Rival Survival: Louisiana-Monroe

Learn about App State's new Sun Belt rivals. School by school, App State Mania will guide you through the conference, revealing each university. The academics, the athletics, and the rivalries; everything you'll need to know when it's time to go to battle.

Renamed as Louisiana-Monroe in 1999, the university offers a variety of bachelor’s and master’s degrees, as well as doctorate degrees, through the colleges of:

Arts, Education, and Sciences

Business and Social Sciences

Health and Pharmaceutical Sciences

Graduate School

The five most popular undergraduate degrees last came in the areas of General Studies, Pharmacy, Elementary Education and Teaching, Kinesiology and Exercise Science, and Registered Nursing/Registered Nurse. In 2007, the university created the Social Science Research Laboratory to reinforce and expand inter-disciplinary research efforts.

US News and World Report did not publish Louisiana-Monroe’s ranking among regional southern universities, which would place them somewhere after #96 in those ratings.

The Warhawks’ NCAA Academic Progress Rating (APR), a team-based metric that accounts for the eligibility and retention of each student-athlete in each term, is 951 for the most current evaluation period. The Sun Belt average APR is 967.

ULM fields 15 university-sponsored programs, including a team in the burgeoning sport of sand volleyball.

ULM joins Appalachian State and Georgia Southern as the Sun Belt’s only national champions, having won the FCS football title in 1987. ULM’s 2012 football season began with a shocking win over #8 Arkansas, continued with another near upset at Auburn the following week (again in overtime), and the amazing three-week run saw them lose at Baylor by less than a touchdown. That season ended in the Warhawks’ only bowl game appearance, a loss to Ohio University at the Independence Bowl. ULM won the 2005 Sun Belt championship, despite a 5-6 overall record.

The football team also plays in two “named” rivalry series. As you’d expect, Louisiana-Lafayette is the premier showdown, and the series has been nearly even after 49 meetings. Every season ULM fights the Ragin’ Cajuns in the “Battle on the Bayou,” with the prize being a wooden boot trophy. ULM also faces Arkansas State in the “Trail of Tears” series.

Since joining the Sun Belt in 2001, ULM has claimed three league baseball championships, and a conference championship in both men’s and women’s basketball, men’s golf, and women’s tennis.

Warhawks you might recognize are 2002 All-Pro NFL receiver Marty Booker, and big-name pitchers Ben Sheets and Chuck Finley. And it would be an oversight not to mention that Duck Commander CEO and “reality” television star Willie Robertson is a ULM grad.

2013 saw ULM athletic programs struggle, with only their men’s outdoor track and field team finishing in the top half of Sun Belt championship standings. Football was chosen to finish fifth in 2014 by Sun Belt coaches and a key November matchup with the Mountaineers in Boone could weigh heavily on the opportunity for a winning season for both teams.

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