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University of Louisiana at Monroe
UL Monroe logo
Established 1931
Type Public
President James E. Cofer Sr.
Undergraduates 7,519
Postgraduates 886
Location Monroe, Louisiana, USA 32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074Coordinates: 32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074
Campus Urban
Main Campus: 238 acres (0.96 km2)
Colors Maroon and Gold         
Nickname Warhawks
Mascot Ace the Warhawk

The University of Louisiana at Monroe, or ULM, is a coeducational public university located in Monroe, Louisiana, USA, and is a part of the University of Louisiana System.

ULM is the only university in Louisiana to offer a master's degree in gerontology. ULM also is the only state university in Louisiana to offer postgraduate and doctoral pharmacy degrees. Graduates of the pharmacy program receive the Doctor of Pharmacy degree (Pharm. D.).

ULM also is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All undergraduate programs at the University of Louisiana at Monroe that are eligible for accreditation by professional agencies are accredited. The College of Business Administration[1] at ULM has received AACSB accreditation for all undergraduate and postgraduate business degree programs.



  • In September 1931, the university held its first session as Ouachita Parish Junior College.
  • In 1934, Louisiana State University received authority from the state legislature to operate the facilities of the university as Northeast Center of Louisiana State University.
  • Its name was changed to Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University in 1939.
  • In 1950, the state legislature approved the expansion of Northeast Junior College to a full college offering academic degrees. The name was changed to Northeast Louisiana State College.
  • The university began offering its first doctoral degrees in the 1969-70 academic year, and its name was changed to Northeast Louisiana University by the legislature.
  • On August 27, 1999, the university officially changed its name to its present form, the University of Louisiana at Monroe.
  • In 2002, President James E. Cofer Sr. and then-Vice President of Business Affairs Nick Bruno led faculty, students, alumni, and community in a "Reclaim Our Campus" effort to help ULM recover from late-1990s financial and auditing difficulties.[2]
  • On 2006 August 30 the university debuted its new mascot 'ACE' at its home opening football game versus Alcorn State.




Established in 1956, the College of Pharmacy[3] acquired a new facility in 2006. Classes and labs moved to the new off-campus (Bienville) building during the Spring 2007 semester. The College of Pharmacy also has satellite campuses in Shreveport and Baton Rouge. The current entry requirement is a two-year college program. A three-year requisite will be required for students entering in 2009 and graduating in 2013.[4] The College is accredited by the American Council on Pharmacy Education.

Also included in the College of Pharmacy is the Toxicology program. Only one of seven programs in the entire nation, the school offers an undergraduate and a masters degree in this subject.


The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers several undergraduate and postgraduate (MBA) degree programs. Since 1973, the College of Business Administration at ULM has received the AACSB accreditation for all undergraduate and postgraduate business degree programs.[5] AACSB accreditation is awarded to the top 15% of business schools in the United States.

Marriage and family therapy

The University of Louisiana at Monroe offers M.A. and Ph.D. programs in marriage and family therapy. Cybernetics, which evolved from the Macy conferences in the same year, and which focuses on information processing, feedback mechanisms, and patterns of communication, informs the theories and methodologies of this discipline. Additionally, systemic thinking dating from the 1920s and 1930s in works by Sullivan, von Bertalanffy and Bateson have become the cornerstones for theories in the field of marriage and family therapy. Marriage and family therapists diagnose and treat a wide range of mental and emotional disorders as well as other health and behavioral problems.

The University of Louisiana at Monroe established a master's degree program in marriage and family therapy in 1983 which became accredited in 1987. Today, the ULM program is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) and the Council for the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs (CACREP) — one of only two dually accredited marriage and family therapy programs in the United States. With the Louisiana Board of Regents' approval (1995), a doctoral program in marriage and family therapy was implemented in the fall of 1996.

Theater arts

ULM is also known for its Division of Theatre and Drama, which was established in 1953. For many years, the division was headed by George C. Brian (1919-2007), Ph.D., a Baton Rouge native who was an actor, director, filmmaker, singer, dancer, and patron of the arts. He revitalized the program and brought Broadway stars to Monroe to perform with his students.


