Brescia University

Brescia University is a private non-profit four-year Catholic coeducational university situated in Owensboro, Kentucky. It has a proud religious and liberal arts heritage and it is dedicated to meeting the academic needs of a diverse group of students. It values every student and pays particular attention to individuality and faculty and staff strive to get to know students on a personal level. Its mission is to provide educational and moral excellence in a learning environment that is centered on students. Brescia University offers undergraduate and graduate programs that encourage students to lead successful and rewarding careers and lives while providing service to others. It also represents the Ursuline core values of community, service, leadership, and justice and looks to inspire students to adopt these values.

Brescia University

Brescia University offers online programs through its STARS (Success Track for Adults Returning to School) division. The online programs enable students to complete their programs on a flexible and convenient basis. Instructors with advanced degrees and extensive experience in their fields teach courses. The online programs include degree completion programs in psychology, integrated studies, and social work and theology; associate degrees in business, liberal arts, and human services; post-bachelor certificate in accounting; and a Master of Science degree in accounting. General education courses are also available online. The online learning platform includes a user-friendly interface with a news forum, syllabus, assignments, lectures, study resources, activities, quizzes, chats, discussion forums, and resources. Students also have access to school resources such as the bookstore and library. The platform also features a Help Center that is available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year to provide technical support to online students.

The Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph founded Brescia University in 1950 as Brescia College. It began operating as a four-year college in 1951 and became Brescia University in 1998. Today, Brescia University educates nearly 700 students.


The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools accredits Brescia University.

Schools Of Education

Division of Fine Arts: offers students opportunities to enhance their talents and improve their appreciation for theatre and music. Offers bachelor’s degree programs in art with various concentrations, graphic design, art education, and a minor program in music.

The Humanities Division: enables students to explore history, literature, language, ministry, theology, law, and philosophy. Offers bachelor’s degrees, minors, and pre-professional programs. Also sponsors various student organizations and clubs.

Division of Mathematics and Natural Sciences: provides students with a strong knowledge base and opportunities to develop problem solving, leadership, communication, and technological skills. Offers associate degree, bachelor degree, post-bachelor certificate, pre-professional, and minor programs in various fields such as engineering studies, biology, chemistry, mathematics, medical technology, pharmacy, veterinary science, and physics.

School of Education: strives to prepare students to become ethical teaching professionals. Offers bachelor’s degree and master’s degree programs in various areas such as art education, elementary education, middle school education, special education, teacher leadership, interdisciplinary early childhood education, and biology with secondary teacher certification.

Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences: provides the general education requirements and offers programs at the associate degree, bachelor degree, pre-professional, and minor level in human services, political science, social work, law, psychology, women’s studies, and social studies.

William H. Thompson School of Business: offers programs that prepare students with the necessary knowledge and skills to become leaders in a constantly changing global business field. Offers associate degree, bachelor’s degree, post-bachelor, master’s degree, and minor programs in business, business administration, accounting, finance/economic, and management.

Scholarships Offered

Brescia University offers a variety of scholarships including the Joseph D. Moore Presidential Scholars Program, Trustees Scholarship, Ursuline Scholarship, Merici Scholarship, Founders Scholarship, Achievement Grant, Catholic Connection Grant, Talent Grant Program, KCTC Graduate Grant, Brescia University Incentive Grant, and Alumni Discount Grant. It also offers contributed and endowed scholarships.

Financing Options

Brescia University participates in various federal financial aid programs including the Federal Pell Grant, Federal PLUS Loan, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant, Federal Perkins Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Subsidized Loan, Federal Direct Stafford Unsubsidized Loan, and Federal Work Study Program. It also participates in state programs such as the Kentucky Tuition Grant, College Access Program, Kentucky Educational Excellence Scholarship, Robert C. Bryd Honors Scholarship, and KHEAA Teacher Scholarship Program. The school offers the Brescia University Work Study, Brescia University Loan Program, and payment plans.

Credit Earning Options

Brescia University grants credit for previously completed coursework at other accredited postsecondary institutions. Students are able to receive up to 67 credit hours from community and junior colleges and an unlimited amount of credits from four-year institutions. All transfer coursework must have earned a grade of a C or better. The university also grants credits for the College Level Examination Program and military experiences. All students seeking transfer credit must submit official transcripts and other supporting documents such as course descriptions.