Three prestigious publications recognized Bellarmine in the past few months:
- The university debuted in the top 200 (a tie for 197) of U.S. News & World Report’s 2020 ranking of the best national universities. This is Bellarmine’s first year on the national list, a result of the university’s elevation under the Carnegie Classification system from the “master’s large” to the “doctoral/professional studies” category. The change reflected Bellarmine’s increase in doctoral degrees that serve professions outside of higher education. Bellarmine was previously ranked on a list of regional universities in the South.
- In July, consumer finance magazine Kiplinger named Bellarmine one of the nation’s best values among private universities, based on a combination of factors including cost, institutional financial aid, graduation rate and average debt upon graduation. Bellarmine was one of 177 top private universities across the U.S.—and one of only five Kentucky universities—so identified. Commitment to access and affordability is one of the priorities in Bellarmine’s new Strategic Plan. The university’s tuition increase of 1.5% for the 2019-20 academic year was the smallest in decades, and the cost of room and board remained the same as last year.
- In August, The Princeton Review included Bellarmine in the 2020 edition of its annual college guide, The Best 385 Colleges. Only 13 percent of U.S. colleges qualified for inclusion in the book, based on demonstrated academic excellence and 140,000 student survey responses.