University of Louisiana--Lafayette

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PO Drawer 41008

Lafayette, LA 70504-1008

Phone: (337) 482-1000
2012-2013 Tuition
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University of Louisiana--Lafayette is a public institution that was founded in 1898. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,143, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 1,400 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. University of Louisiana--Lafayette's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, Tier 2. Its in-state tuition and fees are $5,374 (2012-13); out-of-state tuition and fees are $14,344 (2012-13).

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, the largest member of the University of Louisiana System, is a public institution of higher education offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. Within the Carnegie classification, UL Lafayette is designated as a Research University with high research activity. The University's academic programs are administered by the Colleges of, the Arts, Education, Engineering, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing & Allied Health Professions, B. I. Moody III College of Business Administration, Sciences, and the Graduate School. The University is dedicated to achieving excellence in undergraduate and graduate education, in research, and in public service. For undergraduate education, this commitment implies a fundamental subscription to general education, rooted in the primacy of the traditional liberal arts and sciences as the core around which all curricula are developed. The graduate programs seek to develop scholars who will variously advance knowledge, cultivate aesthetic sensibility, and improve the material conditions of humankind. The University reaffirms its historic commitment to diversity and integration. Thus, through instruction, research, and service, the University promotes regional economic and cultural development, explores solutions to national and world issues, and advances its reputation among its peers.

UL Lafayette is a national leader in computer science, environmental biology and nursing. Student-athletes - Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns - compete in NCAA Division I, the highest level of collegiate competition. UL Lafayette is located in a region known for extraordinary food, music, hospitality and joie de vivre that are hallmarks of its distinctive Cajun and Creole cultures.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a vibrant member of a culturally sophisticated community that has the intimate feel of a small town. On campus, students can view major art exhibits at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum, watch musical and theatrical performances, catch big name acts in the 12,000-seat Cajundome and support their favorite Ragin' Cajun sports teams. There are plenty of off-campus entertainment offerings, too. Downtown Lafayette, which is within walking distance of campus, features live music, art galleries and restaurants. Festivals abound in the area throughout the year; Mardi Gras reigns supreme. UL Lafayette students embody the spirit of the region's unique Cajun and Creole heritage. That means they work hard and play hard. They value family and respect each other's religious beliefs. They embrace diversity and treat strangers like family. Their compassion for others inspires public service. The seamless blend of campus and community creates a synergy that sets UL Lafayette apart from other universities.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1898
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting city
2012 Endowment $112,264,103


When applying to University of Louisiana--Lafayette, it's important to note the application deadline is rolling. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 10. The application fee at University of Louisiana--Lafayette is $25. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 60.4 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 60.4%
Application deadline rolling
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 10

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at University of Louisiana--Lafayette is 22:1, and the school has 29.7 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at University of Louisiana--Lafayette include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities; Education; Health Professions and Related Programs; and Engineering. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 74.5 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 22:1
4-year graduation rate 13%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 20%
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 16%
Education 13%
Health Professions and Related Programs 10%
Engineering 6%

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Student Life

University of Louisiana--Lafayette has a total undergraduate enrollment of 15,143, with a gender distribution of 43.3 percent male students and 56.7 percent female students. At this school, 17 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 83 percent of students live off campus. University of Louisiana--Lafayette is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 16,687
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

University of Louisiana--Lafayette offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. University of Louisiana--Lafayette also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at University of Louisiana--Lafayette.

Students who have cars on campus N/A
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At University of Louisiana--Lafayette, 56 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $6,184.

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In-state tuition and fees $5,374 (2012-13)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $14,344 (2012-13)
Room and board $8,362 (2012-13)
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