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Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities
Associated University Lamar University
Location Beaumont, TX
Creation Date 1991
Typical Starting Grade Level 11th
Program Length 2 years
Residential Yes
Issues High School Diploma Yes
Results in College Degree No
Students Accepted per Year 25-30
Estimated Cost per Year $4,200
Restrictions to Enrollment Must be a resident of the state of Texas to apply.
Admissions Dates Application Deadline - April 15
Website http://dept.lamar.edu/taolith/
Email Addressmailto:talh@hal.lamar.edu
Phone Number Voice: (409) 839-2995
Fax: (409) 839-2991
Mailing Address Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities
Lamar University
P.O. Box 10062
Beaumont, Texas 77710-0062

Application Procedure

Printable application forms available online at http://dept.lamar.edu/taolith/talh_forms.html

Minimum Requirements:

  • 1000 SAT I score, 500 each on Verbal & Math

Application Requirements:

  • SAT, PSAT, ACT, TAAS, and/or TASP test scores
  • Recommendations from an English teacher and a high school counselor or administrator
  • Required essays, including multi-page autobiographical essay to be evaluated on writing style and presentation.

Program Description

The Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities (TALH) is in many ways the complementary program to TAMS, both of which are state subsidized high school replacement programs in Texas. Unlike its larger predecessor, this program focuses on the development of character, leadership ability, and broad knowledge of the humanities.

This program is designed to replace the last two years of high school with college credit and leadership training, and in the process earn a high school diploma. Substantial state funds supplement this “advanced high school program” and thus keep the price quite reasonable, however because of restrictions on these funds they can only accept students from the state of Texas. Graduates of this program typically continue their undergraduate education at a variety of prestigious institutions around the country.

Living Environment

Academy students reside in Cardinal Village II, a new privately operated apartment style dorm on the Lamar campus. In each unit, two students share a bathroom and living space, but each have a private bedroom. Each student is provided with telephone and ethernet connection, and each suite comes furnished with cable, a microwave and a minifridge. In addition, the complex provides exercise facilities, media rooms, kitchen areas, a pool, a sand volleyball court, and other amenities. Also included in the cost of the program is a meal plan.

TALH employs “community advisors” and a residential counselor to address student needs while living in Cardinal Village II. Security is provided by the campus police force.

“While [TALH] students generally experience more freedom than typical high school students, they also are expected to abide by more structured sets of rules than the average college student. These include (but are not limited to) curfew, visitation, health and safety, and travel.” (TALH Website)


“In order to complete the Academy’s program, students must take the highest-level courses in English, foriegn languages, fine arts, science and mathematics. In addition to the core curriculum students are required to take two courses” in the areas of fine arts survey and classical humanities (Pamphlet, “Lamar University: Texas Academy of Leadership in the Humanities”). In addition students receive weekly instruction in leadership and character building skills, with an aim of practical applications. Students who complete this program will have earned 60+ semester credit hours.

Social Activities and Events

As part of their leadership training, students select and create service projects suited to their interests and talents. Past projects have included volunteering in hospitals and legal offices, working with underpriviledged kids, helping abused women and children, traveling to area nursing homes to entertain residents, and many others. These experiences take place in both established service organizations, such as the Red Cross, and through opportunities that the students organize and seek out for themselves.

In addition to the public service requirements, the Academy provides many opportunities for self-enlightenment and cultural awareness. Students are provided opportunities to go to plays, concerts, festivals, museum exhibits, or to hear guest lectures on topics important to our time. Such events are generally scheduled for 3 out of 4 weekends a month. Furthermore students have access to the clubs and activities that the Lamar campus has to offer and some have even assummed leadership positions in university organizations. Finally, TALH provides their students with many of the traditional activities that would be expected of any high school, such as student council, newspaper, game\movie nights, UIL competitions, yearbook, prom and their own graduation ceremony.

Sponsoring University

Colleges and universities are typically grouped based on the highest degree that they regularly award, which in the case of Lamar University is the Master’s degree.

Virtual Tour of Lamar University: http://www.lamar.edu/map/1-info.htm

A form for requesting additional information about Lamar University: http://www.lamar.edu/prospects/requestinfo.asp

For detailed comparison information and college rankings, we recommend America's Best Colleges published by US News & World Reports and available online at a cost of $10.

Quick Facts about Lamar:

Website http://www.lamar.edu/
Founded 1923
Academic Calendar Semester
Setting City (Beaumont, TX)
Undergrad Student Body Size 7,730
SAT 25/75 Percentile 830-1070
Student Faculty Ratio 15 to 1
Number of Majors Offered 81
Student Body Diversity White - 71%
African American - 19%
Hispanic - 5%
Asian American - 3%
International - 1%

The above data may be as much as five years old. Number of majors may include 4-year pre-professional programs.

Beaumont is a significant city with a population of 110,000 located approximately 80 miles east of Houston in the southeast corner of Texas.

Lamar Mission Statement:

“Lamar University is a comprehensive, senior, public university dedicated to providing a learning environment of the highest quality. The University is an educational, scientific, engineering, business, and cultural resource center committed to the three-fold mission of teaching, research and service. The University is committed to providing students with a liberal education in the context of a global and multicultural environment, and seeks partnerships with business, governmental, industrial and other educational organizations to more efficiently accomplish its goals.

Instructional Mission:

Lamar University emphasizes quality teaching, student access to faculty, and careful student counseling. The University creates a liberating educational experience for each student which expands knowledge, awakens new intellectual interests, examines values, develops talents, provides new skills, and prepares each student to assume an effective role as a citizen in a democracy.

With historical commitments to quality educational programs in engineering, business, the arts and sciences, health sciences, education, and the visual and performing arts, the University focuses its unique strengths on significant problems of contemporary interest as evidenced by its recent initiatives in environmental science and engineering, early admission programs, gifted and talented education, and deaf education.

Lamar University is strongly committed to the continual enhancement of teaching/learning methodologies and their systematic assessment.

Research Mission:

As a comprehensive, regional university with extensive educational programs, Lamar University’s academic efforts are directed to both applied and basic research, scholarship, and creative activities. Through its emphasis on the teacher-scholar model, the university encourages faculty members to be active in their respective disciplines, to involve both undergraduate and graduate students in research and creative pursuits, and to support the principle that research is inseparable from teaching.

Service Mission:

The University’s educational mission extends to all residents of the Southeast Texas area and, in special cases, beyond the region. In recognition of that mission, Lamar University provides a diverse outreach program including: credit and noncredit continuing education offerings responsive to the personal, career, and professional development needs of individuals in our region; specialized skills training and human resource development for business and industry on the Gulf Coast; and public service activities that respond to unique regional educational needs and cultural interests.

The University contributes to the cultural life of the region through cultural and artistic presentations and events utilizing the talents of faculty, students, and visiting lecturers, artists, and performers.

Students, faculty, and staff are encouraged to be involved in civic, cultural, service, and professional activities. By such volunteer and consultative activities, members of the University demonstrate their citizenship within the larger community.” - Lamar University Master Plan


There are 6 testimonials available regarding the Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities. A randomly chosen one of these appears below, or you can see all the testimonials.

This was a great experience for me as a 16 year old student. Not only did I gain knowledge but also life experience being independent and on my own in a program with 100 other 16 year olds. This can be a great opportunity for any student who can control their behavior, and focus in on the opportunity at hand!

- Lee, Former Student (Class of 1997)
Texas Academy for Leadership in the Humanities

Read the other TALH Testimonials.

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