Vincennes University offers select baccalaureate programs, though we are most notably recognized as a premiere two-year institution. Our reputation for helping students build a strong foundation for transfer to a four-year college is widely recognized throughout the state. We are equally known for the quality of our two-year career programs that teach specialized skills for immediate job entry.
Our admissions process is simple. Home-educated students are accepted to the University upon receipt of their final transcript and graduation date, while their college courses are selected based on the results of their placement (Accuplacer) test. SAT or ACT scores are not required for admission to the University; however, some programs do require these scores. Application to the Honors Program or academic scholarships also requires SAT or ACT scores.
- Parent Services
VU understands that parents play a paramount role in keeping students on track. We also realize that the role continues when they enter college. Cindy Beaman, VU Parent and Family Services Coordinator, helps students assume more responsibility while keeping parents involved.
- Academic Scholarships
Home-educated students are eligible to apply for VU academic scholarships. Students can also apply for other institutional scholarships.
- Honors Program
Through a combination of honors courses, leadership opportunities, cultural events, and creative activities, the Honors Program is designed to enhance the intellectual lives of the students and the University’s academic community.
- Summer Registration
First-year students come to campus in small groups to register for fall classes. This allows them to learn about the college process, meet independently with an academic advisor, and learn their way around campus before the rest of the student body arrives in mass. A three-day freshman orientation is also held prior to the first day of class to help students meet new friends, become acquainted with the faculty, and adjust to living on campus.
- Smaller Campus
While competing academically with Indiana’s four-year institutions, we offer the advantage of a smaller campus. But smaller certainly doesn’t imply inferior. Among our latest additions are the Donald G. Bell Student Recreational Facility and the Red Skelton Performing Arts Center. Our lecture classes are also appealing with a faculty whose primary job is teaching and a 17:1 average student to teacher ratio.
- Student Activities
Our staff creates a welcome environment that encourages students to become involved in campus activities. From athletics to leadership positions to social organizations and volunteer projects, students will find many opportunities to learn and grow outside the classroom.
Learning Opportunities with Vincennes University
- Concurrent classes - Concurrent classes earn both high school and college credit. Students can take advantage of VU’s concurrent classes in several ways.
- Project EXCEL - Project EXCEL classes are taught at local schools by a high school teacher. The teacher must possess the same academic credentials and use the same syllabus as faculty. Students pay $25 per credit hour, much less than the same class offered on campus. Home-educated students may enroll in any Project EXCEL class with the approval of the principal or counselor.
For a list of high schools that currently participate in Project EXCEL, call 800.0670.1230 or email ProjectEXCEL@vinu.edu.
- Distance Education - Students are eligible to take online classes with a written release from the teacher verifying the student is academically qualified for instruction at the college level. Call 800.880.7961 for more information.
- On-Campus Class - Students may take day or evening classes with a written release from the teacher. For a class schedule, call 800.589.4695.