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Frequently Asked Questions

How does Bellarmine rate nationally?
Bellarmine has been rated by US News and World Report as one of the top 20 universities in the South. Bellarmine has consistently been selected as one of the top universities by The Princeton Review and Forbes.

Where are you located? 
Just five miles from downtown Louisville, Kentucky, Bellarmine is set in the safe and beautiful Highlands neighborhood. (map)

What is the campus like and what kinds of facilities do you offer? 
Our 144-acre campus consists of more than 31 buildings, featuring the Norton Health Science Center, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, eight residence halls, a chapel, campus center, and recreational facilities such as indoor and outdoor tennis courts; a fitness center; and athletic fields including a state-of-the-art stadium housing lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and track & field. 

How large is your faculty? 
150 full-time faculty, with 82 percent holding a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field. 

What is the average class size? 
Student/Faculty Ratio: 12:1. There are 29 students or fewer in 86 percent of our classes. The average class size is 20 students.

Who attends Bellarmine? 
A diverse student body from 39 states and 30 foreign countries. Total enrollment is 3,422, of which 2,340 are full-time degree seeking undergraduates. 

How do the students rank academically?
Twenty percent ranked in the top 10 percent of their high school classes. 54 percent ranked in the top 25 percent. ACT composite scores range from 22 to 27 for the middle 50 percent of students.

What majors do you offer? 
We offer more than 50 majors in the arts and sciences, business, education, nursing and health sciences, communication, and environmental studies. Double majors are encouraged. Five year Accounting/MBA program. Graduate degrees include MBA, Executive MBA, MSN, MA Communication, MA Education, MAT, Educational Specialist (School Principal), MAIT (Applied Information Technology), MA Spirituality, Doctor of Physical Therapy, Master of Health Science, Doctor of Nurse Practice, and Ph.D. in Education and Social Change.

Do you have any study abroad programs?
Semester, yearlong, and summer study abroad programs are available in 50 countries on six continents. There are more than 150 programs of study.

What types of student activities do you have? 
There are over 70 clubs and organizations – publications, student government, academic and pre-professional, theatre arts, music ensembles, and extracurricular organizations. The City of Louisville is known nationally for its theatre and orchestra. Students also enjoy the city’s minor league baseball. The Louisville Zoo is just 1 mile from campus and several city parks are within walking distance.

What athletics teams do you offer? Are there any intramural sports? 
We have ten intercollegiate teams for women and nine for men. Our newest program is men's and women's swimming. Our men's lacrosse team plays at the NCAA Division I level and is a member of the Eastern College Athletic Conference, which includes Air Force Academy, University of Denver, Fairfield University, Hobart, Loyala (Md), The Ohio State University, and Quinnapiac. All of our other teams compete in NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference. There are also over twenty intramural and recreational activities.

Does Bellarmine have residence halls? 
We have eight residence halls that are air-conditioned and carpeted. Students have the choice of double rooms, eight-person suites with two bathrooms, double rooms with adjoining bathrooms, single sex, or coed halls. Our newest residence hall, Siena Terzo, opened in August 2011.

What is your job placement rate? 
Within six months after graduation, over 80 percent of Bellarmine graduates are employed or have been admitted to a graduate school program.

What is the cost of tuition and other fees? 
Full-time tuition and fees for the 2013-2014 school year is $34,890; room: $6,330 (average freshmen); meal plan: $3,960. For more information, please refer to our financial aid website.

Are scholarships and grants available?
Bellarmine awards approximately $12 million in scholarships and grants to the incoming freshman class. In fact, 100 percent of students admitted to the freshman class receive an institutional award. The average award is over $19,000. Transfer scholarships and grants are also available to transfer students. 

What is the difference between early action and early decision? 
Bellarmine offers an option for early action on the application but not for early decision. Students applying early action must have their applications in by November 1. In doing so, the application fee is waived, and students receive notification of institutional merit awards in December. Whereas early decision is binding, early action is not.

How old is Bellarmine? 
Bellarmine University is an independent Catholic university. The Archdiocese of Louisville founded the university in 1950. In 1968, Bellarmine merged with Ursuline College and became an independent university governed by a self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. Bellarmine continues in the Catholic tradition, the oldest continuing tradition of higher education in the history of the world. The University was named for St. Robert Bellarmine, Jesuit, Cardinal, and Saint.

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