In addition to dedicated services for students who want to continue their education here, there are a myriad of reasons to join the Cardinal Family. We’ve narrowed it down to these top 10 to give you an idea why UofL is such a great place to learn and grow.
1. To be your best, surround yourself with the best
Our students are among the most academically renowned in the U.S. UofL is one of the nation’s top producers of Fulbright Scholars, one of the most prestigious prizes in academia; and our average student ACT score is well above the state and national averages.
2. Life-changing research
We’re one of the fastest-growing research institutions in the nation. Our faculty conducted the world's first successful implantation of an artificial heart and the nation's first successful hand transplant. Our faculty currently lead the world's first FDA-approved clinical trial using adult cardiac stem cells to treat heart disease and are pioneering the use of locomotion training to aid paralyzed patients in learning to walk again. Under these researchers’ mentorship, you can join in the exploration of the past and the discoveries for the future – even as an undergraduate student.
3. Be spoiled for choice
UofL has 12 schools and colleges and more than 200 degree programs, which allows you the flexibility to explore multiple career options and determine the path that is right for you.
4. You belong here
UofL is the most diverse university in the state. We’ve been named the nation’s top university for serving the needs of African American students and have been recognized as one of the most LGBT friendly universities in the country.
5. In and of the city
UofL is located in the heart of the state’s most culturally unique and economically thriving city. Our internship and co-op opportunities provide you the chance to train with and learn from professionals in your field of study. This gives you real-world career experience and a competitive advantage in the job market.
6. Fabulous facilities
Our noteworthy campus spaces include one of the nation’s top 10 academic clean rooms; a state-of-the-art building dedicated to active learning classrooms; a top 100 research library system; a newly expanded and remodeled Student Activities Center; new apartment-style housing; more than 20 on-campus dining options; and a sparkling Student Recreation Center, just to name a few.
7. A stroll in the park
Our 280-plus-acre Belknap Campus has been judged the most beautiful in Kentucky; the Sierra Club has named UofL the “coolest” public school in the commonwealth; and the Arbor Day Foundation has named UofL a Tree Campus USA, a status awarded to colleges and universities that invest in their campus trees.
8. In good company
UofL’s inclusion in the Atlantic Coast Conference means more than exciting football and basketball match ups. The 15 ACC universities, which include Duke, Notre Dame and University of Virginia, belong to a consortium dedicated to working together to enrich the educational missions of the member universities.
9. A community of care
UofL stands out for our efforts to serve the needs of the community. Our students put in hundreds of thousands of community service hours each year. Based on our curricular engagement, outreach and partnerships, the university is ranked a Carnegie Community Engagement university, one of fewer than 200 such institutions nationwide. In one year alone, UofL students, faculty and staff contributed more than $25.1 million to charitable organizations through volunteerism and direct donations.
10. We are family
The UofL family includes an academically exceptional and diverse student body, world-class faculty, pioneering researchers, successful alumni and passionate fans. We celebrate diversity, foster equity and strive for inclusion. We hope to count you among us soon.
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