Valparaiso University, a community of learning dedicated to excellence and grounded in the Lutheran tradition of scholarship, freedom, and faith, prepares students to lead and serve in both church and society.


The freedom to pursue truth wherever it leads is at the heart of Valparaiso’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.

An active, inclusive community and an accomplished faculty prepare Valparaiso graduates to choose and navigate their own paths through life.

Commitments to students

  • A commitment to offering a holistic learning experience that helps each student develop as a whole person
  • A commitment to teaching values-based leadership
  • A commitment to providing outstanding faculty members who give students the benefit of “real world” experience and scholarship
  • A commitment to preparing students with the cutting edge skills to be successful in whatever field they choose

Valparaiso University boasts the following accreditation:

Valparaiso University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. Regional accreditation is the highest standard for universities in the United States. The commission sets a standard of integrity for universities, taking into consideration the academic mission, strategy, resources, assessment process, teaching effectiveness, student learning, usefulness of curricula and community involvement.

Additional Accreditations:

  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education – accrediting The baccalaureate, master’s, and DNP program
  • The American Chemical Society
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
  • Indiana State Department of Education-Indiana Professional Standards Board
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • The Council on Social Work Education
  • AACSB International
  • The Accreditation Board for Engineering and Technology
  • State of Indiana Health Professions Bureau-Indiana State Board of Nursing
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • The Association of American Law Schools

Accolades and Honors

  • Ranked one of the top 10 regional universities in the Midwest every year since 1990 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named one of the Best Midwestern Colleges for 2019 by The Princeton Review
  • Ranked #1 Best Value School in the Midwest for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #4 Best College for Veterans in the Midwest for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Ranked #5 Best Regional University in the Midwest for 2019 by U.S. News & World Report
  • Named among the nation’s Best Colleges for Your Money for 2018 by Money magazine
  • Ranked #9 among the nation’s Top Master’s Universities for 2017 by Washington Monthly
  • Named one of America’s Top Colleges by Forbes

Marks of Distinction

  • Regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission
  • 88% of full-time faculty hold PhD or terminal degree in their field
  • More than 4,000 undergraduate, law and graduate students: 29% multicultural; 23% Lutheran; 28% Roman Catholic; 34% other Christian faiths; and 15% other faiths
  • 43 Valpo students and alumni named Fulbright finalists in the past 15 years
  • 247,000 community outreach and service-learning hours completed by Valpo students annually
  • Alumni network exceeds 60,000