The University of Louisiana at Lafayette, or UL Lafayette, is a coeducational, public research university located in Lafayette, Louisiana, in the heart of Acadiana. It is the largest campus within the eight-campus University of Louisiana System and is the second largest university in the state of Louisiana.
Founded in 1900 as an industrial institute, the university developed into a four-year college in the 1920s and became known by its present name in 1999. Concurrently the university evolved into a national research and doctoral university.
The university offers 78 undergraduate degree programs, 27 master’s degree programs, and 8 Doctor of Philosophy programs, which include applied language and speech sciences, biology, computer engineering, computer science, educational leadership (a joint degree offered by UL Lafayette and Southeastern Louisiana University), English, francophone studies and mathematics. About 1,200 students are graduated each fall and spring.
It offers Louisiana’s only PhD in francophone studies and the only industrial design degree. The university has achieved several milestones in computer science, engineering and architecture.
UL Lafayette has 10 colleges and schools:
College of the Arts, B.I. Moody III College of Business Administration, College of Education, College of Engineering, College of General Studies, College of Liberal Arts (distinct from the college of the Arts, the last one being unique in universities), College of Nursing, Ray P. Authement College of Sciences, Graduate School, University College.
There are more than 500 continuing faculty and more than 200 adjunct or part-time faculty members.
A new baccalaureate program in moving image arts will be offered at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. It is designed to provide a thorough study of the production and uses of moving imagery, usually accompanied by sound, as a means of creative communication and artistic expression.
The Carnegie Foundation has designated UL Lafayette as a “Research University with High Research Activity.” That puts UL Lafayette in the same category as Clemson, Auburn and Baylor universities. The only other Louisiana institution in the same category is the University of New Orleans.
Louisiana’s Ragin’ Cajuns compete in NCAA Division 1, the highest level of collegiate athletics with sports such as Football, Baseball, Softball, Basketball, Track and Field, Golf, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer.
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Lafayette is a city in and the parish seat of Lafayette Parish on the Vermilion River. It is the fourth largest city in the state. It was founded as Vermilionville in 1821 by a French-speaking Acadian named Jean Mouton. In 1884, it was renamed for General Gilbert du Motier, marquis de Lafayette, a French military hero who fought with and significantly aided the American Army during the American Revolutionary War. The city’s economy was primarily based on agriculture until the 1940s, when the petroleum and natural gas industry became dominant. In recent years, the medical profession has taken a more predominant role in the area economy.
Lafayette is the center of the Cajun culture in Louisiana and the United States. As such, Lafayette has many cultural places of interest: Acadiana Center for the Arts, Acadian Village (a reconstructed Cajun bayou community of moved and reassembled authentic buildings with a representative collection of Cajun furnishings), Alexandre Mouton House Museum (home to Louisiana’s first Democratic governor, Alexandre Mouton, who once lived in this antebellum town house, now a museum which contains a collection of antiques, historical documents, and old Mardi Gras costumes), Heymann Center (a performing arts center), Jean Lafitte National Park Acadian Cultural Center, Lafayette Natural History Museum & Planetarium (a combination museum and planetarium, which houses over 1,000 paintings, prints and sculpture of Louisiana artists and regularly changing exhibits and planetarium programs), National Wetlands Research Center (a research facility operated by the U.S. Geological Survey that focuses on estuarine, marine, and freshwater wetlands), Paul and Lulu Hillard University Art Museum (with a Permanent Collection consisting of more than 2000 works of art, including paintings, prints, drawings, sculpture, and photographs that represent 18th, 19th and 20th century Louisiana, in addition to works from around the world), Vermilionville (a reconstruction of a Cajun-Creole settlement from the 1765-to-1890 era).
The city has a strong tourism industry because of the Cajun and Creole cultures of the surrounding region. Downtown Lafayette has redefined itself as the civic, cultural (a palette of public art, festivals and community events to celebrate Acadiana’s past, present and future) and economic center. Key public facilities meld with visionary urban designs, and the result is the pedestrian-friendly urban center. The cuisine of the region, Cajun cuisine, is one of the most famous regional cuisines in the United States.
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