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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 23 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is education.

Overall Quality

According to College Factual's 2021 analysis, Valpo is ranked #339 out of 1,715 schools in the nation that were analyzed for overall quality.

Valpo is also ranked #11 out of 44 schools in Indiana.

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Is It Hard to Get Into Valpo?

Acceptance Rate

When it comes to admittance, Valparaiso University is somewhat selective. Its acceptance rate is 84%, which means you'll face some strong competition during the admissions process. Do what you can to make your application stand out.

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 2,992 undergraduates at Valpo with 2,940 being full-time and 52 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 racial-ethnic 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

It's not uncommon for college students to take out loans to pay for school. In fact, almost 66% of students nationwide depend at least partially on loans. At Valpo, approximately 69% of students took out student loans averaging $9,091 a year. That adds up to $36,364 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?

Although some majors pay more than others, students who graduate from Valpo with a bachelor's degree go on to jobs where they make an average salary of $48,500 in their early years. 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 located in Valparaiso, Indiana. The suburban atmosphere of Valparaiso makes it a great place for students who want the amenities of city life without actually living in the middle of a constant hustle and bustle.

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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 77 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 is becoming popular at even the oldest colleges and universities in the United States. Not only are online classes great for returning adults with busy schedules, they are also frequented by a growing number of traditional students.

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

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


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