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University of Louisiana at Monroe

University of Louisiana at Monroe
Former names
Ouachita Parish Junior College (1931–1934)
Northeast Center of Louisiana State University (1934–1949)
Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University (1949–1950)
Northeast Louisiana State College (1950–1969)
Northeast Louisiana University (1969–1999)
Established 1931
Type Public
Endowment $23,157,741[1]
President Nick Bruno
Students 8,854[2]
Undergraduates 7,550[2]
Postgraduates 1,304[2]
Location Monroe, Louisiana, U.S.
Campus Urban
Main Campus: 238 acres (0.96 km2)
Colors Maroon and Gold
Athletics NCAA Division I FBSSun Belt
Nickname Warhawks
Mascot Ace the Warhawk
Affiliations UL System
Website .edu.ulmwww

The University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) is a coeducational public university in Monroe, Louisiana, United States and part of the University of Louisiana System.


  • History 1
    • 21st century 1.1
  • Academics 2
    • Business 2.1
    • English 2.2
    • Marriage and family therapy 2.3
    • Pharmacy 2.4
    • Theater arts 2.5
    • Rankings 2.6
  • Athletics 3
    • Major sports 3.1
    • Other activities 3.2
  • Greek life 4
  • Notable alumni 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7


ULM opened in 1931 as Ouachita Parish Junior College. Three years later it became the Northeast Center of Louisiana State University. In 1936 and 1937, its dean was Stephen A. Caldwell.[3]

Its name changed again in 1949, to Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University. A year later, it became an autonomous four-year institution as Northeast Louisiana State College. In 1969, it granted doctoral degrees for the first time and was elevated to university status as Northeast Louisiana University (NLU).

Much growth occurred during the administration of president

  • Official website
  • ULM Athletics website

External links

  1. ^
  2. ^ a b c "Preliminary Headcount Enrollment Summary". Louisiana Board of Regents. September 2015. Retrieved 2015-10-19. 
  3. ^ "Caldwell, Stephen Adol;phus".  
  4. ^ "George T. Walker".  
  5. ^ "Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report" (PDF). January 10, 2007. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  6. ^ "Dorothey Hall "Kitty" DeGree".  
  7. ^ "Regional Universities Rankings". America's Best Colleges 2012. U.S. News & World Report. September 13, 2011. Retrieved September 25, 2011. 
  8. ^ "The Washington Monthly Master's University Rankings". The Washington Monthly. 2011. Retrieved October 6, 2011. 
  9. ^ "Welcome to the College of Business Administration". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  10. ^ Turnrow from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  11. ^ [2],
  12. ^ "College of Pharmacy at ULM". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  13. ^ "three-year requisite" (PDF). University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  14. ^ Milburn E. Calhoun obituary, Monroe News Star, January 11, 2012
  15. ^ "Scott Rogers, "Family imprint seen in Monroe a century after arrival", April 21, 2013".  
  16. ^ Rankings
  17. ^ "Jimmy Chung -ULM Warhawks Athletics". 2012-09-09. Retrieved 2012-09-09. 
  18. ^ "ULM water ski team". ULM water ski team. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  19. ^ "Lousiana-Monroe [sic] wins 22nd National Collegiate Waterski Title". 2009-10-24. Archived from the original on 2009-10-29. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  20. ^ "ULM natatorium to close, July 11, 2011".  
  21. ^ "Our View: A sad day, but not unexpected, March 31, 2014".  
  22. ^ Student Life - Greek from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
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  24. ^ "Pi Kappa Alpha Eta Omicron Homepage". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  25. ^ "Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - A Hosted Site". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  26. ^ "kappa alpha psi nupes fraternity at". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  27. ^ ITC Labs & Classrooms. "Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  28. ^
  29. ^
  30. ^ "Phi Mu Fraternity- Alpha Rho Chapter". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 


Some of University of Louisiana at Monroe notable alumni include:

Notable alumni

Fraternities National Pan-Hellenic Council Pan-Hellenic Council

The following is current as of July 15, 2008.[22]

Bayou Desiard is located behind the Bayou Village Apartments on the ULM campus.
Caldwell Hall, 1930s, now houses the dental hygiene and occupational therapy departments.
Straus Education Building
Intramurals Building
ULM School of Nursing
ULM Art Building, 1930s

Greek life

In 2011, ULM announced the closure of its large Lake C. Oxford Natatorium, which remains in need of repairs totaling at least $1.8 million. Built in 1976 and renovated in 1996, the natatorium needed a new roof, chiller system, new ceilings, lighting, and chemical, pump, and valve replacements. The Student Government Association supported the closure based on low student usage of the facility.[20] After ULM dropped support for "The Nat" as it is often called, the YMCA took over the facility and operated it for nearly two years to accommodate local swimmers. Bowing to economic pressures and the lack of public financial support, "The Nat" will close permanently on April 30, 2014. ULM President Nick Bruno said no plans have been finalized for the development of the land with the closure and presumed razing of the natatorium.[21]

The ULM water skiing team[18] is the most successful in the history of the collegiate sport, having won twenty-two National Collegiate Water Skiing Association championships since 1979.[19] In that year, Bayou Desiard was the host site of the national competition.

