About Lamar University

Founded in 1923, Lamar University. is a Public college. Located in Texas, which is a city setting in Texas, the campus itself is Urban. The campus is home to 9,308 full time undergraduate students, and 5,693 full time graduate students.

The Lamar University Academic calendar runs on a Semester basis. In the school year the student to faculty ratio was 18:1. There are 485 full time instructional teachers. Degrees awarded at Lamar University include: Bachelor's Degree, Masters Degree, Post-master's certificate, Doctor's degree.

Quick Facts

Acceptance Rate76%
Application Deadline
Application Fee25
SAT Range860-1050
ACT Range18-23

Admissions at LU are considered Less Selective, with ,46% of all applicants being admitted.

In the school year, of the students who applied to the school, only 26 of those who were admitted eventually ended up enrolling.

69% of incoming freshmen are in the top half of their high school class. 33% were in the top quarter, and 13% were in the top tenth. You can apply online.

STUDENT LIFE

We asked, and students answered these important questions about student life at Lamar University.

4%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
9%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
16%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
10%
“I only go out in groups”
53%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
37%
“I feel extremely safe”
21%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
19%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
10%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
57%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
34%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
24%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
63%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
7%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
56%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
24%
“We only party on weekends”
15%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
18%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
69%
“There might be people who do”
10%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”
4%
“We”re apathetic”
35%
“We know about current events and vote”
57%
“We participate and encourage others to get involved”
3%
“There”s nothing we won”t protest”
9%
“We save it for the classroom”
25%
“Sometimes, but not often”
50%
“There”s usually intelligent conversation to be found”
16%
“All the time, including weekends”
0%
“I”m always terrified”
10%
“I only go out in groups”
53%
“I usually let someone know where I”m going”
37%
“I feel extremely safe”
21%
“We don”t play sports”
0%
“We play recreationally”
19%
“We bought the gear”
60%
“We live for the big game”
10%
“It”s not really our thing”
21%
“Occasinally we gallery crawl”
57%
“There are a variety of opportunities”
12%
“We”re a very artistic group”
7%
“Haven”t met them”
3%
“Available in class”
56%
“They keep regular office hours”
34%
“They”re always available”
6%
“No greek life, but other groups to join”
24%
“There is some involvement, but not a lot”
63%
“Plenty of people join a sorority or fraternity”
7%
“It”s everything. If you”re not greek, you”re a geek”
6%
“We”re not into drinking at all”
56%
“Maybe a little, but it”s not a big thing”
24%
“We only party on weekends”
15%
“There”s some drinking happening every night”
18%
“Never, we”re here to learn”
69%
“There might be people who do”
10%
“People are known to partake on weekends”
3%
“There”s a huge drug scene”

Lamar University REVIEWS

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  • How would you rate on-campus housing?

    101 Students rated on-campus housing 4 stars. 33 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate off-campus housing?

    76 Students rated off-campus housing 3.7 stars. 0 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus food?

    118 Students rated campus food 3.7 stars. 27 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate campus facilities?

    121 Students rated campus facilities 4.1 stars. 36 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate class size?

    121 Students rated class size 4.2 stars. 49 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate school activities?

    121 Students rated school activities 4 stars. 38 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate local services?

    121 Students rated local services 3.8 stars. 39 % gave the school a 5.0.

  • How would you rate academics?

    120 Students rated academics 4.1 stars. 41 % gave the school a 5.0.

What's your overall opinion of Lamar University?

88 Students rated Lamar University

jamya - 10/02/2022

Lamar is a school that surrounds the school the students to make it our best experience.

Rafael - 05/23/2021

Lamar University has its ups and downs, which is very common in other colleges. But, this one is rather unique since there are many things that can be offered here: scholarships, courses to high profession, awards, fraternities/sororities, and peer relationships. With its transcendent milieu, people like me can see why there is hope for a better tomorrow.

Mia - 12/08/2020

Lamar is not one of the top schools in the nation that people dream about attending, but its enough to deal with. They provide us with enough sources to push through for the next four years of our lives. It is a good enough opportunity to purse what you want to do in life.

