Mission and Vision Statements

Mission Statement

Vincennes University develops people and enhances communities through accessible, high-quality educational programs, strategic partnerships, and active engagement.

Vision Statement

Vincennes University is a premier learning institution, widely recognized for leadership in innovation and delivery of successful educational experiences. A broad range of program offerings and a commitment to superior service ensure the University's role as an important link in Indiana's economic and cultural vitality. VU is a diverse community whose members all share responsibility for supporting the University's mission and are respected for their contributions.

Vincennes University Values

The members of the Vincennes University Community value:

Personal growth and academic excellence for our students, faculty, and staff.

Collaborative relationships with our stakeholders and communities.

An environment that encourages open dialogue and cooperation.

Continuous improvement through data-informed planning and evaluation.

Cultural enrichment, diversity, and individual freedom.

About VU


Fast Facts



Vincennes University is accredited by The Higher Learning Commission. Vincennes University maintains its accreditation with the Higher Learning Commission through the Standard Pathway process.

For more information regarding VU's HLC accreditation, contact the Higher Learning Commission at 312-263-0456 or see www.hlcommission.org.

By the Numbers:

Enrollment, Vincennes Campus - 4,416
Enrollment, Jasper Campus - 579
Enrollment, Systemwide - 18,897
International students, Vincennes Campus - 45
NJCAA Varsity Sports - 11
Intramural Sports - 28
Club Sports - 8
Students from - 24 countries, 20 states
Student-to-Faculty ratio -
Programs (bachelor's, associate, certificates) - 200+
Vincennes Campus - 200+ acres
Clubs & Organizations -
Active Alumni - 121,000


Undergraduate Degrees Offered:

Bachelor's degrees - 6 programs
Associate degrees - 108 programs
Certificates (both CG and CPC) - 57 programs


Founded: VU is Indiana’s first college. William Henry Harrison, the ninth U.S. President, founded VU in 1801 while serving as governor of the Indiana Territory. VU was incorporated as Vincennes University on November 29, 1806.

Campuses: VU is state-supported with campuses in Vincennes and Jasper and additional sites such as Indianapolis, Lebanon, and Gibson County. A leader in developing Early Colleges statewide, VU also offers instruction at military sites throughout the nation. The Vincennes Campus covers 200+ acres and includes more than 30 major buildings. The Welsh Administration Building is the oldest building on campus.

Residential life: The Vincennes Campus is the only residential campus and features 7 residence halls housing nearly 1,700 students.

International students, Vincennes Campus: 45 active students representing the countries of Australia, Bahrain, Brazil, China (including Hong Kong), Congo (Kinshasa), Dominican Republic, Ecuador, France, Jamaica, Japan, Latvia, Lithuania, Nigeria, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Saudi Arabia (Jordan), Saudi Arabia (Lebanon), Serbia, South Africa, Spain, Vietnam, Zimbabwe.

Official Enrollment, as of October 2017:

Vincennes Campus: 4,416, of which 58% are male and 42% are female.

Student-to-faculty ratio is 16:1.

System-wide: 18,897, which includes both the Vincennes and Jasper campuses as well as the VU Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis, the Indiana School for the Deaf in Indianapolis, and other programs such as Project EXCEL, Early College, Military Education, and Business & Industry.


Tuition: Vincennes University continues to offer the lowest tuition of any residential college in Indiana. Click here for a complete listing of Tuition, Fees, and General Expenses.

Academics: VU has 6 colleges within the University

College of Business & Public Service
College of Health Science & Human Performance
College of Humanities
College of Science, Engineering, & Mathematics
College of Social Science, Performing Arts, & Communication
College of Technology


School Colors: Blue and Gold.

Mascot: Trailblazer Willie.

Financial Aid: The percentage of all first-time, full-time undergraduates systemwide during 2016-17 who received financial aid was 87%. The percentage of all undergraduates systemwide during 2016-17 who received financial aid was 28%.