Founded in 1923 as a junior college, Lamar University is now a nationally recognized institution that sits in the center of Southeast Texas and is among the fastest growing colleges and universities in Texas. Accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, LU contributes to the cultural, educational and economic success of Southeast Texas, generating economic activity of more than $310 million each year.
With a beautiful 300-acre campus that's home to more than 17,000 students from 62 countries, Lamar University provides a vibrant campus community that fosters diversity: more than 53% of students are first-generation college attendees; 48% are students of color; and approximately 21% are Hispanic. Lamar University has been ranked among the most diverse universities in Texas by U.S. News & World Report.
With more than 130 degree programs across seven academic colleges, small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio, students can build one-on-one connections with faculty members while gaining the career readiness skills that employers covet. 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.
Lamar University’s Texas Academy program offers a unique opportunity for academically excellent high school students to earn college credits while completing their high school curriculum. Along with academics, innovative research and service leadership, students in the program also can participate in intramural sports, clubs, student activities and events.
As a member of the Southland Conference, Lamar University athletics provides great opportunities for student-athletes pursuing excellence in academics, competitive venues and personal development. As a founding member of the league, the Cardinals have enjoyed five decades of success and witnessed 109 regular-season championships across the university’s 17 varsity sports.