Barry U, Leading Center for Education in Florida

51ֿ Why Barry?

At Barry, our top priority is providing you with a high quality education in an environment conducive to your growth as a student and future professional. Our programs are designed to give you a solid foundation in the major of your choice. Beyond the fundamentals, we give you the tools to expand your knowledge, actively engage with the material, and hone critical thinking skills to expand your horizons.

In addition to sharpening your skills in the classroom setting, we want to assist in making use of your talents beyond the books. There are many opportunities to make use of your practical knowledge on and off campus. Get involved in labs, competitions, volunteer opportunities, and discussions that will maximize the benefits of your education with us.

Our curriculum works for you, opening the door to make your passion your profession.

About 51ֿ

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    Liberal Arts Education

    Our Liberal Arts curriculum gives students a well-rounded education with hands-on learning, real-world internship experiences and access to professors who are knowledgeable and accomplished in their fields. We offer all the resources you need to turn your curiosities and passions into a life-long career. We want to lead you to the top of your chosen field, where quality of life and a great salary come with the territory.

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    Experiential Learning

    Here, you’ll earn more than college credits — you’ll also learn through relevant experiences. We offer study abroad programs, service-learning, and internships that bring your education outside of the classroom. Our emphasis on hands-on learning techniques broadens perspectives and offers real-life enrichment.
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    Miami, Fl

    Miami's diverse population, thriving industries, and international focus make it an ideal place to earn your degree. Your academic advisor and the on-campus career center will help you identify the local internships and networking opportunities that best fit your degree plan. Plus, being only a few miles from the beaches, shops, and numerous attractions that the city offers means that you'll never be at a loss for something to do when you're in the mood for some off-campus fun with your friends.
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    In addition to the main campus in Miami Shores and the School of Law in Orlando, 51ֿ offers many classes at locations throughout Florida. If you are returning to school to enhance your career development, you'll find many programs designed with working professionals in mind. Additional program groups are offered online and in the Bahamas.

51ֿ Mission & Core Commitments

A Catholic institution of higher education, 51ֿ was founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters. Grounded in the liberal arts tradition, we are a scholarly community committed to the highest academic standards in undergraduate, graduate, and professional education.

In the Catholic intellectual tradition, integration of study, reflection, and action inform the intellectual life. Faithful to this tradition, a Barry education and university experience foster individual and communal transformation where learning leads to knowledge

and truth, reflection leads to informed action, and a commitment to social justice leads to collaborative service.

51ֿ provides opportunities for affirming our Catholic identity, Dominican heritage, and collegiate traditions. Catholic beliefs and values are enriched by ecumenical and interfaith dialogue. Through worship and ritual, we celebrate our religious identity while remaining a University community where all are welcome.

Catholic intellectual and religious traditions guide us in the fulfillment of our mission. The mission and values of the Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as the inspiration for our core commitments.

Core Commitments

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    Knowledge and Truth

    Barry promotes and supports intellectual life, emphasizing life-long learning, growth and development. The University pursues scholarly and critical analysis of fundamental questions of the human experience. In the pursuit of truth, the University advances development of solutions that promote the common good and a more humane and just society.
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    Inclusive Community

    Barry is a global, inclusive community characterized by interdependence, dignity and equality, compassion and respect for self and others. Embracing a global world view, the University nurtures and values cultural, social and intellectual diversity, and welcomes faculty, staff, and students of all faith traditions.
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    Social Justice

    Barry expects all members of our community to accept social responsibility to foster peace and nonviolence, to strive for equality, to recognize the sacredness of Earth, and to engage in meaningful efforts toward social change. The University promotes social justice through teaching, research and service.
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    Collaborative Service

    Barry is committed to serving local and global communities through collaborative and mutually productive partnerships. The University accepts responsibility to engage with communities to pursue systemic, self-sustaining solutions to human, social, economic and environmental problems.

Giving Back & Community Service

At Barry, you'll make an impact on our community by participating in a service project that matters to you — like a beach cleanup or the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. Explore the many opportunities for community engagement at our Center for Community Services Initiatives (CCSI). CCSI organizes, coordinates, and promotes community engagement activities and plays a major role in promoting personal and social responsibility through experiential learning.