Ysa - 09/02/2020

I really enjoyed my time there. The professors genuinely care about your success and are there to help you. Even in larger auditorium-style classes, you feel like the professor sees you as an individual. Lamar does have a large wealth disparity because Beaumont has both super rich parts and much poorer parts, and the school is aware of that so they try and ensure you get the most bang for your buck.

Lamar University FAQS

  1. What is the Acceptance Rate at Lamar University?

    The fall 2020 acceptance rate for Lamar University is 76%. That means, out of _____ applications received in 2020 , _____ students were offered admission. The number of males who applied was _____ vs the number of females which was _____.

  2. What should every freshman at your school know before they start?

    What I have gotten out of my college experience is a sense of work ethic, or hard work. Without hard work there is no success or even a sense of pride of achieving the most desireable of things in life. No college on earth is an easy, free ride. All colleges require some hard work in obtaining a degree in any field of study. With hard work comes perseverance, which is why it is a valuable aspect in attending any college. What makes hard work valuable is that it could help anyone accomplish his or her goals, overcome obstacles, and fulfill dreams. I personally have big dreams to become the best veterinarian in the world, and I know with dreams like that it is not going to be easy to fulfill without putting in a lot of hard work. I try to keep in mind the phrase "you get what you put out" when it comes to my academics and pursuing my dreams and goals. Little or no effert comes with no progress, but a lot of hard work and strong determination comes with great progress.

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  3. Describe how your school looks to someone who's never seen it.

    Small, friendly and very inviting.

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  4. Describe the students at your school.

    Very independent and intelligent. Life in college is like a little world in and of itself.

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  5. What's the one thing you wish someone had told you about freshman year?

    I am an accounting major and I wish I would have known that in the degree plan the classes that must be taken have to be in a certain order and are only offered certain semesters making it hard to plan your schedule and time so that you can graduate soon.

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  6. What kind of person should attend this school?

    Most likely a person with strained finances who likes a small town atmosphere and wants a degree in engineering, business, or some type of science.

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  7. What do you brag about most when you tell your friends about your school?

    I have a great group of friends at Lamar, and I met most of them at the Baptist Student Ministry (BSM). I love the diversity of personalities and life stories. There are upper classmen that I can get advice from and lower classmen that I can encourage. I think a lot of people lose themselves in the attempt to find themselves in college, but I know that the atmosphere provided at the BSM keeps me from making so many of the mistakes that are common for college students. This group of people has truly become my college family.

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  8. What's the most frustrating thing about your school?

    The most frustrating thing about my school is dealing with the people in the financial aid office! They act like they hate when we have questions about our money. It seems that everyone has a different answer to the same exact question, so you really don't know who's telling you the right thing to do. They seem like they hate to explain themselves, and they are always quick to get an attitude with you when you say that another worker gave you a different answer to the question you ask them.

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  9. Here's your chance: Say anything about your college!

    the class room sizes.

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  10. What's unique about your campus?

    The best thing about Lamar is the jobs that students can get after graduating because of this school.

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  11. What kind of person should not attend this school?

    Some one who is not focused and discipline will no doubt have a difficult time, because there is not one to tell you what needs to be done. You have to learn to manage you time wisely and always have work and yourself on time.

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  12. What do you consider the worst thing about your school? Why?

    The worst thing about the school I am attending would be the dining hall because the hall is limited to certain hours. On the days of the finals most students stay up late , nine times out of ten the students are going to be very hungry after a long night of studying. The food in the dining hall could be better.

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  13. Describe your favorite campus traditions.

    for its excellent nursing program as well as other majors.

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  14. What are the academics like at your school?

