University of Southern Indiana

University of Southern Indiana Admissions and School Information

The University of Southern Indiana (USI) in Evansville is a 4-year publicly-funded educational institution. Among its over 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are majors in the fine arts, liberal arts and humanities, social science, natural science, business, education, health sciences and engineering.

About University of Southern Indiana

The university campus is located at Evansville, Indiana, and it is the scholastic home for over 10,000 students. While it started as a regional branch of Indiana State University in 1965, it has been an independent entity since 1985. The school offers five associate's degree programs, 66 undergraduate academic majors, ten master's degree programs and the Doctor of Nursing Practice program. The university's six schools and colleges offer 16 pre-professional programs, ranging from pre-chiropractic to pre-law to pre-podiatry to pre-wildlife biology. Post-baccalaureate certificates in computer information systems and professional accountancy are also available.

The doctorate in nursing practice and bachelor's degrees in advanced manufacturing and criminal justice are the latest additions, pending the Indiana Commission for Higher Education's approval. The University trains its faculty so that adoption of new education technology is easily integrated. In fall 2009, USI students came from 91 counties within Indiana and 41 other U.S. states. Students from 63 other nations also joined at this time.

Admissions and Enrollment Information at University of Southern Indiana

You apply online to start the admission process. Your high school mails or faxes a guidance-counselor form and your current transcript to the University admission office. A non-refundable $25 application fee can be paid on-line or mailed. Admission to the University does not guarantee admission to the College of Nursing and Health Professions' degree programs. Health professions applicants must have a clean bill of health, availability for clinical rotations and no criminal record or other condition which would preclude licensure after graduation.

Colleges at the University of Southern Indiana

College of Business

This college offers an associate's degree in business, nine baccalaureates and the Master of Business Administration (MBA). Most undergraduates major in the usual business subjects: finance, marketing, management and the like. The school also offers a bachelor's degree program in accounting and professional services, reflecting the teamwork and advisor orientation expected of accountants these days.

Business education is another less-common business major available. The College of Business also houses computer science and economics degree programs, as well as the post-baccalaureate certificate programs in professional accounting and computer information systems. A concentration in international trade, including a language major, is offered.

Bower-Suhrheinrich College of Education and Human Services

The college includes the physical education, social work and teacher education departments. Students earning a B.S. in Physical Education may focus on teaching, kinesiology or exercise science. Some students choose minors in health and safety education, coaching, managing sports and leading fitness instruction. Bachelor of Social Work and Master of Social Work (BSW and MSW) degree programs are offered.

Undergraduate degree programs for future teachers include elementary education, early childhood education, all-grade teaching for art or phys. ed. and special education. Currently employed teachers take courses to qualify for secondary teaching positions as well. The graduate-level School Administrative Leadership Program is taken as a specialization by students earning their Master of Science in Education degrees or by educators who already hold master's degrees.

Pott College of Science and Engineering

Departments in the college include geology and physics, biology, chemistry, engineering and mathematics. There is a biophysics major available from the Geology and Physics Department. Chemistry majors may focus on industry, the environment, a pre-professional program (usually biochemistry) or teaching. Most biology graduates go on to graduate school for an advanced or professional degree.

Math majors study the history and applications of mathematics, as well as algebra, geometry, probability, statistics and mathematical analysis. The engineering department offers 4-year and 5-year ABET-accredited courses leading to the B.S. in Engineering or Industrial Supervision. Students can even choose an M.S. in Industrial Management.

College of Liberal Arts

The College of Liberal Arts offers 30 majors and 21 minors in the liberal arts through ten departments. These encompass the traditional fine arts (art and performing arts), communications (English, modern and classical languages and communications), social sciences (anthropology, political science, psychology and sociology), history, philosophy, public administration and criminal justice. Interdisciplinary programs such as international studies or gender studies are available.

College of Nursing and Health Professions

This is a popular college, and getting into these degree programs is competitive. Potential dental assistants train in a 45-credit certificate program. Associate of Science degrees are offered in respiratory therapy and occupational therapy assisting. Graduates from the college's nine bachelor's degree programs are prepared for careers as dental hygienists, radiologic technologists, nurses, dietitians, nutritionists, diagnostic medical sonographers and other health services staff.

The 5-year B.S./MSOT program prepares occupational therapists. Graduate programs include master's degrees in nursing or health administration and a doctorate in nursing practice. Practicing health professionals earn specialty nursing and online continuing education certificates here.

Office of Graduate Studies

This office coordinates graduate studies. Students apply here for post-baccalaureate programs in business administration, elementary and secondary education, industrial management, liberal studies, public administration and social work. Graduate programs in the health professions (health administration, nursing and occupational therapy) require separate applications to the graduate studies office and to the program's home department.

University Division Advising

University Division Advising provides counseling and supportive academic services. They help students who didn't decide on a major upon enrollment, students whose admittance to the university was conditional or students who aren't seeking a degree.

Contact Information

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