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Forty years ago, the people of Southwestern Indiana imagined a University that would offer affordable higher education, prepare the workforce, contribute to economic development, and enhance the intellectual and cultural life of the region. Their vision became the University of Southern Indiana, serving with distinction from 1965-2005 and continuing to shape the future.

1965 - 1975 | 1976 - 1985 | 1986 - 1995 | 1996 - 2005



USI joins National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II

Center for Communal Studies opens

1977  Mid-America Singers gain national exposure on public television in "An Elizabethan Christmas Celebration"
1978   University is founding member of Great Lakes Valley Conference for intercollegiate athletics

SIHE announces plan to provide student housing

North Central Association of Colleges and Schools accords 10-year accreditation.

Lady Eagles win Indiana AIAW Southern District Basketball Tournament

1980  Physical Activities Center opens; a community fund drive raises $300,000 to fund spectator seating
1981 Radio station WSWI is on the air, thanks to South Central Broadcasting
1982 Men’s cross-country team finishes third in NCAA Division II national tournament

University Home, a residence for the University president and family, opens

Indiana Commission for Higher Education supports separate state university status

1984 Bill to establish the Board of Incorporators for an Independent State University in Southwestern Indiana passes

First student housing opens

Sigma Tau Gamma builds first house on Fraternity Row


Bill creating the University of Southern Indiana is signed into law by Governor Robert D. Orr on campus at 12:07:15 p.m. April 16

Governor appoints first Board of Trustees

USI undertakes management of Historic New Harmony

Business offers Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Accountancy

College Achievement Program (CAP) begins, allowing highly motivated juniors and seniors at participating high schools to earn both high-school and college credit for selected courses

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