Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

Louisiana State University is a public, comprehensive, land-grant and sea-grant university. It offers academic specialties in several fields at undergraduate, graduate, and professional levels. Its campus of more than 2,000 acres is located in Baton Rouge.

Website: www.lsu.edu/

Public
Co-ed
25,444
Undergraduate
Students
(52.1%) 13,250 Women
(47.9%) 12,194 Men
5,417
Graduate
Students

Admission

Entrance Difficulty
Moderately difficult
Overall Admission Rate
74% of 17,907 applicants were admitted
Early Action Offered
No
Early Decision Offered
No
Regular Admission Deadline
February 1

Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

Average GPA
3.44
SAT Math
595 average
530-650 range of middle 50%
SAT EBRW
586 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
ACT Composite
26 average
23-28 range of middle 50%
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Money Matters

Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,360
Out-of-state: $47,037
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,950
Out-of-state: $28,627
Room and Board
$11,830
Average Percent of Need Met
67%
Average Freshman Award
$15,330
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$24,933
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Academics

Academic Calendar System
Semester
General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Full-Time Faculty Teaching Undergraduates
1,329
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 13% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes
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Campus Life

Baton Rouge Population
229,426
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New Orleans
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students in College Housing
23% of all students
Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bengal Tiger --Mike
Sororities
28% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
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Students

Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.4% Asian
12.1% Black/African-American
6.5% Hispanic/Latino
2.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.6% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students
1.8%
First-Year Students Returning
82.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
40.4%
Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
43%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.8%
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Freshman Admission Requirements


Entrance Difficulty

Moderately Difficult: More than 75% of freshmen were in the top 50% of their high school class and scored over 1010 on the SAT I or over 18 on the ACT; about 85% or fewer of all applicants accepted.

High School Preparation

High School Graduation
High school diploma required and GED is accepted
High School Program
College preparatory program is required

High School Units Required or Recommended

High School Units Required or Recommended
Subject Required Units Recommended Units
English 4  
Mathematics 4  
Science 4  
Foreign Language 2  
Social Studies 3  
History 1  
Academic Electives    

Examinations

Examinations
Exam Required Units Scores Due in Admissions Office
SAT or ACT Required August 1
SAT Only    
ACT Only    
SAT and SAT Subject Tests, or ACT Not used if submitted August 1
SAT Subject Tests Only Not used if submitted
SAT Essay Component Policy Not Reported
ACT Writing Test Policy Accepted with or without writing component
ACT Writing Test Policy SAT: Used in place of an application essay
ACT: Used in place of an application essay

Applying for Admission


Admissions Office

Address
 
City, State, Zip
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Phone
(225) 578-1175
Fax
(225) 578-4433
E-mail
admissions@lsu.edu

Application Dates and Fees

Regular Admisson Deadline
February 1
Application Fee
$50
Application Fee Waiver
Not available
Regular Admission Notification
Rolling
Accept Offer of Admission
Not reported
Waiting List Used
No
Defer Admission
Student can defer admission
Transfer Admission
Transfer applications accepted

Early Admission

Early Decision Offered
No
Early Decision Deadline
 
Early Decision Notification
 
Early Action Offered
No
Early Action Deadline
 
Early Action Notification
 

Application Form

Common Application
Accepted
Universal College Application
Not accepted
Electronic Application
Available

Other Application Requirements

Interview
Not Required
Essay or Personal Statement
Required for some freshmen
Letters of Recommendation
Required for some freshmen
Other
 
Financial Need
Financial need is a consideration in the admissions process

Selection of Students


Selection of Students
Factor Very Important Important Considered Not Considered
Rigor of Secondary School Record X
Academic GPA X
Standardized Tests X
Class Rank X
Recommendations X
Essay X
Interview X
Level of Applicant's Interest X
Extracurricular Activities X
Volunteer Work X
Particular Talent/Ability X
Character/Personal Qualities X
First Generation to Attend College X
State Residency X
Geographic Residence X
Relation with Alumnus X
Religious Affiliation/Commitment X
Ethnicity X
Work Experience X

