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Southern Indiana is a historic region abundant in natural and recreational resources. Many small towns, rich in heritage, are scattered across the hilly landscape, including Vincennes, Corydon, Madison, and Abram Lincoln’s childhood home. The beautiful area is sprinkled with forests, rivers, caves, and lakes.

Historic Southern Indiana (HSI) is an organization at the University of Southern Indiana that is dedicated to the preservation, enhancement, and promotion of these natural resources. HSI serves as a heritage-based regional outreach program for students and local community members alike. They provide educational resources such as guides to the historic sites as well as lesson plans and educational documents. The HSI hosts events throughout the year to promote the heritage of the area. There is also a community resource guide available for visitors and long-time residents.


The University of Southern Indiana offers students undergraduate and graduate degrees from four colleges and an Office of Graduate Studies. If any students are not certain about their chosen major and are undecided at the time of admissions, they end up obtaining advice from the University Division until they make a decision about their educational paths.

College of Business

The College of Business at USI strives to provide learning experiences in business that emphasize innovative thought and open-mindedness. The College of Business promotes an entrepreneurial mindset and is committed to providing students with a value-driven business education. The faculty at the College are immersed in research and bring current and relevant issues to the curriculum. Their research focuses on applied and pedagogical issues.

Pott College of Science and Engineering

The University of Southern Indiana’s Pott College of Science and Engineering offers students the ability to participate in programs in the sciences, mathematics, engineering, and teacher and physical education. Endowed by the Robert H. and Elaine H. Pott Foundation, the College’s goal is to provide students with programs that prepare them for careers and post-graduate endeavors. They promote student and faculty interactions in state-of-the-art facilities that promote research and scientific discovery.

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts at USI offers students programs in Art, English, History, Philosophy, Social Work, Psychology, and more. In addition to the BA and BS degrees offered, the College also encourages students to embark on interdisciplinary studies, creating programs of their own. The College focuses on the University’s Core Curriculum which encourages students to take the time to explore and discover, and get to know themselves before diving into a more specific area of study.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

Students wishing to attend the College of Nursing and Health Provisions need to apply to USI as well as to the college itself. Admission to the College of Nursing and Health Professions is competitive and limited. Students attending the College of Nursing and Health Professions are able to earn Associates, Baccalaureate, and Master’s degrees in areas including Dental Assisting and Hygiene, Food and Nutrition, Occupational Therapy, Radiologic Technology, among others. Certificate programs and continuing education credits are also available from the College.

Office of Graduate Studies

The Office of Graduate Studies offers advanced degree programs in the following areas:

  • Business Administration
  • Communication
  • Education
  • Health Administration
  • Industrial Management
  • Liberal Studies
  • Occupational Therapy
  • Public Administration
  • Nursing
  • Social Work

Graduate classes are scheduled during times of day that are convenient for those juggling families and full-time employment. There are also some courses available through distance learning, making it possible for students to design their own schedules and pace.

University Division

Students attending the University of Southern Indiana without declared majors are housed under the University Division until they find their passions. They are assigned an adviser who helps them through the process. Most of these students are looking for classes to take but are not necessarily seeking a degree. Staff from the University Division are available to advise students in the areas of time management, study skills, career exploration, and problem solving.

Most Popular Fields of Study


At the University of Southern Indiana, admissions counselors are standing by ready to assist prospective freshmen, transfer students, international students, and graduate students. In addition the counselors, USI also has student ambassadors who provide other students with support. The Student Ambassador Organization serves as recruiters, hosts, representatives, tour guides, and leaders of the University, corresponding with prospective students, hosting sleepovers, and assisting with telemarketing campaigns and open houses.

Some important admissions deadlines include:

  • August 15 – Fall Semester
  • January 8 – Spring Semester
  • May 1 – Summer Session I
  • June 1 – Summer Session II
  • July 1 – Summer Session III

Financial Aid

USI’s Office of Financial Aid is dedicated to assisting students in seeking monetary support for their education. The office is committed to supporting the University’s mission and vision by utilizing as many resources as possible to assist students and their families.

