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VU is a small university which allows your instructors to give you individualized support. You will be known by your name and connected with resources to meet your goals. Here you will be respected, listened to, and cared about.
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Campus Life

On and off campus Trailblazers have access to a multitude of extracurricular activities such as music festivals, the arts, and action-packed athletic events! Vincennes is a historic city that is rich and vibrant with culture. You will enjoy local theatre, festivals, historic landmarks and plenty of unique eats.

Known for being first

Founded in 1801 VU is Indiana’s first college making your degree widely recognized by top employers! Vincennes is a vibrant city rich with culture and history. Here you will find many unique local happenings such as the George Rogers Clark National Historic park, Fort Knox II, and the mansion of VU founder and US President William Henry Harrison.

A degree above the rest

Those with a college degree tend to earn more, a lot more. With a bachelor’s degree you may earn approximately $1 million more than someone with a high school diploma. College is a pathway to a great career, it's also where you’ll build a professional network, find a community filled with new people, and have new exciting experiences. Here you’ll make life-long friends, learn about yourself and about the world around you.

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scholarships & savings

We believe quality education should be affordable and attainable to all. That's why VU keeps tuition low, in fact we have the lowest tuition of any residential University in the State of Indiana. We also offer a plethora of scholarships that can help you pay for college tuition and living expenses.

VU offers instate tuition for Indiana, Illinois, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio.

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Denny Spinner, Harold “Huck” Lewis, Cathy Gross, Mark Senter, and Terry Seitz (pictured L-R) smiling for camera and holding their fingers in a V.


Five Indiana mayors were VU Trailblazers at same time

In 1976, five Vincennes University students were transforming their futures and studying law enforcement, broadcast production technology, business, and more. They were living the lives of college students: studying, living in residence halls, and hanging out with friends, but their paths never really crossed. Two were even residing on the same floor of Harrison Hall but did not know each other. Decades later, their lives converged in unbelievable circumstances. 
Interim Admissons Director Sarah McLin stands on stage at Jefferson Student Union, holding a microphone with a large screen featuring an image of the Updike Fountain behind her. Many rows of prospective students and families are seated in chairs in front of McLin.


VU will host Fall 2023 PreVU Days in September, October and November

PreVU Days at Vincennes University are a perfect way for prospective Trailblazers to ignite their journey and explore the world of opportunity awaiting them at Indiana’s First College. VU will host PreVU Days during the Fall 2023 Semester, and registration is open.
VU students holding and placing small American flags in the grass to create a 9/11 flag memorial.


VU to commemorate 9/11 anniversary with flag tribute

VU Homeland Security and Public Safety students are holding their annual 9/11 Flag Ceremony on Monday, Sept. 11, at 5 p.m. (ET) on the Vincennes Campus. The Eta Sigma Iota student club will create a memorial tribute and place 3,000 flags in remembrance of those who lost their lives during the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and rescue efforts.
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VU Counseling Center to host suicide prevention awareness walk and talk

Vincennes University is recognizing National Suicide Prevention Month with multiple events during September to support suicide prevention awareness.
Kimberly Wright looks at the camera smiling in the CARA on the Vincennes Campus. There is a cobot in the background of the photo.


VU names new Center for Applied Robotics and Automation Director

Kimberly Wright is the new director of the Vincennes University Center for Applied Robotics and Automation (CARA). In this role, she will lead the largest collaborative robot educational program in the United States.

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Perla Maldonado

My experience has been incredible. I have a good teacher. She is a very kind, understanding, and friendly person. My colleagues are very generous. I have met more students who have helped me practice my English.

Jabari Hunter

VU opened up possibilities for things I didn't even know about when I first started playing the piano. Joining the Blues Ensemble and Christian Campus Fellowship at VU allowed me to show the world who I am.

Marley Elder

I had a choice to go straight into the workforce or transfer to another school, but I stayed because I like the teachers. I feel like I’m learning a lot compared to other schools. The community is great. I’ve made lots of friends here. It’s just a nice, quiet, friendly community.

Fatima Ayala

I chose Vincennes University because I grew up in the town, and I wanted to stay close to home, plus it was affordable, which is the best.

My Vũ

Studying at VU has helped me prepare and cultivate my confidence, essential skills, and knowledge, and now I am ready for my new journey at Arizona State University this coming fall.

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The Lifeblood of our Institution is our students

Whether you are a gamer, foodie, performer, activist, artist or athlete you will have plenty to do! Each semester is packed with performances and time-honored activities like paddling the Wabash.