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Rankings & Recognition


UL Lafayette is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2020 edition of "The Best 385 Colleges" published by the Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.

U.S. News and World Report ranked the University of Louisiana at Lafayette among the top 300 national universities in the 2020 edition of "Best Colleges."

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette earned high marks in the 2022 U.S. News & World Report Best Online Programs rankings. UL Lafayette's online bachelor's degree programs were the highest ranked in the state.

U.S. News & World Report also ranked UL Lafayette's graduate programs in business, education, engineering, law, medicine, and nursing in the 2021 edition of Best Graduate Schools.

Over the past 38 years, the University’s nursing graduates have achieved a 95% or higher first-time pass rates for the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses.

The B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration is included in the 2018 edition of the Princeton Review’s “Best 267 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.

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

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.

Social Mobility & Affordability

UL Lafayette is a two-time winner of the Higher Education Excellence in Diversity Award from INSIGHT into Diversity magazine. Fewer than 100 universities in the United States earn that distinction.

The University is one of 65 in the country to earn gold-level Military Friendly School status — an award based on the University' commitment to helping veterans enroll, graduate, and find careers.

"Washington Monthly" magazine has cited UL Lafayette as one of best universities in the nation at helping low-income students earn degrees and providing a "best bang for the buck" education. It ranked UL Lafayette among the top 300 national universities.

Forbes named the University of Louisiana at Lafayette as one of its "Best Value Colleges 2019" for school quality, net price, net debt, timely graduation, and mid-career alumni earnings.

Research, Development & Impact

UL Lafayette holds the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Learning’s elite R1 designation, ranking it among the nation’s top public and private research institutions.

UL Lafayette is one of 250 universities worldwide in the National Academy of Inventors, an organization that encourages and supports inventors working in academic settings.

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's 2017 economic impact report found that UL Lafayette generates $6.53 for every $1 the University receives in state funds. According to that same report, UL Lafayette graduates increased Acadiana’s gross domestic product by about 9%, which is nearly $2.6 billion.

Annual community service performed by UL Lafayette students, faculty and staff totals 332,200 hours, which is valued at more than $7.5 million.


The University is ranked No. 195 among all universities in the world for its sustainable and green practices.

UL Lafayette won the Environmental Protection Agency's 2018 Campus RainWorks Challenge in the Master Plan category.

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.

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 Arbor Day Foundation has designated UL Lafayette as a Tree Campus USA every year for the past decade.

UL Lafayette's Student Union is LEED Silver Certified.


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

Louisiana Ragin' Cajuns student-athletes have the highest graduation rate in the Sun Belt Conference and the highest average GPA.

The University & Lafayette

Expedia ranked Lafayette, La., among "America's Most Artistic Towns," citing the University's involvement in the cultural community and the School of Music and Performing Arts' performances.

“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.