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Barry University

Barry University
Seal of Barry University
Established 1940
Type Private
Affiliation Roman Catholic (Dominicans)
Endowment $25.1 million[1]
President Sr Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD
Students 3,000~
Location Miami Shores, Florida, USA
Campus Urban 122 acres (0.49 km2) main campus (3.5 km²)
Colors Red, black, and silver
Athletics NCAA Division II
Sunshine State Conference
Nickname Buccaneers
Mascot Bucky the Parrot

Barry University is a private, Catholic university that was founded in 1940 in Miami Shores, Florida, United States, a suburb north of Downtown Miami. It is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast.[3]

Barry offers business, nursing, health sciences, teacher education, and liberal arts programs. It currently has more than 4,000 students, a campus of 54 buildings, and 40,000 alumni.[4] Student to faculty ratio is 14:1.[5]


  • History 1
    • Beginnings 1.1
    • Presidents 1.2
    • Cor Jesu Chapel 1.3
  • Facilities 2
    • Expansion 2.1
  • Academics 3
    • Barry University's mission 3.1
    • Evaluation 3.2
  • Student activities 4
    • Athletics 4.1
    • Student organizations 4.2
    • Student media 4.3
  • Notable alumni 5
  • See also 6
  • Footnotes 7
  • External links 8



Barry College was founded as a women's college by a pair of siblings: Rev. Patrick Barry, Bishop of St. Augustine, and his sister Rev. Mother Mary Gerald Barry, OP, then prioress of the Adrian Dominican Sisters.[6] The construction of what was then the Barry College for Women began in 1940, in what had previously been "a tract of tropical vegetation."[7] The empty lot was soon transformed into the main campus, in Miami Shores, FL. The original campus consisted of five buildings. Mother Barry served as president from 1940-1961.[4]

Barry College became Barry University on November 13, 1981. Barry University continues to be sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Adrian, Michigan. It is an independent 501(c) (3) organization and has an independent Board of Trustees.


The university has had six Adrian Dominican Sisters serve as president since its inception: Mother M. Gerald Barry,[8] 1940-61; Mother M. Genevieve Weber, 1962–63; Sister M. Dorothy Browne, 1963–74; Sister M. Trinita Flood, 1974–81; Sister Jeanne O'Laughlin, 1981–2004; and Sister Linda Bevilacqua, OP, PhD, 2004–present. The motherhouse of the sisters is in Adrian, Michigan.[7]

Cor Jesu Chapel

Cor Jesu Chapel

The Cor Jesu ("Heart of Jesus") Chapel is intended to be the spiritual and physical heart of the campus.[9] It was financed with the aid of Margaret Brady Farrell, a parishioner of St. Patrick's Church in Miami Beach. Soon after discovering that the construction of the Cor Jesu was postponed due to insufficient funds, Farrel donated all the funds needed for completion the chapel's construction. In her honor, the Division of Business and Finance building was dedicated as "Farrell House."[10] The chapel is topped by an 80-foot (24 m) tower holding carillon chimes. It seats 500 persons.[9] Traces of Romanesque architecture can be seen in the inside of the chapel which "was built in choir style with wood wainscoting and a canopy over the altar."[9] A stained-glass window of amber color, containing the image of a Celtic cross, is visible from the main entrance of the campus.


Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library

Barry University's main campus is in Miami Shores, Florida. While the main campus is in Miami Shores, Barry University offers several continuing adult education classes at other locations in Florida.[11] Barry University has a campus in Orlando containing the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law and a campus in Saint Petersburg that has the second branch of its Physician Assistant Program. Barry University also has a campus on the island of St. Croix where a third branch of its Physician Assistant Program is located.

There are 40 buildings at the Miami Shores campus. These contain technology laboratories and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.[7]

The Monsignor William Barry Memorial Library contains more than 710,000 items, including 2,600 periodical titles, 5,000 audiovisual items, 150 electronic databases, and an "excellent Catholic American collection."[12] The library also contains a collection of documents pertaining to Operation Pedro Pan.[12]


While Barry University is primarily a liberal arts college, the university has expanded its programs of study to include specialized programs in nursing, teacher education, medical technology, and social work.

