The University of Louisville offers a variety of degree programs and is known for its engineering and business departments. The University also offers several academic tracks that combine undergraduate and graduate studies into five-year programs—the Speed School of Engineering has several—or guarantee entrance into graduate programs, such as the Guaranteed Entrance to Medical School (GEMS). Admission into these programs is competitive, but staying in them is even more difficult—they are academically rigorous but worth it because of the edge participants acquire. There is also an honors program, which offers smaller, more-focused classes in almost every field, as well as honors seminars, some of which culminate in a trip to the country being studied. Past seminars have taken students to Greece, India, and China. Students who struggle in these or any programs at UL are supported by REACH (Resources for Academic Achievement), which offers tutoring and innovative supplemental instruction for many general education and major-specific courses. The Writing Center offers free assistance with papers and projects.
Academically, U of L is what you make of it, but students often say they feel supported and challenged in their studies. It is certainly possible to float by while learning little and not doing much work if you choose an easy major and do not apply yourself, but students who want to grow certainly have the opportunity. The only caveat is that you need to be self-motivated. If you want to learn, you have to spend extra time with your studies—professors won’t force you to learn, but most will provide endless help to enthusiastic students.