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we believe in you, and know you're capable of great things.

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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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living and learning

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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.

news & events

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Ben Davis University student wearing braces stands in a hallway at BDU.

12/11/2023

Media Mention: WFYI Indianapolis and Chalkbeat Indiana shine spotlight on VU's Early College program

WFYI Indianapolis and Chalkbeat Indiana highlighted VU Early College partner schools Ben Davis University and Area 31 Career Center in a story discussing how VU is helping Indianapolis-area students earn college credit in high school.
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12/07/2023

VU Board of Trustees receives Health Sciences Center project update

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 6, was engrossing, as the Trustees were brought up to speed on significant happenings within the University community. The highlights included a comprehensive update on the upcoming construction of the $33.9 million, 70,000-square-foot Center for Health Sciences and Active Learning.
Tecumseh-Harrison Elementary School students and staff, VU leaders, and Purdue IN-MaC leaders cut a blue ribbon to commemorate the new Design and Innovation Studio at Tecumseh-Harrison school.

12/06/2023

VU and Purdue IN-MaC launch Design and Innovation Studios at six Knox County schools

Vincennes University is embarking on an inspiring initiative to propel STEM education into the future by implementing Design and Innovation Studios for students attending six public Knox County elementary and intermediate schools in partnership with Purdue Indiana Next Generation Manufacturing Competitiveness Center (IN-MaC).
A diverse group of VU students and a VU graduate wearing a cap and gown pose for a group photo.

12/05/2023

VU president emboldens 2023 Mid-Year Graduates: ‘Be curious, not judgmental’

VU graduates gathered in the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center to celebrate a significant milestone at Mid-Year Commencement on Saturday. VU conferred 606 bachelor’s degrees, associate, degrees, and certificates. 
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11/29/2023

Indiana Philanthropy Award goes to VU Alumnus Bernie Niehaus

Bernie Niehaus, an esteemed alumnus of Vincennes University, is honored with the prestigious Indiana Philanthropy Award - Outstanding Philanthropist for his immense contributions to philanthropy and community development. 

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Meet our students

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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.