Student Handbook

Policies and regulations of the University are regularly stated in official publications such as the Student Handbook, Lamar catalogs, bulletins, and faculty and staff handbooks. As policies, regulations and personnel change between printings, they are reported in the University Press or official memoranda.

Lamar University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action educational institution and employer. Students, faculty, and staff members are selected without regard to their race, color, creed, sex, age, handicap, or national origin, consistent with the Assurance of Compliance with Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964; Executive Order 11246 as issued and amended; Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, as amended; and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. Inquiries concerning application of these regulations may be referred to the Director of Human Resources. Lamar University is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools to award degrees at the Associate, Bachelor's, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Lamar University.

This handbook is not a contract and is subject to change at any time without notice. If any information in this handbook conflicts with The Texas State University System “Rules and Regulations,” the latter will control.

Mission Statement

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Approved by The Texas State University System on May 22, 2015.

Lamar University engages and empowers students with the skills and knowledge to thrive in their personal lives and chosen fields of endeavor. As a doctoral granting institution, Lamar University is internationally recognized for its high quality academics, innovative curriculum, diverse student population, accessibility, and leading edge scholarly activities dedicated to transforming the communities of Southeast Texas and beyond.

Core Values

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To provide the citizens of Texas, and especially of Southeast Texas, with a learning environment of the highest quality and integrity, Lamar University values. . .

  1. Our STUDENTS, including their curricular and extracurricular activities;
  2. Our FACULTY and STAFF, high quality employees who are committed to educating and serving our students;
  3. Our commitment to DIVERSITY in ideas, people, and access;
  4. Our collegial ENVIRONMENT with contemporary functional, pleasing facilities, a safe campus, and responsible fiscal management;
  5. Our bonds with SOUTHEAST TEXAS, the STATE, the NATION, and the WORLD, including our alumni and friends, through economic and educational development, research and creative activity, service and outreach.

History of Lamar University

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Lamar University in Beaumont, Texas was founded in 1923 a few blocks from the current location as South Park Junior College and enrolled 125 students in its first fall semester. The name changed to Lamar College in 1932 in honor of Mirabeau B. Lamar, second president of the Republic of Texas and the “Father of Education” in Texas. In the early 1940s, Lamar separated from the South Park school district, which had created the college, and moved to its current location.

In 1951, the school became Lamar State College of Technology, a state-supported four-year institution, the first junior college in Texas to make such a transition. Lamar experienced tremendous growth during the 1950s and 1960s in both the number of students and the number of buildings on campus.

Lamar’s stature as a research institution continued to grow with the introduction in 1970 of its first doctoral program. In 1971, the name changed to Lamar University. During the 1970s, the university began operating branch campuses in Port Arthur and Orange, which later became separate institutions. During the 1980s, the university was part of the Lamar University System.

Lamar University joined The Texas State University System in 1995. Under the leadership of President Emeritus James M. Simmons, who served from 1999 to 2013, the university experienced another period of significant growth adding a host of facilities to improve campus life, attracting generous donations from alumni and friends and prestigious research grants to improve scholarship and teaching, while setting repeated enrollment records. LU is a recognized leader in online education and has been designated as a Doctoral Research University by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching.

The University welcomed its 15th president, Kenneth R. Evans, to the top post July 1, 2013.

Fight Song

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In 1962, Dr. Charles A. Wiley, at that time Director of Bands at Lamar, composed the music to Lamar’s fight song.

Dr. Ted Skinner, then Dean of Fine Arts, wrote the words.

"Fight Lamar U Cardinals, For alma mater fight.
Glory in the triumph, For the red and the white.
Faithful to our colors, We will ever be,
Fighting ever fighting For Lamar U. Victory.
Big Red!
Big Red!
Big Red!
Let's Go Big Red!"

Alma Mater

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Gilbert Rhodes Smartt, Professor of Mathematics at Lamar from 1945 until 1951, wrote the words and composed the music to the alma mater in 1951 to celebrate Lamar’s becoming a senior college.

"Lamar, to thee we’re singing. Voices raised on high. We will forever love thee, Laud thee to the skies.
We will ever need thee As our guiding star. To us, you’ll always be Our glorious Lamar."

Campus Life

Setzer Student Center

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The Setzer Student Center (SSC), named for Dr. Richard W. Setzer, Lamar University President from 1967 to 1969, is the center of student activities on the university’s campus. The Directors of Student Organization Services, Student Activities, and Civic Engagement develop and implement co-curricular programs that offer students a balance of campus life. Housed in the SSC are various facilities that meet the needs of students. Mirabeau’s and The Cardinal Nest are food service facilities that serve a variety of menu items. Starbucks and Pizza Hut are two franchises that serve specialty items. The SSC houses the University Bookstore, Student Organization Services, Student Government Association, Setzer Student Center Reservations, Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board, Civic Engagement, and other administrative offices. The SSC has several meeting rooms of various sizes that are located on the first and second floors. These rooms are available for use by recognized campus organizations and departments. Additional information regarding the Setzer Student Center and its services is available by calling 409-880-8722 or visiting SSC Room 212.


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Barnes & Noble at Lamar University is a one-stop shop for all textbook and academic needs including low cost rental, used, and digital textbooks. Barnes & Noble at Lamar University also provides Lamar Cardinal and Lamar Institute of Technology clothing and merchandise, school supplies, convenience items, and other books and magazines. Customers can shop in the store located in the Setzer Student Center or online at For more information about the bookstore, call 409-880-8342.

Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board

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The Lamar Alive! Student Activities Board is responsible for providing the campus with a diverse schedule of programs and extracurricular activities. The programming board of Lamar Alive! consists of student directors, along with their committees, who develop social, educational, and cultural opportunities for Lamar University students. Dedicated volunteers and committee members plan for events such as Homecoming, Big Red Mania, Fusion Fest, Movie Nights, Food Fest, and other special events. Membership is open to all students who meet the university’s extracurricular activity policy standards as outlined in the Student Handbook. For more information about activities call 409-880-8722.

