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University of Louisville

Louisville, Kentucky

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University of Louisville overview
Location Louisville, Kentucky
Online louisville.edu
School Type Public 4 Year
Setting Large City
University of Louisville overview
Size Large
Status Non-profit
On Campus Housing Yes
Level of Study Undergrad/Graduate
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The University of Louisville, situated in Kentucky's largest city and flanked by the Ohio River, is a public research university founded in 1798, making it one of the oldest municipal universities in the United States. Characterized by its picturesque Belknap Campus that showcases a mix of traditional and modern architecture, the university also offers on-campus housing to accommodate its student body. The institution maintains a moderately selective admissions process and is known for a diverse array of undergraduate, master's, and doctoral programs, with notable emphasis on health sciences, business, engineering, and law. The University of Louisville is recognized for its significant research contributions and operates the state?s first full-service, university-affiliated hospital. While the university supports a variety of NCAA Division I sports teams, it is particularly renowned for its basketball program, competing as the Cardinals.

In the most recent statistical year 15,462 prospective students applied, and 12,608 were granted admission.  Of those admitted 2,931 enrolled in the school.  15,500 students are enrolled on a full time basis, and 6,517 attend part time. In-state tuition for 2022/2023, excluding room and board, is $12,324 plus fees of $196. Louisville is ranked 382 nationally in the CollegeSimply.com 2024 U.S. Colleges Ranking.












Louisville is rated within the top 40% of four-year colleges nationally and earns a CollegeSimply grade of 7 out of 10. Learn how ratings are calculated


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Admission Standards

University of Louisville overview
SAT 1070/1270
ACT 19/27
GPA 3.64

Applications Accepted

University of Louisville overview
Applications Due Feb 15, 2024
Applicant Competition Very Low
Application Fee $25

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Annual Cost to Attend

Kentucky Resident Tuition

In State Costs for University of Louisville
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,272
Other Fees$196
Room and Board $10,668
Budget for Other Expenses$7,220
Total One Year Cost$31,680

Out of State Resident Tuition

Out of State Costs for University of Louisville
Fee Cost
Books and Supplies$1,272
Other Fees$196
Room and Board $10,668
Budget for Other Expenses$7,220
Total One Year Cost$48,026

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Average Salary After 10 Years

$45,200 per year

Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rate

51% within 6 years

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Popular Areas of Study

Popular subjects studied by University of Louisville students
Subject Percent of Class
Business 18%
Engineering 9%
Education 8%
Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 8%
Psychology 8%

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=157289 IPEDS survey data for University of Louisville.

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