Profile of Fall Admission


Overall Admission Rate
74% of 17,907 applicants were admitted
Women
74% of 10,217 applicants were admitted
Men
74% of 7,690 applicants were admitted
Students Enrolled
5,942 (45%) of 13,236 admitted students enrolled
Women
3,225 (43%) of 7,547 admitted students enrolled
Men
2,717 (48%) of 5,689 admitted students enrolled
Early Decision Admission Rate
 
Early Action Admission Rate
 
Students Offered Wait List
 
Students Accepting Wait List Position
 
Students Admitted From Wait List
 

Grade Point Average of Enrolled Freshmen (4.0 scale)

Average GPA
3.44
3.75 and Above
29%
3.50 - 3.74
24%
3.25 - 3.49
23%
3.00 - 3.24
16%
2.50 - 2.99
8%
2.00 - 2.49
 

SAT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

SAT Math
595 average
530-650 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
12%
Score of 600 - 700
34%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
3%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%
SAT EBRW
586 average
530-640 range of middle 50%
Score of 700 - 800
8%
Score of 600 - 700
34%
Score of 500 - 600
51%
Score of 400 - 500
8%
Score of 300 - 400
0%
Score of 200 - 300
0%

ACT Scores of Enrolled Freshmen

ACT Composite
26 average
23-28 range of middle 50%
Score of 30 - 36
19%
Score of 24 - 29
49%
Score of 18 - 23
32%
Score of 12 - 17
0%
Score of 6 - 11
0%
Score of 5 or Below
0%

Other Qualifications of Enrolled Freshmen

High School Class Rank
Top tenth: 23%
Top quarter: 48%
Top half: 77%
National Merit Scholar
0%
Valedictorian
5%
Class President
Not reported
Student Government Officer
Not reported

Tuition and Expenses


Cost of Attendance
In-state: $30,360
Out-of-state: $47,037
Tuition and Fees
In-state: $11,950
Out-of-state: $28,627
Room and Board
$11,830
Books and Supplies
$1,160
Other Expenses
$5,420
Payment Plans
Deferred payment

Applying for Financial Aid


Financial Aid Office

Email
Web Site
Financial Aid Web Site
Net Price Calculator URL
Net Price Calculator URL

Application Process

Application Deadline
Priority deadline April 1
Award Notification
On a rolling basis beginning November 15
Methodology for Awarding Institutional Aid
Federal Methodology
Forms Required Cost to File
FAFSA
Code is 002010
Free

Profile of 2017 - 18 Financial Aid


Freshman

Financial Aid Applicants
4,397 (80.4%) of freshmen
Found to Have Financial Need
3,167 (72.0%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
3,154 (99.6%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
686 (21.8%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
67%
Average Award
$15,330
Need-Based Gift
Received by 3,030 (96.1%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,228
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 2,228 (70.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $5,845
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 137 (4.3%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
1,124 (20.5%) of freshmen had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,321

All Undergraduates

Financial Aid Applicants
15,768 (68.5%) of undergraduates
Found to Have Financial Need
11,734 (74.4%) of applicants
Received Financial Aid
11,490 (97.9%) of applicants with financial need
Need Fully Met
2,144 (18.7%) of aid recipients
Average Percent of Need Met
63%
Average Award
$15,278
Need-Based Gift
Received by 10,294 (89.6%) of aid recipients, average amount $10,104
Need-Based Self-Help
Received by 8,424 (73.3%) of aid recipients, average amount $6,879
Merit-Based Gift
Received by 347 (3.0%) of aid recipients
Merit-Based Gift
4,245 (18.4%) of undergraduates had no financial need and received merit aid, average amount $4,063

Borrowing

2016 Graduates Who Took Out Loans
42%
Average Indebtedness of 2016 Graduates
$24,933
Parents of Students Receiving Aid
20.0%
Parents of Students Not Receiving Aid
4.0%