Student Media & Publications

University Press

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The University Press, Lamar’s student newspaper, is an award-winning publication with a reputation for excellence. The newspaper is distributed across 47 locations around campus, as well as on the web at


From newscasts to talk shows to university events to movies, Lamar University's television programming runs the gamut. Students produce a weekly 30-minute show titled LUTV News where they produce news content that airs on local cable outlet Time Warner Channel 7. Students also have the chance to receive hands-on experience as crew members on various faculty/university productions or develop their own television programs.

The JASON Project

The JASON Project is a 45-minute, science-oriented educational video annually produced by Department of Communication students, faculty, and staff with the additional coordination of Dr. Jim Westgate, professor of geology, and the national JASON Learning organization.

Recreational Sports

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All currently enrolled students who have paid the Recreational Sports fee have access to Lamar University Recreational Sports facilities and may participate in the wide variety of activities that are offered, such as intramural sports, group fitness, outdoor Pursuits, aquatics, and informal recreation. Lamar University faculty and staff members are eligible to purchase Recreational Sports memberships for themselves. Faculty and staff may also purchase an additional membership for their spouse. Contact the Recreational Sports Department for current prices. All users of Recreational Sports facilities must present current Lamar photo identification for entry.

The Sheila Umphrey Recreational Sports Center (SURC) is a state-of-the-art facility offering 130,000 square feet of activity space. Highlights of the SURC include an indoor track, a forty-foot indoor rock climbing wall, a fitness center featuring the Cardio Theater audio/visual system on select cardio machines, a full line of pin-select progressive weight machines, and a full array of free weights.

The SURC also houses a café; television and game lounge; three dedicated basketball courts; five racquetball courts; a multipurpose court for badminton, volleyball, and table tennis; an outdoor putting green; and a fully-enclosed indoor soccer/floor hockey rink. Sports and outdoor equipment is available for daily and overnight rental at the Equipment Desk. Additionally, the SURC Pro Shop offers Recreational Sports-branded athletic apparel, sports and fitness equipment, and more.

Group fitness classes are offered year-round by Recreational Sports and include step aerobics, circuit training, indoor cycling, yoga, and more; contact Rec Sports for a current schedule. Certified personal trainers are available to patrons who want to develop individual fitness programs. The Aquatics program is located at the indoor pool in the Health and Human Performance Complex. Activities include lap swim, free swim, water aerobics, and swimming lessons.

The Intramural Sports program offers opportunities for participation in supervised individual, dual, and/or team competitive sports within the University community. Campus organizations may place teams in the All-Sports Division, while all others may participate in the Independent Division. There are opportunities to enter in male, female, and/or co-ed divisions. Events include flag football, basketball, cricket, volleyball, dodgeball, and more.

Rec Sports provides administrative support to Lamar's numerous Sport Clubs, student organizations that are composed of individuals who have interests in a specific activity. Competitive clubs seek competition with other universities. Examples of competitive sports clubs at Lamar include soccer, swimming, rugby, and more. Instructional clubs require more development and skill in a particular activity, such as martial arts. Anyone with interest in joining or forming any sports club is encouraged to contact Rec Sports.

Outdoor Pursuits provides opportunities for varied outdoor adventures, including camping, hiking, sailing, and more. Outdoor facilities available for recreational use include the Ty Terrell Track and the Thompson Family Tennis Center. Schedules and hours of operation are posted in the SURC and are also available from the Information Desk. Further information about the Recreational Sports Department, its facilities, and its services may be obtained at the Information Desk in the SURC, by calling 409-880-2306, or by visiting

Housing and Residence Life

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On-Campus Living Requirement for Freshmen

The Board of Regents has established a freshman residency policy that states: "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 a University-operated residence hall." Exemptions may be granted for those who:

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

Official documentation verifying exemptions to this policy may be required by the Department of Residence Life. Questions concerning this policy should be directed to the Residence Life office.

Cardinal Village Community

On campus housing at Lamar University consists of 40 similarly constructed buildings. Together, these modern facilities house over 2,500 students. Recreational amenities include a swimming pool, basketball court, sand volleyball court, theater/meeting room, study lofts, and learning resource center. The furnished units have microwaves, mini refrigerators, cable TV connections and high-speed internet service.

The Lamar University student resident community accommodates students in double occupancy suites with private bedrooms and shared bathrooms. Services and programs intended to enhance the overall housing experience and the safety of our residents are an utmost priority of the university. The Residence Life staff includes a full-time Residence Director and a number of Community Leaders for each residence hall.

The Lamar University Police Department is an integral part of providing a safe and secure community for our on-campus residents. Full time officers are assigned regular shifts for each residence hall. In addition, security cameras, strategically located across campus as well as throughout the Cardinal Village community which includes the adjacent parking lots, walkways, and entrance gates, are monitored by the University Police Department. For added safety, security officers are also stationed at the entrance of each residence hall to verify proper identification of each entering patron.

To apply for housing, contact the Residence Life Main Office at 409-880-8550 or visit

Residence Hall Association

The Residence Hall Association (RHA) is a student organization for on-campus residents at Lamar University that provides opportunities for service, involvement, and leadership for its members. Through collaboration with other organizations and departments, RHA plans programs and events throughout the year for the student body.

As an organization comprised oonly student residents, RHA is a valuable resource, serving as the collective voice of the residents to university administration. Suggestions, complaints, and grievances can all be voiced through RHA. For more information, visit

Arts on Campus

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Dishman Art Museum

The Dishman Art Museum provides one of the finest collegiate exhibition spaces in the state of Texas with two galleries, a preparation area and lecture hall with video and projection facilities. The Dishman Art Museum annually presents a series of local, regional and national touring exhibitions as well as invitations for both high school teachers and their students. A variety of public programs, including openings, artist lectures and panel discussions are scheduled in conjunction with exhibits throughout the year. Museum hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. The Eisenstadt Collection is open for viewing by appointment. Admission is free. The museum is located on the corner of MLK and East Lavaca. Call 409-880-8141.


