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University of Louisville: Narrative Description


2301 South Third St.
Louisville, KY 40292-0001
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Free: 800-334-8635
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State-supported, university, coed. Awards associate, bachelor's, master's, doctoral, and first professional degrees and post-master's certificates. Founded 1798. Setting: 169-acre urban campus. Endowment: $554.8 million. Research spending 2003-04: $100.4 million. Educational spending 2003-04: $11,095 per student. Total enrollment: 20,731. Faculty: 1,294 (796 full-time, 498 part-time). Student-undergrad faculty ratio is 18:1. 5,335 applied, 81% were admitted. 80% from top half of their high school class. Full-time: 11,085 students, 53% women, 47% men. Part-time: 3,787 students, 53% women, 47% men. Students come from 51 states and territories, 65 other countries, 11% from out-of-state, 0.2% Native American, 1% Hispanic, 14% black, 3% Asian American or Pacific Islander, 1% international, 15% 25 or older, 15% live on campus, 6% transferred in. Retention: 77% of full-time freshmen returned the following year. Academic areas with the most degrees conferred: business/marketing; social sciences and history; engineering/engineering technologies. Core. Calendar: semesters. Academic remediation for entering students, ESL program, services for LD students, advanced placement, accelerated degree program, self-designed majors, honors program, independent study, distance learning, double major, summer session for credit, part-time degree program, external degree program, adult/continuing education programs, co-op programs and internships, graduate courses open to undergrads. Off campus study at 6 members of the Kentuckiana Metroversity. Study abroad program. ROTC: Army, Air Force.

Entrance Requirements:

Options: electronic application, early admission, deferred admission. Required: high school transcript, minimum 2.50 high school GPA, SAT or ACT. Entrance: moderately difficult. Application deadline: Rolling. Notification: continuous.

Costs Per Year:

Application fee: $30. State resident tuition: $5532 full-time, $231 per hour part-time. Nonresident tuition: $15,092 full-time, $629 per hour part-time. Full-time tuition varies according to reciprocity agreements. Part-time tuition varies according to course load and reciprocity agreements. College room and board: $6036. College room only: $4490. Room and board charges vary according to board plan and housing facility.

Collegiate Environment:

Orientation program. Drama-theater group, choral group, marching band, student-run newspaper, radio station. Social organizations: 202 open to all; national fraternities, national sororities; 10% of eligible men and 6% of eligible women are members. Most popular organizations: Spirit Club - 'L' Raisers, Baptist Student Union, Golden Key Society, Sigma Chi, Phi Eta Sigma. Major annual events: Homecoming events, NPHC Stepshow, Welcome. Student services: legal services, health clinic, personal-psychological counseling, women's center. Campus security: 24-hour emergency response devices and patrols, late night transport-escort service, controlled dormitory access. 1,674 college housing spaces available; 1,590 were occupied in 2003-04. Freshmen given priority for college housing. Option: coed housing available. William F. Ekstrom Library plus 5 others with 2 million books, 2.2 million microform titles, 24,910 serials, 35,429 audiovisual materials, an OPAC, and a Web page. Operations spending 2003-04: $71.7 million. 265 computers available on campus for general student use. Computer purchase/lease plans available. A campuswide network can be accessed from student residence rooms and from off campus. Staffed computer lab on campus.

Community Environment:

Louisville is known as the Derby City for the annual running of the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs. The city was the base of supplies for Clark's expeditions, which culminated in the conquest of the northwest. U.S. river boats pass through the locks around 25-foot falls in the Ohio River. Louisville is an important distilling center and one of the largest tobacco product manufacturing centers in the world. There are many other local manufacturing firms in the area, and part-time employment is available. There is a community-wide fund for music, drama, and art, and the city has resident opera, ballet, orchestra, and theater companies.

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