Barry University

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School Overview

Founded in 1940, Barry University is a privately owned and operated Roman Catholic higher education institution located in Miami Shores, Florida, just north of Downtown Miami. Barry University is a member of the Archdiocese of Miami, a particular church within the Roman Catholic faith.

Barry University offers a large selection of undergraduate bachelor degree programs in more than 60 fields of study including business, teacher education, nursing, health sciences and liberal arts. Barry has a total annual enrollment of 9,000 or more students, a faculty and staff of nearly 900, 40,000 alumni, a student-to-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 and a spacious campus with 54 buildings.

The mission at Barry University is to seek truth and knowledge, social justice, collaborative service and inclusive community. Students are expected to seek academic excellence, develop a relationship with God, reflect on the “human experience”, continually persue intellectual, spiritual, physical and professional growth, demonstrate concern for others and seek social justice.


Barry University offers over 60 undergraduate degree programs and accelerated bachelor’s degrees that were designed with working adults in mind. The university also offers over 50 graduate degree programs. Most programs at Barry can be completed during the day, in the evening or on weekends. The university offers programs and courses through 9 academic schools, including the School of Business, School of Education, School of Nursing, School of Adult and Continuing Education, School of Human Performance and Leisure Sciences, School of Arts and Sciences, School of Natural and Health Sciences, School of Social Work, Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and School of Podiatric Medicine.

Eventhough Barry University has historically focused on liberal arts education, today it offers specialized programs of study in teacher education, nursing, social work and medical technology.


Barry University was established in 1940 as the Barry College for Women, a higher education institution exclusively for women. The university started out with only 5 buildings, a far cry from the 54 it has today. It was named after Mother Mary Gerald Barry, the school’s first president. She served as president for 21 years. In 1981, the institution’s name was changed to Barry University, to reflect its new status as a four-year university.

Since its inception the university has had six sisters Catholic religious institute of Adrian Dominican sisters serve as president. These include the Mother Gerald Barry, who the school was named after. Mother M. Genevieve Weber, who served for just one year following Mother Barry in 1962. Following Sister Weber, Sister Dorothy Browne was selected as president and she served for eleven years (1963 through 1974). In 1974, Sister M. Trinita Flood, became president of the institution. In 1981, Sister Jeanne O’Laughlin replaced Sister Flood as president. O’Laughlin served as president from ’81 through 2004. The university’s current president, who has served since 2004, is Sister Linda Bevilacqua.

Since its inception the university has been primarily a liberal arts college but over the years it has expanded its offering to include specialized and professional oriented programs in nursing, education, social work and medical technology. In 1954, the university launched its first graduate program and in the late 1970’s it expanded its offering with a school of business and a continuing education program. During mid the 1980’s it opened a school of podiatric medicine and a division of biomedical and biological sciences.

Just around the turn of the century, the Barry University established the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law at its Orlando, Florida campus.

One of the most well known landmarks on campus is the Cor Jesu Chapel (“Heart of Jesus”). This building is said to be the physical and spiritual heart of the Barry University campus. It took several years to complete the construction of the Cor Jesu Chapel. Shortly after construction of the chapel commended it was haulted due to insufficient funds. When Margaret Brady Farrell, a wealthy catholic parishioner, discovered that construction of the chapel had been postponed, she donated the funds needed to complete construction the chapel. In honor of Ms. Farrell the university named its Finance building the “Farrell House”. The Cor Jesu chapel can hold about 500 people and has an 80-foot bell tower. With amber stained glass windows, choir style woodword, Romanesque architecture and a large canopy astride the altar, the Cor Jesu Chapel is truly a work of art.

Student Activities, Housing and Organizations

Athletics is an integral part of student life at Barry University. In June 1988, Barry joined the Sunshine State Conference (SSC), which sponsors 14 men’s and women’s sports, including baseball, basketball, cross country, soccer, tennis, softball, rowing, golf, and volleyball.

While athelitics is very important at Barry University, good sportmanship is tantamount. In fact, part of the university’s mission is to “acknowledge the presence of God through wholesome and clean competition…and good sportsmanship.”

About 15% (1,250) of university students live in on-campus residence halls. Two of the oldest halls, Kolasa and Benincasa, can each house about 170 students. The university’s newest and largest hall, Dominican Hall, build in 2012, can house almost 250 students. Barry has 6 other on-campus residence halls that together house an additional 650 students.

There are several student organizations, clubs, honors societies, fraternities and sororities on campus. Some of the more popular student organizations include student government and The Barry Buccaneer, the university’s student run newspaper. The Buccaneer is published monthly throughout the academic school year and is typically 10 to 15 pages in length. All aspects of the paper, including design, layout, writing, editing and advertising are preformed by the students (mostly journalism majors and minors).

