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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Our Vision is...to further the University’s evolution as a distinctive institution recognized as a catalyst for transformation—of students, faculty, staff, Acadiana, Louisiana, and the globe—through its engagement in research, scholarship, creativity, and the enhancement of our unique culture.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the second largest university in the state, with about 17,000 students, and the largest in the nine-member University of Louisiana System. As a public, selective admissions institution, UL Lafayette awards bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The University is dedicated to achieving excellence in education, research and public service. Academic programs are administered by eight colleges - Arts, Education, Engineering, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing and Allied Health Professions, the Moody College of Business, and the Ray P. Authement College of Sciences - and the Graduate School. 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.

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UL Lafayette Strategic Plan 2009-2014 Student Involvement and Leadership Academic Access and Success
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Living in the Ragin' Cajuns Community

Consisting of approximately 120,000 people, the City of Lafayette is located in south central Louisiana and serves as the economic and cultural hub of Acadiana, home to over 600,000 residents.  A recent issue of Southern Business and Development magazine named Lafayette as a Top 10 place in the South for the "creative class" - citing Lafayette's entrepreneurial spirit and technological advantages such as city-wide fiber-to-the-home. Milken Institute recently named Lafayette one of its Best Performing Cities and Foreign Direct Investment magazine (fDi) named Lafayette in its North American Cities of the Future issue, including ranking on the Top 5 list for Best Quality of Life for small cities with populations between 100,000 - 500,000.

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The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a vibrant member of a culturally sophisticated community that has an intimate feel. 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.

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