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University of Louisville

Research the degree and certificate programs offered at the University of Louisville in Louisville, Kentucky. Learn about its academics, and get admission and financial aid info to decide if this is the right school for you.

About the University of Louisville

The University of Louisville, otherwise known as 'U of L', is a leading research institution located in downtown Louisville, which is Kentucky's largest city. With origins dating back to 1798, the student body of over 22,000 occupies three campuses. Notable alumni include Senator Mitch McConnell and football great Johnny Unitas.


With over 170 areas of study offered through 12 colleges and schools, U of L offers a large variety of undergraduate and graduate programs. In the 2010-2011 school year, over 4,500 degrees were awarded. Besides health sciences and medicine, U of L also hosts schools of law, dentistry, business, education, and engineering, among others. To help support student learning, the school operates seven libraries.

Students interested in law can participate in a semester at the University of Louisville Law Clinic, where services are performed for free to the community. In 2011, this law school was recognized as one of the top 20 best value law schools in the nation by preLaw magazine.

The School of Law is not the only recognized school at U of L. In 2004, the School of Dentistry was was ranked 15th in the nation by the National Institutes of Health. In 2011, U.S. News & World Report ranked the School of Nursing's graduate school number 60 in the nation and also recognized the university's engineering's graduate-level programs. U of L's School of Medicine is integrated into the Health Sciences Center and contains a clinic, research space and one of the nation's largest medical simulation centers.


Students applying for fall admission must apply by February 15 of the same year. U of L offers a guaranteed entrance program for qualified undergraduate students. Students may apply online or by mail. Applications must include ACT or SAT scores and official transcripts.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 academic year, undergraduate Kentucky and southern Indiana residents paid $9,466 per year, while out-of-state students paid $22,950 in tuition for that same year. During that same period, room rates averaged $4,650 and meal plans around $3,000 per year.

A short-term payment plan allows students to pay tuition and fees in three separate payments throughout the semester for a $25 fee. A variety of merit-based scholarships are available to new freshmen. Graduate students are able to apply for research or teaching assistantships to defray a portion of their tuition costs.

School Type 4-year, public***
Degrees Offered Associate's, bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees, post-baccalaureate and post-master's certificates**
Religious Affiliation None***
Academic Calendar Semesters*
School Setting Large city***
Student Body 15,596 undergraduate and 5,556 graduate students (fall 2011)***
Student Housing Available; all entering freshmen are required to live on campus for the first two semesters*
Schools and Programs 170 areas of study offered through 12 schools and colleges*
Student-Faculty Ratio 13:1 (fall 2011)***
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level Based on number of degrees awarded in spring 2011: bachelor's: business, management, marketing & related fields - 480
Master's: education - 390
Doctoral: health professions - 234 (fall 2011)***
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 49% for students who began studies in fall 2005 (spring 2010)**
Admission Rate 75% (fall 2011)***
Entering Class Size 2,442 full-time students (fall 2011)**
First-Year Retention Rates 78% (fall 2010)**
Average SAT and ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% SAT critical reading scores: 500-628; middle 50% SAT math scores: 510-640; middle 50% ACT scores: 21-28 (fall 2010)**
Application Due Date Feb. 15 for fall entrance, Nov. 1 for spring entrance, March 1 for summer entrance*
Tuition Undergraduate, in-state students $9,466; undergraduate, out-of-state students $22,950 (2012-2013)*
Financial Aid Sources Available Loans, grants, scholarships and work-study programs*
Percent of Students Receiving Aid 97% (fall 2011)***

Sources: *University of Louisville, **IPEDS, National Center for Education Statistics, ***National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Dept AO, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40208
  • Phone: 502-852-6531
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