Valparaiso University

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2019 Undergraduate Tuition
$40,520
3.9% growth from 2018
2019 Average Net Price
$21,824
After Financial Aid
2017 Student Loan
2.91%
Default Rate
2019 Acceptance Rate
85.8%
5,491 Applicants
2019 Enrolled Students
3,502
92.7% Full-Time
2018 Graduation Rate
71%
546 Graduates

About

Valparaiso University is a higher education institution located in Porter County, IN. In 2016, the most popular Bachelor's Degree concentrations at Valparaiso University were Registered Nursing (150 degrees awarded), Mechanical Engineering (49 degrees), and General Psychology (41 degrees).

In 2019, 1,261 degrees were awarded across all undergraduate and graduate programs at Valparaiso University. 57.3% of these degrees were awarded to women, and 42.7% awarded men. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients was white (848 degrees), 9.86 times more than then the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

The median undergraduate tuition at Valparaiso University is $40,520, which is $18,494 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

Costs

The median undergraduate tuition at Valparaiso University is $40,520, which is $18,494 more than the national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

After taking grants and loans into account, the average net price for students is $21,824.

In 2019, 97% of undergraduate students received federal grants, while 57% of undergraduate students received federal loans.

Student Expenses

Tuition Costs

$40,520
2019 Undergraduate Tuition

In 2019, the cost of tuition at Valparaiso University was $40,520. The cost of tuition at Valparaiso University is $18,494 more than than the overall (public and private) national average for Masters Colleges and Universities ($22,027).

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Average Net Price

$21,824
2019 Value
8.75%
1 Year Growth

In 2019 Valparaiso University had an average net price — the price paid after factoring in grants and loans — of $21,824. Between 2018 and 2019, the average net price of Valparaiso University grew by 8.75%.

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Other Student Expenses

$10,380
Room and Board
$1,200
Books and Supplies

The average yearly cost of room and board at Valparaiso University was of $10,380 in 2019. During the same period, the average yearly cost of books and supplies was $1,200. The cost of room and board increased by 2.27% between 2018 and 2019. The cost of books and supplies did not change during the same period.

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Financial Aid

Financial Aid by Income Level

97%
Of Undergraduates Receive Grants
57%
Of Undergraduates Receive Federal Loans

97% of undergraduate students at Valparaiso University received grants or loans in 2019. This represents a growth of 1.04% with respect to 2018, when 96% of undergraduate students received financial aid.

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Student Loan Default Rate

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2.91%
2017 Default Rate
31
Number of Defaults

In 2017 the default rate for borrower's at Valparaiso University was 2.91%, which represents 31 out of the 1064 total borrowers.

A cohort default rate is the percentage of a school's borrowers who enter repayment on certain Federal Family Education Loan (FFEL) Program or William D. Ford Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan) Program loans during a particular federal fiscal year (FY), October 1 to September 30, and default or meet other specified conditions prior to the end of the second following fiscal year.

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Admissions

Valparaiso University received 5,491 undergraduate applications in 2019, which represents a 22.2% annual decline. Out of those 5,491 applicants, 4,714 students were accepted for enrollment, representing a 85.8% acceptance rate.

There were 3,502 students enrolled at Valparaiso University in 2019, and 65% of first-time enrollees submitted SAT scores with their applications.

Valparaiso University has an overall enrollment yield of 13.7%, which represents the number of admitted students who ended up enrolling.

Acceptance Rate

85.8%
Acceptance Rate in 2019
4,714
Accepted Out of 5,491

In 2019, the undergraduate acceptance rate of Valparaiso University was 85.8% (4,714 admissions from 5,491 applications). This is lower than the acceptance rate of 2018, which was 89.3%. Between 2018 and 2019, the number of applicants declined by −22.2%, while admissions declined by −25.3%.

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SAT Scores

65%
Submission Percentage
421
Scores Submitted

65% of enrolled first-time students at Valparaiso University in 2019 submitted SAT scores with their applications.

