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As alumni of the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, College of Nursing and Allied Health Professions, we sometimes do not realize some of the impact that this university or our college has on the community. Here are some Community and Academic Excellence facts prepared by the UL Alumni Association that may not be known to you:

Economic Impact

  • UL Lafayette had a total spending impact alone of $755 million in Louisiana, with $726 million of that total spending impact felt in Acadiana, in 2008.
  • UL Lafayette reported $51 million in external research funding from state, federal, private and self-generated funds in 2008. These were new dollars brought into Acadiana’s economy.
  • Every dollar of state funding invested in UL Lafayette generates more than an $8 return.
  • About $1.3 billion was added to Louisiana’s economy by UL Lafayette graduates over the past 10 years due to degree attainment.


  • UL Lafayette employs about 1,575 local citizens and through spending, sustains more than 12,800 jobs in the Lafayette area.
  • UL Lafayette’s total economic impact is $650 million to $700 million in Acadiana each year.
  • If UL Lafayette were a private business, the University would rank 5th in the Top 100 private businesses in Acadiana.
  • Faculty, staff and students volunteered about 508,000 hours last year.

Academic Excellence

  • UL Lafayette is the second‐largest higher education institution in the state and the largest in the University of Louisiana System. It enrolls more than 16,000 students, has nearly 2,100 employees.
  • UL Lafayette has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation as a “Research University with High Research Activity”. That puts the university in the same category as institutions such as Baylor University, the University of Oklahoma, Clemson University and Auburn University.
  • More than 100,000 degrees have been awarded since the university was established in 1898.
  • The Ernest J. Gaines Center in Dupre Library will house the only complete collection of Gaines’ scholarship works in the world. Gaines, author of “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “A Lesson Before Dying,” is writer-in‐residence emeritus.


  • UL Lafayette is one of the nation's best institutions for undergraduate education, according to the 2014 edition of "The Best 378 Colleges" published by The Princeton Review. Only about 15 percent of America's 2,500 four-year colleges are profiled in the college guide.
  • "Washington Monthly" magazine has cited UL Lafayette as one of best universities in the nation at helping low-income students earn degrees. It ranked UL Lafayette among the top 10 national universities in its social mobility category.
  • The master's of business administration program at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette is included in the "Best 296 Business Schools: 2012 Edition" published by the Princeton Review.