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Founded in 1923, Lamar University is part of the Texas State University System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Approximately 14,000 students from more than 45 countries are currently working towards a bachelor's, master's or doctoral degree at Lamar. Our 270-acre campus in Beaumont, Texas is about 1.5 hours from downtown Houston, 30 minutes from Louisiana and 30 minutes from the Gulf Coast by car. Lamar is known for small class sizes, distinguished faculty and student research and internship opportunities.


Campus Facilities and Student Services

Lamar University has modern facilities and provides a wide variety of academic and personal services for students. Click on the name of each facility to learn more about its location and services.

Cardinal Village
At Cardinal Village you’ll enjoy apartment living with a private bedroom in a furnished unit that is equipped with the necessities of college life: mini-refrigerator, microwave, computer desk, telephone outlets in every room, cable TV ready, and easy connectivity to the University’s network. Beyond your door, you’ll find all the amenities that help make Cardinal Village more than a place to live — a place you’ll be glad to call home. Cardinal Village offers community centers, study areas, meeting rooms, fitness centers, swimming pool, on-site laundry facilities, basketball and volleyball courts, social lounges, and ample parking. On-site management and maintenance, controlled card access entry, security monitoring and fire alarm and sprinkling systems add to your safety.

Career and Testing Center
The Career and Testing Center provides a full range of academic testing in addition to information on campus and external job openings and internships. The center provides valuable workshops and advice on career and job-search related topics.

Dining Hall
A bistro ambience and the aroma of fresh-baked goods greet students in the newly constructed state-of-the-art dining hall. The 25,000-square-foot hall capitalizes on a food court-style floor plan that offers a variety of seating areas—from barstools to booths—and dining options—from salad bar, grill and central bakery to pizza, stir fry, Mexican food, pasta, deli and soup stations. Striking interiors, the latest in high-tech equipment and taste-satisfying food that’s focused on variety all combine to create a palate-pleasing dining experience at the center of campus.

Mary and John Gray Library
The eight-floor, red brick Mary and John Gray Library towers above the oak-studded landscape at the heart of campus. Its collection exceeds 1.3 million volumes with interlibrary accessibility providing access to millions more. The online catalog locates titles, and students may search selected databases at no cost. When you need an answer, a service-oriented library staff provides assistance in the use of reference materials, documents, special collections and instructional media. 

Setzer Student Center
The Setzer Student Center hosts social and cultural activities throughout the year and is the hub for campus student organizations. On a daily basis the lounge areas, Mirabeau’s Café and the Cardinal’s Nest eatery provide students with a place to socialize and relax. Also housed in Setzer is the bookstore, which stocks text books and other essentials.

Sports and Recreation Center
Sprots and Recreation Center The $19 million-dollar, 129,550-square-foot center sports a cardiovascular and weight training fitness center; rooms for aerobics, yoga, martial arts and dance; a jogging track; five racquetball/squash courts; 43-foot climbing wall; putting green; a health food and juice bar, and courts for basketball, volleyball, badminton, indoor soccer, roller hockey and indoor tennis. The sports center is the capstone of the university’s recreational sports program, which includes a number of other first-class facilities for sports and fitness: Ty Terrell Track and Field, the golf practice range, tennis courts, Vincent-Beck baseball stadium and the 10,000-seat Montagne Center sports arena. Recreational Sports supports a wide variety of programs including group fitness classes, aquatics, personal training, and intramural activities.

Student Health Center
If you are not feeling well, have a minor injury or are experiencing depression or other psychological difficulties, the on campus Student Health Center provides care administered by a physician, nurse practitioner or mental health counselor. The center provides basic care for all enrolled students while the university is in session.

Mail Center
The University Mail Center is a full service federal postal facility where mail is delivered twice daily. The center is a convenient place to pick up and drop off your federal and express courier mail or parcels.

The Writing Center
The Writing Center offers free tutoring for students who need help writing a paper or have specific questions on style or grammar or just want to improve their writing skills.



Basketball Team

Lamar University is the home of the Cardinals who play on NCAA division 1-A teams – the highest level of intercollegiate athletics for the Southland Conference.

Men's Sports: Women's Sports:
Baseball Basketball
Basketball Cross Country
Cross Country Golf
Golf Soccer
Tennis Tennis
Track and Field Track and Field

For game schedules and more information about Lamar athletics, visit:


Safety on Campus

To reach Lamar Police dial 8311 from any campus phone or 880-8311 from any off campus phone. Click here for crime prevention, safety tips, emergency procedures and other Campus Safety information.