First opened in 1925, Brescia University has evolved from a junior college for women into a premier private co-educational Roman Catholic institution. Named in honor of the Italian city where Saint Angela Merici founded the order, Brescia is affiliated with the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph. Brescia is located on a beautiful nine-acre urban campus in Owensboro, Kentucky, within just 107 miles southwest of Louisville. Brescia University has seen enrollment climb for nine straight years to over 1,050 students. Across its six academic schools, Brescia offers quality liberal arts education with a low student-faculty ratio of 13:1.
Brescia University has the mission of offering a student-centered environment where social and personal transformation takes place through education. The U.S. News has ranked Brescia as the 50th best regional college in the South for 2015. In particular, Brescia is recognized for hosting the nation's 153rd top online bachelor's programs. Victory Media has honored Brescia as a "Military Friendly School" for the seventh consecutive year. Brescia University was the only Kentucky school to be named a "Catholic College of Distinction." It's also been declared among the 100 most affordable small colleges east of the Mississippi. Brescia University won the 2015 Chamber Business of the Year Award too.
Brescia University Accreditation Details
At the institutional level, Brescia University is wholly accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACSCOC). This regional accreditation is accepted by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA). Brescia has approval from the Accrediting Association of Biblical Higher Education (ABHE). In addition, several academic departments have pursued specialized accreditations. Social work coursework meets the standards of the Council on Social Work Education (CSWE). Teacher preparation is accredited by the Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board (EPSB). Business courses have full approval by the Asian Association of Schools of Business International (AASBI).
Brescia University Application Requirements
With a selective acceptance rate of 49 percent, Brescia University has set tough admissions criteria that must be fulfilled. Incoming freshmen must possess a high school diploma or GED equivalent. It's preferred that applicants have completed a college preparatory program with four years of English, four years of math, three years of natural science, three years of social science, and two years of second language. AP or IB courses will be viewed favorably. Admitted Brescia students have an average high school GPA of 3.02. Standardized test scores are required for any freshmen who graduated in the last three years. Applicants must score at least 445 on the SAT or 22 on the ACT.
Online programs at Brescia are designed for undergraduate transfers. Transfer students are expected to have anywhere from 45 to 86 credit hours earned from a regionally accredited U.S. college or foreign equivalent. Students must be eligible for reenrollment at their previous school with good standing. Having associate's-level education is strongly preferred. Prerequisites in business, liberal arts, and human services must be fulfilled before entry. International students can be admitted to Brescia University using an F-1 student visa. The application process will include passing the TOEFL with a minimum score of 550 (paper-based) or 83 (Internet-based).
During rolling admissions, interested students wishing to attend Brescia University online must submit the following materials to the Office of Admissions:
- Completed online application form
- Official high school and college transcripts
- Standardized testing scores (SAT, ACT, or TOEFL)
- Free Application for Federal Student Aid
Tuition and Financial Aid
Full-time traditional undergraduates at Brescia can expect to pay $9,975 per semester or $19,950 each academic year regardless of state residence. Part-time students living on campus will be charged $570 per credit hour. Undergraduates attending BU Online will follow a slightly discounted tuition payment structure of $405 per credit hour. Full-time graduate students at Brescia are required to pay $500 per credit hour. Online learners must budget an extra $150 per online class taken. There's also a $444 health insurance, $240 technology fee, and $250 student activity fee billed each academic year. Textbooks generally cost $1,500 per year.
Nearly 92 percent of beginning undergraduate students at Brescia University receive some form of merit- or need-based financial aid. More than $1.8 million is available through institutional financial assistance. Students can borrow money through the Stafford, Perkins, Direct, or PLUS loan programs. Certain learners may qualify for the Federal Pell Grant or Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG). In-state students should apply for the College Access Program (CAP) and Kentucky Tuition Grant (KTG) for free gift aid. There's also the Brescia Incentive Grant, Catholic Connection Grant, and Talent Grant programs. Scholarships are abundant here, including the Moore Presidential Scholarship, Ursuline Scholarship, and Merici Scholarship.
Online Degree(s) Available
Brescia University has a BU Online Division that provides accelerated, distance programs to cater the unique learning needs of working adults. The programs draw on the university's 63 years of academic excellence and feature the same accredited curriculum. Online learners can currently select from five associate's, seven bachelor's, one master's, and two certificate programs. Students benefit from 24/7 access to course materials, Brescia's library, the bookstore, and interactive webmail. Undergraduate students can pursue the:
Bachelor of Arts or Science in Integrated Studies
Available 100 percent online with no campus trips, the Bachelor of Arts or Science in Integrated Studies program at Brescia gives students complete freedom to develop their individualized education. Using a broad liberal arts foundation, the program is more flexible than most traditional degrees. Online learners can concentrate in a combination of areas from business and theology to psychology and social work. All Integrated Studies majors must complete at least 128 credit hours, including 48 credit hours in their concentration.
Online coursework is condensed without compromising academic integrity to give an accelerated format. The bachelor's degree can be completed within just 18 months for those entering at the associate's level. Coursework is highly customizable, but Brescia requires credits in public speaking, writing composition, modern language, literature, theology, philosophy, fine arts, mathematics, general biology, computer science, world history, and psychology. If desired, the Career Services Department can provide an applied field internship to unlock future career opportunities. Students can maximize their time and realize their full potential in any profession.
Other online degrees offered at Brescia University include the Associate of Arts in Graphic Design, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Science in Business, Bachelor of Arts in Political Science.