Lamar University Admissions

SAT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, Tuition, Graduation Rate & More

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Lamar University Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 76%, Lamar University is largely accessible. Interested students will need solid test scores, good grades, and a strong application to be accepted. For more information, be sure to visit Lamar's website, or get in touch with the admissions office.

Admissions Data (2016):

  • Lamar University Acceptance Rate: 76%
  • Test Scores -- 25th / 75th Percentile

Lamar University Description:

Lamar University's 270-acre campus is located in Beaumont, Texas, a city near the Louisiana border. Houston is 90 miles to the west. The main campus has a largely undergraduate focus, although the university offers several popular online master's programs in education. Among bachelor's degree students, business, communications, and engineering are all popular. High achieving students should look into the Honors Program; perks include smaller classes, interdisciplinary seminars, and various research opportunities. Students can choose from over 100 clubs and organizations including an active fraternity and sorority system. In athletics, the Lamar Cardinals compete in the NCAA Division I Southland Conference. The university fields seven men's and seven women's intercollegiate teams.

Enrollment (2016):

  • Total Enrollment: 15,001 (9,308 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 42% Male / 58% Female
  • 66% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17):

  • Tuition and Fees: $8,146 (in-state); $17,938 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,000 (why so much?)
  • Room and Board: $8,350
  • Other Expenses: $4,300
  • Total Cost: $21,796 (in-state); $31,588 (out-of-state)

Lamar University Financial Aid (2015 - 16):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 80%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 70%
    • Loans: 52%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,445
    • Loans: $7,402

Academic Programs:

  • Most Popular Majors: Accounting, Biology, Communication, General Studies, Interdisciplinary Studies, Marketing, Mechanical Engineering, Nursing

Transfer, Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 63%
  • Transfer Out Rate: 34%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 12%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 33%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Track and Field, Football, Golf, Cross Country, Tennis, Gold, Basketball, Baseball
  • Women's Sports: Basketball, Golf, Cross Country, Track and Field, Tennis, Volleyball, Soccer, Softball

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

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Lamar University Mission Statement:

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"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."

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