Sullivan University


Earn a degree from Sullivan University online or on campus. Sullivan University’s primary campus is located in Louisville, Kentucky. The school is a four-year private, for-profit institution. It offers degrees at all levels as well as undergraduate and postgraduate certificates. Sullivan University has multiple divisions, allowing students to attend on campus throughout Kentucky. The school also offers online options at each degree and certificate level.

Sullivan University’s Mission

Sullivan University’s mission is to provide “educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through the diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels.”i

Sullivan University “seeks to promote development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy, and teamwork as well as an appreciation for life-long learning, cultural diversity and the expression of professionalism in all activities.i

Features of Sullivan University

To help fulfill its mission, Sullivan University offers:i

  • A stair-step curricular progression for students
  • Face-to-face, hybrid, and online learning opportunities
  • Faculty members with knowledge and experience in their fields and disciplines
  • Equipment similar to that used in professional settings
  • A technologically state-of-the-art university library
  • Undergraduate faculty who use a variety of learning strategies
  • Graduate faculty who use a variety of learning strategies and also cultivate a scholarly research environment
  • Professional and research-oriented doctoral programs
  • Opportunities for graduates to review, audit, or retake courses without additional tuition
  • Access to career services specialists 

Sullivan University Programs and Majors

Sullivan University has numerous schools across disciplines, including the:

  • Sullivan University College of Pharmacy
  • Sullivan University School of Accountancy
  • Sullivan College of Information and Computer Technology (Sullivan University technology and design programs are housed here)
  • Sullivan Department of Early Childhood Education
  • Sullivan Institute for Legal Studies
  • Sullivan College of Nursing
  • Sullivan College of Health Sciences
  • Sullivan College of Business
  • National Center for Hospitality Studies at Sullivan University

The Sullivan University masters programs are housed in the school’s Graduate School.

During the 2015-2016 school year, Sullivan University conferred 392 associate’s degrees, 269 bachelor’s degrees, 463 master’s degrees, 99 doctorate degrees, and 98 undergraduate and postgraduate certificates.ii

For students earning associate’s degrees that year, the following majors were the most popular:ii

  • Culinary arts
  • Business administration and management
  • Computer support specialist
  • Baking and pastry arts (the Sullivan University baking and pastry arts were quite popular, with 47 students earning this degree)

For students earning a bachelor’s degree that year, these majors were the most popular:ii

  • Business administration
  • Accounting
  • Business and commerce
  • Human resources management / Personnel administration
  • Information technology

Students earning master’s degrees that year most commonly did so in:ii

  • Business administration and management
  • Information technology and project management
  • Human resources management / Personnel administration

Doctorate students most commonly earned degrees in pharmaceutical economics, and students pursuing undergraduate certificates most commonly did so in cooking and related culinary arts, medical insurance coding specialist, and computer support specialist. Just two students earned postgraduate certificates that year. One did so in paralegal studies and the other did so in organizational leadership.ii

Enrollment at Sullivan University

3,462 total students were enrolled at Sullivan University in fall 2016. Of those students, 2,419 were undergraduate students, and 1,043 were graduate students.ii

Of the undergraduate students, 67 percent attended classes on a full-time basis. Thirty-three percent went to school on a part-time basis. A small majority of undergraduate students, or 49 percent, had in-state residential status. Thirty-five percent came from out of state. The remaining 16 percent had unknown statuses.ii

Of the 1,043 graduate students that semester and year, 76 percent attended classes on a full-time basis, and 24 percent attended classes part-time.ii

Sullivan University Admissions

Sullivan University has a rolling admissions policy, so there is no deadline for applying. Prospective students who apply first and the first accepted, so students should submit an application as far in advance of their start date as possible. New classes begin in January, March, June, and September of each year. The requirements for admission differ by degree program and level.

The Sullivan University application fee for undergraduate applicants was $100 in fall 2016.ii

Sullivan University Tuition

Full-time undergraduate students paid an estimated $19,740 for tuition and fees in the 2016-2017 school year. Books and supplies cost an additional estimated $1,800 that same school year. For a four-year degree, including an estimated cost for inflation, undergraduate students could pay $85,681. This price is just an estimate, and accounts for students starting in the 2017-2018 school year.ii

Graduate students at Sullivan University paid an estimated $13,080 for tuition in the 2016-2017 school year. They paid an additional estimated $360 in fees that same school year.ii

Sullivan University tuition and fees are the same for both in-state and out-of-state students.ii  

Sullivan University Financial Aid

Of all undergraduate students at Sullivan University, 69 percent, or 1,801 students, received grant or scholarship aid. Of those students, 52 percent, or 1,362 students, received federal Pell grants. On average, each undergraduate students earned $5,583 in grant or scholarship aid in the 2015-2016 school year.ii

Sixty percent of all undergraduate students at Sullivan University, or 1,572 students, took out federal student loans in the 2015-2016 school year. Each students received an average of $8,828 in federal student loan aid that year.ii

Sullivan University Online

Sullivan University online programs are available at the associate’s degree, bachelor’s degree, master’s degree, and doctorate degree levels. Students can also earn undergraduate and postgraduate certificates online. Sullivan University online classes offer flexibility to non-traditional students and students who simply prefer online learning.

Sullivan University online tuition is the same as tuition for on-campus courses and programs. Depending on the program, distance learners might have to pay additional technology fees.

Thirty-eight percent of undergraduate students at Sullivan University attended classes entirely online in the fall 2016 semester and school year. Eleven percent were enrolled in at least some online education. Fifty percent attended classes entirely on campus.ii

Thirty-four percent of graduate students at Sullivan University enrolled only in online education.Fourteen percent enrolled in at least some online education. Fifty-two percent attended classes entirely on campus.ii

Faculty at Sullivan University

During the fall 2016 semester and year, Sullivan University had 137 full-time faculty members and 232 part-time faculty members. The school utilized the efforts of seven graduate assistants, all of whom assisted with instructional duties. The student to faculty ratio at Sullivan University was 13 to 1.ii

Sullivan University Accreditation

Sullivan University has institutional accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges. It has been accredited by that agency since 1979.ii

Sullivan University’s undergraduate nursing program has specialized accreditation from the Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education and has since 2013.ii

Find Online and On-campus Options at Sullivan University

Sullivan University offers online and on-campus options at all levels of higher education. Considering your career goals, what program might be right for you? Browse through Sullivan University’s many options to see if one of its programs provide your perfect fit.

If you’re not sure what you want to study, simply browse through Sullivan University’s programs to see if something sparks your interest. You might consider starting your journey by pursing a certificate or associate’s degree to see if the program or discipline truly is a good fit. Then, continue your education by earning a more advanced degree.

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