Vincennes University is the oldest college in Indiana. It was established in 1801 by William Henry Harrison, the 9th President of the United States, and incorporated as Vincennes University November 29, 1806. Vincennes is one of only two colleges founded by an American President. The University allows students to explore a future in multiple areas of expertise.
The focus of Vincennes University is to ensure a great
education is received at a school that’s perfect for you. Through cultural
opportunities and community services in diverse, student-centered, collegiate
environment, you’ll learn more than job skills. VU has locations in Vincennes,
Jasper, Indianapolis, and Gibson Indiana. Indiana Governor Frank O’Bannon and
Stan Jones, commissioner for higher education, persuaded the Indiana state
legislature to mandate a “coordinated partnership” between VU and what was then
called Ivy Tech State College in 1999.
Vincennes University is approaching its third
century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year
and 4-year academic programs of study in Indiana. VU students have the
opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas
of expertise such as: teaching, educational administration, healthcare,
physical education and wellness, graphic design, journalism, nursing, sport
management, aviation, manufacturing and interior design.
diverse set of majors that focus on careers in teaching and industry are
offered at Vincennes University. With a graduation rate of 24%, students should
apply themselves in one of the six colleges: business and public service
(includes Homeland Security and Law Enforcement), health sciences and human
performance, humanities, science, engineering, and mathematics, social science,
performing arts, and communications, and technology. The financial aid that is
offered at VU includes the common federal aids, Robert C. Byrd Scholarship
Hendricks County College Network, Hispanic Scholarship Fund, USA Funds Access
to Education Scholarships, Working Woman Scholarship, and more.
A small literary
society called Tae Phi Delta (ΤΦΔ) was started in 1897 at VU. Soon after, it became the
founding (“Alpha”) chapter of Sigma Pi (ΣΠ) Fraternity, which made the
organization the first of its kind to be founded west of the Ohio Valley. On VU’s
campus, there is a clock tower that commemorates that event. It’s one of the
largest collegiate fraternities, and despite its relocations, VU is its
birthplace. The VU chapter is still active today, with successful alumni
including three VU Presidents. By special exception granted by the National
Interfraternity Council, VU is the only 2-year school with a national
fraternity chapter. As far as athletics are concerned, VU is a member of the
NJCAA. The team’s moniker is the Trailblazers. This can be depicted as a minute
man or woodsman-type frontier setter, inspired by George Rogers Clark, who
resided in Indiana after his military career. The Trailblazers compete in
baseball, bowling, and golf, basketball, cross country, volleyball, swimming,
diving, and track and field.
university is located on the banks of the Wabash River, with 160 acres. The
campus includes more than 30 modern buildings with red-brick construction. It
also features red-brick walkways, abundant landscaping, and easy access to the
legendary Wabash River and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
Vincennes is approximately 120 miles southwest of Indianapolis at the junction
of U.S. highways 41 and 50. It’s midway between the cities of Evansville and
Terre Haute. Vincennes was chosen as the location of both
the capital of the Indiana Territory and of VU because Vincennes was centrally
located at the approximate population-density center of the Indiana Territory.