Valparaiso University

Private, Four-years School Located in Valparaiso, IN

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How much is the VU tuition? For the academic year 2023-2024, VU's tuition & fees is $46,588.
With indirect costs not billed by school, such as room & boards and personal living expenses, the total cost of attendance for one academic year is $62,588 when a student lives on-campus.

VU Tuition & Expenses

2022-2023 Rate
Tuition & Fees$46,588
Books & Supplies Costs$1,200
On-campus Room & Board$13,180
On-campus Expenses$1,620
Off-campus Room & Board$8,900
Off-campus Expenses$1,620
2023-2024 Projection
Tuition & Fees$44,796

How Much Does it Cost to Go to VU for 4 Years?

For the class of 2027, who entering colleges in 2023, the 4 years tuition & fees is $205,749 at VU. The estimated tuition rate is based on the changes over last 5 years. With room & board, books, and other personal expenses, the estimated 4 years costs of attendance is $268,162. After receiving financial aid including grants, scholarships, and/or student loans, the 4 years COA is down to $89,463.
The following table computes the 4 years tuition and COA by class of year.
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2023-24)$48,452$63,566$21,485
Sophomore (2024-25)$50,390$65,826$22,061
Junior (2025-26)$52,406$68,170$22,654
Senior (2026-27)$54,502$70,601$23,264
4 Years Total$205,749$268,162$89,463
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2024-25)$50,390$65,826$22,061
Sophomore (2025-26)$52,406$68,170$22,654
Junior (2026-27)$54,502$70,601$23,264
Senior (2027-28)$56,682$73,123$23,893
4 Years Total$213,980$277,720$91,872
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2025-26)$52,406$68,170$22,654
Sophomore (2026-27)$54,502$70,601$23,264
Junior (2027-28)$56,682$73,123$23,893
Senior (2028-29)$58,950$75,740$24,541
4 Years Total$222,540$287,634$94,352
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2026-27)$54,502$70,601$23,264
Sophomore (2027-28)$56,682$73,123$23,893
Junior (2028-29)$58,950$75,740$24,541
Senior (2029-30)$61,308$78,455$25,208
4 Years Total$231,443$297,920$96,906
College YearTuition & FeesCOAAfter Financial Aid
Freshmen (2027-28)$56,682$73,123$23,893
Sophomore (2028-29)$58,950$75,740$24,541
Junior (2029-30)$61,308$78,455$25,208
Senior (2030-31)$63,761$81,272$25,894
4 Years Total$240,701$308,592$99,536

Average Tuition By School Type and Comparison

Compared to four-years schools nationwide, VU' tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $20,937. Compared to private, four-years colleges in Indiana, its tuition is much higher than the average tuition of $22,120.
In-StateOut-of-State
Valparaiso University$46,588
U.S. Four-years Colleges$18,672
Public Schools$7,199$12,960
Private Schools$20,937
Indiana Four-years Colleges$20,112
Public Schools$6,847$15,112
Private Schools$22,120

Compare Similar School's Tuition

The next table compares the tuition & fees between VU and similar schools. The similar colleges are selected by school type & level (private, four-years), ranking, and comparison frequency by our users. The comparison is based on 2022-2023 tuition rate.
LocationUndergraduateGraduate
Valparaiso UniversityValparaiso, IN$46,588$12,764
Salem UniversitySalem, WV$13,750$12,070
University of the Incarnate WordSan Antonio, TX$35,660$20,870
Columbia College ChicagoChicago, IL$32,520$2,464
Chatham UniversityPittsburgh, PA$43,810$20,854
Notre Dame CollegeCleveland, OH$32,606-
Lourdes UniversitySylvania, OH$28,930$17,186
Olivet Nazarene UniversityBourbonnais, IL$37,940$10,957
Stevenson UniversityOwings Mills, MD$39,708$8,460
Arcadia UniversityGlenside, PA$48,290$33,613
Antioch University-Los AngelesCulver City, CA$16,350$22,116

