In 2000, U of L was reclassified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, joining a list of eminent U.S. research and doctoral institutions including Harvard, Cornell, Yale, Johns Hopkins and Stanford universities.
Schools in the classification must offer a wide range of baccalaureate program and show a commitment to graduate education through the doctoral degree. The step was seen as a significant milestone in U of L’s growth as a research university.
Carnegie no longer uses this classification system. However, U of L continues to exceed the qualifications that were in place when the goal was set.