Brescia University

Brescia University

Brescia University, which was founded by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph in 1950, was initially known as Brescia College. In 1998, it began offering graduate degree programs, and was renamed Brescia University. This coeducational, private, Catholic institute is located in Owensboro, Kentucky.

Brescia University awards the Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Social Work degrees. Graduate degree programs are also available in management, curriculum and instruction, and business administration. The academic divisions of the university are:

  • Fine Arts Division
  • Mathematics and Natural Sciences Division
  • Social and Behavioral Sciences Division
  • William H. Thompson School of Business

The sports teams of Brescia University, nicknamed the Bearcats, participate in baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track, and volleyball. The athletics department is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Division I, and the Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Brescia University
717 Frederica St
Owensboro , KY 42301-3023
General Phone: (270) 685-3131

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Brescia Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Business and Management37business, business management, accounting
Liberal Arts17Spanish language, English, liberal arts and sciences, interdisciplinary studies, social services, political science, history
Education and Teaching15curriculum and instruction, special ed, elementary school teaching, middle school teaching, art education, social studies teaching
Family and Social Work12social work
Therapy and Counseling8psychology
Medical Support and Technology7audiology and speech pathology, clinical lab tech
Science5biology, chemistry, theoretical and mathematical physics
Religion and Philosophy3religious education, theology, theological and ministerial studies
Photography and Commercial Art2commercial art
Mathematics2applied mathematics, mathematics and computer science
Art Studies1art studies
Engineering0various engineering courses

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

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree132
Bachelor's degree8826
Associate's degree56
Postbaccalaureate certificate32

Brescia Student Body

In 2007-2008, Brescia had a total enrollment of 573 students (435 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 45%
Women 55%
Full-Time 100%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 94%
Graduate 6%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 79%
Black 8%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 0%
(Foreign Students) 9%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
18-19 19%
20-21 20%
22-24 19%
25-29 15%
30-34 7%
35-39 7%
40-49 6%
50-64 4%
65+ 1%

Brescia Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 71 %

Brescia Room and Board (2007)

Brescia offers campus housing for 249 of its 435 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Owensboro, 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 19 meals per week.

Brescia Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal380450
SAT Math410540
ACT Verbal1724
ACT Math1623
ACT Composite1823

Application Requirements:

Class Ranknot required
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrequired
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT7%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT93%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

Brescia Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 15,440
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 15,440
Room and board $ 7,000
Books and supplies $ 1,000
Other expenses $ 2,000

Financial Aid:
Brescia participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 195800)

Brescia Faculty

Brescia has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track115

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Associate professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year0*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year1*2*

*: 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 year4$55,3104$43,380
Associate professoracademic year5$47,9825$44,510
Assistant professoracademic year9$39,9054$39,644
Instructoracademic year0*2*
All faculty totalacademic year18$45,57215$41,332

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

Brescia Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Basketball Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Baseball Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference
Track Kentucky Intercollegiate Athletic Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports365894

Brescia Degree Programs (2007)

Art Studies
Art/Art Studies, General

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Commerce, General

Education And Teaching
Art Teacher Education
Curriculum and Instruction
Elementary Education and Teaching
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching
Social Studies Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Engineering, Other

Family And Social Work
Social Work

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

Applied Mathematics
Mathematics and Computer Science

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist

Photography And Commercial Art
Commercial and Advertising Art

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

Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Theoretical and Mathematical Physics

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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