Students Say

At Louisiana State University’s flagship campus, you’ll find “outstanding academics combined with a great college life.” Some students here opt for only the latter as for many, “LSU is about football and partying.” “Those who wish to apply themselves,” however, “have ample opportunity and resources,” and they can learn almost anything, since “the greatest strength of LSU by far is its diversity. [You] can come to LSU for sports, music…science, economics, or nearly any sort of humanities discipline you are interested in.”

Overview

Applicants
16,580
Acceptance Rate
77%
Average HS GPA
3.46

GPA Breakdown

27%
Over 3.75
22%
3.50 - 3.74
21%
3.25 - 3.49
19%
3.00 - 3.24
11%
2.50 - 2.99

Test Scores

SAT Reading
500 - 600
SAT Math
510 - 630
ACT Composite
23 - 28

Deadlines


Regular
April 15

Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Overall

Students Say

At Louisiana State University’s flagship campus, you’ll find “outstanding academics combined with a great college life.” Some students here opt for only the latter as for many, “LSU is about football and partying.” “Those who wish to apply themselves,” however, “have ample opportunity and resources,” and they can learn almost anything, since “the greatest strength of LSU by far is its diversity. [You] can come to LSU for sports, music…science, economics, or nearly any sort of humanities discipline you are interested in.” Areas of strength include programs in premedical science, engineering, agriculture, and mass communications. The school is huge, which means “somewhere within that huge number is someone that you can get along with,” but also it is easy to “get lost in the crowd,” especially in intro-level classes. However, “once you get into classes that are smaller and more geared toward your chosen major, you are able to develop more of a one-on-one relationship with your professors.” Fortunately “many administrative tasks” (such as “bills and registration”) “can be completed online, and computers are available all across campus for students who don’t have personal computers,” making the bureaucracy somewhat easier to navigate. The school also offers academic lifelines such as “free tutoring all day long. The tutors are students who have already taken [the] courses.”

Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
22:1
Total Faculty
1,467
with Terminal Degree
1,253

940
Men
527
Women
250
Minority
63
International

Most frequent class size
10 - 19
Most frequent lab / sub section size
10 - 19

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
58%
Graduate in 5 years
92%
Graduate in 6 years
67%


Degrees

Bachelor's
Doctoral/Professional
Doctoral/Research
Master's
Post-Bachelor's certificate
Post-Master's certificate

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

Prominent Alumni


Shaquille O'Neal
NBA Star

Elizabeth Ashley
Actress

Bill Conti
Academy Award Winning Composer

Richard Dugas
Pres./CEO Pulte Homes

John Ed Bradley
Novelist and Writer

Carlos Roberto Flores
President of Honduras

Lodwrick Cook
Co-Chairman of Global Crossing LTD

Dates

Financial Aid Rating
75
Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Dec 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Bottom Line

LSU, as part of the Louisiana State University System, is especially attractive to Louisiana residents, who can expect an in-state tuition of $6,700. Out-of-state applicants can expect $24,400. In addition, students can expect to shell out another $12,300, give or take, on housing and other expenses. The university is committed to helping students with financial need, and 93 percent of freshmen will receive financial aid. Thirty-nine percent of students borrow money, with an average cumulative indebtedness of $21,600 for the student body. If you are admitted, you can expect to enjoy a school that is perfect for, as one student puts it, “fun-loving sports fanatics who want a solid education in an easygoing environment.”

Bang For Your Buck

If you are looking for a school with “rampant partying and football mania,” LSU might be the place for you. This is a campus where tailgating is raised to the level of “an art form.” The large student body means that “the students here are very diverse” and there are always things happening on campus. There are more than 300 student organizations to join. While introductory classes can be quite large, “once you get into classes that are smaller and more geared toward your chosen major, you are able to develop more of a one-on-one relationship with your professors.”

