Admissions Requirements

Degree Seeking # 

Admission as a student to Vincennes University leading to a degree or technical certificate requires either:

  1. a high school diploma (request transcript using, or

  2. an official General Educational Development (GED) or Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) transcript, or

  3. 24 hours of postsecondary credit from a regionally-accredited institution.

View homeschool and non-traditional high school requirements.

If you're interested in VU acquiring your high school transcripts on your behalf, please print this form and submit it to the Admissions Office. 

Read more about admissions application checklist items →


College Readiness #

Applicants with a high school diploma that was not earned through a Graduation Qualifying Exam will be required to complete one of the following to be permitted to register for classes:  

  1. Applicants may demonstrate their college readiness by obtaining a minimum score as designated by Vincennes University on one of the three subtests of the Computerized Placement Tests (CPTs), provided free of charge by VU.
  2. Alternatively, applicants may submit SAT and/or ACT scores for review to determine college readiness. 

Tests and minimum scores to meet the college readiness standard, as determined by Vincennes University:

Next Generation Accuplacer/VU Placement Exam
Reading Comprehension 227
Sentence Skills 232
Arithmetic 214
Elem. Algebra 220


View all minimum scores →


Selective Programs #

Admission into selected programs, whether associate or baccalaureate degree, is necessarily limited by facilities and other resources. In the same way admission to the University may, from time-to-time, be capped or deferred when our capacity to serve students has been reached.

Entrance into Health Science majors is based upon adequate academic qualifications. All applicants must first be accepted into the University and take the Accuplacer before they will be considered for acceptance to a health science program. These programs of study are Bachelor Degree NursingAssociate Degree NursingPractical NursingFuneral Service EducationHealth Information ManagementPharmacy TechnologyPhysical Therapist Assistant, and Surgical Technology. Acceptance involves an evaluation of candidates in terms of academic grades, test scores, class rank, and in some instances, personal interview. All applicants for these programs are reviewed by an admission committee composed of the Health Sciences and Human Performance Dean and appropriate health program director. Applicants must file all required credentials prior to being evaluated. For more information, please visit


Non-degree Seeking Students #

Applicants who wish to register and accumulate less than 15 credit hours and who do not intend to pursue a degree or certificate at VU may be conditionally admitted as a non-degree seeking student by completing the Non-Degree Seeking Student Application.

Applicants must meet the prerequisites for the courses in which they enroll and, therefore, may be required to take VU’s Accuplacer placement exam.

All students who wish to live in a residence hall or apply for financial aid must apply for admission and meet the admission requirements under Admission for Degree-Seeking Students, whether or not they intend to obtain a degree.

Students who register for or have earned fifteen or more credit hours are required to apply for admission and meet the requirements under Admission for Degree-Seeking Students. Applicants who are unable to demonstrate their college readiness by obtaining a federally-designated minimum score on the placement exam may appeal to the Director of Admissions to have their application reviewed.


Home School and Non-Traditional High School Students #

Vincennes University welcomes students graduating from non-traditional high schools, such as accredited Internet high schools, schools which are not yet accredited, or from homeschooling programs.

Students completing these programs should supply the Admissions office with a detailed transcript with graduation date.  A brief description of the content in each course, explanation of assessment with grading scale, an overview of the curriculum and/or an academic portfolio may be requested by the Director of Admission.

All students are required to take the Accuplacer placement exam and meet the registration requirements before they meet with an academic advisor to register for classes.


Transfer Students #

Transfer applicants may be admitted by meeting the admission requirements under Admission for Degree-Seeking Students or by providing an official transcript (transcript mailed from another college or university directly to Vincennes University) from each college attended, showing evidence of honorable release for a minimum of 24 post-secondary college credit hours. Grades below C- may not be transferred for credit.

Transfer applicants will be considered for freshman through junior status in Vincennes University's Teacher Education baccalaureate programs dependent on application review and academic credentials as outlined on the respective curriculum pages. Transfer applicants for junior status in Vincennes University's Nursing, Homeland Security, and Technology baccalaureate programs must submit documentation (an official transcript from the degree-granting institution sent directly to the Registrar of Vincennes University) of a completed associate degree in one of the "feeder" programs designated within the curriculum pages of those programs. Both native and transfer applicants who are within six hours of their associate degree completion may conditionally begin their intended baccalaureate program if the remaining courses are not prerequisites for the courses to be taken in that first semester; conditionally admitted students must complete those remaining credit hours by the end of their first semester as juniors. If the courses involved are sequential and not prerequisites to courses required in the first two semesters of the program, students will have two semesters to complete the missing hours.

