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University of Southern Indiana in Evansville

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About the University of Southern Indiana

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) is a public school in suburban Evansville, IN, that was founded in 1965 as a regional campus of Indiana State University. In 1985, USI became a separate state university, now comprised of four colleges of study: the College of Business, the College of Liberal Arts, the College of Nursing and Health Professions, and the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education. USI also houses the Evansville branch of the Indiana University School of Medicine. The university is home to nearly 11,000 students from all over the world. It reaches more students through its Division of Outreach and Engagement, which offers online courses and seminars to working adults in nearby communities. USI is a member of the NCAA's Division II athletics.


USI's College of Business offers associate, bachelor's, and graduate degrees, as well as post-baccalaureate certificates. Programs cover technology, business ethics, and the impact of business in a global economy. In the Pott College of Science, Engineering, and Education, courses focus on laboratory-based experiences. The Pott College has an associate degree, two master's degrees, and several major and minor options for the bachelor's degree, as well as many pre-professional programs geared to students seeking higher training after their USI career.

The College of Liberal Arts offers associates, bachelor's, and master's degrees. Each program within the college emphasizes communication and critical thinking skills through core courses, research opportunities, and internships. The College of Nursing and Health Professions prepares its students in not only healthcare education, but also its research and practice. In pursuit of this, the College offers programs leading to associate, bachelor's, and master's degrees as well as a dental assistance certificate and a doctorate in nursing practice. Online, independent, and on-campus classes serve interested students as training for licensing, certification, or registration in their chosen professional fields.

Along with the programs found in USI's four colleges, the university has connections in over 50 countries for students wishing to study abroad. It also works with local companies to offer internships and on-the-job training opportunities for students. In each of the four colleges, students have the opportunity to join the USI Honors Program based on their SAT/ACT score and high school GPA. Applicants should be aware that the Honors Program has a separate application from that of the general university.


Admission to USI begins with an application. USI does charge a $35 application fee, whether the application is completed on paper or online. Each application should also include a high school transcript (or GED certificate of completion) and SAT or ACT score; applications will be held without review until SAT/ACT scores are sent in to the school. Applications may be made for each of the four semesters (fall, spring, summer I, and summer II) with their own deadlines, although scholarship applications must be made by March 1.

Tuition & Financial Aid

As a state school, USI receives just over half of its operating budget from state appropriations. Student fees make up the remainder of the budget, and USI seeks to help students afford attending the university with academic projects, athletic programs, and scholarships, including the Presidential Scholarship Program (a full scholarship for select Indiana valedictorians and salutatorians), Deans Scholarships, and B/MD Scholarships. USI does recognize tuition differences between in-state and out-of-state students, as well as between undergraduate and graduate students.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Certificate, associate, bachelor's, postgraduate certificate, master's, doctoral degrees***
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Midsize suburb***
Student Body 10,820 students (both undergraduate and graduate in 2012)*
Student Housing 9 residence halls and apartment buildings on campus available*
Schools and Programs 70 undergraduate majors, 10 master's programs, 1 doctoral program*
Student-Faculty Ratio 18:1*
Graduation Rates 37% (for 2010)**
Admission Rate 72% of 2011-12 applicants admitted***
Entering Class Size 2,049 (fall 2010)**
First-Year Retention Rates 65% of full-time students***
Average SAT Score of Entering Students 1442 (combined score)
Undergraduate Application Due Date For scholarship consideration, March 1
Tuition $6,032 for in-state undergraduate students
$14,027 for out-of-state undergraduate students
(for 2011-12; figure includes tuition and accompanying fees)***
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving it) In 2010-11:
Federal grants (41%)
State and local grants (30%)
Institutional grants/scholarships (29%)
Federal loans (65%)***
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 86% in 2010-11***

Sources: *University of Southern Indiana, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics, ***College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics

Contact Information

  • Address: 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712
  • Phone Number: (812) 464-8600
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