University of Evansville: Wikis


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The University of Evansville
Motto Civic Mission…Sacred Trust
Established 1854 (details)
Type private coeducational
Endowment $59.6 million[1]
President Stephen G. Jennings
Students 3,050
Undergraduates 2,900
Postgraduates 150
Location Evansville, Indiana, USA
Campus Urban; 100 acres (0.32 km2)
Athletics Conference Missouri Valley Conference
Colors Purple and White
Mascot Ace Purple
Athletics 14 Division I NCAA teams,
called Purple Aces
Affiliations United Methodist Church

The University of Evansville (UE) is a small, private university with approximately 3,050 students located in Evansville, Indiana. Founded in 1854 as Moores Hill College, it is located near the interchange of the Lloyd Expressway and U.S. Route 41. It is affiliated with the United Methodist Church. The University features liberal arts and sciences degrees, most with strong cooperative learning opportunities both on and off campus.

UE operates a satellite campus, Harlaxton College, in Grantham, England. UE athletic teams participate in NCAA Division I athletics as a member of the Missouri Valley Conference. The teams are known as the Purple Aces. The University of Evansville is nationally renowned for its Theatre and Physical Therapy departments. The University is known as a leader in the area of New Formalism poetry[citation needed] as the home of The Formalist and its successor journal, Measure. The University of Evansville Press also publishes exclusively books and anthologies on formal poetry, including an annual winner of its Richard Wilbur Award.




Colleges and schools

Front Oval in the Spring of 2005.

The University of Evansville is academically organized into three colleges and two schools:

  • College of Arts & Sciences contains these departments: Archaeology and Art History, Art, Biology, Chemistry, Communication, English, Foreign Languages, History and Geography, Law, Politics, and Society, Mathematics, Music, Philosophy and Religion, Physics, Psychology, and Theatre
  • College of Education & Health Sciences
    • contains the School of Education
    • contains these departments: Exercise and Sports Studies, Nursing and Health Sciences, and Physical Therapy
  • College of Engineering & Computer Science contains the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Department and the Mechanical and Civil Engineering Department
  • The Schroeder Family School of Business Administration contains the Department of Accounting and Business Administration

Harlaxton College

In addition to studying in the city of Evansville, the University's students can choose to study abroad in England at Harlaxton College, "The British Campus of the University of Evansville". The college is located about 90 miles north of London in Lincolnshire, a few miles away from the town of Grantham, England. The study abroad program at the University of Evansville has consistently been rated as one of the best study abroad programs in the nation.[2]


The electrical and mechanical engineering programs have been continuously accredited by ABET since 1970, and the civil engineering and computer engineering programs since 1997.[3] The School of Business Administration is accredited by the AACSB International and provides a variety of professional programs in accounting, economics, finance, global business, management or marketing. The Exercise Science major is endorsed by the American College of Sports Medicine ACSM and the National Strength and Conditioning Association NSCA.


History at a glance
Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute Established 1854
Opened 1856
Location Moores Hill, IN USA
Moores Hill College Renamed 1887[4]
Closed 1917[4]
Evansville College Reopened 1919
Location Evansville, IN USA
University of Evansville Renamed 1967

The University of Evansville began in 1854 when Moores Hill Male and Female Collegiate Institute was founded by John Moore in the small town of Moores Hill in southeastern Indiana. The first college building at Moores Hill, Moore Hall, was completed on December 1, 1856, although the opening day of classes for the new college were held in the unfinished building on September 9th. The institution struggled financially during its time in Moores Hill, and a fire destroyed Moore Hall in 1915. The institution continued to operate in a second building, Carnegie Hall, until the move to Evansville. The former campus in Moores Hill continued operation as an elementary and high school. Carnegie Hall is now maintained as a museum.

On March 21, 1917, George S. Clifford made a presentation at a special session of the Indiana Conference of the Methodist Church. He suggested moving the college to Evansville, Indiana. Clifford produced a map that indicated a lack of colleges in the Evansville area - there were none within 50 miles of the city within Indiana. After deliberation, the school was relocated to Evansville in 1919 and renamed Evansville College. It operated in temporary quarters in downtown Evansville until Administration Hall (now Olmsted Hall) was completed in 1922. This is the only building remaining on campus from before World War II.

In the period from World War II to 1960, Evansville College grew significantly. Enrollment grew from about 400 during the Great Depression to 1,500 in 1946. Also following the war, the Science and Engineering Building and Alumni Memorial Union were commissioned. The Clifford Memorial Library was completed in 1957. Five residence halls were built between 1958 and 1967, along with a fitness center, dining hall, and an art building. In 1967, due to the institution's growth and organizational changes, the name was changed to the University of Evansville with the approval of the Indiana State General Assembly. Also in 1967, a new theater building, Hyde Hall, housing Shanklin Theater was finished.


The University of Evansville athletic teams have the nickname the Purple Aces. Both men's and women's varsity sports play at the NCAA Division I level and compete in the Missouri Valley Conference, except for the men's swimming and diving teams which compete in the Mid American Conference


The university is known for its grassy open spaces and tree cover.[citation needed] The university landscape is generally well maintained[citation needed], and many students take advantage of the spacious lawns and large shade trees.

The campus is bounded on the north by the Lloyd Expressway, the south by Lincoln Avenue, west by Rotherwood Avenue, and on the east by Weinbach Avenue. Walnut Street bisects the campus. Sesquicentennial Oval, the ceremonial entrance to campus, opens off of Lincoln Avenue. The oval was named in 2004 in commemoration of the university's 150th anniversary. The Schroeder Family School of Business, McCurdy Alumni Memorial Union, Hyde Hall, Olmsted Administration Hall, Clifford Memorial Library, and Koch (pronounced Cook) Center for Science and Engineering surround Sesquicentennial Oval. Most of the buildings follow an old limestone motif, and renovations generally emulate the rest of the building.


In the 2008-2009 Academic school year, the University of Evansville captured a title in the Concrete Canoe over perennial winners, the University of Wisconsin–Madison. The winning canoe, named Sauske, will compete at the national convention in Alabama. The American Society of Civil Engineers at UE also claimed top honors at the same conference competition. The ASCE chapter at UE has been increasing their placing in their region since 2004, steadily increasing in the ranks despite hard competition from renowned engineering schools like Purdue and UW–Madison.

Greek life



Notable alumni



  • Klinger, George; "We Face the Future Unafraid" (Evansville, Ind; University of Evansville Press, 2003). ISBN 0-930982-56-8

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Coordinates: 37°58′18″N 87°31′54″W / 37.971631°N 87.531552°W / 37.971631; -87.531552


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