VINCENNES — Applications to enroll at Vincennes University this fall are up 8.4 percent, according to Kristi Deetz, senior director for External Relations.
Reporting to the VU Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Deetz said that more than 4,500 applicants have already been accepted for this fall at the Vincennes campus, which is 7.5 percent ahead of last year. Citing the importance of campus visits to the decision to enroll, Deetz said there has been a concerted effort to attract more persons to tour campus.
This year’s PreVU visitation days welcomed 906 students and family members — up 6 percent from last year. Reservations total 309 visitors for this weekend’s two PreVU Days. VU has also hosted 3,519 students through its group visitation program — up from 3,100 students last year. In addition, she said the VU Jasper Campus initiated a group visit program this spring that attracted 101 students.
Deetz said that Jasper Campus applications are up 40 students compared to last year while the 114 applications to the Aviation Technology Center in Indianapolis is about the same as last year.
In addition to the new students, Deetz said registration for continuing students is also running ahead of last year, which she said can be partly attributed to a larger incoming class last year.
In other news, the board received a report about plans to initiate training in a facility in Lebanon along the I-65 corridor. David Tucker, vice president for Workforce Development/Community Services, said that VU has been asked to be the exclusive education and training service provider for the new center that is now in the planning stages.
“There has been a two-year process in Lebanon of preparing to bring higher education and training to that area. In the last couple of weeks Mayor Huck Lewis has obtained a site so the city owns property that it will build a training center on. They are working on finalizing financing for a building that will probably be in the $5 million range,” Tucker said.