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About UL System

The University of Louisiana System is one of the largest higher education systems in the country.

The University of Louisiana System is a public, multi-campus university system dedicated to the service of Louisiana and its people. The System offers a broad spectrum of educational opportunities ranging from technical training at the associate level to research at the doctoral level. It encompasses nine diverse higher education institutions: Grambling State University, Louisiana Tech University, McNeese State University, Nicholls State University, Northwestern State University, Southeastern Louisiana University, University of Louisiana at Lafayette, University of Louisiana at Monroe, and University of New Orleans. While these nine institutions share the responsibility for providing high-quality educational opportunities for the people of Louisiana through a lifetime of intellectual growth, each institution's specific mission is shaped by its historic and unique strengths.

Mission & Vision

The fundamental mission of the System is to emphasize teaching, research, and community service to enhance the quality of life for the state's citizens. Through this mission, students are afforded experiences to discover, create, transmit, and apply knowledge. The purpose of the System is to provide high quality education that is cost efficient to both students and taxpayers, enabling students to reach their highest potential.

Student Enrollment

90,500 students

We are the largest higher education system in Louisiana

37% Male
61% Female


receive TOPS

Undergraduates receive Pell Grants

The Universities of Louisiana

We are Louisiana's Largest Higher Education System

Graduates in 2018-19

students graduated in 2019-20

59% of Louisiana graduates 1,222 in Engineering
58% of Louisiana graduates 1,497 in Business
66% of Louisiana graduates 1,896 in Education
79% of Louisiana 4 year graduates 1,698 in Nursing
100% of Louisiana 4 year graduates 106 in Pharmacy

Who We Are


  • Founded in 1974 as the Board of Trustees for State Colleges and Universities

  • Name changed in 1998 to the University of Louisiana System and transferred five community colleges to the Louisiana Community and Technical College System

  • In 2011, the University of New Orleans joined the UL System as the ninth university


  • 16-member Board of Supervisors

  • 15 appointed by the Governor for 6-year terms

  • 1 student member selected by UL System SGA Presidents each May


  • System President and CEO Rick Gallot since January 2024

  • Board Chair Mark Romero since 2024

  • Board Vice Chair Brad Stevens since 2024

  • Board Parliamentarian Dana Peterson since 2024


  • $906.5 million Operating Budget for FY 2020-21

  • 22% ($185.4 million) State Funds

  • 78% ($672.9 million) Self-Generated Revenue


Cutting-edge research includes nanobiotechnology, coastal restoration, 3D visualization, supercomputing, and pharmacology

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