51ֿ Student Achievement

Barry graduates are well-prepared to achieve their personal and professional goals thanks to our innovative application of impactful educational practices. There is no limit to where you may find yourself working, from a non-profit organization to a high-tech company, or even a prestigious art institution.

Community, faculty support, and thoughtful curriculum design are all factors that add to your success. With our high graduate employment rate, you’ll find the career and salary you’re aiming for once you head into the workforce. Throughout your education, you will receive guidance on setting the right goals so that you can aim and succeed accordingly.


Whether you are looking for an Undergraduate or Graduate program, or an Adult Learner’s program, we have a wide variety of subjects for you to explore. Uncover your passions and explore careers that maximize your talents. No matter your level of education, we provide each and every student with the support and career services you need to design a future that works for you.

Barry's smaller class sizes, personalized attention, and 15-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio adds greatly to the learning process. But what you absorb in class is only part of what you'll learn. Real world hands-on internships, performances, exhibits, and community interaction — they round out the practicable application of your knowledge, revealing a more useful perspective.

Academics Undergraduate

Choosing a fulfilling career path takes assessment, self-examination, and perseverance. Your education at Barry starts with one of the more than 50 undergraduate majors in virtually every field, from Fine Arts to Physics. Whether you plan to study marine biology, business, education, nursing or communication, you'll find a stimulating environment and exchange of ideas.

Our undergraduate programs provide small classroom sizes, quality experiential learning, and plenty of support and guidance from our faculty and staff. On campus, you will find a network of engaged and curious learners, future collaborators, and people and ideas to challenge you to rise to the top of your field.

Find the right academic program for you

Academics Graduate

Explore our more than 50 impressive, and oftentimes unique, graduate programs, including specialist, master's, and doctoral degrees.

You can grow in the medical field, business world, or both with some of our dual degree programs. If you’re interested in a law degree, find out about our esteemed Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law in Orlando, Florida.

Our School of Podiatric Medicine boasts the highest percentage of women and minority students of any podiatric medical school in the U.S. and a career in podiatric medicine offers a great salary and work-life balance.

If a school in the Bahamas is a better fit, we have a graduate education program in the Caribbean.

The possibilities are endless.

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Academics Adult Learners

Nearly half of enrolled U.S. college students are adult/non-traditional learners, ages 21 and up. Adult learners can pursue the completion of their undergraduate degrees at Barr University. Students are empowered to become the architects of their own learning experience with accelerated seven-week terms.

Our programs are flexible and offer career-driven curricula that celebrate life experience and professional knowledge.Completing a degree or obtaining certification can open the door to a future with more earning potential and personal fulfillment. Expand your career and horizons today.

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Quality Education Faculty

At Barry, you’ll always have personalized attention thanks to our low, 15:1 student-faculty ratio. Our professors are able to offer students personalized attention and guidance. Nobody gets lost in the shuffle! Our faculty’s achievements are impressive. More than 80% hold Ph.D.s and many have been honored with prestigious awards, including being named Fulbright Scholars. Grants and fellowships allow them to conduct critical research — oftentimes assisted by students.

Beyond each instructor’s area of expertise, our faculty is also committed to promoting equality, social justice, altruism, diversity, and humility. At Barry, we are also committed to helping you become an engaged citizen. By creating an environment where you develop your character in addition to your intellect, you can become effective at making the most amount of impact in your community outside the classroom.


51ֿ is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award baccalaureate, masters, specialist and doctoral degrees.

Questions about the accreditation of 51ֿ may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website ().

Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)

Academic Achievements & Honors Program

Are you interested in a deeply rigorous curriculum and a more competitive learning environment?

Find out more about our Honors Program, which challenges, enriches, and supports especially motivated students to reach their fullest potentials.

If you are selected, you will enjoy smaller classes with fewer lectures and more discussions, individualized study with a senior honors thesis, hands-on learning, plus up to $5,000 per year from the Honors Program scholarship.

