Undergraduates

Since its founding in 1925 as a memorial to the late James Breckenridge Speed, the J.B. Speed School of Engineering has been recognized as a premier, metropolitan engineering institution. The School has been built on a foundation of exemplary faculty and staff, talented and committed students, outstandingly accomplished alumni, and generous donors. It is a special place where the dreams of many for a better life and better world have been empowered.

The Speed School is a small engineering college on the campus of a major metropolitan university – in a sense, the best of both worlds. An undergraduate enrollment of nearly 1,750 students and an average class size of 29 enables Speed faculty to individualize instruction, to challenge students and to ensure their academic success. The University of Louisville serves more than 22,000 students with ample resources and activities for a diverse student body.

Students have several comfortable residence halls to choose from. Facilities include the normal amenities such as a kitchen and laundry, but that’s not all.  If you need a study break, want to workout in the Student Recreation Center, relax in the game room, or grab a bite to eat, it’s all conveniently located in the Student Activities Center.

If you thrive in a more focused living arrangement, formal living-learning communities are available, or simply request that you be housed with other engineering majors. It helps to have friends around. Students who participate in the Engineering Living Learning Community (ELLC) all live in Center Hall, a residence hall in close proximity to the Speed School of Engineering. Many students find the ELLC convenient for organizing study groups, and additional programming and services (Getting the Most Out of your Tablet PC, Preparing for Co-op, peer mentoring, etc.) are presented within the hall. Students must apply for the ELLC and only a limited number of spots are available. For more information visit Louisville.edu/housing.

In addition to the social and academic organizations normally associated with a major university, you’ll find nearly 20 active student groups at Speed School. The Speed Student Council, Society of Women Engineers and National Society of Black Engineers are among the most active. Some groups are major-specific, but most are just students of diverse backgrounds and interests who like to have fun. Check out the complete list of Speed School organizations and groups.