Lamar University

Lamar University Student Enrollment and Financial Aid Information

Lamar University is a campus of the Texas State University system. Learn about its ranking, financial aid and student life, and get the pros and cons of studying at Lamar University.

Is Lamar University the School for You?

Lamar University (LU), located in the midsized Texas town of Beaumont, is approximately an hour and a half east of Houston. LU is a public university that offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs. Check out the facts below to see if LU is the school for you:


  • LU's business school is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business, a distinction given to less than 5% of U.S. schools
  • Lamar's online graduate nursing program is ranked #2 nationwide by U.S. News & World Report
  • Accepts AP credits


  • Total in-state cost (including all school and living expenses) is $4,756 higher than the national average
  • Graduation rate is nine percentage points lower than the national average
  • Student-to-faculty ratio is 19:1, which is higher than the national average

Ranking & School Analysis

U.S. News & World Report didn't rank LU nationally in 2013; however, it did recognize some of the university's online offerings, including its nursing program, graduate education program (#60 in the nation) and bachelor's programs (#72). Additionally, the Carnegie Foundation classified LU as a doctoral research university. On the other hand, the school has a 19:1 student-to-teacher ratio, which is slightly higher than the 16:1 national average reported by the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) in 2010.

The university features six colleges, including arts and sciences, education and human development, fine arts and communications, business, engineering and graduate studies. In 2011, LU's retention rate was 65% for full-time students, based on NCES figures. This was higher than the national average. However, the graduation rate was only 31% for students who began their studies in Fall 2005.

For the 2011-2012 school year, estimated average total expenses for an in-state student, which included room and board, tuition and other living expenses, were $21,892, per NCES; this was higher than the national average. Out-of-state students paid an average of $31,057 in total expenses that year. For those who serve in the military, GI Jobs classifies LU as a military-friendly school based on the quality of education for the price.

Getting In & Financial Aid at Lamar University

Since Lamar University is part of the Texas State University system, applicants must fill out an online application through the ApplyTexas system. LU weighs students' SAT and/or ACT scores and their class rankings when making admissions decisions. For instance, students ranked in the top 11-25% of their class likely will need a combined math and critical reading SAT score of at least 850 for admission. Students ranked in the top 10% of their class are not required to meet minimum SAT or ACT scores. For the 2013-2014 school year, students must submit an application and test scores to the university by August 1 if they intend to enroll for the fall semester.

According to U.S. News & World Report, the average cost for room and board for the 2012-2013 school year was $7,652, which was $1,663 cheaper than the national average. In the 2010-2011 school year, 72% of LU students received financial aid, and 52% of LU students took out loans to pay for school, based on NCES statistics. That same year, 13% of LU students received scholarships or grants directly from the university.

Applications & Tuition Info
Regular Application Deadline (2013-2014) August 1****
Financial Aid Priority Application Deadline (2013-2014) April 1****
Application Fee (2013-2014)$25**
Tuition & Fees (2011-2012) $8,076 in-state, $17,241 out-of-state**
Student Loan Default Rate (2009) 14.7%**

Life at Lamar University

Lamar University features a diverse college setting with numerous multicultural programs, including a global and international studies program, the Lamar Language Institute, study abroad opportunities and international student services. LU also offers disability services, services for veterans and mentor programs. Based on NCES statistics from Fall 2011, LU is an ethnically diverse campus, with 52% white, 32% African-American, 8% Hispanic and 4% Asian students.

If you enjoy clubs and student organizations, there are over 100 to choose from at LU. There are eight African-American fraternities and sororities, three general sororities and six general fraternities. According to The Princeton Review, some of the fraternities and sororities offer student housing. Other on-campus student housing options include apartments and dormitories. Student services include a health care facility and recreational center as well as on-site day care.

The College Board indicated that the average age of all students on campus was 23 as of 2012. That same year, 25% of students attended classes part-time.

Student Life Info
Campus Setting Medium-sized city**
Student Population (2012) 14,388*
Male-to-Female Student Ratio (2010) 41% male to 59% female**
% of Full Time Students (2010) 71%**
% of In-state Students (2010) 97%**
% of International Students (2010) 1%**
Retention Rate (2011) 65%**
Campus Housing Available Yes**
% of Students Living on Campus 18%***
Noteworthy Unique facilities include a city museum and a hazardous waste research center*

Sources: *Lamar University website, **NCES, ***U.S. News & World Report, ****College Board.

School Contact Information

  • Address: Office of Admissions, Lamar University, P.O. Box 10009, Beaumont, Texas 77710
  • Phone: 409-880-8888