By Sue Luse
Valparaiso University is a selective, independent Lutheran institution in Valparaiso, Indiana, an hour’s drive from Chicago. Valparaiso has a very cute downtown with a population of 31,000. They are known for engineering, nursing and business and also offer a meteorology program. Valparaiso also houses a law school. Valparaiso has a family atmosphere where students are very friendly in a happy environment. The professors really want to be there – they enjoy interacting with students.
Valparaiso is comprised of the following colleges:
- Arts & Sciences
- Christ College (Honors College)
- Graduate School
They offer an Exploratory Track for undecided students. Also offer the unique major of Humanitarian Engineering as well as an accelerated nursing program.
Valparaiso considers weighted grades, though students with unweighted grades are not at a disadvantage. Honors, AP, and IB courses are taken into serious consideration, as well as the rigor of your schedule. Valparaiso evaluates a student’s GPA and class curriculum based on what their individual high school offers.
Christ College (Honors Program)
Excellent Honors Program. Invitations to apply to Christ College are sent to admitted students. Approximately 75 to 85 freshman students enter Christ College each fall.
- Brand new engineering building
- 55% of students are not from Illinois or Indiana
- Conservative environment where faith is important
- No longer associated with Missouri Synod
- Own a Doppler Radar (can go storm chasing)