At Bellarmine, transformative experiences translate to greater outcomes


When Daria Ochenkowski, a recent education graduate, was first shopping for colleges, she picked Bellarmine because it felt like home. 

“Being able to walk through campus and pretty much know everyone you walk by is really cool,” she said. “That’s something you don’t get in a lot of places. You can have that connection anywhere you go on campus. The relationships you build with professors are huge as well.” 

Those who know Bellarmine say it’s that kind of close-knit campus life that sets the university apart and makes all the difference for graduates when they enter the work force.  

Daria, for example, was able to leverage her work with campus organizations and the community, along with her relationships with her professors, to land a fulltime job as a teacher immediately upon graduating. 

“I loved my community at Bellarmine,” Daria said. “I still use my connections there. I’ll call my professor and say, I’ve encountered this challenge, or what do you think about this situation? They’re still helpful to me, even though I graduated in December.”    

For a small, liberal arts university, Bellarmine is big on opportunities to get involved, find your fit and become your best self. 

There are more than 70 registered student-created organizations ranging nearly every interest imaginable. Most students participate in at least one.  

Learning communities and specialty programs help students get connected and make friends, receive support from faculty and staff and get involved at Bellarmine and beyond. The Office of Identity and Inclusion, and numerous other student groups, engage the Bellarmine community in identity exploration and social justice. 

With an average class ratio of 12:1, students find it easy to connect with each other in the classroom and with
their professors.   

For a small, liberal arts university, Bellarmine is big on opportunities to get involved, find your fit and become your best self.

"Before Bellarmine, I was very timid,” said Robbie Jones, a senior majoring in business and sports administration. “I was not confident in my abilities to be a leader or to even be outspoken. But since I’ve been at Bellarmine, it’s just a complete switch. I’m confident in myself. I feel like I can encourage and motivate other people through my leadership.”   

That personal growth translates to real outcomes for students.  

Knights get hired and make more money than graduates from other universities. The average starting salary for BU grads is $50,000. If you choose to pursue a graduate degree, the average salary jumps to $68,000. 

That solid start spells ongoing success. Bellarmine alums 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. 

Tags: Diversity , Education , Learning Communities , Outcomes , Parents and Families , Student Success , Transformative Experience



Located in the historic Highlands neighborhood of Louisville, Kentucky, 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.