The Premier Independent Catholic University in the South
Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation's best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university's namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live in Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.
Our Louisville Home
On the edge of downtown Louisville Bellarmine is set on three beautiful hills in the artful and eclectic Highlands neighborhood. We are within walking distance of the Bardstown Road corridor, where coffee houses, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops add to the overall Bellarmine experience. Downtown Louisville is just minutes away and offers world-class theatre, arts, sports, museums, and gorgeous riverfront parks. Louisville is situated on the mile-wide Ohio River, at the gateway to the South and the crossroads of the Midwest. Two hundred million people – two-thirds of the nation's population – live within a 500-mile radius of the city.
Bellarmine is growing rapidly, not only with great new campus amenities and academic programs but also in regional and national prominence. As we grow, more and more people are adding “Bellarmine” to their lists of top schools. Around here, we say "BELL-er-mun" in "LOU-a-vuhl." This is one of the friendliest campuses and places in the world, so we'll still love you no matter how you pronounce these names. BU is named after Roberto Bellarmino (1542-1621), the brilliant Jesuit, who was a Cardinal and who was canonized in 1930.
A Campus on the Move
Our lush, 175-acre campus comprises more than 50 buildings, including the beautiful Siena residential complex, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, the Norton Health Science Center and Our Lady of the Woods Chapel. Centro, one of the most significant construction projects in Bellarmine’s history, is a three-story structure connected by a glass atrium to one of Bellarmine’s foundational buildings and is home to the Admissions Welcome Center, the Career Development Center and state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as spaces for students to study and relax. Our recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts; a fitness center; and athletic fields including the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, home to lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and track & field. Our campus on three hills and our award-winning architecture evoke the beautiful Italian hill towns of Tuscany, the birthplace of our patron, Roberto Bellarmino.
Teaching You'll Never Forget
Bellarmine faculty scholars are passionate about teaching. 180 full-time faculty, with 82 percent holding a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field, teach at Bellarmine.
A diverse student body from 43 states and 26 foreign countries attend Bellarmine. Our total enrollment is 3,759 of which 2,546 are undergraduate students. The ACT composite scores range from 22 to 27 for the middle 50 percent of students.
A Human Scale Learning Environment
Our student-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. Our average class size at Bellarmine is 20. There are 29 students or fewer in 84 percent of our classes. Teaching and learning like this just don’t take place at the megaversities, and it shows in our high four-year graduation rates and in the successful careers of our 23,905 graduates (as of fall 2017) throughout the world.
The World is Also Our Campus
Bellarmine offers semester, yearlong and summer study-abroad programs in 60 countries on six continents. There are more than 150 programs of study. Approximately a quarter of our students engage in an international experience abroad, compared to the national average of just over 1%.
What's Your Major?
We offer more than 60 majors in the arts and sciences, business, education, communication, environmental studies, nursing, and health sciences. We encourage double majors. Graduate degrees include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education and Social Change, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leadership in Higher Education, Doctor of Education in K-12 District Leadership (Ed.D.), Master of Business Administration (MBA), Master of Arts in Communication (MAC), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Health Science in Medical Lab Science (MLS), Master of Health Science in Respiratory Therapy (RT), Master of Science in Athletic Training (MSAT), Master of Science in Digital Media (MSDM), Master of Science in Nursing Education or Administration Tracks, and Master of Science in Nursing Family Nurse Practitioner Track. We also offer an Educational Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership & School Administration, Accelerated 2nd Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN), Radiation Therapy Second Degree, and Accounting Certificate. Our online programs include a Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Master of Health Science Health Promotion & Social Change Track or Healthcare Leadership Track (MHS), Master of Education in Higher Education Leadership and Social Justice, and Rank I Programs.
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