Bellevue University is located in Bellevue, Nebraska and offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees and a Ph.D. Students may earn their degree either via their award-winning online program, in the traditional classroom setting, or a combination of each. The university offers a Veterans Service Office in order to help members of the armed forces get credit for experiences, military training or previous education and utilize their military education benefits. As a member of the Servicemembers Opportunity College, the college recognizes the needs of military personnel and has policies that specifically address those needs.
Even though many of their programs are available online, the university has a reputation that makes any degree obtained from their institution respected by employers. They provide an extremely career-oriented educational experience and strive to meet the needs of all of their students. Working adults can earn a bachelor’s degree in as little as three years and students that already hold an associate’s degree may complete the accelerated bachelor’s programs in as little as a year.
The athletics department, the Bruins, offer several different intercollegiate sports so that students that wish to compete at the varsity level may do so.
The university offers nearly fifty bachelor’s degrees, almost twenty master’s degrees and one Ph.D. The college has both a traditional campus, several satellite campuses and a virtual campus. Bellevue provides students with the opportunity to earn an education at their own pace and in the environment in which they are most comfortable. Incoming freshmen may earn bachelor’s degrees in as little as three years if enrolled in an accelerated degree program, or as little as twelve months if the student already has an associate’s degree from another institution.
Some of the bachelor’s programs include such topics as psychology, graphic design, accounting and history. Master’s programs include such topics as business administration, healthcare administration, human service and cybersecurity. The singular Ph.D. is in human capital management.
Each student seeking a bachelor’s degree must participate in the Kirkpatrick Signature Series in order to become better citizens. The program consists of nine credit hours worth of courses that teach students about the core of American history and culture. The classes consist of such topics as the efficacy of Western intellectual tradition, Christian standards of ethics, America’s founding principles, study and history of American government and other topics that teach morality, dignity and self-value.
Most Popular Fields of Study
Admissions are non-competitive. Potential students may apply online or download the application from the website and mail it in. Completing the undergraduate application online will take about twenty uninterrupted minutes and requires a minimum amount of information including a social security number, previous education information including official high school and college transcripts, details of any military service, current employment information and credit card information so that the applicant may pay the application fee.
Graduate School Applicants
For applicants to the graduate school, all of the requirements above apply as well as proof of an undergraduate degree. The potential student must also have maintained a minimum GPA in their most recent coursework including any graduate work. For the Master of Healthcare Administration, the applicant is required to have a minimum of three years of related employment history. Some of the graduate schools also require letters of recommendation. After the complete application packet is submitted, it will be reviewed and all of the documents will be verified. An interview may be required by the Admissions and Standards Committee during the consideration process.
Certificate Program and PhD Applicants
Students wishing to apply to the Certificate or Ph.D. program must hold a master’s degree from a regionally accredited college or university or its equivalent. There are also minimum graduate GPA requirements and the potential student must have five years of professional experience in the field. Students applying to certain programs will also be required to submit a resume, a statement of interest, one letter of recommendation from an employer and one personal reference.
In addition to the usual assortment of grants, scholarships, and loans, the financial aid office also offers an internal payment plan for students who qualify. The first step to receiving financial aid is to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) that is available online beginning in January. Applicants will need income documentation for both themselves and their family, and should have this readily available prior to beginning the application.
The Bruins compete in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and offer men’s and women’s golf and soccer. Men have the additional options of baseball and basketball while women may also choose from softball and volleyball. The team’s colors are purple and gold.
The softball team plays at Hall of Fame Field and offers all of the amenities of any major softball program. The other teams play at the Gordon Lozier Physical Health Center which is open to all faculty, staff and enrolled students. In addition to the full-court gymnasium, there is also a weight room and a wellness center. Students also have the option to work out at the Venteicher Wellness Center, which has cardio equipments, free weights and strength training equipment.
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