    When you're a Freshman, you take what most students call the "basics," and here you are required to take lab sciences, literature courses, math courses, foreign languages...the requirements vary between degree plans, but essentially you are expected to have a well-rounded education. I think it's definitely worth noting that in early 2011, an article in the Washington Post praised the curriculum at Lamar as more diverse and therefore better than HARVARD. Reason being, even if you're an English major like me, you still have to take statistics, and biology or geology, and those types of courses that aren't so interesting to me. And according to the Washington Post, that makes me more well-rounded than a Harvard grad. HA! Another big perk for us here is the class sizes. We seem to keep growing in numbers when it comes to enrollment, which is always cool, but our largest classes generally hover around 40-50 students tops. As you get higher up into your senior level classes, they dwindle down sometimes as small as 6-10. We all love it; we get to know each other, our professors, and we build better relationships between faculty and students which ultimately makes for a better education overall. The professors know us, they know what we need, and they make themselves available to us if and when we need their help with something. It's really a luxury that other larger schools just don't seem to offer. But we aren't small potatoes, either. We're a nice-sized school with a nice variety--you can get your PhD in Chemical Engineering or you can major in Studio Art. As for me, I earned my bachelor of arts in English and I just wrapped up my first semester back as a grad student earning my masters in English. Getting this far has been no cake-walk, but it has certainly been a fun journey as I've had encouraging faculty who have supported me so much. Mushy, I know, but when you're in college, a supportive faculty is something you really learn to love and appreciate. Basically, Lamar is a great place to kind of "find yourself," so to speak. Whether you're certain about your career dreams or you're just kind of trying to figure all that out, Lamar is a comfortable place to be. I know a guy who came here to study Chemical Engineering, which is a very lucrative career in this area, and changed his mind when he fell head over heels in love...with math. Now, he's soaring to the top in mathematical research.

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  15. What are the most popular student activities/groups?

    Student Government Association is becoming more of a presence around campus, and that's always cool to be a part of. I was never really involved with the sororities, and I don't know much about the fraternities...but sometimes they'll have some neat things going on, if they're selling food and have loud music going on in between classes, that's always cool. But the Greek thing isn't really a heavy scene around here...at least in my experience. I will say though that football returned in 2010, and whether you're into football or not it's been pretty exciting. They built a stadium and students get free tickets if we want, so it's neat to have that going on during the fall. Basketball draws a lot of folks from the community as well, and between basketball and football, the sports at Lamar earn us a great deal of support from the community. As far as a dating "scene," well, I don't know how those function at any school? No differently than meeting friends? I've made several friends at Lamar, mostly in class, believe it or not. The class sizes at their largest hover around 40-50 students, so you really get a chance to pair up with a study buddy and help each other out. I've still got friends from my Geology 2 class..and without them, I might not have passed. Surviving that kind of pressure all but makes you friends for life, ha. So if you're looking for love at Lamar, I'd start in the classroom. It's the perfect place to get to know somebody. Just don't talk or text or whatever, some professors will humiliate you if you get caught. (I've seen it.) The party scene usually settles itself around the local bars in downtown Beaumont, and it's also pretty common for people to drive over state lines to Louisiana to go gambling once in a while. I've never lived on campus so I wouldn't know what happens there, but I'm pretty sure the dorms are pretty tame. They're pretty-looking, too. There is however one bar that is literally across the street from campus, Kampus Korner, but this joint also has food, coffee, a jukebox, pool tables, and live music a few times a month I think. From what I understand people don't get too crazy over there. Usually they just kind of hang around and have fun, and it's safe. Nice place.

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  16. Describe a day on campus you'll never forget.

    enough said... day the frat and soro come out and give in coming freshmans and upper class a taste of the Greek life... i love the kappas..

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  17. Describe the best and worst parts of the social scene on campus.

    social even are mostly pack so you might wanna get there early

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  18. Describe the dorms.

    Yes the rooms are small but reasonable size for two people. The living room and bathroom is shared between the two but bedrooms are separated so you have your own space. The walls are thin you hear everything n i mean everything upstair, next door, and in the hallways but it reasonable not to many complaints...

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  19. What are your classes like?

