Campus Life

Campus Life

IU School of Medicine-Evansville campus is situated in the new medical district in downtown Evansville, giving students access to plenty of entertainment, extracurricular activities and culture.

Through the efforts of faculty members who continue outstanding research, teaching and service, IU School of Medicine-Evansville students consistently excel in statewide exams, national boards and competency assessments. Medical students here enjoy small class sizes, allowing for close-knit bonds with peers, faculty and staff. And, because of close proximity to local universities such as the University of Southern Indiana and the University of Evansville, IU School of Medicine trainees in Evansville benefit from an inter-professional learning and clinical practice environment. In fact, some lodging for third- and fourth-year medical students are at hospital sites.

A relatively low cost of living makes it easy for medical students to enjoy a well-balanced lifestyle. Outside of class, students have an energetic and quickly expanding city to explore and enjoy. With a thriving downtown, a variety of sporting arenas and teams, parks, museums, festivals and unique restaurants, there is plenty to do in Evansville for all interests.


The University of Southern Indiana is a competitive member of NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference with 15 varsity intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. In 2010 and 2018, the USI men’s baseball team won the NCAA Division II National Championship. The community also rallies for the Evansville Otters baseball team and the Thunderbolts ice hockey team.

Personal Recreation

All students need to make time for rest, relaxation and exercise to stay healthy. A good place to get some exercise is at the YMCA of Southwestern Indiana, located just blocks away from campus.

For runners, great trails are available on the University of Southern Indiana campus, including an asphalt pedestrian/bike trail that connects campus to the nearby Burdette Park. Other paved walking and bike trails can be found on the Pigeon Creek Greenway, the State Hospital and Wesselman’s Park.

Extracurricular Activities

Students adapting to medical school need to adjust to the amount of class and study time needed for each course. Scheduling time for everything can be difficult, and sometimes things need to be dropped from a medical student’s schedule to maintain course work. However, it is important to keep some time available for extra-curricular activity.

Many students enjoy trivia night at several local restaurants along with physical fitness classes at the YMCA. Various service learning projects are available throughout the year.

More information about the Evansville community is available at Visit Evansville