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BRESCIA UNIVERSITY Latitude and Longitude:

37°46′8.22″N 87°6′43.47″W / 37.7689500°N 87.1120750°W / 37.7689500; -87.1120750

Brescia University
Former names
Mount Saint Joseph Junior College for Women
Affiliation Catholic Church ( Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph)
PresidentRev. Larry Hostetter
Students1,298 [1]
Undergraduates1,261 [1]
Postgraduates37 [1]
Location, ,
United States
Athletics NAIARSC
Nickname Bearcats
Affiliations ACCU

Brescia University is a coeducational Catholic university in Owensboro, Kentucky, United States. Founded as a junior college for women, it is now a coeducational university offering undergraduate and master's programs.


Brescia University traces its roots to Mount Saint Joseph Junior College for Women founded in 1925 by the Ursuline Sisters of Mount Saint Joseph at Maple Mount, a rural area outside Owensboro. Coeducational extension courses were started at Owensboro and eventually grew into its own campus. After World War II the two campuses were consolidated, thus becoming fully co-educational. In 1951, it was renamed Brescia College, after the Italian city of Brescia where Saint Angela Merici founded the original order. [2] It attained university status in 1998 with the addition of Master's degree programs in Management, and Curriculum and Instruction. [3]


Brescia University boasts a number of on campus clubs and organizations, most notably the Student Activities Program Board (SAPB). SAPB sends members annually to the NACA Mid America Regional conference that brings in Activities Programming Board members from colleges across Michigan, Indiana, Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky, and Illinois. Notable acts brought out of NACA include Five Times August and Cary Judd.

Notable alumnus


Brescia University teams are known as the Bearcats. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), primarily competing in the River States Conference (RSC). Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis and track & field; while women's sports include basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, softball, tennis, track & field and volleyball.


  1. ^ a b c As of fall 2016. "Student headcount by level: All independent institutions (2006-16)" (PDF). Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education. Commonwealth of Kentucky. Retrieved 4 March 2018.
  2. ^ About Brescia
  3. ^ Campbell, Joy (2007-05-29). "A New Leader - Brescia's next president wants to build on university's tradition". Kentucky Community and Technical College System. Retrieved 2007-05-29.

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