Bellevue is a private, non-profit university that was originally founded by Bill Brooks, a Bellevue, Nebraska Chamber of Commerce member, in 1966. The institution later became Bellevue University in 1994. In just over 10 years of its being founded, Bellevue was awarded full accreditation from the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools (NCACS). In addition to their full accreditation, Bellevue received specialized accreditation through the International Assembly for Collegiate Business Education (IACBE) for its business programs. In 1996, Bellevue was one of the first accredited universities to offer online degree programs and the very first to offer an online Masters of Business Administration degree.
Bellevue University offers classes for degree completion ranging from Bachelors level to Doctoral level and has a 100% admission rate due to their open enrollment status. With 12 locations in five states, including its main suburban, campus in Bellevue, Nebraska as well as classes worldwide through its online learning platform, students have a variety of options in which they can complete their degrees. Bellevue also accepts on the job and military training that count toward course credits in order to expedite the degree earning process for their students. For on campus students, the student to faculty ratio is 39:1 and 68.5% of classes have fewer than 20 students. With the option of accelerated degrees, some programs can be completed in as little as 16 months and a bachelor’s degree can be earned in as few as 3 years instead of the traditional 4. However, only 15% of undergraduate students receive their degree within 4 years.
Currently there are 9,942 students attending Bellevue. Of that number, 6,266 undergraduate and 3,676 are graduate students. Out of the undergraduate students, 80% are adults at the age of 25 or older. All students at Bellevue are offered a full service financial aid department as well as a database of scholarships their students can apply for in order to help with the cost of tuition. The costs of credit hours vary depending on the specific degree level and type being obtained. In addition to the financial aid department and available scholarships, there are three options available to students when it is time for them to pay for their credits:
Organizational tuition assistance
employee sponsored or deferred
Any combination of the above three options is acceptable. Around 70 percent of undergraduate students receive some kind of grant or scholarship aid and 65 percent take out Federal student loans.
In its over 40 years of existence, Bellevue has won a variety of awards for their teaching styles, leadership and innovation. In 2012 they were ranked number one by the U.S. News Top Online Education Program in the categories of both teaching practices and student engagement. Because of their innovative education programs, they were also the recipient of a National Center of Academic Excellence in Information Assurance Education award which remains in effect through 2017 by the National Security Agency (NSA) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS). From the start, Bellevue strove to follow its motto “real learning for real life” by effectively engaging students and instilling them with the skill sets needed to thrive in a globally connected world. As they continue this as their mission they have embedded a strong focus on quality and service, integrity and affordability.
North Central Association of Colleges and Schools, The Higher Learning Commission
Sector Of Institution:4-year, Private not-for-profit
Highest Level Of Offering:Doctor's degree
Adult Age Enrollments:8,649
Percent Admitted:Open Admissions
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