The Mary Morgan Moore Department of Music hosts numerous musical activities available to students throughout the Fall and Spring semesters. These include performances by the Symphonic and Concert Bands, the Jazz Bands, Pep Band, Grand and A-Cappella Choirs, Cardinal Singers, the Opera Theatre, and the Chamber Orchestra. Participation is open to all students.

Dance and Theater

The Department of Theatre & Dance presents exciting concerts each semester. All students are encouraged to participate in the dance program. Students looking for stage productions need look no farther than Lamar Theatre, which performs five productions each year, including comedy, drama, and musicals as well as children’s theatre and student-directed “brown bag” productions. Auditions are open to all LU students.

Religious Services

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There are several ministries near the Lamar University campus that provide fellowship, worship, and recreational activities for Lamar students. Some ministries sponsor retreats, special programs, and community service. Additionally, LU has over 20 religiously-affiliated registered student organizations. Learn more about religious student organizations on OrgSync.

  • Baptist Student Ministry: 4602 Cheek Street, 409-880-2276
  • Church of Christ Student Center: 1018 East Virginia, 409-832-4498
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints: 4530 Jimmy Simmons Blvd., 409-838-1622
  • Episcopal College Community: 796 East Virginia, 409-833-5642
  • Catholic Student Center: 1010 East Virginia, 409-924-4360
  • Wesley Student Center - United Methodist: 4590 Cheek Street, 409-880-7252
  • Lamar Baptist Church: 1003 Oregon Street, 409-833-5213

Mary and John Gray Library

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The Mary and John Gray Library, named in honor of Dr. John E. Gray, president emeritus of the university, and his wife, Mary, is centrally located at the heart of the campus. The library collection exceeds 1 million volume equivalents, including microfilms, and state and federal documents. The library subscribes to almost 2,000 current periodicals as well as several electronic indexes covering more than 4,000 full-text periodicals. Lamar students, faculty, and staff use PCs to locate titles in the online catalog, access offsite indexes, and locate selected information through the Internet. A service-oriented library staff provides assistance in the use of reference materials, documents, special collections, reserve materials, and instructional media.

The library provides rooms for group study, and there is a designated quiet study floor. Coin-operated copy machines for both print and microfilms are available.

An open-access PC laboratory is located on the library’s seventh floor in the media services department. Assistance in using the PCs and software and the Internet is available from trained staff.

The university ID card serves as an individual’s library card and may be used on all Lamar campuses.

Additionally, students have access to the collections of 51 other publicly funded colleges and universities through the TexShare Program. Library hours are posted and accessible by calling 880-8117. Visit for more information.

Dining Services

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Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall

Hours of Operation

Hot Breakfast......................7-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast............9-10 a.m.
Hot Lunch...........................11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lite Lunch...........................1-2 p.m.
Dinner................................4:30-7 p.m.


Hot Breakfast.....................7-9 a.m.
Continental Breakfast...........9-10 a.m.
Hot Lunch..........................11 a.m.-1 p.m.
Lite Lunch..........................1-2 p.m.
Dinner...............................4:30-6 p.m.

Saturday and Sunday:

Brunch .............................11 a.m.- 1 p.m.
Dinner..............................4:30-6:30 p.m.

The Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall is a cafeteria in the “traditional” sense, although the numerous selections and features may not seem too traditional! Featuring unlimited seconds, the Dining Hall boasts such daily features as a made-to-order deli bar; rotational full service grill with burger and fries; super salad bar; pizza and pasta station; vegetarian options, hot entree’ line; desserts and ice creams; specialty salads; and Menutainment, which is an exhibition cooking station where the feature for lunch and dinner is prepared fresh while you wait. Meal plans, Declining Balance Dollars, and cash are accepted at this location. The Brooks-Shivers Dining Hall is also home of the campus convenience store. The Convenience Store can provide you with all of the snacks and essential items that you would expect to find in a convenience store featuring a large selection of bottled beverages, snacks, candies and more!

The Nest

Monday-Friday: 10 a.m.-2: 15 p.m.

Centrally located in the Setzer Student Center, The Nest is the home of the Lamar Food Court and a collection of fast foods. The operation is host to two nationally branded concepts: Habaneros and Pizza Hut Express. The Food Court also offers a tasty grill which contains traditional hamburgers, cheeseburgers, french fries, grilled and popcorn chicken. There is a Deli Station to satisfy those who want a cold plate luncheon. There is also an array of bottled and fountain beverages to choose from along with various packaged snacks. Declining Balance Dollars, cash, and credit cards are accepted at this location.



7 a.m.-7 p.m.

Mirabeau’s is a gourmet coffee shop featuring a selection of Starbucks coffees, cappuccino, frappucinos, cafe lattes and espresso drinks, chai teas, and waters. It also offers upscale pies and cakes. A grilled breakfast menu is available. Freshly baked muffins, cookies and assorted desserts are prepared on site.

Grilled sandwiches and a Grab and Go sandwich and salad program are also offered. Declining Balance Dollars, cash, and credit cards are accepted at this location.

Meal Plans

All students who reside in Cardinal Village are required to purchase a meal plan. Call 409-880-8055.

Health Center

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The Student Health Center offers outpatient medical services for currently enrolled students of Lamar University or Lamar Institute of Technology. A physician and several certified nurse practitioners treat students for minor illnesses or injuries that do not require constant supervision. No appointment is needed and students are charged only for lab tests, medications, and supplies, not for the office visit. Off-campus referrals are made for x-rays or specialist consultation as needed. Students with chronic and/or serious conditions will require treatment off campus by their own family physician. Most medications prescribed by Health Center practitioners are available in the clinic pharmacy at a reduced cost. All charges incurred are entered on the student account, thus no payment is required at the time of service.

Gynecological services and family planning are provided by a female nurse practitioner (appointment only). There is a lab charge for most gynecological services. Short term psychological counseling is available by licensed counselors who offer individual and group therapy and coordinate workshops on a variety of mental health issues. A full time health educator, in collaboration with student peer educators, provides health education to organizations, residence halls, classes, or individuals on a variety of health related issues pertinent to the university population.

