About Lamar University

Home to more than 17,000 students, Lamar University is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities. LU is a member of The Texas State University System, which is the first higher education system of Texas and maintains the lowest average tuition and fees of any university system in Texas. With more than 120 degree options and a community that cares, Lamar students are always proud to be Cardinals.


Lamar University is nationally recognized for our quality curriculum for all degree program levels: Bachelor'sMaster's and Doctoral. The university is broken into five undergraduate colleges, one graduate college, and an honors college. Visit the college websites for more information about specific departments and degree programs.

Arts & Sciences
Education & Human Development
Fine Arts & Communication
Graduate Studies

The university stresses academic achievement by emphasizing hands-on learning at all levels, providing ample opportunities for undergraduate research and supporting an excellent Honors Program. Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and is one of 29 public universities recognized as a Carnegie Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. Several LU colleges and programs hold additional specialized certifications and accreditations recognizing their quality and expertise.

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By the Numbers

Small class sizes and a low student-to-faculty ratio allow students to build meaningful relationships with expert faculty who truly care about their success.

$10 million
of aid in more than
2000 scholarships
Degree Programs
First Gen Students
Countries Represented

Explore Lamar University

Our beautiful, over 300-acre campus has everything you need to be successful during your college years.  Get inspired by professors who are experts in their fields of study. Take part in campus life through one of more than 250 student organizations. Become an intern, volunteer or get a head start on your career.  Connect with what's important to you.

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Lamar University Athletics

NCAA Division: I
Conference: Southland Conference

Lamar University students enjoy cheering on the Cardinals in fifteen NCAA Division I men’s and women’s sports. Competing in the Southland Conference, Cardinals teams have a history of winning championships in sports including men’s and women’s basketball, golf, tennis, track and field, and cross country. The baseball program has been nationally recognized for decades and has produced multiple major leaguers. LU’s football program heightens excitement on campus with conference-leading crowds and students involved in marching band, cheerleading, the dance team and all the fun of game-day tailgating. The soccer, volleyball and softball programs at Lamar University are perennial conference leaders whose fans cheer on the Cardinals at the top-notch facilities on campus.

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