University of Southern Indiana

University of Southern Indiana Enrollment and Financial Aid Info

Located in Evansville, Indiana, the University of Southern Indiana is a 4-year public school that offers undergraduate and graduate programs. Read about the pros and cons of the school, plus tuition and admission information.

Is University of Southern Indiana the School for You?

Founded in 1965, the University of Southern Indiana (USI) is a mid-sized school that provides bachelor's, master's and doctorate degree programs. Besides offering degree programs, this public university also provides continuing education coursework, academic seminars and non-credit classes. Review the following information to find out if USI is the school for you.


  • Room and board cost is $1,813 lower than the national average
  • Acceptance rate was 7.8 percentage points higher than the national average in 2011
  • USI counts advanced placement (AP) credits and dual credits toward degree programs
  • Provides career counseling and on-campus day care


  • Average total cost was $1,117 above the national average for in-state students at 4-year public schools in 2012-2013
  • The 4-year graduation rate was 24 percentage points lower than the national average

Ranking & School Analysis

U.S. News & World Report indicated that USI's acceptance rate in 2011 was 71.6%, which is higher than the national average of 63.8%. The university also offers multiple student services, including on-campus day care and career counseling. If you excelled in high school and earned AP credits, USI allows you to apply those credits to your degree program, which might help you graduate faster. However, 4-year graduation rates at USI were low in 2011, at only 16%, per the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES).

Total expenses (including tuition, fees, room, board, books and other expenses) for Indiana residents attending USI averaged $18,977 for the 2012-2013 school year, which is somewhat higher than the national average of $17,860 for that same year. As of 2011, U.S. News & World Report indicated that the student to faculty ratio was 18:1, which was two points higher than the national average of 16:1. Information from U.S. News & World Report during that same year showed that nearly 60% of USI classes had 20-49 students, and only 36% of classes had less than 20 students.

According to the College Board, the most popular majors at USI in 2012 were health professions, education, business, communications, marketing, journalism and the social sciences.

Getting in & Financial Aid at University of Southern Indiana

You can apply to USI by completing an online application or by sending in a paper version. The admissions department requires freshmen applicants to submit transcripts from high school and either SAT or ACT test scores. Besides completing the application and paying the necessary fees, other admissions requirements for incoming freshmen include letters of recommendation from high school counselors and proof of extracurricular involvement, if applicable. USI does have some preferences for freshmen applicants. For example, they prefer individuals with a minimum GPA of 2.5. For composite test scores, USI favors students who have a minimum of 1230 on the SAT or 17 on the ACT.

As of the 2012-2013 school year, the total cost for attending USI was not much higher than the national average. Nevertheless, according to the College Board, the average amount of financial aid awarded to first-year students was $8,226 in 2012. Furthermore, 62% of financial aid offered was in the form of loans and work-study programs. The College Board showed that USI offered both need-based and merit-based scholarships in 2011, and the average amount of non-need-based financial aid was $2,906. In 2010-2011, 65% of USI students took out loans to pay for school, and the average loan amount was at $6,196, per NCES.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013) August 10*
Financial Aid Application Deadline (2013) March 1***
Rolling Admission Notification Start Date (2013) July 1***
Application Fee (2013) $40*
Acceptance Rate (2012-2013) 72%**
Tuition & Fees (2012-2013) $6,325 for residents, $14,725 for non-residents**
Average First-Year Financial Aid Package (2012) $8,226***
Percent of Students with Full Need Met (2012) 4%***
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 8.6%**

Student Life at University of Southern Indiana

According to USI's website, there are more than 100 student organizations on campus, including 16 department-specific groups, 14 special interest groups and 10 cultural-based groups. You can also choose to join one of the seven fraternities or four sororities on campus. Greek life council representation on campus includes the Interfraternity Council and the National Panhellenic Council. Several fraternities and sororities on campus also offer housing options. Other campus-owned housing options include apartments, coed housing, disability housing, themed housing and wellness center housing.

USI has one library on campus, the David L. Rice Library, and this facility has access to other libraries through interlibrary loan services. USI students and faculty have also been responsible for the restoration and maintenance of the historic part of Evansville, Indiana, near the campus. If you need additional help with coursework or projects, some useful student services include a writing center, study skills assistance, remedial coursework and tutoring. Other student services nclude minority student services, spiritual guidance, personal counseling, re-entering adult student services, veteran's services and health services.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Midsize suburb**
Student Population (2011) 10,820 (9,871 undergraduates)**
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2011) 41% Male to 59% Female**
% of Full Time Students (2011) 83%**
% of In-state Students (2011) 91%**
% of International Students (2011) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 65% of full-time students**
Campus Housing Available Yes*
% of Students Living on Campus 27%***
Number of Libraries1*
Extracurricular Activities Greek life organizations and more than 100 other student organizations*

Sources: * University of Southern Indiana, **NCES, ***College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, University of Southern Indiana, 8600 University Boulevard, Evansville, IN 47712
  • Phone: (812) 464-1765 / (800) 467-1965