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University of Evansville: Building a Lifelong Community

One of the most supportive colleges in the United States, the University of Evansville is all about community. Despite its personal approach and small class size, this university still ranks among the 25 largest Indiana colleges and universities. It is smaller than Valparaiso University, but larger than DePauw University. Founded on United Methodist principles, this 150 year old school strives to include each student and make him or her feel totally at home. It has the facilities and history to stand toe to toe with any Indianapolis school.

Promotional video for the Department of Civil and Mechanical Engineering at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana

 

Campus Life and Community

It’s safe to say that there’s tons to do on the University of Evansville campus. Not surprisingly, the college is located in Evansville, Indiana, which is also home to the University of Southern Indiana. It’s the third largest city in Indiana, behind Indianapolis and Fort Wayne. The town is about three hours south of Indianapolis, which means you can make a day trip to visit plenty of Indianapolis attractions if you get bored in Evansville. But with all the activities available at the University of Evansville, chances are you won’t even think of trying to find things to do in Indianapolis.
The University of Evansville has over 170 student run groups that range from intramural sports to music groups, some of which are involved in the Indianapolis music scene. The university screens newly released movies in campus buildings on big screen projectors, there are plenty of coffee shops to hang out and play a board game at, and there’s always some sort of varsity-level sport going on. In addition, the school also sponsors the English Coffee Hour, where students can meet an award-winning writer. If these activities aren’t enough, don’t worry; new university sanctioned groups are starting up all the time.

Video of the knights in armor battling at the annual fair held by the University of Evansville Medieval Society in Evansville, Indiana

 
Evansville takes pride in the fact that it isn’t a “suitcase campus”. It’s a living, breathing community that is constantly evolving. 70% of students at the university live in the several residence halls on campus, and a whopping 90% live within walking distance. The campus is like its own little bubble where students get to know each other over the course of four years. To forward their goal of an active, involved community, the University of Evansville takes part in a number of community service activities. Evansville students assist over 30 non profit charities, including Habitat for Humanity, YMCA, Tri-State Food Bank, women’s shelters, and humane societies.

Video documenting a humanitarian trip to the Dominican Republic undertaken by students at the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana

 
Since it is a faith based university, the University of Evansville fosters spiritual growth as well as academic growth. The university chaplain is always on hand to provide counseling, consultation, and guidance to people of all faiths, not just Christians. The school also hosts a state of the art worship center, the Neu Chapel. The Chapel holds ecumenical services as well as Roman Catholic Mass on Thursday, Sunday, and Wednesday. In addition, the chapel has a 24 hour Prayer Room for students to commune at any time of day. It may not be as venerable as the Christ Church Cathedral in Indy, but the Neu Chapel provides the entire campus with guidance.

Academics

The University of Evansville has long been an outstanding school for academics. It has routinely been ranked by U.S. News and World Report as one of the top colleges in the Midwest. The academic programs at the University of Evansville are organized into four different colleges: the College of Arts & Sciences, College of Education and Health Sciences, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, and the Schroeder Family School of Business Administration. Majors at the University of Evansville include ceramics, environmental administration, exercise science, anthropology, gerontology, and many others.
In addition to the domestic programs offered at the Evansville campus, the University of Evansville also as an international affiliate campus in Britian, the University of Evansville – Harlaxton. Harlaxton College is a unique study abroad experience in which students take classes and reside in a 100-room Victorian manor in the rolling English countryside, outside of the town of Grantham. The main focus of the Harlaxton College experience is the British studies course, in which students learn many facets of British culture, literature, art, and society. It’s a great way to immerse yourself in the culture of our neighbors across the pond.

Video tour of Harlaxton College in England; Harlaxton is owned by the University of Evansville in Evansville, Indiana

 
In addition to Harlaxton College, the university sponsors many other study abroad programs in almost every continent in the world, except of course Antarctica. Many of the study abroad programs are tailored to a certain major like foreign languages or business, but still others are open for all majors. Students from all walks of life can go around the globe, from China to Jamaica, and they’ll still be able to graduate in four years. It’s a one of a kind educational opportunity that can’t be missed.

Athletics

In addition to all the excellent domestic and international opportunities at the University of Evansville, the Purple Aces are always an entertaining sports team to watch, no matter what the competition is. They provide just as much entertainment as any Indianapolis sports team. The Purple Aces play NCAA Division I sports and are part of the Missouri Valley Conference, which also includes Indiana State University and the University of Southern Illinois. The University of Evansville fields 14 varsity sports teams, including swimming and diving, tennis, cross country, and golf.

Video interviews with members of the University of Evansville men’s basketball team

 

Like many strange sports mascots, like the Purdue University
Boilermakers and the Indiana State University Sycamores, the Purple Aces got their name from a not too complimentary newspaper article. Nevertheless, the teams have worn the name with pride. In the 2008-2009 season, the men’s basketball team had a fairly good season, even defeating some Indianapolis college basketball teams. They posted a 17-13 overall record but an astonishing 15-3 home record. Throughout the season, they earned victories over cross-town rival University of Southern Indiana, Ball State University, and Indiana State University, though they were defeated by Butler University and were knocked out in the first round of the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament. Unfortunately, they didn’t qualify for the NCAA Men’s Final Four Basketball Tournament last year, but there’s always the 2009-2010 season.

Video of an awesome ally-oop dunk by the University of Evansville Purple Aces in 2008

 
The Purple Aces women’s soccer team also fared extraordinarily well in the 2008 season, when they achieved a 9-0 undefeated record at home. The team only lost five games during the entire regular season, including a 0-2 loss at Indiana University – Purdue University (IUPUI). But their losses were quickly forgotten when they took home the championship at the Missouri Valley Conference Tournament, shutting out Indiana State University, 2-0. The team then advanced to the NCAA Tournament, where their hopes were dashed in a heartbreaking loss to Missouri, 0-2. However, they are fired up and poised for success in the 2009-2010 season.

Video interview with Susan Szafir, a player with the University of Evansville women’s soccer team

 

Building a Lifelong Community

All in all, the University of Evansville is a close-knit community that hinges on respect, academics, and excellent sports. There are over 170 extracurricular activity groups on campus, most of them founded by eager students, so there’s never a shortage of things to do at the university. Most students live at the university or at least within walking distance, meaning that you’ll never have a shortage of people to hang out with.
In addition, the university sponsors a great deal of community outreach programs, giving back to the city that spawned it. Their academic programs are consistently top rated, and the school offers a unique study abroad program with Harlaxton College in Britain. The Purple Aces are a universally feared sports team that will continue to find success both on and off the court. The University of Evansville will likely be training civic minded leaders for years to come.

For more information on the University of Evansville, including a course catalog and admissions requirements, please visit the university’s homepage.

University of Evansville
1800 Lincoln Ave
Evansville, IN 47722
800.423.8633


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