Bellarmine University

Louisville, KY 40205
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Bellarmine University is a private university founded in 1950 in Louisville, Kentucky. Bellarmine is a Catholic university, associated with the Roman Catholic church. They offer over 50 undergrad and graduate degree programs. The university is organized into seven colleges, including the Donna and Allen Lansing School of Nursing and Clinical Sciences, which was added to the university in the 1980s. The campus is mostly located in the Belknap neighborhood of Louisville, which is a little over 3 miles from downtown Louisville. Most of the academic and residential buildings are located within the 135-acre campus.

Nursing students may choose from a BSN, accelerated BSN, RN to BSN, MSN, or DNP program at Bellarmine University. These programs all have current accreditation by the CCNE. The university has a state-of-the-art simulation laboratory and partnerships with over 100 healthcare facilities. The lab and healthcare partners provide nursing students with clinical and practicum experiences during their studies. Upon completing the BSN programs, students regularly exceed the state and national averages for the NCLEX-RN license exam. In addition to the beautiful location within the Belknap neighborhood, the university provides students with a low student-to-faculty ratio and flexible class scheduling to accommodate students with busy work and life schedules. 

Institution Overview

Campus LocaleLarge City
Number of Students3,757
Student to Faculty Ratio12:1
Is Admission OpenNo
Religious Affiliation
Roman Catholic
Business ModelNot-for-profit
On Campus HousingYes
Retention Rate72%

Nursing Programs

Nursing Programs Graduates (2017-2018 academic year)

Number of Graduates
Degree type Men Women
Bachelor's degree 0 0
Master's degree 2 31
Doctor's degree - professional practice 0 5
Average NCLEX pass rate
  • NCLEX-RN: 93.1%

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Institutional Accreditations
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges
01/01/1956 - Current
Nursing Programs Accreditations
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current
Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
04/21/2001 - Current



Acceptance Rate
Enrolled students test score (Fall 2017)
SAT1050 to 1210
ACT22 to 27
Admission considerations
Secondary school GPA Required
Secondary school rank Recommended
Secondary school record Required
Completion of college-preparatory program Required
Recommendations Required
Formal demonstration of competencies Neither required nor recommended
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT) Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.) Neither required nor recommended

In addition to the college's admission requirements each nursing program might have its own admission criteria (such as: TEAS score, HESI A2 score, nursing prerequisites GPA, etc).
Application fee
Undergrads $25
Graduates $40

Cost to Attend

The following table details the reported cost of attendance per credit hour for the 2017-2018 academic year.

Undergrad courses
In District Students$905/credit
In State Students$905/credit
Out of State Students$905/credit
Graduate courses
In District Students$745/credit
In State Students$745/credit
Out of State Students$745/credit

Tuition Estimates

Based on the above credit hour costs, here is a sample tuition for different nursing programs.

Program Credit Hours In district In State Out of State
LPN 45 $40,725 $40,725 $40,725
ADN 70 $63,350 $63,350 $63,350
BSN 125 $113,125 $113,125 $113,125
FNP 50 $37,250 $37,250 $37,250
Please note that the above cost estimate does not include school fees, books, supplies, etc.You need to allot additional money for that.
If you attend a private, for-profit school, usually the additional cost (besides tuition) is about 10% of the tuition. If you attend a public school or a not-for-profit private school, the additional cost is around 50% of the tuition.

Financial Aid

In 2017-2018 academic year, 100% of Bellarmine University's students received financial aid. Below is the breakdown of the financial aid provided to students.

Students Receiving Aid Average Amount/Student
Pell Grant 34% $4,053
Other Federal Grant 25% $385
State Grant & Scholarships 70% $4,589
Institutional Grant & Scholarships 100% $23,904
Federal Student Loans 68% $5,444
Private Loans 9% $11,166


Average Net Price
The average net price is calculated by subtracting the average amount of financial aid received by students from the total cost of attendance.
Average Net Price by Family Income
Less than $30,000$22,554
$30,001 to $48,000$20,080
$48,001 to $75,000$24,684
$75,001 to $110,000$26,783
Over $110,000$25,884

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Ethnic Diversity
Black/African American
Race/ethnicity unknown
Two or more races
Non-resident alien
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander

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Data source: (2017-2018 colleges survey) and Kentucky state board of nursing.
Bellarmine University
2001 Newburg Rd
Louisville, KY 40205

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