About Sullivan

Sullivan University is Kentucky’s largest private college or university, offering 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 the 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 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 that enhance the quality of life in the local and surrounding communities. Upon completion of a program, the university provides employment assistance to graduates.

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 base 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.