Financial Aid Programs


Loans

Federal Loans
Direct subsidized Stafford loans, direct unsubsidized Stafford loans, direct PLUS loans, Federal Perkins loans
State Loans
 
Other Loans
College/university loans

Scholarships and Grants

Need-Based Available
Federal Pell grants, SEOG, State scholarships, Institutional scholarships, Private scholarships
Non-Need–Based Available
Academic scholarships, Creative arts/performance scholarships, Special characteristics (minority, religious affiliation, other scholarships)

Non-Need Awards

Academic Interest/Achievement Award Areas
Agriculture, Architecture, Biological Sciences, Business, Computer Science, Education, Engineering/Technologies, English, Foreign Languages, Health Fields, Humanities, Mathematics, Physical Sciences
Number of Awards
1,726
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Creative Arts/Performance Award Areas
Applied Art and Design, Art/Fine Arts, Journalism/Publications, Music, Performing Arts, Theater/Drama
Number of Awards
175
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Achievements/Activities Award Areas
Not reported
Number of Awards
Not reported
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 
Special Characteristics Award Areas
Children with a Deceased or Disabled Parent, Out-of-State Students, Veterans
Number of Awards
1,427
Top Areas (By Money Awarded)
 

Employment

Work-Study Programs
Federal work study available, other work study available
Average Earnings from On-Campus Employment
$2,000
Academic Calendar System
Semester
Summer Session
Offered
General Catalog/Bulletin
Online Catalog

Undergraduate Education


Undergraduate Majors

  • Accounting
  • Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
  • Agricultural Business and Management, General
  • Agricultural Teacher Education
  • Animal Sciences, General
  • Anthropology
  • Architecture
  • Athletic Training/Trainer
  • Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering
  • Biology/Biological Sciences, General
  • Business Administration and Management, General
  • Business/Managerial Economics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry, General
  • Civil Engineering, General
  • Computer Engineering, General
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General
  • Early Childhood Education and Teaching
  • Economics, General
  • Electrical and Electronics Engineering
  • Elementary Education and Teaching
  • English Language and Literature, General
  • Environmental Science
  • Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
  • Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
  • Fashion Merchandising
  • Finance, General
  • Fine/Studio Arts, General
  • French Language and Literature
  • Geography
  • Geology/Earth Science, General
  • History, General
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Interior Architecture
  • International Business/Trade/Commerce
  • International/Global Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
  • Management Science
  • Marketing/Marketing Management, General
  • Mass Communication/Media Studies
  • Mathematics, General
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology, General
  • Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other
  • Music Performance, General
  • Music Teacher Education
  • Music, General
  • Natural Resources Management and Policy
  • Nutrition Sciences
  • Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
  • Physics, General
  • Plant Sciences, General
  • Political Science and Government, General
  • Psychology, General
  • Sociology
  • Spanish Language and Literature
  • Speech Communication and Rhetoric
  • Sport and Fitness Administration/Management
Most Popular Disciplines
Business/marketing, Engineering, Education
Combined Liberal Arts/Professional Degree Programs
None
Special Programs
Accelerated program, Cooperative work study program, Student-designed major, Distance learning, Double major, English as a second language, Honors program, Independent study, Internships, Study abroad, Summer session
Study Abroad
Offered
Online Degrees
Some online degree programs

Curriculum and Graduation Requirements


General Education/Core Curriculum
Required
Computer
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Foreign Language
Not required
Math/Science
Required for all students

Faculty and Instruction


Full-Time Faculty
1,329
Part-Time Faculty
160
Full-Time Faculty with Ph.D./Terminal Degree
77%
Regular Class Size
2-9 students: 8% of classes
10-19 students: 28% of classes
20-29 students: 23% of classes
30-39 students: 12% of classes
40-49 students: 7% of classes
50-99 students: 13% of classes
Over 100 students: 9% of classes
Discussion Section/Lab Class Size
2-9 students: 16% of discussion sections/labs
10-19 students: 29% of discussion sections/labs
20-29 students: 32% of discussion sections/labs
30-39 students: 14% of discussion sections/labs
40-49 students: 5% of discussion sections/labs
50-59 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs
Over 100 students: 2% of discussion sections/labs

