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About Us

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 University of Louisiana at Lafayette is all about inclusion. It strives 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.

By now, you should have gotten the hint that the University of Louisiana at Lafayette isn’t an ordinary university. It’s not a school of almost higher education.

We’re the second-largest university in Louisiana, with over 19,000 students, and offer bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees. Our offerings range from the humanities to hard sciences, and we are 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 are 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 explore this website to learn more about the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and discover our passions.

Our history

When it was founded on July 14, 1898, the University of Louisiana at Lafayette was known as the Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. It had no campus, no students, and no instructors.

Now, the University has more than 19,000 students and is an international leader in academics and research.

Explore our history.

Meet our leaders

University President E. Joseph Savoie is the sixth president of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. He oversees six divisions within the University.

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Rankings & recognition

We're among the top universities in the country — and the world — recognized for our impressive academic programs, research projects that makes an impact, sustainability initiatives, and diversity and inclusion practices.

See our awards and accolades.