Lamar University

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Lamar University, located in Beaumont, Texas, USA, is a comprehensive, public, coeducational research institution offering bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. The Carnegie Commission on Higher Education classifies it as a Doctoral Research University. LU is also a member of the Texas State University System and has been since 1995. Previously it was the flagship institution of the old Lamar University System. The school had en enrollment of 13,773 students as of Spring 2012.

Lamar University has many distinctions which set it apart from other universities. To name a few, LU is one of only 10 colleges across the nation to be named by the Chronicle of Higher Education for the Great Colleges to Work for Honor Roll in 2009. In 2010, Lamar was chosen to be a member of the Gulf Project, a coalition of policy experts, scientists, and researchers who are working to protect Texas' environment and economy in case of a disaster like the Deepwater Horizon explosion in the Gulf of Mexico. In addition to these distinctions, Lamar University is characterized y the U.S. News and World Report as a National University. It is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

General Information

Admission Office
Box 10009
Beaumont, TX 77705
(409) 880-8888
Fax: (409) 880-8463

Contact: James Rush
Director of Academic Services
Main Address
Lamar University Station
Beaumont, TX 77710
(409) 880-8888

Total undergrads: 8,801
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 1,443
Degree-seeking undergrads: 8,429
Graduate enrollment: 1,412

Urban setting
Small city (50,000 – 249,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $25

Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 88%

Percent of students who return for sophomore year: 65%

Admissions Considerations
Secondary school rank: Required
Secondary school record: Required
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT): Required
College-prep program completed: Recommended
TOEFL: Required

Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2011
Number of Applicants: 5,860
Percent Admitted: 46%
Percented Admitted Who Enrolled: 53%

Test Scores: Fall 2011

SAT Critical Reading

  • 430 (25th Percentile)
  • 530 (75th Percentile)

SAT Math

  • 410 (25th Percentile)
  • 530 (75th Percentile)

SAT Writing

  • 410 (25th Percentile)
  • 520 (75th Percentile)

ACT Composite

  • 17 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT English

  • 16 (25th Percentile)
  • 22 (75th Percentile)

ACT Math

  • 17 (25th Percentile)
  • 23 (75th Percentile)

ACT Writing

  • 6 (25th Percentile)
  • 7 (75th Percentile)

Enrollment Statistics

Undergraduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Student Gender

Undergraduate Student Age

Undergraduate Student Residence

Graduate Attendance Status

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Retention and Graduation Rates

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Tuition & Fees

6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees

Estimated Expenses for Academic Year 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
Tuition and fees $5,560 $6,014 $5,850 $6,924 +18.36%
Books and Supplies $1,382 $1,410 $1,480 $1,452 -1.89%
Living Arrangement – On Campus
Room and Board $5,888 $6,290 $6,290 $7,010 +11.45%
Other $4,190 $4,284 $4,010 $4,414 +10.07%
Living Arrangement – Off Campus
Room and Board $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Other $0 $0 $0 $0 0.00%
Total Expenses 2008-'09 2009-'10 2010-'11 2011-'12 % change 2010-'12
In-state On Campus $17,020 $17,998 $17,630 $19,800 +12.31%
In-state Off Campus $6,942 $7,424 $7,330 $8,376 +14.27%
In-state with Family $6,942 $7,424 $7,330 $8,376 +14.27%
Average Graduate School Tuition & Fees
Tuition for In-state Students $4,160
In-state Student Fees $1,632
Tuition for Out-of-state Students $10,360
Out-of-state Student Fees $1,632

Financial Aid

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
Type of Aid Students Percent Amount Average Per Student
All students financial aid 811 59%
Grant or scholarship aid 810 59% $4,802,072 $5,928
• Federal grants 804 58% $2,101,601 $2,614
• Pell grants 501 36% $1,855,105 $3,703
• Other federal grants 303 22% $246,496 $814
Local and state government scholarships or grantss 360 26% $1,455,166 $4,042
Institutional scholarships or grants 262 19% $1,245,305 $4,753
Student loan financial aid 810 59% $1,885,339 $2,328
• Federal student loans 800 58% $1,755,697 $2,195
• Other student loans 14 1% $129,642 $9,260

