Founded in 1859, Valparaiso University has been known for its outstanding liberal arts education and professional programs. Its location in northwest Indiana gives students the benefits of the premier city of Chicago, the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore on Lake Michigan and the friendliness of the residential community of Valparaiso.
Valparaiso belongs to a small and distinctive group of institutions of higher education that consistently receives national recognition for the quality of their educational programs. U.S. News & World Report regularly names Valparaiso as one of the best comprehensive universities in the midwest in its annual rankings of "America's Best Colleges."
Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. 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.
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.