All services are available to students presenting a valid I.D. during regular hours when the university is in session. After hours, on weekends, and when the university is not in session, health care becomes the individual student’s responsibility. Any expenses incurred for ambulance service or off-campus medical needs are also the responsibility of the student. Students are encouraged to maintain some form of health insurance to cover these expenses as they can be quite costly.Call 409-880-8466.

Health Insurance

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Health and accident insurance coverage is required of all international students. All registered Lamar students taking six or more credit hours (three hours for summer sessions) are eligible to participate in the Student Accident and Sickness Insurance Plan. This is a supplemental policy which covers a portion of the costs for inpatient and outpatient medical services not available at the Health Center. Unless it is an emergency, students are required to seek treatment at the Health Center first, where an off-campus referral will be issued if deemed necessary. Students enrolled in the insurance plan may also insure their dependents. However, non-student dependents are not eligible to use the Health Center.

Detailed information and enrollment forms are available through the Student Health Center, the offices of Student Engagement or Residence Life, or through the Health Center’s web site at Premiums are due at the time of enrollment and are available per semester or on an annual basis.

Mail Center

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The Lamar University Mail Center, which is located in the Services Building #27, provides students, faculty and staff with the information needed to process their outgoing mail in the most timely and cost effective service available. We are responsible for the distribution of all incoming U.S.P.S., inter-office and intra-campus mail to faculty, staff, and students. We also process outgoing mail for all departments on campus. Mail boxes are available for rent for a fee of $15 per year. Mail box rental fees are paid in the Cashier's Office in the Wimberly Student Services building. For complete information, visit


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The Lamar Cardinals men's and women's teams compete in all seventeen Southland Conference indoor and outdoor sponsored sports and field fifteen teams, seven men's teams and eight women's teams. The Cardinals compete in NCAA Division I NCAA sports. The school has participated in practically every level of collegiate athletics from its inception as a junior college in 1923 to its realization as a university in 1971. The newest teams are the reinstated football team which returned in 2010 and Women's softball which returned in the 2013 season. The adoption of the nickname "Cardinals" dates back to the school's name change to Lamar in 1932.

Men’s Basketball

Men’s basketball at Lamar has a rich and storied past, producing such notable coaches as Billy Tubbs, Jack Martin and Pat Foster. The program has been to nine post-season tournaments, including five NCAA Tournaments (1979, 1980, 1981, 1983, 2000), reaching the “Sweet Sixteen” in 1980. They have been to four National Invitational Tournaments (1982, 1984, 1985, 1986) as well. The men’s basketball team also had an 80-game home court winning streak, which still ranks as the seventh-longest streak in NCAA history. The Cardinals have won three Lone Star Conference Championships and nine Southland Conference Championships, most recently winning the 2008 SLC title. Lamar has produced four All-Americans - Don Bryson (AP, 1965), Earl Dow (AP,1969), Mike Oliver (1981), and Matt Sundblad (GTE Academic, 1998 and 1999); 43 first-team all-con­ference selections and six conference Players of the Year.

Women’s Basketball

Lamar women’s basketball has enjoyed a resurgence under head coach Larry Tidwell. The Lady Cardinals just completed a 25-8 season in 2010-11, and earned a spot in the WNIT. Lamar advanced to its second ever NCAA Tournament in 2010 after winning the Southland Conference regular season and tournament titles. The Lady Cards reached the elite eight of the NCAA Tournament in 1991. Tidwell has a 93-40 record in his first four seasons at Lamar and has guided the Lady Cards to three straight 20-win seasons for the first time in school history. The Lady Cardinals have turned out 22 first-team all-conference players, two conference Players of the Year and one All-American.


Lamar’s baseball team has been a consistent winner over the years, with much of that success achieved as a result of head coach Jim Gilligan’s hard work. Gilligan, who lettered at Lamar in 1967-1968, has spent over three decades coaching at his alma mater. During his tenure, Lamar has won 10 conference championships, four conference tournament titles and appeared in 12 NCAA Regionals.

Gilligan is the sixth-winningest active Division I coach in the country with nearly 1,200 victories. The Cardinals have produced more than 130 all-conference players over the years, including 10 Pitchers of the Year and three Hitters of the Year. Lamar has several players who have appeared in the Major Leagues including: Jerald Clark (San Diego, Colorado, Minnesota), Kevin Millar (Florida, Boston, Baltimore, Toronto), Brian Sanches (Philadelphia, Washington, Florida), Clay Hensley (San Diego, Houston, Florida), Micah Hoffpauir (Chicago), Bruce Aven (Cleveland, Florida, Pittsburgh, Los Angeles) and Eric Cammack (New York Mets). Vincent-Beck Stadium was the former home to the San Diego Padres AA baseball team and has hosted three Southland Conference Tournaments.


The Lamar Lady Cardinals softball team represents Lamar University in NCAA Division I college softball. The team participates in the Southland Conference. The Lady Cardinals are currently led by head coach Holly Bruder. After playing its home games at the off-campus Ford Park for the first two seasons following the program restart, the team plays its home games at Lamar Softball Complex located on the university's campus starting with the 2015 season


The men’s and women’s golf teams have made their mark at the NCAA level and in the professional ranks. Lamar has dominated the Southland Conference in men’s golf more than any other sport, winning 23 SLC Championships, including seven of the last 10. The highlight for the men’s golf program came in 2007 when Lamar tied for third at the NCAA Championships, finishing behind only Stanford and Georgia.

The men’s golf team was consistently ranked in the top 20 in the country in the early 1980s and was one of the top programs at the NCAA College Division level in the late 1960s, winning back-to-back National Titles in 1967 and 1968. The Cardinals have appeared in six NCAA Championships and 13 NCAA Regionals. The program has sent several players to the PGA Tour including­ing current professionals Chris Stroud, Ronnie Black, Trevor Dodds, Kelly Gibson and John Reigger.

