Our City and Campus
City of Louisville
Located on the banks of the Ohio River, Louisville, Kentucky offers big city amenities, such as world-class performing arts, a vibrant sports scene and first-rate dining destinations, alongside small city advantages, such as a lower cost of living and shorter commutes.
Louisville is home to Churchill Downs and the Kentucky Derby, “The most exciting 2 minutes in sports.” It also boasts the Louisville Slugger Museum; Fourth Street Live; The Belle of Louisville steamboat; The Forecastle Festival; the Frazier History Museum; an Urban Bourbon Trail; the Muhammad Ali Center; a large arts community that includes an orchestra, Broadway shows, opera and ballet; and one of the largest urban parks systems in the United States.
Louisville is also home to several Fortune 500 companies, including UPS,GE Appliance Park, Humana, Norton Healthcare, Yum! Brands, Papa John’s International and Brown-Forman. Livability.com has Louisville ranked a Top 10 beer, pet, green and college city.
Whether you are new to Louisville or looking for fun activities to do, we invite you to explore our city.
We also invite you to learn more about the Bluegrass State of Kentucky.
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.
UofL includes three campuses: The 287-acre Belknap Campus is 3 miles from Downtown Louisville and houses seven of the university's 12 colleges and schools. The Health Sciences Center is situated in Downtown Louisville's medical complex and is home to the university's health-related programs, as well as the University of Louisville Hospital. The 243-acre Shelby Campus is located in eastern Jefferson County.
The Brandeis School of Law is located on the Belknap Campus, which also features:
- 30 dining establishments
- New Student Recreation Center, which includes six basketball courts, aerobic studios, fitness labs and jogging track
- Speed Art Museum
- The Playhouse & Thrust Theatre
- Gheens Science Hall & Rauch Planetarium
- Papa John's Cardinal Stadium
- Plus much more
The UofL's athletic programs have earned national acclaim, including two NCAA Division I men's basketball championships in the 1980s. During "The Year of the Cardinal," in 2013, the Louisville Cardinals became the first university ever to win a BCS Bowl game, place both Men's and Women's Basketball teams in the NCAA Final Four and reach the College World Series. In 2014, the school officially joined the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC).
Under the leadership of its 17th president, James R. Ramsey, the University of Louisville has become known especially for teaching, research and service. With an enrollment of 22,529, its academic programs attract students from every state and all over the world. It is well positioned to fulfill the mission assigned to it by the state legislature to become "a premier, nationally-recognized metropolitan research university."
Learn more on how the University of Louisville is growing and making a difference.