About the University of Louisville

The University of Louisville is a state-supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area. It was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the university system in 1970. The University has three campuses. The 287-acre Belknap Campus is three miles from downtown Louisville and houses eight of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's health-related programs and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.

Mission Statement

The University of Louisville pursues excellence and inclusiveness in its work to educate and serve its community through:

  1. teaching diverse undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in order to develop engaged citizens, leaders, and scholars,
  2. practicing and applying research, scholarship and creative activity, and
  3. providing engaged service and outreach that improve the quality of life for local and global communities.

The University is committed to achieving preeminence as a nationally recognized metropolitan research university.

Vision Statement

The University of Louisville will be ubiquitously recognized as a great place to learn, a great place to work, and a great place in which to invest because we will celebrate diversity, foster equity, and strive for inclusion.

Values Statement

(The Cardinal Principles)


Let us be a University that is a Community of Care. Care for self, care for one another as the Cardinals Family, and care for the community beyond as the Human family. We are a community—not just a collection of individuals. We are a community—not just buildings connected by an HVAC system.


Accountability to the Team. We keep our promises. We own mistakes. We are accountable to the team.


Respect, irrespective of position. We respect each other’s humanity and dignity, no matter what our positions in the organization are. We also respect our right to differing and conflicting positions on issues. To quote, “We will be a place that prepares students for ideas, not protects students from ideas.”


Diversity and Inclusion. We celebrate diversity of thought, of life experiences, of perspectives. We know as our state motto states, United We Stand. We want everyone, in the richness of all of their many unique and intersecting identities to feel included in the Cardinal fold.


Integrity and Transparency. We will be true to our mission of an urban research university to create, disseminate and apply knowledge. Integrity is our collective commitment to make decisions with the best interests of our university in mind and to share the decision making rationale and the outcomes transparently.


Noble Purpose. Each of us will identify for ourselves the way in which we make a difference. We know we must solve the problems of access and affordability to give everyone the opportunity to find and pursue their own noble purpose.


Agility. We will recognize that things change and when they do, we must change things. We know that when adaptation in an organization does not keep pace with adaptation in the environment, the organization will not survive.


Leadership. We recognize that management is a position but leadership is an activity. We will all behave as owners of the University of Louisville because we are. We are U of L is not just a hashtag or a slogan. It is our declaration of leadership and ownership.