Lamar University celebrates record-breaking enrollment numbers

Lamar University is kicking off its centennial year by celebrating record-breaking enrollment numbers, revealing a 10% increase over the previous year for new undergraduate and graduate students. LU Students

Over the past century, Lamar University has evolved from a modest junior college with an enrollment of 125 students to a thriving four-year university with over 17,500 students, marking the highest Fall enrollment in its history.  

“Lamar University’s success is attributed to the ‘student first’ approach undertaken by Lamar University faculty and staff,” President Dr. Jaime Taylor said.    

“We are committed to increasing programs that are attractive to prospective students and that support our growing economy,” Provost Dr. Dann Brown said. “New programs such as our Master of Science in Computational and Quantitative Methods with a focus on predictive analytics have been approved, and we are preparing to propose a new Doctor of Business Administration that could focus on energy management. We have received TSUS Board of Regents approval for a new Bachelor of Science in Computer Engineering and are proceeding through final approvals for that new degree program. Lamar University is focused on providing leaders for our region and beyond as we continue to support our growing southeast economy."    

In addition to its overall enrollment growth, Lamar University has achieved a remarkable 300% increase in STEM graduate student enrollment and an impressive 118% increase in the College of Business over a five-year period, highlighting its dedication to fostering career-ready graduates in critical fields.  

“Over the course of our rich 100-year history, the education we provide is far more versatile, firmly grounded in the humanities and sciences, but with a continued emphasis on practical applications. The result provides a sharp advantage to our graduates as they develop skills for lifelong learning and prepare for the jobs they will have throughout their careers,” Brown said. “This achievement is a testament to the university's commitment to academic excellence, innovative programs, and a supportive learning environment. Looking toward the second century, now is the time to tap into the strengths of our faculty, staff and students and find ways to multiply impact for the future.”