Stroud was named Southland Player of the Year each of his four years at Lamar and was the first player in SLC history to earn First-Team All-SLC honors in four consecutive years. He was also a two-time Ping All-American and was a 2001 fresh­man of the year. Nine difference Cardinals have earned All-America honors, while 23 have won individual medalist honors at the conference tournament.

The women’s program has also made a splash on the national scene for over three decades and has won seven conference championships since 1993. The Lady Cardinals were one of the top AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) programs in the region in the late 1970s and early 1980s, prior to the NCAA recognizing women’s competition. The women’s team placed seventh in the country at the 1983 NCAA Championships. The Lady Cardinals made additional appearances at the NCAA Championships in 1991, 1993, and 1995. Clifford Ann Creed, Dawn Coe-Jones, Gail (Anderson) Graham and Jennifer Wyatt have all been winners on the LPGA Tour.

Track and Field

The men’s and women’s track teams have enjoyed a great deal of success. The Lamar track program has sent seven athletes to the Olympics: Brian Davis(1960), Christer Gullstrand (1980), Doug Hinds (1980 and 1984), Midde Hamrin (1984), Pedro Caceres (1984), Thomas Eriksson (1984), and Yamelis Ortiz (2000, 2004).

The men’s team won nine straight Southland Conference outdoor championships­pionships from 1978-86. The Cardinals also captured four straight triple crowns, winning cross country, indoor and outdoor titles in the same season from 1981-84. Lamar has won the last five Southland Conference cross country titles, and 10 overall. The men’s team has produced 30 NCAA All-Americans, including two National Champions. Joe LeBlanc was the NCAA College Division Champion in the 880-yards in 1964 and Thomas Eriksson was the NCAA Champion in the high jump in 1985.

The women’s team captured the 1992 Sun Belt Conference outdoor championship, and has won three SLC cross country titles. The Lady Cardinals have also produced five AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) All-Americans. Carolyn Ford captured the AIAW National Championship in the high jump in 1982 and Midde Hamrin won AIAW National championships in the 5,000-meters and 10,000-meters in 1982. Most recently, Yamelis Ortiz was a four-time NCAA qualifier in the 400-meter hurdles and participated in the 2000 Olympics in Sydney, Australia as part of the Puerto Rican 1600-meter relay team.


Lamar’s men’s and women’s tennis have enjoyed a great deal of success through the years. The men’s team captured 12 Lone Star Conference Championships and five Southland Conference Championships. Lamar has had two SLC Players of the Year (Jakob Paulsen and Filip Kanczula) over the past eight seasons. In the late 1950s, the Cardinals were one of the top ten­nis programs in the country, capturing six straight NAIA National Championships from 1955-60.

The women’s team has won two Southland Conference Championships (1983 &1985) and one American South Conference Championship (1988). Mariaryeni Gutierrez was named SLC Player of the Year in 2010, while Andrea Martinez won the award in 2006. The Lady Cardinals surged to national prominence in the early 1970s as the doubles team of Cathy Beene and Linda Rupert captured the 1973 AIAW National Championship.


Since its development in the 1960s, the Lamar volleyball team has been one of the best programs in the region. The Lady Cardinals placed in the top 10 at the AIAW (the precursor to NCAA competition for women) National Championships for three straight years from 1975-77, including placing seventh in the country in 1975. The success continued into the 80s, as the Lady Cards won two Southland Conference Tournament championships (1983 and 1984) and two American South Conference championships (1987 and 1990). Lamar also won Sun Belt Conference Championships in 1993 and 1997. After returning to the SLC in 1998, Lamar won regular season titles in 2001 and 2007, and won the SLC Tournament in 2008. The Lady Cards appeared in the 1983,1984, 1993 and 2008 NCAA Championships. Lamar has had 66 players earn all-conference honors, four conference Players of the Year (Liz Blue-1983, Ruby Randolph-1984, Natalie Sarver-2002 and Molli Abel-2007) and one All-American (Blue-1983).


Lamar enjoyed a triumphant return to the gridiron in 2010 as the first Lamar football team to take the field since 1989 finished with a 5-6 record. Lamar dropped football at the end of the 1989 season, but competed in 2010 in the newly refurbished Provost Umphrey Stadium. The Cardinals, under the direction of head coach Ray Woodard, nearly knocked off No. 12 McNeese State on the road in their first game in over two decades before falling 30-27.

Lamar has won four Southland Conference titles in football, and one Lone Star Conference championship. Five players have earned All-America honors in a Cardinal uniform, while 90 have earned all-conference recognition. In 1985, running back Burton Murchison was named the SLC Offensive Player of the Year, while Vernon McManus (1965) and Eugene Seale (1983) earned SLC Defensive Player of the Year honors. Nearly 25 former Lamar players have gone on to be drafted or signed as free agents by NFL franchises.


In the fall of 2007, Lamar added women’s soccer to its list of Division I sports. In just its fourth season of competition, the Lady Cardinals broke through and qualified for the Southland Conference Tournament. The season came to an end with a narrow 1-0 loss to UTSA, but head coach Dewi Hardman has the team primed for another run in 2011.

The Lamar Soccer Complex was opened for competition in 2009 and features coaches offices, locker rooms, a training room and a natural grass surface with lights. The home field advantage came through in 2010 as Lamar finished with a 5-2-2 record on its own pitch.


Lamar has some of the finest athletic facilities in the region. Most recently, the Lamar Athletic Complex was completed, housing the Lamar football team as well as other athletic administration. The 54,000-square-foot facility lies at the south end of newly renovated Provost Umphrey Stadium. The complex contains football locker rooms, weight training and sports medicine facilities and academic centers.

The Montagne Center, which opened in 1984 and has a seating capacity of 10,080, is one of the premier basketball arenas in the country. Vincent-Beck Stadium, home of the Cardinal baseball team, hosted the 1993 Sun Belt Conference tournament, and the 2001, 2002 and 2006 Southland Conference tournaments. The LU Soccer Complex opened in 2009 and is one of the top facilities in the Southland Conference. The Lamar Tennis Facility, now named the Thompson Family Tennis Center, received a total renovation in 2009.

