Frequently Asked Questions

How does Bellarmine rate nationally?
Bellarmine has been rated by U.S. News & 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 lush, 175-acre campus comprises more than 50 buildings, including the beautiful Siena residential complex, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, the Norton Health Science Center and Our Lady of the Woods Chapel. Centro, one of the most significant construction projects in Bellarmine’s history, will be complete in summer 2016. This three-story structure connected by a glass atrium to one of Bellarmine’s foundational buildings will house a Welcome Center, the Graduate School of Management, the Institute for Advanced Analytics and state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as spaces for students to study and relax. Our recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts; a fitness center; and athletic fields including the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, 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, Roberto Bellarmino.

How large is your faculty? 
167 full-time faculty, with 80 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 84 percent of our classes. The average class size is 20 students.

Who attends Bellarmine? 
A diverse student body from 37 states and 46 foreign countries. Total enrollment is 3,846, of which 2,651 are undergraduate students. 

How do the students rank academically?
Fifty percent of our students ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. 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. We encourage double majors. Graduate degrees include Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP), Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT), Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Education and Social Change, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) in Leadership in Higher Education, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.), Master of Business Administration (MBA) (Weeknight, Weekend and Executive), Master of Arts in Communication (MAC), Master of Arts in Education (MAEd), Master of Arts in Spirituality (MAS), Master of Arts in Teaching (MAT), Master of Health Science in Medical Lab Science (MLS), Master of Science in Analytics (MSA), Master of Science in Digital Media (MSDM), Master of Science in Nursing (MSN) (Education, Administration or Family Nurse Practitioner Tracks). We also offer Specialist and Second Degree & Certificate Programs including an Education Specialist Degree in Instructional Leadership & School Administration, Superintendent Endorsement, Rank I Programs, English for Second Language Learners Endorsement (PK-12), Accelerated Second Degree Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) and Accounting Certificate. Our online programs include a Master of Health Science (MHS), Master of Science in Taxation (MST) and RN-BSN (Bachelor Degree Completion).

Do you have any study abroad programs?
Semester, yearlong, and summer study abroad programs are available in 68 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 one mile from campus, and several city parks are within walking distance.

What athletic teams do you offer? Are there any intramural sports? 
Bellarmine student athletes play 20 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, Swimming, Tennis, Volleyball and indoor and outdoor Track. Men play Baseball, Basketball, Cross Country, Golf, Lacrosse, Soccer, Swimming, Tennis, and indoor and outdoor Track. One in every four freshmen participates in a varsity program. Learn more on our Athletics site.

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. Learn more about our amenities on our Residence Life site.

What is your job placement rate? 
Within 12 months after graduation, 95 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 2016-2017 school year is $39,350; room and board: $11,470. For more information, please refer to our financial aid website.

Are scholarships and grants available?
Each year Bellarmine awards more than $11 million in scholarships and financial aid to entering students. Combining Bellarmine awards with federal/state financial aid programs, the Office of Financial Aid was able to offer an average comprehensive financial aid award of $35,000 (including loan opportunities) for the 2015-2016 freshman class. 100% of incoming freshmen received some form of financial assistance last year.

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.