Louisiana State University – Baton Rouge

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Louisiana State University, most commonly referred to as LSU, while its official name is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, is a public university that is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. The university was founded as Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy in 1853 in Pineville, Louisiana. Its name was later changed and the university was relocated to Baton Rouge.

LSU's campus includes over 250 buildings which were designed after the style of Andrea Palladio, an architect of the Italian Renaissance. The campus is situated alongside the Mississippi River and covers over 2,000 acres.

LSU is the flagship University of the Louisiana State University System and based on recent enrollment figures, it is also the largest university in the State of Louisiana. Currently, the University has an annual enrollment of nearly 30,000. The University consists of 14 academic schools and colleges, several of which, including the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the E.J. Ourso College of Business, have national recognitions and awards. LSU is also a recognized research university that operates numerous research facilities and supports over 800 research projects. Many of its research projects are funded by well-known organizations such as the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Health, the National Aeronautics and Space Administration, and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

LSU has a well-developed athletic program which includes 20 varsity sports. The school belongs to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) and Southeastern Conference (SEC). Athletic teams at LSU go by the Tigers. The school's mascot is "Mike the Tiger".


LSU is composed of 14 academic schools and colleges which include the College of Agriculture; College of Art & Design; College of Agriculture; College of Humanities & Social Sciences; College of Science; E.J. Ourso College of Business; College of Music & Dramatic Arts; College of Human Sciences & Education; College of Engineering; University College; Honors College; Graduate School; Manship School of Mass Communication; School of Veterinary Medicine; School of the Coast & Environment; and Continuing Education.

LSU offers a rich diversity of degree programs and courses that are designed to challenge individual growth. Currently, LSU offers bachelor's degrees in 70 majors, master's degrees in 73 majors and doctoral degrees in 49 majors.

Online Degree Progams at LSU

Unfortunately, Lousiana State University does not offer online programs for students seeking an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree. Degrees must be completed at an LSU campus in a traditional classroom setting. To learn more about earning your degree online click here.

Undergraduate Degrees

All undergraduate degree programs at LSU have a strong, general education component, and offer students the opportunity to explore a large selection of fields and majors. Undergraduate degrees at LSU are offered by 10 senior colleges and schools. LSU offers undergraduate programs in the following disciplines:

  • Arts
  • Architecture
  • Biological Engineering
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Coastal Environmental Science
  • Construction Management
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Fine Arts
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Interdisciplinary Studies
  • Interior Design
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Mass Communication
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Science
  • Science in Forestry
  • Science in Geology

Graduate Degrees

LSU offers Board of Regents authorized, graduate degrees in the following disciplines:

  • Applied Statistics
  • Architecture
  • Arts in Teaching
  • Arts
  • Arts in Liberal Arts
  • Biological & Agricultural Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Civil Engineering
  • Education
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Engineering Science
  • Fine Arts
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Library & Information Science
  • Mass Communication
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Music
  • Musical Arts
  • Natural Sciences
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Public Administration
  • Science
  • Systems Science
  • Veterinary Medicine

LSU Rankings

U.S. News & World Report recently ranked Louisiana State University 134th in their national universities category, and 67th in the nation among public universities. LSU is ranked 151st among research universities by Forbes magazine, and is listed in Princeton Review's best 371 Colleges guide. Recently, in 2012, LSU received a bit of a demerit when it was censured by the Association of University Professors for alleged mistreatment of one of their faculty members.

LSU programs that have received special awards or recognition include:

  • The Public Affairs Institute, a division within the E.J. Ourso College of Business, ranked 40th among public universities and 57th in the nation.
  • The Flores MBA, a division within the E.J. Ourso College of Business, ranked 62nd in the nation and 33rd among public universities. In 2007, the Wall Street Journal ranked LSU's MBA program 7th in the nation for its ability to attract regional, corporate MBA recruiters.
  • U.S. News & World Report ranked LSU's College of Engineering undergraduate and graduate programs 85th and 90th in the nation, respectively.
  • In 2010, the LSU Law School (Paul M. Hebert Law Center) was ranked 75th best law school by U.S. News & World Report.
  • LSU was listed in the 2009 edition of Entrepreneur Magazine as one of the top 12 Entrepreneurial Colleges in the nation.
  • In 2012, LSU's Robert S. Reich School of Landscape Architecture was ranked number one in the nation among undergraduate programs and the school's graduate program was ranked number two in the nation by DesignIntelligence. The "America's Best Architecture & Design Schools" journal has ranked the university's landscape architecture school in the top five in the nation since 2004.
  • The Cultural Services office of the French Ambassador to the U.S. recognized the LSU French program as a center d'excellence, an honor bestowed to only 15 French programs in the entire United States.
  • The graduate program in fine arts at LSU was recently ranked 76th nationally by U.S. News & World Report.
  • LSU's library and information studies graduate program is ranked 22nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.


