For almost a century, Lamar University has been empowering students to achieve the infinite possibilities available to them through higher education. Founded in 1923 as a junior college, Lamar University is a comprehensive public institution educating a diverse student body, preparing students for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world, and enhancing the future of southeast Texas, the state, the nation and the world through teaching, research, and creative activity and service.
With small classes sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, students are able to build personal relationships with faculty members who truly care about their success. Undergraduate research, internships and special projects allow students to apply the knowledge they gain in the classroom. LU students gain an education that teaches them to think critically and creatively.
LU stresses academic excellence with its excellent honors program and a variety of generous scholarships, including the prestigious Mirabeau Scholars program for first-time college students and the unique David J. Beck Fellowship for top undergraduates in any major. From NASA experiments to cutting-edge research in engineering, nursing, business, the arts, the sciences and more, Lamar students and faculty are changing the way we see the world around us.
LU has been nationally recognized for the quality of its core curriculum and as one of the most racially diverse universities in the west. Innovative distance education programs have made LU the largest provider of master’s level education for teachers in the nation and a popular choice for others pursuing online learning, including military service members.
LU is home to one of the largest programs in the country for deaf studies and deaf education. Its bachelor’s degree program in American Sign Language and its doctoral degree in deaf education are among a handful offered nationwide.
The College of Engineering administers the Texas Centers for Technology Incubation, a family of 11 research centers conducting groundbreaking grant-funded research to spur economic development. All five engineering disciplines in the college, along with LU’s computer science program, are ABET-accredited, a mark of high quality standards. The college is one of the top producers nationally of chemical engineering master’s degree graduates.
The College of Business’s undergraduate and graduate programs are accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction earned by less than five percent of business schools worldwide. The MBA program has been recognized as one of the top in the nation by the Princeton Review and as one of the top 100 in the world by the Aspen Institute.
The College of Education and Human Development’s accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education recognizes the high level of quality and integrity of programs. Education students consistently achieve high pass rates on state certification tests.
Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, LU contributes greatly to the cultural, educational and economic success of Southeast Texas, generating economic activity of more than $310 million each year.