Valparaiso University

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2022 Undergraduate Tuition
$43,400
2022 Average Net Price
$22,755
After Financial Aid
2019 Default Rate
1.21%
on Student Loans
2022 Acceptance Rate
94.2%
6,842 Applicants
2022 Enrolled Students
2,958
92.7% Full-Time
2022 Graduation Rate
69.8%
602 Graduates

About

Valparaiso University is a higher education institution located in Porter County, IN. In 2022, the most popular Bachelors Degree concentrations at Valparaiso University were Registered Nursing (147 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (42 degrees), and General Psychology (39 degrees).

In 2022, 1,025 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Valparaiso University. 58.7% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 41.3% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (749 degrees), 7 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Valparaiso University is $43,400, which is $19,404 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

Costs

In 2022, the median undergraduate tuition at Valparaiso University is $43,400, which is $19,404 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $22,755.

In 2022, 97% of undergraduate students attending Valparaiso University received financial aid through grants. Comparatively, 55% of undergraduate students received financial aid through loans.

Tuition Costs

$43,400
2022 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2022, the cost of tuition at Valparaiso University was $43,400. The cost of tuition at Valparaiso University is $19,404 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($23,996).

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Average Net Price

$22,755
2022 Value
3.45%
1 Year Growth

In 2022 Valparaiso University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $22,755. Between 2021 and 2022, the average net price of Valparaiso University grew by 3.45%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,886
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Valparaiso University was of $10,886 in 2022. The cost of room and board increased by 1.17% between 2021 and 2022.

During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid by Income Level

97%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Grants
55%
Undergraduates Receiving Financial Aid through Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Valparaiso University received financial aid through grants or loans in 2022. This represents a decline of 1.02% with respect to 2021, when 98% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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1.21%
2019 Default Rate
12
Number of Defaults

In 2019 the default rate for borrower's at Valparaiso University was 1.21%, which represents 12 out of the 989 total borrowers.

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Admissions

Valparaiso University received 6,842 undergraduate applications in 2022, which represents a 12.3% annual growth. Out of those 6,842 applicants, 6,442 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 94.2% acceptance rate.

There were 2,958 students enrolled at Valparaiso University in 2022. 22% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Valparaiso University has an overall enrollment yield of 9.38%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

94.2%
Acceptance Rate in 2022
6,442
Accepted Out of 6,842

In 2022, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Valparaiso University was 94.2% (6,442 admissions from 6,842 applications). This is higher than the acceptance rate of 2021, which was 93.2%. Between 2021 and 2022, the number of applicants grew by 12.3%, while admissions grew by 13.4%..

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SAT Scores

22%
Submission Percentage (2022)
135
Scores Submitted (2022)

22% of enrolled first-time students at Valparaiso University in 2022 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Valparaiso University had a total enrollment of 2,958 students in 2022. The full-time enrollment at Valparaiso University is 2,743 students and the part-time enrollment is 215. This means that 92.7% of students enrolled at Valparaiso University are enrolled full-time.

The enrolled student population at Valparaiso University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 63.5% White, 9.06% Hispanic or Latino, 6.22% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 2.64% Asian, and 0.0676% American Indian or Alaska Native.

Students enrolled at Valparaiso University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.2%), followed by White Male (30.3%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.85%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (25.6%), followed by White Male (8.45%) and Black or African American Female (2.74%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valparaiso University in 2022, both undergraduate and graduate, is 2,958 students. The full-time enrollment at Valparaiso University is 2,743 and the part-time enrollment is 215. This means that 92.7% of students enrolled at Valparaiso University are enrolled full-time compared with 67.6% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

77%
2022 Retention Rate

Retention rate measures the number of first-time students who began their studies the previous fall and returned to school the following fall. The retention rate for full-time undergraduates at Valparaiso University was 77%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (73%), Valparaiso University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    1,878 enrolled students
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    268 enrolled students
  3. Black or African American
    184 enrolled students

The enrolled student population at Valparaiso University is 63.5% White, 9.06% Hispanic or Latino, 6.22% Black or African American, 2.87% Two or More Races, 2.64% Asian, and 0.0676% American Indian or Alaska Native. This includes both full-time and part-time students as well as graduate and undergraduates. By comparison, enrollment for all Masters Colleges and Universities is 51.2% White, 17.3% Hispanic or Latino, and 13% Black or African American.

Any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis is categorized as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the share of those students are shown in the chart below. Additionally, 52 students (1.76%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2022, 179 more women than men received degrees from Valparaiso University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Valparaiso University is white (749 degrees awarded). There were 7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Valparaiso University is Registered Nursing (147 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (42 degrees) and General Psychology (39 degrees).

In 2022,  the most specialized majors across all degree types at Valparaiso University, meaning they have significantly more degrees awarded in that concentration than the national average across all institutions, are Applied Sciences (5 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (30 degrees), and Engineering (100 degrees).

