The University of Louisiana at Lafayette (UL Lafayette) offers bachelors, masters, and doctoral degrees. With nearly 19,000 students, it is the second-largest, four-year public university in Louisiana.
UL Lafayette is among the top 10 universities in the U.S. for its percentage of research and development expenditures funded by business, according to the National Science Foundation.
UL Lafayette students and faculty members are engaged in many high-profile research projects. The University is working with Swiftships Shipbuilders, Inc., to develop a military boat capable of autonomous navigation, for instance. In 2007, UL Lafayette students were the first at a Louisiana university to design and build a working satellite that was launched into space. They sent another into orbit in 2013.
Students can choose from a variety of degree programs at UL Lafayette including:
• Informatics and smart systems development
• Nursing and health care professions
• Architecture and design
• Resource biology and biodiversity
The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns compete in NCAA Division I football, basketball, baseball, tennis, golf, softball, volleyball, women’s soccer, and track and field.
There are over 160 student organizations. Every year, UL Lafayette hosts Lagniappe Week for students, which includes activities such as canoe races in Cypress Lake and a free crawfish boil with more than 15,000 pounds of Louisiana crawfish.
Service learning is integrated into all UL Lafayette students’ college experience. Students and faculty members provide about 150,000 community service hours, on average, every year. The University hosts the only campus-based AmeriCorps program in Louisiana.