The Ty Terrell Track, which was resurfaced in 2015, is where the Lamar track program trains. It is also the site of the Ty Terrell Relays, which annually attracts some of the best prep and collegiate track athletes. McDonald Gymnasium opened its doors in 1958, it immediately became a campus landmark. It was the home of basketball, volleyball and high school sports. Today it is the competition venue for Lamar University Volleyball.

All Lamar students with a valid I.D. receive free admission to all of the university’s athletic events.

Student Engagement

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The Division of Student Engagement includes the Dean of Students' Office, New Student and Leadership Programs, the Student Health Center, Recreational Sports, Diversity and Inclusion Programs, the Center for Career and Professional Development, Housing and Residence Life, the Setzer Student Center, Student Organizations and Activities, and Civic Engagement. The Office of the Vice President for Student Engagement is located in Wimberly Student Services Building Room 115.

New Student and Leadership Programs

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The New Student Orientation hosts organized, purposeful, and an interactive introduction to departments, resources, and the many diverse ways you can be involved on campus, which allows students to customize their own unique college experience. Sessions for all new Cardinals and their families. These sessions help students become familiar with services and programs vital to a successful transition as full and active members of the Lamar community. Partnering collaboratively with other university offices and departments, these sessions will help students gain the skills, information and meaningful relationships important to successful long-term academic and personal outcomes.

Lamar University offers orientation for all incoming freshman students as well as transfer students. Freshman students are required to attend an Orientation session in order to receive their confirmed Fall class schedule, which will be confirmed at the end of Orientation.

University Recognition Programs

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Bess Gentry Award: Established in 1975, this award is annually conferred as an all-university recognition of a senior woman who has demonstrated outstanding character, leadership, service, contribution, and scholarship as a student at Lamar University. The award was established in the name of Bess Gentry, dean of women (1944-1968) and head of the women’s health and physical education department (1944-1956) and is cosponsored by four student organizations that Mrs. Gentry was instrumental in establishing on the Lamar campus. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.

C. Robert Kemble Award: This award was established in 1981 and is annually conferred as an all-university recognition of an outstanding senior man. The award, named for Dr. C. Robert Kemble, president of Lamar University (1977-1984) and chancellor (1984-1986), honors the finalists and recipient for outstanding contribution and service to the university and for scholastic achievement. The recipient is announced at the annual Toast to Leadership Awards Banquet.

Otho Plummer Award: Given to the highest-ranking man and woman graduated from the academic colleges, the award was established in the name of the late Otho Plummer, chairman emeritus of the board of regents and a member of the board from 1949 to 1990. The recipient of this award is announced at commencement.

Ann Shaw Leadership Award: This award was established by Jacque Placette Chapman and perpetuated after the death of Ann Shaw in 1998. This award recognizes a junior or senior student for fostering a spirit of teamwork, excellence in leadership, and exhibiting exemplary personal ethics and integrity while making significant contributions to the Lamar University community. Ann Shaw was a long-time employee of the university who served in numerous positions within the division of student affairs. Through her dedication to the growth and development of students and student leadership, she is personally responsible for the implementation of numerous student life programs and events, many of which have become Lamar traditions and institutions. The Ann Shaw Leadership Award is presented annually at the Toast of Leadership Awards Banquet.

Student Activities

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Students are encouraged to participate in the co-curricular activities program because taking part in well-developed, organized, activities enhances the educational experience. It is the intention of the university that the out-of-class activities programs lend themselves to the total educational experience. In keeping with this philosophy, members of the faculty, staff, and administration serve as advisors and sponsors to the various organizations.

The purposes and philosophies of student organizations are expected to enhance the purpose and philosophy of the university. Those interested in joining one of the presently registered groups or in forming another student organization should seek procedural information from the Office of Student Organization Services in the Setzer Student Center, Room 212.

Minimum Requirement For Participation in Extracurricular Activities:

For the purpose of establishing eligibility, two six-week summer terms may count as one long semester. Transfer students have the same eligibility as freshman students until completion of one semester.

Any student currently registered in good standing with the university with a 2.0 GPA on all course work completed at Lamar and/or LIT is eligible to participate in any extracurricular activity. Members who do not meet this requirement will be limited to only meeting attendance and academic improvement programs. University organizations may establish higher individual requirements for GPA and enrollment status.

Greek Council

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The Greek Council is composed of the following:

  • College Panhellenic Council (CPC) — The College Panhellenic Council is the regulating and governing body for NPC sorority members.
  • National Pan-Hellenic Council (NPHC) — The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the official agent of eight traditionally African-American Greek letter fraternities and sororities.
  • Inter-Fraternity Council (IFC) — The Inter-Fraternity Council is the advisory and governing organization for fraternity members.
  • Multicultural Greek Council (MGC) – The Multicultural Greek Council is the advisory council for multicultural Greek letter organizations.

College Panhellenic Council

To promote inter-society cooperation, social sororities are member groups of the College Panhellenic Chapters Council. The Lamar CPC is the regulating and governing body of the association. CPC provides a forum for the exchange of ideas, coordinates matters of common interest, plans cooperative service and academic programs, and formulates formal recruitment rules, policies, and procedures. Member organizations include: Alpha Chi Omega, Alpha Delta Pi, and Zeta Tau Alpha.

National Pan-Hellenic Council

The National Pan-Hellenic Council serves as the official coordinating agent of eight traditionally African-American Greek Letter fraternities and sororities. NPHC assists the member organizations attain national providence, promote campus unity, and achieve community recognition. Member organizations include Alpha Kappa Alpha, Alpha Phi Alpha, Omega Psi Phi, Delta Sigma Theta, Sigma Gamma Rho, Kappa Alpha Psi, and Zeta Phi Beta.

Inter-Fraternity Council

The Inter-Fraternity Council is the advisory and governing organization of Lamar University fraternity members. The purpose of this organization is to assist fraternities in their efforts at LU. Member organizations include Pi Kappa Alpha, Kappa Alpha Order, Sigma Nu, Sigma Phi Delta, and Sigma Phi Epsilon.

