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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


1965 First classes are held in Centennial School with 412 students, two full-time and 36 part-time faculty and staff
1966  Southern Indiana Higher Education (SIHE), Inc., raises nearly $1 million in community fund drive to acquire 1,400 acres in western Vanderburgh County
1967 Dr. David L. Rice is named dean of campus

State approves funding for first building

University Foundation organizes

1969 Science Center and Administration Building opens

Campus is dedicated and first honorary degrees are conferred

Temporary Union Building (TUB) opens

Men’s basketball is first intercollegiate sport


First Commencement is June 2 for 151 degree candidates

Graduates form Alumni Association

David Rice is named president

Library opens

University joins National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA)

1972 Campus provides space for new Evansville Center of Indiana University School of Medicine 
1973  Westwood Garden Club wins national Sears Environmental Award for Bent Twig Outdoor Education Center

University Center opens; Pyramid Lounge becomes favorite student spot

Golf team finishes 15th in nation


Technology Center opens

86 full-time faculty and 149 staff members provide academic programs in 31 areas

Women’s basketball becomes first women’s intercollegiate sport participating in Association of Intercollegiate Athletics for Women (AIAW)

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