As the longest-standing provider of higher education in Daviess County, Brescia University is as much a part of the fiber of the Greater Owensboro community as barbeque and bluegrass music. Brescia’s roots extend back to 1926 when it first formed as the Mount Saint Joseph College for women, and it has been a member of the flourishing downtown community since 1948 when Owensboro’s leaders asked the school to “come to town” in order to serve the educational needs of veterans returning from WWII. For over 90 years, Brescia University has been providing educational opportunities for those for those whoe might otherwise have none.
Recognized as the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce 2015 Business of the Year (Education and Workforce Development), the University celebrated a landmark enrollment year with over 1,100 students calling Brescia home during the 2014-2015 school year.
Brescia University is a leader and pioneer in the delivery of online education. BUonline empowers students who want to learn by providing them the opportunity to do so in a format that fits their individual needs. Over 15 degree options are available at the certificate, associate, bachelor and master levels.
Brescia University’s excellence is not going unnoticed. In 2014-15, BUonline garnered five top rankings, including: Top College for Online Associate Degree Program, Top Online Psychology Degree, Top Online Accounting Degree and Best Online College in Kentucky for 2015 from the Affordable College Foundation. Brescia University was also named the Best Online Bachelor of Social Work (BSW): Students Before Profits Award from Nonprofit Colleges Online.
The award-winning momentum does not stop with the online programs. Brescia University was named A Best College in the Southeast (Princeton Review), Best Regional College in the South (U.S. News World Report) and 2015 Best Value School. Brescia University was also named a 2015 College of Distinction and was the only school in Kentucky to be named a 2015 Catholic College of Distinction.
There could not be a more exciting time for Brescia University as it kicks off the “Campaign for Brescia University: Gateway to Our Second Century,” a $10 million capital campaign. The campaign will fund significant renovations to the Campus Center and the construction of a new “Signature Building” to be located on the corner of 9th and Frederica Streets. The projects will serve to address enrollment growth, meet the needs of modern day learners, and will give a new face to the University as well as a new landmark entrance to downtown Owensboro.
“The future is bright in this community because of Brescia University,” says the Honorable Al Mattingly, class of 1969, Daviess County Judge Executive. “The future is bright because of the students who have attended the college and received a liberal arts education. I can tell you today, that I have every confidence in the world that the future of our children and our children’s children will be brighter than the future we experienced all because of institutions like Brescia and the opportunity to gain an education that is unparalleled throughout this state, throughout this nation and, dare I say, throughout the world.”
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