Vincennes University (VU) is a public university in Vincennes, Indiana, in the United States. Founded in 1801 as Jefferson Academy, VU is the oldest public institution of higher learning in the Northwest Territory and in Indiana. Since 1889, VU has been a two-year university, although baccalaureate degrees in seven select areas are available. Unlike most other two-year higher-education institutions, however, the VUs campus in Vincennes is a residential campus and has been since its establishment. From 1999 to 2005, Vincennes University was in a state-mandated partnership with what became the Ivy Tech Community College. n 2011, Vincennes University opened the $12 million Center for Advanced Manufacturing located near Fort Branch, Indiana. The facility significantly enhances the training facilities currently in existence at the Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana Plant between Fort Branch and Princeton as well as at the Gibson Generating Station, near Mount Carmel, Illinois, to meet the regional growth of demand with the expanding industry both in Gibson County and in the immediate Evansville area. Vincennes University offers a diverse set of majors that are focused on careers in teaching and industry. Vincennes University has a 24% graduation rate. Vincennes University is organized into six colleges: Business and Public Service (includes Homeland Security and Law Enforcement), Health Sciences and Human Performance Humanities Science, Engineering, and Mathematics. Social Science, Performing Arts, and Communications Technology. VU is a member of the NJCAA. In honour of its local heritage, the VU team moniker is the Trailblazers. Trailblazers refers to the early years of Vincennes as a French fur-trading post and American outpost in the frontier of the Northwest Territory and its later period as capital of the Indiana Territory. When the Trailblazers moniker needs to be personified by a mascot, VU depicts a Trailblazer as minute man or woodsman-type frontier settler, inspired by such as George Rogers Clark who resided in Indiana after his military career.