Multicultural Greek Council

The Multicultural Greek Council is the advisory council of Lamar University multicultural Greek Letter organizations. The purpose of this organization is to assist multicultural Greek organizations in their efforts at LU. Member organizations include Phi Iota Alpha, Kappa Delta Chi,and Sigma Sigma Rho.

Student Government Association 

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The Student Government Association of Lamar University provides the official voice through which student opinion may be expressed as students participate in the overall policy and decision-making of the university community. The governing structure consists of three branches: executive, legislative and judicial. Visit for more information.


The SGA president, vice-president, college and at-large senators are elected each spring, and class senators are elected in the fall by the student body. The SGA vice president serves as the presiding officer of the student senate. Senators are elected from the following constituencies; One senator from each academic college; two senators from each class of freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors; and eight senators-at-large who are commuter students not active in more than two campus organizations. Each student organization officially recognized by the university is allowed to send one senator to senate meetings.


The Student Senate meets weekly. Students become involved with standing committees such as Academic Affairs, Student Engagement, and Public Affairs. Students also become involved with programs sponsored by SGA, such as Toast to Leadership.


The judicial branch of SGA consists of the Student Supreme Court. The duties of the Supreme Court include, but are not limited to: election commission rule violation and appeals concerning parking and traffic citations issued by the Lamar University Police and Parking Services.

Where to Find Out About

Student Complaints

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Students are encouraged to resolve complaints or grievances at the appropriate level of dispute. However, should this approach fail or be inappropriate, students may submit written complaints by completing the Student Complaint form.

Hire A Cardinal

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The Student Employment Office, located in the Center for Career and Professional Development, assists students in locating part-time and full-time non-degreed employment while attending the university. Job locations range from those at the university to the Golden Triangle and surrounding communities. Visit to browse job opportunities.

Center for Career and Professional Development

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The Center is designed to provide students with assistance in all facets of career preparation, beginning with university entrance and special placement exams, major course of study selection, career choices and planning, part-time employment, resume’ preparation, interviewing preparation and full-time employment after graduation. Each fall and spring semester, recruiters from local, state and national employers visit the Center to interview graduating students. Students are offered an annual career fair on campus and information on additional career fairs conducted by companies and other organizations is available. An annual education fair is sponsored to provide students an opportunity to interview with many school districts in Texas. The Center is located in Room 102 Galloway Business Building. Visit for more information.

Cashier's Office

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Students must meet their financial obligations. Failure to do so may result in being dropped from classes or the student’s name being turned over to a collection agency. Such problems may be avoided by paying all bills. Generally, payment may be made by personal check, MasterCard, Visa, Discover, American Express, cash, or financial aid.

Payment Methods

  • Online using MasterCard, Visa, Discover or American Express. A convenience fee of 2.00% will apply if you choose this pay­ment method. 
  • In person at the Cashier’s window using a debit card, per­sonal check, cashier’s check, money order, cash, and/or wire transfer. 
  • Use the drop box at the Cashier’s office.
  • Set up an Authorized User to make payments on and have access to your account. Select the "Authorized Users" tab to add the contact information­tion. 
  • Mail payment to: 
    • Lamar University Cashier’s Office
    • PO Box 10183
    • Beaumont, TX 77710 
  • Remember to include the student’s Lamar ID#on the check.

Financial Aid

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(409) 880-7011

Lamar University’s financial assistance program is intended to open educational opportunities to all capable students. No student should be reluctant to attend Lamar because of a need for financial assistance. Approximately 75% of Lamar students receive some type of financial assistance.


A wide variety of scholarships and various grants are offered to Lamar students. Scholarships are generally awarded on the basis of academic achievement, programs of study, or special skills. Applications may be obtained in the Scholarship Office, 203 Wimberly Building.


Grants are awarded through the determination of financial need. The following grants may be applied for by students submitting a Free Application for Federal Student Aid:

  • Federal Pell Grant
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG)
  • College Work Study
  • Texas Public Education Grant (TPEG)
  • Texas Grant
  • Teach for Texas
  • State Student Incentive Grants


Several loan funds are available to Lamar University students. Long-term loans are offered with repayment scheduled after the borrower graduates or leaves school. Requirements and applications for each of the following loans may be obtained from the Office of Student Financial Assistance, 216 Wimberly Building, or its website, The following loans are offered:

  • Federal Subsidized and Unsubsidized Stafford Loans
  • Private loans for students
  • Loans for parents

Emergency tuition loans are available to Lamar students on a short-term basis through the Cashier’s Office, 114 Wimberly Building.

Application Procedure

These forms must be completed for all need-based financial assistance:

  1. Yearly Free Application for Federal Student Aid:
  2. Other institutional forms as required (will be listed on Self-Service Banner following a FAFSA application submission)

Institutional application forms may be obtained in the Lamar University Office of Student Financial Assistance or the forms page at

Awards are determined during the late spring for the following academic year. Therefore, priority is given to applications received by the April 1 deadline. Applications received are on a first-come, first-served basis. Applicants who have met the April 1 deadline and are unconditionally accepted into the University will be notified of their eligibility during mid-summer. Additional consumer information and specific rights and responsibilities of students are available in the Office of Student Financial Assistance, 216 Wimberly Building, or by visiting our website at

International Students

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In its mission statement, Lamar University’s commitment to providing students with a liberal education in the context of a global and multicultural environment is emphasized. Indeed, Lamar is one of the most diverse campuses in Texas, and our international students are important contributors to that variety of cultures and experiences with which we wish to enrich academic and student life. International applicants are screened carefully for academic excellence, English proficiency, adequate health, and financial self-sufficiency, and those admitted are among the strongest students at Lamar University. While there are a variety of university and governmental rules, regulations, and restrictions that apply (see, for example, US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, LU for Current Students, and the College of Graduate Studies.)

