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The Louisville Advantage

"Top City for New College Grads"


"Top 10 Destination to Visit"

—Lonely Planet

"Top 13 City for Affordable Living"

 A big city with a small-town feel, Louisville consistently ranks high on lists of the USA’s most livable, most affordable and most entrepreneurial cities—it’s a place where you’ll find every manner of arts, entertainment, sports and commerce, but still get a smile and a “hello” from a complete stranger.

Greater Louisville is a thriving city of about 1.3 million people with all of the benefits of a contemporary city on the move, along with the hospitality that has made this region legendary. Our area boasts:

  • an award-winning arts scene with top-level theatre, music and visual arts; an awesome sports scene that features the world famous Kentucky Derby, professional soccer and baseball as well as frequent major touring events in golf, racing and extreme sports;
  • a parks system designed by Frederick Law Olmsted that is the envy of cities nationwide;
  • a vibrant downtown life, featuring Fourth Street Live, Waterfront Park, the Big Four Walking Bridge, Louisville Slugger Field, waterfront hiking and biking trails and the Falls of the Ohio;
  • and the breathtaking natural beauty of Kentucky, home to spectacular lakes, stunning mountains, mysterious forests, Mammoth Cave and the Red River Gorge.

"Top City for Millenials"


"Top Five City with the Happiest Workers"


"Best Small Cities in the U.S."

—National Geographic


Located right on the edge of downtown Louisville in the city’s first suburb, The Highlands, Bellarmine is within walking distance of some of the city’s most popular public parks, shops, restaurants and clubs.

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Just ten minutes from campus, downtown Louisville is home to major attractions, including museums, concert venues, sports arenas, restaurants and major employers who love Bellarmine grads.

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Louisville is home to large corporations small businesses and nonprofits, providing a great job market for Bellarmine graduates in fields like healthcare, education, insurance, tourism and, of course, bourbon.

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Louisville is home to an amazing array of restaurants, music festivals, concert venues, food trucks, museums, plays, parks and the world famous Churchill Downs, so you’ll never run out of fun ways to enjoy the city..

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