The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located Louisville, Kentucky, the largest metropolitan area in the state. Serving as the premier university within the Kentucky public university system and a nationally recognized metropolitan research institution, the University of Louisville traces its roots back to the founding of Jefferson Seminary, which was chartered in 1798. Today, the University of Louisville operates three campuses in Kentucky: the 287-acre Belknap Campus, located three miles away from downtown Louisville, which is home to seven of the University’s colleges and schools; the Health Science Center, located in downtown Louisville’s medical complex, and houses the University’s health related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital; and the 243-acre Shelby Campus located in eastern Jefferson County.
Academic ProgramsThe University of Louisville’s mission is to pursue “excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through: teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars, practicing and applying research, scholarship and creative activity, and providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.” The University of Louisville’s mission statement continues, “The University is committed to achieving preeminence as a nationally recognized metropolitan research university.”
Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools since 1915, the University of Louisville offers more than 170 fields of study including associate, baccalaureate, professional, graduate degrees and certificates. The University is made up of several colleges and schools, including the College of Arts and Sciences; the Brandeis School of Law; the College of Business; the School of Dentistry; the College of Education and Human Development; the School of Graduate and Interdisciplinary Studies; the Kent School of Social Work; the School of Medicine; the School of Music; the School of Nursing; the School of Public Health and Information Sciences; and the Speed School of Engineering.
Student LifeThe University of Louisville has a total enrollment figure of more than 21,000, including nearly 16,000 undergraduate students. The University of Louisville offers students a variety of living arrangements from which to choose, designed to meet the varying needs of the student body. On-campus housing options are offered on the University’s main Belknap Campus and includes traditional residence halls, suites, and apartments. Several Living and Learning and themed community living arrangements are also offered, allowing students of similar interests or majors to experience college life together.
The University of Louisville recognizes more than 400 student-led clubs and organizations which cater to a wide range of interests including academic, professional, cultural, social, Greek life, religious, recreational, and sports clubs and organizations. These especially provide valuable opportunity for students to interact with one another outside of the classroom, forge friendships, and build leadership skills and experience. As an NCAA Division I-A school, the University of Louisville’s varsity athletic teams compete in the Atlantic Coast Conference.