Spalding University is a private, co-educational university in Louisville, Kentucky affiliated with the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. It is the oldest Catholic university in the United States west of the Allegheny Mountains.
Spalding University is the oldest Catholic university west of the Alleghenies. It traces its roots back to 1814 and the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth. It was named after Mother Catherine Spalding, foundress of the Sisters. The school has its origins in Nazareth Academy, located in Nelson County near Bardstown, Kentucky. In 1829 the legislature of the Commonwealth of Kentucky granted the school a charter allowing the school to confer varying degrees. In 1920, the Sisters opened Nazareth College in Louisville, Kentucky's first, four-year, Catholic college for women. The Louisville and Nazareth campuses merged. In 1969, the school was renamed Spalding College and in 1971 all instructional activity was moved to the Louisville campus. In 1973, Spalding College became co-educational and an independent college in the Catholic tradition open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. In 1984, Spalding College became Spalding University.
Spalding University is a diverse community of learners dedicated to meeting the needs of the times in the tradition of the Sisters of Charity of Nazareth through quality undergraduate and graduate liberal and professional studies, grounded in spiritual values, with emphasis on service and the promotion of peace and justice.