University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

University of Louisiana at Lafayette

Lafayette, LA

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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.




Listed among the "Best Online Programs," with the highest-ranked online bachelor's degree programs in the state | U.S. News & World Report, 2022


Ranked among the top 300 "Best National Universities" | U.S. News & World Report, 2020


Two-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award, with fewer than 100 universities in the US earning that distinction | INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine


One of 65 universities in the country to earn gold-level Military Friendly® School status based on the University's commitment to helping veterans enroll, graduate, and find careers


Ranked #195 among all universities in the world for sustainable and green practices and #25 in the US | University of Indonesia's GreenMetric Rankings, 2018


Lafayette voted #1 for "Best College Town Weekend" among 20 nominated cities as part of 10Best Readers' Choice contest | USA Today, 2014

Student Organizations

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

Learn about these organizations here.

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