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Spalding University is a private, not-for-profit, liberal arts university. Our campus encompasses more than 24 acres in downtown Louisville, KY. Spalding had a headcount of 1,596 students (IPEDs College Navigator). Established in 1814 by the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth, Spalding University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award more than 66 degrees at the associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist’s and doctoral levels. Tori Murden McClure, M.Div., J.D., M.F.A has served as president since 2010.

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Students sitting outside the Egan Leadership Center


First-time, full-time students receiving financial aid (IPEDs College Navigator)

2019 Spalding grad


Our student-to-faculty ratio is low. We employ 94 full-time and 53 part-time faculty (IPEDs College Navigator).

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Spalding students during class
Spalding students in welcome center
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Spalding students walking outside ELC


Student organizations for students find their passion in campus life.

Spalding Men's Soccer mid-game
Ollie the Eagles with Spalding students
  • Total undergraduate student enrollment: 855
  • Transfer-in enrollment: 84
  • Attendance status: 83% full-time and 17% part-time
  • Gender: 71% female and 29% male
  • Student residence: 73% in-state
  • International: 1%
  • Students self-identifying as Black or African American, Native American, Asian, Hispanic/Latino, Pacific Islander, multi-race: 31%
  • Graduate enrollment: 741
  • Attendance status: 67% full-time and 33% part-time
  • Distance education status: 28% distance education only; 36% some distance education; 35% no distance education

We’re a top-five college in Kentucky and ranked nationally for our non-traditional block schedule.

Top-5 Best Colleges in KentuckyNiche (2020)

Top-5 of 25 Best Colleges in KentuckyCollege Choice (2017,2018)

Top-5 Best Colleges with Non-traditional SchedulesCollege Raptor

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