Overview

Applicants
5,631
Acceptance Rate
83%
Average HS GPA
3.48

GPA Breakdown

30%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
14%
3.00 - 3.24
10%
2.50 - 2.99
1%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
510 - 590
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
500 - 590
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
22 - 27

Deadlines


Early Action
November 1

Regular
August 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores
Recommendation(s)
Non-Academic

Character / Personal Qualities
Level of applicant's interest

Selectivity Rating

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
12:1
Total Faculty
413
with Terminal Degree
226

235
Women
178
Men
39
Minority

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Majors

  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences

  • Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General

  • Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services

  • Accounting
  • Actuarial Science
  • Business/Commerce, General
  • Finance, General

  • Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs

  • Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

  • Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services

  • Computer and Information Sciences, General

  • Education

  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
  • Secondary Education and Teaching
  • Special Education and Teaching

  • Engineering

  • Computer Engineering, General

  • English Language and Literature/Letters

  • English Language and Literature, General

  • Foreign languages, literatures, and Linguistics

  • Spanish Language and Literature

  • Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences

  • Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
  • Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse
  • Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

  • History

  • History, General

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

  • Mathematics and Statistics

  • Mathematics, General

  • Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other

  • Natural Resources and Conservation

  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental Studies

  • Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies

  • Kinesiology and Exercise Science

  • Philosophy and Religious Studies

  • Philosophy

  • Physical Sciences

  • Chemistry, General
  • Physics, General

  • Psychology

  • Psychology, General

  • Security and Protective Services

  • Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

  • Social Sciences

  • Economics, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Sociology

  • Theology and Religious Vocations

  • Theology/Theological Studies

  • Visual and Performing Arts

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Fine and Studio Arts Management
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • Music Technology
  • Music, General


Students Say

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.” Many of its students consider it “a friendly stepping stone to higher education,” and the school continues to improve existing schools and programs (both physical and internal aspects), and to add innovative new ones. As it stands, the “self-directed research opportunities” and sense of community are “absolutely incredible” here. Students admire the school’s integrity and dedication to its students’ well-being, citing as a main strength its “ability to provide an avenue for every individual to express themselves and to receive the most from their education.”
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.

Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Joseph P. Clayton
Former CEO/Chairman Sirius Satellite Radio

Dr. James Heck
Inventor of drug Cancidas

Angela Mason
Co-founder of ITS Services

Susan M. Ivey
Chairman, President/CEO R.J. Reynolds Tobacco

Ralph Gronefeld
President/CEO ResCare

Bradford Ray
CEO and Dir, Steel Technologies Inc.

Leonard P. Spalding
Retired, CEO Chase Mutual Funds Corp

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
53%
Graduate in 5 years
66%
Graduate in 6 years
67%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Network
Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes


Colleges that Create Futures

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Mar 15

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$22,660

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$21,414

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,237

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$31,381

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
71%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$25,096

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition
$36,210
Required Fees
$1,440
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$788

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
Transportation for Commuters
$1,982

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
Federal and Institutional

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
2,585
Out of State
32%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
20

Demographics

2.14%
Asian
3.97%
African-American
2.98%
Hispanic
85.39%
Caucasian
1.63%
Unknown
1.83%
International

64% female
36% male
32% are out of state
92% are full time
8% are part time

Students Say

This “very friendly” bunch of students has typically “always been in good academic standing,” and the students are “full of school spirit and eager to meet new people in classes.” A wide variety of personalities exist on campus, and “nobody appears ashamed to be themselves by openly expressing their personality and views.” International students in particular are “highly welcomed.” The “rigorous” nursing program at Bellarmine is well-regarded, so there are a large number of nursing students on campus. Though the school can be a “little cliquey”—”they don’t call it the ‘high school on the hill’ for nothing”—it’s nothing too terrible. “It seems like everyone knows everyone,” says a student.

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
43%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
71%

Campus Environment
Large Urban

Housing Options

Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
International Student
Other
Theme Housing

Students Say

Located “in the heart of a beautiful city” (Louisville, Kentucky), Bellarmine “revolves around a community.” “I chose Bellarmine because it has the atmosphere of an intimate school, but is in a city-like area,” says a student. Also, the campus, located on a giant hill, is “gorgeous,” which “makes studying anywhere on campus easy.” There are “so many” cute little shops and unique restaurants within walking distance, and “the big city of Louisville offers theaters, baseball, and pretty much everything else you could want!”
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.”

