University of Louisiana at Monroe

University of Louisiana at Monroe
University of Louisiana at Monroe
UL Monroe logo
Established 1931
Type Public
President Nick Bruno
Undergraduates 7,519
Postgraduates 886
Location Monroe, Louisiana, USA 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

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



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.[1]

Its name changed again in 1949, to Northeast Junior College of Louisiana State University. A year later, it offered its first four-year degrees as Northeast Louisiana State College. Its name remained unchanged for nearly two decades, but in 1969, when it began to grant its first doctoral degrees, it changed from Northeast Louisiana State College to Northeast Louisiana University (NLU). Much of the 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[2]

Some three decades later, NLU was in 1999 renamed ULM.

21st century

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

A 2002 "Reclaim Our Campus" effort targeted recovery from financial and auditing difficulties.[3]

In the 21st century, the 75-year-old "Indians" mascot was retired because of NCAA restrictions against American Indian-themed mascots, considered "hostile and abusive" by Native Americans. A mascot committee selected Warhawks in 2006,[4] honoring Maj. Gen. Claire Lee Chennault's United States Army Air Corps World War II unit's Curtiss P-40 Warhawk. The university has adopted logos featuring primarily hawk (bird) imagery; "ACE" debuted later that year.

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.


ULM Administration Building
ULM Pharmacy Building
Helen Spyker Theatre

ULM is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS). All undergraduate programs eligible for accreditation by professional agencies are accredited.[citation needed] ULM is the only university in Louisiana to offer a master's in gerontology and the only public university in the state offering the Doctor of Pharmacy degree.

Atmospheric sciences

ULM has the only atmospheric sciences bachelor's program in Louisiana and Arkansas. Students regularly produce top student forecasts in the WxChallenge Forecasting Contest, forecasting for a particular city over a two-week period.[5]


ULM offers AACSB accredited [6] undergraduate and graduate (MBA) degree programs.


The English department publishes Turnrow, a bi-annual journal of short fiction, poetry, visual art, and interviews.[7]

Marriage and 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 the Accreditation for Counseling and Related Educational Programs. A doctoral program in marriage and family therapy began in 1996.[citation needed]


Established in 1956, the College of Pharmacy[8] is accredited by the American Council on Pharmacy Education, including one of seven Toxicology programs in the U.S. The College of Pharmacy moved from the main campus to the off-campus (Bienville) building in 2007. There are satellite campuses in Shreveport and Baton Rouge.[9]

Theater arts

The Division of Theatre and Drama, established in 1953, was headed by George C. Brian (1919–2007), Ph.D., a Baton Rouge native who was an actor, director, filmmaker, singer, dancer, and patron of the arts. He revitalized the program and brought Broadway stars to perform with his students.[citation needed]


ULM Warhawks.

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. 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).

ULM basketball coaches have included Arnold R. Kilpatrick, Lenny Fant (1957–1979) and Mickael E. "Mike" Vining. Fant was the first ULM coach to win three hundred games.

The university is home to several award-winning groups including the Sound of Today and the competition cheerleading squad. The ULM water ski team[10] is the most successful in the history of collegiate water skiing, having won 22 NCWSA national championships since 1979.[11] Bayou Desiard was the host site of the first national championships in that year.

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

In just three seasons in the Sun Belt, the Warhawks have won conference titles in men's basketball (2006-07 West Co-Champion) and baseball (2008 regular season).

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.

Greek life

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

The following is current as of July 15, 2008.[12]

Fraternities National Pan-Hellenic Council Pan-Hellenic Council

Notable alumni


  1. ^ "Caldwell, Stephen Adol;phus". Louisiana Historical Association: A Dictionary of Louisiana Biography. Retrieved March 15, 2011. 
  2. ^ "George T. Walker". Monroe News Star. Retrieved July 6, 2011. 
  3. ^ "Louisiana Legislative Auditor Report" (PDF). January 10, 2007.$FILE/000008D8.pdf. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  4. ^ "Show Your ULM Spirit - Carve a ULM or Warhawk Pumpkin". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  5. ^ "About". WxChallenge. Retrieved 2010-02-19. 
  6. ^ "Welcome to the College of Business Administration". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  7. ^ Turnrow from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
  8. ^ "College of Pharmacy at ULM". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  9. ^ "three-year requisite". University of Louisiana at Monroe. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  10. ^ "ULM water ski team". ULM water ski team. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  11. ^ "Lousiana-Monroe wins 22nd National Collegiate Waterski Title". 2009-10-22. Retrieved 2009-10-26. [dead link]
  12. ^ Student Life - Greek from the University of Louisiana at Monroe
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  14. ^ "Pi Kappa Alpha Eta Omicron Homepage". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  15. ^ "Theta Zeta Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. - A Hosted Site". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  16. ^ "kappa alpha psi nupes fraternity at". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  17. ^ ITC Labs & Classrooms. "Beta Theta Chapter of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc". Archived from the original on 2009-10-25. Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
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  20. ^ "Phi Mu Fraternity- Alpha Rho Chapter". Retrieved 2009-10-26. 
  21. ^ "AJC on Rob Redding". 

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