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OPE ID: 00358100
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Lamar University
4400 MLK Blvd, Beaumont, Texas 77705
General information:  (409) 880-7011
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Associate's degree
Bachelor's degree
Master's degree
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  14,895 (9,279 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  22 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
Mission Statement
  Lamar University is a comprehensive public institution educating a diverse student body, preparing students for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world, and enhancing the future of Southeast Texas, the state, the nation, and the world through teaching, research and creative activity, and service.

Lamar University Core Values
To provide a learning environment of the highest quality and integrity, Lamar University values:

Our STUDENTS, including their curricular and extracurricular activities;
Our FACULTY and STAFF, high quality employees who are committed to educating and serving our students;
Our commitment to DIVERSITY in ideas, people, and access;
Our collegial ENVIRONMENT with contemporary, functional, and pleasing facilities, a safe campus, and responsible fiscal management;
Our bonds with SOUTHEAST TEXAS, the STATE, the NATION, and the WORLD, including our alumni and friends, through economic and educational development, research and creative activity, service and outreach.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral/Research Universities
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
3% or less
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Weekend/evening college
Student Services
Remedial services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Credit for life experiences
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2014Full timePart time
Total faculty431107
Research and public service30
Total graduate assistants-200
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,500$1,520$1,544$1,200-22.3%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$7,682$7,976$7,966$7,870-1.2%
Off Campus
Room and board-$7,654$7,966$7,550-5.2%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2011-20122012-20132013-20142014-2015% change 2013-2014 to 2014-2015
On Campus$21,892$22,666$21,769$20,989-3.6%
Off Campus$9,576$22,344$21,769$20,669-5.1%
Off Campus with Family$9,576$14,690$13,573$13,119-3.3%
On Campus$31,057$34,696$30,265$29,692-1.9%
Off Campus$18,741$34,374$30,265$29,372-3.0%
Off Campus with Family$18,741$26,720$22,069$21,822-1.1%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2014-2015
In-state tuition$5,724
In-state fees$1,940
Out-of-state tuition$12,240
Out-of-state fees$1,940
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee planX
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2013-2014
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid11,18184%————
Grant or scholarship aid1,05275%$6,257,195$5,948
Federal grants67348%$2,787,516$4,142
Pell grants67348%$2,722,281$4,045
Other federal grants352%$65,235$1,864
State/local government grant or scholarships72351%$2,767,450$3,828
Institutional grants or scholarships27820%$702,229$2,526
Student loan aid73252%$4,607,422$6,294
Federal student loans72852%$4,389,512$6,030
Other student loans363%$217,910$6,053
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid15,69761%$30,752,582$5,398
Pell grants4,14744%$16,378,822$3,950
Federal student loans5,09354%$38,773,699$7,613
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$16,349$14,937$13,789
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2011-20122012-20132013-2014
$0 – $30,000$15,553$14,576$12,412
$30,001 – $48,000$16,909$15,132$13,242
$48,001 – $75,000$19,984$18,273$16,719
$75,001 – $110,000$21,076$19,876$18,566
$110,001 and more$21,389$20,672$19,226
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2014
Total enrollment14,895
Undergraduate enrollment9,279
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment690
Graduate enrollment5,616
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 70%
Part-time: 30%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 42%
Female: 58%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 28%
Hispanic/Latino: 14%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 49%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 1%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 71%
25 and over: 29%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 97%
Out-of-state: 2%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Age data are reported for Fall 2013.
