Louisville, KY
Tuition (in-state)
$23,146 ($9,662)
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4 College Sophomore

Academics: The classes are hectic at times, but easy if you are willing to study. Professors are pretty down to earth and easy to talk to.

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4 College Junior

Academics: They receive money and points for their education of their choice.

3 College Sophomore

Academics: They are all different depends in program and teacher,internships are far and inbetween

3 College Sophomore

Academics: It's ok, not best best options,this is a very average school who could use some major expanding all around

4 College Freshman

Academics: The majors and academics are all well accredited across the state and perhaps the nation> the popular study area is definitely the library. Everyone goes there to study and hang out with friends from class.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 229th
    Best Online Course Options
  • 389th
    Best Course Variety
  • 581st
    Best Registration Process
  • 653rd
    Most Flexible Curriculums
  • 843rd
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Annie Muller
LaGrange, Ky.
French and English
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The University of Louisville offers a variety of degree programs and is known for its engineering and business departments. The University also offers several academic tracks that combine undergraduate and graduate studies into five-year programs—the Speed School of Engineering has several—or guarantee entrance into graduate programs, such as the Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School (GEMS). Admission into these programs is competitive, but staying in them is even more difficult—they are academically rigorous but worth it because of the edge participants acquire. There is also an honors program, which offers smaller, more-focused classes in almost every field, as well as honors seminars, some of which culminate in a trip to the country being studied. Past seminars have taken students to Greece, India, and China. Students who struggle in these or any programs at UL are supported by REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement), which offers tutoring and innovative supplemental instruction for many general education and major-specific courses. The Writing Center offers free assistance with papers and projects.

Academically, U of L is what you make of it, but students often say they feel supported and challenged in their studies. It is certainly possible to float by while learning little and not doing much work if you choose an easy major and do not apply yourself, but students who want to grow certainly have the opportunity. The only caveat is that you need to be self-motivated. If you want to learn, you have to spend extra time with your studies—professors won’t force you to learn, but most will provide endless help to enthusiastic students.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
Total FT Faculty
Faculty with Terminal Degree
Average Faculty Salary
Full-Time Retention Rate
Part-Time Retention Rate
Graduation Rate
Programs/Majors Offered
Academic/Career Counseling?
Remedial Services?
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 24%
  • 20 to 49 students: 63%
  • 50 or more students: 13%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: Yes
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: Yes
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: Yes
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • College of Business
  • College of Education and Human Development
  • Kent School of Social Work
  • School of Music
  • School of Nursing
  • Speed School of Engineering
Degrees Awarded
  • Associate degree
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Certificate
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-bachelor's certificate
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Criminal Justice and Law Enforcement Administration: 3%
  • Psychology: 2%
  • Social Work: 2%
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • English (including composition)
  • History
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
For students who can't always make it to a classroom, many U of L classes are now offered online. Some degrees, such as a bachelor's in communication, can be obtained completely through the Internet.
Best Places to Study
  • Commuter Student Center
  • Department offices are often happy to let students study in their quiet waiting areas, especially in Humanities.
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels in Humanities
  • Ekstrom Library or any of the other libraries on campus
  • Interfaith Center
  • Student Activities Center
  • Study lounges in the dorms
Tips to Succeed
  • Become acquainted with the faculty, especially in your major.
  • Don't be afraid to ask questions.
  • Explore other areas of study before you decide on a major.
  • Get to know other students in your major.
  • Get used to and embrace diversity-it's what U of L is all about.
  • If you need help, don't be afraid to get it. REACH and SI sessions are popular, and just remember that you aren't the only person who needs help.
  • Introduce yourself to the rest of the people on your floor if you're living on campus.
  • Join a club or group that you're interested in.
  • Know when it's time to party and when it's time to study.
  • Take AP or higher-level IB courses in high school so you can bring credits into U of L and graduate earlier. (UL doesn't recognize standard-level IB credit for most things, so take higher-level or AP if you want credit.)
  • Try out areas of study other than your major, and go into gen-ed courses with an open mind.
Did You Know?
For students who can't always make it to a classroom, many U of L classes are now offered online. Some degrees, such as a bachelor's in communication, can be obtained completely through the Internet.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 8 responses

  • 25% Mitch McConnell - U.S. senator
  • 21% Johnny Unitas - former NFL player, hall of famer
  • 12% David Akers - NFL kicker
  • 8% Wes Unseld - former NBA player, hall of famer
  • 8% Sue Grafton - author
  • 4% Christopher Dodd (JD) - U.S. senator
  • 4% Pervis Ellison - former NBA player
  • 4% James Gilbert Baker - astronomer
  • 4% Ray Buchanan - former NFL player
  • 4% Bob Edwards - NPR correspondent
  • 4% Teddy Bridgewater
  • 0% Marsha Norman - award-winning author, playwright
  • 0% Mark Clayton - former NFL player

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 56 responses

Very poor
  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 63 responses

Very poor
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants



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