See what students say:

Academics

Louisiana State University is heralded by its students for having “tons of different programs to choose from” and “stellar academics.” A few that students mention the strong engineering and mass communications program. Students also appreciate that they’re not just abandoned under a variety of classes and programs. “No matter what issue you’re having, there is [someone] whose entire job is to help you deal with it,” says a student. “The tutoring centers are beyond helpful,” if you need assistance with your studies, and faculty is “always available to help students” outside of class. This extra scaffolding keeps the rigor of academic programs “challenging but not unbearable.” Some students recall lectures that are “extremely boring,” and cite language barriers they’ve encountered with a few professors. But undergrads are impressed overall, stating, “Professors at LSU … are passionate about their fields of study” and are “accessible, accommodating, and wellinformed.”

Student Body

“Southern hospitality shines through in most” here, as “many students are clearly Louisianans first and students second.” While many may be state natives, students frequently comment that “the student body at LSU is very diverse.” One adds, “I love being able to walk around campus and see people of all cultures speaking different languages and engaging with one another.” Along with cultures, interests vary, too: “You have people that are party animals, Christian loyalists, sports enthusiasts, [and] academic maniacs.” While students appreciate the diversity, some note that the population “continues to be predominated by white, cisgender, and mostly heterosexual people.” Nonetheless, a community atmosphere prevails, allowing students to “really feel like they are a part of something bigger.” This camaraderie extends all across campus because “people here care about smiles and friendliness,” giving it “a smaller and more intimate atmosphere.” As one student puts it, as long as “you’re a Tiger, then you’re family.” As another student observes, “When you mix Louisiana culture with 30,000 students who love their school, you get an amazing combination.”

Campus Life

This “beautiful southern university” offers “the best of both worlds,” combining its academics with “so many clubs and groups … for students to join.” For fun and fitness, “the weather is beautiful here and [the] campus is located next to large lakes where a lot of people run or walk.” If you want to take it indoors, the recreation center is an “amazing facility” that “is great for group classes and working out during the day or relaxing at the pool.” Socially, “Greek life is prominent,” but if that’s not your thing, “there are so many different subgroups, and there’s really a place for everyone.” No matter where you fit in, “tailgating and football are central to the school.” As one student says, “It is [an] absolutely amazing environment [in which] everyone comes together to support the teams.” Another adds, “When ‘Calling Baton Rouge’ gets played at an event you end up singing it and dancing to it with someone new, whoever is next to you, no matter where they are from.” That love for Baton Rouge extends off-campus as well, to the city itself, which students call “underrated [and] cool.”

Overview

Applicants
24,280
Acceptance Rate
74%
Average HS GPA
3.44

GPA Breakdown

31%
Over 3.75
24%
3.50 - 3.74
20%
3.25 - 3.49
17%
3.00 - 3.24
8%
2.50 - 2.99

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SAT & ACT Test Scores

SAT Evidence-Based Reading and Writing
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
SAT Math
25th-75th percentile
(enrolled students)
530 - 640
ACT Composite
25th-75th percentile (enrolled students)
23 - 28

Testing Policies


ACT Writing Policy
ACT with or without Writing accepted

SAT Essay Policy
SAT with or without Writing accepted

Deadlines

Regular — April 15


Other Admission Factors

Academic

Rigor of Secondary School Record
Academic GPA
Standardized Test Scores

Selectivity Rating


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Faculty and Class Information

Student/Faculty
20:1
Total Faculty
1,489
with Terminal Degree
1,229

931
Men
558
Women
271
Minority
95
International

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


Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Majors

  • AGRICULTURE, AGRICULTURE OPERATIONS, AND RELATED SCIENCES.

  • Agricultural and Extension Education Services.
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General.
  • Animal Sciences, General.
  • Plant Sciences, General.

  • ARCHITECTURE AND RELATED SERVICES.

  • Architecture.
  • Interior Architecture.
  • Landscape Architecture.

  • BIOLOGICAL AND BIOMEDICAL SCIENCES.

  • Biochemistry.
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General.
  • Microbiology, General.

  • BUSINESS, MANAGEMENT, MARKETING, AND RELATED SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Accounting.
  • Business Administration and Management, General.
  • Business/Managerial Economics.
  • Construction Management.
  • Entrepreneurship/Entrepreneurial Studies.
  • Finance, General.
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce.
  • Management Science.
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General.

  • COMMUNICATION, JOURNALISM, AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Mass Communication/Media Studies.
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric.

  • COMPUTER AND INFORMATION SCIENCES AND SUPPORT SERVICES.

  • Computer Science.

  • EDUCATION.

  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching.
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching.
  • Elementary Education and Teaching.
  • Music Teacher Education.
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching.

  • ENGINEERING.

  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering.
  • Chemical Engineering.
  • Civil Engineering, General.
  • Computer Engineering, General.
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering.
  • Industrial Engineering.
  • Mechanical Engineering.
  • Petroleum Engineering.

  • ENGLISH LANGUAGE AND LITERATURE/LETTERS.

  • English Language and Literature, General.

  • FAMILY AND CONSUMER SCIENCES/HUMAN SCIENCES.

  • Apparel and Textiles, General.
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General.

  • FOREIGN LANGUAGES, LITERATURES, AND LINGUISTICS.

  • French Language and Literature.
  • Spanish Language and Literature.

  • HEALTH PROFESSIONS AND RELATED PROGRAMS.

  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist.

  • HISTORY.

  • History, General.

  • LIBERAL ARTS AND SCIENCES, GENERAL STUDIES AND HUMANITIES.

