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Transfer Students Succeed at Bellarmine



Evelyn Cutting, a senior nursing student at Bellarmine University, began her collegiate career at a different university in another state.  

While she made it through her freshman year there, the school didn’t feel right. It wasn’t as welcoming or inclusive as she’d hoped.    

“I realized I was just not happy there,” Evelyn said. “I was hoping to go to a place where everyone belonged.”  

She transferred to Bellarmine her sophomore year and hasn’t looked back.   

“I’m so grateful Bellarmine has an inclusive environment,” she said. “The nursing program is beyond amazing. I’ve been able to fit in and thrive at Bellarmine.” 


“It was honestly a pretty easy transition...I had an awesome advisor. She made the transition super easy. I felt super comfortable going on campus and knowing where to go.” 


About 80 students transfer into Bellarmine a year, starting in fall and spring semesters. 

Jessica Lynch, director of Orientation, New Student and Family Programs, said students transfer for a myriad of reasons, whether, like Evelyn, they’re looking for a different college experience, or they’re a non-traditional student, or a veteran or active duty military or an athlete. Some students take advantage of the 2BU program that allows Jefferson Community and Technical College students to easily transfer credits to Bellarmine.   

Whatever their background, transfer students receive an abundance of support to make the transition easier, Lynch said.  

Transfer students are invited to a special orientation, which will be Jan. 4 this spring semester, where they get one-stop access to all the offices on campus and a thorough introduction to campus programs, services and technology.  

Transfer students also get a dedicated academic advisor to ensure they settle into their new studies as seamlessly as possible.  

“It was honestly a pretty easy transition,” Evelyn said. “I had an awesome advisor. She made the transition super easy. I felt super comfortable going on campus and knowing where to go.”  

Lynch also communicates directly with transfer students, offers special programming and makes sure students acclimate to campus life and find the resources they need. 

Evelyn, who has a rare immune disorder, connected with Accessibility Resource Center.  

“They were so welcoming and wanted to make sure I was taken care of and had everything I needed to succeed at Bellarmine,” Evelyn said.       

Bellarmine makes applying easy for transfer students. Transcript reviews are completed quickly and all previously awarded scholarships are honored.  

For those who are interested in transferring, we host virtual sessions regularly to get you connected and get your questions answered. Check here for upcoming dates.

“I would definitely recommend Bellarmine,” Evelyn said. “I’ve been so pleasantly surprised. My experience has been even better than I expected.” 

Click here to check which of your credits will transfer, request a transcript review or find answers to all your questions about transferring. 


Tags: Admissions , Student Success , Transfer Students



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.