ULM is home to several award-winning groups including the Sound of Today marching band and the competition cheerleading squad.

Other activities

The football and baseball stadiums and ULM Activities Center were designed by architect Hugh G. Parker of Bastrop.

The ULM football team posted its first six-win season since moving to Division I-A in 2007 going 6-6, which included a 21-14 victory at Alabama. On September 8, 2012, ULM beat number 8 Arkansas 34-31 in overtime to become the first Sun Belt Conference team to beat a top ten SEC team. This was their second ever win against a ranked opponent after defeating number 20 Richmond 14-8 in Monroe in 1973.

Since being in the Sun Belt, the Warhawks have won conference titles in men's basketball (2006-07 West Co-Champion) and baseball (2008 regular season and 2012 conference tournament).

ULM basketball coaches have included Arnold R. Kilpatrick, Lenny Fant, and Mike Vining. Fant was the first ULM coach to win three hundred games. Current head coach Keith Richard is a former point guard and alumnus from ULM.

ULM moved from Division I-AA (now Division I FCS) to Division I-A (now FBS) in 1994 and played as a I-A independent 1994-2000. It became a football-only Sun Belt Conference member in 2001 and joined as a member in all sports in 2006. ULM shared the 2005 Sun Belt Conference football championship with Arkansas State University and the University of Louisiana–Lafayette (ASU received the conference's New Orleans Bowl bid due to tiebreaking procedures) .Also, in 2012, ULM had their first winning season as an FBS school going, 8-5, and a bid to the AdvoCare V100 Bowl in Shreveport vs. the Ohio Bobcats, but lost 45-14.[17]

Teams participate in NCAA Division I (Division I FBS for football). ULM joined the Sun Belt Conference for all sports on July 1, 2006 after playing in the Southland Conference in all sports except football (swimming and diving team was in Sun Belt Conference, but was dropped in 2005).

Major sports

Primary logo for the Louisiana-Monroe Warhawks.


  • Regional Universities (South) - 81st
  • Best Undergraduate Business Programs - 338th
  • Top Public Schools (South Regional Universities) - 39th
  • Pharmacy School - 74th
  • Speech Pathology - 181st
  • Best Online Bachelor's Programs - 160th
  • Best Online Graduate Business Programs - 87th
  • Best Online Graduate Education Programs - 103rd

The University of Louisiana at Monroe was ranked by U.S. News & World Report in several categories for 2015:[16]


ULM is home to the Emy-Lou Biedenharn Recital Hall, named for the opera singer and daughter of the Coca-Cola entrepreneur Joseph A. Biedenharn.[15]

Theater arts

In 1999, Milburn E. Calhoun, a New Orleans physician, philanthropist, and Pelican Books publisher endowed the million-dollar Mary E. and Darrell L. Calhoun Chair in Pharmacology, named for his late parents.[14]

The practice of pharmacy is a vital part of a complete health care system. Pharmacists are professionals, uniquely prepared and available, committed to public service and the achievement of this goal. Pharmacists are the principal resource to patients and other health professionals in assuring appropriate use of and optimal therapeutic outcomes for medications.

The College of Pharmacy at ULM is Louisiana's only publicly supported comprehensive center for pharmaceutical education, research, and service. The College includes several modern specialized instructional and health service facilities and numerous affiliated off-campus teaching hospitals and pharmacies throughout the state.

Established in 1956, the College of Pharmacy[12] is accredited by the American Council on Pharmacy Education, including one of seven Toxicology programs in the U.S. In 2007, the College of Pharmacy moved from the main campus to the off-campus (Bienville) building. There are satellite campuses in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.[13]


Master's in marriage and family therapy is accredited by both the Commission on Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education and The Council for Accreditation of Counseling and Related Educational Programs. A doctoral program in marriage and family therapy was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents, June 1995.[11]

Marriage and family therapy

The English department publishes Turnrow, a bi-annual journal of short fiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews.[10]


ULM offers AACSB accredited[9] undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degree programs.

The College of Business Administration at ULM seeks ever-increasing excellence in business education by offering a student-centered learning environment that produces high-quality graduates and by engaging in research and service that benefits students, business and the community.

The College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS) prepares students for productive careers and responsible citizenship. The college benefits students, businesses and the community through research and service.


Helen Spyker Theatre
ULM Pharmacy Building
ULM Administration Building
University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[7] 81 (South)
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[8] 290


Kitty DeGree, a Monroe real estate developer, was the largest single donor to ULM in the last decade of her life. The school of nursing is named in her honor.[6]

In 2010, James Erwin Cofer Sr., left the ULM presidency after eight years to head Missouri State University in Springfield, Missouri. He was succeeded by Nick Bruno as the eighth president of ULM.

A 2002 "Reclaim Our Campus" effort targeted recovery from financial and auditing difficulties.[5]

ULM Library and Conference Center
Warhawks emblem across from the ULM Library
Bayou Desiard crosses the ULM campus.
ULM sign

21st century

In 1999, NLU was renamed to its present name (ULM).


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