The current LSU campus is located alongside the Mississippi River, directly south of downtown Baton Rouge. The campus is one of the oldest among public, state universities. Most of LSU's 250 buildings were constructed between 1920 and 1940. In addition to 7 other campus extensions located throughout Louisiana, LSU owns and operates the J. Bennett Johnston, Sr. Center for Advanced Microstructures and Devices (CAMD). The CAMD is a synchrotron radiation research center, and it is the only state-funded synchrotron facility in the U.S. At the heart of the facility is a 1.5 GeV electron storage ring built exclusively to provide synchrotron radiation, which is beneficial for the development of strong programs in microfabrication, materials science, and other targeted areas of scientific and technological exploration.

Architecture and Landscape

During the 1990s, LSU administration created an official set of design and architecture guidelines which said that all new buildings should be based on an Italian Renaissance style. To this end, campus buildings have been constructed with red-tiled rooftops, tan stucco walls, and extensive porticoes.

The LSU campus is well-known for its 1,200 oak trees that provide shade across the campus grounds – many of which were planted in the early 1930s. The trees on the LSU campus have a combined value of over $50 million. In the 1970's several additional landscape plants, including azaleas, ligustrum, crepe myrtles and camellias, were added throughout the campus. Today, LSU has one of the most beautifully landscaped campuses in the United States.

Campus Housing

LSU offers students a large selection of on-campus housing options, including on-campus apartments: West Campus Apartments; East Campus Apartments; Edward Gay Apartments (Family and Graduate Housing) and Nicholson Apartments (also Family and Graduate Housing). There are many residence halls such as: Annie Boyd Hall; Evangeline Hall; Louise Garig Hall; Blake Hall; Herget Hall; Highland Hall; LeJeune Hall; Miller Hall; McVoy Hall; Miller Hall; Taylor Hall. Many of the halls house students with the same majors such as engineering, mass communication, or business, so like-minded students can mingle or study together.

There are also many off-campus, low-cost housing options in downtown Baton Rouge for students who choose not to live on campus.

General Information

Admission Office
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750
(225) 578-1175
Fax: (225) 578-4433

Contact: Mary Parker
Executive Director of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid
Main Address
University Station
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
(225) 578-3202


Total undergrads: 23,396
First-time degree-seeking freshmen: 5,141
Degree-seeking undergrads: 23,057
Graduate enrollment: 4,428

Urban setting
Large city (250,000 – 499,999)
Commuter campus

Degrees offered:

First Professional

Admissions Information

Application Fee

College has an application fee: Yes

Regular application fee: $40

Online application fee: $40
Enrollment Rates

Percent applicants admitted: 73%

Percent students who return sophomore year: 85%

College Majors

Agriculture & Related Sciences

Agricultural Business B
Animal Sciences B
Food Science B
Plant Sciences B

Architecture & Related Programs

Architecture B
Interior Architecture B
Landscape Architecture B

Area, Ethnic, Cultural, & Gender Studies

Women's Studies B

Arts, Visual & Performing

Drama/Theater Arts B
Fine/Studio Arts B
Music – General B
Music – General Performance B

Biological & Biomedical Sciences

Biochemistry B
Biology B
Microbiology B

Business, Management, & Marketing

Accounting B
Business Administration/Management B
Business/Managerial Economics B
Construction Management B
Fashion Merchandising B
Finance/Banking B
International Business B
Management Science B
Marketing Management B

Communications & Journalism

Mass Communications/Media Studies B

Computer & Information Sciences

Computer Science B


Adult/Continuing Teacher Education B
Early Childhood Education B
Elementary Education B
Music Teacher Education B
Physical Education B
Secondary Education B


Biomedical Engineering B
Chemical Engineering B
Civil Engineering B
Computer Engineering – General B
Electrical/Communications Engineering B
Environmental Engineering B
Industrial Engineering B
Mechanical Engineering B
Petroleum B

English Language & Literature

English Language & Literature – General B
Speech/Rhetorical Studies B

Family & Consumer Sciences

Family/Consumer Sciences – General B

Foreign Language & Literature

French B
German B
Latin B
Spanish B

Health Professions & Clinical Sciences

Medical Dietetics B
Speech-Language Pathology/Audiology B


History – General B

Liberal Arts & Sciences

General Studies B
Liberal Arts & Sciences B


Mathematics – General B

Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies

Global Studies B

Natural Resources & Conservation

Environmental Science B
Forest Management B
Natural Resources Management/Policy B

