Brescia University


First-Rate, Faith-Based Liberal Arts Instruction at Brescia

Brescia University appears in our ranking of the 30 Best Online Bachelor’s in Psychology Programs at Private Colleges.

Ranked the South’s 29th best school by the U.S. News & World Report, Brescia University is a private, nonprofit ACCU member in Owensboro that delivers eight associate, 39 bachelor’s, and three master’s majors, including 12 entirely online, plus the Dual Credit Program at a 13:1 student-teacher ratio. For example, the Charles Albert Reid School of Business froze tuition through 2022 for its accelerated 63-credit, 18-month A.S. in Business outlined by Dr. Julie Johnson with eight-week online classes like Economic Concepts. Chaired by Dr. Ashley Holland, the B.S. in Secondary Education customizes a 128-credit, EPSB-aligned plan for 8-12 Biology, English, Mathematics, or Social Studies certification after 100 practicum hours plus 14-week teaching placements, such as Apollo High School.

Online on Moodle since 2008, the B.A. in Theology with Emphasis in Pastoral Studies has developed a 128-credit, SACS-accredited curriculum headed by Dr. Stuart Squires with accelerated eight-week courses like Catholic Moral Tradition and Parables of Jesus for 62 percent retention. Directed by Dr. Rachel Besing, the M.S. in Clinical Psychology follows a 45-credit, 24-month path toward the KY Licensed Psychological Associate credential with 600 clock hours of internships, such as Centerstone or Ridge Behavioral Health.

Other Brescia degrees include the A.A. in Integrated Studies, A.S. in Engineering Technology, B.A. in Political Science, B.S. in Mathematics, B.A. in Graphic Design, B.S. in Medical Technology, B.A. in History, M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology, and M.B.A. in Finance.

About Brescia University

Brescia University originated in 1925 when the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph settled on Maple Mount and opened a rural Catholic two-year junior college for women. In 1946, the Roman Catholic nuns started coed, lower-division Owensboro courses for males and females. Four years later, it was renamed Brescia College and authorized for liberal arts bachelor’s degrees. Regionally accredited in 1957, Brescia first surpassed the 1,000 enrollment mark in 1968. In 1980, Brescia launched the Weekend College to better serve adult learners. In 1984, Brescia College joined the River States Conference for 15 NAIA Division I sports teams. In 1998, the M.S. in Management was introduced as the new Brescia University’s earliest graduate program. In 2014, BU kicked off a $10 million Gateway to Our Second Century fundraising campaign. In 2015, Brescia began hosting the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series. On September 8, 2017, Bishop William Medley dedicated Brescia University’s Moore Center.

Endowed for $13.5 million, Brescia University now employs 99 faculty teaching 957 undergrad and 351 post-grad Bearcats from seven countries online or on its nine-acre Daviess County campus southeast of Evansville with 25+ clubs like the Zombie Emergency Survival Team. In 2019, Brescia won the RSC Bill Melton Champion of Character Award. In 2015, BU received the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year Award. Brescia University accepted a 2014 President’s National Volunteer Service Award from Barack Obama too. The U.S. News & World Report ranked Brescia 60th for social mobility and 166th for online bachelor’s education. On Niche, BU boasts America’s 34th best distance learning, 123rd safest environment, and 218th hardest admission. The Chronicle of Higher Education named Brescia University the fifth fastest-growing Catholic school. College Factual picked BU 36th for engineering technology, 41st for communication science, and 64th for social work degrees.

