Lamar University was named after second president of the Republic of Texas and the “Father of Education” in Texas. The university remains deeply committed to providing students an accessible, affordable, outstanding education.
Lamar University 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. In the early 1940s, the school separated from the South Park school district, which had created the college, and moved to its current location.
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.
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Students with disabilities may experience barriers that can limit their access to University courses and activities. The Disability Resource Center works to ensure equal opportunities for students with disabilities, including, but not limited to, individuals who are Deaf/hard of hearing, blind or visually impaired, have a specific learning/intellectual disability, ADHD/ADD, PTSD, Traumatic Brain Injury, or physical disability. Reasonable accommodations will be determined on an individual basis.
Imagine going to the library anytime, anywhere. Our online library offers a vast array of scholarly and professional research materials. Current students can access the university library services by telephone, email or IM.
We offer support for campus systems and technologies for teaching and learning. Support is available and easily accessible for faculty via phone or email.
Our mission is to promote the health and wellness of the university population by offering quality medical and psychological services to the students of Lamar University and Lamar Institute of Technology.
Campus life at Lamar University is the perfect blend of urban living with the close community feel of a small town. Between classes you can stroll through campus to admire the artwork and mature oak trees, study with friends at the Mary & John Gray library, or lounge at the Setzer Student Center.
There's always something happening in Rec Sports! We encourage you to join in on the fun!
Opportunities for social work majors to participate in student organizations are provided at the University and Program levels. The Social Work Student Association was organized in 1978 and chartered in accordance with the University policies and procedures for all campus student associations.
Lamar University is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associates, bachelor's, masters, and doctoral degrees. 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.