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University of Southern Indiana

Welcome to the University of Southern Indiana! We hope you will spend time perusing our College Portrait site which provides information on our 70 undergraduate degree options and a dozen graduate degree programs. Faculty members across these programs are dedicated to the success of students, and you will find many opportunities to apply what you learn to benefit organizations in our community, across the state, and in national and international settings.

The University of Southern Indiana is a regionally responsive, needs-driven, comprehensive public university in the model of the "new American college." Emphasizing teaching and interaction between faculty and students, the University favors need-based applied research rather than basic research, and is responsive to community needs. The University of Southern Indiana seeks to support education, social and economic growth, and civic and cultural awareness in southwestern Indiana and is devoted primarily to preparing students to live wisely.


Living in the Screaming Eagles Community

Graphic Silhouette of College Students

Emphasis at USI is on learning, including the learning which continues beyond the classroom and laboratory. A wide variety of organizations and activities, plus numerous cultural opportunities, contribute to the total education of a student. In addition, more than 80 student organizations provide co-curricular and extra-curricular activities including special-interest groups, career organizations, student government, sororities and fraternities, music and drama groups, and the Activities Programming Board.


The Big Picture: How many students were on campus in Fall 2015?

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Undergraduate and Graduate Student Total
Total Students 9,029

Undergraduate Snapshot

Undergraduate Student Demographic Breakdown
Total Undergraduate Students 8,130
Women 4,949 61%
Men 3,181 39%
American Indian / Alaskan Native 20 <1%
Asian 121 1%
African American / Black 357 4%
Hispanic 207 3%
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 8 <1%
White 7,039 87%
Two or More Races 180 2%
International 197 2%
Race/Ethnicity Not Reported 1 <1%
Geographic Distribution (Degree-Seeking)
Where do USI undergraduates call home?
Indiana 87%
Other US States & Territories 11%
Other Countries 2%
How old are USI undergraduates?
Average Age 23
Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older 15%

New Student Applications (Fall 2015)

Of the 6,216 new freshman applicants, 69% were admitted and 39% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Southern Indiana in Fall 2015.
Of the 1,208 transfer applicants, 72% were admitted and 61% of the admitted students enrolled at University of Southern Indiana in Fall 2015.

New Freshmen High School Background and Test Scores

Test(s) Required for Admission: SAT or ACT recommended

Shows middle 50% of testing range
Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen ACT SAT
Composite 19 - 24  
Math 17 - 24 450 - 550
English 18 - 24  
Critical Reading   440 - 550
50% of admitted students have test scores within the ranges listed, 25% have scores above, and 25% have scores below.
High School Preparation
High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen
Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class 33%
Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class 71%
Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA 81%
Average High School GPA (4-point scale) 3.27
Percent who submitted High School GPA 99%

Sticker Price: How much does it cost on average?

Typical Undergraduate Costs for without Financial Aid (Full-Time, In-State Students)

Total Typical Cost of Attendance: $18,751

Out-of-State & Other Costs

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The cost to attend University of Southern Indiana varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.

How much would I pay?

Financial Aid: How much help is there to pay?

Scholarships & Grants

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based grants or scholarships; the average award for the year was $0. Scholarships and grants are financial aid that does not need to be repaid and is sometimes referred to as gift aid.

Annual Need-Based Loans

  • <1% of full-time undergraduates received need-based work-study and/or loans (not including parent loans); the average loan for the year was $0. Loans need to be repaid. Typically, repayment starts once you are no longer enrolled full-time. Please refer to page 12 of the Funding Education Beyond High School guide on the US Department of Education's Federal Student Aid website for more information about Financial Need.

Percent of 2013 Full-time Beginning Students Receiving Each Type of Financial Aid

NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.


USI Classes & Instructors

Classroom Environment
Students per Faculty 17 to 1
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students 82%
Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students 96%
Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty 347
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female 54%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color 7%
% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study 69%

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Campus-based Housing

66% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
31% of all undergraduates live on campus

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Campus Safety

USI Public Safety maintains 24-hour, seven-day-a-week security coverage of the campus. Security duties include traffic control, security of physical assets, and safety of all employees, students, and guests of the campus. In addition, all security staff are trained in first aid and other emergency procedures.

