University of Louisiana at Monroe

"ULM" redirects here. For other uses, see Ulm (disambiguation).
University of Louisiana at Monroe
Type Public
Established 1931
Parent institution
UL System
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.
32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074Coordinates: 32°31′37″N 92°04′26″W / 32.527°N 92.074°W / 32.527; -92.074
Campus Urban
Main Campus: 238 acres (0.96 km2)
Colors Maroon and Gold
Nickname Warhawks
Mascot Ace the Warhawk
Sporting affiliations
NCAA Division I FBSSun Belt

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.


ULM Road Sign 1969

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 George T. Walker from 1958 to 1976. Under Walker, enrollment increased from 2,100 to 9,700. NLU became the largest university in North Louisiana in terms of enrollment and state appropriations. Among all of the universities under the Louisiana Higher Education Board of Trustees, Northeast had the greatest percent of faculty holding terminal degrees, more nationally accredited academic programs, and offered the highest faculty salaries.[4]

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

21st century

Bayou Desiard crosses the ULM campus.
ULM Library and Conference Center

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

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.

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]


University rankings
U.S. News & World Report[7] RNP
Master's University class
Washington Monthly[8] 290

College of Business

The College of Business and Social Sciences (CBSS) seeks to prepare students for productive careers and responsible citizenship. The college benefits students, businesses and the community through research and service. ULM seeks 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. ULM offers AACSB accredited[9] undergraduate and graduate MBA degree programs. U.S. News & World Report has ranked ULM’s Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree as the number 57 program in the nation – up 30 spots from the 2014 ranking of 87.[10]

English Department

The English department publishes Turnrow, a bi-annual journal of short fiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews.[11]

Marriage & Family Therapy

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.[12]

College of Pharmacy

Established in 1956, the College of Pharmacy[13] 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.[14]

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.

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.

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.[15]

Theater Arts

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.[16]


U.S. News & World Report 2015 ranks University of Louisiana at Monroe as follows:[17]


Warhawks emblem across from the ULM Library

Major sports

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).

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.[18]

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.

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).

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.

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

Other activities

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

The ULM water ski team[19] is the most successful in the history of the collegiate sport, having won 26 National Collegiate Water Skiing Association championships since 1979.[20] In that year, Bayou Desiard was the host site of the national competition.

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.[21] 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" closed 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.[22]

Greek life

ULM recognizes the following active fraternities and sororities.[23]

Fraternities National Pan-Hellenic Council Pan-Hellenic Council

Notable alumni

Some of University of Louisiana at Monroe notable alumni include:


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