Admission Requirements

Degree Seeking

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

  1. a high school diploma (request transcript using Parchment.com), 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 are interested in VU acquiring your high school transcripts on your behalf, please print this form and submit it to the Admissions Office.

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Registration Requirements/College Readiness

All students are required to provide one of the following to demonstrate their college readiness and register for classes:

Graduation Qualifying Exam (GQE)

  • Passing scores on the English and math sections of the Graduation Qualifying Exam (IN=ISTEP).    

High School Equivalency (HSE)

  • Passing high school equivalency test (GED/TASC).

Grade Point Average (GPA)  

  • 2.5 High School GPA on a 4.0 scale

Honors Diploma

  • Academic Honors Diploma
  • Technical Honors Diploma

College Credit

  • 6 college credits**

SAT/ACT*

  • SAT    EBRW: 480    Math: 480
  • ACT    Reading: 18  English: 18    Math: 19

Next Generation Accuplacer (2019 & Later)*

  • Reading: 227
  • Writing: 231
  • Arithmetic: 214
  • Alg/QR/Stats: 220

*Only one minimum score is required.

** Postsecondary credit must be a grade of C or above and completed at VU or a regionally accredited institution.

Selective Programs

Facilities and other resources limit admission into selected programs. 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 dependent 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 Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Practical Nursing, Funeral Service Education, Health Information Management, Pharmacy Technician, Physical 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. An admission committee composed of the Health Sciences and Human Performance Dean and appropriate health program director reviews all applicants for these programs. Applicants must file all required credentials prior to evaluation. For more information, please visit www.vinu.edu/health-science-and-human-performance.

Non-degree Seeking Students

Applicants who wish to accumulate less than 15 credit hours and do not intend to pursue a degree or certificate at VU are 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 and/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 have earned or will earn 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 and test scores 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 that are not yet accredited, or from homeschooling programs.

Students completing these programs should supply the Admissions Office with a detailed transcript with graduation date. The Director of Admission may also request 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.

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 must meet 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 and a minimum of 24 post-secondary college credit hours. Grades below C- may not transfer for credit.

Transfer applicants can 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 baccalaureate programs must submit official transcripts sent directly to the Registrar of Vincennes University from the degree-granting institution showing 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.

Transfer Credit Policies

Credits toward completion of a degree are accepted from regionally accredited colleges.

  • VU will evaluate courses in which grades of C- or higher have been earned.
  • If a transfer course is 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 Credit 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) which is a voluntary group organized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).

Felony Application and Review

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.

All students that have been charged and/or convicted of a felony 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.

The Admissions Office may also notify applicants that they will be required to pay the fee necessary to complete a criminal background check; a background check provided by the applicant will not be sufficient. Students admitted to Vincennes University and is later discovered to have lied or not been completely truthful about their criminal history, will be subject to immediate dismissal from the institution.

Once the required documentation is received, each application will go through a review process. 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 the Dean of Students Readmission Review page for more information. If you are unsure of your academic status, please contact the Admissions Office.

College Expulsion Process (Dismissed from another Institution)

All applicants that 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. Return completed forms to:

Vincennes University

Admissions Office

1002 N. First Street

Vincennes, IN 47591

Or email to vuadmit@vinu.edu.

Once the required documentation is received, 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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