Students are able to qualify for a myriad of support based on their economic need, ethnic background, or academic prowess. Students are able to gain access to federal, state, and local grants and scholarships. In addition, staff members are able to help students apply for federal loans as well. If qualified, students are able to enter into the federal work study program, providing them the opportunity to find a job on campus or nearby.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3520th for the average student loan amount.
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Students at the University of Southern Indiana can become involved with clubs, organizations, and Greek life throughout their tenure at the school. There are leadership programs that focus on honing life skills students may need in the future. There are also programs geared toward freshmen, allowing them an easier transition to the college way of life. In order to promote diversity and accommodate all students on campus, THREADS, a diversity initiative, hosts a myriad of events to reflect various topics such as class, ethnicity, race, religion, sexual identity, and gender. The organization promotes understanding and mutual respect of all community members.

USI has a Student Government Association which allows students to voice their opinions and collaborative from the University’s regulations, policies and general governance. Not only do students have the opportunity to join existing clubs and organizations, they are also encouraged to start some of their own. Current clubs and organizations fall into the areas of politics, religion, service, academic and professional interests, and honor societies. There is even a campus radio station, 820 The Edge, for those interested in dabbling with communications.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The University of Southern Indiana Screaming Eagles participate in the NCAA Division II circuit. The men at USI compete in seven sports while the women participate in eight. They include:

Men’s Sports

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field

Women’s Sports

  • Softball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

In addition to competitive team and individual sports at the NCAA Division II level, USI also offers a host of club level sports as well. These student organizations promote and develop interest in different recreational sports, including rugby, wrestling, and ultimate frisbee. Students are able to use recreational and athletic facilities throughout campus, including the Recreation, Fitness, and Wellness Center (RFWC) and the Broadway Recreational Complex. There is also Clarke Lane Field for football, soccer, and rugby as well as the Physical Activity Center (PAC) which includes an aquatics area, a specialized physical education facility, team rooms, and multi-purpose rooms and areas.


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  • Screaming Eagles. University of Southern Indiana Athletics. n.d. Web. 15 July, 2011.
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Information Summary

Ranks 32nd in Indiana and 1223rd overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 3 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.02
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson 2 0.02
Burglary 4 0.04
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 1 0.01
Arrest 19 0.18

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 278 0.24
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 3 0.00
Forcible Rape 56 0.05
Robbery 154 0.13
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 1,074 0.91
Larceny 4,151 3.52
Vehicle theft 231 0.20

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Evansville, IN 47712
Surrounding communityMidsize suburb (inside urban area but outside city, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population25,364 (19,659 urban / 5,705 rural)
Households9,550 (2.42 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,898
Families6,056 (2.99 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District1808

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 1409th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $6,358 $6,358 $15,213
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $340 $340 $340
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $212 $212 $507
FT Graduate Tuition $7,423 $7,423 $14,636
FT Graduate Required Fees $244 $244 $244
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $309 $309 $610
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,568 $19,568 $28,423
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $22,448 $22,448 $31,303
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $12,918 $12,918 $21,773

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,032 $6,325 $6,032 $6,325 $14,027 $14,725
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,100(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,200 $7,502
On-Campus – Other Expenses $4,050(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $9,240 $9,350
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $5,080(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $5,080(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$40
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 6,204 (2,281 male / 3,923 female)
Admitted 4,302 (1,609 male / 2,693 female)
Admission rate 69%
First-time Enrollment 1,709 (703 male / 1,006 female)
FT Enrollment 1,688 (692 male / 996 female)
PT Enrollment 21 (11 male / 10 female)
Total Enrollment9,902

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Great Lakes Valley Conference

ACT Test Admission

928th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 50%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 25
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 19 / 24

SAT Test Admission

825th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 65%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 550
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 450 / 560
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 890 / 1110

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity2,722
Meals per Week14
Room Fee$4,030
Board Fee$3,650

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2327th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $59,633 ($65,486 male / $54,322 female)
Number of FT Faculty 323 (148 male / 175 female)
Number of PT Faculty 643
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $9,953,142
8600 University Blvd
Evansville, IN 47712
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