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Bellarmine University Admission Requirements

Louisville, Kentucky

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Your chances of getting into Bellarmine University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

Admission Difficulty for Bellarmine University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Bellarmine University is 86%.  Its admission rate is the 19th lowest in Kentucky.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into Bellarmine University and can you get accepted?

Bellarmine University is an easy school to get into with a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission requirements. Last year, 3,615 out of the 4,228 who applied were admitted.

The school has challenging admission requirements, generally admitting students who can score in the top 41 percent on standardized admission tests. Bellarmine University typically accepts and attracts "B+" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.42. 16% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Bellarmine University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.42 or better
  • Earn B+ grades in high school
  • Score 1200 on the SAT
  • Score 24 on the ACT
  • Submit letters of recommendation from your teachers

Test Optional

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Bellarmine University. If you submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 8% of students submitted SAT scores and 67% submitted ACT scores for admission for the 2021/2022 academic year..

Bellarmine University SAT Scores

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 


Applicants Submitting SAT 

SAT Scores for Bellarmine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 25th 550
SAT Math 25th 560
SAT Composite 25th 1110
SAT Scores for Bellarmine University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
SAT Reading 75th 640
SAT Math 75th 640
SAT Composite 75th 1280
Average SAT Score 1200

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for students to be admitted to Bellarmine University?

Bellarmine University is a test optional school meaning you are not required to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "considered but not required".

Students who get into Bellarmine University score in the top 39 percent of all SAT test takers.. The SAT composite score range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1110-1280 and the average score is 1200.  Bellarmine University ranks #4 in the state of Kentucky for highest average SAT composite score. You should target scoring 1200 or above to be competitive with most other applicants.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1195, you have around a 86% chance of being admitted. A 1195 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 92% chance of getting in.

Bellarmine University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1280 and Above Good >92%
1195 to 1280 Avg + 86%-92%
1110 to 1195 Avg - 76%-86%
1025 to 1110 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 1025 Low <63%
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Bellarmine University ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 


Applicants Submitting ACT 

ACT Scores for Bellarmine University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 25th 21
ACT Math 25th 19
ACT Composite 25th 21
ACT Scores for Bellarmine University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
ACT Reading 75th 29
ACT Math 75th 27
ACT Composite 75th 27
Average ACT Score 24

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for prospective students to get into Bellarmine University?

Bellarmine University is test optional. Students are not required to submit ACT scores with their application. The policy on ACT scores is "considered but not required".

Bellarmine University regularly accepts students who score 21 and above on the ACT. These students typically score in the top 43 percent nationally. The ACT composite score range for the middle 50% of students is 21-27.

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Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Estimated Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Bellarmine University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
27 and Above Good >92%
24 to 27 Avg + 86%-92%
21 to 24 Avg - 76%-86%
18 to 21 Reach 63%-76%
Less than 18 Low <63%
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Bellarmine University GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 


Typical High School Grades 


What GPA do you need to get into Bellarmine University?

You are required to have above average high school grades to get into Bellarmine University. The average high school GPA of the admitted freshman class at Bellarmine University was 3.42 on the 4.0 scale. This indicates that primarily B+ average high school students are accepted and ultimately attend. The school ranks #12 in Kentucky for highest average GPA. If your high school grades are above the average 3.42 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as Bellarmine University accepts 86% of all applicants.

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High School GPA's for admitted Bellarmine University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 10.0% Good
3.75 to 3.99 35.0% Avg +
3.50 to 3.74 24.0% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 14.0% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.0% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 6.0% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 1.0% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022


Admission Statistics

Bellarmine University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 2,821 1,407 4,228
Accepted 2,411 1,204 3,615
Acceptance Rate 85% 86% 86%
Enrolled 392 201 593
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 16% 17% 16%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2021 starting class

Fall 2023 Application Deadline

Applications Due

May 1, 2023

Days left to Apply


The application deadline for Fall 2023 has passed. Applications were due on May 1, 2023.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Bellarmine University is $25.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Bellarmine University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Bellarmine University Application Requirements
Test Scores Considered but not required
High School GPA Required
High School Class Rank Recommended
Completion of College Preparatory Program Required
Recommendations Required
Demonstration of Competencies Neither required nor recommended

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Bellarmine University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences Yes

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=156286 IPEDS survey data for Bellarmine University.


Does Bellarmine University prefer SAT or ACT?

8% of students submit their SAT scores to Bellarmine University. 67% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Bellarmine University?

86% of those who apply are granted admission to Bellarmine University. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Bellarmine University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1110 and 1280. 8% of students submit SAT scores when applying. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Bellarmine University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 21 and 27. 67% of students submit ACT scores when applying. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.