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Barry University
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Barry University

Miami, Florida

Barry University provides a higher education experience that applies what is learned in the classroom to a constantly changing and diverse world, promoting civic engagement for the betterment of humanity. Barry is focused on inspiring and training the next generation of change agents and leaders.


Founded in 1940, Barry University is comprised of nine colleges and schools and offers more than 100 bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree programs. Barry University values diversity, including approximately 8,000 students from nearly all 50 states and 80 countries; 52,000 alumni worldwide; and 1,700 faculty and staff members. Barry students gain hands-on experience—locally and internationally—as they prepare to advance their careers. Barry’s use of service learning, which integrates coursework with community needs, engages students with real-world issues and encourages them to help find solutions.

Student Profile

Fall 2015 Enrollment
3,776 undergraduate students
84% of undergrad students are full time
35% male — 65% female
14% of students are from out of state

Faculty Profile

2015-2016 Academic Year
362 full-time faculty
439 part-time faculty
12 to 1 student/faculty ratio

Residence Life

Twenty-five percent of Barry students live on campus in 10 residence halls and one apartment-style residence hall. Living-learning housing is available in five distinct areas: College of Arts and Sciences: S.T.E.M, Honors Program, Transitions; School of Business: Business Connections; College of Nursing and Health Sciences: Pre-Nursing.

School Location

Barry University is located in Miami Shores, Florida, just minutes from downtown Miami and Miami Beach. As the crossroads of the Americas and the gateway to South America, Miami offers limitless experiences and opportunities which reflect its broad diversity. In addition to the main campus in Miami Shores and the School of Law in Orlando, Barry University offers many classes in locations throughout Florida.

Retention Fall 2015

65% of students began in Fall 2013 and returned in Fall 2014 (full time, first time freshmen)

6 Year Graduation Rate 2014

34% of students graduated in 6 years


Nonresident aliens 7%
Hispanic/Latino 27%
Black or African American 25%
White 25%
American Indian or Alaska Native 0%
Asian 2%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander 0%
Two or more races 1%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown 12%


Barry University has a proud athletic tradition that is home to 12 intercollegiate athletic programs. Barry is a member of the NCAA Division II and the Sunshine State Conference. Barry athletes’ commitment to excellence has resulted in 16 National Championships, 57 Sunshine State Conference Championships, 277 All-Americans, and 319 Scholar All-Americans.

Women’s Varsity Sports: Basketball, Golf, Rowing, Soccer, Softball, Tennis, Volleyball
Men’s Varsity Sports: Baseball, Basketball, Golf, Soccer, Tennis

School Colors: Red, Black, & Silver
Nickname: The Buccaneers
Mascot: Bucky the Parrot

Other Information

Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters, Barry University’s growth throughout the years has been shaped by its Core Commitments: Knowledge and Truth, Inclusive Community, Social Justice, and Collaborative Service. Originally founded as Barry College for Women, Barry has grown into a coeducational university that is one of the leading centers for education in South Florida.

Academic Programs

Accounting (BSBA), Advertising (BA), Applied Sport and Exercise Sciences (BS), Art (BA, BFA), Athletic Training (BS), Athletic Training (BS to MS), Biology [Marine & Pre-Professional] (BS), Broadcast and Emerging Media (BA), Cardiovascular Perfusion (BS), Chemistry [Bio-Chemistry & Pre-Professional] (BS) Clinical Biology [Histotechnology & Medical Technology] (BS), Communication and Media Studies (BA), Computer Information Sciences (BS), Computer Science (BS), Criminology (BS), Education [Infancy to Early Childhood, Early & Middle Childhood, Special Education] (BS with MS Option), English (BA), Exercise Physiology (BS), Finance (BSBA), General Studies (BA), History (BA), International Business (BSBA), International Studies (BA), Management (BSBA), Marketing (BSBA), Mathematical Sciences (BS) , Music [Instrumental Performance, Music Education & Vocal Performance] (BA, BM), Nursing (BSN), Philosophy (BA), Photography (BA, BFA) , Political Science (BS), Pre-Engineering (Two-year non-degree program), Pre-Law (BA), Psychology [Forensic & Industrial/Organizational] (BS), Sport, Exercise, and Performance Psychology (BS), Sport Management (BS), Sport Management (BS to MS), Theatre [Acting, Dance Theatre Production, Technical Theatre] (BA, BFA) , Theology (BA)

