Valparaiso University

Valparaiso, IN 46383

Valparaiso University in Valparaiso, Indiana is a private institution with undergraduate and graduate programs, including several nursing programs. The university was founded in 1859 and was one of the first coed colleges in the US. Over the years, the university has expanded its campus, with most of the newer buildings being located on the eastern part of Valparaiso. The campus includes many academic buildings, along with the Chapel of the Resurrection. This 98-foot chapel is home to many of the university’s worship services and was built on the most elevated piece of land, ensuring that the top of the chapel can be seen throughout the area.

The nursing programs are offered through the Valparaiso University College of Nursing and Health Professions. Incoming students can enroll in a traditional BSN to earn their Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree. There is also an RN to BSN program and RN to MSN program for registered nurses that are looking to earn their degree and further their career. Other nursing programs include accelerated BSN, BSN to DNP, DNP, and MSN programs, all of which are CCNE-accredited. Students can receive simulation training at the Virtual Nursing Learning Center, which includes interactive mannequins and equipment to simulate a real hospital environment. 


Campus LocaleLarge Suburb
Campus SizeSmall
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Lutheran Church in America
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate83%

Nursing Programs Offered

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 13 111
Master's degree 6 8
Postbaccalaureate certificate 0 0
Doctor's degree - professional practice 1 13
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 92.7%

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Institutional Accreditations
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
01/01/1929 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
09/22/2000 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1060 to 1270
ACT23 to 29
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Recommended
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Recommended
Recommendations Recommended
Formal demonstration of competencies Recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$1,665/credit
In State Students$1,665/credit
Out of State Students$1,665/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$630/credit
In State Students$630/credit
Out of State Students$630/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $74,925 $74,925 $74,925
ADN 70 $116,550 $116,550 $116,550
BSN 125 $208,125 $208,125 $208,125
FNP 50 $31,500 $31,500 $31,500
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 99% of Valparaiso University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 31% $4,344
Other Federal Grant 31% $942
State Grant & Scholarships 19% $6,445
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 99% $23,633
Federal Student Loans 69% $6,905
Private Loans 11% $12,159


Average Net Price/year
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$17,300
$30,001 to $48,000$17,539
$48,001 to $75,000$20,346
$75,001 to $110,000$23,008
Over $110,000$26,684

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Student Population













Ethnic Diversity
Non-resident alien
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

Relevant scholarships

Indiana Nursing Scholarship Fund Program

The scholarship is for full-time or part-time students admitted to a participating nursing school in Indiana. Must be a U.S. citizen, an Indiana resident and agree to work in an Indiana health ...

Marion A. and Eva S. Peeples Foundation Trust Scholarship

Marion A. and Eva S. Peeples Foundation Trust Scholarship is awarded annually to Indiana high schools graduates who will attend an Indiana college or university and ...

Mildred B. Price Nursing Scholarship Fund

Applicant must be a resident of Grant, Hamilton, Knox, Pulaski, Madison, Sullivan, White, or Starke County who is enrolled in or accepted to a four-year baccalaureate program for nursing at an ...

Marilyn Tomey Memorial Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduating senior from a Henry County high school who will attend a college or university in Indiana pursuing a four-year degree in nursing. Minimum 3.0 GPA required.

Marion A. and Eva S. Peeples Foundation Trust Scholarship

Applicant must be a graduate of a high school in Indiana who is attending or will attend a college or university in Indiana and majoring in dietetics, nursing, or technology education.

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Indiana state board of nursing.

Valparaiso University
US Highway 30 and Sturdy Road
Valparaiso, IN 46383

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