U.S. News & World Report has once again called Bellarmine University one of the south's top universities.
Bellarmine climbed from 16th to 13th on the publication's annual rankings of the south's 97 best regional universities. 2015 marks Bellarmine's 21st consecutive year on this list.
The U.S. News list is developed based on graduation and retention rates, peer assessment, faculty resources, student selectivity, financial resources, graduation rate performance and alumni giving.
Earlier this summer, The Princeton Review recognized Bellarmine in its compilation of the nation's best 379 colleges.
Last month, Bellarmine welcomed 670 freshmen from 23 states. The school's two most recent freshman classes are the largest in Bellarmine's history.
Before the end of the year, Bellarmine University will respond to this growth by breaking ground on Centro, a $25 million, 54,000-square-foot academic building in front of Horrigan Hall. When complete, Centro will feature 12 new classrooms, new faculty office space, a new admissions office and more.