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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.
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.
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.
|Total Undergraduate Students||15,143|
|American Indian / Alaskan Native||72||<1%|
|African American / Black||3,182||21%|
|Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander||4||<1%|
|Two or More Races||188||1%|
|Race/Ethnicity Not Reported||224||1%|
|Where do UL Lafayette undergraduates call home?|
|Other US States & Territories||5%|
|How old are UL Lafayette undergraduates?|
|Percent of Undergraduates Age 25 or Older||15%|
|Test Scores of Enrolled New Freshmen||ACT|
|Composite||21 - 25|
|Math||19 - 24|
|English||20 - 26|
|High School Background of Enrolled New Freshmen|
|Percent in top 25% of High School Graduating Class||44%|
|Percent in top 50% of High School Graduating Class||76%|
|Percent of New Freshmen who submitted HS GPA||91%|
|Average High School GPA (4-point scale)||3.28|
|Percent who submitted High School GPA||97%|
The cost to attend University of Louisiana at Lafayette varies based on the individual circumstances of students and may be reduced through grants and scholarships.
NOTE: Students may receive aid from more than one source.
|Students per Faculty||22 to 1|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 30 students||64%|
|Undergraduate classes with fewer than 50 students||91%|
|Total Full-Time Instructional Faculty||596|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Female||44%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Are Persons of Color||17%|
|% of Full-Time Instructional Faculty Who Have the Highest Academic Degree Offered in Their Field of Study||65%|
50% of new freshmen live in campus-based housing or residence halls.
17% of all undergraduates live on campus
The University of Louisiana at Lafayette Police Department is committed to providing a safe environment. From its campus headquarters, officers maintain 24-hour patrol coverage on foot, bicycles or in motor vehicles. Officers are fully trained police academy graduates who have been commissioned by the State of Louisiana. University Police takes a proactive approach to campus security through public safety programs, campus escort services, maintenance of an emergency call system, mobile alert systems, and crime prevention campaigns. It has strong working relationships with area law enforcement agencies.
The Carnegie Classification's were created "to reference the great diversity of colleges and universities in the United States, and ... enable [people] to identify groups of roughly comparable institutions." For information on the Carnegie Classifications system, please visit their website: http://classifications.carnegiefoundation.org/
Students who are actively involved in their own learning and development are more likely to be successful in college. Colleges and universities offer students a wide variety of opportunities both inside and outside the classroom to become engaged with new ideas, people, and experiences. Institutions measure the effectiveness of these opportunities in a variety of ways to better understand what types of activities and programs students find the most helpful.
Institutions participating in the VSA program measure student involvement on campus using one of four national surveys. Results from the one survey are reported for a common set of questions selected as part of VSA. Following are the selected results from the National Survey of Student Engagement (NSSE). The questions have been grouped together in categories that are known to contribute to student learning and development. The results reported below are based on the responses of seniors who participated in the survey.
|Degrees awarded at University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2011-12|
|Areas of Study with the largest number of bachelor's degrees awarded in 2011-12|
|Business Administration and Management, General.||6%|
|Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse.||6%|
|Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.||5%|
|Links to degree programs at University of Louisiana at Lafayette|
First-time students in Fall 2011 that returned for their second year: 74%