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Campus

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette owns a total of about 1,300 acres. Its main campus consists of 145 acres; the athletic complex and Cajundome sit on 243 acres; University Research Park has 148 acres; and the Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology has 51 acres. 

It also owns the 100-acre New Iberia Research Center in New Iberia, La. 

The Cajundome is a 12,800-seat multipurpose arena. There is an adjacent convention center.

Cajun Field holds nearly 37,000 fans, with an additional 8,000 seats built in the end zone in 2014.

Edith Garland Dupré Library is one of the most technologically advanced university libraries in Louisiana.

The expansion and renovation of the Student Union was completed in 2015. The U is about 178,000 square feet, or about 50,000 square feet more than the original structure.

The Quadrangle is getting a student-designed makeover, which will include a central fountain and plaza, as well as new walkways and landscaping.

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Academics

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

100 percent of all undergraduate programs at UL Lafayette that are eligible for accreditation by professional agencies are accredited. The University offers more than 80 majors and more than 30 graduate programs. Visit academics.louisiana.edu for more information.

UL Lafayette is a member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association, which is composed of members from more than a dozen southeastern states and the District of Columbia. Other members include Duke, Vanderbilt and Auburn universities.

The Carnegie Foundation has designated UL Lafayette as a “Research University with High Research Activity.”

About 3,000 students are graduated each year.

UL Lafayette is a selective admissions university.

The University includes the following colleges and schools:

Personnel

The University has about 1,900 employees and about 750 faculty members.

Students

Total Fall 2014 enrollment is 18,796. The number of students attending in the fall semester is a university's official enrollment.

Of the total enrollment, 17,195 are degree-seeking students.

There are 2,922 first-time freshmen.

Total international student enrollment is 735; about 40 nations are represented.

The number of out-of-state students has risen to 1,442.

Tuition & Fees

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the most affordable university in Louisiana, according to the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency List. In addition to leading Louisiana as the university with the lowest average net price to attend, UL Lafayette is among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States.

Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Year
2014-15
Based on 12 credit hours

Tuition and Fees*
$6,848 In-State
$19,248 Out of State**
$20,201 International

Room and Board ***
$8,594 In-State
$8,594 Out of State
$8,594 International

Books and Supplies
$1,200 In State
$1,200 Out of State
$1,200 International

* Includes classes, admission to all athletics events, access to the student recreation center, student-assessed fees, limited health and accident insurance, and identification card.

**Out-of-State fee waiver scholarships are available to qualified students. Students who qualify for the out-of-state fee waiver scholarship pay the same tuition as Louisiana residents.

***For suite-style residence hall (Rose Garden and Taft Street), shared room with private bath and vermilion meal plan. Rates vary by residence hall. Learn more at housing.louisiana.edu.

Economic Impact

UL Lafayette had a total spending impact alone of $755 million in Louisiana, with $726 million of that total spending impact felt in Acadiana, in 2008.

UL Lafayette reported $51 million in external research funding from state, federal, private and self-generated funds in 2008. These were new dollars brought into Acadiana’s economy.

Every dollar of state funding invested in UL Lafayette generates more than an $8 return.

About $1.3 billion was added to Louisiana’s economy by UL Lafayette graduates over the past 10 years due to degree attainment.

Athletics

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns® compete at the highest level of collegiate athletics. Football is a member of NCAA Division 1.

UL Lafayette sports:

  • Football
  • Baseball
  • Softball
  • Men's Cross country
  • Women's cross country
  • Men's basketball
  • Women's basketball
  • Men's track and field
  • Women's track and field
  • Golf
  • Men's tennis
  • Women's tennis
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

The Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns® compete in the Sun Belt Conference.

The University's student-athletes graduate at the highest rate among student-athletes in schools in Louisiana and the Sun Belt Conference, according to the NCAA.

Noteworthy

UL Lafayette is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2015 edition of "The Best 379 Colleges" published by the Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.

"Washington Monthly" magazine has cited UL Lafayette as one of best universities in the nation at helping low-income students earn degrees. It ranked UL Lafayette among the top 10 national universities in its social mobility category. 

The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is included in the 2015 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools” for its master’s of business administration program. 

UL Lafayette is one of four public Louisiana universities listed among the top 281 national colleges by U.S. News Media Group. It’s included in “U.S. News & World Report Best Colleges 2014,” an annual guidebook for prospective college students.

UL Lafayette is among the top 10 universities in the United States for its percentage of research and development expenditures funded by business, according to the National Science Foundation.

For the fourth consecutive year, the UL Lafayette has been named the most affordable four-year, public university in Louisiana, and it is among the top 10 percent of most affordable four-year public universities in the United States.

Affordable Colleges Online designated the University No. 39 in its “Best Online Colleges for 2014-15” ranking for its quality and cost.

Total enrollment at the University this Fall was 18,796 students, the highest in the school’s history and the largest increase among colleges in the state.

The University's graduation rate has risen over 49 percent during the last decade.

Over the past 20 years, the University’s nursing graduates have achieved first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses that consistently exceed national and state averages.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Department ranked No. 34 overall in the U.S., which was partly a nod to its multiple championships wins.

“USA Today” editors nominated 20 cities for its 10 Best Reader’s Choice contest for Best College Town Weekend; Lafayette, La., was voted No. 1.

ConventionSouth magazine named the city a hip, historic college town in the South. It cited Lafayette, home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in its “South’s Historic College Towns with Hip Group Appeal” 2014 list.

University of Louisiana System

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is a member of the University of Louisiana System. Others are:

  • Grambling State University, Grambling, La.
  • Louisiana Tech University, Ruston, La.
  • McNeese State University, Lake Charles, La.
  • Nicholls State University, Thibodaux, La.
  • Northwestern State University, Natchitoches, La.
  • Southeastern Louisiana University, Hammond, La. 
  • University of Louisiana at Monroe, Monroe, La.
  • University of New Orleans, New Orleans, La.