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Sullivan University: Degree Programs and School Information

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About Sullivan University

Sullivan University was established in 1962 in Louisville, KY, as Sullivan Business College, delivering specialized business training to students. Since that time, Sullivan University has grown into an academic institution consisting of two Kentucky-based campuses and an online learning system; the other campus is located in Lexington, KY. Sullivan University has also created an Army military extension campus at Fort Knox that covers over 100,000 acres. The school currently serves as the academic home to nearly 6,000 students each year.

Sullivan University's mission statement says: Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through diploma, associate, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degree levels. Throughout those curricula, the university seeks to promote the development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy, and teamwork as well as an appreciation for life-long learning, cultural diversity and the expression of professionalism in all activities. At the graduate level, the university also seeks to promote a culture of research.


Sullivan University offered students 60 academic program options as of 2012. Undergraduate academic programs are set up in a 2 + 2 format, which means that students earn an associate's degree after two years before pursuing a bachelor's degree. Popular undergraduate degree programs include accounting, business and computer systems technology. Special learning opportunities are available that allow students to complete their degrees via weekend and evening classes as well. Graduate programs are available in business, computer and information sciences, pharmaceuticals and legal professions.

Students interested in remote learning can find 22 fully online program options and several certificate options via the Sullivan Global e-Learning system. Programs that were available entirely online as of 2012 included eight associate's degrees, seven bachelor's degrees and six master's degrees. Sullivan also offers an online doctoral program in management that can be completed in as few as 36 months.


Sullivan University evaluates applicants based on a number of factors, including SAT/ACT scores and an interview with an admissions officer. The university requires a 17 or higher ACT score or 1365 or higher SAT score for admission. Applications, which can be completed online, require a $100 fee and may be submitted at any time since the school operates on a rolling admissions basis.

As of fall 2011, 60% of all undergraduate students who began their studies were female, and around 60% of all undergraduates attended the university full-time during the same period. In the same year, about 62% of all undergraduates were 25 years of age or older, and the two largest racial/ethnic backgrounds of students were Caucasian (61%) and African-American (22%).

Tuition & Financial Aid

As of 2020-2021, tuition costs and associated fees at Sullivan University were approximately $13,860 per academic year for undergraduate students. Student housing is available, and the estimated cost for room and board on campus during the 2019-2020 school year was $10,485.

Sullivan offers financial aid programs to students who require assistance. About 87% of all students attending the university in 2020-2021 used at least one form of financial aid to pay for their studies. The average net price for full-time beginning students in 2017-2018 was $30,541.

School Type Private, for-profit, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees; certificate programs**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Quarters*
School Setting City, large**
Student Body 2,624 undergraduates and 694 graduates
Student Housing Available*
Schools and Programs Nine academic schools and colleges and about 60 degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 9 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2018-2019:
Bachelor's: Business, management, marketing, and related support services, other (193)
Master's: Business Administration and Management, general (140)
Doctoral: Pharmacy (78)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates for 2012 Freshmen 89% of full-time, first-time students graduated or transferred out within 150% of normal time to program completion**
Tuition Roughly $13,860 (excludes room and board, books, course materials, personal expenses and transportation)**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percentage of Students Receiving It) Federal grant aid (72%), state/local grant aid (45%), institutional grant aid (77%), loans (78%)**
Percentage of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 87%**

Sources: *Sullivan University, **IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics

School Contact Information

  • Address: 3101 Bardstown Rd., Louisville, KY 40205-3013
  • Phone: (502) 456-6504
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