University of Louisiana – Monroe (ULM) was founded in 1931. This public institution is located on an urban campus on 238 acres in Monroe, Louisiana. It was listed as one of the best regional universities in the South in the U.S News 2011 edition of Best Colleges.
The different departments offered at the University of Louisiana – Monroe include: Arts and Sciences, Business Administration, Education and Human Development, Health Sciences, Pharmacy, and Graduate Studies. Out of all of the majors offered at this institution the most popular majors of graduating students in 2009 were: General studies; Pharmaceutics and drug design; Nursing and registered nurse training; and Psychology. The U.S. News 2011 edition of Best Colleges ranked the Education School, Pharmacy, and Speech-Language Pathology programs among the best grad schools.
ULM offers an Honors Program for students demonstrating high academic achievement. All of the Honors classes are small and can have as little as five students, allowing for more group discussions than larger classes. After students complete the Honors Core curriculum they are then able to decide between three different certificates including: Honors in the Major, Honors in the University, or Honors in the College. These students are also able to attend local, regional, and national conferences allowing them to meet honors students across the nation. Honors Scholarships are offered to students pursuing one of the Honors certificates on a competitive basis after they have completed their first semester. In order for students to graduate from this program they must have completed all of the requirements and have a minimum GPA of 3.5 by their junior year.
The Graduate School allows students to receive the following types of degrees: Doctor of Education, Doctor of Philosophy, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Arts, Master of Science and Master of Education. Students enrolled in the Graduate School may be eligible to hold an assistantship allowing these students to be assistants in both academic and non-academic departments on-campus. In order to apply to be a graduate assistant, students must submit an application and three recommendation letters to the department they are interested in doing the assistantship for. Students are required to work 20 hours a week under the supervision of a faculty or staff member. Also graduate assistants have the opportunity to have their full tuition and out-of-state fees waived.
There are also various Certificates, Associate Degrees, Bachelor Degrees, Master Degrees, and Doctorates awarded to students through a fully online program known as ULM GOLD. This program was established for adults who attended college but never found the time to finish. Classes are all available online in a 4, 8, or 16-week format. All students are able to take some online classes but there are online classes only offered to students in the ULM GOLD program.
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Students interested in applying as an undergraduate student must submit an Application for Admission, an application fee, official ACT scores, official high school transcripts or GED scores, official college transcripts from all previously attended institutions (if applicable) and a Proof of Immunization form to the Office of Recruitment & Admissions.
Transfer students who have completed a two-year degree program do not need to send in their official high school transcripts or GED scores.
International students must additionally have all transcripts translated to English and the transcripts must describe all of the academic courses completed by the student. Transcripts must be submitted to ULM International Admissions as well as the student’s TOEFL or IELTS scores if their native language is not English. If international students do not achieve the minimum acceptable score in either test they will have to take an ESL program before they can enroll. Lastly these students must also submit the Statement of Financial Banking with a sponsor’s signature in order to prove the international student will be able to finance their education.
Honors Program Admissions:
Students interested in applying to the Honors Program can do so as incoming freshmen, ULM freshmen, or first semester sophomores. In order to apply students must submit their ACT scores, a brief statement, three letters of recommendation, and high school transcripts. After a student has been admitted to the program there is a small nonrefundable admission fee.
Students interested in the applying for admission to the graduate school must submit a Graduate School Application, an application fee, and their GRE or GMAT scores to the Graduate School. After two weeks students will receive a letter explaining their enrollment status and indicating required documents needed to complete the admissions process.
The Institutional Scholarships are based on academic achievement and these scholarships include: President Distinguished, Academic Excellence, and Academic Recognition. Students are found to be eligible for these scholarships based on their application for admission. The ULM Foundation, which is funded by friends and alumni of ULM, offers various scholarships for a variety of majors.
Students enrolled at a public college or university in Louisiana may be eligible to receive a TOPS award. The different TOPS awards available include: the TOPS Opportunity Award, the Performance Award, and the Honors Award. Out-of-state students may be eligible for an out-of-state waiver if the student demonstrates high academic achievement through their GPA and standardized test scores.
Students demonstrating talents in dance, music, art, and theatre may be eligible to receive a grant from the School of Visual and Performing Arts. Performance based scholarships may also be rewarded for students showing talent in athletics and spirit groups.
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Most students live off-campus but a small percentage of students do live on-campus. Students who live on-campus must maintain a GPA of 2.0 or higher. Housing is available for upper classmen, scholars, and lower classmen. All students living on campus must purchase a meal plan. Students interested in living on campus must submit an application, a nonrefundable application fee, and a nonrefundable room reservation fee. No student, even of legal age, is able to drink alcohol on campus.
Sororities offered at ULM include: Zeta Phi Beta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Phi Mu, Kappa Delta, Delta Sigma Theta, and Alpha Omicron Pi.
Fraternities offered at ULM include: Pi Kappa Alpha, Phi Beta Sigma, Omega Psi Phi, Kappa Sigma, Kappa Alpha Psi, Kappa Alpha Order, Iota Phi Theta, Delta Sigma Phi, and Alpha Phi Alpha.
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The athletic program is a member of the NCAA Division I and Sun Belt Conference. Their sports teams are known as the Warhawks and the school colors are maroon and gold. The various athletic teams offered include: baseball, men’s and women’s basketball, cross country, football, men’s and women’s golf, women’s soccer, softball, track and field, women’s tennis, and volleyball.
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- ULM Warhawks. 2011. ULM at Monroe. 5 June 2011 <http://www.ulmwarhawks.com/>.