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Valparaiso University

Founded in 1859, Valpo offers a thorough grounding in the liberal arts as well as professional training and graduate study, helping students find their own paths to lifelong personal, spiritual, and professional growth.



In its 150-year history, Valparaiso University has passed through three distinct phases. Founded by Methodists in 1859 as an institution pioneering coeducation, the Valparaiso Male and Female College was forced by the reverses of the Civil War to close its doors in 1871.


  • The freedom to pursue truth wherever it leads is at the heart of Valpo’s sense of community, uniting its academic and spiritual missions.
  • The university aims to foster in its students a lifelong commitment to this search for truth, encouraging the development of a sense of personal vocation as well as the intellectual and professional skills needed to pursue it.

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Student services

Student Financial Services is the central hub for all financial information related to Valparaiso University. The Offices of Financial Aid and Student Accounts, as well as other offices, can help you find answers whether you are an incoming, current student or parent/guardian.

Housing services

Your college experience should be more than a classroom education. For three years, you're guaranteed housing on campus. Create your home at Valpo in one of our eight residence halls. Live down the hall from the friends you'll have for the rest of your life. Build a community of people as unique as you. 

Library services

The Christopher Center Library is where people and information meet to bring about discovery and build knowledge with integrity. In an effort to enhance student learning and information literacy, we aim to create an inclusive environment where the campus community can ask hard questions, engage in scholarly conversations, and contribute to society with critical thought and compassion.

Medical services

Valparaiso University is interested in promoting good health practices as well as preventing sickness and accidents among students. The University does not assume financial responsibility for a student in case of illness or accident. The University maintains the Student Health Center for the treatment of illnesses and minor accidents. Students are responsible for the costs of such treatment if it is not covered by their medical plan.

Student Life

Campus life

202,000-square-foot Harre Student Union is the hub of student life and offers space for recreation and meetings as well as a computer lab, bookstore, career center, and two dining options at Founders Table and the Campus Cafe.

Sports facilities

  • The Fitness Center, located next to the Athletics-Recreation Center, has a vast array of cardio equipment and strength machines to keep Valpo students strong and fit. You can find the Recreational Sports offices on the north side of the building.
  • The Fitness Center has 25 new cardio stations for students to use. Most are equipped with Cardio Theater, which allows for patrons to plug in their headphones and listen to the TVs located throughout the cardio area.

Student clubs

Valparaiso University is committed in offering a multitude of various student activities and recognized organizations on campus. The Student Activities Office is located in the Student Organizational Suite (SOS) on the second floor of the Harre Union and is a welcoming place for students to gather and collaborate with their organizations.


  • Higher Learning Commission (University-wide accreditation)
  • Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • AACSB International (College of Business)
  • ABET (College of Engineering)
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The American Bar Association
  • Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. (Provisional)
  • Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related
  • Educational Programs

Student Reviews

Great experience :)
Anonymous rated 5 out of 5 stars

My experience studying at Valparaiso University was wonderful. The professors I studied under were invested in the academic lives of their students and consistently went above and beyond to provide good education in their area of expertise.

Studying Movies in Valparaíso
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

Studying the "cine" (filmmaking) carrer in the University of Valparaiso was quite the experience. Academically speaking, almost everything worked, except for a few teachers that didn't really have the experience in the field they were teaching. Almost all of the reading material was available either on the library or on the internet; if not, the teacher almost every time...

Excellent experience
Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

This is an excellent university, you can easily get financial and academic support. There's a lot to improve in the IT area, such an important thing as data analysis and basic programming is not well covered in this university.

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