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The University of Louisiana is a public, research institution residing in Lafayette, Louisiana. It strives to offer excellent education that is built on tradition, culture, and heritage. It is dedicated to transforming students into leaders who advance knowledge and make a difference in the lives of others. The University of Louisiana was founded in 1898 as an industrial school named Southwestern Louisiana Industrial Institute. It officially opened in 1901. In 1920, the school began offering four year degrees and its name was changed to Southwestern Louisiana Institute of Liberal and Technical Learning in 1921. The school continued to grow and expand and was renamed the University of Southwestern Louisiana in 1960. It officially became the University of Louisiana in 1999. Today, the University of Louisiana is home to more than 17,000 students.

University of Louisiana Accreditation Details

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges regionally accredits the campus-based and online programs at the University of Louisiana. UL holds numerous accreditations for its varying degree programs including:

  • AACSB International
  • American Chemical Society
  • Commission on Collegiate Nursing Education
  • National Association of Schools of Music
  • Accreditation Council for Pharmacy Education

University of Louisiana Application Requirements


  • Complete and submit the Undergraduate Application for Admission
  • Submit official high school transcript
  • Submit official transcripts from all previously attended institutions of higher learning
  • Submit official ACT or SAT scores
  • Pay the $25 non-refundable application fee


  • Complete and submit the Graduate Online Application
  • Pay the $20 non-refundable application fee
  • Submit official transcripts from all previous colleges and universities
  • Submit official GRE, GMAT, or other related test scores as required by specific programs
  • Submit three letters of recommendation sent directly from the writer
  • Submit proof of immunization form
  • Complete any additional requirements for specific program

Tuition and Financial Aid

Undergraduate Tuition

  • Louisiana resident/non-resident and US citizen: $1,184 per credit hour
  • Louisiana resident/and non-resident and non-US citizen: $1,861 per credit hour
  • For 12 credit hours and considered full-time:
    • Louisiana resident: $4,944
    • Out-of-state resident: $11,808
    • International resident: $5,599
    • International non-resident: $12,463

Graduate Tuition

  • Louisiana resident/non-resident and US citizen: $1,569 per credit hour
  • Louisiana resident/non-resident and non-US citizen: $2,246 per credit hour
  • For 12 credit hours:
    • Louisiana resident: $5,316
    • Out-of-state resident: $12,180
    • International resident: 5,971
    • International non-resident: $12,835

Online Tuition

Majority of online programs cost regular tuition based on the University of Louisiana System. Tuition varies on the amount of credit hours. Out-of-state students are charged in-state tuition unless they are enrolled in a special program.

Financial Aid

The University of Louisiana offers an array of financial aid programs to assist students with paying for their college education. Scholarships, grants, loans, and work-study options are available.


  • Outstanding Student Scholarship
  • Jefferson Caffery Scholarship
  • Academic Scholarship
  • Centennial Scholarship
  • Academic Excellence Scholarship
  • In-State Transfer Scholarship
  • Louisiana TOPS Program
  • Vermilion International Scholarship
  • Cayenne International Transfer Scholarship


  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • Iraq and Afghanistan Service Grant
  • Louisiana GO Grant


  • Federal Direct Subsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct Unsubsidized Loan
  • Federal Direct PLUS Loan
  • Federal Direct Graduate PLUS Loan
  • Federal Perkins Loan
  • Private Loans

Federal Work-Study Program

The Federal Work-Study programs provides eligible students with on and off campus jobs to help them pay for college related expenses. Students are typically assigned to a specific department or agency for an average of 12 hours per week and earn at least the minimum federal wage. Actual pay, hours, and job duties vary by student, employer, and qualifications.

Online Degrees Available

The University of Louisiana offers various undergraduate and graduate programs to prepare students for meaningful careers in popular fields. Undergraduate, graduate, doctorate, and graduate certificate programs are available in business, education, healthcare, nursing, systems technology, professional writing, and general studies.

Bachelor of Science in Kinesiology: Health Promotion and Wellness

This program prepares students to work as health educators and community health workers that improve the quality of life for individuals and groups of people. Students learn to encourage healthy lifestyles and promote wellness through a variety of methods, including gathering and evaluating data to identify the needs of communities, planning and implementing corporate methods to promote the health and wellbeing of employees of an organization, and assessing programs that encourage healthy lifestyles and environments. The program requires the completion of 120 credit hours. The core courses include fundamentals of biology, environmental health, drugs and society, health promotion theory, social problems, world health issues, occupational health and safety, and epidemiology. In addition to the online courses, students must complete an on-site first aid course, a three-hour clinical experience, and a nine-hour internship in their home areas. Graduates of the program are prepared to take the national certification examination for the Certified Health Education Specialist credential.

Graduate Certificate in Professional Writing

This program concentrates on professional and technical writing. Students learn about writing for print, reports, technical manuals, grants and proposals. The program requires the completion of 15 credit hours, including 12 hours of coursework and three hours of internship experience. The courses include professional and technical writing, document design, special projects in professional writing, and professional writing practicum.

Doctor of Nursing Practice

The Doctor of Nursing Practice program offers two options for students, the post-master's option for those with current master's in nursing degrees and the BSN to DNP option for students with a bachelor's degree seeking advanced practice. The post-master's option prepares nurse practitioners or nurse executives to meet the needs of a complex healthcare environment and pursue leadership roles. The program requires the completion of 39 credit hours and the core courses include scholarly foundations for advanced practice, clinical scholarship and analytic methods for evidence-based practice, preventive care for populations, ethics and health care policy, and organizational and systems leadership.

The BSN to DNP program combines evidence-based practice with theory and research to prepare students for advanced nursing practice. The program requires the completion of 70 graduate credit hours and at least 1,000 hours of supervised program practice hours. The core courses include pharmacotherapeutics for advanced practice nursing, pathophysiology for advanced practice nursing, advanced practice scholarly and theoretical foundations, generating evidence for nursing practice, advanced practice nursing: family, ethics and health care policy, and health care informatics. Students who complete this option at the University of Louisiana are eligible to take the Family Nurse Practitioner national certification examination after completion of the fifth semester in the program.