Another popular on-campus organization is the student-run radio station, WBRY, which is broadcast on the local 1640 AM station. Students are resposible for organizing and carrying out all on-air programming at WBRY, including music, talk shows, sports shows and news reports.

On-campus Facilities

In addition to the university’s main campus located just north of Downtown Miami, in Miami Shores, the Barry University has several other learning centers offering adult education classes, courses and programs throughout Florida. Barry’s Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law is located on a campus in Orlando and division the school’s Physician Assistant Program is housed on another campus in St. Petersburg.

Barry University has 40 buildings on its main campus in Miami Shores and 14 more at its other campus locations. Buildings at its main campus include computer laboratories, technology laboratories, libraries, residence halls, classrooms, administrative offices, auditoriums and athletic facilities.

Well known buildings on the main campus include the Cor Jesu Chapel and the Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library. While not as large as libraries at other universities, the Memorial Library at Barry University offers an extensive selection of more than 700,000 literary works including 2,700 periodicals, 150 electronic databases, 5,000 audiovisuals and a collection of Catholic American literary items. The library also houses one of the few collections relating to Operation Pedro Pan, the codename for a CIA project in which cuban children were sent from Cuba to Miami to protect them from harmful policies instigated by Fidel Castro’s communist regime.

General Information

Admission Office

11300 Northeast Second Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695

(305) 899-3100

(800) 695-2279

Fax: (305) 899-2971

Contact: Magda Castineyra

Director of Undergraduate Admissions
Main Address

11300 NE Second Avenue

Miami Shores, FL 33161-6695

(305) 899-3000

Total undergrads: 5,050

First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 586

Degree-seeking undergrads: 4,963

Graduate enrollment: 2,540


Suburban setting

Large town (10,000 – 49,999)

Residential campus

Degrees offered:
First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $30

Online application fee: Reduced fee (not specified)

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 62%

Tuition & Fees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
Tuition and fees $24,752 $25,500 $26,400 $27,200 +3.03%
Books and Supplies $800 $1,000 $1,000 $1,000 0.00%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $8,200 $8,600 $8,740 $9,000 +2.97%
Other $4,300 $2,400 $2,600 $2,850 +9.62%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-’09 2009-’10 2010-’11 2011-’12 % change 2010-’12
In-state On Campus $38,052 $37,500 $38,740 $40,050 +3.38%
In-state Off Campus $25,552 $26,500 $27,400 $28,200 +2.92%
In-state with Family $25,552 $26,500 $27,400 $28,200 +2.92%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $15,750
In-state Student Fees $0
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $15,750
Out-of-state Student Fees $0

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 576 99%
Grant or scholarship aid 576 99% $10,235,546 $17,770
• Federal grants 315 54% $1,580,102 $5,016
• Pell grants 272 47% $1,022,042 $3,758
• Other Federal grants 312 53% $558,060 $1,789
Local and state government scholarships or grants 290 50% $1,269,209 $4,377
Institutional scholarships or grants 574 98% $7,386,235 $12,868
Student loans 416 71% $2,992,880 $7,194
• Federal student loans 412 71% $2,476,816 $6,012
• Other student loans 50 9% $516,064 $10,321