All Degrees and Programs

Program Completions for Most Recent Year BA/BS MA/MS Doctor AA/AS CERT
Grand Total of All Programs 1176 2962 19 61
Architecture and Related Services 7
Interior Architecture 7
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 39 5
Biochemistry 1
Biology/biological Sciences, General 38 5
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 236 49
Accounting 43
Business Administration and Management, General 20 49
Business/commerce, General 28
Business/managerial Economics 3
Entrepreneurship/entrepreneurial Studies 4
Finance, General 37
Hospitality Administration/management, General 7
Human Resources Management/personnel Administration, General 20
Management Information Systems, General 19
Marketing/marketing Management, General 45
Operations Management and Supervision 6
Retailing and Retail Operations 4
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 63
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 63
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 7 24
Computer and Information Sciences, General 7
Information Science/studies 24
Education 2633 16
Curriculum and Instruction 436
Education/teaching Of Individuals With Hearing Impairments Including Deafness 14
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 2169 16
Educational, Instructional, and Curriculum Supervision 1
Educational/instructional Technology 5
Elementary Education and Teaching
Music Teacher Education 3
Secondary Education and Teaching 2
Special Education and Teaching, General 3
Engineering 118 152 1
Chemical Engineering 28
Civil Engineering, General 16
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 28 1
Engineering, General 146 1
Engineering, Other 1
Environmental/environmental Health Engineering 4
Industrial Engineering 10
Mechanical Engineering 36
Engineering Technology, General 18
Industrial Technology/technician 18
English Language and Literature/letters 24 8
English Language and Literature, General 24 8
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 10
American Sign Language (asl) 4
French Language and Literature 2
Spanish Language and Literature 4
Health Services/allied Health/health Sciences, General 84 20 2 61
Audiology/audiologist 1 2
Audiology/audiologist and Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 26
Clinical Laboratory Science/medical Technology/technologist
Dietetics/dietitian 5
Nursing Administration 1
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other
Registered Nursing/registered Nurse 53 61
Speech-language Pathology/pathologist 18
History 17 1
History, General 17 1
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services 20 3
Criminal Justice/safety Studies 20 3
Human Services, General 24 4
Public Administration 4
Social Work 24
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 119
General Studies 119
Mathematics and Statistics 5 4
Mathematics, General 5 4
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, General 201
Multi-/interdisciplinary Studies, Other 201
Natural Resources and Conservation 4 2
Environmental Science 4 2
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies 36 10
Health and Physical Education/fitness, General 16 10
Sport and Fitness Administration/management 20
Physical Sciences 15 14
Chemistry, General 8 14
Chemistry, Other 3
Geology/earth Science, General 2
Physics, General 2
Psychology 28 26
Community Psychology 3
Counseling Psychology 19
Industrial and organizational Psychology 4
Psychology, General 28
Social Sciences 26
Economics, General
Political Science and Government, General 18
Sociology 8
Visual and Performing Arts 46
Art/art Studies, General
Dance, General 2
Drama and Dramatics/theatre Arts, General 5
Fine/studio Arts, General 11
Graphic Design 12
Music, General 16
Work and Family Studies 29 7
Apparel and Textiles, General 7
Family and Consumer Sciences/human Sciences, General 2 7
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General 3
Human Development and Family Studies, General 17
Above data represent first majors only.
(-) Indicates that program is not offered at this award level.

Undergraduate Majors

Architecture & Related Programs

Interior Architecture B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Art – General B
Commercial/Advertising Art B
Dance B
Drama/Theater Arts B
Music – General B
Music – Voice/Opera B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biology B
Marine/Aquatic Biology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business – General B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Finance/Banking B
Human Resources Management B
Management Information Systems B
Marketing Management B
Office Management B
Sales and Distribution B

Communications & Journalism

Advertising B
Communications/Rhetoric B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer/Information Sciences – General B


Art Teacher Education B
Counselor Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Education of Deaf/Hearing Impaired B
Elementary Education B
Family/Consumer Sciences – Education B
Health Teacher Education B
Mathematics Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Science Teacher Education B
Secondary Education B
Social Studies Teacher Education B
Special Education B


Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Engineering – General B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B

Engineering Technologies

Engineering/Industrial Management B
Industrial Technology B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Clothing/Apparel/Textile Studies B
Family/Community Services B
Family/Consumer Sciences – General B
Foods/Nutrition Studies B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Clinical Laboratory Science B
Nursing (RN) A,B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Applied Mathematics B
Mathematics – General B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Studies B
Natural Resources & Conservation – General B

Parks, Recreation & Fitness

Health/Physical Fitness B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Physics B
Planetary Sciences B


Psychology – General B

Public Administration & Services

Social Work B

Security & Protective Services

Criminal Justice Studies B

Social Sciences

Economics B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    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.

Lamar University Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (409) 880-7011
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online:
Address: 4400 MLK Blvd, Beaumont, TX 77705
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 15,460
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 30%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 18 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 4,150 (27% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $8,494
Out-of-state Tuition: $18,622
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 82%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $8,819

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Lamar University Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Lamar University.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Architecture and Related Services 1
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 21
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 112
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 2
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 11
Education 242
Engineering 632
Engineering Technologies and Engineering-related Fields 11
English Language and Literature/Letters 11
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 41
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 21
Health Professions and Related Programs 35
History 11
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting, and Related Protective Service 11
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 1
Mathematics and Statistics 11
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 1
Natural Resources and Conservation 11
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 21
Physical Sciences 41
Psychology 13
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 11
Social Sciences 2
Visual and Performing Arts 51
Grand total 255314

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Lamar University and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,494
Out-of-state $18,622
Books and supplies $1,012

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $8,264
Out-of-state $15,860

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 1,163 82%
Grant or scholarship aid 1,067 75% $8,819
Student loan aid 624 44% $6,804

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 5,344 60% $7,431
Federal student loans 3,853 43% $7,305

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Lamar University. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Lamar University students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 6,249 2,294 3,955
Percent admitted 100% 85% 83%
Percent admitted who enrolled 21% 25% 19%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Lamar University Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 15,460
Undergraduate enrollment 8,701
Graduate enrollment 6,759

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Lamar University Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
    • Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs
    • Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program
    • Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
    • Clinical doctoral program in Audiology
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. does 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.

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