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
70
Number of Honor Societies
3

Number of Social Sororities
1
Number of Religious Organizations
7

1% join a fraternity
1% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division II

14% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Knights)
10 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Golf
Lacrosse
Soccer
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Knights)
11 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Field Hockey
Golf
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Health
LGBT Support Groups
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Louisville
Air Force ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: University of Louisville

Sustainability


Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
25

Average Number of PC's per Lab
10

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
No

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michelle Johnson
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Phone
502-272-8131


Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
Norton Health Science Center
Our Lady of the Woods Chapel
Siena Halls
Owsley B. Frazier Stadium
The Thomas Merton Center
The $5.1 million Owsley B. Frazier Stadium has taken approximately 18 months to build and will be the new home for Bellarmine’s soccer, field hockey, lacrosse, and track teams. The new facility has several outstanding features which are outlined below: • Artificial Turf – The artificial turf product, called “24/7,” was produced and installed by the Motz Group. It has permanent markings for soccer, field hockey, and lacrosse and has an exceptional drainage system to allow for extensive play in all weather conditions. • Lighting – Lighting has been installed at the field to allow for night play. The Musco Lighting system features redirected lighting which bends spill lighting back on to the field, drastically reducing the amount of light which will fall outside the stadium’s perimeter. • Track Surface – The track is an eight-lane, 400-meter track, featuring three long jump pits, two pole vault areas, a high jump pit, and a steeplechase water jump pit. The surface is a dual-durometer, polyurethane poured surface provided by Beynon Sport Surfaces, the same company which has installed tracks at other top college facilities over the past three years including Illinois, Maryland, and Purdue. • Capacity – Chairback bench seating is available for 2,000 spectators. • Scoreboard – A Daktronics scoreboard featuring a 17’ x 3’ scrolling message board is installed on the three-story clock tower at the south end of the stadium. • Press Box – The fully enclosed press box features seating for 14 people and wireless internet access. The stadium also has a concession stand, public address system, officials’ locker rooms, storage areas, and public restrooms.

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Churchill Downs/Kentucky Derby Museum
Louisville Bats Baseball/Louisville Slugger Museum
The Kentucky Center for the Arts
Waterfront Park/The Belle of Louisville
Six Flags Kentucky Kingdom Amusement Park
Nearby Bardstown Road offers numerous options for shopping, dining, and entertainment.

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Varies
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
Yes

Information Sessions
Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Academic Year

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Available

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Limitations
Must be an accepted senior

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Louisville International Airport is less than 5 miles away. Taxis and rental cars are available.

Driving Instructions to Campus
From I-71(Southbound): Follow I-71 South to I-264 West (Watterson Expressway). Stay on I-264 to the Newburg Road North exit 15A. Follow Newburg Road 1.5 miles to Bellarmine. From I-64 (Westbound): Follow I-64 West to I-264 West (Watterson Expressway). Stay on I-264 to the Newburg Road North exit 15A. Follow Newburg Road 1.5 miles to Bellarmine. From I-64 (Eastbound): Follow I-64 East to I-264 (Watterson Expressway), one of the first exits after the Ohio River Bridge. Stay on I-264 to the Newburg Road exit 15. Turn left and follow Newburg Road 1.5 miles to Bellarmine. From I-65 (Southbound): Follow I-65 South across the Kennedy Bridge to I-264 East (Watterson Expressway). Stay on I-264 to the Newburg Road exit 15. Turn left and follow Newburg Road 1.5 miles to Bellarmine. From I-65 (Northbound): Follow I-65 North to I-264 East(Watterson Expressway). Stay on I-264 to the Newburg Road exit 15. Turn left and follow Newburg Road 1.5 miles to Bellarmine.

Local Accommodations
Holiday Inn-Airport East *4004 Gardiner Point Drive* Best Western-Ashton Suites *653 Phillips Lane* Courtyard by Marriott *819 Phillips Lane* Hampton Inn *800 Phillips Lane* Executive West *830 Phillips Lane* Candlewood Suites *1367 Gardiner Lane*