Vincennes University
1002 N First St, Vincennes, IN 47591
Vincennes, IN 47591
(812) 888-8888
Accrediting Agency:
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools

Vincennes University is a four-year, public institution in Vincennes, Ind. The school was founded in 1801 as Indiana’s first college. VU is one of two U.S. colleges founded by a U.S. president; the university was founded by former President William Henry Harrison (the other is the University of Virginia, founded by Thomas Jefferson). Vincennes has a student population of 17,140 and a student-to-faculty ratio of 17 to 1. The university offers more than 200 majors in one-year certificates, two-year associate degrees, two-year transfer programs, and bachelor’s degree programs.

Programs Offered

Vincennes comprises the colleges of business and convergent technologies, health science and human performance, humanities, science and math, social science and performing arts, and technology. The College of Business & Convergent Technologies offers programs in e-media (broadcasting), business and management, information technology, and law and safety. The College of Health Science & Human Performance offers programs in athletic training and sports medicine, fitness-wellness/personal trainer, funeral services, health information management, massage therapy, nursing, physical education teaching, physical fitness leadership, physical therapist assistant, radiography, sports management, and surgical technology. The College of Humanities offers programs in areas including American Sign Language, dietetics, English, graphic design, journalism, philosophy, and religious studies. The College of Science and Mathematics offers programs in areas including agriculture, biochemistry, earth science, optometry, and physics. The College of Social Science & Performing Arts offers programs in areas including economics, pre-law, psychology, social work, and theater. The College of Technology offers programs in areas including aviation, manufacturing, and transportation. VU also offers certificate programs through distance education.


Vincennes University has been accredited by the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools since 1958.


Admissions to Vincennes University requires a high school diploma or GED. According to its website, VU maintains an open door admissions policy. Applicants are accepted on a rolling deadline. Some programs, such as health science majors, accept applicants based on specific academic requirements, including taking the Accuplacer exam before they are accepted. Transfer students must fill out a formal application for admission with a $20 application fee and college transcripts.


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