Recognition, awards and ranking
In August 2010, the American Council of Trustees and Alumni (ACTA) released a study on core curriculum standards for 715 four-year institutions. The study compared colleges on their commitment to core subjects deemed essential to a well-rounded, competitive education. Lamar was one of only 16 institutions to receive an A rating. The study was featured in the Washington Post with a tag line “Forget Harvard and think Lamar.”[ In October 2010, the University announced they would raise admission standards for the second time in two years because of the increased enrollment. The enrollment standards increase took effect in the fall of 2011.
Lamar is considered a National University by the U.S. News & World Report’s 2015 ranking. According to the site, 76.6% of students who applied to Lamar in 2013 were admitted. Lamar is ranked in several 2015 U.S. News & World Report categories.
Best Nursing Schools – 181 (tied)
Best Speech-Language Pathology – 220
Best Online Bachelors Programs – 47 (tied)
Best Online Graduate Justice Programs – 31 (tied)
Best Online Graduate Education Programs – 35 (tied)
Best Online Graduate Nursing Programs – 74 (tied)
Lamar is ranked #602 in Forbes’ 2014 America’s Top Colleges report.
Lamar’ Engineering college had an overall ranking of #185 in the nation, #55 in the South, and #11 in Texas in the current best-engineering-colleges.com ranking of engineering colleges. In the same report, Lamar’s General Engineering School ranking was #18 in the nation, #6 in the South, and #2 in Texas.