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Bellarmine University focuses on graduate outcomes

Jul 29, 2020, 14:03 PM by Niki King

At Bellarmine University, students start with their end goals in mind.

The university is laser-focused on giving students the experiences they need in the classroom and work world to begin and progress through their careers.

Experiential learning is a critical part of the Bellarmine experience, so much so, the university guarantees every student will have the opportunity to land an internship, develop a career plan and build a professional network.

“Our surveys reveal how incredibly career-ready our students are and how well-poised they are to become leaders in their fields,” said Dr. Lilly Massa-McKinley, assistant vice president of career development and strategic partnerships.

That solid start spells lasting success.

Bellarmine tracks and analyzes graduate outcomes on an ongoing basis and finds that:

  • On average, Knights get hired and make more money than graduates from other universities. The average starting salary for BU grads is $50,000. Those who choose to pursue a graduate degree, the average salary is $68,000.
  • Bellarmine graduates have the highest earning potential of any Kentucky university 10 years after graduation and earn the highest mid-career salaries of any university in Kentucky.
  • 91 percent of Bellarmine graduates are working within their field of study.

CJ Corsiglia, a nursing major, experienced that readiness firsthand after classes and clinicals gave him the right experience to land a job upon graduation.

“The opportunities that I found through Bellarmine were endless, which helped me develop what I found my path to be,” he said. “I’m looking forward to staying in Louisville, to start working through the networks that I’ve made at Bellarmine, to give back to the school as well as to further my education and develop my career afterward.”

Bellarmine’s liberal arts foundation emphasizes critical thinking skills so students may navigate the constantly evolving workforce.

“Employers want employees who didn’t just learn the mechanics of practicing their skill, but who also learned to think critically, problem-solve and communicate,” said Massa-McKinley.

And, there’s always leadership and skill-building opportunities on campus through more than 70 student-led groups.

Emily Compton, a recent political science graduate from West Point, Ky., was heavily involved in campus life, including Student Government Association, the Pre-Law Society, Political Science Club and peer tutoring for statistics. Compton is heading to the University of Louisville this fall for law school on a full scholarship.

“My time at Bellarmine prepared me well for my next steps in life,” she said. 

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Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation’s best colleges and universities. Our students pursue an education based in the liberal arts – and in the distinguished, inclusive Catholic tradition of educational excellence, the oldest and most rewarding in the western world. It is a lifelong education, worthy of the university’s namesake, Saint Robert Bellarmine, and of his invitation to each of us to learn and live In Veritatis Amore – in the love of all that is beautiful, true and good in life.