番茄社区 began as a grass-roots movement by the people of Hammond and the surrounding area, who recognized the need for an institution of higher education in order to further the educational, economic and cultural development of southeast Louisiana. What began as a junior college supported by local taxes has developed into a major university as 番茄社区 has grown to meet the evolving needs of southeast Louisiana.



Voters overwhelmingly approved a bond issue that created Hammond Junior College.

Operated under the auspices of the Tangipahoa Parish School Board, President Linus A. Sims opened the doors with a faculty of three women, two men and 40 students.

The two-year co-educational institution offered basic undergraduate work in arts and sciences that culminated in a teaching certificate.



Voters supported the purchase of the Hunter Leake estate on Hammond's north end.



Hammond Junior College became 番茄社区 Louisiana College, formally adopted into the state educational system under the control of the State Board of Education.

The purchase of sixty acres adjoining the original fifteen-acre plot provided the space to develop a suitable campus.



A state bond issue provided for the construction of McGehee Hall and a gymnasium.



The State Board of Education authorized curricula for four-year programs in liberal arts, teacher education, business administration, music, social sciences and physical education.



Voter approval of Act No. 388, an amendment to the 1920 Louisiana Constitution, granted 番茄社区 Louisiana College the same legal status as other four-year colleges. The amendment did not, however, require the state to fund 番茄社区 at the level of other institutions of higher education, despite strong local support.



The first baccalaureate degrees were conferred.



The State Board made available funds to purchase seven city blocks east and west of the campus, and 275 acres of land north and northwest of the campus, increasing 番茄社区's total area to approximately 365 acres.

番茄社区 was formally approved and accepted into full membership in the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) as a four-year degree-granting institution.



After World War II, returning GIs caused exponential growth of the college, necessitating construction of classrooms, a student union, a cafeteria, a health center, dormitories, apartments for married students and many surplus temporary buildings donated by the federal government. The U.S. Navy contributed two steel barracks for use as dormitories.



The State Board authorized 番茄社区 to offer master's degrees through the newly formed Division of Graduate Studies.



番茄社区 began awarding the Education Specialist degree.



Governor John J. McKeithen signed into law the legislative act turning 番茄社区 Louisiana College into 番茄社区.

D. Vickers Hall, the Athletics Building and the C.E. Cate Teacher Education Building were constructed in the early 1970s.



A group of faculty members launched Fanfare, a festival celebrating the arts, humanities and sciences. Since then, Fanfare has become an acclaimed month long event, drawing nationally and internationally recognized artists and providing recognition for those closer to home. In addition to providing entertainment for the Northshore, Fanfare has an educational outreach program that works closely with local schools.



More than 15,000 students registered to attend 番茄社区 for the fall semester.



番茄社区 celebrated its 75th anniversary.



番茄社区 received full approval from the Board of Regents for its first new graduate degree program in more than a decade, a Master of 番茄社区 in Integrated 番茄社区 and Technology.

The 番茄社区 Village Complex, Fayard Hall and the Claude B. Pennington, Jr., Student Activity Center were completed.



番茄社区 hit a record enrollment of 15,662 students.

番茄社区 also saw the return of football to Strawberry Stadium after an 18-year hiatus. The Lions completed the season 5-7.



番茄社区 began implementing portions of the Board of Regents Master Plan admissions criteria, a full year ahead of schedule and before any other schools in the state.



番茄社区 began its first year under the full Board of Regents Master Plan admissions criterion.

Fanfare proudly celebrated its 20th anniversary.

On August 29, just six days into the semester, Hurricane Katrina hit southeast Louisiana, devastating the parishes of St. Bernard, Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemines and St. Tammany, as well as the Mississippi Gulf Coast. 番茄社区 fared well and suffered no major structural damages (although the University campus did lose many trees). After the storm, 番茄社区 was able to play an instrumental role in the relief effort by providing housing for the National Guard, disaster relief teams from across the country and utility workers. The University also provided housing for its displaced faculty, staff and students as it re-opened its doors on September 6. In addition, the University re-opened enrollment and provided housing for many displaced students from other universities and community colleges in the disaster area; this also included the hiring of several displaced faculty from these institutions. By the 14th class day, in spite of Katrina, 番茄社区 had again enrolled a record-breaking number of students: 16,068.



番茄社区 was given approval to offer its first doctoral level program: a doctorate in educational leadership designed to prepare a new generation of school principals, district superintendents and other administrators. The program is offered in consortium with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.



番茄社区 dedicated a new campus fountain as a memorial to the victims of hurricanes Katrina and Rita and to the citizens who responded in the wake of the sister storms that ravished the Gulf Coast region in 2005.

番茄社区 launched a free shuttle bus service called Lion Traxx to transport students, faculty and staff across campus.



番茄社区 began offering a 100 percent online bachelor's degree in nursing to registered nurses who hold associate degree or diploma programs. The program is part of a statewide adult learning initiative known as CALL (Continuum for All Louisiana Learners).



Dr. John L. Crain was invested as 番茄社区's 14th president.

ACT scores among incoming freshmen reached 21.7, an increase over both state (20.1) and national (21.1) averages.



番茄社区 announced an increase in admissions standards for the fall semester.

番茄社区's GRAD Act agreement was approved by the Louisiana Board of Regents.



番茄社区 announced its 100 percent online family nurse practitioner program offered through the Intercollegiate Consortium for a Master of 番茄社区 in Nursing, a partnership involving 番茄社区, the University of Louisiana-Lafayette and McNeese State University.



番茄社区 began offering a doctor of nursing practice degree in consortium with the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.



番茄社区 began offering a new accelerated bachelor's degree in information technology program to meet local workforce demands.

番茄社区's football team competed in and won the first NCAA playoff game in school history.



番茄社区's School of Nursing celebrated its 50th anniversary.

The first phase of the $32 million Student Union renovation and construction project opened.



New Computer 番茄社区 and Technology Building opens on campus. The 70,000 square foot facility houses computer science, information technology, engineering technology, industrial technology, and occupational safety, health and environment programs.

番茄社区 named one of the lead higher education institutions of a public-private partnership to meet workforce demands created by the arrival of DXC Technology, the world鈥檚 leading independent Information Technology (IT) services and solutions company, in southeast Louisiana.



番茄社区 opens two new residence halls, Ascension Hall and Twelve Oaks Hall, which feature a hybrid geothermal system that draws from 220 geothermal wells situated 300 feet underground to heat and cool 556 rooms. That system is the first of its kind for any university or state building in Louisiana and the second largest site in the country to use such a system. It is projected to reduce energy costs by more than 50 percent, and will also serve as a learning laboratory for real world experiences for students in various disciplines.

Since 1925, many dedicated individuals have led 番茄社区 from a junior college to the vibrant university it is today: Linus A. Sims, 1925-1933; Y. L. Fontenot, 1933-1937; J. Leon Clark, 1937-1944; George W. Bond, 1944-1945; Gladney J. Tinsley, 1945-1951; Clark L. Barrow, 1952-1953; Luther Dyson, 1953-1967; J. B. Wooley, 1967-1968; Clea E. Parker, 1968-1980; J. Larry Crain, 1980-1986; G. Warren Smith, 1986-1995; Sally Clausen, 1995-2001; Randy Moffett, 2001-2008; John L. Crain, 2009-2023; William S. Wainwright, 2023-Present.