Louisiana State University

156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA

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Louisiana State University (LSU) is a public university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, the main LSU campus in Baton Rouge includes 250 Italian Renaissance-style buildings on a 650-acre plateau overlooking the Mississippi River.  Many of LSU's more than 17 schools and colleges have received recognition for their excellent academic programs. The school is noted for its excellent research programs and facilities and, as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, receives funding from the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, among others.

Among illustrious LSU alumni is Hubert Humphrey, 38th vice-president of the United States, along with many foreign ambassadors, doctors, lawyers, writers, and research scientists.


Founded as a land-grant institution in 1853 as the "Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy," the school later became a military academy and earned the nickname "The Ole War Skule."  The school was forced to close in 1861, due to the American Civil War. At the end of the war, General Sherman donated two cannons to the school. In later years, the school reopened and expanded its offering, eventually changing its name to Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College.

After Hurricane Katrina caused devastation in the New Orleans area, LSU took in thousands of displaced students from other schools like Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, and others. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center on the LSU campus was converted into a field hospital to help hurricane victims, with the help of thousands of LSU students.


The academic calendar for LSU follows the semester format with fall and spring semesters, as well as a shorter "Wintersession," a spring "Intersession," and a summer term.

Colleges and Schools

LSU has more than 17 schools and colleges:

  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Art & Design
  • College of Science
  • E.J. Ourso College of Business
  • School of the Coast and Environment
  • Continuing Education
  • School of Public Health
  • College of Education
  • College of Engineering
  • Graduate School
  • Honors College
  • College of Arts and Sciences
  • School of Library & Information Science
  • Manship School of Mass Communication
  • Louisiana State University School of Dentistry
  • College of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • School of Social Work
  • University College
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • Louisiana State University School of Medicine

Student Life

LSU offers more than 350 student clubs and organizations, including many active fraternity and sorority chapters. Student government at LSU is very active as well, with control of funding for many student initiatives.  The many services and amenities offered to LSU students include the African American Cultural Center, various campus dining services, career services, the Center for Academic Success, on campus housing, the International Cultural Center, LSU Student Union, and much more.


The mascot of LSU is the tiger, represented by a Bengal tiger named "Mike."  The school colors are purple and gold.


The LSU "Tigers" athletic teams compete in 20 intercollegiate sports, including:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Football
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track & Field
  • Volleyball

Community Life

LSU is an urban institution that has a strong commitment to its community through community service and partnerships.  The Community University Partnership (CUP) of LSU contributes instruction, continuing education, research, service learning and volunteer services to the local community with a focus on the Old South Baton Rouge area near the LSU campus.

Admission Requirements & Details

The information regarding admissions below may give you an idea of the candidates Louisiana State University accepts. The details may include admissions application requirements and recommendations, as well as any college or dual credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

Total enrollment at Louisiana State University is around 32,000 students, with undergraduate students making up about 83% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.


Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $13,600. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. There is also a $40 application fee for those applying to a program. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition estimates are between $7,600-$9,100 for both state residents and nonresidents
  • Part-time students are charged:
    • In-State: $310-$370 per unit
    • Out-of-State: $950-$1,100 per unit

Financial Aid Details

The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid95%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships91%$10,080
Receiving Student Loans30%$6,647

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To help support students, Louisiana State University may offer services to students like:

  • Online classes
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment
  • Employment search assistance
  • Day care for children

Graduation Rates

Louisiana State University has an overall graduation rate which is close to 69%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years38%
Graduating in 5 Years25%
Graduating in 6 Years4%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

  • Art and Design Program
  • Dietetics Program
  • Music Program (more info)
  • School Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Speech-Language Pathology Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)
  • Theatre Program
  • Veterinary Medicine (D.V.M.) Program (more info)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Louisiana State University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division I-A classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Basketball (Southeastern Conference)
  • Track and Field (Southeastern Conference)
  • Football (Southeastern Conference)
  • Golf
  • Gymnastics
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Agriculture Operations


Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences



English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Foreign Languages and Literature

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Library Science

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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