About Sullivan

Sullivan University offers career-focused higher education for people with higher goals. We’ll help you choose a degree program, on campus or online. When you graduate, we’ll assist you in finding career opportunities.

Our Mission

Sullivan University is a private institution of higher learning dedicated to providing educational enrichment opportunities for the intellectual, social, and professional development of its students. The institution offers career-focused curricula with increasing rigor from the certificate through diploma, associate, bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degree levels. Throughout those curricula, the University seeks to promote development of critical thinking, effective verbal and written communication, computer literacy, and teamwork as well as an appreciation for life-long learning, cultural diversity and the expression of professionalism in all activities. At the graduate level, the University also seeks to promote a culture of research.

The Sullivan University faculty, staff, and administration believe that qualified individuals should have the opportunity to pursue formal academic training at the institution of their choice. We welcome those students who seek such educational challenges. The University provides a student-centered learning environment that facilitates students’ identification of their life goals and the means to achieve those goals. The University promotes a culture of teaching excellence throughout the institution which is augmented by a culture of research at the graduate level, and it also encourages faculty, students, administration and staff to participate in service activities and projects which enhance the quality of life in the local and surrounding communities. Upon completion of a program, the University provides employment assistance to graduates.

This mission is achieved by providing:

  • A stair-step curricular progression for students from certificate through diploma, to associate, to bachelor’s, to master’s, to doctoral degrees with credentials earned at each level;
  • Face-to-face, hybrid and online learning experiences in an environment enhanced by student services and activities outside the classroom that enable students to take advantage of their interests and abilities to develop teamwork and leadership capabilities;
  • Faculty members who possess educational, experiential and distance learning qualifications for the classes they teach and who emphasize the process of learning as well as the assimilation of knowledge and skills;
  • Equipment similar to that used in the professions for which the students are educated;
  • A technologically state-of-the-art university library whose books, periodicals, professional journals, electronic databases and e-journals adequately support the programs offered;
  • Undergraduate faculty who understand and use active, collaborative, experiential, and problem-based learning strategies while practicing in live, virtual, and blended environments; and graduate faculty who understand and use these learning strategies while also practicing in a scholarly research environment;
  • Professional and research oriented doctoral programs which especially express the university’s commitment to teaching excellence, scholarly research, distance learning, the application of knowledge, civic engagement and focused service to its various publics;
  • Graduates earn the privilege to review, audit, or retake any course they completed without additional tuition;
  • Career Services specialists to assist graduates with their job search at graduation and thereafter as requested throughout the graduates’ career.

Our History

1962

A. O. Sullivan and his son, A. R. Sullivan, recognize the need for an institution of higher education devoted to the highest ideals and standards in preparing people for successful careers. They found Sullivan Business College, a one-year school of business, to meet that need.

1972

Sullivan receives authority to award the associate degree.

1973

Bryant and Stratton Business College, whose history dated back to 1864, merges with Sullivan, giving the school a history of over a century of service to the people in the region.

1976

Sullivan makes a major move to its current main campus at the corner of the Watterson Expressway and Bardstown Road. It also changes its name to Sullivan Junior College of Business to better reflect its status as an accredited junior college.

1982

Sullivan opens its first extension campus on the military post at Ft. Knox, KY, serving the military and civilian population in the area.

1985

Sullivan continues its expansion with the opening of a branch campus in Lexington, KY.

1992

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools grants accreditation to Sullivan’s baccalaureate program, giving it the same baccalaureate accreditation as enjoyed by major colleges and universities in the 11-state southern region.

1994

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools extends Sullivan’s accreditation through the year 2006.

1999

The multi-million dollar Sullivan University Library and Learning Resource Center opens.  Sullivan acquires a new suburban campus in Lexington for the 1,000+ students attending the college there, and begins offering graduate degree classes at its Lexington campus. Sullivan University Online establishes an international presence.

2006

The Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools extends Sullivan’s accreditation through 2016.

2008

Sullivan University accepts its inaugural class of Doctor of Pharmacy (PharmD) students to provide career opportunities to students and to meet the growing need for pharmacists in the region. To accommodate this new program, an 80,000-square-foot building on nearly six acres adjacent to the Louisville campus was purchased, and a 20,000 square foot, three-story wing was added to meet the unique needs of pharmacy education.

2010

Sullivan University welcomes an inaugural class of 11 students to its first Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) program in Management. The degree allows students to concentrate some of their studies in Strategic Management, Information Technology (IT) Management, Conflict Management or Human Resource Leadership.

2014

In the summer of 2014, Sullivan University welcomes its inaugural class into the Master of Science Physician Assistant program.

2015

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges extends Sullivan’s accreditation through 2025.

2016

Sullivan expands to Eastern Kentucky and opens the Sullivan University Center for Learning in Louisa, KY, in an effort to provide educational opportunities and promote economic development in the region.

2016

Sullivan expands to Northern Kentucky and opens the Sullivan University Center for Learning in Ft. Mitchell, KY, in an effort to provide educational opportunities in the region.

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