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,405

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$10,097

Average Need-Based Loan
$6,354

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$22,294

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
39%

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$9,521

Financial aid provided to international students
Yes

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$6,678
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,395
Required Fees
$2,072
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,500

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$2,164
Transportation for Commuters
$1,710

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodoloy
Federal

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based
 

Need-Based College/University Scholarship or Grant Aid from Institutional Funds
Need-Based Federal Pell
Need-Based Private Scholarships
Need-Based SEOG
Need-Based State Scholarships

Non-Need-Based
Institutional non-need-based scholarship or grant aid is available

Federal Direct Student Loan Programs
Direct PLUS Loans
Direct Subsidized Stafford Loans
Direct Unsubsidized Stafford Loans

Federal Family Education Loan Programs (FFEL)
College/university loans from institutional funds
Federal Perkins Loans

Is Institutional Employment Available (other than Federal Work Study)
Yes

Direct Lender
Yes

Overall

Students Say

The typical student at LSU “studies moderately—enough to get the grade he or she desires in a class”—and “frequently spends time with friends, possibly going to parties or places that serve alcohol.” Mixed in is “a good number of atypical students who study more and do not go partying over the weekends. These students find fulfillment in their own interests regardless of what others think.” While “conservative frat boys and sorority girls dominate the campus,” the school is home to a diverse population including “many from foreign countries and other ethnic groups.” There are even a few who “don’t give a damn about LSU football”—hey, at a school this big, anything’s possible. The student body also includes a substantial population of legacies.

Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,572
Out of State
18%

International
Foreign Countries Represented
76

Demographics

51% female
49% male
18% are out of state
91% are full time
9% are part time

Overview

Students Say

LSU is a big enough school to offer something for everyone, and undergrads here enjoy countless activities within a variety of subcultures. Most divisions, however, dissolve on game day, when tailgating is raised to the level of “an art form.” A freshman reports, “On Saturdays during football season everyone is on campus before the game with friends, beer, and barbeque.” Fans “come from all over and stay out all day. It’s the one day when it doesn’t matter who you are, as long as you’re wearing purple and gold.” Other entertainment options (for those of age) include Thursday nights at the bars of Tigerland, “a street with three popular college bars right next to each other,” and parties wherever and whenever possible. The Greek system here is “highly influential,” but students note, “This isn’t the kind of school where a student doesn’t have a social life if he or she isn’t Greek.” For the more aesthetically inclined, “LSU has an amazing art center—The Shaw Center—complete with a theater and fancy sushi bar on the top floor, which looks over the Mississippi River.” Undergrads report “the beauty of our campus is amazing. The 100-plus-yearold oaks and the Italian Renaissance architecture wow any visitor to LSU’s campus.”

Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
25%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

Quality of life rating
69
First-Year Students living on campus
65%

Campus Environment
Small Urban
Fire safety rating
98

Housing Options

Apartment Married
Apartment Single
Disabled Student
Dorms Coed
Dorms Female
Dorms Male
Frat Sorority
Theme Housing

Special Needs Admissions


Director
Benjamin Cornwell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Requred for LD
WAIS-III; WJ

Documentation Requred for ADHD
Yes

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
Yes

Computer allowed in exams
Yes

Spellchecker allowed in exams
Yes

Extended test time
Yes

Scribes
Yes

Proctors
Yes

Oral exams
Yes

Notetakers
Yes

Distraction-free environment
Yes

Accommodation for students with ADHD
No

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
300
Number of Honor Societies
11

Number of Social Sororities
15
Number of Religious Organizations
28

17% join a fraternity
28% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

14% participate in intramural sports
1% participate in intercollegiate sports

Men's Sports (Tigers)
11 Sports

Baseball
Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Football
Golf
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Women's Sports (Lady Tigers)
13 Sports

Basketball
Cheerleading
Cross Country
Diving
Golf
Gymnastics
Soccer
Softball
Swimming
Tennis
Track Field Indoor
Track Field Outdoor
Volleyball

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
Minority Support Groups
Army ROTC Offered on-campus
Navy ROTC Offered at cooperating institutions: Southern University
Air Force ROTC Offered on-campus

