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Lamar University Data & Information Overview

This overview covers the essential stats on Lamar University, including its rankings, majors, diversity, and more. Want to dig deeper into a particular stat? Just click on its tile and you'll be taked to a more in-depth page on the figure. In addition, you can use the links below to quickly jump to any section on this page.

How Well Is Lamar University Ranked?

2021 Rankings

College Factual analyzes over 2,000 colleges and universities in its annual rankings and ranks them in a variety of ways, including most diverse, best overall quality, best for non-traditional students, and much more.

Lamar University was awarded 17 badges in the 2021 rankings. The highest ranked major at the school is criminal justice and corrections.

Overall Quality

College Factual ranked Lamar University as #1,256 out of 1,715 colleges and universities in the country on its 2021 Best Colleges list.

Out of the 85 colleges in Texas, Lamar University is ranked at #52.

See all of the rankings for Lamar University.

Is It Hard to Get Into Lamar University?

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at Lamar University is 82%. That's higher than the rate at many schools, but still low enough to be considered somewhat selective. If you want to get in, you'll need good grades and to be able to show that Lamar University is a good fit for you.

Average Test Scores

About 68% of students accepted to Lamar University submitted their SAT scores. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing scores ranged between 480 and 580. Math scores were between 470 and 560.

SAT Reading and Writing Scores for Lamar University  ( 480 to 580 )

SAT Math Scores for Lamar University  ( 470 to 560 )
Lamar University received ACT scores from 33% of accepted students. When looking at the 25th through the 75th percentile, ACT Composite scores ranged between 18 and 23.

ACT Composite Scores for Lamar University  ( 18 to 23 )

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Lamar University Faculty

Student to Faculty Ratio

The student to faculty ratio at Lamar University is about average at 17 to 1. This ratio is often used to gauge how many students might be in an average class and how much time professors will have to spend with their students on an individual level. The national average for this metric is 15 to 1.

Percent of Full-Time Faculty

Another measure that is often used to estimate how much access students will have to their professors is how many faculty members are full-time. The idea here is that part-time faculty tend to spend less time on campus, so they may not be as available to students as full-timers.

The full-time faculty percentage at Lamar University is 79%. This is higher than the national average of 47%.

Full-Time Faculty Percent  79 out of 100

Retention and Graduation Rates at Lamar University

Freshmen Retention Rate

The freshmen retention rate tells us what percentage of first-year, full-time students choose to continue on to their sophomore year at a particular school. The rate at Lamar University is 64%, which is about average when compared to the national rate of 68%.

Freshmen Retention Rate  64 out of 100

Graduation Rate

When we say that a student has graduated on time, we mean that they have finished their bachelor's degree within four years. The on-time graduation rate at Lamar University is 11%. That's lower than the national rate of 33.3%

On-Time Graduation Rate  11 out of 100

Find out more about the retention and graduation rates at Lamar University.

Good Overall Diversity at Lamar University

During the 2017-2018 academic year, there were 8,701 undergraduates at Lamar University with 5,243 being full-time and 3,458 being part-time.

Lamar University Diversity Score

College Factual computes an overall diversity score for each college and university that takes gender, ethnicity, geographic location, and age into account. Schools with the best mixtures of students with respect to these factors are ranked the highest, and those that cater to just one or two student groups are ranked the lowest.

The overall diversity score for Lamar University is 63.82 out of 100, meaning that is is more diverse than most schools in the country.

Overall Diversity Score  63.82 out of 100
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How Much Does Lamar University Cost?

The overall average net price of Lamar University is $12,967. The affordability of the school largely depends on your financial need since net price varies by income group. See the table below for the net price for different income groups.

Net Price by Income Group for Lamar University

$0-30 K $30K-48K $48-75 $75-110K $110K +
$10,310 $11,312 $15,061 $18,838 $19,181

The net price is calculated by adding tuition, room, board and other costs and subtracting financial aid.Note that the net price is typically less than the published for a school. For more information on the sticker price of Lamar University, see our tuition and fees and room and board pages.

Student Loan Debt

Almost 66% of college students who graduated with the class of 2018 took out student loans, but that percentage varies from school to school. At Lamar University, approximately 52% of students took out student loans averaging $7,013 a year. That adds up to $28,052 over four years for those students.

The student loan default rate at Lamar University is 6.1%. Although this is lower than the national default rate of 10.1%, you'll still want to keep this in mind when taking out student loans.

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How Much Money Do Lamar University Graduates Make?

The pay for some majors is higher than others, but on average, students who graduate with a bachelor's degree from Lamar University make about $39,500 a year during their first few years of employment after graduation. This is in the same neighborhood of the average college graduate's salary of $39,802 per year. However, certain majors may produce higher-paying graduates.


See which majors at Lamar University make the most money.

Location of Lamar University

Located in Beaumont, Texas, Lamar University is a public institution. The location of the school is great for students who enjoy the amenities of city life.

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Location of Lamar University

Contact details for Lamar University are given below.

Contact Details
Address: 4400 Mlk Blvd, Beaumont, TX 77705
Phone: 409-880-7011

Lamar University Majors

During the most recent year for which we have data, students from 64 majors graduated from Lamar University. Of these students, 1,734 received undergraduate degrees and 2,177 graduated with a master's or doctor's degree. The following table lists the most popular undergraduate majors along with the average salary graduates from those majors make.

Most Popular Majors Bachelor’s Degrees Average Salary of Graduates
Nursing 218 $68,600
Other Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 197 $37,200
Liberal Arts General Studies 143 $28,500
Criminal Justice & Corrections 102 $39,400
Mechanical Engineering 92 $68,800
Business Administration & Management 78 $35,000
Communication & Media Studies 63 $25,000
General Business/Commerce 58 $33,000
Health & Physical Education 52 $30,900
Chemical Engineering 51 $67,000

Learn more about the majors offered at Lamar University along with which ones have the highest average starting salaries.

Online Learning at Lamar University

Online learning options are becoming more and more popular at American colleges and universities. Online classes are great for students who have busy schedules or for those who just want to study on their own time.

In 2017-2018, 10,518 students took at least one online class at Lamar University. This is an increase from the 9,501 students who took online classes the previous year.

Year Took at Least One Online Class Took All Classes Online
2017-2018 10,518 7,109
2016-2017 9,501 6,491
2015-2016 9,326 6,257
2014-2015 9,120 5,858
2013-2014 8,880 5,949

Learn more about online learning at Lamar University.

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Notes and References


*The racial-ethnic minorities count is calculated by taking the total number of students and subtracting white students, international students, and students whose race/ethnicity was unknown. This number is then divided by the total number of students at the school to obtain the racial-ethnic minorities percentage.


More about our data sources and methodologies.

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