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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

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About the University of Louisiana at Lafayette

University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a 4-year, public university, one of nine that make up the University of Louisiana system. The school was first established in 1898 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, and the first class of 100 students started attending courses in 1901. As of Fall 2011, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette had 16,885 students attending classes.


The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) comprises eight colleges: College of the Arts, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of General Studies, College of Liberal Arts, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, and the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences; two schools: the School of Geoscience and the School of Computing and Informatics; and a graduate school. There are 57 undergraduate degree programs with numerous concentration options, 20 master's degree programs, nine doctoral degree programs, and three graduate certificate programs available to students. UL Lafayette reports that class sizes range from ten to 200 students; however, the student-to-faculty ratio is 23 to 1, and students have the ability to pick, in some cases, what kind of class would best suit their learning needs.

The Edith Garland Dupré Library holds the research materials for the university. Along with the one million bound and two million microfilm holdings, the library has special collections including U.S. and Louisiana government publications, materials pertaining to the history and culture of Acadiana or French Louisiana, university archives, Acadiana manuscripts, and a rare book collection. The library also holds a Cajun and Creole music collection and recordings of commercial Creole, zydeco, Cajun, and swamp popular music.

The school is home to the Center for Louisiana and Deep South Studies, the Center for Cultural and Eco-Tourism, and the Louisiana Center for Health Informatics. The school's Ragin' Cajuns NCAA Division I sports teams include football, baseball, basketball, track and field, golf, tennis, volleyball, and soccer. Students can participate in more than 150 extracurricular clubs and activities.


The deadline for undergraduate applications for summer admission is April 30; for fall admission, applications must be submitted by June 30; and for spring admission, applications must be submitted by November 30 of the year before. Students apply directly through the university using the school's own online application. There is a $25 application fee, and late applications are subject to an additional $25 fee.

Prospective students must submit either their SAT or ACT scores as well as their high school transcripts, proof of immunization, and - for male students - proof of registration for selective service. Homeschooled and out-of-state applicants are subject to admission requirements that are slightly more rigorous than those for in-state students who have completed a traditional high school program. Guaranteed admission is determined using ACT or SAT scores, high school GPA, and course completion. UL Lafayette accepts CLEP and AP credits, although some limitations may apply.

In Fall 2011, 15,321 of the 16,885 students were undergraduates, and 1,564 were graduate students. In-state residents made up 96% of the undergraduate student body. Most undergraduate students enrolled full-time, and 83% of undergraduates were under the age of 24. The student population was 57% female and 43% male. White students made up the greatest part of the student population, at 70%; Black or African American students made up 21%, Hispanic and Latino students made up 3%, and Asian and non-resident alien students made up 2% each. Students who chose not to report their race or ethnicity made up 1% of the student population, the same percentage as the number of students who reported identifying with two or more races or ethnicities. Slightly more than half of enrolled graduate students attended full-time.

Tuition & Financial Aid

For the 2012-2013 school year, in-state students can expect to pay $14,936 for tuition, fees, room, board, books, and supplies. Out-of-state students should expect to pay $23,906. There are scholarships available to entering freshmen based on high school performance and scholarships offered by departments or colleges on campus; current and transfer students may also be eligible for certain scholarships. Students can also apply for out-of-state fee waivers if they meet certain academic or achievement-related qualifications.

All unmarried full-time undergraduate students are required to live on-campus as long as space allows. Since space is limited, students whose families reside nearby, are married or single custodial parents, are age 21 or older, or have earned at least 30 credit hours are typically exempt from this housing requirement; full-time freshmen must live on-campus or apply for exemption from the policy. The school offers female-only and co-ed residence halls, student apartments, and family housing options.

School Type 4-year, public*
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificate, and doctoral degrees (research and scholarship)*
Religious Affiliation None*
Academic Calendar Semesters**
School Setting Midsize city*
Student Body 15,321 undergraduates and 1,564 graduates in Fall 2011*
Student Housing One single-sex residence hall for women; five co-ed residence halls; two apartment complexes (includes family housing)**
Schools and Programs Eight colleges and two schools offering 57 undergraduate degree programs; one graduate school offering 20 master's degree programs, nine doctoral degree programs, and three graduate certificate programs**
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1*
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010-2011:
Bachelor's: General Studies (335)
Master's: Business Administration and Management (57)
Doctorate: Ecology, Evolution, Systematic and Population Biology, and English Language and Literature (tied with 5 each)*
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 13% in four years
42% in six years
48% in eight years*
Admission Rate 66% in Fall 2011*
Entering Class Size 2,954 in Fall 2010***
First-Year Retention Rates 74% for full-time students, 38% for part-time students*
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students Middle 50% composite ACT score: 20-24 in 2011*
Application Due Date Summer: April 30 in the year of desired admission; Fall: June 30 in the year of desired admission; Spring: November 30 in the year prior to that of desired admission**
Tuition and Fees 2012-2013 In-state: $5,374; out-of-state $14,344; international $14,480**
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Students Receiving It) In 2010-2011 for full-time first-year undergraduates: Federal grants (38%), state and local grants or scholarships (80%), institutional grants or scholarships (30%), federal loans (33%)*
Percent of Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 90% of full-time first-year undergraduates in 2010-2011*

Sources: *College Navigator, National Center for Education Statistics, **University of Louisiana Lafayette, ***IPEDS Data Center, National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, P.O. Box 41210, Lafayette, LA 70504
  • Phone: (337) 482-6467
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