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Bellarmine University Named One of America's Best Colleges by Money Magazine

Money Magazine has recognized Bellarmine University as one of the best college values in the country in 2023. 

In its ninth year, Money Magazine’s annual college rankings scored 736 colleges in quality, affordability, and future earning potential. Utilizing information from the U.S. Department of Education, Witlytic, and proprietary calculations, Money ranked colleges using a 2.5-star to 5-star rating system instead of numerical rankings. Bellarmine was one of eight Kentucky colleges that made the list.  

The ranking comes on the heels of the announcement of the Bellarmine IMPACT, which builds on the university’s commitment to affordability through a distinctive, results-oriented approach to college. This new initiative delivers on our commitment to creating career and life-ready graduates through distinctive and transformative student experiences rooted in Catholic and liberal arts foundations, with personalized pathways to success. Within six months of graduation, 98% of Bellarmine graduates secure employment or pursue further education, reporting higher wages and job satisfaction than graduates from other universities. 

“At Bellarmine, we understand the significance of providing an affordable yet valuable education,” said Dr. Susan M. Donovan, Bellarmine's president. “The cost of a college education remains a concern for students and their families, and we are committed to ensuring that Bellarmine remains a worthwhile investment.” 

One of the distinctive characteristics of Bellarmine is to provide an affordable and transformative experience for students, offering the best return on investment in the region. Money Magazine's latest ranking is a testament to Bellarmine's dedication to its strategic vision.  

Tags: Academics , Affordability , Outcomes



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.