Bellarmine Fast Facts

About

Namesake: Named for 15th century Jesuit priest and cardinal Robert Bellarmine—born Oct. 4, 1542 in Montepulciano, Italy; died Sept. 17, 1621 in Rome; canonized June 29, 1930.

History: From 1950 until 1968, Bellarmine operated as an Archdiocesan all men’s college. In 1968, Bellarmine merged with Ursuline College and became both co-educational and independent. On Sept. 14, 2000, Bellarmine changed its named from Bellarmine College to Bellarmine University.

Location: Louisville, Ky.
Date Opened: Oct. 3, 1950
Affiliation: Independent, Catholic
Colors: Scarlet and Silver
Nickname: Knights

Student Body

Fall 2016 Total Headcount: 3,971
Female: 2,723 (69%)
Male: 1,248 (31%)
Full-time: 2,784 (70%)
Part-time: 1,187 (30%)
Students of Color: 515 (14%)*
International: 41 (1%)

Undergraduate Headcount: 2,650
Female: 1,703 (64%)
Male: 947 (36%)
Full-time: 2,476 (93%)
Part-time: 174 (7%)
Students of Color: 351 (14%)*
International: 33 (1%)

Graduate Headcount: 1,321
Female: 1,032 (78%)
Male: 289 (22%)
Full-time: 308 (23%)
Part-time: 1,013 (77%)
Students of Color: 164 (14%)*
International: 6 (<1%)

First-time Freshmen: 634
Female: 396 (62%)   
Male: 238 (38%)
Students of Color: 97 (17%)*   
International: 6 (1%)
First-Generation: 247 (39%)

Geographic Origin of Undergraduate Students
Kentucky: 1,855 (70%)
Indiana: 311 (12%)
Ohio: 158 (6%)
Illinois: 58 (2%)
Tennessee: 50 (2%)
Missouri: 44 (2%)
International: 33 (1%)
Other States: 151 (6%)

*The denominator in this calculation excludes international and unknown.

Campus Living

F/T Undergraduates Living on Campus: 42%
F/T Freshmen Living on Campus: 67%

Faculty

Student-Faculty Ratio: 12:1

Number of full-time faculty: 176
Does not include academic deans or academic administrators
Female: 97 (55%)
Male: 79 (45%)
With terminal degrees: 143 (81%)
Tenured (of tenure track faculty): 72 (61%)

Cost of Attendance for Academic Year 2016-2017

Undergraduate Tuition: $37,850
Fees: $1,500
Part Time Per Credit hour: $885
Matriculation Fee: $400 (one-time fee in the fall semester for first-time, full-time freshman)
Room and Board: $11,470 (based on regular meal plan and average freshmen resident hall costs)
100% of full-time freshmen receive institutional aid

Campus Grounds

Campus size: 175 acres
Facilities: 32 buildings, 970,300 total square footage
Facilities Off-campus: 25 buildings, 56,476 total square footage

Degrees Awarded

Advanced Certificate in Accounting
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Bachelor of Health Sciences (BHS)
Bachelor of Music (BM)
Bachelor of Science (BS)
Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN)
Certificate in Medical Laboratory Science
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 Business Administration (MBA)
Master of Health Science (MHS)
Master of Science in Analytics (MSA)
Master of Science in Digital Media (MSDM)
Master of Science in Nursing (MSN)
Master of Science in Taxation (MST)
Educational Specialist (EdS)
Doctor of Education (EdD)
Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP)
Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT)
Doctor of Philosophy (PhD)

Graduation and Retention Rates

2nd Year Retention: 80% (first-year cohorts 2015)
3rd Year Retention: 69% (first-year cohort 2014)
4th Year Retention: 67% (first-year cohort 2013)
6 Year Graduation Rate: 68% (first-year cohort 2010)

Popular Majors

Top 5 Majors by Percentage of Undergraduate Bachelor Degrees Conferred
Nursing 14%
Exercise Science 9%
Psychology 9%
Biology 8%
Business Administration 8%

Number of Degrees Conferred

2015-2016 Total: 901
Bachelor’s Degrees: 575
Postbachelor’s Certificates: 6
Master’s Degrees: 249
Doctoral Degrees: 71

Note: Students who double major are counted twice.

Alumni

Total number of living alumni/ae: 21,977 (Fall 2016)


 

 

University and College Accountability Network (U-CAN)
Profile of Bellarmine University as a member of the National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU)