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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
  • Graduate School
  • University College
  • 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:

    Undergraduate Admissions

    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

    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.

    Graduate Admissions

    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).

    Financial Aid

    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.

    Student Financial Aid Details

    Ranks 5261st for the average student loan amount.
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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.

    Student Enrollment Demographics

    Student Graduation Demographics


    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:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Track and field
  • Volleyball
  • 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
  • Dud Lastrapes, former mayor Lafayette
  • Bibliography

    • University of Louisiana at Lafayette. University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Web. June 14, 2011.
    • Ragin’ Cajuns. Ragin’ Cajuns. Web. June 14, 2011.

    Information Summary

    Ranks 16th in Louisiana and 1000th overall
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    Campus Crime Statistics

    Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 360th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
      Incidents per 100 Students
    Aggravated assault 9 0.05
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
    Rape 1 0.01
    Robbery 5 0.03
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 21 0.12
    Larceny N/A N/A
    Vehicle theft 4 0.02
    Arrest 35 0.21

    Local Crime Statistics

      Incidents per 100 People
    Aggravated assault 590 0.48
    Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 6 0.00
    Forcible Rape 15 0.01
    Robbery 232 0.19
    Arson N/A N/A
    Burglary 1,194 0.98
    Larceny 5,040 4.14
    Vehicle theft 277 0.23

    Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

    Reported area around or near Lafayette, LA 70503
    Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
    Total Population24,327 (24,327 urban / N/A rural)
    Households9,072 (2.49 people per house)
    Median Household Income$49,068
    Families6,079 (3.05 people per family)

    Carnegie Foundation Classification

    Research Universities (high research activity)
    UndergraduateProfessions plus arts & sciences, some graduate coexistence
    GraduateSTEM dominant
    Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, selective, lower transfer-in
    EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
    Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily nonresidential

    General Characteristics

    Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
    Highest offeringDoctoral degree
    Calendar SystemSemester
    Years of college work requiredN/A
    Variable Tuition
    Religious AffiliationN/A
    Congressional District2203

    Special Learning Opportunities

    Distance LearningN/A
    ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
    Study Abroad
    Weekend College
    Teacher Certification

    Student Tuition Costs and Fees

    Ranks 1402nd for total cost of attendance
      In District In State Out of State
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,469 $4,469 $14,019
    FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,723 $1,723 $1,723
    PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $258 $258 $656
    FT Graduate Tuition $4,554 $4,554 $14,104
    FT Graduate Required Fees $2,070 $2,070 $2,070
    PT Graduate per Credit Hour $368 $368 $899
    Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $19,035 $19,035 $28,585
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $21,791 $21,791 $31,341
    Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $11,018 $11,018 $20,568

    Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

    Prior year cost comparison
      In District In State Out of State
    Published Tuition & Fees $4,864 $5,374 $4,864 $5,374 $13,486 $14,344
      Cost (regardless of residency)
    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
    On-Campus – Room & Board $5,080 $8,362
    On-Campus – Other Expenses $3,130 $3,161
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,236 $8,642
    Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,792 $3,815
    Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,792 $3,815

    Admission Details

    Effective as of 2014-09-19
    Application Fee RequiredN/A
    Undergraduate Application Fee$25
    Graduate Application Fee$25
    First Professional Application FeeN/A
    Applicants 8,506 (3,576 male / 4,930 female)
    Admitted 5,044 (2,218 male / 2,826 female)
    Admission rate 59%
    First-time Enrollment 2,693 (1,251 male / 1,442 female)
    FT Enrollment 2,679 (1,245 male / 1,434 female)
    PT Enrollment 14 (6 male / 8 female)
    Total Enrollment16,646

    Admission Criteria

     = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
    Open Admissions
    Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
    College Prep. Completion
    Formal competency demoN/A
    Admission test scores
    Other testsN/A

    Admission Credits Accepted

    Dual Credit
    Life Experience
    Advanced Placement (AP)

    Athletics - Association Memberships

    Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
    NCAA Football Conference Sun Belt Conference
    NCAA Basketball Conference Sun Belt Conference
    NCAA Baseball Conference Sun Belt Conference
    NCAA Track & Field Conference Sun Belt Conference

    ACT Test Admission

    696th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting ACT results 97%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 26
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 25
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 21 / 25

    SAT Test Admission

    1338th for 75pctl scores
    Applicants submitting SAT results 6%
    Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 0 / 0
    Math scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600
    Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 490 / 600

    Student Services

    Remedial Services
    Academic / Career Counseling
    PT Cost-defraying Employment
    Career Placement
    On-Campus Day Care
    Library Facility

    Student Living

    First-time Room / Board Required
    Dorm Capacity2,942
    Meals per Week19
    Room Fee$5,396
    Board Fee$3,198

    Faculty Compensation / Salaries

    Ranks 1413th for the average full-time faculty salary.
    Effective as of 2014-09-20
    Tenure system N/A
    Average FT Salary $68,973 ($77,174 male / $59,262 female)
    Number of FT Faculty 605 (337 male / 268 female)
    Number of PT Faculty 752
    FT Faculty Ratio 0.8 : 1
    Total Benefits $1,339,491
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