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Admissions Visitors Center opens at Lamar University

Lamar University has opened a new Admissions Visitors Center to better welcome prospective students and their families to campus. The new center is inside the John Gray Center, Building A, at 855 Jim Gilligan Way on the south end of campus across from Vincent Beck Stadium.

“For first time visitors, your impression of campus is going to be what Lamar University truly is – It’s warm. It’s inviting. It’s comfortable. That’s what we’re trying to create with the atmosphere here,” said Maggie Cano, director of recruitment.

Recruitment staff members moved into the new Admissions Visitors Center on Monday, vacating offices in the Wimberly Building. Staff members will begin conducting campus tours for prospective students and their families from the new center on Thursday.

Recruitment personnel are joining several other members of the university’s new Strategic Enrollment Management Division in the Admissions Visitors Center in the John Gray Center. A limited number of admissions representatives, including those handling student identification card photos, remain assigned to the Wimberly Building for the convenience of current students.

In addition to providing a warmer welcome, the new Admissions Visitors Center will allow recruitment staff members to better accommodate large groups wishing to tour the Lamar University campus. The Richard L. Price Auditorium inside the John Gray Center provides an ideal setting for formal presentations and question-and-answer sessions before or after groups visit other campus locations such as the Cardinal Village residence halls, dining hall, Setzer Student Center and the Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center.

To schedule a campus visit or for more information on how to become a Lamar University student, please visit or call (409) 880-8316.

Registration is ongoing for LU’s winter mini-session and Spring 2012 semester. The winter mini-session will run for 14 days from Dec. 15 to Jan. 13 with a holiday break. Spring 2012 classes begin Jan. 18. Current students may view course schedules and register for classes online at under the Self-Service Banner link using their student identification number (L-number) and personal identification number.

New students must apply and be admitted before registering for classes. Students returning after a break in enrollment of one or more regular semesters (fall or spring) must file for readmission by updating their admission application at New students and those returning after a break in enrollment also must comply with the state’s new bacterial meningitis vaccination requirement before registering for spring classes. For details on the requirement, go to