Spalding University


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.

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Information Summary

Ranks 12th in Kentucky and 948th overall. See the entire top 2,000 colleges and universities list
Overall Score (about) 80.8
Total Cost On-Campus Attendance $39,487
Admission Success rate N/A
ACT / SAT 75%ile scores 23 / 1045
Student Ratio Students-to-Faculty 13 : 1
Retention (full-time / part-time) 74% / 29%
Enrollment Total (all students) 1,758


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.


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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.

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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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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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