University of Louisville
We are Cardinals
At the University of Louisville, we do more than learn. We create. We ignite. We push. We make impacts that make a difference. Here, we unleash students’ potential to fuel their success while elevating society through our research and innovation. We build connections with our city that lead to transformation across the globe. And we do it all together. Because once a Cardinal, forever a Cardinal. Forever connected to a dynamic community driving needed change. Forever committed to helping a better world take flight. Here and beyond.
Founded in 1798 as one of the nation's first city-owned, public universities, the University of Louisville (UofL) is a vital ecosystem that creates thriving futures for students, the community and society. UofL is one of only 79 universities in the United States to earn recognition by the Carnegie Foundation as both a Research 1 and a Community Engaged university and is proud to be ranked among the nation's best institutions for African American and LGBTQ+ students, as well as a designated Military-Friendly school. The institution is a producer of top scholars, including more than 150 Fulbright Scholarships awarded since 2003—more than all other Kentucky public institutions combined—and has earned international acclaim for groundbreaking discoveries in areas transplantation, cancer research, cardiac care and spinal cord injuries. This dynamic tapestry of diverse perspectives makes UofL a place where potential is unleashed and positive change for humankind is fueled.
UofL enrolls more than 23,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in more than 50 fields of study, master’s degrees in over 75 areas, and doctoral degrees in over 35 disciplines. The university also is accredited to grant professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and law.
Louisville, as a classroom
UofL contributes significantly to the economic, cultural, and intellectual life of the Louisville community. The city itself also serves as a classroom for UofL students, who benefit from internships and partnerships, as well as a wide range of community service opportunities. The magnitude of UofL's achievements reach beyond Louisville into every corner of Kentucky and across the nation. Our alumni network is over 150,000 strong, with Cardinals living all over the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States, and around the world. At UofL, students learn from faculty members who are experts in their subject areas. Nearly 90% of full-time instructional faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.
Diverse and active student body
A diverse and active student body enriches the educational experience at UofL. Students of color represent over 28% of student enrollment and international students represent 4.2% of total enrollment. While Kentucky students account for the majority of the student population, more than 40% coming from Jefferson County, over 20% of UofL students are from more than 50 other US states and territories. More than 400 campus organizations help students meet new friends, develop leadership skills and explore new interests. Sports fans are able to enjoy Division I men’s and women’s athletics; UofL is a proud member of the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Louisville is the largest city in Kentucky, and the 29th largest city in the United States. Founded in 1778, it was one of the first cities built west of the Appalachian Mountains, and was a vital port for shipping along the Ohio River to the Gulf of Mexico.
Today, the city is home to over 600,000 people (more than 1.2 million in the metro area) and remains a hub for transportation—at the Port of Louisville, Louisville Muhammad Ali International Airport, and the intersection of three interstate highways (I-64, I-65, and I-71).
In addition, Louisville has a thriving economy, with three Fortune 500 companies (Humana Inc., Yum! Brands, and Kindred Healthcare) headquartered in the area. And, if that’s not enough, it’s also one of the 15 most affordable cities in the US.
UofL’s Belknap Campus is home to eight of its 12 academic schools and colleges: the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Business, the College of Education and Human Development, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, the Graduate School, the Brandeis School of Law, the School of Music, and the Kent School of Social Work and Family Science. The Health Sciences Center, is located in downtown Louisville's medical complex, and is home to the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, and Public Health and Information Sciences, along with University of Louisville Hospital and UofL Health - Jewish Hospital.