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The Top 5 Schools in the ACC

The Top 5 Schools in the ACC

1. The University of Louisville, Louisville, Kentucky

The University of Louisville is a public university in Louisville, Kentucky and is a member of the Kentucky state university system. The undergraduate enrollment is 15,769 students. Its campuses are in an urban setting. U of L is ranked #171 in “National Universities”, #173 in “High School Counselor Rankings”, #90 in “Top Public Schools”, #94 in “Business Programs” and #116 in “Engineering Programs (doctorate)”.(colleges.usnews.rankingsandreviews.com)

In-state tuition and fees are $10,738. and out-state tuition is $24,626., with room and board at $8,120. Fifty-eight percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid, and the average need-based scholarship or grant is $9,023. The average debt upon graduation is $25,192. and the average starting salary is $36,000. The acceptance rate is 72%. The student-faculty ratio is 16:1 and 34% of its classes has fewer than 20 students.

Some rights reserved by System58.photos by David Alan Kidd
Some rights reserved by System58.photos by David Alan Kidd

The most popular majors are Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services, Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies, Engineering and Health Professionals and Related Programs. The average freshman retention rate is 79%. Students at U of L can study and major in 170 different areas. U of L is made up of 12 schools and colleges: College of Arts and Sciences, College of Business, College of Education and Human Development, Graduate School, J. B. Speed School of Engineering, Kent School of Social Work, Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, School of Dentistry, University of Louisville School of Medicine, School of Music, School of Nursing and School of Public Health and Information Sciences.

Three different campuses make up U of L: Belknap Campus, the main campus of the University, is located 3 miles south of the center of Louisville, the Health Sciences Campus is located just east of the downtown of Louisville, and Shelby Campus is located in Eastern Louisville. The university also has an international campus in Panama City, Panama. The Belknap campus is located along the banks of the Ohio River and is approximately 100 miles from Cincinnati and Indianapolis.

Louisville is a city of nearly 1 million people. There is much to see and do in Louisville. A short distance from campus there are all kinds of entertainment and recreation opportunities in Louisville. There are theaters, and an exceptional symphony, and shops, unique restaurants, museums and of course the Division I Cardinals games, as well.  And the campus itself is always a beehive of activity.  When you are looking for something to do as a break from studying, visit the art museum or the planetarium and of course stop by Rodin’s original sculpture of the Thinker.

Students can join more than 400 organizations, and there are 30 fraternities and sororities on campus. The Red Barn is a well-known destination on campus which hosts everything from lectures to concerts. It’s also a great place just to hang out. Cardinal Towne is another excellent place for students to hang out, day or night, especially if you are into burritos and ice cream. When you are looking to burn off some calories and stay in shape, there is an extensive program of Intramural Sports. Or if you are a little more competitive, there are 22 Club Sports that range from martial arts to ballroom dance. Finally, if you are into fitness, there is the HSC Fitness Center. I haven’t even scratched the surface of what is happening on and off campus for the students of U of L. Athletics is certainly an important part of U of L but there is so much more to this University. Based on our criteria, Louisville ranks #1 in the ACC, providing students with a great education and college experience.

Students Do Not Live By Sports Alone

Athletic prowess is an important piece of campus life at many US colleges.  These five ACC schools are exceptional, not only for their athletic accomplishments but also for offering an excellent education and life experience for all students, athletes or not.

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