#5 Best Private Colleges in Kentucky

Spalding University

Louisville, Kentucky

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Spalding University overview
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Online spalding.edu
School Type Private 4 Year
Setting Large City
Religious Affiliation Roman Catholic
Spalding University overview
Size Small
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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Spalding University, located in Louisville, Kentucky, is a private liberal arts institution founded in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. It sits in an urban setting, offering students the vibrancy of the city while retaining a close-knit campus environment. The university has made a name for itself with a variety of undergraduate and graduate programs, notably in fields such as nursing, business, social work, and education. The campus features a mix of historic and modern architecture with facilities designed to support its academic pursuits. Spalding University practices a holistic admissions process, leaning towards being moderately selective. For students wishing to live on campus, the university provides housing options, integrating living and learning experiences. Although not primarily known for its athletics, Spalding University holds membership in the NCAA Division III, and its sports teams are known as the Golden Eagles.

In the most recent statistical year 720 prospective students applied, and 703 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 132 enrolled in the school.  1,059 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 473 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $26,900 plus fees of $400. Spalding is ranked 718 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Spalding is rated within the lower 44% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 5 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

Extremely Easy
Spalding University overview
SAT 858/1105
ACT 16/22
GPA 3.87

Applications Accepted

Spalding University overview
Applications Due -
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $0

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Annual Cost to Attend


Costs for Spalding University
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,200
Other Fees$400
Room and Board $8,300
Budget for Other Expenses$6,990
Total One Year Cost$43,790

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,300 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

42% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by Spalding University students
Subject Percent of Class
Health Professions 41%
Business 24%
Psychology 8%
Education 7%
Human Services 6%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157757 IPEDS survey data for Spalding University.

Current students may use the Spalding University GPA calculator to determine their current college GPA.