Barry began graduate programs for men and women in 1954, a continuing education program in 1974, a school of business in 1976, a division of biological and biomedical sciences in 1983, and a school of podiatric medicine in fall 1985.[7]

In 1999, the Barry University School of Law was established in Orlando, Florida. Barry University's law school is named the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law.[13]


Barry University offers more than 60 traditional undergraduate programs, accelerated bachelor's programs designed specifically for working adults, and more than 50 graduate programs (many of these with evening/weekend classes)[14] in 9 schools. Student to faculty ratio is 14:1.[5]

Barry University's mission

Barry's mission is as follows:[5]

  • Knowledge and Truth
  • Social Justice
  • Inclusive Community
  • Collaborative Service

Students are expected to:

  • "Embrace the intellectual life through study, research and reflection as a means to contribute to the advancement of knowledge and to the refinement of the human spirit."[15]
  • "Understand the value of seeking a personal response to the presence of God in their lives."[15]
  • "Reflect on the fundamental questions of human experience and study the responses to these questions proposed by the liberal arts and sciences."[16]
  • "Pursue continued spiritual, intellectual, physical, and professional growth and development."[15]
  • "Demonstrate concern for all individuals in an atmosphere where Gospel values prevail, where people care for and about one another, where diversity is embraced, where individuals are nourished."[15]
  • "Assume responsibility in religious, social, economic, environmental, and political affairs as a means of effecting needed change in the Dominican tradition of activist justice."[15]


In its 2011 edition of America's Best Colleges, U.S. News & World Report Barry University remained as unranked for academic quality and as a second-tier university.[17]

Student activities

Bucky the Parrot


Barry University became a member of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) in June 1988.

"The SSC sponsors championships in 14 sports for men and women: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women's golf, rowing, men’s and women's soccer, softball, men’s and women’s tennis, and volleyball."[18]

"Sunshine State Conference teams have won NCAA Division II national championships in baseball, men’s basketball, men’s and women’s golf, men’s and women’s soccer, softball, volleyball, and men’s and women’s tennis. SSC teams are also nationally recognized in rowing."[19]

Furthermore, the athletics department at Barry University follows the university's mission in "acknowledges the presence of God through wholesome and clean competition, comradeship among participants, good sportsmanship, and equality of opportunity exclusive of one's sex, race, or religious affiliation. A caring environment is provided by assuring the academic, physical, and emotional well-being of our student-athletes through the leadership provided by a well-qualified teaching/professional staff, academic support services, comprehensive health care and coverage, and safe playing and practice conditions."[18]

Student organizations

Landon Student Union

Barry has many student organizations, fraternities and sororities, and honor societies, including student government.

Student media

The Barry Buccaneer is the student newspaper, ranging from 8 to 16 pages and published at the first of every month starting in September and ending in May. The Buccaneer serves as a laboratory for journalism minors. All work, including writing, editing, advertising and design, is completed by students.[20]

WBRY is Barry University's student-run campus radio station and is broadcast on 1640 AM. Student DJs play "all kinds of music, from hip hop to classic rock, classical music to inner city blues."[21] Other programming includes sports shows, talk shows, and daily news.[21]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Allyson Maynard Gibson 1975 Attorney General of The Bahamas [22]
Alexander Hannett 2007, 2009 Bronze Stevie for Marketer of the Year at 2014 Stevie Awards [23]
Shaquille O'Neal 2012 (Ed.D.) Former NBA player, rapper, actor, sports analyst [24]

See also


  1. ^ As of June 30, 2009.
  2. ^ ACCU Member Institutions
  3. ^ About Barry — Overview
  4. ^ a b
  5. ^ a b c
  6. ^
  7. ^ a b c d
  8. ^ Prioress-General, Adrian Dominican Sisters
  9. ^ a b c
  10. ^
  11. ^ Barry University School of Adult and Continuing Education – Tallahassee Campus
  12. ^ a b
  13. ^ "About Us: Law School Mission Statement", Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University.
  14. ^ [1]
  15. ^ a b c d e [2]
  16. ^ History and Legacy.
  17. ^ Rankings, US News.
  18. ^ a b
  19. ^
  20. ^ "Student Organizations Directory (A to Z)", Center for Student Involvement, Barry University.
  21. ^ a b WBRY, Barry University Radio.
  22. ^
  23. ^
  24. ^

External links

  • Official website
  • Official athletics website
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