Brescia University Accreditation Details

On December 13, 2011, Brescia University announced that the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) Board of Trustees had voted to reaffirm the Level III accreditation status through the next 2020-21 evaluation under President Rev. Larry Hostetter. Located 383 miles down Interstate 75 in Decatur, this acclaimed 11-state Appalachian Region accreditor is recognized by the Council on Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA) and Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE). The Academic Affairs Office also lists the following discipline-specific Brescia approvals:

  • Council on Social Work Education
  • Association of Biblical Higher Education
  • Kentucky Education Professional Standards Board
  • Asian Association of Schools of Business International
  • Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology

Brescia University Application Requirements

Starting at Brescia University is classified as “moderately difficult” by Peterson’s because only 1,763 of the 4,158 Fall 2018 applicants were chosen for competitive 42 percent acceptance. First-year Bearcats should finish the recommended four English, three math, and three science units during high school. College-ready GED subject scores above 165 will count. Three-fourths of freshmen rank in the upper half at graduation. The Class of 2022 reported an average 3.02 GPA. Mid-range admitted SAT scores were 960-1050. The middle 50th percentile had ACT scores of 20-26. The Honors College requires a minimum 3.5 GPA and 25 ACT score. Transfers can receive up to 67 transfer credits graded C or better from accredited junior colleges. Foreign students on F-1 visas need at least 550 TOEFL or 5.0 TWE scores. Graduate programs mandate four-year bachelor’s completion with 3.0 or better GPAs. Advanced Standing MSW cohorts need CSWE-accredited preparation and 3.2 GPAs. The M.S. in Management requires 900+ points when multiplying GPA by 200 and adding the GMAT score.

Brescia University conveniently has rolling admissions for most programs to begin any eight-week module. Current registration dates are August 13th, October 5th, January 6th, March 9th, and May 12th. It’s suggested international students apply by July 1st or November 1st. The Online Master of Social Work closes on February 15th each year. The M.S. in Speech-Language Pathology has a December 1st deadline. Accordingly, complete the Brescia Application online with the $25 fee by credit card or e-check. Forward official transcripts to 717 Frederica Street in Owensboro, KY 42301. Send test scores using SAT/GRE code 1071 or ACT code 1498. Fulfill supplemental checklist items, such as the personal statement, social work field evaluation, resume, writing sample, 2-3 recommendations, and passport. Contact (270) 686-4243 or with questions.

Tuition and Financial Aid

For 2019-20, Brescia University is charging traditional full-time undergrads $11,450 per term or $22,900 annually. Part-time Owensboro campus study incurs $595 per credit. Summer sessions are discounted to $300 per credit. The Dual Credit Program costs only $56 per credit. Bearcats cover the $250 activity fee, $240 technology fee, and $100 dorm security deposit each year. Freshmen pay the one-time $250 orientation fee. Living at the Daviess County housing like Merici Hall adds $9,430 to $10,430 for yearly room and board. BU budgets $1,500 for textbooks and $2,000 for miscellaneous. Annual undergrad attendance equals about $36,450 on-site or $27,100 if commuting. Online associate and bachelor’s courses are priced at $425 per credit. Graduate programs generally bill $500 per credit. Only the Master of Social Work costs $600 per credit.

According to the NCES College Navigator, the Financial Aid Office in Student Services Center Room 107 connects 95 percent of new full-time Brescia Bearcats to tuition assistance averaging $19,592 each for $2.31 million combined. University funds include the Geoffrey Ferry Scholarship, Larry & Connie LaRue O’Bryan Scholarship, Senator Gates Young Scholarship, Sister Mary Carmel Browning Scholarship, Margaret Becker Scholarship, Philip Hayden Memorial Scholarship, Virginia Stout Fitzgerald Scholarship, William Quattrochhi Memorial Scholarship, Sister Aloise Boone Memorial Scholarship, and Justin Hood Memorial Scholarship. The Joseph D. Moore Presidential Scholars Program has a December 1st deadline for full-time freshmen with high GPAs above 3.75 and co-curricular activities. The $17,000 Trustees Scholarship selects undergrads with 32-36 ACT and 1410-1600 SAT composite scores. Federal resources, such as the Pell Grant and Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, require FAFSA forms coded 001958. Kentuckians could also utilize the Tuition Grant, College Access Grant, Chafee Education Voucher, Educational Excellence Scholarship, Dual Credit Scholarship, and more.

Search through seven accredited departments that house 50+ close-knit, Catholic degrees placed 215th overall by Washington Monthly at the Brescia University website.

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