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UL Lafayette is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2017 edition of "The Best 381 Colleges" published by the Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.

Total enrollment at the University this Fall was 19,188, the highest in the school’s history.

The University's graduation rate has risen over 49 percent during the last decade.

UL Lafayette is among the top 10 universities in the United States for its percentage of research and development expenditures funded by business, according to the National Science Foundation.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is among the top 310 national universities cited in U.S. News and World Report’s 2017 edition of “Best Colleges,” an annual guidebook for prospective college students.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette earned high marks in the 2017 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. The University’s online bachelor’s program earned a numerical ranking of No. 68. It was the highest-ranked program in the state.

"Washington Monthly" magazine has cited UL Lafayette as one of best universities in the nation at helping low-income students earn degrees. It ranked UL Lafayette among the top 200 national universities.

The University's distance learning programs also placed No. 1 on Best Schools' "Top 10 Online Colleges in Louisiana."

Over the past 20 years, the University’s nursing graduates have achieved first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses that consistently exceed national and state averages.

The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is included in the 2016 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 296 Business Schools” for its Master of Business Administration program.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has one of the top 71 MBA programs in North America, CEO Magazine recently reported.

UL Lafayette's online Master of Science in Nursing program was ranked the most affordable online MSN program by BestColleges.com.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette has one of the top 10 electrical engineering graduate programs in the nation, according to Spring 2015 rankings issued by graduateprograms.com.

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s animation program is ranked No. 14 in the South and No. 37 among public schools and colleges in the nation for 2015 by Animation Career Review.

The Louisiana Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics Department ranked No. 34 overall in the U.S., which was partly a nod to its multiple championships wins.

“USA Today” editors nominated 20 cities for its 10 Best Reader’s Choice contest for Best College Town Weekend; Lafayette, La., was voted No. 1.

ConventionSouth magazine named the city a hip, historic college town in the South. It cited Lafayette, home to the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, in its “South’s Historic College Towns with Hip Group Appeal” 2014 list.

UL Lafayette is one of 85 colleges and universities, and the only one in Louisiana, profiled in “The Campus Wild: How College and University Green Landscapes Provide Havens for Wildlife and ‘Lands-on’ Experiences for Students.”

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette is the first, and only, higher education institution in the state to earn the “Green Ribbon School” designation from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.