Bellarmine University is a vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation's best colleges and universities according to US News & World Report. Students at Bellarmine pursue an education based in the liberal arts where teaching and learning takes place in small classes with a 12:1 student to faculty ratio. Over 80 percent of the distinguished faculty hold the highest degree in their academic field, and no teaching is conducted by teaching assistants.
A vibrant campus life is complemented by recreational facilities, such as indoor and outdoor tennis courts, volleyball courts, athletic fields, a newly renovated fitness facility, and free access to the Mary T. Meagher Aquatic Center, named after a local Olympic champion and world record holder. Students live and study on a beautiful campus nestled in a safe, walkable neighborhood.
The Bellarmine campus offers easy access to the Bardstown Road entertainment and culinary district as well as downtown Louisville. Exploring downtown, students will find numerous museums, shops and restaurants and can cheer on the Minor League Baseball team or LouCity, the United Soccer League team. Known for its extensive parks system, Louisville has many outdoor opportunities including the Louisville Loop a 100-mile trail system that encircles the city connecting parks and neighborhoods.
Autumn in Louisville comes with beautiful fall foliage and the city hosts a variety of concerts, festivals and events including the JackOLantern Spectacular and concerts such as “Louder than Life” and “Bourbon and Beyond”. Every spring, the city hosts the Kentucky Derby Festival, which brings hot air balloon races, outdoor food festivals, air shows, art shows, and the largest annual fireworks display in North America. If you have explored all of Kentucky, the state of Indiana is within walking distance from downtown Louisville by crossing the Ohio river on the Big Four Bridge.See All 16 Photos
Main CampusLouisville, Kentucky, United States0 - 5,000 on Campus250,000+ residents in LouisvilleLanguage(s) spoken on campus: English
Bellarmine's 144-acre campus flourishes on the scenic grounds of an antebellum plantation, surrounded by a quiet and safe neighborhood, yet within walking distance of the Highlands, the city's most diverse and eclectic restaurant and cafe district, only five miles from downtown Louisville and the Ohio River. Louisville is noted for its cultural and educational richness. It is the site of the nationally renowned Actors' Theatre of Louisville, the Kentucky Center for the Arts, the Kentucky Orchestra, the Kentucky Opera, the J.B. Speed Art Museum, the Kentucky Shakespeare Festival, five universities, a community college, two seminaries and the Kentucky Derby Festival. Louisville is within a couple of hours of such major U.S. cities as Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Nashville, and six hours or less from Atlanta, Chicago, Memphis and St. Louis.
There are over 70 clubs and organizations for which students can participate, such as the Bellarmine International Club, Bellarmine University Radio Association, Bellarmine University Democrats, Bellarmine University Republicans, Outdoors Club, Students for Social Justice and various clubs which focus on students’ fields of study (i.e. English Club, History Club, Biology Club, etc.).
The Bellarmine International Club is a great way for exchange students to become involved on campus. There are monthly dinners to ethnic restaurants in Louisville as well as day trips to places in Kentucky such as Mammoth Cave, Churchill Downs, Keenland, the Kentucky Derby Museum, Muhammad Ali Center and more! There are nine women’s and eight men’s intercollegiate athletic teams including baseball, basketball, field hockey, golf, lacrosse, soccer, softball, tennis, track and field, and volleyball. Students cheer on our athletes by attending games and participating in Knights Nation – the pep club. Intramural sports are available throughout the academic year including mud volleyball, volleyball, dodgeball, handball, soccer, softball, ultimate Frisbee and more.