International students are encouraged, even 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 portions of their own culture and experiences. Indeed, it is to the benefit of every university student to integrate himself/herself fully into the campus environment. The University is strongly committed to providing an atmosphere of friendship and acceptance for international students, and tries to afford them every opportunity to succeed. It is understood that the presence of international students places additional demands on the University to meet a larger variety of distinctive needs, and we accept the responsibility to make adequate provisions for doing so. In order for the international student to achieve his/her educational objectives, there is no doubt that certain academic services are essential. The University is committed to providing facilities and staff commensurate with those needs. Moreover, we recognize that English language proficiency, and not citizenship or immigration status alone, is a key criterion in determining and meeting the needs of students for whom English is second language. Thus, entrance and exit standards for non-native English speakers take into account the minimum language skills necessary for success in academic work as well as the minimum standards that a diploma from the University promises.

There are a variety of organizations, university offices, and support services for international students. Some of them are: Texas Intensive English Program at Lamar, International Student Services Office, Association of Chinese Students and Scholars, Friends of India Association, Vietnamese Student Association, Nepalese Student AssociationSaudi Students Association, and more.

On-campus employment is limited to 19.5 hours per week. There is no exclusion from the overall on-campus 19.5-hour-per-week ceiling for work undertaken pursuant to a scholarship, fellowship, assistantship, or post-doctoral appointment.

Lamar University requires that international students secure mandatory accident, sickness, catastrophic illness, evacuation, and repatriation insurance as a condition of enrollment. Call 409-880-8356 or visit for more information.


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All faculty, staff, and students are required to purchase a current parking permit and display it if they park a vehicle on campus. At the time you receive your permit, you will receive a copy of the parking and traffic regulations. This is an important document that should be read thoroughly if you plan to park on campus. Strict observance of traffic and parking laws and regulations is necessary for the safe, orderly flow of vehicles in the campus area. Parking and traffic regulations are in effect 24 hours a day. Call 409-880-8696 or visit

  • Your parking permit may be obtained in the Carl Parker Buidling, Room 109

  • The costs are found in the Parking Regulations Section II and are also listed here as follows:
    • If purchased during the Fall Semester $60
    • If purchased during the Spring Semester $40
    • If purchased during Summer I or Summer II $20


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The University Police department is on campus to serve you in the protection of your person, your property, and the university’s property. The university police are also charged with the enforcement of university and systems regulations, all state, local and federal laws. Officers working for the university are licensed peace officers for the state of Texas. They have county-wide jurisdiction.

The police department has installed 32 emergency phones located throughout the campus for your safety. Phones are on white posts with blue lights on top. When the red button is pushed, the location of the call is automatically identified and the caller is connected to the police department. Locations of the telephones are marked on all parking maps and safety brochures. Individuals with hearing impairments should remain at the phone until the officer arrives.

Engravers are available at the police department should students wish to engrave their valuables to aid in recovery in the case of theft or loss. The lost and found department is located in the police department. Open 24 hours a day, the police department is located at 211 Redbird Lane, next to the Mail Center. Call 409-880-8307 for non-emergencies and visit for more information.

Shuttle Service for Students

Lamar University police offers a free shuttle service from 5:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m. daily. Students utilizing this service must have a valid ID. The shuttle service provides transportation for students on campus and within the immediate vicinity of the campus. Students should call 880-2241 for this service or visit for more information.

For emergency police response, call 880-8311. For all other police business, call 880-8305 or 911. We encourage you to call if you have a security or police concern.


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The records office maintains records from a student’s first registration throughout his/her academic career. Lamar University exemplifies the belief that no one is too old to learn. Many students return more than once to complete a degree, take additional courses in a new area, or earn a certification to qualify for a promotion. There are as many reasons as there are numbers of students who return. New and returning students are our reason for being here.

The records office provides many services for Lamar students. A student may register for courses, add, drop, withdraw, request changes to demographic data, request transcripts, course changes, certification or verification of enrollment, challenge credit awarded, or apply for graduation. Almost any student record activity may be taken care of in the offices located in room 112 Wimberly Building.

In compliance with the Department of Education’s Student Right-to-know Act, Lamar University will make available to enrolled or prospective students information regarding graduation rates as well as institutional security policies and crime statistics. Paper copies of this information may be obtained from the Office of Institutional Research & Reporting and the Lamar University Police Department. 


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Students must apply and be admitted to Lamar University before registering for classes. For information on how to apply, visit Prior to registering for classes, a student must be compliant with the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) requirements and complete academic advisement.
After meeting with an academic advisor, register online by following the instructions at

Disability Resource Center

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The Disability Resource Center is committed to supporting students with disabilities at Lamar University through the appropriate use of advocacy, accommodations, and supportive services to ensure access to campus courses, services, and activities. The DRC is the university-designated office that determines and facilitates reasonable accommodations in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. The Disability Resource Center is located in Room 105 of the Communications Building. Call 409-880-8347 or visit for more information.

Testing Services

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The Center for Career & Professional Development is a national testing site for Prometric and Pearson Vue. The Center for Career and Professional Development offers a full range of testing services for aptitude and achievement and coordinates testing required by the university and national testing institutions. The testing center is located in 102 Galloway Business. Call 409-880-8878 or visit for more information.

Veterans Affairs

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The Veterans Affairs office is maintained in the Wimberly Student Services Building to assist veterans in obtaining their educational benefits at Lamar. It also provides academic assistance and counseling. For additional information and veteran’s programs, visit the office in 101 Wimberly Building, call 409-880-8437, or visit

Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities

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The Texas Academy of Leadership is a two-year residential program for gifted and talented Texas 11th and 12th-graders located on the campus of Lamar University. Students receive their TEA accredited diploma and earn 60 or more college hours concurrently. Tuition is paid by the state of Texas. Students attend university classes, take supplemental courses in the humanities, and develop their leadership skills through a specially developed program of extra-curricular events, service projects, and leadership opportunities and training. Call 409-839-2995 or visit the TALH website for more information.

Student Code of Conduct

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The Student Code of Conduct is available at

Academic Policies and Procedures

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Academic Policies and Procedures are available at

University Policies

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University Policies are available at