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Academics

Located at the edge of Louisville, this small Catholic university offers fifty majors and “seeks to benefit the public interest, to help create the future, and to improve the human condition.” A “superb teaching staff,” a recently renovated library, and an Academic Resource Center with free tutoring cohere to deliver a “challenging but rewarding” academic experience for students. The nursing program is a big draw here, as are Bellarmine’s study abroad programs in sixty-eight countries, which more than a third of students avail themselves of. Generous financial aid only sweetens the pot. In line with its mission, Bellarmine University “seeks to train its students in the love of truth and equips them with the skills and tools necessary (e.g., critical thinking, problem solving) to live an enriched life."

The “insightful and dedicated” professors are almost always available to answer questions or concerns, and “want their students to pass their class with as much knowledge as possible.” Because of the small class sizes (“I have one class with seven students,” reports an actuarial science major), students are able to have one-on-one discussions with their professors. Most professors at Bellarmine “even provide their personal cell phones to students on their syllabi.” This access to professors “really [establishes] an ability to grow closer to future employers and be willing to open up with them about issues, concerns, or ideas.” Material is often taught through real-world applications, and many teachers will even “help you find internships and jobs.” Though students admit that some adjunct professors can be below par, “Bellarmine takes their course evaluations pretty seriously and assesses the situation quickly.”

Student Body

Though mostly white and from Kentucky and neighboring states, this is a socially wideranging group considering the small size of the student body, which naturally allows “blobbing of the social groups.” The school is “welcoming to every single person and makes an effort to include everyone.” “We are exposed to different cultures and customs from around the world seeing that our student body is so diverse,” says a student. “I can’t say I’ve ever met a stranger,” says a student. Everyone is always willing to help and “comfort you with just a simple smile on their face.” The strong athletic programs are never placed above academics, and “most all the athletes are also amazing students.”

Campus Life

People here are “very studious” during the week, but weekends offer plenty of options for socializing. A major hub of the city (Bardstown Road) is nearby, providing lots of little shops, restaurants, and bars, and the campus is close to the Louisville Zoological Garden, a park where students can often be found “playing and hanging out.” The university also coordinates off-campus actives such as “Knight at the Movies” (the knight is Bellarmine’s mascot), ice skating, and concerts, and students can take advantage of the Louisville Connections program, which offers “free tickets to events or places around Louisville, such as to Dracula at Actors Theatre, a day at Kentucky Kingdom, or a day horseback riding.”

On campus, most people “hang around Cafe Ogle in between classes, sipping on coffee and working on their laptops.” Bellarmine’s men’s basketball team draws huge crowds, and the school has “a niche, club or activity for everyone” (and “encourages and supports any club a student would like to create”). There are also events like “Late Knight Bingo, which is a huge Bingo party where students can win really awesome prizes,” Homecoming, and “Ball on the Belle (a Halloween dance on the [steamboat] Belle of Louisville).” The campus itself is both beautiful and “small enough to be easily traversed if you only have 10 minutes between classes and need to be across campus.”

Contact & Visit

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Michelle Johnson
Campus Visit Coordinator

Address
Office of Admission
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205

Phone
502-272-8000

Email
admissions@bellarmine.edu

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

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

Contact Email Address for Visit
admissions@bellarmine.edu

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*

Admissions

Applicants: 3,781
Acceptance Rate: 84%
Average HS GPA: 3.61







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