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University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Bachelor's programmes

Environmental Studies & Earth Sciences (3)
Hospitality, Leisure & Sports (1)
Law (1)



Things looked far different circa July 14, 1898. That’s when it all began for the new Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute.

The first brick was laid in 1900, and then classes began in September 1901. Enrollment topped out at 145 students. A few classrooms dotted a patch of barren farmland. Degree programs included agriculture, stenography and mechanics.


Our offerings range from the humanities to hard sciences, and we are among the nation’s leaders in areas such as computer science, environmental biology, and nursing. We are among the top 180 universities in the United States in R&D expenditures. 


Current research underway at the university includes:

  • Biological research and development related to protecting, restoring, and managing natural resources, with an emphasis on fish, wildlife, and wetlands in the South;
  • Performance computer modeling powered by the fastest, most comprehensive supercomputing and 3D immersive visualization systems and massive data storage capabilities available today;
  • Applied research to support the development of knowledge economies in Louisiana and throughout the U.S. and bring innovations to the marketplace to foster healthcare and economic development;
  • Child development including psycho-social and biological risk factors for developmental disabilities and secondary conditions.

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University Ranking

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Student services

We understand the importance of providing a better living and learning environment. That's why our services and programs complement the learning that takes place in the classroom and enhance your overall educational experience. It's also why we offer health and wellness services to keep you at your best mentally and physically.

Housing services

UL Lafayette has a variety of options for on-campus living! That variety makes it easier to explore our amazing campus. Living on campus means you have a front row seat to all that UL Lafayette has to offer. You become part of a student community that spans all backgrounds, experiences, and ideals. Take this opportunity to explore your options and see all that our variety includes!

Library services

Centrally located on the main campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, Edith Garland Dupré Library is at the heart of the University. Here, you have access to millions of volumes and e-resources.Explore our resources or take a break to sip a coffee in Jazzman's Café. Feel free to use one of our 200+ computers, or learn about the library's resources in our SMART classroom.

Medical services

Student Health Services, under the Student Affairs umbrella, is aimed at enhancing your learning experience on campus. Take advantage of what we have to offer.

We invite you to explore our website to learn about our services and costs, stop by our clinic in O.K. Allen Hall, Saucier Wellness Center, at 220 Hebrard Boulevard, or call us at (337) 482-1293 if you have any questions or concerns.

Student Life

Campus life

The campus of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, which includes demonstration farms, recreational areas, the New Iberia Research Center, and the University Research Park, is in fact an "in-use arboretum" and reflects the beauty and culture of Acadiana. 

The campus today consists of 274 buildings with over 4 million square feet of building area and more than 1,300 acres of grounds.

The main campus occupies 145 acres in Lafayette. The immediate environs of the University are attractive residential areas, shopping venues, and a public park.

Student clubs

Did you know that University students who are involved in at least one student organization or activity outside of class are more likely to complete their degree programs and graduate from college?

UL Lafayette students distinguish themselves by taking an active role in campus life and the greater community. Whether you are motivated to make a difference or simply to make friends, you'll find more than 190 clubs and organizations here at UL Lafayette! These include: student publications, academic recognition societies, major-focused groups, peer education groups, community service organizations, student government, Greek life, special interest and leadership groups, religious organizations, and club sports.


The University of Louisiana Lafayette is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award baccalaureate, masters, and doctorate degrees.

Student Reviews

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Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

Overall, the experience has been wonderful at the university. The classes are aa good size to have individual aid from professors while also having plenty of classmates to work alongside. Professors are helpful and attentive and move at a fast pace to keep students engaged. The only downside to the experience so far has been online classes, because they do not work for me....

Anonymous rated 4 out of 5 stars

It's been great. There have been a lot of problems with the offices, but I love my university.

Great City
Anonymous rated 3 out of 5 stars

The film program wasn't quite polished and the curriculum was quite repetitive. I'm looking to further my education.

Lafayette, Louisiana, United States

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