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Bellarmine University Turning 60, Welcomes New Freshman Class

Aug 18, 2010


Video: Watch archived video of the 2010 Freshman Convocation ceremony
Remarks: Read President Joseph J. McGowan's remarks from convocation

Bellarmine University welcomed 586 new freshmen today, as a record 1,021 undergraduate students moved into Bellarmine’s residence halls. The start of classes on Thursday marks the university’s 60th anniversary, which will be celebrated with a yearlong series of events.

Bellarmine President Joseph J. McGowan personally welcomed each incoming freshman during an afternoon matriculation ceremony on campus.

“The signing of the Book of Matriculation is a cherished tradition at Bellarmine, signaling that the beginning of one’s college education is just as worthy of celebration as its conclusion,” McGowan said. “We welcome the members of the Class of 2014 into our university community, where they will be prepared through the rich tradition of the liberal arts for fulfilling lives of leadership and service.”

New Students
This year’s undergraduate freshman class of 586 students comes from 23 states and 4 foreign nations. Roughly one in three of these students attended high school in Louisville.

Bellarmine’s incoming freshmen had a grade point average of 3.5 in high school, and scored an average of 24.3 on the ACT.

This is the second-largest freshman class in the university’s 60-year history.

Additionally, 155 new students are beginning work on their graduate degrees at Bellarmine this fall.

Campus Life
With the opening of Siena Quarto, Bellarmine now has six residence halls for students, with a seventh opening next fall. More than 40 percent of all undergraduate students live on campus, including 73 percent of all freshmen.

Returning students will find that the School of Communication has moved into newly-constructed space, and a new dining hall is nearly complete.

Academic Excellence
This month, The Princeton Review named Bellarmine University one of the nation’s top 373 colleges. U.S. News & World Report ranked Bellarmine 12th among Southern regional universities in the United States.

About Bellarmine:
Bellarmine University is an independent Catholic university offering more than 50 majors, as well as graduate degree programs, a doctor of nursing practice and a doctor of physical therapy. The university is celebrating 60 years of academic excellence for lives of leadership and service.