VINCENNES, Ind. – The Vincennes University Early College Program’s successful academic enrichment and college life skills initiative, Xmester, returns to the VU campus June 11-16, followed by additional programming June 19-23 at regional locations throughout the state.

Xmester is an early college summer residential experience on the VU campus for rising high school seniors. Participants live in a residence hall and can earn college credit at reduced tuition costs. Courses are taught by both experienced college professors and successful collegiate teaching fellows from colleges across the nation. More importantly, students experience and navigate college campus life and learn first-hand from outstanding campus leaders. Xmester participants gain a head start in preparing for college success.

College credit earned during Xmester is transcripted college credit and will become part of the student’s official academic record at Vincennes University.

Returning Courses Being Offered: COMP 275 (Mobile Applications); PSYC 290 (Intro to Exceptionalities); OADM 266 (Professional Image); HIST 230 (Special Topics History); & SOCL 151 (Principles of Sociology) 

NEW Summer Courses Being Offered: JOUR 299 (Creating Xmester Newsletters and Social Media Updates); CNET 255 (Exploring Cyber-Security and Cyber Law); ARTT110 (Art Appreciation)

“We have about 190 rising seniors coming from throughout Indiana's Early College programs to participate in Xmester’s two-week academic program this year, said Xmester Director Odelet Nance. “Ten classes will be offered, ranging from mobile applications to sociology. New this year is the cyber-security course.”

In addition to the program’s credit opportunities, Nance is spearheading the Xmester Majors Fair on Thursday, June 15. The fair encourages Early College students to explore and consider Vincennes University as an option to continue their higher education experiences. All six of VU’s colleges will have representatives available to discuss majors available at VU.

Xmester Frequently Asked Questions

Can students other than rising juniors participate in Xmester?
Only rising juniors and current seniors that have not previously participated in Xmester. Freshman and sophomores cannot participate in Xmester.

Can students take more than one course during Xmester?
Unfortunately, courses are accelerated and there is only time to complete one course.

How do I get textbooks for the course?
Textbooks will be provided to the student during Xmester. The cost of the textbook rental is included in Xmester cost.

Must I have a roommate?
Yes, all participants will have a roommate. Scholars must complete the roommate portion of the registration form. This will assist staff in selecting a compatible individual for you.

What courses are offered at Xmester?
Course offerings include a variety of disciplines, including broadcasting, business, journalism, music, psychology, sociology, technology and theater. Students must meet all course prerequisites. Individual course selection will be made in consultation with Xmester staff with enrollment served on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

Which courses will transfer?
Most Xmester courses will transfer based upon its listing in the Indiana Core Transfer library or as elective courses.

How do I register?
All students must complete the online scholar registration form.

Where is Vincennes University?
The school is located in the city of Vincennes, the county seat of Knox County, Indiana, about two hours southwest of Indianapolis city limits. VU is located in between Terre Haute and Evansville on Indiana-Illinois border.



For General XMester Questions: Contact Dr. Odelet Nance, onance@vinu.edu