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS DOC/PHD AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1326 851 348 44
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 73 132
Anatomy 2
Biological and Biomedical Sciences, Other 129
Biology/biological Sciences, General 73 1
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 270 97
Accounting 8 5
Business Administration and Management, General 227 75
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other 1
Business/corporate Communications
Finance, General 18
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 16
International Business/trade/commerce 6
Marketing/marketing Management, General 4
Sales, Distribution, and Marketing Operations, General 7
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 25
Advertising 7
Mass Communication/media Studies
Public Relations/image Management 8
Radio and Television 7
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 3
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 75 15
Computer and Information Sciences, General 4
Computer Science 2
Information Science/studies 15
Information Technology 69
Education 70 92 24 39
Computer Teacher Education 6
Curriculum and Instruction 1 1
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 12
Education, Other 27 28
Educational Administration and Supervision, Other 13 23
Elementary Education and Teaching 42 5 5
Higher Education/higher Education Administration
Montessori Teacher Education 6
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 3
Reading Teacher Education 19 5
Special Education and Teaching, Other 13 16
English Language and Literature/letters 9
English Language and Literature, General 9
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 3
French Language and Literature 1
Spanish Language and Literature 2
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 307 218 68
Athletic Training/trainer 26
Cardiovascular Technology/technologist 9
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/sonographer and Ultrasound Technician 10
Family Practice Nurse/nursing 12
Health/health Care Administration/management 73 32
Nuclear Medical Technology/technologist 13
Nurse Anesthetist 56
Nursing Administration 5 16
Occupational Therapy/therapist 25
Physician Assistant 67
Podiatric Medicine/podiatry 52
Practical Nursing, Vocational Nursing and Nursing Assistants, Other 15
Public Health, General 6
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 176
History 5
History, General 5
Human Services, General 114 189 4
Public Administration 98 61
Social Work 16 128 4
Legal Studies, General 18 242
Law 242
Legal Professions and Studies, Other 12
Pre-law Studies 6
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 228 1
General Studies 3
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other 225
Liberal Arts and Sciences/liberal Studies 1
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Mathematics, General 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 1
Environmental Science 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 14 16
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 14 16
Physical Sciences 13 26
Chemistry, General 13
Physical Sciences, Other 26
Psychology 21 51 5 5
Clinical Psychology 10
Counseling Psychology 33 5 3
Psychology, General 21 2
School Psychology 6 2
Social Sciences 31
Criminology 13
Economics, General 1
Political Science and Government, General 15
Sociology 2
Theology and Religious Vocations 4 12 5
Divinity/ministry 5
Pastoral Studies/counseling 3
Theology/theological Studies 4 9
Visual and Performing Arts 44 2
Art/art Studies, General 15
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 4
Music, General 11
Photography 14 2
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Photography B,C

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B
Public Relations B
Radio/Television B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B
Computer/Information Sciences – General B
Information Technology B


Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Physical Education B
Special Education B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
Cardiovascular Technology B
Clinical Laboratory Science B
Cytotechnology B
Diagnostic Medical Sonography B
Health System Administration B,C
Nuclear Medical Technology B
Nursing (RN) B
Predentistry B
Premedicine B
Prepharmacy B
Preveterinary Medicine B


History – General B

Law & Legal Studies

Law & Legal Studies – General B
Prelaw B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Exercise Sciences B
Health/Physical Fitness B
Sport/Fitness Administration B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Public Administration B,C
Social Work B

Social Sciences

Criminology B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Theological Studies & Religious Vocations

Theology B,C

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor’s degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Barry University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (800) 756-6000
Type of School: 4-year, Private non-profit
Apply Online:
Address: 11300 NE 2nd Ave, Miami, FL 33161-6695
Setting: Suburb: Large
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 7,401
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 35%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 12 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 6,193 (84% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $30,014
Out-of-state Tuition: $30,014
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 100%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $25,034

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Barry University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Barry University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 24
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 652
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 52
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 141
Education 45113
English Language and Literature/Letters 1
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 1
Health Professions and Related Programs 7102
History 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 1
Legal Professions and Studies 22
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 22
Mathematics and Statistics 1
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 32
Philosophy and Religious Studies 1
Physical Sciences 11
Psychology 4162
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 221
Social Sciences 3
Theology and Religious Vocations 12
Visual and Performing Arts 41
Grand total 9555110

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Barry University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $30,014
Out-of-state $30,014
Books and supplies $1,500

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $17,910
Out-of-state $17,910

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 638 100%
Grant or scholarship aid 638 100% $25,034
Student loan aid 474 74% $6,491

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 2,815 81% $19,221
Federal student loans 1,915 55% $7,601

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Barry University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Barry University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 10,602 3,494 7,108
Percent admitted 100% 46% 54%
Percent admitted who enrolled 7% 6% 7%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Barry University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 7,401
Undergraduate enrollment 3,747
Graduate enrollment 3,654

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Barry University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • American Bar Association, Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar
    • Law (LAW) - Professional schools
  • American Occupational Therapy Association, Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education
    • Occupational Therapy (OTM) - Programs leading to a Master's Degree
  • American Podiatric Medical Association, Council on Podiatric Medical Education
    • Podiatry (POD) - Colleges of podiatric medicine, including first-professional and graduate degree programs
  • Commission on Accrediting of the Association of Theological Schools
    • Theology (THEOL) - Freestanding schools, as well as programs affiliated with larger institutions, offering graduate professional education for ministry and graduate study of theology
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the baccalaureate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNURED) - Nursing education programs at the graduate degree levels
    • Nursing (CNDNP) - Nursing education programs at the doctorate degree levels
  • Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs
    • Nurse Anesthesia (ANEST) - Institutions and programs at the master's degree, post master's certificate or doctoral degree levels
  • Montessori Accreditation Council for Teacher Education
    • Montessori Education (MONTE) - Montessori teacher education programs and institutions

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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