Colleges in Louisville: Universities, Trade and Technical Schools

Louisville may conjure up images of the Kentucky Derby and mint juleps, but there are also seven colleges in Louisville. Students attending Louisville colleges and universities can enjoy the city's many museums and galleries, more than 120 parks, almost 50 miles of bike trails, and numerous parades and festivals.

The Academies of Louisville connect high schools to business partners, preparing students for postsecondary and career success. Academy students can earn a high school diploma and college credits, industry certifications, and real-life work experience.

Fun Facts about Trade and Technical Schools in Louisville

Jefferson Community and Technical College has six campuses in the Louisville area. The Downtown campus is the largest and a hub for student activities, such as concerts and lectures. The school's most popular programs are in business administration, computer science and auto mechanics/technology.

The Galen College of Nursing emphasizes real-life clinical training and has state-of-the-art equipment, including high-tech patient-simulation mannequins.

Fun Facts about Louisville Colleges and Universities

The largest of the independent universities in Louisville — and in the state — is Sullivan University. This four-year university offers career-focused degree programs in fields such as accountancy, nursing, and pharmacology. Student activities emphasize community, leadership, wellness and diversity.

Founded in 1798, the University of Louisville offers majors in more than 170 areas of study. Student activities include more than 400 campus organizations, about 30 fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports. The Louisville Cardinals varsity teams compete in the NCAA Division I Atlantic Coast Conference.

Bellarmine University is a private Catholic college known for academic excellence. The student body is diverse, with students from 43 states and 26 foreign countries.

Graduate Schools in Louisville

Several universities in Louisville offer master's and doctoral degree programs. The University of Louisville has master's programs through the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, and in business and medicine. Among Sullivan University's graduate degree programs, business administration is the most popular. Both Southern Baptist University and Louisville Presbyterian Theological Seminary offer graduate programs in theology/religious vocations.

To learn more about opportunities for higher education in the state, see the extensive list of Kentucky Colleges.


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  • Galen College of Nursing, accessed October 2018
  • Sullivan University, accessed October 2018
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  • Bellarmine University, accessed October 2018
  • The Southern Baptist University, accessed October 2018
Education Institutes in Louisville
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Total Enrollment in all institutes
Number of Public Educational Institutes
Number of Private For-Profit Institutes
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On Campus and Online Programs in Louisville
Number of Institutes Offering on-campus programs
Number of Institutes Offering on-line programs
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Source: Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) 2018-19, National Center for Education Statistics,
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