  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies.

  • MATHEMATICS AND STATISTICS.

  • Mathematics, General.

  • MULTI/INTERDISCIPLINARY STUDIES.

  • International/Global Studies.
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other.
  • Nutrition Sciences.

  • NATURAL RESOURCES AND CONSERVATION.

  • Environmental Science.
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy.

  • PARKS, RECREATION, LEISURE, AND FITNESS STUDIES.

  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management.

  • PHILOSOPHY AND RELIGIOUS STUDIES.

  • Philosophy.

  • PHYSICAL SCIENCES.

  • Chemistry, General.
  • Geology/Earth Science, General.
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical.
  • Physics, General.

  • PSYCHOLOGY.

  • Psychology, General.

  • PUBLIC ADMINISTRATION AND SOCIAL SERVICE PROFESSIONS.

  • Social Work.

  • SOCIAL SCIENCES.

  • Anthropology.
  • Economics, General.
  • Geography.
  • Political Science and Government, General.
  • Sociology.

  • VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS.

  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General.
  • Film/Video and Photographic Arts, Other.
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General.
  • Music Performance, General.
  • Music, General.


Degrees

Bachelor's
Certificate
Doctoral
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

Notable Faculty


Prominent Alumni


Shaquille O'Neal
NBA Star

Joanne Woodward
Actress

Rex Reed
American Film Critic

Lolo Jones
Olympian

Hubert Humphrey
Former Vice President of the United States

Carlos Roberto Flores
Former President of Honduras

Lodwrick Cook
Vice Chairman of Pacific Capital Group

Academic Rating

Graduation Rates

Graduate in 4 years
39%
Graduate in 5 years
60%
Graduate in 6 years
64%

Career Services

On-Campus Job Interviews Available
Yes

Career Services

Alumni Services
Classes
Interest Inventory
Internships
Regional Alumni
Opportunities at School

Coop
Experiential
Internship

ROI & Outcomes

Dates

Application Deadlines
Notification Date
Nov 15

Required Forms

FAFSA
School

Financial Aid Statistics

Average Freshman Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,997

Average Undergraduate Total Need-Based Gift Aid
$12,364

Average Need-Based Loan
$4,551

Undergraduates who have borrowed through any loan program
42%

Average amount of loan debt per graduate
$26,821

Average amount of each freshman scholarship/grant package
$12,087

Financial aid provided to international students
No

Expenses per Academic Year

Tuition (In-State)
$8,038
Tuition (Out-of-State)
$24,715
Required Fees
$3,924
Average Cost for Books and Supplies
$1,038

Tuition / Fees Vary by Year of Study
No
Board for Commuters
$1,698
Transportation for Commuters
$3,840

On-Campus Room and Board
$12,276
Comprehensive Fee

Available Aid

Financial Aid Methodology
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
No

Financial Aid Rating

Overall


Student Body Profile

Total Undergraduate Enrollment
25,361
Foreign Countries Represented
66

Demographics

4.50%
Asian
12.51%
African-American
6.72%
Hispanic
70.66%
Caucasian
1.16%
Unknown
1.87%
International

53% female
47% male
17% are out of state
88% are full time
12% are part time

Overview


Campus Life

Undergrads living on campus
30%
Help finding off-campus housing
Yes

First-Year Students living on campus
70%

Campus Environment
Small Urban

Housing Options

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

Special Needs Admissions

Program / Service Name
Disability Services

Director
Ben Cornwell

College Entrance Tests Required
Yes

Interview Required
No

Documentation Required for LD

Full psychoeducational evaluation

Documentation Required for ADHD

Form from Disability Services website www.lsu.edu/disability

Special Need Services Offered

Calculator allowed in exams
Yes

Dictionary allowed in exams
No

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
Yes

Reading machine
Yes

Other assistive technology
Yes

Student Activities

Registered Student Organizations
512
Number of Honor Societies
27

Number of Social Sororities
16
Number of Religious Organizations
43

16% join a fraternity
27% join a sorority

Sports

Athletic Division
Division I

17% 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)
14 Sports

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

Student Services

Day Care
Health
Womens Center
LGBT Support Groups: www.lsu.edu/diversity/safespace/resources/local.php

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

90/99
AASHE STARS® rating
NR
School Has Formal Sustainability Committee
Yes

Sustainability-focused degree available
Yes

School employs a sustainability officer
Yes

% food budget spent on local/organic food
1%

Available Transportation Alternatives

Bike Share
Yes

Car Sharing Program
Yes

Carpool/Vanpool Matching Program
Yes

Condensed Work Week Option For Employees
Yes

Free Or Reduced Price Transit Passes And/Or Free Campus Shuttle
Yes

Indoor And Secure Bike Storage, Shower Facilities, And Lockers For Bicycle Commuters
Yes

School Adopted A Policy Prohibiting Idling
Yes

School Developed Bicycle Plan
Yes

School Offers A Telecommute Program For Employees
Yes
Data provided by Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE), STARS®, as of March, 2018.

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

% of Classrooms with Wireless Internet
100

Fee for Network Use
Yes

Partnerships with Technology Companies
Yes

Personal computer included in tuition for each student
No

Discounts Available with Hardware Vendors
Yes

Description
Dell Lenovo

Campus Visits Contact

Contact
Lexi Hardman
Assistant Director of Admissions

Address
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone
225-578-1175

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
225-578-1175

Campus Tours
Appointment Required: Yes
Dates: Year-round
Times: Mondays and Fridays at 10am and 1 pm, Tues-Thurs at 10am, and offer Transfer tours Friday 9am
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


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