University of Louisville
University of Louisville is a premier research institution with a strong focus on the liberal arts and sciences. Students are actively involved in their individual educational experiences and have plenty of opportunities to succeed, both in the classroom and as a member of the campus community.
Get to know University of Louisville
BOOK IN COMMON
All incoming freshmen are required to complete a reading assignment prior to arriving on campus. The point of the assignment is to create a shared, academic experience among all first-year students. The reading, known as Book in Common, eases students into college-level academics while encouraging the development of critical thinking skills. Through a series of related events and programs, students engage in conversation about the book’s topic throughout the span of their freshman year. Faculty work closely with students to explore ideas and themes present within the text.
Every year, Louisville hosts an essay contest connected to the Book in Common reading. The essay can only be 500 words, so students must practice conveying their ideas in a concise yet compelling manner. All submissions are reviewed by faculty and staff, and one winner is chosen to receive a $350 scholarship.
University of Louisville provides plenty of study abroad options to its students, encouraging all of its students to take advantage of the countless benefits that come with an education abroad. Participants gain skills in areas like in cross-cultural communication, independent living, and foreign language. Programs vary in length, interest, and type. Louisville offers opportunities in exchange, third-party provider programs, short-term study abroad, and direct enroll.
Exchange: There are currently three exchange programs at Louisville. Students can choose from France, Japan, and Germany. An exchange program involves a partnership between a foreign institution and the University of Louisville. When one Louisville student studies at a partner university, a student from that university comes to Louisville to study.
Short-Term Study: Sometimes a student is unable to study abroad for an entire semester because of complications in scheduling. Louisville offers students the chance to embark on short-term study abroad so they can still have the experience without the long-term commitment. Some of the programs available include: Brazil, Beijing and Shanghai, Cuba, London, Hong Kong, Korea, Northern Ireland, Panama, and Trinidad and Tobago.
International Service Learning Program: ISLP is a unique abroad experience that allows students to engage in hands on learning and community service. Through methods of experiential learning, students address the needs of the community and people in the city where they are working. ISLP allows students to apply academic theories to real world issues in order to enact positive change. Locations related to this program include: Botswana, Belize, Croatia, Philippines, and Trinidad & Tobago.
ENROLLMENT BY ETHNICITY
Non-U.S. Citizen: 1%
Black or African American, non-Hispanic: 13%
White, non-Hispanic: 68%
Native/Indigenous American or Alaska Native, non-Hispanic: 0%
Asian, non-Hispanic: 5%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, non-Hispanic: 0%
Two or more races, non-Hispanic: 6%
Race and/or ethnicity unknown: 0%
LIVING-LEARNING AND THEMED COMMUNITIES
Living-learning and themed communities are unique housing options that connect students through academics and common interests. Louisville offers several different community options that help students explore their passions and build a foundation for academic and personal success.
LLC: Louisville offers six different living learning communities that range in structure and subject matter:
- Engineering LLC: This LLC, which is located in Community Park, is open to students interested in pursuing a career in engineering. Residents of the Engineering community receive assistance from peer mentors who help ease the transition from high school to college. There are also tutors available to help students work through the course material. Collaboration is key to creating a successful LLC. Residents of the Engineering community get to work with faculty and other students as they pursue academic and personal success.
- Pre-Dental Hygiene LLC: The pre-dental hygiene LLC is a perfect fit for students looking to pursue a career in the field of dentistry. Residents of this community receive plenty of academic and personal support from faculty, peers, and mentors. Students work together to complete course work, while faculty provide direction and facilitate class discussion. All residents of this LLC are required to take chemistry and biology.
- Honors Service LLC: The Honors Service LLC is a yearlong program that brings together residence life and community service. The LLC is open to first year students that share a passion for social justice and service to others. Residents of this LLC participate in a year-long service project and are given access to several community resources. Required courses for this LLC include: Modes of Inquiry, Windows on the World, and Combined Public Speaking & Intro to Communication.
- Honors Science LLC: The Honors Science LLC is open to students who want to pursue careers in natural science or health related professions. Through specialized activities and programming, residents are given opportunities to explore different career paths within the LLC’s designated areas of study. All students are given academic and personal support from faculty and mentors.
- Honors 2nd Year Science LLC: Louisville offers a second honors science program for students wishing to continue their education within a living learning community. The community is only open to second year students that are studying the natural sciences and health professions. Benefits to participation include collaboration with faculty, access to helpful resources, and academic support.
- Public Health LLC: This LLC is open to students that are considering a career in public health. While enrolled in the program, students explore different facets of the industry, as well as careers within the field. The Public Health LLC hosts several social and academic activities to get students involved with the course material and with each other.
There are four themed communities available at University of Louisville:
- Bayard Rustin Social Justice Themed Community: This themed community is an inclusive environment that safely address the progress and challenges the LGBTQ community has faced.
- Billy Minardi All-Male Themed Community: This community option is only open to male students and explores team-oriented approaches to personal and academic success.
- Metropolitan College Themed Community: Students enrolled in this themed community explore topics of time management and organization. Participants experience what it means to balance work and school and collaborate to meet personal and academic goals.
- Green Room: Green Room is great for students who are interested in sustainability. Some of the features of the residence include bamboo floors, low-flow bathroom fixtures, a self-healing clay wall, ceiling fan, and large windows.
CAREER DEVELOPMENT CENTER
It’s important that students explore their career options before selecting a major. This can be a difficult process for students, with many not knowing how to utilize helpful resources. The Career Development Center is the number-one resource for all things internship-, interview-, and career-related. Students are invited to drop by and speak with a staff member in a one-on-one consultation. The Center offers services in
- Career Exploration and Advising
- Résumés and Cover Letters
- Job and Internship Search
- Prepare for Graduate School
- Work Study Positions
- Cards Career Navigator
- Diverse Student Populations
The Center also hosts a handful of networking and career-related events. Examples include a Part-time Job Fair, Peace Corps Information Session, Etiquette Dinner, and Teach for America Information Session.
SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th Percentile: 530 | 75th Percentile: 640
25th Percentile: 520 | 75th Percentile: 630
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 28
25th Percentile: 20 | 75th Percentile: 27
25th Percentile: 21 | 75th Percentile: 30
Tuition & Cost
Tuition (in-state): $11,966
Tuition (out-of-state): $28,312