Rankings & Recognition

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette — thanks to our people, programs, and research — is recognized nationally and globally for impressive academic opportunities, for advances in sustainability and inclusion, and for being a great place to live and learn.

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Princeton Review ranks UL Lafayette among the best

Among the Best

According to the Princeton Review and U.S. News & World Report, UL Lafayette is one of the top universities and colleges in the United States.

Academics at UL Lafayette

Praise for Our Programs

UL Lafayette’s master’s and doctoral programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing are ranked in U.S. News & World Report’s Best Graduate Schools 2021.

We have one of the top MBA programs in North America, according to CEO Magazine and U.S. News & World Report.


Our nursing graduates’ average pass rate for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX) over the past 38 years.


Animation Career Review ranked UL Lafayette’s animation program No. 14 in the South and No. 37 among U.S. public schools and colleges.

Dedicated to Helping All Students

We are committed to improving diversity and inclusion on our campus. INSIGHT into Diversity magazine has recognized UL Lafayette’s commitment and action with the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award for five years in a row. We are one of 90 universities in the U.S. to earn this distinction.

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Social Mobility & Affordability

Top 16%

UL Lafayette as one of the best universities in the nation for social mobility and providing a “best bang for the buck” education.

We’re one of the Forbes Best Value Colleges for our net price, school quality, and alumni earnings.

Research for a Reason

Because of our dedication and innovation, we’re an international leader in research. The Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education has designated UL Lafayette as R1, or a university with “very high research activity.” We’re among the top 3% of public and private universities in the United States to achieve this status.

Making an Impact

$2.7 billion

Increase in statewide economic impact in Louisiana

That total supports more than 34,600 jobs – one out of every 78 jobs in the state.

National Academy of Inventors Member

UL Lafayette is one of 250 universities worldwide in the National Academy of Inventors, an organization that supports innovation through academic research.

$1.8 million

worth of volunteer service

UL Lafayette students, faculty, and staff performed 35,200 community service hours this year.

Improving Sustainability Locally & Globally

Sustainability is part of everything we do at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. We use our campus as a living lab for sustainability research and education, and our efforts are gaining recognition across the world.

Sustainability in Action

UL Lafayette is the first — and only — higher education institution in Louisiana to earn the Green Ribbon School designation from the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The Arbor Day Foundation has named UL Lafayette as a Tree Campus Higher Education campus every year for the past 13 years.

The City We Call Home

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette and our city are linked through culture, research, and — most importantly — the people who love it here.

The University & Lafayette

Expedia ranked Lafayette, La., among the country’s “Most Artistic Towns,” in part because of UL Lafayette’s involvement in the cultural community and performances from our School of Music and Performing Arts.


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