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

  • #202 overall
  • #58 in Best Undergraduate Teaching
  • #211 in Top Performers on Social Mobility

Princeton Review

  • Bellarmine among nation's best 387 colleges
  • One of the Best Southeastern colleges
  • Rubel School of Business among nation's best 241 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 Best Value College in Louisville
  • #1 Best Catholic College in Kentucky
  • #1 Best College Locations in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Student Life in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Value Colleges in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Small Colleges in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Private University in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Business Colleges in Kentucky
  • #3 Best Nursing Colleges in Kentucky
  • #4 Best College for Student Athletes in Kentucky
  • #5 Best Colleges in Kentucky
  • #48 Best Catholic colleges in America
  • 94th percentile Best College Locations in America
  • Top 10% Best Colleges for Kinesiology and Physical Therapy in America
  • #159 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