Sustainability

Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge is committed to the issues of sustainability on campus, and its Campus Committee for Sustainability (CCS) is leading the charge. Campus Sustainability’s full-time Assistant Director and Manager of Campus Sustainability are responsible for promoting public awareness of LSU’s sustainability efforts and working with on-campus services, faculty, and students to meet the university’s goals. LSU has focused its efforts on developing programs that reduce the number of vehicles on campus, including a Bus Service Study, restricted parking, a guaranteed ride home program, and a bike share/rent program, as well as providing two free electric vehicle charging stations for student, faculty and staff use. Seventy percent of all campus grounds are managed organically and all building upgrades must meet energy performance standards beyond code requirements, which include the use of Energy Star appliances. Strict new guidelines are being developed for all new construction and renovations, and a minimum of 50 percent of all construction waste must be recycled. Forty-four percent of food expenditures are directed toward local, organic, or otherwise environmentally-responsible food. Students can work on sustainability research projects and volunteering in student-run organizations such as the Environmental Conservation Organization (ECO@LSU), a grassroots student group that works to improve the quality of life and environmental health on campus and in the Baton Rouge community. Students can opt to make the environment and issues of sustainability a formal focus of their studies by taking advantage of course offerings in areas such as agriculture, architecture, biology, environmental science, engineering, and geography

Green Rating
85
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
3%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Incentives Or Programs To Encourage Employees To Live Close To Campus
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of February, 2014.

Campus Security Report

Campus Security Report

The Jeanne Clery Act requires colleges and universities to disclose their security policies, keep a public crime log, publish an annual crime report and provide timely warnings to students and campus employees about a crime posing an immediate or ongoing threat to students and campus employees.

Please visit The Princeton Review’s page on campus safety for additional resources: http://www.princetonreview.com/safety

The Princeton Review publishes links directly to each school's Campus Security Reports where available. Applicants can also access all school-specific campus safety information using the Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool provided by the Office of Postsecondary Education of the U.S. Department of Education: http://ope.ed.gov/security


Other Information

Campus-wide Internet Network
Yes

Email and Web Access Available
Yes

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Number of Computer Labs / Classrooms
188

Average Number of PC's per Lab
35

Network Access in Dorm Rooms
Yes

Network Access in Dorm Lounges
Yes

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Student Web Pages Permitted
Yes

Student Web Pages Provided
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Online Class Registration Available
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Require Undergraduates to Own Computers
No

Undergraduates that Own Computers
93%

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell IBM Lenovo

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Courses
Yes

Webcasting, Digital Audio or Video-Streaming of Campus Radio / TV Stations
Yes

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Ashley McDermott
Coordinator of Campus Tours

Address
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone
225-578-6908

Email
tours@lsu.edu

Experience College Life

Most Popular Places On Campus
LSU Student Union
Mike VI Tiger Habitat
Parade Grounds
Tiger Stadium
Alex Box Stadium
FACES Laboratory

Most Popular Places Off Campus
Louisiana State Capitol
Baton Rouge Zoo
U.S.S. Kidd
The Old Governor's Mansion
Pennington Planetarium
Shaw Center for the Arts

Campus Tours

Campus Visiting Center
Monday-Friday
8:00am-4:30pm
225-578-6908

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mon-Fri 10am and 1 pm
Average Length: 2 hours

On Campus Interview

Campus Interviews
No

Information Sessions
Not Available

Times

Faculty and Coach Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
Contact Admissions Office

Advance Notice
2 weeks

Contact Email Address for Visit
tours@lsu.edu

Class Visits

Dates/Times Available
Year-round

Arrangements
www.lsu.edu/campustours

Overnight Dorm Stays

Overnight Dorm Stays
Not Available

Transportation

Types of Transportation Available to Campus
Baton Rouge Metropolitan Airport, 10 miles from LSU Louis Armstrong International Airport, 72 miles from LSU

Driving Instructions to Campus
Route 1: From I-10 East, Exit at Nicholson Dr./Highland Rd (Exit 155A). Take Highland Road to Dalrymple Dr. (about 1.4 miles) Route 2: Exit at Dalrymple Dr. (Exit 156B). Both eastbound and westbound traffic will take a right onto Dalrymple Dr. from the off-ramp. Take Dalrymple Dr. from the off-ramp. Take Dalrymple Dr. to Highland Road (about 0.5 mile) Route 3: Exit at Acadian Thruway (Exit 157 B). If exiting from the eastbound off-ramp you will take a right onto Acadian Thruway; if exiting from the westbound off-ramp you will take a left onto Acadian Thruway. Take Acadian Thruway (which turns into Stanford Avenue and then into LSU Avenue) to Highland Road. Take a right onto Highland Rd. to Dalrymple Drive (about 1.8 miles) All routes get you to the Visitor's Center on the corner of Dalrymple Dr. and Highland Rd.

Local Accommodations
Cook Conference Center (on campus)225-383-COOK