    I'm currently earning my masters in English, so my classes are very cool. I just wrapped up my first semester in grad school, and my Romanticism class had around 17 students--five of us were grad students, the rest were upper-level undergrads. At this level, English is much more interesting. You don't usually have those pesky quizzes over the literature anymore, because now you're mature enough to actually read the material and understand it, and the professors know this. And if you don't, well, it's up to you to wing it when a class discussion starts up, or when you have an exam or you're scrambling for a topic for your research paper. Because of the class size, we're able to have some very interesting discussions. We tackle the more abstract issues, like whether we invented language...or did language invent us? It's fun, and very stimulating to walk away thinking beyond the syllabus. Often the discussions continue on after the class, and sometimes a debate will ensue (but nobody fights dirty here, we play nice.) And if the debate wraps up before you're done making your point, you take it to the research paper and argue that point 'till your blue in the face with no interruptions. And if you're passionate enough about the subject you're writing about, odds are you'll get an A. Funny how that always seems to happen. Let's put it this way--for an 8 a.m. class, classroom participation was not usually a problem. That right there says something.

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  20. What is your overall opinion of this school?

    We all enjoy the size of Lamar, that's one of the best things. It's not a teeny weeny school, but the class size ranges everywhere from 5-10 students up to 40-50. This makes it very easy for us to get to know our professors and vice versa, which is helpful when you're struggling with a certain class. The professors always make themselves available to the students for help, and when it comes to tough college classes, I can't think of anything more reassuring. The curriculum is also well-rounded; in fact, an article in the Washington Post published early in 2011 praised our "basics" portion of the standard degree plan as being more thorough and well-rounded than Harvard. Yeah, I said HARVARD. We were shocked too. As far as campus life, it's rapidly changing in a good way. I'm a grad student, and when I was an undergrad, there wasn't much going on around campus at all. Flash forward three years later, and we've got this new energy and enthusiasm that just seems to make things more fun. The football team is back, and that's a really big deal. We aren't exactly the BEST on the radar, but the spirit has caught on and it is exciting around here during football season. Kampus Korner is a restaurant within walking distance of the school, and it's now added a full bar and has bands play at least once a week. If you're 21 and you live on campus, this is a great thing. But the partying thing isn't all we've got--for Memorial Day, the Student Government Association stuck miniature American flags all over the Quad in front of the student center, and it was beautiful. Overall, the vibe around here is really positive, and I appreciate that when I'm stressed out over some tough homework. If I were to describe the school in one word, I probably couldn't. But a few that come to mind: affordable, comfortable, friendly, and very accommodating. Oh, and red.

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  21. Why did you decide to go to this school?

    a representative from lamar university came to my high school gave a presentation. The presentation capture my attention more than any other university.When the rep stated that the classroom size are about the size of a high school classroom in that way you have a better chance to interact more with your professor....i applied

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Student Body

Students

58%

female

42%

male

9,308

Total Undergrad Enrollment

5,693

Total Grad Students

1%

Out-Of-State

98%

In-State

1%

International

Organizations

181

Student Organizations

11

Fraternities

8

Sororities

Housing

Yes

On-Campus Housing

18%

of students living on campus

Student Diversity

% American Indian/Alaskan Native
N/A
% Asian/Pacific Islander
5%
% Black or African-American
27%
% Hispanic/Latino
15%
% White or Caucasian
48%

TUITION & AID

All students must apply yearly for financial aid. This process starts with the FAFSA. Though financial aid deadlines vary by school, it is a good idea to apply as soon as possible. For the upcoming school year, you can apply as early as October 1 for the FAFSA. Additional school aid will be dependent on the FAFSA results.

80% of students attending Lamar University receive some sort of financial aid. 45% were awarded federal grants. While 51% received federal loans. Many students do also need to apply for additional private student loans.

Cost Out of State

$17,938

Tuition and fees(Out of state)

$1,000

Books and Supplies

$8,350

Room and Board

27,288

Total On Campus

Actual Cost By Income Level(W/Financial Aid)

Family Income
Cost
$0 - $30K
$10,000
$30 - $48K
$11,782
$48 - $75K
$15,952
$75 - $110K
$17,901
$110K & UP
$18,719

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