Bellarmine University earns top rankings from leading U.S. publications

October 4, 2023

Three leading publications recently recognized Bellarmine University as one of the nation's best colleges, reaffirming its commitment to providing academic excellence and delivering a strong return on investment.
In the latest rankings released by U.S. News & World Report, Bellarmine ranked 280th among national universities. This year’s rankings were recalibrated to put more emphasis on social mobility and outcomes after graduation. This is Bellarmine’s 30th consecutive year appearing on the publication’s list of top colleges. The university also ranked 318th among national universities demonstrating strong performances in creating social mobility, based on enrolling and graduating large proportions of students who demonstrate high financial need through Pell Grant eligibility.
The Donna and Allan Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences climbed nearly 100 places, to 263, in U.S. News & World Report’s rankings this year of the best nursing schools in the U.S.
The Princeton Review included Bellarmine in its list of the nation’s best 389 colleges. These rankings are based solely on the publication’s surveys of college students about their schools.
Money Magazine recognized Bellarmine University as one of the best colleges in the U.S. based on 26 data points, including graduation rates, cost of attendance and alumni salaries. 
“Students searching for a college should never rely on rankings alone, but they do provide a snapshot of academic quality and value, so it is encouraging to see Bellarmine as a consistent presence on these lists of the nation’s top colleges,” said Dr. Susan M. Donovan, Bellarmine’s president. “These are not just measures of academic excellence but also of our ability to ensure that our students are successful after graduation.”
Donovan noted that the rankings reflect both Bellarmine’s impact on students and the impact those students have in the world after they graduate, well-prepared for fulfilling lives and careers. The rankings exemplify the university’s mission as an inclusive Catholic university of academic excellence, grounded in the liberal arts and focused on engagement, belonging, wellness and purpose.

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