Many of Terre Haute's and America's greats including actor Jose Pablo Cantillo; former NFL players Tony McGee (who played for the Dallas Cowboys and Cincinnati Bengals) and Anthony Thompson (who played for the Phoenix Cardnials and Los Angles Rams); Jill Bolte Taylor, PhD, author of My Stroke of Insight: A Brian Scientist's Personal Journey, are products of the Vigo County School Corporation system.
Vigo County School Corporation works to equip students for lifelong learning skills and prepare them to become productive and responsible citizens. Vigo County Schools provides 19 Elementary Schools, 6 Middle Schools, 3 High Schools, and 2 Alternative High Schools, serving over 16,000 students.
Indiana State University is continually recognized by the Princeton Review as one of the best colleges in the Midwest, a distinction based on academic excellence and responses to student surveys. ISU academic opportunities are limitless with more that 125 majors to choose from, notably, business, education, nursing, music, criminology, athletic training and human resource development. The college's Educations' Graduate Program was recently named as a "Top 100" by US News & World Report.
Indiana State University is building for the future with 12 major construction and renovation projects underway. With a cost of $39.3M these projects include modernizing residence halls and science labs; upgrades to existing utility infrastructure; heating, ventilation and air conditioning upgrades; pedestrian walkways. In addition, the university broke ground to its new building for the ISU Foundation that will house a Barnes & Noble book store that will provide broader line of products to ISU students. Funding for this project is through the foundation, a private developer and Tax Increment Financing from the City of Terre Haute.
Construction was completed in April 2009 to the university's Student Recreation Center, a 109,450 square-foot facility. The $21.7M project was funded through private gifts and student fees. The rec center features a three-court gymnasium, an aquatics facility, fitness center, elevated jogging/running track, healthy snack bar, multi-purpose activity rooms, an outdoor adventures equipment center, a multi-activity court, locker facilities and offices.
Ivy Tech Community College-Wabash Valley is experiencing growth ranking it among the top fastest growing community college campuses. This statewide college provides residents with professional, technical, transfer, workforce and lifelong education and training. The academic programs include: Advanced Manufacturing, Agriculture, Biotechnology; Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Computer Information Technology; Visual Communications; Imaging Sciences, Nursing, Practical Nursing, Surgical Technology; Liberal Arts and General Studies; Criminal Justice, Human Services, Paralegal Studies; Automotive Technology, Design Technology, and Industrial Technology.
Conservitive estimations show nearly $1.5M was spent during 2009-2010 on new construction projects and facility upgrades to both the main campus and Ivy Tech's south campus located in the Vigo County Industrial Park I. From this, $850,000 was used toward Phase II interior renovations of 20,000 square-feet for the automotive program located at the south campus, and $297,000 will be used to construct a new Greenhouse, also at the south campus.
Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology is a valuable pipeline to talent and innovative entrepreneurship. RHIT is a four-year private, non-sectarian college of engineering, science, and mathematics with approximately 2,233 enrolled students. Admission is highly competitive with more that 3,500 applications for a 465-member freshman class.
For the fourteenth straight year Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology has placed first in the annual US News & World Report survey of deans and senior faculty who evaluate colleges or universities that offer the bachelor's or master's degree and the highest degree in engineering. Degree programs include: Applied Biology, Biomedical Engineering, Computer Engineering, Chemistry, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Computer Science, Economic, Electrical Engineering, Engineering Physics, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering, Optical Engineering, Physics, Software Engineering. Graduation rate is 69% for a four-year program, 80% for a six-year program.
Founded in 1840 by Saint Mother Theodore Guerin and the Sisters of Providence, Saint Mary-of-the Woods College is the oldest Catholic liberal arts college for women in the Unites States. The College offers more than 30 majors, leadership opportunities, and field experience. Both the Princeton Review and the U.S. News & World Report consistently rank SMWC as one of the Best Baccalaureate Colleges in the Midwest. Undergraduate programs are offered in campus-based and distance learning formats and, the College offers six graduate programs. The College's student enrollment is approximately 1,700.
Lastly, Harrison College has twelve campuses in the state of Indiana. Founded in 1902, the College is nationally accredited and concentrates on career-focused educational training within the program areas of business, health sciences, veterinary technology, criminal justice, and has also a culinary division. The campus provides small classes as well as the ability to enroll in many online courses.