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Louisville, KY 40203-2188
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Spalding University

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Spalding University is among the oldest privately owned Catholic universities, situated west of the Alleghenies. In 1814, the university was established by the Sisters of the Nazareth as the Nazareth Academy and now offers 25 degree programs. In 1973, it became a fully coeducational institution.

Students have an advantage of choosing regular full time programs, evening or part time programs. Evening and weekend programs, started in 1998 and 1980 respectively, are popular with teachers and other working professionals. Spalding offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in nursing, occupational therapy, psychology, communication, business, and accounting.

Doctoral programs are available in psychology and education. The university also offers some special programs through online classes for students currently enrolled in classroom programs. Study abroad exchange programs are also available for academic overachievers.

The university prides itself in providing programs that suit traditional students and working adults. With 75% of the faculty equipped with doctoral degrees and a highly experienced part time faculty, students get industry knowledge and the academic qualifications to help them excel in their professional careers.

At Spalding, prospective students interested in occupational therapy can register for the enTECH program – a technology focused program aimed at addressing all aspects of occupational therapy. Three free web based modules of the enTECH program are available to help students make a decision about enrolling in the program.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Spalding has a 13:1 student to teacher ratio, which ensures that each student gets individual attention from their professors and teachers. Classes are held in the form of six week sessions after which students take a break for one week before resuming their studies again.

The university does not provide any details about admission requirements for its courses till students start filling out the application form. There is no information about transcripts for undergraduate programs or if any professional exams like the GRE or GMAT are required.

Students can fill out the Request for Admission Information form for assistance with admission requirements.

Prospective students have the option of choosing undergraduate, graduate or adult accelerated programs. Students enrolled in the Adult Accelerated Programs are only required to submit high school transcripts and can start studying immediately. Degrees in business communication, psychology, RN to BSN, and paramedical sciences can be completed online while others may require a combination of classroom teaching and online lessons.

Financial Aid

All students are encouraged to apply for financial aid by filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or FAFSA. Ninety percent of students in Spalding’s Adult Accelerated Programs receive some sort of financial aid through loans, grants, federal aids, or work study programs.

The university also encourages students to avail external scholarship opportunities such as the Big Dig Essay Scholarship and the Akash Kuruvilla Memorial Scholarship. As of 2011, Spalding is offering a total of $1.5 million in financial aid for students enrolled in two year programs.

Financial aid is available only for students who are a resident of the United States and are enrolled in degree or certificate programs.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 4155th for the average student loan amount.
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As of May 2011, the university has 2000 students. Campus housing is available at the Morrison Hall, which has 165 dorm rooms and also has a wi-fi service. A new residential complex will be ready by 2011 fall.

Students who avail campus residence facilities have a mandate of purchasing meal plans which start at $1200 per semester. Several local restaurants participate in Spalding’s Dining Dollars meal plans.

Spalding is a smoke-free campus where smoking can result in a fine.

The most popular building is the Mansion Complex which was occupied by the university in 1920. It houses the College of Education, School of Liberal Studies, School of Professional Psychology, and Master of Fine Arts in Writing program.

Students can meet and interact with their peers at Spalding Commons. The Spalding Commons facility includes a student lounge, vending machines, and eateries.

Several professional student organizations exist on campus such as the Nursing Society and the Student Occupational Therapy Association.

The Running for Rodents event is particularly famous at the university and is held each year at the time of the Kentucky Derby.

In the city, students can explore the 6000 acre Jefferson Memorial Forest or revisit the Colonial Age at Old Louisville. The Kentucky Derby festival is held annually at Louisville. The festival includes seventy events in total including the Great Steamboat Race and the Great Balloon Race.

Louisville is home to a thriving Indie music community so you will always have a new band to listen to!

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Student Graduation Demographics


The athletic teams are affiliated with the NCAA and the university holds an NCAA DIII status. Spalding’s athletes are called the Golden Eagles.

Men’s sports include basketball, baseball, soccer, cross country, golf, and track and field. Women have the option of playing volleyball, bowling, softball, and basketball.

Athletic facilities at the university include the Derek Smith Gymnasium. Cross country and soccer matches are played at various locations throughout the city.

Baseball and softball teams are among the top five college athletic teams per the USCAA.


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Ranks 14th in Kentucky and 1056th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 1 0.04
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 3 0.12
Robbery 2 0.08
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Louisville, KY 40203-2188
Surrounding communityLarge city (inside urban area, pop. over 250,000)
Total Population20,837 (20,837 urban / N/A rural)
Households9,683 (2.01 people per house)
Median Household Income$13,458
Families4,089 (3.07 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Doctoral/Research Universities
UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
GraduateDoctoral, professional dominant
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentMajority undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationRoman Catholic
Congressional District2103

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 780th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $22,425 $22,425 $22,425
FT Undergraduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $748 $748 $748
FT Graduate Tuition $12,285 $12,285 $12,285
FT Graduate Required Fees N/A N/A N/A
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $683 $683 $683
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $37,439 $37,439 $37,439
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $37,959 $37,959 $37,959
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $27,039 $27,039 $27,039

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $19,350 $20,550 $19,350 $20,550 $19,350 $20,550
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,050(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,800 $10,400
On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,564(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $10,920(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,564(N/C)
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,564(N/C)

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$20
Graduate Application Fee$30
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 1,094 (364 male / 730 female)
Admitted 887 (285 male / 602 female)
Admission rate 81%
First-time Enrollment 402 (71 male / 135 female)
FT Enrollment 196 (63 male / 133 female)
PT Enrollment 206 (8 male / 2 female)
Total Enrollment2,367

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Basketball Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Baseball Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf
NCAA Track & Field Conference St. Louis Intercollegiate Ath Conf

ACT Test Admission

1167th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 23
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 22

SAT Test Admission

1081st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 14%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 520
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 525
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 880 / 1045

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity442
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$5,600
Board Fee$4,800

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

Total 3 114 9 6 1 405 40 592
Accounting 1 5 1 7
Accounting and Business/Management 4 4
Adult Health Nurse/Nursing
Applied Behavior Analysis 6 1 19 4 31
Art Teacher Education
Biological and Physical Sciences 2 3
Business Teacher Education 1 1
Business/Commerce, General 1 19 2 37 3 63
Clinical Psychology 1 1 18 21
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 6 16 4 27
Creative Writing 1 3 1 34 6 46
Curriculum and Instruction 2 2 2 6
Education, General
Elementary Education and Teaching 3 18 4 25
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Family Practice Nurse/Nursing 5 37 5 47
Foreign Language Teacher Education 1 1
Health Services/Allied Health/Health Sciences, General 14 14
Junior High/Intermediate/Middle School Education and Teaching 1 1 3 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 3 3
Mass Communication/Media Studies
Nursing Education 1 5 6
Occupational Therapy/Therapist 2 1 55 4 63
Pediatric Nurse/Nursing
Psychology, General 7 2 26 36
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse 16 1 2 54 1 76
Secondary Education and Teaching 4 4
Social Sciences, General 5 5
Social Work 24 1 28 1 56
Special Education and Teaching, General 9 7 1 17
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 4 1 6 1 13
Teacher Education, Multiple Levels 2 6 3 11

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 1193rd for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $72,107 ($77,498 male / $64,099 female)
Number of FT Faculty 100 (29 male / 71 female)
Number of PT Faculty 190
FT Faculty Ratio 0.5 : 1
Total Benefits $1,855,779

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