Bellarmine University

About Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University is a dynamic, growing university with a strong liberal arts focus in the Catholic tradition and a bold vision for the future. By 2020, Bellarmine intends to significantly increase undergraduate and graduate enrollment (currently approximately 3,400 students) and add several new graduate programs, while maintaining small class sizes and personal attention to students. Bellarmine is a top university in Forbes' list of America's best colleges, is listed in the Princeton Review's 373 Best Colleges and is ranked 11th among Southern universities in the 2013 U.S. News and World Report.

 

Bellarmine is located on a scenic 144-acre campus in the Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, KY, which was named one of the Top 10 "Best Cities for Families" by Parenting Magazine.

Bellarmine is an equal opportunity employer and encourages persons of diverse backgrounds to apply for positions at the university.

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 – Lonely Planet’s No. 1 Travel Destination for 2013 – 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 theater, 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.

BELL-er-mun

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 currently comprises more than 32 buildings, including the world-class W.L. Lyons Brown Library, the Norton Health Science Center, and halls that are home to the nursing, education, and the arts and sciences. Bellarmine boasts eight residence halls, a pristine architectural gem of a chapel, campus center, and university quadrangle. Our recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts; fitness center; and athletic fields including a state-of-the-art Frazier Stadium that's 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, birthplace of our patron.

Teaching You'll Never Forget

Bellarmine faculty scholars are passionate about teaching. 163 full-time faculty, with 80 percent holding a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field, teach at Bellarmine.

Student Excellence

A diverse student body from 37 states and 46 foreign countries attend Bellarmine. Our total enrollment is 3,609 of which 2,585 are undergraduate students. Fifty percent of our students ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. 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 doesn’t take place at the megaversities, and it shows in our high four-year graduation rates and in the successful careers of our 21,258 graduates throughout the world.

The World is Also Our Campus

Bellarmine offers semester, yearlong and summer study-abroad programs in 68 countries on six continents. There are more than 150 programs of study. More than a third of our students engage in an international experience abroad, compared to the national average of just over 1%.

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