The Premier Independent Catholic University in the South
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.
Our Louisville Home
On the edge of downtown Louisville Bellarmine is set on three beautiful hills in the artful and eclectic Highlands neighborhood. We are within walking distance of the Bardstown Road corridor, where coffee houses, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops add to the overall Bellarmine experience. Downtown Louisville is just minutes away and offers world-class theatre, arts, sports, museums and gorgeous riverfront parks. Louisville is situated on the mile-wide Ohio River, at the gateway to the South and the crossroads of the Midwest. Two hundred million people – two-thirds of the nation’s population – live within a 500-mile radius of the city.
A Campus on the Move
Our lush, 175-acre campus comprises more than 50 buildings, including the beautiful Siena residential complex, the W.L. Lyons Brown Library, the Norton Health Science Center and Our Lady of the Woods Chapel. Centro, one of the most significant construction projects in Bellarmine’s history, is a three-story structure connected by a glass atrium to one of Bellarmine’s foundational buildings and is home to the Admissions Welcome Center, the Career Development Center and state-of-the-art classrooms, as well as spaces for students to study and relax. Our recreational facilities include indoor and outdoor tennis courts; a fitness center; and athletic fields including the Owsley B. Frazier Stadium, home to lacrosse, soccer, field hockey, and track & field. Our campus on three hills and our award-winning architecture evoke the beautiful Italian hill towns of Tuscany, birthplace of our patron, Roberto Bellarmino.
Teaching You’ll Never Forget
Bellarmine faculty scholars are passionate about teaching. 180 full-time faculty, with 82 percent holding a Ph.D. or the highest degree in their field, teach at Bellarmine.
A diverse student body from 43 states and 26 foreign countries attend Bellarmine. Our total enrollment is 3,759 of which 2,546 are undergraduate students. The ACT composite scores range from 22 to 27 for the middle 50 percent of students.
A Human Scale Learning Environment
Our student-faculty ratio is 12 to 1. Our average class size at Bellarmine is 20. There are 29 students or fewer in 84 percent of our classes. Teaching and learning like this just doesn’t take place at the megaversities, and it shows in our high four-year graduation rates and in the successful careers of our 23,905 graduates (as of fall 2017) throughout the world.
Price, cost and value
2017-2018 tuition & fees: $40,350; room and board: $12,182.
Don’t overreact to the price of an education, but focus on its much lower actual cost to you, and its enormously high value as an investment in your future. We provide more than $11 million in institutional scholarships and grants to entering students each year. Award amounts are determined on an individual basis and celebrate the strength and achievement of each admitted student. A person, not a computer, processes your application. Just as with everything at Bellarmine, your financial situation gets individual attention.
2001 Newburg Road
Louisville, KY 40205
502.272.8131 • 800.274.4723
English Language requirement:
If English is your second language, a TOEFL, IELTS or MELAB score is required. A minimum total score of 80 on the Internet-based TOEFL (reading, listening, writing & speaking), 6 on the IELTS and 78 on the MELAB is required. Bellarmine’s TOEFL code number is 1056. This requirement can be waived if you have been schooled in an English speaking country for at least one year (see List of Exempt English Language Countries) or you have received a diploma from a recognized English language program. Please speak to admissions (undergraduate or graduate) for further information.