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University of Louisiana
at Lafayette
UL Lafayette logo
Motto Fortiter, Fideliter, Feliciter
Motto in English Boldly, Faithfully, Successfully
French name l'Université des Acadiens
Established 1900[1]
School type Public, Coed
President E. Joseph Savoie, Ed.D.
Location Lafayette, LA USA
Campus Urban
Main Campus: 137 acres (0.55 km2)
Other Campuses: 1,090 acres (4.4 km2)
Total: 1,227 acres (4.97 km2)
Enrollment 15,564 undergraduate
1,511 graduate
16,361 total enrollment[2]
Faculty 713
Athletic teams Louisiana's Ragin' Cajuns
Mascot Cayenne
Colors Vermilion and White
Affiliations Sun Belt Conference
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or UL Lafayette,[3] is a coeducational public research university located in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Acadiana. It is the largest campus within the eight-campus University of Louisiana System and is the second largest university in the state of Louisiana.

Founded in 1900 as an industrial institute, the university became known by its present name in 1999. The university is a member of the Southeastern Universities Research Association and is categorized as a Carnegie RU/H: Research University (high research activity), the only UL system campus to receive the latter doctoral distinction and among the top 5% of all U.S. colleges.[4]

UL Lafayette is recognized for excellence in computer science and its graduate program in evolutionary and environmental biology. It offers Louisiana's only PhD in Francophone studies, only doctoral degree in cognitive science and only industrial design degree.



One of the numerous "Century Oaks" planted on the campus in 1900.


  • 1898 - State approved the creation of an "industrial institute and academy."
  • 1900 - Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute (SLII) established.
  • 1901 - SLII opened Sept. 18 with 100 students and eight faculty members.
  • 1903 - 18 students were the first to graduate from SLII.
  • 1920 - Began a four-year course culminating with a bachelor of arts degree.
  • 1921 - SLII was upgraded to the Southwestern Louisiana Institute (SLI).
  • 1960 - SLI became the University of Southwestern Louisiana (USL).
  • 1984 - USL attempted to change its name to the University of Louisiana, which only lasted a few days until overturned by a district court. [5][6][7]
  • 1999 - USL was renamed the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Notable Firsts

  • 1954 - Within months of the Brown v. Board of Education decision by the U.S. Supreme Court, SLI admitted 70 African American students, to become the first all white college in the Deep South to achieve racial desegregation.
  • 1961 - Established the first university chapter of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for students.
  • 1962 - Offered the nation's first Master of Science degree in Computer Science.
  • 1994 - Created North America's first Francophone studies Ph.D. program.
  • 1997 - Then-President Authement and a group of supporters launch a campaign to increase the university's privately-held assets to $75 million with the majority of funds to be used for endowed chairs, professorships, and scholarships. The campaign reaches its goals early and quickly exceeds them later.[8]
  • 2007 - The Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment (CAPE) successfully launches the State of Louisiana's first university student built satellite.[9]

Campus and other Facilities

Martin Hall, named for late state Sen. Robert Martin, who passed the bill founding the institution.
UL Lafayette's campus consists of 137 acres (554,000 m²) lined by live oak trees planted in 1900. Its quadrangle is encircled by a "Walk of Honor" path which contains more than 80,000 bricks bearing the names of every graduate, beginning with the first graduating class of 1903.

Also centered in the main campus is Cypress Lake, a swamp-like microcosm of the nearby Atchafalaya Basin, home to alligators, turtles, birds and fish.

Athletic complex
The athletic complex and Cajundome sit on 243 acres (983,000 m²). The complex also includes Cajun Field, Blackham Coliseum, several other athletic facilities for training and competitions, fraternity and sorority rows, and the physical education and recreational facilities.
Research park
Adjacent to the athletic complex is the University Research Park of 148 acres (599,000 m²), which is home to the National Wetlands Research Center, a NASA Regional Application Center, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The nearby Center for Ecology and Environmental Technology has 51 acres (206,000 m²).
Renewable resources labs
The university has a 600-acre (2.4 km2) farm/renewable resources laboratory with a 30 acre pond for crawfish and catfish culture in Cade, Louisiana. It also has a 48 acre New Iberia Research Center in New Iberia, Louisiana, which is among the world's largest private non-human, primate breeding colonies. The university also has a horse farm in the center of Lafayette and several other farmlands around Acadiana.


The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum.

