Barry University

Barry University is a private Catholic university in Miami Shores, Florida. Founded in 1940 by the Adrian Dominican Sisters.,[3] it is one of the largest Catholic universities in the Southeast and is within the territory of the Archdiocese of Miami.[4]

Barry University
Religious affiliation
Roman Catholic (Dominican)
Endowment$36.1 million[1]
PresidentMike Allen, PhD
Location, ,
United States

25°52′43.81″N 80°11′50.17″W
CampusUrban 122 acres (0.49 km2) main campus (3.5 km²)
ColorsRed, black, and silver
AthleticsNCAA Division IISunshine State
MascotBucky the Parrot

The university offers more than 100 degree programs, from bachelors to doctorate, in six schools and two colleges. Barry University has more than 7,000 students, a campus of 54 buildings, a branch campus in Tallahassee, a law school in Orlando, and 50,000 alumni.[5]



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."[3] 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.[5]

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,[7] 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, 2004–2019. Mike Allen, Ph.D. began his tenure as the seventh president of Barry University on July 1, 2019. He is the first man and lay person to lead Barry University since its founding in 1940. The motherhouse of the sisters is in Adrian, Michigan.[3]

Cor Jesu Chapel

The Cor Jesu ("Heart of Jesus") Chapel is intended to be the spiritual and physical heart of the campus.[8] 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."[9] The chapel is topped by an 80-foot (24 m) tower holding carillon chimes. It seats 500 persons.[8] 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."[8] A stained-glass window of amber color, containing the image of a Celtic cross, is visible from the main entrance of the campus.


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.[10] Barry University has a campus in Orlando containing the Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law[11] 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 more than 40 buildings at the Miami Shores campus. These contain technology laboratories and indoor and outdoor sporting facilities.[3]

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.[3]

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 12:1.[15]

Schools and colleges

Branch campus


Forbes's 2015 Ranking of America's Best Colleges ranked Barry University 615th on their list of America's Top Colleges.

Student activities


Barry University became a member of the Sunshine State Conference (SSC) in June 1988 and a member of NCAA Division II since 1984. The Buccaneers have won 16 NCAA Division II national championships (women's soccer 1989, 1992, 1993; volleyball 1995, 2001, 2004; men's golf 2007, 2013, 2014; men's tennis 2010, 2013, 2015; women's tennis 2011, 2014 and rowing 2015, 2016) and 65 SSC titles. The Bucs have produced 309 All-Americans and 361 Scholar All-Americans.

"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 women's volleyball."[17]

Student organizations

Barry University has more than 60 student organizations, two fraternities and one sorority, honor societies, and a 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.[18]

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."[19] Other programming includes sports shows, talk shows, and daily news.[19]

Campus ministry

Barry has a Department of Campus Ministry.[20] The sacraments of the Catholic Church are administered in accordance with the guidelines of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Miami.[20] Protestant and Catholic campus ministers are employed by the University. Protestant Communion is offered monthly in multi-faith services.[21]

Notable alumni

Name Class year Notability References
Juju Casteneda 2017 Television personality, businessperson [22]
Alexander Dinelaris Jr. Did not graduate Screenwriter, playwright, producer [23]
Alex Ferrer 1983 (B.P.S.) American television personality, lawyer, and retired judge who presided as the arbiter on Judge Alex [24]
Allyson Maynard Gibson 1975 Attorney General of The Bahamas [25]
David Johnson c.1990 Photographer [26]
Tyler Kinley Baseball player [27]
Shaquille O'Neal 2012 (Ed.D.) Former NBA player, rapper, actor, sports analyst [28]
Alberto Rojas Did not graduate Auxiliary Bishop and Episcopal Vicar for the Archdiocese of Chicago [29]
Joy Taylor 2009 Host of Skip and Shannon: Undisputed [30]
Saima Wazed Bangladesh National Advisory Committee on Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders, Member World Health Organization Expert Advisory Panel on Mental Health, Autism activist [31]

See also


  1. As of June 30, 2014. "U.S. and Canadian Institutions Listed by Fiscal Year 2009 Endowment Market Value and Percentage Change in Endowment Market Value from FY 2008 to FY 2009" (PDF). 2009 NACUBO-Commonfund Study of Endowments. National Association of College and University Business Officers. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2017-12-14. Retrieved February 11, 2010.
  2. "ACCU Member Institutions" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 March 2014. Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  3. "History and Legacy". Barry University. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  4. "About Barry : Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida". Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  5. Ground is broken for Florida's first Catholic college. Florida Catholic. January 2–15, 2009.
  6. Russett, Cynthia; Schier, Tracy, eds. (2003). Catholic Women's Colleges in America. JHU Press. p. 236. ISBN 9780801877667.
  7. Prioress-General, Adrian Dominican Sisters
  8. "Chapel".
  9. "Farrell".
  10. Barry University School of Adult and Continuing Education – Tallahassee Campus
  11. "Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law : Barry University". Retrieved 2017-09-20.
  12. "Library Services".
  13. "About Us: Law School Mission Statement", Dwayne O. Andreas School of Law, Barry University.
  14. "Page Not Found". Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  15. "Barry University Quick Facts".
  16. "ADSOE Programs Selected to Join Carnegie Project on Education Doctorate". Barry University. April 27, 2017. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  17. "Athletics".
  18. "Student Organizations Directory (A to Z)", Center for Student Involvement, Barry University.
  19. WBRY, Barry University Radio.
  20. "Campus Ministry". Barry University. Retrieved 2017-05-10.
  21. "Multi-Faith Services".
  22. "JuJu Announces She's Graduating With Her Masters". 5 December 2017.
  23. Wakefield, Rebecca (May 17, 2016). "Oscar-Winning Screenwriter Alex Dinelaris Returns to Barry". Barry University Magazine. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  24. "Distinguished Alumni Award Recipient". Barry University Alumni Relations. 2013. Retrieved December 18, 2016.
  25. "Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients". Retrieved January 11, 2015.
  26. Jones, Carolyn (2000-06-14). "The Glory Years / S.F. Fillmore District of the '40s and '50s revisited in photo exhibition". SFGate.
  27. Rodriguez, Juan C. (June 8, 2013). "Miami Marlins pick Barry University and Nova High School product Tyler Kinley in 16th round". South Florida Sun Sentinel. Retrieved March 24, 2018.
  28. Curry, Colleen (May 2, 2012). "Shaquille O'Neal Receives Doctorate Degree". ABC News. Retrieved May 7, 2012.
  29. Rodriguex-Soto, Ana (Fall 2011). "Barry Doctoral Candidate Named Chicago Bishop" (PDF). Veritas. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  30. "Events : Alumni Relations : Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida". Retrieved 18 June 2017.
  31. "Saima Wazed Putul gets Distinguished Alumni award from Barry University". Retrieved 11 February 2016.
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