Catholic Colleges in Kentucky

There are a handful of Catholic universities and colleges in Kentucky with diverse offerings in spiritual life, ministry, and on-campus activities. These schools provide rich educational and mission opportunities as well.

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As of 2017, there are over 70 million registered Catholics in America. If you are one of them, you may be looking for a Catholic college in your state of Kentucky. While minimal, there are four schools to consider.

School Comparison

When looking for a Catholic university or college in Kentucky, you'll want to pay close attention to the school size, tuition cost, room and board amount and location. Be sure the school you pick has the program you want to pursue.

School Name Institution Type Population Location Tuition (2017-2018*) Room & Board (2017-2018*)
Bellarmine University 4-year, private not-for-profit 3,973 Louisville, KY $40,750 $12,182
Spalding University 4-year, private not-for-profit 2,322 Louisville, KY $24,000 $7,900
Thomas More College 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,964 Crestview Hills, KY $30,270 $7,592
Brescia University 4-year, private not-for-profit 1,009 Owensboro, KY $21,550 $9,150

Source *National Center for Education Statistics

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When searching for Catholic colleges, you'll want to know what degree programs and campus ministries are available. The following Catholic colleges in Kentucky all provide masses regularly and offer both undergraduate and graduate degrees.

Bellarmine University

One of the two Catholic colleges located in Louisville, Bellarmine University has a rich student life. There are over 90 clubs and organizations to sink your teeth into, while the faith-based organizations are numerous as well. Along with meditation, worship and interfaith groups, Bellarmine students can get involved in trips to the Abbey of Gethsemani and Franciscan nature retreats. Students also have the opportunity to spend their breaks visiting international and local retreat locations, Habitat for Humanity or the state capital. Student life isn't all there is at Bellarmine. They offer over 50 majors for both undergraduate and graduate students, including five doctorate degrees.

Spalding University

Spalding University is the second Catholic college in Lousiville, KY. Should you want to be a Golden Eagle, there are six men's and eight women's NCAA sports teams, with women having the additional sport options of bowling and volleyball. Spalding also offers a flexible 6-week block schedule, meaning that your schedule can be as full or light as you want every six weeks. There is a limit of earning six credits in each block, but a week off before the new block begins provides a chance to consider your options and recharge. While there are post-graduate degrees and certificates available, there are nearly 40 bachelor's degree options for you to consider. Founded by Mother Catherine Spalding, the school has been working to spread faith, charity and compassion through the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth for 200 years. In fact, Spalding is the first certified compassionate university in the world, meaning students have a primary goal to help the community and fix the broken world.

Thomas More College

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Thomas More College offers about 40 bachelor's degree majors. Currently, Thomas More offers programs for the Bachelor of Arts/Sciences/Fine Arts, the Bachelor of Elected Studies, the Bachelor of Science in Nursing, and the Bachelor of Business Administration, as well as associate's and master's degrees. As a liberal arts college, students are expected to complete general requirements in theology, philosophy, math, social science, world civilizations, arts, English, natural sciences, foreign languages and a first-year seminar. All students must maintain a 2.0 GPA. For those who want to dive into the spiritual life on campus, there are daily masses, twilight and outdoor retreats, several outreach opportunities with a giving tree fundraiser, pro-life club, soup kitchen, and nature conservancy.

Brescia University

At Brescia University, 99% of currently enrolled students receive financial aid. Mass is available on campus on Sundays and every weekday. Rather than too many on-campus ministry activities, Brescia urges students to help out in the community with food pantry work, mentoring, animal rescue, and Habitat for Humanity. There are seven different divisions and schools within Brescia: the School of Business; the School of Education; the Marilyn Younger Conley School of Social Work; and the departments of fine arts, humanities, social and behavioral sciences, and mathematics and natural sciences. Within these departments, 38 bachelor's degree programs are offered. Brescia University is the only Catholic college in Western Kentucky.

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