The academic year kicked off Tuesday with the 85th annual Opening Convocation.
During the service, all new students were invited to come forward and
sign the student-initiated Honor Code: “I have neither given or received,
nor have I tolerated others’ use of unauthorized aid.”
In 1943, Valparaiso University student body president Barbara Bernthal led
an initiative to institute a code of academic honor for all students.
Seventy years later, the Honor Code is intact as an expression of the
Christian character of the University.
An independent Lutheran university, Valpo’s incoming class is 25 percent
Lutheran and 23 percent Catholic, with many other major religions
represented. This year’s incoming class is one of the University’s most
diverse, with international students from 20 different countries and
domestic students from 41 states. Of the nearly 1,100 incoming students, 25
percent are international or domestic minority.
“The wide range of academic programs that Valpo offers attracts students
from all over the country and the world,” Joseph said.
Popular courses of study include engineering, nursing, business, biology and
meteorology. The incoming freshman class had an average high school GPA of
3.65, and they averaged 1648 on the SAT, nearly 150 points higher than the
national average, and an average ACT of 26, significantly higher than the
Enrollment in the Graduate School and Law School at Valpo is expected to
increase from last year as well, with 650 graduate students and 524 law
students projected for the fall 2013 semester.