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 â€" 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.
On the edge of downtown Louisville - the nation's 16th largest city - 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 â€" two-thirds of the nation's population â€" 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 â€œBellarmineâ€ to their lists of top schools. Around here, we say "BELL-er-mun" in â€œLOU-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.
Our lush, 135-acre campus currently comprises more than 30 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 seven residence halls (with an eighth currently under construction), a pristine architectural gem of a chapel, campus center, and university quadrangle. Our recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts; fitness center; golf course; 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.
Bellarmine faculty scholars are passionate about teaching. One hundred and twenty nine full-time faculty, with 81 percent holding a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field, teach at Bellarmine.
A diverse student body from 30 states and 17 foreign countries attend Bellarmine. Our total enrollment is approximately 2,600 of which 1,800 are full-time undergraduate students. Fifty-one percent of our students ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. ACT scores range from 22 to 27 for the middle 50 percent of students; SAT scores range from 1020-1230 for the middle 50 percent.
Our student/faculty ratio is 12 to 1. Our average class size at Bellarmine is 19. There are 29 students or fewer in 86 percent of our classes. Teaching and learning like this just doesnâ€™t take place at the megaversities, and it shows in our high four-year graduation rates and in the successful careers of our 16,000 graduates throughout the world.
|Tuition & Fees||$30,310|
|Matriculation Fee (first-time, full-time freshman, charged once)||$300|
Donâ€™t overreact to the price of an education, but focus on its much lower actual cost to you, and its enormously high value as an investment in your future. We provide more than $5 million in institutional scholarships and grants to freshmen each year. Award amounts are determined on an individual basis and celebrate the strength and achievement of each admitted student. A person, not a computer, processes your application. Just as with everything at Bellarmine, your financial situation gets individual attention.
We understand that the cost of an excellent private higher education like the one youâ€™ll get at Bellarmine University is a major consideration for you and your family. We also know that, when it comes to investing in a secure, successful future, families donâ€™t want to cut corners, or sell themselves short, or settle for mediocrity. A Bellarmine education is an investment that will pay exceptionally high returns for a lifetime. It is Bellarmine Universityâ€™s goal and commitment to ensure that every student receives our best comprehensive offer of financial assistance and that your affordable investment in a Bellarmine education becomes a reality.
Bellarmine offers semester, yearlong and summer study-abroad programs in 48 countries on six continents. There are more than 148 programs of study. More than a third of our junior class engages in an international experience abroad, compared to the national average of just over 1%.
We offer more than 50 majors in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health sciences. We encourage double majors. Graduate degrees include MBA, Executive MBA, MSN, MA in Education, MA in Teaching, MSLA (Laboratory Science), MAIT (Applied Information Technology), MA Spirituality and Doctor of Physical Therapy.
Bellarmine student athletes play 18 varsity sports in NCAA Division II, plus NCAA Division I lacrosse. We also offer a variety of intramural sports. Women compete in Basketball, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Golf, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball and indoor and outdoor Track. Men play Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Tennis, and indoor and outdoor Track. One in every four freshmen participates in a varsity program.