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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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VU Precision Machining Technology students win global competition

A trio of Vincennes University Precision Machining Technology majors won first place in the Educational Division of the 2022 Mastercam Wildest Parts Competition. Composed of Nate Conrad, Jackson Roberts, and Luke Schirmer, the VU students won the top prize for their innovative and fun electric skateboard. Sponsored yearly by Mastercam, the competition encourages student interest and participation in manufacturing. The contest challenges students in high school and college to create parts demonstrating creativity and technical skill using Mastercam software. 
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VU earns 2023-2024 Military Friendly ® School Silver ranking

Vincennes University is proud to be a military-friendly school with a longstanding commitment to supporting our nation's service members and veterans. VU has once again been named a Military Friendly® School and is the only large public institution in Indiana that has received a Silver ranking for 2023-24 by Viqtory, which recognizes the efforts of schools that provide exceptional support to military students and their families.
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Meet VU’s Newest Trustee: Brandon Haight

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees welcomed its newest member this past month. Brandon Haight was appointed a Trustee by Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb, and he took his oath of office at the Board’s recent retreat. Haight possesses decades of leadership and experience in the automotive industry. He is the general manager of the East Plant at Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Indiana (TMMI) in Princeton, Indiana. Haight also serves as the plantwide maintenance and reliability lead and is the regional advisor for Toyota’s Manufacturing Digital Transformation initiatives with a specific focus on machine reliability.
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VU Board approves honorary degrees for retired lawmakers, welcomes new Trustee

The Vincennes University Board of Trustees unanimously approved honorary doctorates for a pair of revered Hoosier lawmakers and welcomed a new Trustee at Board Retreat on Tuesday, Feb. 28. Former State Senator Luke Kenley and former State Representative Dr. Tim Brown will receive their honorary degrees during the Spring 2023 Commencement on April 29 at the P.E. Complex.
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VU to host PreVU Days in February, March and April

PreVU Day at Vincennes University is a great way for future Trailblazers to explore the world of opportunity awaiting them at Indiana’s First College. VU will host three PreVU Days during the Spring 2023 semester and registration is open. The open house events for prospective students and their families start at 9:30 a.m. (ET) on Saturday, Feb. 25; Friday, March 31, and Saturday, April 22, in Jefferson Student Union, 1401 N. Chestnut St.

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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.