Louisville Colleges and Universities
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The Greater Louisville area earns high marks for educational diversity and academic excellence. The area is home to 30 colleges and universities, technical schools, seminaries and other post-secondary educational institutions, with a combined total of more than 50,000 students. The following provides information on the five largest in terms of enrollment:
Who: More than 20,000 students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries, and a diverse faculty and staff numbering about 6,000.
What: Hailed for teaching, research, and service to the community, this state-supported metropolitan university maintains a commitment to the liberal arts and sciences and to the intellectual, cultural and economic development of the diverse communities and citizens within its purview. UofL is made up of 12 academic colleges and schools and offers graduate, professional, baccalaureate and associate degrees, as well as certificates, in more than 170 fields of study.
Who: A diverse student body from 30 states and 17 foreign countries; total enrollment of approximately 2,600 of which 1,800 are full-time undergraduate students; Fifty-one percent of students ranked in the top 25 percent of their class. Student/faculty ratio is 12 to 1 and average class size of 19.
What: A vibrant community of educational excellence and ethical awareness that consistently ranks among the nation's best colleges and universities.
Where: Bellarmine is set on three beautiful hills in the artful and eclectic Highlands neighborhood and is within walking distance of the Bardstown Road corridor, where coffee houses, restaurants, and one-of-a-kind shops add to the overall Bellarmine experience.
Who: Spalding’s diverse educational opportunities include undergraduate, graduate and doctorate programs for men and women of all ages and from all sectors of society. Spalding University has a strong history of meeting the needs of the times and has a tradition of offering extensive study programs for the part-time student.
What: All disciplines and programs at Spalding University offer excellent networking and in-the-field experiences due to both its ties to the community and the rich experiences that the Louisville Metropolitan Area has to offer.
Where: Spalding University is located within a few blocks from Louisville's vibrant, growing downtown area.
Who: Faculty, staff, and administration that believes qualified individuals should have the opportunity to pursue formal academic training at the institution of their choice
What: Career-focused and student-centered curricula with increasing rigor from the diploma through the associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels
Where: The main campus is easily accessible from both downtown and the east end business areas. At the intersection of I-264/Watterson Expressway and Bardstown Road, the campus is located in one of the area’s most diverse communities of restaurants, clubs and retail stores.
Jefferson Community and Technical College
Who: JCTC offers associate degrees, pre-baccalaureate education, diploma and certificate programs in occupational fields; adult, continuing and developmental education; customized training for business and industry; and distance learning.
What: The largest two-year college in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System and the state's largest provider of on-line courses, available through Kentucky Virtual University
Where: The main downtown campus is bounded by Broadway to the south; Chestnut Street to the north; First Street to the east and Second Street to the west.
Who: Students from both Indiana and the Kentucky counties of Bullitt, Jefferson, Meade, Oldham, and Trimble are eligible for in-state tuition at IU Southeast, thanks to a program called Reciprocity. The school's 6800 students create small class sizes for individualized learning.
What: As one of eight Indiana University campuses, IU Southeast offers all the excitement of a Big Ten university and more than 50 graduate, undergraduate, and associate degree programs.
Where: With a campus recognized as one of the most beautiful in the state, IU Southeast is located in New Albany, Indiana, just off I-265 and about 15 minutes from downtown Louisville.
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