University of Louisville

2301 S 3rd St, Louisville

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The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
Mission Statement The University of Louisville pursues 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 is committed to achieving preeminence as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.
Vision Statement The University of Louisville will be recognized as a great place to learn, a great place to work and a great place in which to invest because we celebrate diversity, foster equity and strive for inclusion.
Founded in 1798 as one of the nation's first city-owned, public universities, the University of Louisville (UofL) is a vital ecosystem that creates thriving futures for students, the community and society. UofL is one of only 69 universities in the United States to earn recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Research I and a Community Engaged university and is proud to be ranked among the nation's best institutions for African American and LGBT+ students, as well as a designated Military Friendly school. The institution is a producer of top scholars, including 148 Fulbright Scholarships awarded since 2003 - more than all other Kentucky public institutions combined - and has earned international acclaim for groundbreaking discoveries in areas including transplantation, cancer research, cardiac care and spinal cord research. This dynamic tapestry of diverse perspectives makes UofL a place where potential is unleashed and positive change for humankind is fueled.   UofL enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 fields of study, master’s degrees in over 75 areas, and doctoral degrees in over 35 disciplines. The university also is accredited to grant professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and law.  

Through various boards, committees, and staff, the Office of Student Involvement provides cultural, social, and recreational programs, aiming to partner the out-of-class experience with the academic experience. Achieving a sense of community and loyalty to the University are the outcomes we seek. Our offerings support development of marketable skills to be carried into the work force after graduation.

Student Organizations The University of Louisville hosts over 400 student organizations covering a wide variety of student interests. These groups provide a wonderful opportunity to become involved in campus life and to connect with other students on campus.
Student Involvement oversees all Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) on campus and assists with the formation of new groups, leadership training, new member intake and the planning of numerous campus events. The staff is available to consult with individuals and organizations to help them succeed and get involved.
Club Programming Committee (CPC) The Club Programming Committee is a joint initiative designed and developed by the Student Government Association and the Dean of Students Office. Support for the managing of the program is provided by Student Involvement.  SGA has made significant funding available for student organizations to request.
These funds are intended to afford Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) the opportunity to contribute to the quality of campus life by sponsoring events that may not be possible without this financial assistance.  Requests should demonstrate how funding an initiative would inspire a vibrant campus life and an engaged student body.  Every request received will be reviewed by the CPC on a case-by-case basis.  CPC is composed primarily of students who will decide what requests best support student life and therefore should receive funding.  The Dean of Students Office and SGA each appoint four individuals to serve on the CPC.

The University of Louisville subscribes to a selective admission policy. Admission for freshman applicants is based on:

  • High school grades,
  • ACT or SAT scores, and
  • Successful completion of the required pre-college curriculum.
  • Enrollment in the freshman class is limited. Within the limits of space availability, the University will endeavor to accommodate all eligible applicants. However, the number of freshman applications exceeds the number of spaces available in the entering class. For this reason, the selective and competitive admission requirements may exceed the minimum eligibility requirement.


The University of Louisville’s minimum eligibility admission policy requires any applicant to have graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate, have completed the pre-college curriculum, possess a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, and have achieved at least one of the following:

  • The applicant has earned a composite ACT score of not less than 20 or an SAT-I score of not or less than 940 (CR+M); or
  • The applicant has completed the UofL enhanced pre-college curriculum (PCC) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The enhanced PCC consists of an additional two pre-college courses in mathematics, social studies, or science. These two courses may be taken in any combination within the three disciplines. The courses must be at or above the level of prescribed PCC; or
  • The applicant ranks in the top 15% of the applicant’s high school graduating class upon completing seven or eight semesters in high school.

Freshman applicants who do not meet the selection requirements may have their admission decisions deferred. Admission will be offered first to those applicants with the strongest records and offers will continue until the class is filled. Some factors that are considered during this review are: number and scope of college preparatory, honors and AP classes; strength of senior year schedule; and evidence of marked improvement over time in applicant’s academic career. The overriding concern will always be for the student’s potential to be successful in meeting the academic expectations at the University.
Students should refer to the individual academic unit admission policies, included in this catalog, for additional admission requirements. Students should be cautioned about the distinction between undergraduate and graduate classifications when applying for admission to the University. For fee purposes, determination of “undergraduate” or “graduate” is based on the school or enrollment unit to which a student is admitted, and not on the level of courses taken.
Graduate Admissions It is the applicant's responsibility to consult the appropriate department, school or program for application deadlines and specific program requirements. The university reserves the right to change programs of study, academic requirements, tuition and fees, schedule of courses, the announced academic calendar and deadlines without prior notice.

  • Minimum Application Requirements for All Graduate Programs
  • Application for graduate admission
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities attended
  • Letters of recommendation (at least two) (check program requirements)
  • Standardized Test Scores 

Career & Graduate School Fairs

Career Fairs will be held both in-person and virtual this fall. 

