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Vincennes University

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Vincennes University was originally established in 1801 as the Jefferson Academy, making it the oldest institution of higher learning in the state of Indiana. The school, part of the state’s public university system, has historically been a two-year institution, although since the turn of the previous century it has been officially recognized as a university within the state of Indiana and offers a limited amount of bachelor’s degrees in certain majors.


Programs of study are divided into seven principal academic divisions, which are: Business/Public Service; Social Sciences/Performing Arts; Department of Sciences/Mathematics; Humanities; Department of Technology; and Health Sciences/Human Performance. Within these broad divisions, there are over 200 majors being offered that culminate in either a one-year certificate, a two-year associate degree, or a bachelor’s degree (or also a two-year transfer into a strictly four-year college; in this regard, credits earned are automatically accepted by other Indiana state universities).

Academically speaking, the school is strongest in the hard sciences and professional training areas, with a particularly strong reputation in the fields of engineering, medical administration, mechanics, and law enforcement training. VU has also earned itself a peculiar distinction as being the only university in the nation to offer a program on Bowling Management and Technology.

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New student admissions are open, and all qualified candidates are accepted to the program of their choice. The admissions requirements themselves are limited to having received a diploma from an accredited high school or being able to furnish a GED; graduates of Indiana high schools that finished after 1999 furthermore are required to pass the state’s Graduate Qualifying Exam.

The school does require that all students intending to enroll in one of the several Health Occupations majors submit the SAT or ACT scores. Students that have not taken the SAT or ACT and that do not intend to enter into one of these major programs will nonetheless need to take an assessment test in order to be properly placed in courses.

Financial Aid

Students have a wide variety of financial aid opportunities available to them, a fact which is guaranteed by the university’s participation in the federal Title IV financial assistance programs. Students will discover their financial aid opportunities are grouped as follows: grants; scholarships; loans; and work-study programs.

Available grants include the Federal Pell Grant, the Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant (SEOG), the 21st Century Scholarship, the SSACI National Guard grant, and the Frank O’Bannon Grant. Scholarships are much more numerous and of course are only limited to the applying student’s creativity. Loans mainly fall within the FAFSA structure. Work-study programs are also subject to federal approval.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 3004th for the average student loan amount.
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The school has a good reputation as being a place where students are able to integrate well. VU is notable in that it offers a large amount of on-campus student housing options, something not typical of colleges of its type. In total there are six different student residence halls with ample modern amenities. Nonetheless, a majority of the students live off-campus.

Student organizations abound, and fraternities such as Tau Phi Delta/Sigma Pi stand out among them. In fact, the campus is the home of Sigma Pi’s founding chapter, which was established in 1897.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


The athletics teams have earned the school quite a good reputation in several different sports, and particularly in bowling (in which the school holds 21 national championships). Teams compete in the National Junior College Athletics Association (NCJAA) system, and the Trailblazers (as the athletic department is officially known as, in honor of the school’s pioneering role in Indiana) field teams in tennis, volleyball, swimming and diving, bowling, baseball, golf, cross country, and track and field.

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Ranks 68th in Indiana and 3489th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 2 0.01
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 4 0.02
Robbery 3 0.02
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 23 0.13
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest 71 0.41

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 18 0.10
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Forcible Rape 5 0.03
Robbery 7 0.04
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 254 1.37
Larceny 839 4.53
Vehicle theft 53 0.29

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Vincennes, IN 47591
Surrounding communityRemote town (over 35 mi. away from an urban cluster)
Total Population26,744 (21,126 urban / 5,618 rural)
Households10,517 (2.32 people per house)
Median Household Income$30,964
Families6,579 (2.91 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Associate's — Public 4-year Primarily Associate's
UndergraduateAssociates Dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentExclusively undergraduate four-year
Size & SettingMedium four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringBachelor's degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work required2
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 1624th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,609 $4,609 $11,457
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $410 $410 $410
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $154 $154 $382
FT Graduate Tuition N/A N/A N/A
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour N/A N/A N/A
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $17,741 $17,741 $24,589
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $17,741 $17,741 $24,589
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $9,263 $9,263 $16,111

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,735 $4,882 $4,735 $4,882 $11,152 $11,542
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,098 $1,128
On-Campus – Room & Board $7,838 $8,152
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,948 $3,066
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $7,838 $8,152
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $2,948 $3,066
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $2,948 $3,066

