Programs and Services

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Lamar University is committed to providing comprehensive services to students that will help them achieve success, obtain a degree, and be prepared to enter a culturally diverse workforce.

Office of Diversity and Inclusion

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion plans and implements programs and projects that build a community that values and respects the differences and commonalities that each and every individual brings to Lamar. The office offers support and collaboration with student organizations to bring diversity-focused activities to the Lamar campus.

International Student Services

International students are encouraged and expected to participate in student activities, university organizations, and programs, both to experience first-hand the culture and lifestyles of Southeast Texas and to share with other students aspects of their own culture and experiences. Indeed, it is to the benefit of every university student to integrate fully into the campus environment. Visit the International Student Services website.

Texas Intensive English Program (TIEP) at Lamar

TIEP at Lamar is a branch campus of the Texas Intensive English Program, a division of the Texas International Education Consortium. This intensive English program works with Lamar University to provide 20 hours per week of instruction to a diverse mixture of students from local immigrant communities as well as visa holding international students from all over the world, including Latin America, the Middle East, and Asia. Successful completion of the program is accepted by Lamar University as a waiver for TOEFL/IELTS testing requirements for international applicants. TIEP at Lamar also provides Bridge courses for students to take a partial load of English classes while starting their academic studies at LU.

McNair Scholars Program

The mission of the McNair Scholars Program is to provide promising undergraduates with the knowledge necessary to achieve and successfully obtain a terminal degree. The program focuses on preparing first generation/low income students and/or minority students for graduate study. This is done through enhancement workshops, advanced research, a mentoring program, and a supportive atmosphere.


The Lamar University STAIRSTEP program is an NSF sponsored initiative aimed at increasing the retention and graduation rate of at-risk students seeking undergraduate degrees from the departments of chemistry, computer science, math, physics, or earth and space science. Through mentoring, tutoring, outreach, research, and other related activities, students learn how to succeed in in their academic pursuits here at Lamar and beyond graduation. Students who are first generation in college, low income, female, or under-represented minorities are especially encouraged to apply.

Services for Students with Disabilities

The Disability Resource Center offers a variety of services designed to ensure that qualified students with disabilities have access to all university academic activities, programs, resources and services.

Office of Global Studies and Study Abroad

Lamar University both encourages and supports students who wish to participate in global studies and study abroad programs that have the potential to broaden cultural horizons in preparation for leadership and lifelong learning in a multicultural world. Studying in a foreign country provides numerous experiences and opportunities such as developing intercultural competencies, interacting with students from around the world, learning new traditions and social and academic customs, and exploring world-wide global issues. As required by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, Lamar students who enroll in study abroad courses must complete more than 50% of their instructional contact hours outside of the United States. A “Certificate of Completion in Global and International Studies” will be awarded to students in any major who fulfill the stipulated academic criteria. For more information, visit Study Abroad.

Mentoring Programs

  • Mi Socio

    Mi Socio Hispanic Mentoring Program is designed to provide professional networking, goal setting, and leadership skills necessary to persist at Lamar University with a focus on Science, Technology, Engineering, Math (STEM) and Allied Health careers. All Hispanic students of every major are welcome to participate.

  • African American Mentoring Program (AAMP)

    AAMP s designed for African American male students at Lamar University. This program provides professional networking, mentoring, goal setting, leadership skills, and a host of other experiences designed to help develop the skills and connections necessary to successfully market yourself and achieve your dreams during and after college.

  • National Pan-Hellenic Council College Mentoring Program

    The Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board selected the National Pan-Hellenic Council of Lamar University to create a mentoring program geared for African American male freshman and sophomore students. Launched fall 2010, the National Pan-Hellenic Council Peer Mentoring Program provides a student-to-student connection and resource for African American freshman and sophomore male students. The primary objective of this mentoring program is to contribute to the retention and improved graduation rates of African American male students by aiding in their academic, emotional and social adjustment to college.

Services for Veterans

  • Office of Veteran Affairs

    The Veterans Affairs Office assists veterans in obtaining their educational benefits at Lamar. It also provides academic assistance and counseling. For additional information about programs for veterans visit the office in 101 Wimberly Building.


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