University of Southern Indiana Review

In 1965, when it became apparent that Southwestern Indiana residents needed better access to public higher education, the University of Southern Indiana was set up in Evansville, IN. The university is commissioned to grant three associate's, seven bachelor's and ten master's degrees; there is also one doctoral option. Read on to learn more about the University of Southern Indiana.

Overview of the University of Southern Indiana

When the University of Southern Indiana originated in 1965, the total student enrollment was 412. In 2006, the university finalized a plan to enlarge the campus and its facilities to handle more than 20,000 students each year. Currently, more than 10,000 students are enrolled annually in more than 80 undergraduate degree programs. Another 15,000 students take continuing education courses through the Division of Extended Services.

The most popular programs at the University of Southern Indiana are nursing, business administration and elementary education. Nursing and clinical social work are preferred disciplines within the graduate school.

Admissions and Enrollment Overview

The Admission Committee first considers a potential student's high school transcript, seeking 3-4 years of both mathematics and laboratory science, three years of social studies and four years of English. Achievement scores from the GED may be substituted. The committee also scrutinizes SAT or ACT scores, GPA, class rank, high school counselor recommendations and extracurricular participation. Qualified students may seek financial aid planning assistance from the Student Financial Assistance (SFA) team.

Campus Learning Environment and Facilities

Several major buildings recently changed the landscape of the University of Southern Indiana, including a Science and Education Center (2003) and a new facility for the David L. Rice Library (2006). In 1965, the first university library was established in two small classrooms. Today, the Rice Library is the tallest building on campus and the centerpiece of a campus quadrangle. The library has almost a million books and resources in circulation.

The teacher to student ratio at the University of Southern Indiana is 1:21. Almost half of the classes have 20-29 students, while 9% of the classes have 2-9 students and 2% have more than 100 students.

Colleges and Divisions at the University of Southern Indiana

  • College of Liberal Arts
  • College of Business
  • Bower-Suhrheinrich College of Education & Human Services
  • College of Nursing & Health Professions
  • Pott College of Science & Engineering
  • University Division
  • Division of Extended Services
  • Graduate Studies Division

School Contact Information

  • Address: 8600 University Blvd., Evansville, IN 47712
  • Phone Number: (812) 464-8600