UL Lafayette has 10 colleges and schools, one of the largest honors programs in Louisiana and offers 80 undergraduate degree programs, 29 master's degree programs, and 9 Doctor of Philosophy programs, which are applied language and speech sciences, biology, cognitive science, computer engineering, computer science, educational leadership, English, Francophone studies and mathematics. It is the sole Louisiana university with a separate College of the Arts.[10]

Art Museum

The Paul and Lulu Hilliard University Art Museum permanent collection consists of more than 1,500 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs. This collection represents 18th, 19th and 20th Century Louisiana, as well as the United States, Europe and Japan. [11]

Traveling shows featuring work from national and internationally known artists such as Mark Rothko, James McNeil Whistler, Andrew Wyeth, Christopher Rauschenberg, Robert Rauschenberg, Deborah Butterfield and Pablo Picasso have been featured regularly.[12] The Museum also holds end-of-the-semester art shows featuring thesis work of graduating students of College of the Arts.[13]


KRVS is a listener-supported public radio station facility currently licensed to UL Lafayette. KRVS operates on campus, located in Burke-Hawthorne Hall and plays local music such as Cajun, Zydeco, Swamp Rock, Swamp Pop, Blues, Jazz, and a variety of other programs. KRVS currently broadcasts to 651,000 residents in the Acadiana area of Louisiana. KRVS also broadcasts live from Festival International every April in support of local art and music.[14]

Academic Profile

UL Lafayette is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. All undergraduate programs at UL Lafayette that are eligible for accreditation by professional agencies are accredited. [15]

UL Lafayette was featured in the 2006 edition of America's Best Value Colleges, a Princeton Review/Random House college guidebook, which spotlighted fewer than 100 U.S. schools. The university was included in the 2005 edition of The Best 357 Colleges, its MBA program was included in the 2005 edition of The Best 143 Business Schools and its business school was featured in the 2007 edition of The Best 282 Business Schools — all three publications of The Princeton Review. The university graduates about 1,100 students each fall and spring.

Colleges and Departments

UL Lafayette includes 10 colleges, offering 80 Undergraduate Degree programs, 29 Master's Degree programs, and 9 Doctorate programs.

College of the Arts

Architecture & Design, Fashion Design & Merchandising, Music, Performing Arts and Visual Arts

B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration

Accounting, Economics & Finance, Human Resources, Information Systems & Multimedia Lab, Management, Management of Information Systems, Marketing & Legal Studies, Micro Business Development, Small Business Development

College of Education

Counselor Education, Curriculum & Instruction, Educational Foundations & Leadership, Kinesiology

College of Engineering

Chemical Engineering, Civil Engineering, Electrical & Computer Engineering, Engineering & Technology, Industrial Technology, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering

General Studies

Graduate School

Applied Languages and Speech Sciences(Ph.D.), Biology(M.S., Ph.D.), Cognitive Science(Ph.D.), Computer Engineering(Ph.D.), Computer Science(Ph.D.), English (M.A., Ph.D.), Francophone Studies (M.A., Ph.D.), Mathematics (M.S., Ph.D)

College of Liberal Arts

Humanities Resource Center, Cognitive Science, Communication, Communicative Disorders, Counselor Education, Criminal Justice, Cultural & Eco-Tourism, English, History & Geography, Latin American Studies, Louisiana Studies, Modern Languages, Philosophy, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology/Anthropology

College of Nursing & Allied Health Professions

Undergraduate Nursing, Graduate Nursing, Dental Hygiene, Dietetics

College of Sciences

Biology, Chemistry, Cognitive Science, Computer Science, Computer Studies, Advanced, Geology, Health Information Management, Mathematics, Military Science, Physics, Renewable Resources

University College

DOORS Program, ENTRÉE Program, 60-Plus Program, Summer Visitor Program, High School Dual Enrollment Program, Post Baccalaureate, On Site Program

Academic achievements

A group of UL Lafayette students participating in the Cajun Advanced Picosatellite Experiment (CAPE) built a small artificial satellite, known as a CubeSat, that was launched into orbit from the Republic of Kazakhstan in 2006. In 2004, UL Lafayette students and faculty produced CajunBot, one of 25 autonomous vehicles that competed in the U.S. Department of Defense DARPA Grand Challenge as well as the DARPA Urban Challenge. CajunBot, which was featured on CNN and on the Discovery Channel science series Robocars, uses artificial intelligence and GPS positioning to navigate a designated route while detecting and avoiding obstacles.

The biology department has several distinguished professors who are contributing significantly to research on restoration of Louisiana's coastal wetlands. The university also inaugurated the $29M technology initiative L.I.T.E., which offers the largest known three-dimensional-immersive auditorium for visualization of fully interactive 3D models and data sets for seismic analysis, computer-aided modeling, product stress test analysis and a host of other applications that require visualization of large data sets for scientists.

In January of 2008, The UL Lafayette School of Architecture Design was selected to participate in the 2009 Solar Decathlon. Their entry of the Louisiana Solar Home named BeauSoleil took home 1st place in the Market Viability and took home the award for "People's Choice". BeauSoleil appears on a Planet Green special Solar Showdown which covers the 2009 Solar Decathlon.

Student Life

  • UL Lafayette students represent 53 states and possessions.
  • 709 are international students from diverse countries.


Student Organizations:

Young Professional Organization Chapters:

UL offers a variety of young professional organizations that routinely perform public services and interact with as well as promote local economic and environmental growth, public service projects or awareness.

