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Lamar University

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About Lamar University

Home to 15,000 students, Lamar University (LU) is among the fastest growing Texas colleges and universities, 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 292-acre campus in Beaumont is about 90 miles east of Houston and about 25 miles west of Louisiana. 

Campus information

More than 2,500 students live on campus, just an hour and a half from Houston, in modern, apartment-style residence halls known as Cardinal Village, which feature private bedrooms and nicely furnished living areas. All Lamar University students have access to the gourmet dining hall and the spacious Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center, a showpiece facility with a 43-foot climbing wall, all the latest workout equipment and a range of intramural sports.

Massive pine and cedar forests merge with humid cypress swamps. Galleries full of world-class sculptures and paintings stand just minutes away from eccentric roadside statues. The overwhelming charm of Texas cowboy culture blends with colorful Cajun flair.

These contrasts define the city of Beaumont, where saltwater meets fresh and the distinct cultures of Texas and Louisiana merge to create something unique. This dash of something extra, what Cajuns would call “lagniappe,” makes Beaumont a fantastic Texas vacation destination. Here you’ll find barbecue ribs and seafood gumbo, the upbeat rhythms of country and the soulful tunes of jazz, and a stunningly diverse set of experiences that you just won’t find anywhere else.

Beaumont has a long and colorful history dating back to the earliest days of Texas. The first settlers arrived in the early 1820’s and, by the end of the 19th century, the town developed significant lumber and rice-milling industries due to its sizable port. Beaumont got its big break in 1901, when the discovery of oil at the Spindletop Oil Field brought great wealth and created three major oil companies that would eventually become Texaco, Gulf Oil Corporation, and Exxon.

There is ample evidence of Beaumont’s nearly 200 years of history throughout town, from homes built in the 1840’s and churches and other buildings built at the turn of the 20th century. Much of this history can be explored in its museums, such as the Spindletop-Gladys City Boomtown Museum, The Texas Energy Museum and the John Jay French House Museum. But that’s not all. Beaumont is also home to a Thomas Edison museum, two historic theaters, and numerous art galleries.

Although Beaumont’s past is one of its main attractions, there’s much more to do here than browse museums. Those who love hiking, biking, or just being outdoors will be enthralled by the various natural areas in or near Beaumont, including Big Thicket National Preserve and Tyrrell Park. Big Thicket National Preserve, located about 30 miles north of Beaumont, features nine distinct ecosystems and thousands of species of flora and fauna. Meanwhile, Tyrrell Park sits on the south side of Beaumont and includes the Beaumont Botanical Gardens and the Cattail Marsh Wetlands. There are more than enough paddling and hiking trails to explore; check the Trail Guide for more information.

All of this is just a small scratch on the boot of what Beaumont has to offer. For instance, you can hold an alligator at Gator Country Wildlife Adventure Park, take a photo with a 24-foot-tall Dalmatian-spotted fire hydrant, shop at one of Beaumont’s many boutique stores and shopping centers, and much more. Beaumont offers many one-of-a-kind experiences flavored with its wealth of history and its unique confluence of Texan and Cajun culture. Plan your next adventure here to discover why it’s such a fantastic place to visit. 

Accommodation

In our five residence halls, you’ll enjoy apartment-style housing in a fully furnished unit with everything you need for on-campus living:

  • your own private bedroom
  • mini-refrigerator
  • microwave
  • computer desk
  • cable TV ready rooms
  • wireless internet
  • and more!

Our residence halls offers two-bedroom, one-bathroom units, providing each student with their own private, locked bedroom as well as a wide range of services, programs and community amenities.

On Campus Housing for Freshmen

All undergraduate, full-time students (those enrolled in 12 or more semester credit hours) with fewer than 24 earned semester credit hours, are required to reside in our on-campus housing. Official documentation verifying exemptions to this policy may be required by the Department of Residence Life. All students will need to complete the Off-Campus Residency Request. 

Exemptions may be granted for those who:

  • Reside with a parent, guardian, or other adult relative;
  • Are 21 years of age by the first class day;
  • Enroll only in evening classes;
  • Are married or have dependent children;
  • Have medical exemption signed by a doctor; or
  • Have earned 24 or more credit hours.

Courses available 10

Accounting & Finance 2 Creative Arts & Design 1 Engineering 1 Health and Medicine 2 Law 1 Mass Communication & Media 2 MBA 1

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