Colleges in Southern Indiana Overview

There are roughly 27 not-for-profit schools in Southern Indiana. Learn more about the public and private not-for-profit schools in relation to four statistical categories that can help you narrow down your college search.

Flesh out your college options around Southern Indiana by checking out the ones boasting the most urban campuses, the largest student populations, the lowest net prices, and the highest graduation rates. We'll be pulling from statistics compiled by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Southern Indiana Schools Near Large Cities

Most of the schools set in larger cities within Indiana are located in the central or northern areas of the state, though there are a few midsize and small city location options in the southern portion. Here are five schools in Southern Indiana located in mid-to-small urban settings:

  • Ivy Tech Community College-Southwest (Evansville)
  • University of Evansville (Evansville)
  • Indiana State University (Terre Haute)
  • Indiana University-Bloomington (Bloomington)
  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (Terre Haute)

Largest Schools in Southern Indiana

Indiana is home to several large colleges. While most of them are located in the central or northern parts of the state, there are a few located in the southern region. The most populated schools in Southern Indiana are:

  • Indiana University-Bloomington (48,514 students)
  • Vincennes University (18,711 students)
  • Indiana State University (13,584 students)
  • University of Southern Indiana (10,671 students)
  • University of Evansville (2,495 students)

Lowest Net Price

The net price of attendance is often an important factor when choosing a school; the lower the net price, the less debt a student is likely to accumulate while pursuing postsecondary education. Many of the schools in the region feature net prices below $20,000, but there are some options that fall under $10,000. The NCES calculates the net price by subtracting governmental and institutional financial aid from the total cost of attending the school. The following schools had the lowest net prices for full-time undergraduate students in the region for 2014-2015:

  • Vincennes University ($10,235)
  • Indiana University-Southeast ($10,690)
  • Indiana State University ($10,894)
  • University of Southern Indiana ($11,179)
  • Indiana University-Bloomington ($13,289)

Highest Graduation Rate

The NCES determines graduation rates by calculating how many students graduated within 150% of the normal time it takes to complete a program. For example, 150% of the normal time it takes to obtain a bachelor's degree would be six years. The following institutions had the highest graduation rates among non-specialized schools in the region for full-time undergraduate students:

  • Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology (77%)
  • Indiana University-Bloomington (77%)
  • University of Evansville (68%)
  • Hanover College (67%)
  • University of Southern Indiana (41%)

Southern Indiana holds several solid options for locals, including large public colleges, private institutions, and some community colleges.

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