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.

Within six months of graduating, 99% of Bellarmine graduates find employment or pursue their graduate degree. These outstanding career outcomes are 14% above the national average for other colleges and universities.  

Three years after graduation, Bellarmine bachelor's degree recipients earn a median income that is 19% higher than the average median income for those holding bachelor's degrees from all Kentucky institutions. For master's degrees, the average median income is 23% higher. 

Academic Excellence

US News & World Report
Category: National Universities

  • #203 overall
  • Top 100 in Physical Therapy
  • Top 200 in Teacher Education

Princeton Review

  • Bellarmine among nation's best 389 colleges
  • One of the Best Southeastern colleges 

College Choice

Best Colleges


  • #1 Best College Location in Kentucky
  • #4 Best College for Student-Athletes in Kentucky
  • #84 Best College Locations in America
  • #101 Best College Athletics in America

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

  • One of the best college values in the U.S., determined by educational quality, affordability and alumni success

Alumni Outcomes

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

  • #2 in percent of graduates earning more than high school graduates
  • #2 in median earnings
  • #4 for graduation rate
Kentucky Center for Statistics
Analysis of Bellarmine graduate earnings compared to all other Kentucky colleges
  • 37% more after 3 years for all careers
  • 10% more after 10 years in arts and humanities careers 
  • 53% more after 3 years in business careers 
  • 10% more after 3 years in education careers 
  • 44% more after 3 years in healthcare careers 

First Destination Survey

  • 99% of graduates working or continuing their education within six months of graduation
  • 97% of BA graduates are working in their career field of interest