Bellarmine University

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2001 Newburg Road

Louisville, KY 40205

Phone: (502) 272-8000
2013-2014 Tuition
tuition and fees
male /
Aug. 15
application deadline

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U.S. News Rankings

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U.S. News rank Category Name
#16 Overall Score: 71 out of 100. Regional Universities (South)

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Bellarmine University is a private institution that was founded in 1950. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,730, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 144 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Bellarmine University's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is Regional Universities (South), 16. Its tuition and fees are $34,890 (2013-14).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Bellarmine University prepares you for success through an unabridged education, offering a broad, liberal arts experience combined with training for mastery in a specialized area. Bellarmine is a consistent presence on lists of top colleges, with faculty scholars are passionate about teaching -- and you'll get to know them well, thanks to a 12:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Bellarmine offers one of the most extensive international study options in the nation, with 150 partnership sites in more than 50 countries on six continents. This world-class learning is centered on a campus just five miles from downtown Louisville, home of top corporations, small businesses and innovative non-profits. A few blocks from campus, the quirky Highlands neighborhood is a bohemian wonderland that has it all: food, drink, shopping, parks and unbeatable people-watching opportunities. Our Career Center helps students and graduates connect with internships and employment in Louisville and beyond. Service learning opportunities help you practice the values you learn in the classroom, through volunteering in the community, and through service trips across the state or around the world. The on-campus living experience offers traditional residence halls, plus apartment-style and suite accommodations. More than 1,000 residential students enjoy cafes, wireless internet, green spaces, waterfalls, an outdoor fireplace and The Palio, a circular dining hall right out of Tuscany. The 135-acre campus features a fitness center, indoor and outdoor tennis courts, intramural athletics, and plenty of hills to keep you in shape. Knights Nation cheers on 21 NCAA Division II athletic teams, and rowdy students give Knights Hall one of the most lively and feared home court advantages in college basketball. A lacrosse team competes in Division I. Bellarmine strives to make tuition affordable to qualified applicants, and 100 percent of freshmen receive institutional scholarships and grants. A "net price calculator" on Bellarmine's website will help you do the math.

General Information

School type private, coed college
Year founded 1950
Religious affiliation Roman Catholic
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $40,392,507


When applying to Bellarmine University, it's important to note the application deadline is August 15, and the early action deadline is November 1. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 15. The application fee at Bellarmine University is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 86.1 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 86.1%
Application deadline August 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 15

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Bellarmine University is 12:1, and the school has 54.8 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Bellarmine University include: Health Professions and Related Programs; Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Psychology; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Social Sciences. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 80 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 12:1
4-year graduation rate 48%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Health Professions and Related Programs 32%
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 16%
Psychology 9%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 6%
Social Sciences 6%

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Student Life

Bellarmine University has a total undergraduate enrollment of 2,730, with a gender distribution of 35.1 percent male students and 64.9 percent female students. At this school, 44 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 56 percent of students live off campus. Bellarmine University is part of the NCAA II athletic conference.

Total enrollment 3,602
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA II

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Campus Info & Services

Bellarmine University offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring and placement service. Bellarmine University also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Bellarmine University, 75 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is permitted for students of legal age at Bellarmine University.

Students who have cars on campus 75%
Health insurance offered No

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Paying for School

At Bellarmine University, 74.8 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $19,713.

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Tuition and fees $34,890 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,290 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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