Colleges in Louisville

Louisville is home to a diverse selection of four-year colleges, universities, private and vocational schools, and two-year community colleges. Higher education is highly valued by Louisville employers. Some 21.3 percent of the city’s residents over the age of 25 hold at least a bachelor’s degree, with many locals returning to college for a post-graduate degree or certificate to advance in their professions. Students can choose among 27 colleges in the city, including campus-based, online or hybrid programs leading to professional diplomas, certificates and degrees.

Five, four-year universities offer a wide selection of degree programs, including the University of Louisville, which offers healthcare degree programs in conjunction with its downtown Health Sciences Center, a large Louisville employer. The university offers 44 undergraduate degrees and Ph.D. degrees in 23 fields, and the university’s Speed School of Engineering has earned an international reputation.

Louisville-area students may also choose from programs at community and public technical colleges, and from one of the largest Southern Baptist seminaries in the nation.

Here’s a look at some Louisville colleges:

Institution Type Training/Degrees Offered
University of Louisville Public Full-time four-year, selective, higher transfer-in
Jefferson Community and Technical College Public Higher part-time two-year
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary Not for Profit (Private) Special focus institution
Bellarmine University Not for Profit (Private) Full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
Spalding University Not for Profit (Private) Medium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in

Online Colleges in Louisville

Online learning may best suit the needs of busy parents and employed students in the Louisville area. Online options offer students 24/7 access to college programs leading to undergraduate and post-graduate degrees. For example, the University of Louisville offers online undergraduate degree programs in nursing, criminal justice, and communication, along with master’s degree programs in criminal justice, social work, civil engineering, computer science, and education. The Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) provides hundreds of online courses through its 16-campus online partnership within the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

Top Industries, Careers, and Employers

With a cost of living nearly 8 percent below the national average, Louisville was ranked 35th in Forbes Magazine’s list of 100 best places in the nation for business and careers. As reported in the Louisville Courier Journal, the top Fortune 500 employers in Louisville belong to the following key economic sectors in the city:

According to the State of California Employment Development Department, major employers in LA include:

  • Transportation (United Parcel Service)
  • Automotive (Ford Motor Company)
  • Insurance (Humana, Anthem Blue Cross/Blue Shield)
  • Healthcare (Jewish Hospital & St. Mary's Healthcare, Kindred Healthcare, Norton Healthcare)
  • Restaurant Corporate Headquarters (Yum! Brands: KFC®, Pizza Hut® and Taco Bell®)

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), Louisville’s top labor sectors in 2013 included:

  • Education & Health Services: 225,300 workers
  • Trade, Transportation, and Utilities: 131,000 workers
  • Professional & Business Services: 78,000 workers
  • Leisure & Hospitality: 63,000 workers
  • Manufacturing: 75,300 workers

The BLS has identified the following sectors to receive the best occupational growth in Louisville for 2014: education, healthcare, leisure/hospitality, and construction.

Colleges & Universities in Louisville

Colleges & Universities in Louisville

University of Louisville 24,366 $8,930 Public
The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary 4,061 $12,960 Not For Profit (Private)
Bellarmine University 3,889 $30,900 Not For Profit (Private)
Spalding University 2,596 $19,350 Not For Profit (Private)

Community Colleges and Vocational Schools in Louisville

Jefferson Community and Technical College 22,004 $3,240 Public

Online Colleges in Louisville