Financial Aid and COA

At Valparaiso University, 2,467 students (97%) received grant or scholarship from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources. The average amount of grant/scholarship received is $40,463.
After receiving financial aid, the cost of attendance (COA) at VU is $22,125 for students living on-campus and $17,845 for students living off-campus.
For beginning students (i.e. first-time freshmen), 598 students received any type of financial aid including grants/scholarship and student loans. The average amount of grant/scholarship for the first-time students is $34,706 and the average amount of student loans is $8,025.
The financial aid data is based on 2021-2022 statistics from IPEDS.
COA (on-campus)$62,588
COA (off-campus)$58,308
Tuition & Fees$46,588
Indirect Costs (on-campus)$16,000
Indirect Costs (off-campus)$11,720
COA (on-campus) after Receiving Aid$22,125
COA (off-campus) after Receiving Aid$17,845
Average Financial Aid$40,463
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Grant or Scholarship2,46797%$40,463
Pell Grants62925%$5,254
Federal Student Loan1,40555%$6,759
Type of AidNumber Receiving AidPercent Receiving AidAverage Amount of Aid Received
Any Financial Aid598100%-
Grants or Scholarships598100%$34,706
Federal Grants18731%$6,223
Pell Grants18631%$5,214
Other Federal Grants18130%$1,071
State/Local Grants14324%$7,928
Institutional Grants598100%$30,865
Student Loan Aid37262%$8,025
Federal Student Loans37062%$5,542
Other Student Loans559%$16,995

Admission Stats and Requirements to Apply

VU's acceptance rate is 93.17%. A total of 6,095 applicants applied to and 5,679 students were accepted. Of the admitted students, 601 enrolled finally, and the yield (i.e. enrollment rate) is 10.58%.
To apply to VU, 2 items are required - Secondary school record and TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) and 5 items are recommended to submit - Secondary school GPA, Secondary school rank, Completion of college-preparatory program, Recommendations and Formal demonstration of competencies.
TotalMenWomen
Applicants6,0952,778$3,317
Admitted5,6792,573$3,106
Enrolled601600$1
Acceptance Rate93.17%92.62%93.64%
Yield (Enrollment Rate)10.58%23.32%0.03%
Secondary school GPARecommended
Secondary school rankRecommended
Secondary school recordRequired
Completion of college-preparatory programRecommended
RecommendationsRecommended
Formal demonstration of competenciesRecommended
Admission test scoresNeither Required Nor Recommended
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)Neither Required Nor Recommended

SAT and ACT Scores

The SAT and ACT scores are neither required nor recommended to apply to VU. Its SAT score is slightly higher than the national average score of 1,168. The ACT score is slightly higher than the national average score of 24.
Average25th75th

Student Population

Valparaiso University has a total of 2,958 students including 2,349 undergraduate and 609 graduate students. By gender, there are 1,238 male students and 1,686 female students attending VU. The school offers online degree programs and 93 students enrolled online exclusively (3.14% of all students).
TotalMaleFemale
Total2,924 1,2381,686
Undergraduate2,507 1,0591,448
Graduate417 179238

Directory & Academic Information

Directory Information
AddressUS Highway 30 and Sturdy Road, Valparaiso, IN
Phone219-464-5000
WEBhttps://www.valpo.edu/
Degree & Programs
DegreeUndergraduate, Graduate
Program Offered141 Programs
Graduate Program Offered31 Graduate Programs
Academic Stats
Acceptance Rate94.15%
Yield9.38%
Student Population2,958
Graduation Rate69%
Retention Rate77% (Full-time), 100% (Part-time)
Students to Faculty Ratio Rate11 to 1
Faculty & Staffs
Number of Faculties242 (Full-time), 96 (Part-time)
Number of Staffs665 (Full-time), 132 (Part-time)
Average Faculty Salary$66,206
Average Staff Salary$55,427