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 19%
Part-time: 81%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 20%
Enrolled in some distance education: 28%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 52%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 73%
Enrolled in some distance education: 6%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 22%
Undergraduate application fee (2014-2015): $25
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2014
Number of applicants4,5721,8952,677
Percent admitted79%83%76%
Percent admitted who enrolled39%42%36%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school rankX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Formal demonstration of competenciesX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2014 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading420530
SAT Math440530
ACT Composite1823
ACT English1623
ACT Math1724
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 60%
Part-time students: 51%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2013 and Returned in Fall 2014
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 60 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2014.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 33%
Transfer-out rate: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2006]
4-year: 11%
6-year: 32%
8-year: 37%
[Began in Fall 2008]
4-year: 11%
6-year: 33%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2006 or Fall 2008
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 31%
Female: 34%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 33%
Asian: 41%
Black or African American: 22%
Hispanic/Latino: 43%
White: 41%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 24%
Non-resident alien: 22%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2008 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2013-2014
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramAssociateBachelorMasterDoctor
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Architecture and Related Services
Architectural History and Criticism, General-0--
Interior Architecture-6--
Category total-6--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General-355-
Category total-395-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General-27d49d-
Business/Commerce, General-25d--
Business/Managerial Economics-3--
Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies-9d--
Finance, General-19--
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General-7--
Management Information Systems, General-21--
Marketing/Marketing Management, General-21--
Operations Management and Supervision-5--
Retailing and Retail Operations-0--
Category total-172d77d-
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Speech Communication and Rhetoric-57--
Category total-58--
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer and Information Sciences, General-14--
Computer Science--8-
Category total-148-
Curriculum and Instruction--66d-
Education/Teaching of Individuals with Hearing Impairments Including Deafness--88
Educational Leadership and Administration, General--791d52d
Educational/Instructional Technology--169d-
Elementary Education and Teaching--0-
Special Education and Teaching, General--8d-
Category total--1,042d60d
Chemical Engineering-31-5
Civil Engineering, General-13--
Construction Engineering-4--
Electrical and Electronics Engineering-290-
Engineering, General--529
Engineering, Other--4-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering--2-
Industrial Engineering-13--
Mechanical Engineering-31--
Category total-1215814
Engineering Technology and Engineering-Related Fields
Engineering/Industrial Management--0-
Industrial Technology/Technician-19--
Category total-190-
English Language and Literature/Letters
English Language and Literature, General-299-
Category total-299-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Apparel and Textiles, General-3--
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General-08-
Foods, Nutrition, and Wellness Studies, General-0--
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management-21--
Human Development and Family Studies, General-9--
Category total-338-
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
American Sign Language (ASL)-18--
Foreign Languages and Literatures, General-2--
French Language and Literature-0--
Spanish Language and Literature-6--
Category total-26--
Health Professions and Related Programs
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist-45--
Clinical Laboratory Science/Medical Technology/Technologist-0--
Communication Sciences and Disorders, General-0--
Health and Wellness, General-19--
Nursing Administration--0-
Public Health Education and Promotion--4-
Registered Nursing, Nursing Administration, Nursing Research and Clinical Nursing, Other--0-
Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse262039d-
Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist--34-
Category total2626747d8
History, General-101-
Category total-101-
Homeland Security, Law Enforcement, Firefighting and Related Protective Services
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies-75d8d-
Category total-75d8d-
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies-104d--
Category total-104d--
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General-85-
Category total-85-
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other-265d--
Category total-265d--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science-62-
Category total-62-
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Health and Physical Education/Fitness, General-910-
Kinesiology and Exercise Science-00-
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management-47--
Category total-5610-
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General-941-
Forensic Chemistry-0--
Geology/Earth Science, General-12--
Physics, General-5--
Category total-2641-
Applied Psychology--7-
Community Psychology--0-
Counseling Psychology--520d-
Psychology, General-34--
Category total-34527d-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration--19-
Social Work-34--
Category total-3419-
Social Sciences
Political Science and Government, General-9--
Category total-19--
Visual and Performing Arts
Art/Art Studies, General--3-
Dance, General-5--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General-30-
Fine/Studio Arts, General-15--
Graphic Design-13--
Music, General-153-
Category total-516-
Grand total261,4721,87382
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
Educational Benefits, 2013-2014
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 19
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 3
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 19
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 3
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $5,142
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $3,333
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: $2,139
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: $2,446
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
2013-2014 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-AA MenWomen
All Track Combined7385
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges1/1/1955 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics3/1/1976 - 10/12/2006Accredited
Didactic Program in Dietetics10/12/2006 -  Accredited
Dietetics (DIETI) - Dietetic Internship10/12/2006 -  Pre-Accredited
Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. – May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission
Nursing (NUR) - Baccalaureate program(!)12/1/1984 -  Accredited
Nursing (ADNUR) - Associate degree programs1/1/1985 -  Accredited
Nursing (MNUR) - Master's program10/1/2004 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs8/1/1981 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs3/1/1990 - 8/1/2004Resigned
Clinical doctoral program in Audiology8/1/2004 -  Accredited
Commission on English Language Program Accreditation
English Language(!)8/23/2012 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1970 -  Accredited
National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools5/17/2007 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2013 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201120122013
Illegal weapons possession151
Drug law violations565339
Liquor law violations1963
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Illegal weapons possession011
Drug law violations374219
Liquor law violations661
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible243
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault201
Motor vehicle theft702
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201120122013
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible243
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)000
Aggravated assault201
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201220112010
Default rate11.9%13.5%18.6%
Number in default400346400
Number in repayment3,3372,5582,144
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)
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