Common Jobs by Major

Most Common Job

The most common jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Software developers (483,788 people), Other managers (466,301 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (368,067 people), Civil engineers (286,705 people), and Postsecondary teachers (243,751 people).

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University in 2022 are Applied Sciences (5 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (30 degrees), Engineering (100 degrees), Language & Linguistics (16 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (28 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

Highest Paying Job

The highest paying jobs for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Podiatrists, Surgeons, Nuclear medicine technologists and medical dosimetrists, Physicians, and Securities, commodities, & financial services sales agents

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Applied Sciences (5 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (30 degrees), Engineering (100 degrees), Language & Linguistics (16 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (28 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Common Industries by Major

Most Common Industry

The most common industries for people who hold a degree in one of the 5 most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Elementary & secondary schools (600,440 people), Computer Systems Design (559,474 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (519,793 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (473,312 people), and General medical and surgical hospitals, and specialty (except psychiatric and substance abuse) hospitals (375,948 people).

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Applied Sciences (5 degrees awarded), Physical Sciences (30 degrees), Engineering (100 degrees), Language & Linguistics (16 degrees), and Parks, Recreation, & Leisure (28 degrees) (as of 2022).

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Majors Awarded

IPEDS uses the Classification of Instructional Programs (CIP) standard, so the categories may not match the exact concentrations offered by Valparaiso University.
Most Common (2022)
  1. 147 degrees awarded
  2. 42 degrees awarded
  3. 39 degrees awarded

In 2022, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Valparaiso University was Registered Nursing with 147 degrees awarded.

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Sex Breakdown for Common Majors

423
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2022
602
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2022

In 2022, 423 degrees were awarded to men at Valparaiso University, which is 0.703 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (602).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2022, 38 degrees were awarded to men at Valparaiso University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 9.5 times more than the 4 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2022, 128 degrees were awarded to men at Valparaiso University in Registered Nursing, which is 6.74 times more than the 19 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

56%
100% Completion Time
65%
150% Completion Time

In 2022, 56% of students graduating from Valparaiso University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 65% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 65% within 200%.

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Graduation rate is defined as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within a specific percentage of "normal time" to completion for their program.

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Graduation Rate by Race and Sex

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (81.8%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate in 2022 at Valparaiso University is Female and Asian (81.8% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (73.2%).

The department of education defines graduation rate as the percentage of full-time, first-time students who received a degree or award within 150% of "normal time" to completion.

The National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) categorizes any student who is studying in the United States on a temporary basis as a "Non-Resident Alien", and the graduation rate of those students is shown in the chart below. Additionally, 1.83% of graduates (11 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity (2022)
  1. White
    749 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    107 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    36 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Valparaiso University is white (749 degrees awarded). There were 7 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (107 degrees).

1.76% of degree recipients (18 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Sex

Most Common Sex Demographic (2022)
  1. White Female
    442 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    307 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    70 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and sex grouping at Valparaiso University is white female (442 degrees awarded). There were 1.44 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (307 degrees).

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Operations

Valparaiso University has an endowment valued at nearly $327M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of −NaNM (−1.76%) compared to the 0.773% average return (360k on 46.6M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2022, Valparaiso University had a total salary expenditure of 121M. Valparaiso University employs 72 Assistant professors, 66 Associate professors and 51 Professors. Most academics at Valparaiso University are Female Assistant professor (41), Male Associate professor (36), and Male Professor (34).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valparaiso University are: Management, with 126 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 64 employees, and Service with 57 employees.

Endowment

$327M
2022 Endowment
6.81%
decline from 2021

Valparaiso University has an endowment valued at about $327M, as of the end of the 2022 fiscal year. The endowment of Valparaiso University declined 6.81% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $280M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Salary Expenditure

$52.9M
2022 Salaries
15.1%
growth from 2021

In 2022, Valparaiso University paid a median of $52.9M in salaries, which represents 43.9% of their overall expenditure ($121M) and a 15.1% growth from the previous year.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 36.1M (39.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$14.7M
Instructional Salaries
208
Number of Employees

In 2022, Valparaiso University paid a total of $14.7M to 208 employees working as instructors, which represents 27.7% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.3M (31.2%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Occupations by Share

Assistant professor
Most Common Instructor
72 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
126 Employees

In 2022, the most common positions for instructional staff at Valparaiso University were Assistant professor with 72 employees, Associate professor with 66 employees, and Professor with 51 employees.

In 2022, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valparaiso University were Management with 126 employees, Office and Administrative Support with 64 employees, and Service with 57 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Sex

Most Common Demographic (2022)
  1. Female Assistant professor
  2. Male Associate professor
  3. Male Professor

In 2022, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Valparaiso University was Female Assistant professor with 41 employees, Male Associate professor with 36 employees, and Male Professor with 34 employees.

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