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About

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
Mission Statement The University of Louisville pursues 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 is committed to achieving preeminence as a premier anti-racist metropolitan research university.
Vision Statement The University of Louisville will be recognized as a great place to learn, a great place to work and a great place in which to invest because we celebrate diversity, foster equity and strive for inclusion.
Founded in 1798 as one of the nation's first city-owned, public universities, the University of Louisville (UofL) is a vital ecosystem that creates thriving futures for students, the community and society. UofL is one of only 69 universities in the United States to earn recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Research I and a Community Engaged university and is proud to be ranked among the nation's best institutions for African American and LGBT+ students, as well as a designated Military Friendly school. The institution is a producer of top scholars, including 148 Fulbright Scholarships awarded since 2003 - more than all other Kentucky public institutions combined - and has earned international acclaim for groundbreaking discoveries in areas including transplantation, cancer research, cardiac care and spinal cord research. This dynamic tapestry of diverse perspectives makes UofL a place where potential is unleashed and positive change for humankind is fueled.   UofL enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 fields of study, master’s degrees in over 75 areas, and doctoral degrees in over 35 disciplines. The university also is accredited to grant professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and law.  

Through various boards, committees, and staff, the Office of Student Involvement provides cultural, social, and recreational programs, aiming to partner the out-of-class experience with the academic experience. Achieving a sense of community and loyalty to the University are the outcomes we seek. Our offerings support development of marketable skills to be carried into the work force after graduation.

Student Organizations The University of Louisville hosts over 400 student organizations covering a wide variety of student interests. These groups provide a wonderful opportunity to become involved in campus life and to connect with other students on campus.
Student Involvement oversees all Recognized Student Organizations (RSO) on campus and assists with the formation of new groups, leadership training, new member intake and the planning of numerous campus events. The staff is available to consult with individuals and organizations to help them succeed and get involved.
Club Programming Committee (CPC) The Club Programming Committee is a joint initiative designed and developed by the Student Government Association and the Dean of Students Office. Support for the managing of the program is provided by Student Involvement.  SGA has made significant funding available for student organizations to request.
These funds are intended to afford Recognized Student Organizations (RSOs) the opportunity to contribute to the quality of campus life by sponsoring events that may not be possible without this financial assistance.  Requests should demonstrate how funding an initiative would inspire a vibrant campus life and an engaged student body.  Every request received will be reviewed by the CPC on a case-by-case basis.  CPC is composed primarily of students who will decide what requests best support student life and therefore should receive funding.  The Dean of Students Office and SGA each appoint four individuals to serve on the CPC.

The University of Louisville subscribes to a selective admission policy. Admission for freshman applicants is based on:

  • High school grades,
  • ACT or SAT scores, and
  • Successful completion of the required pre-college curriculum.
  • Enrollment in the freshman class is limited. Within the limits of space availability, the University will endeavor to accommodate all eligible applicants. However, the number of freshman applications exceeds the number of spaces available in the entering class. For this reason, the selective and competitive admission requirements may exceed the minimum eligibility requirement.


The University of Louisville’s minimum eligibility admission policy requires any applicant to have graduated from an accredited high school or received a high school equivalency certificate, have completed the pre-college curriculum, possess a grade point average (GPA) of 2.5, and have achieved at least one of the following:

  • The applicant has earned a composite ACT score of not less than 20 or an SAT-I score of not or less than 940 (CR+M); or
  • The applicant has completed the UofL enhanced pre-college curriculum (PCC) with a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale. The enhanced PCC consists of an additional two pre-college courses in mathematics, social studies, or science. These two courses may be taken in any combination within the three disciplines. The courses must be at or above the level of prescribed PCC; or
  • The applicant ranks in the top 15% of the applicant’s high school graduating class upon completing seven or eight semesters in high school.

Freshman applicants who do not meet the selection requirements may have their admission decisions deferred. Admission will be offered first to those applicants with the strongest records and offers will continue until the class is filled. Some factors that are considered during this review are: number and scope of college preparatory, honors and AP classes; strength of senior year schedule; and evidence of marked improvement over time in applicant’s academic career. The overriding concern will always be for the student’s potential to be successful in meeting the academic expectations at the University.
Students should refer to the individual academic unit admission policies, included in this catalog, for additional admission requirements. Students should be cautioned about the distinction between undergraduate and graduate classifications when applying for admission to the University. For fee purposes, determination of “undergraduate” or “graduate” is based on the school or enrollment unit to which a student is admitted, and not on the level of courses taken.
Graduate Admissions It is the applicant's responsibility to consult the appropriate department, school or program for application deadlines and specific program requirements. The university reserves the right to change programs of study, academic requirements, tuition and fees, schedule of courses, the announced academic calendar and deadlines without prior notice.

  • Minimum Application Requirements for All Graduate Programs
  • Application for graduate admission
  • Application fee
  • Official transcript(s) from all previous colleges and universities attended
  • Letters of recommendation (at least two) (check program requirements)
  • Standardized Test Scores 

Career & Graduate School Fairs

Career Fairs will be held both in-person and virtual this fall. 

What's Your Career Journey?

If you don't know where you are going, how will you know when you get there?  Career Coaches can help you create a plan.

46,247 Opportunities in '20-'21

Even during a global pandemic students & alumni had access to over 45K opportunities in Handshake - a 54% increase over the previous year!

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University of Louisville,

2301 S 3rd St , Louisville , United States , 40292

UofL Health Science Campus,

580 S Preston St , Louisville , United States , 40202

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