More Distinctions

  • Awarded the prestigious Carnegie Community Engagement Classification in 2015

  • Named a Hispanic Serving Institution by the Hispanic Association of Colleges & Universities

  • Selected as a Military Friendly School from 2011-2015

  • Named to the President’s Honor Roll for Community Service in 2012, 2013, & 2014

  • President Sister Linda Bevilacqua awarded the Florida Campus Compact Founders’ Award in 2014

  • Barry is part of an elite group of 40 U.S. universities selected to offer the prestigious Stamps Leadership Scholars Program

A transformative experience that leads to innovative answers

Barry’s service learning programs integrate coursework with community needs, facilitating engagement at the local, national, and global levels. Barry University students collaborate with community partners to pursue systematic, self-sustaining solutions to human, social, economic, and environmental problems. This is accomplished through community service, service-learning, community-based research, internships, practicum and field placements, and advocacy projects.

Center for Community Service Initiatives

Barry University’s Center for Community Service Initiatives is the university’s clearinghouse for community engagement. It functions as a catalyst for the pursuit of social justice among students, faculty, and staff. Past community service projects include farm-workers’ rights advocacy, human trafficking awareness initiatives, business development in low-income areas, and photography projects for at-risk teens.

Professors that recognize every student’s potential

A quality education starts with faculty who possess the ability to inspire. Barry’s faculty is committed to furthering the institution’s mission to promote education, equality, social justice, and diversity. They are as passionate about teaching as they are their disciplines. Barry’s 14:1 student-faculty ratio allows for faculty/student interaction and mentorship on a personal level. Approximately 80 percent of Barry faculty holds a PhD or terminal degree in their field. Many have also received grants and fellowships that allow them to conduct vital research, often with students working alongside them.

Personal growth in all aspects of learning

Barry University students enjoy a vibrant campus life in which they can organize and participate in a wide variety of academic, athletic, and social experiences. College life is not just about the classroom. At Barry, students enjoy a full range of extracurricular activities including intramural sports, student government, and more than 60 clubs and organizations. The diversity of the on-campus organizations and clubs gives Barry students the chance to incorporate their extracurricular learning to their overall educational experience. Right at the start of their first day on campus, students will find plenty to do. From its “GLO party” and “Founders’ Week” in the fall to Homecoming and the “Festival of Nations” in the spring, tradition thrives at Barry. Students, faculty, staff, and alumni gather throughout the year to connect Barry’s past with its present, creating a meaningful future.

The next generation of change agents

Faithful to its traditions, the Barry University experience fosters individual and communal transformation. In this way, student learning leads to knowledge and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service. Barry graduates apply their learning and service to their constantly changing and diverse world, promoting civic engagement for the betterment of humanity. Barry graduates don’t just take jobs or start careers. Barry graduates become leaders and agents of change.


Admissions Fall 2014

7,587 Total Applicants
3,498 Total Admissions
460 Total Freshmen Enrollment

46.11% of applicants admitted

Freshmen Profile Fall 2014

  25th Percentile 75th Percentile
SAT Critical Reading 430 510
SAT Math 410 513
SAT Writing 420 500
ACT Composite 18 22
ACT Math 16 21
ACT English 16 22
ACT Writing    


Net Price Calculator


Tuition and Fees $43,770
Total $43,770
Room and Board (on campus) $13,190
Estimated Total On Campus $56,960


Financial Aid Breakdown 2014-2015

98% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving any financial aid
75% of full-time first-time undergraduates receiving student loan aid

$19,316 Average amount of federal state local or institutional grant aid received
$7,492 Average amount of student loan aid received by full-time first-time undergraduates

Additional Aid Information

Approximately 90 percent of all undergraduate students receive some form of financial aid. Barry University does everything possible to help students find affordable ways to get the education they deserve. To ensure that students have better chances to receive financial help, they are encouraged to apply early. Although Barry evaluates applications on a rolling basis, those who apply early benefit most from financial aid packages than those who wait.

Barry has a fantastic merit-based scholarship program with awards for GPA and standardized test scores that total to up to $17,000.