About Vincennes University, Indiana’s First College
VU Vincennes University is now embarking on its third century of providing top quality education to undergraduates pursuing 2-year and 4-year academic programs of study in the state of Indiana. VU is Indiana's first college and is one of the oldest in America. It is the birthplace of one of the nation's first two-year institutions of higher learning.
Founded in 1801 by William Henry Harrison and incorporated as Vincennes University November 29, 1806, VU is one of only two U.S. colleges founded by a President of the United States. (The other is the University of Virginia founded by the 3rd U.S. President, - Thomas Jefferson.) William Henry Harrison was the 9th U.S. President.)
Situated on the banks of the Wabash River, the 160-acre VU campus includes more than 30 modern buildings featuring red-brick construction consistent with the first campus building, the 1803 home of VU's founder, William Henry Harrison. The Harrison mansion is open for tours. The campus also features red-brick walkways, abundant landscaping, and easy access to the legendary Wabash River and the George Rogers Clark National Historical Park.
Vincennes is situated approximately 120 miles southwest of Indianapolis at the junction of U.S. highways 41 and 50. Vincennes is midway between the cities of Evansville and Terre Haute.
Under the guidance of highly experienced administrators, faculty and staff members, Vincennes University students have the opportunity to pursue or advance careers in a number of industry-specific areas of expertise such as: teaching, educational administration, healthcare, physical education and wellness, graphic design, journalism, nursing, sport management, aviation, manufacturing and interior design.