University of Louisiana at Lafayette
A long and deliberate tradition of inclusion
We are smart, spirited, and seeking solutions.
Those words say a lot about the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.
Sure, they capture the essence of the place. But that one sentence conveys who we are in a way that may not be obvious to anyone who hasn’t experienced our University firsthand.
It’s authentic. Not only does it distill who we are, it describes us in words that everyone can understand. That’s because UL Lafayette is all about inclusion. We strive to bring everyone to the same table, so to speak. (Expect food analogies from a university that’s in the heart of the place that Cajun food originates.) Our University doesn’t embrace diversity; it celebrates diversity. It doesn’t nod “hello” to strangers and keep walking; it invites strangers inside for a cup of coffee.
We have a gift for bringing people together—because we believe everyone benefits when people of different ages, ethnicities, sexual orientations, and backgrounds join together to learn, live, and grow.
We know that an inclusive environment allows us to turn our differences into opportunities to forge new collaborations.
By now, you should have gotten the hint that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette isn’t an ordinary university.
We’re the second-largest university in Louisiana with over 19,000 students. We offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees ranging from the humanities to hard sciences, and we're among the nation’s leaders in areas such as Computer Science, Environmental Biology, and Nursing.
We hold Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning’s elite R1 designation, ranking us among the nation’s top public and private research institutions.
And we're the only university in the world whose sports teams are the Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns®. Our student-athletes compete at the highest level of NCAA competition.
We invite you to learn more about the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and discover our passions.
Ranked among the "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2022
Named among the The Best 388 Colleges | The Princeton Review, 2023
Two-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award | INSIGHT into Diversity magazine
Gold-level Military Friendly® School
Ranked among "America's Best Value Colleges" | Forbes, 2023
Named a 2022–2023 College of Distinction
The Office for Campus Diversity supports a number of student organizations that promote diversity on campus, including:
• African Student Association
• Association of Indian Students
• Beacon Club
• Black Male Leadership Association (BMLA)
• Black Student Union (BSU)
• Black Women Leadership Association (BWLA)
• Delta Lambda Phi
• Gamma Rho Lambda Sigma Chapter
• Giving Love, Acceptance, Safety, and Support (GLASS)
• International Student Council
• National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)
• National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)
• Phi Beta Delta (honor society for international scholars)
• Students for the Advancement of Women (SAW)
• University Program Council (UPC)
• Vietnamese Student Association