Contact the Office of Financial Aid to determine your eligibility.

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Campus Life

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Simply put Barry is beautiful and lush. Palm trees spot our lawns and offer shade from the warm sun. You're sure to find the perfect place to perch and study — all year round — on campus grounds.

We are located steps of picturesque beaches, plenty of outdoors activities and the excitement entertainment and culture for which Miami is known.

You'll be immersed in it all — both in making new connections on campus, and in the wider community through collaborative service projects and by forging you endeavors in the Magic City.

Campus Life General Information

’s R. Kirk Landon Student Union is a one-stop shop for a diverse range of student services. There, you can secure everything from textbooks and ID cards, personal counseling and health checkups, food, friends, and fitness, and everything in between.

Take advantage of our campus wireless internet, our flexible dining plans, and the many rec areas, like our Penafort Pool, Outdoor Racquet Sports Complex, Landon Fitness Center, and the Miller Studio for yoga, aerobics, and more. Take a Virtual Campus Tour to explore our campus and facilities!

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Living on campus at Barry, you’ll find a home away from home. We have multiple residence options, from simple on-campus suites to traditional off-campus apartments.

You’ll find an accepting, supportive community instantly when you take advantage of campus living and find joy and new friendships with events like Battle of the Halls, Earth Day, and Casino Night.

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Campus life Events

Join in on our traditions to deepen your connection with our history and with our community. Barry has many ceremonies and annual events that keep the year flowing and keep us linked to our past, present and future. These include immersive, exciting activities during our Weeks of Welcome, like a Labor Day Pool Party, Comedy Slam, and plenty of chances to cheer at Buccaneer games.

Year round, artistically talented students present plays, operas, arts exhibitions, musical and dance performances. Annual events include our Nun Run, when you can dress like a nun and, well, run for charity. There's also Make a Difference Day, to support social justice efforts and work with grassroots community organizations, and Founder's Week Community Fest, to celebrate our history and enjoy a wild ride with a bed race.

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We Buccaneers are serious about sports.

Our championship is one of the most competitive in the . We’re also a member of the with 12 varsity teams.

We have men’s baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, and tennis, and women's basketball, golf, rowing, soccer, softball, tennis, and volleyball.Barry's coaches have claimed 50 Sunshine State Conference Coach of the Year awards and eight National Coach of the Year awards.


51ֿ History

In June 1940, a 40-acre tract of lush, tropical vegetation in Miami Shores was transformed into one of the leading educational institutions in South Florida, now known as 51ֿ.

It was founded as a women’s college by siblings — the Most Reverend Patrick Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine, and Reverend Mother M. Gerald Barry, prioress General of the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan — and supported by Reverend Monsignor William Barry and Mayor of Miami Shores John Graves Thompson.

The campus has since expanded to more than 122 acres and 17 locations throughout Florida, including seven colleges and schools with numerous liberal arts and professional disciplines. In the Dominican tradition, Barry has always offered a supportive atmosphere, intellectual excellence, and an 800-year tradition of truth-seeking and dedication to service.

Today, the 51ֿ community includes nearly 9,000 students, served by more than 2,100 administrators, faculty members, and support staff. The beautiful 122-acre campus includes 54 buildings and indoor and outdoor athletic facilities.

51ֿ Dominican History

51ֿ is sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan, an international congregation of more than 800 with roots that go back to St. Dominic in the 13th century.

This dynamic religious order emphasizes study, contemplation, preaching, and community. Sisters enjoy a vibrant spirituality, rigorous academic pursuits, and a strong commitment to make the world a more just place.

Open to the faith perspectives of all, our Catholic, Dominican foundation will add insight and depth to your experience by calling on us to create an educational environment that is caring, recognizes each person's gifts, and incorporates the religious dimension and community service into daily life.

51ֿ Jennifer Boyd Pugh

Jennifer Boyd-Pugh '94 Alumni

Why you should study at Barry?

“Barry provides more than just a quality education. The University promotes social, cultural and Dominican values and experiences, and I'm proud to share these traditions with my family.”

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