Home to more than 14,000 students, Lamar University is one of the fastest growing universities in Texas and is a member of The Texas State University System. LU offers more than 100 programs of study leading to bachelor's, master's and doctoral degrees. The 270-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana.
LU is a short drive from many outdoor activities - a day at the beach, canoeing or fishing on area rivers and lakes, or hiking in the Big Thicket National Preserve. Nearby shopping and entertainment options abound with theaters, museums and live music venues.
Lamar University students enjoy cheering on the Cardinals in more than a dozen NCAA Division I men's and women's sports. Competing in the Southland Conference, Cardinals teams have a history of winning championships in sports including men's and women's basketball, volleyball, golf and cross country. The baseball program, led by legendary Coach Jim Gilligan, has produced multiple major leaguers. LU's new football program has heightened excitement on campus with sell-out crowds and students involved in marching band, cheerleading, the dance team and all the fun of game-day tailgating.