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The University of Louisville is a state supported research university located in the nation’s 16th largest city. U of L enrolls more than 22,000 students and offers undergraduate degrees in 70 fields of study, master’s degrees in 78 areas and doctoral degrees in 35 disciplines. It also grants professional degrees in medicine, dentistry, and law. U of L contributes significantly to the economic, cultural and intellectual life of the Louisville community, yet the magnitude of its achievements reach beyond Louisville into every corner of Kentucky and across the nation. U of L’s 115,000 alumni live in all Kentucky counties, in every state and around the world. U of L has trained about 30 percent of Kentucky’s physicians, 47 percent of its dentists and 31 percent of its attorneys.

At U of L, students learn from faculty members who are experts in their subject areas. Nearly 94% of the 1,620 full-time faculty hold the highest degrees in their field.  In addition to their classroom duties, U of L faculty are leading research projects funded at more than $180 million in federal, state, local and private grants.

Those same professors share the latest knowledge with students in the classroom. Faculty and student researchers are aided by leading-edge computer systems and laboratories. They may also gather information from across the ages and around the world through the University Libraries system that offers more than 2.2 million volumes, 73,000 journal subscriptions, and unique resources through its special collections and archives.

A diverse student body enriches the educational experience at U of L. Students of color represent 17 percent of enrollment and international students total more than 5 percent. Kentucky students account for 77 percent of the student population with 45 percent coming from Jefferson County. Slightly more than 22 percent of students are from other states. Nearly 300 campus organizations help students meet new friends, develop leadership skills and explore new interests. The Student Activities Center, the hub of much of campus life, includes a bookstore, food court, restaurant, movie theatre, lounge and study areas, mini mart, and recreation and fitness facilities. Sports fans are also able to enjoy Division I men and women’s athletics.

U of L’s 273-acre Belknap Campus is home to eight of its 12 schools and colleges: arts and sciences, business and public administration, education and human development, engineering, interdisciplinary and graduate studies, law, music and social work. The Health Sciences Campus, located in the city’s downtown medical complex, includes the schools of medicine, nursing and dentistry, public health, and U of L Hospital.

U of L was established in 1798 as one of the nation’s first urban institutions. Though grounded in a rich legacy, U of L is forward thinking in its approach to teaching, research and service. As it focuses on the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century, the university advances the social and economic development of its community and its citizens.



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