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How Well Is Valparaiso University Ranked?

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2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Valparaiso University was awarded 24 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

Valpo is ranked #339 out of 1,715 schools in the nation for overall quality on College Factual's 2021 Best Colleges list.

Valpo also holds the #11 spot on the Best Colleges in Indiana ranking.

See all of the rankings for Valparaiso University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Valpo?

Acceptance Rate

Valparaiso University has an acceptance rate of 84%, which makes it somewhat selective. Make sure it's not the only school you apply to, even if it's your school of choice. Whether you get in or not will largely depend on how you compare to other applicants.

Average Test Scores

About 46% of students accepted to Valpo submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 530 and 630. Math scores were between 530 and 640.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 530 to 630 )

SAT Math Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 530 to 640 )
Valpo received ACT scores from 70% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 23 and 29.

ACT Composite Scores for Valparaiso University  ( 23 to 29 )

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Valparaiso University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

At Valpo, the student to faculty ratio is an excellent 12 to 1. That's much better than the national average of 15 to 1. This indicates that many classes will probably be small, and students will have ample opportunites to work closely with their professors and classmates.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Valparaiso University is 76%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  76 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Valparaiso University

Freshmen Retention Rate

Valparaiso University has a freshmen retention rate of 83%. That's a good sign that full-time students like the school and their professors enough to want to stick around for another year. It's also a sign that the admissions team did a good job in choosing applicants who were a good fit for the school.

Freshmen Retention Rate  83 out of 100

Graduation Rate

Students are considered to have graduated on time if they finish their studies within four years. At Valpo the on-time graduation rate of first-time, full-time students is 55%. That is great when compared to the national average of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  55 out of 100

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Good Overall Diversity at Valpo

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 3,224 undergraduates at Valpo with 3,153 being full-time and 71 being part-time.

Valpo Diversity Score

When calculating the overall diversity score for a school, College Factual does not just look at the percentage of women and minorities. Instead, it looks to see how good of a mixture a school has with regard to gender, ethnicity, age, and location of origin.

The overall diversity score for Valpo is 79.65 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  79.65 out of 100
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How Much Does Valparaiso University Cost?

The overall average net price of Valpo is $21,635. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Valpo

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$17,193 $18,038 $18,548 $23,046 $25,458

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Valpo, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Valpo, approximately 70% of students took out student loans averaging $8,810 a year. That adds up to $35,240 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Valpo is 3.1%. This is significantly lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, which is a good sign that you'll be able to pay back your student loans.

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How Much Money Do Valpo Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Valpo make about $48,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. That's great news for Valpo students since it is 22% more than the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year.


See which majors at Valparaiso University make the most money.

Location of Valparaiso University

Valparaiso University is a private not-for-profit institution situated in Valparaiso, Indiana. Valparaiso is a good match for students who enjoy the safety and convenience of the suburbs.

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Location of Valparaiso University

Contact details for Valpo are given below.

Contact Details
Address: Us Highway 30 And Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-5000

Valparaiso University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 88 majors graduated from Valparaiso University. Of these students, 894 received undergraduate degrees and 326 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 150 $60,900
Mechanical Engineering 49 $62,500
General Psychology 41 $28,300
Teacher Education Grade Specific 40 $37,500
Communication & Media Studies 36 $28,500
Accounting 32 NA
Business Administration & Management 32 $40,000
Teacher Education Subject Specific 30 NA
Civil Engineering 29 $57,100
Computer Science 28 NA

Learn more about the majors offered at Valparaiso University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Valpo

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 439 students took at least one online class at Valparaiso University. This is a decrease from the 553 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 439 104
2016-2017 553 93
2015-2016 454 124
2014-2015 586 145
2013-2014 348 84

Learn more about online learning at Valparaiso University.

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