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2023-2024 General Catalog 
2023-2024 General Catalog

About Valpo

Mission Statement

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.

Volume 98, May 16, 2023

Valparaiso University Information Operator: 219.464.5000

Published by The Lutheran University Association, Inc., Valparaiso, IN 46383-6493.

Location: Valparaiso, Indiana–Population 34,000
45 Miles Southeast of Chicago; 13 Miles South of Lake Michigan
Campus Size: 350 Acres, 60+ Buildings
Control: Independent
Religious Affiliation: Lutheran​

Major Academic Divisions (Approximate Enrollments, Fall 2021)

  • College of Arts and Sciences-1170
  • College of Engineering-420
  • College of Nursing and Health Professions-600
  • College of Business-330
  • Christ College (Honors)-300
  • Graduate Studies-420​

The General Catalog of Valparaiso University is designed to describe the programs of the University and to give that information needed to guide students in the successful achievement of their academic goals. Nevertheless, the material is for information only and does not make a contract between the student and the University. Students themselves are ultimately responsible for completion of the requirements for their degrees as well as for the value they receive from University programs.

The relationship between the University and its students is not custodial in nature. There is no special relationship with the University created by a student’s enrollment. The University does not assume any duty toward any student that is not otherwise required by operation of law or by the terms of this catalog.

In years when the GENERAL CATALOG is not published, an announcement bulletin gives information on important changes in courses, calendar, staff, program, and policies. The University reserves the right to discontinue an academic program if it is deemed no longer central to the University’s mission.

A separate catalog is issued for graduate students which should be consulted for details about the related programs.

Graduation Rate of Entering Freshmen

The graduation rate for students entering Valparaiso University as first-time freshmen during the 2015-2016 academic year was 74.4%. This graduation rate represents the percentage of students entering Valparaiso University as first-time (i.e., new) full-time degreeseeking freshmen during the 2015 Summer and Fall semesters who subsequently were awarded baccalaureate degrees by Valparaiso University within six calendar years (i.e., through August 2021).

Statement on Equality of Opportunity

Please refer to the University’s “Nondiscrimination and Equality of Opportunity Policy” and its “Nondiscrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy,” which are available in the STUDENT HANDBOOK and on the General Counsel website.


The Higher Learning Commission (All Programs)

230 South LaSalle Street, Suite 7-500, Chicago, IL, 60604-1411; Tel: 800.621.7440; hlcommission.org

Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation

1140 19th Street NW, Suite 400, Washington, DC, 20036; Tel: 202.223.0077; caepnet.org

Indiana Department of Education

Indiana Government Center North, 9th Floor, 100 N. Senate Ave., Indianapolis, IN, 46204; Tel: 317.232.6610; in.gov/doe

National Association of Schools of Music

11250 Roger Bacon Drive, Suite 21, Reston, VA, 20190; Tel: 703.437.0700; nasm.arts-accredit.org

Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs

500 Montgomery Street, Suite 350, Alexandria, VA, 22314; Tel: 703.535.5990; cacrep.org

Council on Social Work Education

333 John Carlyle Street, Suite 400, Alexandria, VA, 22314; Tel: 703.683.8080; cswe.org

AACSB International

777 South Harbour Island Boulevard, Suite 750, Tampa, FL, 33602; Tel: 813.769.6500; aacsb.edu


415 North Charles Street, Baltimore, MD, 21201; Tel: 410.347.7700; abet.org

Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education [Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN), Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)]

655 K Street, NW, Suite 750, Washington, DC, 20001; Tel: 202.887.6791; aacnnursing.org/CCNE

Indiana State Board of Nursing [Bachelor of Science in Nursing]

Indiana Government Center South, Room W072, 402 W. Washington St., Indianapolis, IN, 46204; Tel: 317.232.2960; www.in.gov/pla/professions/nursing-home/nursing-board

Accreditation Review Commission on Education for the Physician Assistant, Inc. [Master of Science in Physician Assistant Studies (MSPAS)]

3325 Paddocks Parkway, Suite 345, Suwanee, GA, 30024; Tel: 770.476.1224; accreditationservices@arc-pa.org; arc-pa.org

The Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education [Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD)]

6116 Executive Boulevard, Suite 200, North Bethesda, MD, 20852-4929; Tel: 301.652.6611; aota.org

Approvals and Affiliations

American Chemical Society

American Council on Education

American Music Therapy Association

American Schools of Oriental Research

American Society for Engineering Education

Association of American Colleges and Universities

Association of Governing Boards

Center for Research Libraries

Council of Applied Masters Programs in Psychology

Independent Colleges of Indiana

Lutheran Education Association

Lutheran Educational Conference of North America

National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities

National Council for State Authorization Reciprocity Agreements

The American Association of Colleges of Nursing

The Council of Independent Colleges