The University of Louisville is one of nine public institutions of higher learning in the Commonwealth of Kentucky coordinated by the Council of Postsecondary Education and accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is a state supported research university located in Kentucky's largest metropolitan area and was a municipally supported public institution for many decades prior to joining the state system of higher education 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 degree-granting colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in downtown Louisville's medical complex and houses the university's four health-related schools and the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
In fall 2013, total enrollment was 22,529 students. Of these, 16,151 were undergraduates, 5,620 were graduate students, 131 were post-doctoral students, and 627 were house staff. The university employed 2,381 faculty and 4,356 staff.
In 2013, the university had an operating budget of approximately $1.2 billion, an endowment of $757.3 million, and $65.1 million in federal funding.