The University of Louisville, which can trace its roots to the 1798 founding of Jefferson Seminary, was officially created by the Kentucky legislature in 1846 and was the sum product of Louisville College, the Louisville Medical Institute, and a newly created law school.
A revitalization and expansion of the university took place in the early 1900s, and by the mid-1930s programs in dentistry, engineering, music, and social work had been added.
The municipally-funded university suffered financially from a post-World War II migration of Louisvillians to suburban communities, so in 1970 it joined the state university system, where it remains today.
University of Louisville is an inclusive and progressive institution. With a mission of being a “premier, nationally recognized metropolitan research university,” it specifically bans discrimination against people based on race, color, national or ethnic origin, religion, gender, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, or gender identity.
Residents at University of Louisville have free access to all university facilities, including gyms. They also ride city buses for free with student identification.
While tickets to athletic events are not free, residents pay reduced student admission fees.
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