All freshman applicants to the University of Louisville must complete the Pre-College Curriculum. Specific requirements for J.B. Speed School of Engineering include:
- Calculus or pre-calculus
Applicants should also have:
- Minimum ACT composite, math, and science scores of 24 or SAT combined score of 1090 and math score of 560.
- At least a 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale
Applicants who do not meet the above criteria will be considered on an individual basis.
Complete a University of Louisville undergraduate application, hard-copy or online. The deadline for Fall 2014 is February 15; applications received after that date will be reviewed on a space-available basis. The completed application, transcripts, test scores, and $50 application fee should be addressed to the Office of Admissions, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY 40292. In order for your scholarship or housing application to be given consideration, all of your admissions credentials must be on file. Please allow University Admissions four weeks for processing your application. You may check the status of your application online. Speed School does not process applications.
According to the University’s Financial Aid Office, more than 75% of U of L students receive financial assistance in the form of scholarships, grants, loans or work/study programs. All students applying for federal and state aid should complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) available through the University of Louisville's Financial Aid Office.
In addition to the awards offered by the University of Louisville, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering has a generous scholarship program specifically designed to help students and their families offset the costs involved with achieving a quality engineering education.
Speed School Scholarships
Designed to assist incoming freshmen, these privately-funded scholarships range in value from several hundred dollars to full tuition. Each individual scholarship has its own eligibility criteria; however, only one application is needed. Speed staff will match scholarship requirements to qualifying applicants and award accordingly.
The University of Louisville provides scholarships to new freshmen based upon academic merit. All scholarships are competitive with the exception of National Merit Scholars, Governor’s Scholars, and Governor’s School for the Arts.
National Scholars Program:
Upon admission to the University of Louisville, incoming freshmen from outside Kentucky considers students for awards reigning from $5,000 to $12,000 per year based on academic merit. A scholarship application is not required, but seniors must apply for admission by February 15.
Students from reciprocity counties (Clark, Crawford, Floyd, Harrison, Scott, and Washington) can attend the University at in-state tuition rates.
Learn more about the University of Louisville scholarships.
- When is the best time to visit?
- If you have not visited the University of Louisville, we suggest that you register for the Campus Visit Program. The program provides a good overview of the University of Louisville (for example, the Honors program, meal plans, parking) and a campus tour that includes a dormitory room. After lunch at the Student Activities Center, students meet with the J.B. Speed School of Engineering admissions personnel, speak with an engineering student, and tour the technology and research facilities.
Another visitation option is the University of Louisville’s Campus Preview Day, which attracts hundreds of high school students each November.
- I applied for admission to the University. Is there a separate application for J.B. Speed School of Engineering?
- No, applicants to Speed School complete a University of Louisville undergraduate hard-copy or an electronic application.
- When and how should I apply for scholarships?
- Once you submit your application for admission, high school transcript, and test scores to the University of Louisvlle's Admissions Office, you can apply for the University of Louisville and the J.B. Speed School of Engineering scholarships. The deadline to apply for fall 2014 awards is January 15, 2014.
- Is there a dorm for engineering students?
- Students have the option of participating in the Engineering Living Learning Community in Wellness Hall..
- What kind of assistance is available outside of class?
- REACH provides supplemental instruction for designated classes as well as individual and small group tutoring. Some services are offered to drop-ins and others by appointment. Another resource is the University of Louisville Writing Center, helping students improve English composition skills.
- Do you accept AP credit?
- Yes, the University of Louisville awards credit on the basis of scores on the Advanced Placement Examination. Please note that although you receive academic credit for a course, it may not be applicable toward an engineering degree. For example, foreign language credit does not fit into the engineering curriculum.
- What courses will I take besides engineering?
- All University of Louisville students complete a general education component comprised of arts and humanities, mathematics, natural sciences, oral communication, social and behavioral sciences, and written communication.
- What is the average class size?
- The J.B. Speed School of Engineering typically averages 29 students per class.
- Do I have to select a major right away?
- No, during the first year, all Speed School students take the foundation courses for engineering (for example, calculus, physics, chemistry, and computer-aided design) as well as an Intro to Engineering course which exposes students to different fields of engineering and aids in selecting a major.
If you have not toured the University of Louisville, we encourage you to register for the Campus Visit Program. The Campus Visit Program provides a good overview of the University of Louisville (for example, the Honors program, meal plans, parking) and a campus tour that includes a dormitory room. After lunch at the Student Activities Center, students meet with the J.B. Speed School of Engineering admissions personnel, speak with an engineering student, and tour the technology and research facilities.
If you are already familiar with the University of Louisville and want to visit only the J.B. Speed School of Engineering, please contact us at (502) 852-4672 or (502) 852-0398. Appointments are generally available Monday through Friday, but it is best to visit when classes are in session.
Another option is the University of Louisville’s Campus Preview Day, which attracts hundreds of high school students.
Admissions Office Hours
Monday through Friday
8:30 a.m. till 4:30 p.m.
For more information about Speed School or general admission questions, email Speed School.
Director of Admissions
JB Speed Room 218
For an appointment, call (502) 852-4672
For specific scholarships and financial aid questions, email Tom Brammer.