Bellarmine University is a “high-energy school completely focused on academics,” with a faculty and staff that are “willing to go beyond the call of duty all in the name of your education.” The school has a good amount of prestige in Kentucky (and to some extent, the country) and encourages critical thinking, teaching others, and “building a strong, involved community.”
Professors “love their students” and “will do whatever it takes to help them succeed.” “Not only are they experts in their field, but they truly care about your learning and whether you are getting the most out of the class possible,” says a student. Small class sizes “maximize participation and professor involvement with the student.” With so much support from faculty (who are all “readily available for assistance outside of class”), there are “a lot of opportunities for growth,” as well as for help on homework, papers, and exams. “I can even wake up for my 8:00 a.m. classes because they are that interesting,” says a student.
The administration is similarly “more than helpful.” “I’ve been able to obtain great leadership roles on campus that will help me in the future,” says a student. The school’s Freshman Orientation process—in which new students go on a retreat before classes start to meet other classmates—also helps to make “anyone and everyone who comes to campus feel welcome.” “I’ve learned many new ways of seeing things, i.e., culturally, critically, etc.,” says a student.
Almost 50 percent of the students are commuters with a few nontraditional students sprinkled in, but there are many clubs and activities for these students to get involved in so they can find their niche. “There are always events on campus,” says a student. School-hosted events around town “are a weekly thing.” As for fun, students here are “just like every other college student—working hard on the weekdays and trying to have fun on the weekends!” The Greek life at BU consists of one fraternity and one sorority but there are no houses so “most evening and weekend shenanigans happen off campus at house parties and bars for those old enough.” If there is a complaint, it’s that the food in the dining halls “could use some work.”
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