Valparaiso University plays in one of the nation’s premier mid-major conferences. The Horizon League, which finished the 2011-2012 season ranked among the top-12 in the nation in a number of metrics, is one of the nation’s most competitive leagues top-to-bottom, with no easy contests within the 16-game league schedule. Immediately upon entering the league, Valpo established itself as a competitor in the standings, finishing in fourth place or better in four of its first five years.

The league’s teams have also experienced a wealth of success in the NCAA Tournament, going 19-12 in the NCAA Tournament over the last 10 years, the seventh best winning percentage among D-I conferences.  The Horizon League features teams in major Midwestern cities such as Chicago, Indianapolis, and Cleveland; Valpo is an hour east of Chicago.

Valpo won the 2011-2012 regular season Horizon League championship, its first since joining the league in 2007. Valparaiso University competes in the Horizon League in all Division I sports except football, which competes in the Pioneer League.