A summary of the ways that UL affects life and business in Acadiana.

Spending
UL's statewide annual economic impact is $755 million and supports 7,783 non-university jobs.

This total includes:

  • $19 million from affiliated organizations
  • $32 million in health insurance payments
  • $23 million impact of retiree spending
  • $72 million in university operations
  • $47 million in construction and capital outlay
  • $125 million from visitors
  • $150 million in faculty and staff expenditures
  • $287 million impact from student spending.

Teaching
UL's graduates have added $1.3 billion to Louisiana's economy over the last 10 years.

The university's bachelor's degree holders have generated $1.16 billion, master's degree holders almost $133 million, and associate's degree holders $7.5 million.

UL produced 88,448 degrees over the last 50 years with 23,659 graduates between 1998 and 2007.

UL has the nation's only doctoral program in Francophone Studies and is the highest producer of computer and information
sciences and support degrees at the master's and doctoral levels in the state.

Research & Service
There are over 30 research and service programs at UL.
They include:
6 in economic development
3 in cultural development
6 in environmenal and natural sciences
10 in engineering and technology
8 in education, health and human services

In 2009, the university's research centers received about $58 million in state, federal and private revenues.

Its economic development centers were responsible for $1.2 billion in increased revenues for clients; $1.8 billion in retained revenues for clients; and 23,000 non-university jobs created or sustained.

Quality of Life
There were approximately 1.2 million attendees at University of Louisiana events in 2008. Of those, 43% were from off-campus, adding to the $125 million impact from visitor spending.

UL reaches out to the community through service, offering opportunities for service learning in 118 courses and working toward the centralization and campus-wide offerings of service learning activities.

Additionally, UL faculty and staff volunteered 115,000 hours last year, and students contributed 393,000 hours to enhancing the community.


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