculty appointment; contact coaches directly for coach visits

Advance Notice
1 week

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

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Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays


Admitted Students


Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Chicago's O'Hare International Airport, is approximately 75 miles from Valparaiso. Chicago's Midway Airport is approximately 55 miles from Valparaiso, and South Bend's Michiana Regional Airport is about 55 miles from Valparaiso. The Gary/Chicago International Airport is approximately 30 miles from Valparaiso. AMERICAN LIMOUSINE SERVICE American Limousine services the Chicago, Gary, and Indianapolis airports. 1-800-729-1623 www.americanlimo.org COACH USA Serving Northwest Indiana and Chicago's suburbs, the Coach USA bus leaves from a stop in Portage 15 miles northwest of Valpo, running every hour, and travels to and from O'Hare and Midway airports. At the airport, be sure to get on the bus going to Northwest Indiana. 1-800-248-TRIP www.coachusa.com GREYHOUND Greyhound has stops in Northwest Indiana, including Gary and Michigan City, with connections to major cities throughout the country. 1-800-231-2222 www.greyhound.com SOUTH SHORE LINE With a station 20 minutes away from Valpo in Chesterton, ride the South Shore east to the South Bend airport or west to downtown Chicago where you have same-station access to Chicago METRA trains, and nearby 'L' Train access. www.nictd.com V-LINE TRANSIT SYSTEM The newest transportation option in the Valparaiso area, the V-Line bus system currently has four routes with stops at locations including the South Shore Line, Valparaiso University, and downtown Valparaiso. www.ci.valparaiso.in.us/v-line/index.html ChicaGo DASH express bus service operates early morning weekday buses to Chicago with late afternoon return trips to Valparaiso. 219-462-1161 www.chicagodash.com

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-65: Exit at US-30 East in Merrillville. Proceed approximately 12 miles east to Valparaiso. You will see the US-30 entrance to the University on the left (on the north side of US-30), leading towards the Chapel. You may also continue past this entrance and then turn left at the Sturdy Road stoplight at the edge of campus (If you drive past Wal-Mart, you have gone too far). The entrance to the University is 100 yards on the left. From I-80/90 or I-94: Exit at IN-49 South in Chesterton. Proceed approximately 8 miles south to Valparaiso, then exit onto US-30 West. Turn right on Sturdy Road (second stoplight). VU's entrance is 100 yards on the left. You may also continue past the stoplight and then turn right into the US-30 entrance. From O'Hare and Midway Airport Take I-294 South (Tri-State Tollway) to I-80/90 East, towards Indiana. When I-80 and I-94 split, you can take either highway, I-80 joins I-90 and is a toll road while I-94 remains toll free. In Chesterton, take the Indiana 49-South exit to US-30 West. After passing through the second stoplight, you will see the entrance to campus on your right. From Midway, take Cicero Avenue south to I-294. Approximate Driving Times Chicago 1 hour Milwaukee 2.5 hours Indianapolis 2.5 hours Toledo 3 hours Detroit 4 hours St. Louis 5 hours Minneapolis 8 hours Please allow yourself additional traveling time when driving on 80/94 from Chicago due to road construction.

Local Accommodations
Near by: *** - Mid-Scale Hotels ** - Value Properties Best Western University Inn at Valparaiso *** 760 Morthland Drive ? Valparaiso 219.850.1100 1.4 miles from campus http://bestwesternindiana.com/hotels/best-western-university-inn-at-valparaiso Country Inn & Suites *** 2020 LaPorte Avenue ? Valparaiso 888.201.1746 ? 219.476.0000 Across from campus Ask for ?prospective student? discount https://www.radissonhotelsamericas.com/en-us/hotels/country-inn-valparaiso-in Fairfield Inn & Suites *** 2101 E Morthland Drive U.S. 30 East & Ind. 49 ? Valparaiso 800.228.2800 ? 219.465.6225 Across from campus https://www.marriott.com/hotels/travel/vrpfi-fairfield-inn-and-suites-valparaiso/ Hampton Inn & Suites *** 1451 Silhavy Rd. ? Valparaiso 800.HAMPTON ? 219.531.6424 Across from campus https://www.hilton.com/en/hampton/ Holiday Inn Express Hotel & Suites *** 1251 S Silhavy Rd ? Valparaiso 800.Holiday ? 219.464.9395 Ask for the Valparaiso University rate https://www.ihg.com/holidayinnexpress/hotels/us/en/valparaiso/vpzin/hoteldetail Inn at Aberdeen (B&B) *** 3158 S. Indiana State Road 2 ? Valparaiso 219.465.3753 4.02 miles from campus https://innataberdeen.com/ Super 8 Motel ** 3005 John Howell Drive, Valparaiso 800.454.3213 ? 219.386.3029 1.73 miles from campus super8.com Valparaiso Inn *** 301 Washington Street ? Valparaiso 219.242.8934 1.2 miles from campus https://valpoinn.com/ OTHER LOCAL LODGING Best Western Indian Oak Resort *** 558 Indian Boundary Rd. ? Chesterton 219.926.2200 13.03 miles from campus https://www.bestwestern.com/en_US.html Candlewood Suites ** 8339 Ohio Street ? Merrillville 219.791.9100 15.75 miles from campus https://www.candlewoodsuites.com/hotels/ Dunes Walk Inn *** 1491 N Furnleigh Ln ? Chesterton 219.728.6393 16.58 miles from campus http://www.duneswalkinn.com/ FairBridge Inn Express ** 713 Plaza Dr. ? Chesterton 219.929.4416 13.15 miles from campus https://www.choicehotels.com/indiana/chesterton/econo-lodge-hotels?brand=EL Gray Goose Inn (B&B) *** 350 Indian Boundary Rd. ? Chesterton 219.926.5781 13.16 miles from campus https://www.graygooseinn.com/ Hilton Garden Inn *** 501 Gateway Blvd Ind. 49 at Interstate 80/90 ? Chesterton 219.983.9500 10.12 miles from campus https://hiltongardeninn.hilton.com/ Spring House Inn *** 303 N. Mineral Springs Rd. (CR 100W) ? Chesterton 219.929.4600 14.64 miles from campus https://springhouseinn.com/ Red Roof Inn ** 8290 Georgia St I-65 & U.S. 30 ? Merrillville 219.738.2430 https://www.redroof.com/property/in/merrillville/RRI015 15.87 miles from campus


Applicants: 6,842
Acceptance Rate: 94%
Average HS GPA: 3.71



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