Special Programs


The Preparatory Program, (PREP) for students beginning in majors with foundational mathematics courses (i.e. School of Business majors, natural science, and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) majors), defines an academic plan designed to strategically support the academic transition of a student in their first semester. The intent of PREP, by providing the most appropriate academic plan for the student in the initial semester, will promote long-term success within the major the student determines.

The Math department guidelines have been created to help academic advisors determine a student’s best starting point. PREP alters the initial sequence of classes for the fall semester, with the Student Success Center providing a written out plan for how Bellarmine will keep the student on a four-year graduation track if the student continues on with that major.

For those students who determine to continue to pursuing their initial major, and who are successful in all of their fall and spring courses initially registered for, Bellarmine is committed to providing a full-tuition summer grant(s) for defined course(s) taken at Bellarmine in the summer after the first year, based on the initial registration structure for the student’s freshmen fall semester. If students prefer, they may seek approval to take a course at another institution closer to home in the summer (Prior Approval of Transfer Credit.pdf). Bellarmine does not provide grants for courses at other institutions. Students who successfully follow the PREP plan for their major will still be on track to graduate in four years.

PREP Students who have not declared a major but who are interested in medicine, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, or dentistry should speak with an advisor.

If you have questions about the PREP program, please contact Lory King at 502.272.8061.

Summer Grants

For the past several years, Bellarmine University has awarded eligible undergraduate students, Summer Half-Tuition grants. The purpose of the Undergraduate Summer Half-Tuition Grant is to assist full-time students in staying on track to graduate in 4 years. All students must complete an application to be eligible to receive a grant. Undergraduate Summer Half-Tuition Grants apply to full-time undergraduates who fulfill the necessary criteria listed on the grant application. These grants DO NOT APPLY to students currently enrolled in accelerated, second-degree, dual Accounting/MBA (5–year program), internships or study abroad classes. The application is typically made available to students in March of every year.   

Majors and Minors Showcase

The Majors and Minors Showcase, co-sponsored in October by the Student Success Center and Residence Life, is an opportunity for students to explore the majors and minors that Bellarmine offers. Students who are undecided, who wish to switch majors, who would like add an additional major, or who want to declare a minor can learn about the variety of opportunities at BU. All majors and minors are invited to select upperclassmen to represent their program at the event and host a table that showcases the curriculum and opportunities within their programs.