Greek Life

UL Lafayette has several social, Greek-letter fraternities and sororities that back as early as 1920. [16][17]

National Pan-Hellenic Council (historically black, international Greek-lettered fraternities and sororities)

Academic National Organizations
Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia (1947) and Sigma Alpha Iota (1943), although not affiliated with any certain conference or council, hold charters as campus organizations.



UL Lafayette's sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (I FBS for football) in the Sun Belt Conference. Sports media often refer to the university as Louisiana-Lafayette.

Notable People

UL Lafayette notable alumni have held posts as business bellwethers, government and military leaders, Olympic and professional athletes, artists and entertainers. Also several distinguished faculty members have taught at the university.


In 109 years of existence, UL Lafayette has only had six presidents. The current President, E. Joseph Savoie, was announced on December 6, 2007.

President Years
Edwin Lewis Stephens 1900-1938
Lether Edward Frazar 1938-1941
Joel Lafayette Fletcher 1941-1966
Clyde Lee Rougeou 1966-1974
Ray P. Authement 1974-2008
E. Joseph Savoie 2008-Present

Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens, 1900-1938

Dr. Edwin Lewis Stephens (1873-1938) was named the first president of Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute, (now UL Lafayette), on January 3, 1900. Stephens was 27 years old at the time.[18]

During his administration, the first Martin Hall, the President's House, DeClouet Hall, Foster Hall, McNaspy Stadium, and O.K. Allen Hall were constructed. Stephens also initiated the Alumni Association, The Vermilion newspaper, and L'Acadien yearbook. SLII became Southwestern Louisiana Institute in 1921. He retired as President Emeritus in 1938.[19]

Lether Edward Frazar, 1938-1941

Lether Edward Frazar (1904-1960) became president of SLI (now UL Lafayette) in 1938 and took over the building of the university process, adding to the foundation that Edwin Stephens began. Although Frazar served as president for only two and a half years, he supervised the construction of many of the buildings and halls that still stand on campus and form the physical personality of the university. He retired in 1941.[20]

Joel Lafayette Fletcher, 1941-1966

Joel L. Fletcher was president of the university for 25 years, from 1941-66, and was known for never permitting a student to resign from college without a personal interview to discover why the student wanted to leave school and to seek a solution to the student's problem. Fletcher served higher education for a total of 45 years. In the 1950s, President Dwight Eisenhower appointed him to the Federal Reserve Board for the Louisiana region.[21]

Dr. Clyde Lee Rougeou, 1966-1974

Dr. Clyde Rougeou served as SLI's president from 1966 to 1974. During his eight years as president, enrollment at UL Lafayette increased from 8,400 to more than 12,000 students. And through his guidance and effort, the university expanded academically. In 1968, UL Lafayette became a doctoral-granting institution. It also added graduate programs in English, history, microbiology, mathematics, statistics, education, and computer science. Rougeou coordinated more than $34 million in building projects on campus. [22]

Construction completed during his presidency included Angelle Hall, Maxim Doucet Hall, Wharton Hall, the Student Union, Cajun Field, the Athletic Complex, and the two upper floors of Dupré Library. He was named Outstanding UL Lafayette Alumnus from the College of Agriculture in 1966.[23]

Dr. Ray P. Authement, 1974-2008

Dr. Ray Authement took office in 1974. During his presidency UL Lafayette developed a Ph.D. program in computer science, along with doctoral programs in math, English and history. Under his guidance, UL Lafayette has become the state's second largest university and earned the distinction of being the first public university in the state to earn a Doctoral II ranking. [24]

In 1997, Authement and a group of supporters launched a campaign to increase the university's privately-held assets to $75 million with the majority of funds to be used for endowed chairs, professorships, and scholarships. The campaign reached its goals early and exceeded them. [25]

Dr. Joseph Savoie, 2008-Present

Dr. Joseph Savoie took office in 2008. Prior to his appointment in 1996 as the state's Commissioner of Higher Education, he served in many roles on the UL Lafayette campus, including vice president for University Advancement, executive director of the Alumni Association, program director for the Union Program Council and student government advisor, as well as an adjunct assistant professor.[26]


  1. ^ "University History: 1900 is considered the school's first year"
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  3. ^ Proper use of the University's Name by UL Lafayette webpage
  4. ^ Carnegie Classification listings
  5. ^ University of Louisiana: Battle for a Name
  6. ^ "For a while in the 1980s, UL Lafayette literally made a name for itself, The University of Louisiana. A subsequent act of the Louisiana Legislature nullified that name change, but Authment persisted."
  7. ^"The university flirted briefly in 1984 with the idea of yet another name change. The Board of Trustees declared the school to be the University of Louisiana, but the Board of Regents soon reversed the move. It would be more than a decade before the name stuck."
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  9. ^ CAPE-1 Launch in chronology to others
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