Vincennes University

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Vincennes University (VU) is a public university in Vincennes, Indiana

Founded in 1801 as Jefferson Academy, Vincennes University is the oldest public institution of higher learning in Indiana. Since 1889, VU has been a two-year university, although baccalaureate degrees in seven select areas are available. Unlike most other two-year higher-education institutions, however, VU is a residential campus and has been since its establishment. VU was chartered in 1806 as the Indiana Territory’s four-year university and remained the state of Indiana’s sole publicly funded four-year university until the establishment of Indiana University in 1820. From 1999 to 2005, Vincennes University was in a state-mandated partnership with what became the Ivy Tech Community College.

On October 23, 2009, ground was broken on the new $10 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing located near Fort Branch, Indiana. The facility significantly enhances the training facilities currently in existence at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Plant in nearby Princeton and at the Gibson Generating Station, near Mount Carmel, Illinois, to meet the regional growth of demand with the expanding industry both in Gibson County and in the immediate Evansville area.

Vincennes University offers a diverse set of majors that are focused on careers in teaching and industry. Vincennes University has a 24% graduation rate. Vincennes University is organized into six colleges:

  • Business and Convergent Technologies (includes Public Service, Homeland Security and Law Enforcement)
  • Health Sciences and Human Performance
  • Humanities
  • Science and Mathematics
  • Social Science and Performing Arts
  • Technology.

Vincennes University is also the only college in the nation that offers a Bowling Management and Technology program.


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