Entrance into all baccalaureate programs requires at least a 2.0 G.P.A. in lower division courses. Some programs, like the Teacher Education programs, will require at least a 2.75 G.P.A. for program admission.


Credit Transfer Policies #

Credits toward completion of a degree will be accepted from colleges that are accredited for transfer by a regional accrediting association.

  • VU will evaluate courses in which grades of C- or higher have been earned.
  • If a transfer course is basically the same as a VU course, but the hours differ, VU may accept hours not applied to that course as an undistributed elective.
  • The division dean may authorize a waiver of a required course when more than half of the hours of the course are being accepted as undistributed elective transfer hours.
  • In addition to transfer credits, students may earn advanced placement through standardized testing.
  • Transfer students may earn academic credit from CLEP, USAFI, ACT PEP or DANTES courses or tests.
  • Transfer students may earn academic credit for service school courses and military science credits.


Criteria for Transfer Decisions #

The criteria Vincennes University uses when accepting and applying transfer credit include:

  • The similarity of the course content as determined by the academic department most knowledgeable about the technical content.
  • How appropriate the incoming course will be in the student's major. A valid disciplinary course that has no specific Vincennes University course equivalent may be assigned undistributed elective credit in the appropriate department. Undistributed elective may apply to a major as an elective or as a major course requirement. A course may be equivalent to a Vincennes University course but it may not be applicable to the student's major.
  • An on-going assessment of the success of students in subsequent courses that are related to the course being transferred to Vincennes University. This assessment becomes a measure of the quality of the incoming course.
  • Vincennes University complies with guidelines of the Higher Education Transfer Alliance (HETA) with is a voluntary group organized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).


Students needing to appeal an admissions decision can appeal to the Director of Admissions. 

Background History Review Policy #

Vincennes University believes a safe environment is necessary for optimal learning, and it is the goal of the University to ensure all those admitted to the institution are committed to maintaining such an environment for themselves and their fellow members of the University community.

VU’s Admission Application inquires whether an applicant has ever been charged with a felony. All applicants who answer "yes" to this question must submit a completed Felony Application and Explanation Form including a personal statement addressing the criminal charge(s), and any other documentation the applicant believes supports their statement.

Applicants may also be notified by the Admissions Office that they will be required to submit the application fee necessary to complete a criminal background check; a background check provided by the applicant will not be sufficient. If an applicant who is admitted to Vincennes University is later discovered to have lied or not been completely truthful about their criminal history, they will be subject to immediate dismissal from the institution.

Once the required documentation has been submitted, each application will be reviewed. The Office of Admissions may then decide to approve the admission application, deny the application, or refer the application for further inquiry and review. Individuals may appeal denied applications with the Background Appeal Committee. All Background Appeal Committee decisions are final.

Please be advised that felony charges may prevent a student from entering a degree program or from obtaining work in that field upon graduation.  Even if a student's background check is cleared by the Admissions Office the student should have a conversation about the charges with his/her academic advisor, prior to beginning a degree program, to ensure the possibility of job placement after program completion.  

Academic Disqualification from Vincennes University 

If you have been academically disqualified from Vincennes University, please visit this page for more information regarding the Readmission Review through the Dean of Students. If you are unsure of your academic status, please contact the Admissions Office.

College Expulsion Process (Dismissed from Another Institution)

All applicants who have been expelled or suspended from a college or university (other than Vincennes University) must complete two steps:

  1. Complete the College Expulsion and Suspension Form and return to the VU Admissions Office.
  2. Download the Dean of Students Transfer Form, complete the top portion, then forward to the Dean of Students Office of the institution you were dismissed from for them to complete and have returned to the VU Admissions Office.

Both forms printable or fillable.  Completed forms must be returned to:

Vincennes University
Admissions Office
1002 N. First Street 
Vincennes, IN  47591

Or email to

Once the required documentation has been submitted, each application will be reviewed. The Office of Admissions may then decide to approve the admission application, deny the application, or refer the application for further inquiry and review.The deadline to submit the forms is August 1 for the fall semester and December 1 for the spring semester.



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