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  • 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., which is one of the largest private non-human, primate breeding colonies in the world.
  • UL Lafayette maintains 274 campus buildings that have a total of about 4 million square feet.
  • University Research Park tenants include:
  • The Cajundome is a 12,800-seat multipurpose arena. There is an adjacent convention center.
  • Edith Garland Dupré Library is one of the most technologically advanced university libraries in Louisiana.
Faculty & Staff
  • There are almost 600 continuing faculty and more than 100 adjunct or part-time faculty members.
  • Total Fall 2012 enrollment was 16,687, including 15,143 undergraduates and 1,544 graduate students. The number of students attending in the fall semester is a university's official enrollment.
  • UL Lafayette had 624 international students for the Fall 2012 semester.
  • Fifty-seven percent of the Fall 2012 student body are female; 43 percent are male.
Estimated Cost of Attendance Per Year
2012-13 (Subject to change)
Based on 12 credit hours

Tuition and Fees*
$5,374 In-State
$14,344 Out of State**
$14,480 International

Room and Board ***
$8,362 In-State
$8,362 Out of State
$8,362 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.

UL Lafayette's 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.
  • In 2008, UL Lafayette’s economic development centers had the following impacts:
    • $ 1.2 billion in increased revenues for clients
    • $ 1.8 billion in retained revenues for clients
    • More than $101 million in savings for clients
    • More than $56 million in increased investments by clients
    • About $28 million in cost avoidance (money that companies did not have to spend as a result of economic development centers' assistance) 
  • Every dollar of state funding invested in UL Lafayette generates more than an $8 return.
  • The university has about 1,900 employees
  • About $1.3 billion was added to Louisiana’s economy by UL Lafayette graduates over the past 10 years due to degree attainment.
  • 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.
  • The number of freshmen participating in the Honors Program at UL Lafayette increased by 15 percent for Fall 2012.  The Honors Program has grown from 936 students last fall to 1,085 this year.
  • The master’s of business administration program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is included in the “Best 296 Business Schools: 2013 Edition” published by the Princeton Review.
  • UL Lafayette is one of the nation’s best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2013 edition of “The Best 377 Colleges” published by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America’s 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.
  • UL Lafayette is among the top 200 universities in the nation in research and development funding. It attracted $69.4 million of the total $142 million in external research funds awarded to the University of Louisiana System’s universities.
  • Fall 2011 and Spring 2012 graduates of UL Lafayette’s nursing program achieved a 100 percent first-time passage rate on the NCLEX-RN, the national licensure exam for nursing students. UL Lafayette’s passage rate for the rigorous exam exceeds the state average of 93 percent and the national average of 88 percent.
University of Louisiana System

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is part of the University of Louisiana System. Other members 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.
The First Century of Service
  • In 1898, Louisiana lawmakers approved the creation of an "Industrial Institute and academy" in the 13th Senatorial District.
  • In 1900, Dr. Edwin L. Stephens was named the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, which was to be located on the outskirts of Lafayette on 25 acres of donated land. SLII opened its doors on Sept. 18, 1901, with 100 students and eight faculty members.
  • In 1903, 18 students were the first to graduate from SLII.
  • In 1921, SLII became Southwestern Louisiana Institute when it was designated as one of the state's institutions of higher learning. The year before, it had begun offering a four-year course that culminated with a bachelor of arts degree.
  • In 1960, SLI became the University of Southwestern Louisiana when it achieved university status.
  • In 1999, USL was renamed the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. The new name better reflects its status as the state's second largest university and an institution with statewide and national - rather than regional - influence. USL also implemented selective admissions in 1999.

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