The University of Louisville is a public university that was founded in 1798. The campus is located in Louisville, which is the largest city in the state of Kentucky with a population of about 600,000. The U of L has an enrollment of about 16,000 undergraduates and 6,400 postgraduates. Their school motto is “It’s Happening Here” and their school colors are red, black, yellow and grey.
The University of Louisville is credited with many firsts in the medical field including; transplants for the hand and the heart, a vaccine for cervical cancer, the ambulance, the emergency room (ER), and a blood bank. The U of L is one of the best and fastest growing medical research universities in the United States. Overall, the university ranks just outside of the top 150 among national universities according to a U.S. News & World Report.
Louisville sports teams are known as the Louisville Cardinals – they currently field 21 varsity sports teams. The Louisville Cardinals began competing in the ACC Conference for the first time in 2014 after spending the previous 8 years in the Big East Conference. The Louisville Cardinals are the only school to appear in a Final Four (men and women’s basketball), compete in college baseball World Series, and win a BCS Bowl Game in the same year. Their biggest rivalry is with the University of Kentucky, and it has become one of the top rivalries in college basketball. Despite the success in numerous sports, Louisville is most famous for its men’s basketball program. The men’s basketball team has competed in 10 Final Fours and won 3 national championships, the most recent being in 2013.
Famous Louisville Cardinals
- Diane Sawyer – News anchor and television host.
- Johnny Unitas – NFL Hall of Fame Quarterback with the Baltimore Colts (now Indianapolis Colts).
- Tom Jackson – Former NFL football player with the Denver Broncos and current sports broadcaster at ESPN.
- Jay Gruden – Current coach of the Washington Redskins.
- Rick Pitino – Current men’s basketball coach who has won multiple national championships at different schools. He is arguably the most famous person currently at the University.