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Enrollment

Valparaiso University has a total enrollment of 3,502 students. The full-time enrollment at Valparaiso University is 3,248 students and the part-time enrollment is 254. 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 68.9% White, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, 5.34% Black or African American, 2.86% Two or More Races, 2.31% Asian, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0857% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders.

Students enrolled at Valparaiso University in full-time Undergraduate programs are most commonly White Female (40.1%), followed by White Male (31.8%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (6.77%). Students enrolled in full-time Graduate programs are most commonly White Female (37.7%), followed by White Male (14%) and Hispanic or Latino Female (3.9%).

Full-Time vs Part-Time Enrollment

92.7%
Full-Time Enrollment

The total enrollment at Valparaiso University, both undergraduate and graduate, is 3,502 students. The full-time enrollment at Valparaiso University is 3,248 and the part-time enrollment is 254. This means that 92.7% of students enrolled at Valparaiso University are enrolled full-time compared with 69.2% at similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Retention Rate over Time

84%
2019 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 84%. Compared with the full-time retention rate at similar Masters Colleges and Universities (74%), Valparaiso University had a retention rate higher than its peers.

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Enrollment by Race & Ethnicity

Most Common Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    2,414
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    352
  3. Black or African American
    187

The enrolled student population at Valparaiso University is 68.9% White, 10.1% Hispanic or Latino, 5.34% Black or African American, 2.86% Two or More Races, 2.31% Asian, 0.114% American Indian or Alaska Native, and 0.0857% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islanders. 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 53.3% White, 16% Hispanic or Latino, and 12.9% 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, 133 students (3.8%) did not report their race.

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Graduates

In 2019, 185 more women than men received degrees from Valparaiso University. The most common race/ethnicity group of degree recipients at Valparaiso University is white (848 degrees awarded). There were 9.86 times more white graduates than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

The most common Bachelor's Degree concentration at Valparaiso University is Registered Nursing (150 degrees awarded), followed by Mechanical Engineering (49 degrees) and General Psychology (41 degrees).

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 (9 degrees awarded), Legal (87 degrees), and Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees).

Workforce

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 (451,722 people), Miscellaneous engineers, including nuclear engineers (346,658 people), Other managers (344,912 people), Civil engineers (272,979 people), and Mechanical engineers (203,861 people).

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Applied Sciences (9 degrees awarded), Legal (87 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Physical Sciences (42 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (22 degrees).

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Highest Paying Jobs by Major

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

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Applied Sciences (9 degrees awarded), Legal (87 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Physical Sciences (42 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (22 degrees).

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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 Computer Systems Design (469,714 people), Architectural, engineering & related services (437,394 people), Colleges, universities & professional schools, including junior colleges (360,321 people), Construction (284,011 people), and Elementary & secondary schools (212,495 people).

The most specialized majors at Valparaiso University are Applied Sciences (9 degrees awarded), Legal (87 degrees), Philosophy and Religious Studies (14 degrees), Physical Sciences (42 degrees), and Language & Linguistics (22 degrees).

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Degrees

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
  1. 150 degree-majorss awarded
  2. 49 degree-majorss awarded
  3. 41 degree-majorss awarded

In 2019, the most common bachelors degree concentration at Valparaiso University was Registered Nursing with 150 degrees awarded.

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Gender Breakdown for Common Majors

538
Degrees Awarded to Men
in 2019
723
Degrees Awarded to Women
in 2019

In 2019, 538 degrees were awarded to men at Valparaiso University, which is 0.744 times less than the number of degrees awarded to females (723).

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Most Common Male Majors

In 2019, 41 degrees were awarded to men at Valparaiso University in Mechanical Engineering, which is 5.13 times more than the 8 female recipients with that same degree.

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Most Common Female Majors

In 2019, 133 degrees were awarded to women at Valparaiso University in Registered Nursing, which is 7.82 times more than the 17 male recipients with that same degree.

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Time to Complete

62%
100% Completion Time
72%
150% Completion Time

In 2019, 62% of students graduating from Valparaiso University completed their program within 100% "normal time" (i.e. 4 years for a 4-year degree). Comparatively, 72% completed their degrees within 150% of the normal time, and 72% within 200%.

