Located in the rich Cajun cultural center of Lafayette, Louisiana, the Ragin' Cajuns® are proud of their commitment to study and research southern Louisiana culture as well as many other academic areas. Approximately 17,000 students attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) on a 1,500-acre campus spotted with live oak trees and Spanish moss. The school is divided into nine colleges, the College of Applied Sciences; the College of the Arts; the College of Education; the College of Engineering; the College of General Studies; the College of Liberal Arts; the College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions; the College of Sciences; and the College of Business Administration. There are also numerous graduate programs, including the first North American graduate degree in francophone studies. UL Lafayette also features a large continuing education program, which includes a popular petroleum training service program. The continuing education department at UL Lafayette enrolls over 14,000 students per year.
UL Lafayette specializes in applied research that solves real-world problems. In recent years, advances in robotics and solar power design have been developed at the school. In 2009, faculty at the school attracted the third highest amount of funding from the National Science Foundation among Louisiana's 16 public, four-year universities. Recently, the university opened the Cecil J. Pickard Center for Child Development and Lifelong Learning, bringing together faculty from a diverse range of fields to study important community based issues such as public health and education.
Community service is an integral part of academic life; in 2009, students at UL Lafayette performed over 540,000 service hours in the local community. Top programs at the school include Louisiana arts, culture, and heritage programs and research; computing and smart systems development; nursing and health care systems; and environment, energy, and economics.
The UL Lafayette Ragin' Cajuns are members of the NCAA Division I program, and participate in the Sun Belt Conference. The school competes nationally in ten sports, including baseball, basketball, football, track and field, soccer, and volleyball. Students are also invited to participate in over 20 different recreational and intramural sports hosted on campus.
Financial Aid and Scholarships
UL Lafayette was named the most affordable university in Louisiana by the U.S. Department of Education's College Affordability and Transparency List. The Louisiana TOPS program offers full or partial scholarships to Louisiana residents who achieve high scores on their ACT and have performed well in high school. There are also numerous scholarships available directly from the school.
US News and World Report ranked UL Lafayette as one of the Best Colleges of 2014 among 281 top national universities. The school also ranked 4th in the U.S. for Social Mobility by Washington Monthly and was named one of the Best 378 Colleges in 2014 by the Princeton Review.
UL Lafayette provides a variety of options for students who live on-campus. There is one all-female residence hall, Harris, for those who do not wish to live in a co-ed dorm. There are also five co-ed dorms that offer suite-style living and include private bathrooms. There is one university sponsored apartment style building, offering full living rooms and kitchens to upperclassmen. Family housing is also available on campus.
Lafayette, LA 70504-1210
Fax: (337) 482-1112
Contact: Leroy Broussard
Director of Admissions
PO Drawer 41008
Lafayette, LA 70504
Total undergrads: 14,806
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 2,629
Degree-seeking undergrads: 14,240
Graduate enrollment: 1,514
College has an application fee: Yes
Regular application fee: $25
Online application fee: $25
Percent applicants admitted: 68%
Percent students who return sophomore year: 74%
Agriculture & Related Sciences
Agriculture – General B
Architecture & Related Programs
Arts, Visual & Performing
Art – General B
Biological & Biomedical Sciences
Business, Management, & Marketing
Communications & Journalism
Computer & Information Sciences
Computer Science B
Agricultural Education B
Chemical Engineering B
Industrial Technology B
Family & Consumer Sciences
Human Development/Family Studies B
Foreign Language & Literature
Foreign Language & Literature – General B
Health Professions & Clinical Sciences
Athletic Training/Sports Medicine B
History – General B
Liberal Arts & Sciences
General Studies A,B
Mathematics – General B
Natural Resources & Conservation
Land Use Planning B
Philosophy & Religion
Psychology – General B
Security & Protective Services
Criminal Justice Studies B
Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:
B = Bachelor's degree
C = Certificate or diploma
*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.