In 1798, the Jefferson Seminary began to take shape in Kentucky, becoming the University of Louisville proper by the late 1800s and standing today as a “pre-eminent metropolitan research university” for both undergrad and graduate students. Growing to take up three campuses (with its 287 acre main campus just minutes from downtown Louisville, the largest city in Kentucky), UofL has also evolved to offer cutting edge technology, both in the classroom and in their distance offerings.
Today, the university educates around 22000 degree seekers, both online and traditional, offering up renowned programs in law, dentistry, and business and innovational research opportunities leading to several firsts in the country (the first emergency room, development of the pap smear, and the world’s first successful hand transplant). Fields of study range over 170 subjects spread across 12 colleges and schools, with 70 Bachelor programs, another 789 Master’s tracts, and 20+PhDs, with certifications in almost as many areas.
There is an active distance learning environment at UofL, with online classes and degree programs “independent of time and location”, utilizing the Blackboard online course delivery system to allow Internet learners to “interact directly with instructors and classmates”. Identical both in their semester calendar and in the degrees/transcripts that result, there are online learning programs for both undergrad and graduate students. Whether as the “academic base for students from more than 25 countries around the world”, a “military-friendly” option for active duty soldiers anywhere in the world, or just a flexible learning option for a Kentucky working adult, UofL welcomes distance learning through the Net.
For online undergrad student looking for a degree without on campus work, there are currently a B.A. in Communication offered (as well as a B.S. program), an RN to BSN, and two more B.S. in Administration of Justice or Workforce Leadership. With all online Bachelor tracts designed for student to take core education through the Kentucky Virtual Campus offered through the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (located in nearby Versailles), students who have already completed an Associate or have enrolled and completed general education requirements at a KCTCS school are already a step ahead. However, UofL does accept general education credits from any accredited university, so all transfer credits are welcome in undergrad distance learning.
For graduate students, online offerings number five again, with an M.A. in Higher Education Administration and M.S. tracts in Computer Science, Human Resource Education, and Civil Engineering (with a specialization in transport engineering). There is also an M.S. in Administration of Justice that uses accelerated six week courses, taken one at a time, to help finish the program in around two years (36 credits total, 3 per course). Other Master’s tracts finish in about the same time, but with full semester classes taken several at a time, but all require no traditional learning.
Online certificates are also available, with a post-Baccalaureate Equine Business program, and two post-graduate certificates, one in Date Mining and one in Network/Information Security. An online textbook store, Distance Learning Library Services, and completely Internet based registration and advisement are also available, making learning from anywhere the same as learning on campus at UofL.
Pursuing excellence in academics, research, and sports, the University of Louisville continues to be at the forefront of education across all field of study.