Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University

Bellarmine University, also referred to as BU, is located in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. It was created in the year 1950 by The Archdiocese of Louisville. It was formerly called Bellarmine College in honor of the Catholic Saint Robert Bellarmine. BU has five academic schools which award degrees to students. They are:

  • Lansing School of Nursing and Health Sciences
  • Rubel School of Business
  • Thornton School of Education
  • School of Continuing and Professional Studies
  • Graduate School

The men's sports teams of BU participate in a wide variety of sports including basketball, baseball, lacrosse, golf, cross country, tennis, track and soccer. The women's teams participate in sports such as field hockey, basketball, cross country, softball, soccer, golf, volleyball, track, and tennis.

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Contacting Bellarmine

Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville , KY 40205-0671
General Phone: (502) 452-8000

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Bellarmine Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management161business, accounting, actuarial science
Education and Teaching138educational admin and supervision, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, secondary teaching, reading teaching
Nursing and Emergency Medicine126registered nursing
Therapy and Counseling104psychology, physical therapy
Liberal Arts86English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, economics, political science, sociology, history
Media28communication studies
Science18biology, biochem/biophysics/molecular biology, chemistry
Computer Science and Engineering16computer and info science, computer engineering
Medical Support and Technology14respiratory care tech, clinical lab tech
Security and Law Enforcement13criminal justice and safety
Religion and Philosophy13philosophy, philosophy and religious studies, theology
Music11music, various music studies
Fine Arts5fine arts
Art Studies2arts management
Medical Administration1health and medical administrative

Number of programs and degrees for Bellarmine in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Bachelor's degree46132
Master's degree23411
Postbaccalaureate certificate82
Doctor's degree361

Bellarmine Student Body

In 2007-2008, Bellarmine had a total enrollment of 3,001 students (2,845 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 38%
Women 62%
Full-Time 99%
Part-Time 1%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 74%
Graduate 26%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 80%
Black 3%
Hispanic 1%
Asian 2%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 12%
(Foreign Students) 2%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 8%
18-19 31%
20-21 24%
22-24 14%
25-29 9%
30-34 5%
35-39 4%
40-49 5%
50-64 2%
65+ 0%

Bellarmine Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 77 %
Part-Time 50 %

Bellarmine Room and Board (2007)

Bellarmine offers campus housing for 850 of its 2,845 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Louisville, Kentucky for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Kentucky Colleges).

The school offers students a meal plan with 16 meals per week.

Bellarmine Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal500600
SAT Math500600
ACT Verbal2127
ACT Math2026
ACT Composite2226

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Formal Demonstration of Competencerecommended
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT28%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT86%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Bellarmine Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 27,990
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 27,990
Room and board $ 8,406
Room charge $ 4,820
Board (meal plan) charge $ 3,350
Books and supplies $ 744
Other expenses $ 5,356

Financial Aid:
Bellarmine participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 195400)

Bellarmine Faculty

Bellarmine has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track1716
Non-tenured and not on tenure track1529

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year2*2*
Associate professorcalendar year3$76,4542*
Assistant professorcalendar year2*7$68,432
Instructorcalendar year1*3$53,943
All faculty totalcalendar year8$77,56914$69,576

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year20$84,17410$81,541
Associate professoracademic year24$64,8629$60,269
Assistant professoracademic year16$53,57522$54,460
Instructoracademic year7$42,89912$42,370
All faculty totalacademic year67$65,63753$57,819

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Bellarmine Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Baseball Great Lakes Valley Conference
Track Great Lakes Valley Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports7888166

Bellarmine Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Arts Management

Business And Management
Actuarial Science
Business/Commerce, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer and Information Sciences, General

Education And Teaching
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Reading Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Special Education and Teaching, General

Fine Arts
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Liberal Arts
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
History, General
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
Political Science and Government, General

Mathematics, General

Communication Studies/Speech Communication and Rhetoric

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Music, General
Music, Other

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Religion And Philosophy
Philosophy and Religious Studies, Other
Theology/Theological Studies

Biochemistry/Biophysics and Molecular Biology
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies

Therapy And Counseling
Physical Therapy/Therapist
Psychology, General

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Bellarmine Highlights

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What Sets Bellarmine Apart:

Number of degree programs
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Top 14%Bellarmine Number of degree programs
% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 15%Bellarmine % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% students on athletic fin. aid
(vs. all colleges)
Top 15%Bellarmine % students on athletic fin. aid
Female % of student body
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 17%Bellarmine Female % of student body
Dorm rooms per full-time student
(vs. all colleges)
Top 18%Bellarmine Dorm rooms per full-time student
% of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine
(vs. colleges with similar degree levels)
Top 19%Bellarmine % of degrees in nursing and emergency medicine

checked Roman Catholic affiliation
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Offers credit for life experience
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Career counseling
checked Career services
checked Student employment services
checked Option to study abroad
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library
checked Offers campus housing
checked Offers a board (meal) plan
checked Tenure system for quality teaching
checked Has ROTC (army, air force)
checked Offers athletic scholarships
checked NCAA athletic conference member

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