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Diversity

Graduation Rate by Race and Gender

Showing demographic groups with ≥ 5 graduating students.
Asian Female
Highest Graduation Rate (100%)

The student demographic with the highest graduation rate at Valparaiso University is Female and Asian (100% graduation rate). Across all Masters Colleges and Universities, Asian Female students have the highest graduation rate (69.1%).

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, 0.549% of graduates (3 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Share

Most Common Student Race or Ethnicity
  1. White
    848 degrees awarded
  2. Hispanic or Latino
    86 degrees awarded
  3. Black or African American
    69 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity at Valparaiso University is white (848 degrees awarded). There were 9.86 times more white recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, hispanic or latino (86 degrees).

4.44% of degree recipients (56 students) did not report their race.

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Race & Ethnicity by Gender

Most Common Gender Demographic
  1. White Female
    511 degrees awarded
  2. White Male
    337 degrees awarded
  3. Hispanic or Latino Female
    63 degrees awarded

The most common race/ethnicity and gender grouping at Valparaiso University is white female (511 degrees awarded). There were 1.52 times more white female recipients than the next closest race/ethnicity group, white male (337 degrees).

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Operations

Valparaiso University has an endowment valued at nearly $259M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The return on its endowment was of $20.9M (8.09%), compared to the 4.44% average return ($1.71M on $38.5M) across all Masters Colleges and Universities.

In 2019, Valparaiso University had a total salary expenditure of $127M. Valparaiso University employs 94 Associate professors, 78 Assistant professors, and 64 Professors. Most academics at Valparaiso University are Female Associate professors (49), Male Professors(47), and Male Associate professors (45).

The most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valparaiso University are: Management, with 126 employees, Office and Administrative Support, with 82 employees, and Service with 79 employees.

Finances

Endowment

$259M
2019 Endowment
3.44%
growth from 2018

Valparaiso University has an endowment valued at about $259M, as of the end of the 2019 fiscal year. The endowment of Valparaiso University grew 3.44% from the previous year. The value of their endowment was $221M higher than than the median endowment of Masters Colleges and Universities according to the Carnegie Classification grouping.

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The small bar chart below shows the endowment quintiles for all universities in the Masters Colleges & Universities: Larger Programs Carnegie Classification grouping.

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Government Grants and Contracts

Grants & Contracts
  1. $2.99M - Federal
  2. $125k - State
  3. $0 - Local

As of 2019, Valparaiso University received $2.99M in grants and contracts from the federal government, $125k from state grants and contracts, and $0 from local grants and contracts.

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Expenses

Salary Expenditure

$57.3M
2019 Salaries
0.00698%
growth from 2018

In 2019, Valparaiso University paid a median of $57.3M in salaries, which represents 45.3% of their overall expenditure ($127M) and a 0.00698% growth from the previous year. This is compared to a 2.12% growth from 2017 and a 6.95% decline from 2016.

The median for similar Masters Colleges and Universities is 34.1M (40.6% of overall expenditures).

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Instructional Salaries

$20.8M
Instructional Salaries
293
Number of Employees

In 2019, Valparaiso University paid a total of $20.8M to 293 employees working as instructors, which represents 36.3% of all salaries paid.

This is compared to a median of $11.2M (32.7%) for similar Masters Colleges and Universities.

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Faculty and Staff

Occupations by Share

Associate professor
Most Common Instructor
94 Employees
Management
Most Common Non-Instructional Employee
126 Employees

In 2019, the most common positions for instructional staff at Valparaiso University were Associate professor with 94 employees; Assistant professor with 78 employees; and Assistant professor with 64 employees.

In 2019, the most common positions for non-instructional staff at Valparaiso University were Management with 126 employees; Office and Administrative Support with 82 employees; and Service with 79 employees.

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Instructors by Academic Rank and Gender

Most Common Demographic
  1. Female Associate professor
  2. Male Professor
  3. Male Associate professor

In 2019, the most common demographic for instructional staff at Valparaiso University was Female Associate professor with 49 employees, Male Professor with 47 employees, and Male Associate professor with 45 employees.

This chart shows the gender split between each academic rank present at Valparaiso University.

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