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Vincennes University

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About Vincennes University

Vincennes University is a public 4-year university located in the town of Vincennes, Indiana. U.S. President William Henry Harrison founded it in 1801. Vincennes was also the first college founded in the state of Indiana.

The main campus occupies 160 acres near the Wabash River and contains more than 30 buildings, including the former home of President Harrison. Degree programs are also offered at Vincennes University's Jasper Campus, which is about 45 miles southeast of Vincennes, Indiana, and off-campus sites, such as the Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis and the Indiana School for the Deaf.


Vincennes offers approximately 200 majors through associate's and bachelor's degree programs, as well as certificate programs. Liberal arts, healthcare and business programs are among the most popular fields of study. All programs are offered through the six colleges at Vincennes University, which include the College of Business and Convergent Technologies, the College of Health Sciences and Human Performance, the College of Humanities, the College of Science and Mathematics, the College of Social Sciences and Performing Arts and the College of Technology.

Through a partnership with Indiana State University (ISU), students can transfer a Vincennes associate's degree to certain bachelor's degree programs at ISU. The university also provides a variety of career services for students, including career counseling, workshops, internship opportunities and job placement services.


Vincennes University has an 'open door' admissions policy, which means that admission is granted to any applicant with a high school diploma or a GED. Students interested in applying can visit the campus during the university's open house days, known as PreVU Days, or arrange to meet with a counselor and tour the campus. The Vincennes University application can be found on the school's website.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition at Vincennes is charged per credit and varies by course level and state residency. For the 2012-2013 school year, Indiana residents paid $155.40 per credit hour for freshman and sophomore credits and $179.50 per credit hour for upper-level credits. Out-of-state students paid $377.40 per credit hour for freshman and sophomore credits and $437.59 for upper-level credits. Vincennes also offers special rates for Illinois students.

The university charges a $107 student activity fee per semester and a $30 annual parking fee for students who use campus parking lots. Vincennes estimated in 2012 that students would need $500 per semester for supplies and books.

Students interested in receiving financial assistance should fill out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Federal, state, and local sources provide aid to eligible students. Those who qualify may also receive institutional aid from Vincennes University.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Certificates, associate's and bachelor's*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Remote town*
Student Body 17,140 undergraduates in 2011*
Student Housing 6 residence halls**
Schools and Programs 6 colleges and more than 200 majors**
Student-Faculty Ratio 17 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011: Associate's: Liberal arts and sciences/liberal studies (285), Bachelor's: Special education and teaching (36)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates Overall: 23%*
Admission Rate Open admissions*
Entering Class Size 3,828 in 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time and 62% for part-time students**
Application Due Date Rolling admissions**
Tuition Estimated tuition and fees for full-time in-state students was $4,735 and for out-of-state students was $11,152 for the 2011-2012 academic year*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (50%), state and local grants and scholarships (33%), institutional grants and scholarships (13%), student loans (57%)*
Percent of First-Time Students Receiving Some Form of Aid In 2010-2011: 75%*

Sources: *National Center for Education Statistics, **Vincennes University.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Vincennes University, 1002 N. First Street, Vincennes, IN 47591
  • Phone: (800) 742-9198
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