Campus Crime Statistics


Carnegie Classification of Institutional Characteristics

The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/

Basic Type
Master's Colleges and Universities (larger programs)
Size and Setting
Medium four-year, primarily residential
Enrollment Profile
Very high undergraduate
Undergraduate Profile
Full-time four-year, inclusive
Undergraduate Instructional Program
Balanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
Graduate Instructional Program
Postbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (business dominant)

NOTE: Institutional classifications based on the Carnegie 2005 edition.

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Student Activities and Involvement at USI

Each year on Assessment Day, in addition to academic testing, USI asks the students to complete a survey regarding their experiences while attending USI.  The questions topics range from experiences with their academic advisors to alcohol use.  Many of the questions are asked each year, while others are asked only ina given year.

Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement v2 (NSSE2). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.

Group Learning Experiences

  • 94% of senior worked with other students on course projects (1h)
  • 84% of seniors explained course material to one or more students (1f)
  • 25% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week participating in co-curricular activities such as student organizations and intramural sports (15b)

Active Learning Experiences

  • 84% of seniors spent at least 6 hours per week preparing for class (15a)
  • 24% of seniors worked on a research project with a faculty member (11e)
  • 73% of seniors participated in an internship, co-op, field experience, student teaching, or clinical placement (11a)
  • 14% of seniors spent at least 6 hours doing community service or volunteer work (15e)
  • 10% of seniors participated in study abroad (11d)
  • 90% of seniors made at least one course presentation last year (1i)

Institutional Commitment to Student Learning and Success

  • 97% of seniors who believe this institution emphasizes providing support to help students succeed academically (14b)
  • 74% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with academic advisors to be positive (13b)
  • 70% of seniors reported that this institution provided help in coping with work, family and other non-academic responsibilities (14g)
  • 86% of seniors reporting that their course challenged them to do their best work most of the time (10)

Student Interaction with Campus Faculty and Staff

  • 93% of seniors reported that faculty members provided prompt and detailed feedback on tests or completed assignments (5e)
  • 79% of seniors discussed course topics, ideas, or concepts with a faculty member outside of class (3c)

Experiences with Diverse Groups of People and Ideas

  • 70% of seniors reported that they often tried to understand someone else's point of view (2e)
  • 92% of seniors reported their experiences at this institution contributed to their understanding people of other backgrounds (17h)
  • 61% of seniors often had serious conversations with students of a different race or ethnicity (8a)

Student Satisfaction

  • 80% of seniors would attend this institution if they started over again (19)
  • 92% of seniors rated their entire educational experience as good or excellent (18)
  • 89% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with other students to be positive (13a)
  • 80% of seniors who rated the quality of interactions with faculty to be positive (13c)

Evaluation of Experiences

Survey Administration Process

Survey Information


Majors and Degrees

Degrees awarded at University of Southern Indiana in 2014-15
Degrees awarded at University of Southern Indiana in 2014-15
Associate's 79
Bachelor's 1,566
Master's 283
Doctoral 16
Total 1,944

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Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2014-15
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. 12%
Health/Health Care Administration/Management. 9%
Business Administration and Management, General. 7%
Psychology, General. 5%
Kinesiology and Exercise Science. 4%
Links to degree programs at University of Southern Indiana
Links to degree programs at University of Southern Indiana






Future Plans of Bachelor's Degree Recipients


Student Success & Progress Rate

A 72% four-year success and progress rate means that 72% of students starting in Fall 2009 either graduated or are still enrolled at a higher education institution four years later.

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Counts for the Fall 2009 entering class shown in the graph above.
  • 2,025 First-Time, Full-Time Students
  • 551 Full-Time Transfer Students

Success & Progress Rate Table


Retention of Freshman Class

First-time students in Fall 2014 that returned for their second year: 71%


Student Learning at University of Southern Indiana

All colleges and universities use multiple approaches to measure student learning. Many of these are specific to particular disciplines, many are coordinated with accrediting agencies, and many are based on outcomes after students have graduated.

Learning Assessment Examples


Pilot Project to Measure Core Learning Outcomes

Colleges and universities participating in the College Portrait measure the typical improvement in students' abilities to think, reason, and write using one of three tests. This is part of a pilot project to better understand and compare what students learn between their freshman and senior years at different colleges and universities.