ULM's English department publishes Turnrow, a bi-annual journal that publishes peer-reviewed short fiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews.[6]

Atmospheric Science

ULM has the only Atmospheric Science Bachelor's program in Louisiana and Arkansas. Its students learn the physics and principles that govern the atmosphere. They learn how to predict, observe, and investigate the weather and its interactions with humanity. Students in the program regularly score in the top percent of student forecasters in the national WxChallenge Forecasting Contest, in which students from across the country compete to produce the best forecasts for a particular city over a two week period. [7]


ULM sports teams participate in NCAA Division I (Division I FBS for football). ULM joined the Sun Belt Conference for all sports on July 1, 2006 after previously playing as a member of the Southland Conference in all sports except football (the swimming and diving team was also a member of the Sun Belt Conference before ULM dropped the sport in April 2005).

ULM moved up from Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) to Division I-A (now FBS) in 1994 and played as a I-A independent program from 1994 through 2000. ULM became a football-only member of the Sun Belt Conference in 2001 when the conference began sponsoring football; in 2006, ULM joined as a member in all sports. In 2005, ULM shared the Sun Belt Conference football championship with Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (ASU received the conference's New Orleans Bowl bid due to tiebreaking procedures).

ULM basketball coaches have included Arnold R. Kilpatrick, Lenny Fant (1957-1979) and Mickael E. "Mike" Vining. Fant was the first ULM coach to win three hundred games.

The university is the home of several award-winning groups including the Sound of Today and the competition cheerleading squad. The ULM water ski team[8] is the most successful in the history of collegiate water skiing, having won 22 times in the annual NCWSA national championships since its inception in 1979.[9] The Bayou DeSiard was the host site of the first national championships in that year.

The football and baseball stadiums and the ULM Activities Center were designed by the architect Hugh G. Parker of Bastrop.

In just three seasons in the Sun Belt, the Warhawks have won conference titles in men's basketball (2006-07 West Co-Champion) and baseball (2008 regular season).

The ULM football team posted its first six-win season since moving to Division I-A in 2007 going 6-6, which included a 21-14 victory at Alabama.


ULM Warhawks

ULM's colors are maroon and gold. The mascot is the Warhawks.

On January 30, 2006, university President James Cofer announced officially that ULM would be retiring the 75-year-old "Indians" mascot in light of new NCAA restrictions against American Indian-themed mascots, which the NCAA considers "hostile and abusive" to Native Americans. This came a few days after a mascot committee voted unanimously in favor of the change. The university accepted suggestions for the new mascot through February 28, 2006. The mascot committee then selected 12.[10]

An online poll, available to students, faculty, staff, alumni, donors, and others (interested parties with no affiliation to the school), yielded three semifinalists: "Warhawks," "Bayou Gators" and "Bayou Hawks."[11] The school's mascot committee passed a single recommendation to the university President, who made the final decision. Warhawks was announced as ULM's new mascot on April 5, 2006 and implemented on June 26, 2006.[12] The new nickname honors Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault's Air Force unit from World War II, which utilized the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk in battle, although the logos primarily use bird imagery.

Greek life

NPC sororities

IFC fraternities

NPHC organizations

Some of this information is current as of July 15, 2008.[21]

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "College of Business Administration web site". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  2. ^ "Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report dated 2007 January 10." (PDF).$FILE/000008D8.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  3. ^ "College of Pharmacy at ULM". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ "three-year requisite". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  5. ^ "Welcome to the College of Business Administration". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  6. ^ Turnrow
  7. ^ "About". WxChallenge. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  8. ^ "ULM water ski team". ULM water ski team. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  9. ^ "Lousiana-Monroe wins 22nd National Collegiate Waterski Title". 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  10. ^ "semifinalists". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  11. ^ "Learning Communities at ULM" (PDF). Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  12. ^ "Show Your ULM Spirit - Carve a ULM or Warhawk Pumpkin". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  13. ^ "Phi Mu Fraternity- Alpha Rho Chapter". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
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  17. ^ "Pi Kappa Alpha Eta Omicron Homepage". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  18. ^ "Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - A Hosted Site". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  19. ^ "kappa alpha psi nupes fraternity at". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  20. ^ ITC Labs & Classrooms. "Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  21. ^ ULM Student Life - Greek page

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