Southwestern Louisiana, founded in 1898, is a public, comprehensive university. Programs are offered through the Colleges of Applied Life Sciences, the Arts, Business Administration, Education, Engineering, General Studies, Liberal Arts, Nursing, and Sciences, and through the Graduate School. Its 1,375-acre campus is located in Lafayette, 50 miles from Baton Rouge.

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collegeType
Public
studentType
Coed
12,950
Undergraduates
5,504
Men - 42.5%
7,537
Women - 58.2%
2,269
Graduate Students
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Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
75% of 11,752 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
Not reported
Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen
Average GPA
3.41
SAT Math
550 average
493-590 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
560 average
513-618 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
22 average
19-25 range of middle 50%
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Cost of Attendance
In-state: $27,578
Out-of-state: $41,306
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $10,346
Out-of-state: $24,074
Room and Board
$11,642
Average Percent of Need Met
57%
Average Freshman Award
$13,136
Average Indebtedness of 2018 Graduates
Not reported
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Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required for most or all students
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
628
Regular Class Size (Students)
2-9
15%
10-19
20%
20-29
32%
30-39
12%
40-49
13%
50-99
6%
Over 100
2%
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Lafayette Population
126,535
Nearest Metropolitan Area
Baton Rouge
Freshman Housing Guarantee
College offers housing to students
Students in College Housing
27% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Ragin' Cajun
Sororities
13% of women participate
Fraternities
6% of men participate
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Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
American Indian/Alaskan Native
0.4%
Asian
2.4%
Black/African-American
25.1%
Hispanic/Latino
5.5%
Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
3.9%
Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
0.1%
White
60.4%
Unknown
2.2%
International Students
0.7% from 60 countries
First-Year Students Returning
70.0%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
25.2%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
Not reported
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
Not reported
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