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Academics

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3 College Junior

Academics: In most programs, students seem satisfied. When a student has a good professor, they're a really good professor. The registration process can be really tedious. For one semester, I didn't even have an advisor.

3 College Junior

Academics: Too much emphasis is placed on athletics. Academics at U of L fall by the wayside. Programs are cut and done away with while the size of the football stadium takes the forefront. Ridiculous.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: Great school with lots of programs, I feel like there could be more student education around services to help students with academics, they are available, but it can take more work than you'd like to access them sometimes.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: good school with a lot of program options, needs more online courses

2 College Senior

Academics: They could use some improvements

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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
13:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
917
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
547
Total FT Faculty
1,649
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$76,401
Full-Time Retention Rate
77%
Part-Time Retention Rate
49%
Graduation Rate
52%
Programs/Majors Offered
112
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
Yes
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%
  • Registered Nursing (RN): 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

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 111 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 70 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 70 responses

  • 23% This was my dream school.
  • 61% This was one of my top choices.
  • 16% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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