Students Say

At the “medium-sized” University of Louisiana at Lafayette—in “the heart of Cajun country”—many students feel “under the shadow” of their mammoth cousin, LSU. We really don’t know why. UL Lafayette offers “serious bang for your buck;” tremendously generous grant and scholarship programs and outof-state fee waivers make UL Lafayette one of the best bargains in the country. Programs in “education, computer science, and engineering” are “ranked as some of the best in the nation.” The nursing program is the “third largest” in the country and “one of the best” anywhere. “Seasoned” and “overwhelmingly helpful” professors are “friendly, fun,” and “honestly interested in having you learn.”

Overview

Applicants
9,386
Acceptance Rate
56%
Average HS GPA
3.30

GPA Breakdown

20%
Over 3.75
16%
3.50 - 3.74
18%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
24%
2.50 - 2.99
3%
2.00 - 2.49

Test Scores

SAT Reading
470 - 590
SAT Math
490 - 590
ACT Composite
21 - 25

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Class Rank
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

At the “medium-sized” University of Louisiana at Lafayette—in “the heart of Cajun country”—many students feel “under the shadow” of their mammoth cousin, LSU. We really don’t know why. UL Lafayette offers “serious bang for your buck;” tremendously generous grant and scholarship programs and outof-state fee waivers make UL Lafayette one of the best bargains in the country. Programs in “education, computer science, and engineering” are “ranked as some of the best in the nation.” The nursing program is the “third largest” in the country and “one of the best” anywhere. “Seasoned” and “overwhelmingly helpful” professors are “friendly, fun,” and “honestly interested in having you learn.” “The experience has been absolutely wonderful academically,” gushes a senior. “In more than 120 hours of course study, I cannot remember having one bad professor.” Other students disagree; they remember a “couple of bad apples.” A perennial complaint among students at UL Lafayette is that many professors from other countries “cannot be understood by the students.” The administration is generally unpopular. “The bureaucracy is ridiculous,” reports a general studies major. “The university is run like an out-of-date chicken farm,” adds a finance major. “No one knows the answer to anything” and “getting financial aid in a timely manner is a real problem.” Students are generally very satisfied, though. “My overall college experience at University of Louisiana at Lafayette has been terrific,” asserts a junior. “I would recommend this college to anyone.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
23:1
Total Faculty
748
with Terminal Degree
397

386
Men
362
Women
135
Minority
24
International

Most frequent class size
20 - 29
Most frequent lab / sub section size
2 - 9

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
30%
Graduate in 5 years
79%
Graduate in 6 years
48%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Classes
Interest Inventory
Opportunities at School

Coop
Internship

Prominent Alumni


John Breaux
former US Senator

Kathleen Blanco
Louisiana Governor

Jake Delhomme
NFL football player

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
67
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Apr 1

Required Forms

FAFSA

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$7,180

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$6,558

Average Need-Based Loan
$3,697

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$4,916
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$17,316
Required Fees
$2,033
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,200

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$3,174
Transportation for Commuters
$1,967

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Nursing Scholarships
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
Federal Nursing Loans
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
No

Overall

Students Say

Students at UL Lafayette are “friendly and fun” and “always seem to be in a good mood.” They have “Southern flair with a little bit of our Cajun cayenne,” a marketing major quips. They’re also “very strongly rooted in their religions;” in that regard, “Catholic conservatives” seem to dominate. Many “are from the surrounding area of Acadiana,” are “lowerto upper-middle-class,” and “receive some financial support from [their] parents.” Many also “have part-time job[s].” Beyond that, “there are many different types of people,” and “everyone seems to get along together.” One undergrad reports, “Our campus includes a very diverse group of students from various religious and racial backgrounds.” There are also “a few oddballs” who “try to get themselves noticed by the way they dress and their eccentric hair.” For the most part, however, “everyone blends in.” “No one really points out or harasses other students here at UL Lafayette, unless that student happens to be wearing LSU paraphernalia.”

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
15,574
Out of State
8%

International
2%
Foreign Countries Represented
101

Demographics

2.27%
Asian
21.02%
African-American
3.29%
Hispanic
70.11%
Caucasian
2.24%
International

56% female
44% male
8% are out of state
80% are full time
20% are part time

Overview

Students Say

UL Lafayette’s “beautiful campus” is “full of big trees and handsome Southern architecture.” Unfortunately, “it always floods when it rains,” some “lousy buildings” “need updating,” and the parking situation is just “painful.” Nevertheless, “school spirit is really high.” “Football games are huge events,” and Lafayette is, by all accounts, a “great” college town. “Believe me,” swears a wide-eyed first-year student, “it is an experience.” The Strip “is right by campus” and “lined with numerous bars and clubs.” “Most people,” however, “congregate downtown,” where it’s “almost like Bourbon Street in New Orleans.” The local music scene is hopping, and festivals are frequent, including a very large International Music Festival and a gigantic Mardi Gras celebration. If partying isn’t your bag, or if you get sick of it, Lafayette also offers an “abundance of coffee shops” and “numerous art venues.” “There is so much history and culture in Louisiana” that, frankly, it’s hard to “ever be bored or without something fun to do on any day of the week,” and you can find “great food anywhere.” “If you’re looking for a good, inexpensive college education that is packed with good food, cold beer, and excitement, look no further than UL Lafayette.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
18%
Help finding off-campus housing
No

Quality of life rating
83
First-Year Students living on campus
53%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
88

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority

Special Needs Admissions


College Entrance Tests Required
No

Interview Required
No

Special Need Services Offered


Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
155
Number of Honor Societies
14

Number of Social Sororities
9
Number of Religious Organizations
8

10% join a fraternity
10% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

Men's Sports (Ragin' Cajuns)
9 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Football
Golf
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Cajuns)
9 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Soccer
Softball
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
No

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
No

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
No

Partnerships with Technology Companies
No

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
No

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Roger Schieferecke
Director, Enrollment Services

Address
PO Box 44652
Lafayette, LA 70504-4652

Phone
337-482-6553

Email
rogers@louisiana.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
University Museum
Student Center
Cajun Field
Cajundome
Dupre Library

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Cajundome
Vermillionville
Acadiana Mall
Mulate's
Prejean's

Campus Tours

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times:
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Athletic Department

Advance Notice
Other

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Varies

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Lafayette Regional Airport,Amtrak, buses, taxis

Driving Instructions to Campus
From Interstate I-10, take University Ave south to Johnston Street where the university is located.

Local Accommodations
Hilton, Hotel Acadiana
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Key Stats

9,386
Applicants
15,574
Size
56%
Acceptance Rate
1070
SAT Scores

Rankings & Lists