The University of Louisiana at Lafayette was established in 1898 as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, though classes started only in 1901. Over the next 100 years, new buildings were added, curriculum was expanded, and master’s degree programs were introduced. In the light of all these changes, the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute changed its name to University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
As of 2010, the university has more than 15,000 students enrolled in the 115 undergraduate and 28 master degree programs that it offers. It is the only college in the South that offers a doctoral degree in cognitive science. University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the best colleges in the United States according to a 2011 Forbes study.
The university is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. It is also a member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and has been ranked as a high research activity university by the Carnegie Foundation. All programs at the university are accredited by corresponding authorities.
There are a total of ten colleges and schools at University of Louisiana at Lafayette:
College of the Arts
B.I. Moody III College of Business
College of Education
College of Engineering
College of General Studies
College of Liberal Arts
College of Nursing
Ray P. Authement College of Sciences
Students can also enroll in distance and online learning programs. Most programs are hybrid programs requiring at least 20% to 25% of lessons to be completed through regular or evening classes. Distance learning programs are available in business administration, family studies, nursing, education, and management.
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Students can apply for the spring and fall sessions. University of Louisiana at Lafayette also offers summer programs each year. Students can complete the online application form by paying a nominal application fee. Here are specific admission requirements:
In state students can get guaranteed admission if they meet the following criteria –
should have a minimum GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
an ACT score of 24 or an SAT score of 1090 in critical reading and math.
In addition to this, no remedial courses must be required and students should have completed Louisiana Board of Regents High School Core 4 curriculum before applying for admission.
The same conditions apply for out of state students with the exception of SAT scores, which must be higher than 1170.
Students who do not meet the above listed requirements must provide a detailed personal statement and all high school transcripts or GED scores. Students from non accredited schools are also required to provide a personal statement.
Transfer students should have completed college English and college Algebra courses. Additionally, they must also have an associate degree from a regionally accredited college. In absence of an associate degree, a minimum 24 credit hours are required with a 2.5 GPA.
Dual Enrollment Students
High school students who have completed their junior year of college can earn college credit through the dual enrollment program if they have completed the Louisiana Board of Regents High School Core 4 curriculum and a high school GPA of 2.75. ACT scores are also required.
The High School Dual Enrollment application can be obtained from University College and does not have an online application form.
Students applying to graduate programs at University of Louisiana at Lafayette must include all educational transcripts. All programs require GRE scores, except the MBA program for which GMAT scores should be submitted. Students must also include three recommendation letters and documents of work experience (if any) along with their application.
International students must provide proof of English proficiency (TOEFL).
Federal financial aid is available in the form of Federal Pell Grants, Federal Supplemental Education Opportunity Grant, Work Study Programs, Perkins Loans, Stafford Loans, and Direct PLUS Loans. To be eligible for federal aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid at FAFSA.
Apart from federal aid, multiple institutional scholarships are also available. Most scholarships are awarded by the specific school you are enrolled in. All scholarships are very competitive and a minimum GPA of 3.25 is required to apply.
University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a member of the Taylor Opportunity Program for Students, which is a state scholarship program.
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University of Louisiana at Lafayette has five residence halls and three apartment style housing facilities. Apartments are available for upperclassmen and married students.
All rooms are equipped with wireless internet and lobby areas have vending machines and kitchenettes. All apartments are fully furnished units with private bathrooms and full kitchens.
Dining facilities are available for resident students and commuters at Cane Break Cafeteria and Café de Lafayette. Meal plans can be purchased at Lafayette Dining.
Student life at the university is a rich mix of academics and peer-to-peer communication, facilitated by numerous student clubs and organizations. There are a total of 20 Greek fraternities at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, including Delta Sigma Theta, Lambda Chi Alpha, and Phi Kappa Theta. Other student clubs include religious organizations, service organizations and student government association.
Since 1904, the college has been publishing a weekly newspaper called the Vermilion. It works in conjunction with the Lafayette Daily Advertiser.
Every year, the Bayou Bijou film festival is organized at the university campus bringing movies from across the world to a common platform.
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Athletic teams at University of Louisiana at Lafayette are called the Ragin’ Cajuns and play in the official school colors of vermilion and Evangeline white. The Cajuns are members of the National Collegiate Athletic Association and play in the Sun Belt Conference.
Men’s sports include:
Track and field
Women teams play basketball and tennis. The university has an athletic complex that is designed to be a practice and training area for varsity teams. The complex has a weight training room and an equipment room.
James Lee Burke, writer
Albert Crews, NASA astronaut
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