Admission Criteria

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

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NJCAA

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 Capacity2,315
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 11 83 36 14 4 1,541 248 1,974
Accounting Technology/Technician and Bookkeeping 1 19 1 21
Accounting and Business/Management 3 3
Administrative Assistant and Secretarial Science, General 30 30
Agricultural Business and Management, General 13 13
Agricultural Engineering
Agriculture, General 1 1
Aircraft Powerplant Technology/Technician 1 17 1 19
Airline/Commercial/Professional Pilot and Flight Crew 1 1
American Sign Language (ASL) 1 22 3 27
Applied Horticulture/Horticulture Operations, General 7 7
Architectural Drafting and Architectural CAD/CADD 2 13 15
Art Teacher Education 1 1
Art Therapy/Therapist
Art/Art Studies, General 4 1 5
Autobody/Collision and Repair Technology/Technician 5 5
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician 1 1 7 9
Avionics Maintenance Technology/Technician
Banking and Financial Support Services
Behavioral Sciences 3 3
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 1 2
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Building/Construction Finishing, Management, and Inspection, Other 1 57 12 70
Business Administration and Management, General 1 47 2 50
Business Teacher Education
Business/Commerce, General 2 4 2 1 29 3 42
Chemical Engineering
Chemistry, General
Chemistry, Other 1 3 5
Child Care and Support Services Management 12 12
Civil Engineering, General
Commercial and Advertising Art 1 15 16
Communications Technologies/Technicians and Support Services, Other 1 1
Computer Programming/Programmer, General 1 14 16
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications 23 23
Computer and Information Sciences, General 1 13 2 16
Computer/Information Technology Services Administration and Management, Other 2 5 8
Construction Trades, General 1 1
Cosmetology/Cosmetologist, General 1 2 3
Criminal Justice/Police Science 1 2 1 73 1 79
Culinary Arts/Chef Training 3 1 23 27
Dance, Other
Data Processing and Data Processing Technology/Technician 1 1 2
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician 27 27
Dietetics/Dietitian 2 2
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 1 2 3
Economics, General 1 1
Electrical and Electronics Engineering
Electrical, Electronic and Communications Engineering Technology/Technician 2 22 24
Elementary Education and Teaching 1 1 8 10
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic) 1 3 4
Engineering Science 1 5 6
Engineering Technology, General
English Language and Literature, General 3 3
English/Language Arts Teacher Education 1 1
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 1 1
Fashion Merchandising 4 4
Finance, General 2 2
Fire Science/Fire-fighting 1 17 18
Food Preparation/Professional Cooking/Kitchen Assistant
Food Science
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General 1
Funeral Service and Mortuary Science, General 7 8
General Merchandising, Sales, and Related Marketing Operations, Other
General Office Occupations and Clerical Services
General Studies 2 2
Geological and Earth Sciences/Geosciences, Other 1 8 9
Graphic and Printing Equipment Operator, General Production
Health Information/Medical Records Technology/Technician 2 14 1 17
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General
Health/Health Care Administration/Management 1 1
Health/Medical Preparatory Programs, Other
Heating, Air Conditioning, Ventilation and Refrigeration Maintenance Technology/Technician
History, General 1 1
Hospitality Administration/Management, General 3 4
Hotel/Motel Administration/Management 1 7 8
Human Services, General 1 1
Industrial Technology/Technician 1 29 1 31
Journalism 1 2
Legal Assistant/Paralegal 1 3 4
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 2 2 1 5
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 5 50 22 5 2 257 201 558
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training 1 1 43 4 49
Logistics, Materials, and Supply Chain Management 3 3
Manufacturing Engineering Technology/Technician 35 1 36
Massage Therapy/Therapeutic Massage 8 8
Mathematics Teacher Education 2 2
Mathematics, General
Mechanical Drafting and Mechanical Drafting CAD/CADD 11 1 12
Mechanical Engineering
Medical Insurance Coding Specialist/Coder
Medical Office Assistant/Specialist 7 7
Medical Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiation Therapist 8 8
Mining Technology/Technician
Music Performance, General 7 7
Music Teacher Education
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 42 44
Occupational Therapy/Therapist
Pharmacy Technician/Assistant 1 12 2 16
Philosophy 1 1
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 1 1
Physical Sciences 3 3
Physical Therapy Technician/Assistant 19 19
Plumbing Technology/Plumber
Political Science and Government, General
Pre-Dentistry Studies
Pre-Medicine/Pre-Medical Studies
Pre-Pharmacy Studies
Pre-Veterinary Studies 3 3
Psychology, General 18 19
Public Relations/Image Management
Radio and Television Broadcasting Technology/Technician 1 5 1 8
Recording Arts Technology/Technician 1 1 13 15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 1 165 168
Restaurant, Culinary, and Catering Management/Manager 2 2
Restaurant/Food Services Management 1 1
Science Teacher Education/General Science Teacher Education 1 1
Secondary Education and Teaching 1 1
Securities Services Administration/Management 1 1 21 23
Security and Loss Prevention Services 8 8
Sheet Metal Technology/Sheetworking
Social Sciences, General 1 1
Social Work 1 33 1 35
Sociology 1 3 4
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 48 50
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 1 10 12
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counseling 2 2
Surgical Technology/Technologist 16 16
Surveying Technology/Surveying 9 9
Technical Theatre/Theatre Design and Technology
Tool and Die Technology/Technician 25 26
Truck and Bus Driver/Commercial Vehicle Operator and Instructor 31 5 36
Web Page, Digital/Multimedia and Information Resources Design 1 1
Web/Multimedia Management and Webmaster 3 3
Welding Technology/Welder 21 1 23

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2886th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $55,214 ($56,232 male / $53,350 female)
Number of FT Faculty 228 (122 male / 106 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,404
FT Faculty Ratio 0.2 : 1
Total Benefits $8,379,267

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