Philosophy & Religion

Philosophy B

Physical Sciences

Chemistry B
Geology B
Oceanography B
Physics B


Psychology – General B

Social Sciences

Anthropology B
Economics B
Geography B
Political Science/Government B
Sociology B

Degree levels for each major are designated by the following letters:

    A = Associate degree
    B = Bachelor's degree
    C = Certificate or diploma

*We do not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Highlights

School Information

Phone Number: (225) 578-3202
Website: www.lsu.edu
Type of School: 4-year, Public
Apply Online: sites01.lsu.edu/wp/admissions/become-a-tiger-2/apply/
Address: 156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750
Setting: City: Midsize
Campus Housing: Yes

Students & Programs

Student Population: 31,756
6-yr Graduation Rate (Bachelor's): 64%
Student-to-faculty Ratio: 20 to 1
Distance Learning Programs: Yes
Distance Learning Students*: 22,981 (72% of total students)
Degree Levels Offered: Bachelor's, Master's, Doctorate

* Students taking at least 1 distance learning course

Tuition & Financial Aid*

In-state Tuition: $11,962
Out-of-state Tuition: $28,639
% of Students Receiving Financial Aid: 96%
Avg. Amount of Grant or Scholarship Aid Awarded: $12,989

* Full-time beginning undergraduate students. Financial aid is available to those who qualify.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Programs

See the degree programs that are offered at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College.

Degree Name Cert Assoc Bach Mast Doct
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations and Related Sciences 455
Architecture and Related Services 32
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 344
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 31063
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs 1222
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services 121
Education 46104
Engineering 1997
English Language and Literature/Letters 121
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences 1221
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics 223
Health Professions and Related Programs 3253
History 111
Legal Professions and Studies 2
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 21
Library Science 21
Mathematics and Statistics 1121
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies 311
Natural Resources and Conservation 1222
Parks, Recreation, Leisure and Fitness Studies 1
Philosophy and Religious Studies 11
Physical Sciences 2444
Psychology 111
Public Administration and Social Service Professions 121
Social Sciences 2566
Visual and Performing Arts 543
Grand total 23727754

* Based on programs that produced 2019-2020 graduates

Tuition & Financial Aid

See what it costs to enroll at Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College and how many students are receiving scholarships, grants, or loans as financial aid to help cover the costs of tuition.

Undergraduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $11,962
Out-of-state $28,639
Books and supplies $1,038

Graduate Student Tuition

Average tuition and fees for academic year:

Tuition and Fees 2019-2020
In-state $13,035
Out-of-state $29,970

Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2018-2019

Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Any student financial aid 5,575 96%
Grant or scholarship aid 5,389 93% $12,989
Student loan aid 2,255 39% $6,944

All Undergraduate Students

Type of Aid Number Receiving Aid % Receiving Aid Avg. Amt. of Aid
Grant or scholarship aid 19,043 75% $11,961
Federal student loans 8,181 32% $6,456

Admissions & Enrollment

See the admission requirements for Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. Find out how many students apply and how many are accepted. View a graphical breakdown of the gender, age, and ethnicity of currently enrolled Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College students.

Undergraduate Admissions, Fall 2020

Total Male Female
Number of applicants 24,501 10,530 13,971
Percent admitted 100% 74% 75%
Percent admitted who enrolled 25% 27% 24%

Admissions Considerations

Required Recommended Optional
Secondary school GPA
Secondary school rank
Secondary school record
Completion of college-preparatory program
Formal demonstration of competencies
Admission test scores
Other Test (Wonderlic, WISC-III, etc.)
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Enrollment, Fall 2020

Total Enrollment 31,756
Undergraduate enrollment 25,826
Graduate enrollment 5,930

Undergraduate Attendance

Undergraduate Gender

Undergraduate Age

Undergraduate Race/Ethnicity

Undergraduate Distance Education

Undergraduates taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Graduate Distance Education

Graduate students taking 100%, Some, or No Distance Education

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Accreditation

This institution is accredited by Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges

Specialized institution accreditations:

  • Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
    • Didactic Program in Dietetics
  • American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
    • Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
    • School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs
  • American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
    • Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs
    • Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs
  • American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree
    • Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree
  • Council on Education for Public Health
    • Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health
  • National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
    • Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
    • Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
    • Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs
  • National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education
    • Teacher Education (TED) - Baccalaureate and graduate programs for the preparation of teachers and other professional personnel for elementary and secondary schools

*General information for this school has been gathered from the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) database, a service provided by the U.S. Department of Education. CollegeAtlas.org does not guarantee the accuracy of information on this page. All information is subject to change. You should confirm all information with a college admissions officer.

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