Rankings and Accolades

Bellarmine is a consistent presence on lists of top colleges thanks to its low student-to-teacher ratio, high student satisfaction levels and alumni earning power.

Academic Excellence

US News & World Report
Category: National Universities

  • #197 overall
  • #147 in social mobility for economically disadvantaged students

Princeton Review

  • Bellarmine among nation's best 386 colleges
  • One of top Southeastern colleges
  • Rubel School of Business among nation's best 248 business schools
  • #83 among best graduate Physical Therapy programs in the U.S.


  • #92 among all U.S. universities in the south 

College Choice


  • #1 Catholic college in Kentucky
  • #50 among the nation's top Catholic colleges
  • #94 among best college locations in America
  • #97 among the best colleges for kinesiology and therapy
  • 117 among best colleges for nursing

Value and Affordability 

Brookings Institution
Comparison of Kentucky colleges

  • #1 for mid-career salaries among featured Kentucky universities
  • 16% higher mid-career salaries than graduates from similar U.S. universities 

Money Magazine

  • #520 among best college values in the U.S., determined by educational quality, affordability and alumni success

Alumni Outcomes

Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education

  • #1 in Kentucky for graduate wages after 10 years


  • #222 in “grateful grads”

U.S. Department of Education College Scorecard
Kentucky public and private non-profit colleges

  • #3 for graduation rate

First Destination Survey

  • 99% of graduates working or continuing their education within 6 months of graduation
  • 91% of BA graduates are working in their career field of interest