Advanced Placement


International Baccalaureate
Accepted
Advanced Placement (AP) Examinations
Accepted for placement and credit
Sophomore Standing
Available through AP examinations

Academic Resources


Library Available on Campus
Yes
Holdings
4,518,598
Computer Ownership
Students not required to own/lease a computer
Computers Available on Campus
1180
Internet/E-mail Access
Not reported

Academic Support Services


Remedial Instruction
Not Offered
Tutoring
Available
Services for Learning Disabled Students
Available
Services for Physically Disabled Students
Hearing impaired services, speech disorders services, visually impaired services, wheelchair access

Graduate/Professional School Education


Master's Degrees Offered

Executive Master of Business Administration, Master of Fine Arts, Master of Arts in Teaching, Master of Science in Petroleum Engineering, Master of Library and Information Science, Master of Science in Systems Science, Master of Science, Master of Science in Electrical Engineering, Master of Science in Mechanical Engineering, Master of Architecture, Master of Music, Master of Natural Science, Master of Science in Chemical Engineering, Professional Master of Business Administration, Master of Business Administration, Master of Landscape Architecture, Master of Social Work, Master of Science in Biological and Agricultural Engineering, Master of Arts in Liberal Arts, Master of Science in Civil Engineering, Master of Applied Statistics, Master of Laws, Master of Public Administration, Master of Arts, Master of Education

Master's Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Applied Arts and Design--General
  • Applied Science and Technology
  • Applied Statistics
  • Architecture
  • Art History
  • Art/Fine Arts
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Graphic Design
  • Higher Education
  • Hispanic Studies
  • History
  • Home Economics Education
  • Human Resources Development
  • Information Studies
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Internet and Interactive Multimedia
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Law
  • Liberal Studies
  • Library Science
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Affairs
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources
  • Oceanography
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Statistics
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Science
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Doctoral Degrees Offered

Doctor of Veterinary Medicine, Doctor of Philosophy, Doctor of Musical Arts, Juris Doctor

Doctoral Programs of Study

  • Accounting
  • Agricultural Economics and Agribusiness
  • Agricultural Education
  • Agricultural Engineering
  • Agricultural Sciences--General
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Biochemistry
  • Bioengineering
  • Biological and Biomedical Sciences--General
  • Biopsychology
  • Business Administration and Management--General
  • Business Education
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Cognitive Sciences
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication--General
  • Comparative Literature
  • Computer Engineering
  • Computer Science
  • Construction Management
  • Counselor Education
  • Developmental Psychology
  • Economics
  • Education--General
  • Educational Leadership and Administration
  • Educational Measurement and Evaluation
  • Educational Media/Instructional Technology
  • Electrical Engineering
  • Elementary Education
  • Engineering and Applied Sciences--General
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Environmental Management and Policy
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Family and Consumer Sciences-General
  • Finance and Banking
  • Fish, Game, and Wildlife Management
  • Food Science and Technology
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Geotechnical Engineering
  • Higher Education
  • History
  • Home Economics Education
  • Human Resources Development
  • International and Comparative Education
  • Kinesiology and Movement Studies
  • Law
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Affairs
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Mechanics
  • Media Studies
  • Medical Physics
  • Music
  • Music Education
  • Natural Resources
  • Oceanography
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Physics
  • Plant Pathology
  • Political Science
  • Psychology--General
  • Public Administration
  • School Psychology
  • Secondary Education
  • Social Work
  • Sociology
  • Structural Engineering
  • Systems Science
  • Theater
  • Toxicology
  • Transportation and Highway Engineering
  • Veterinary Medicine
  • Veterinary Sciences
  • Vocational and Technical Education
  • Water Resources Engineering
  • Writing

Location and Setting


Baton Rouge Population
229,426
Nearest Metropolitan Area
New Orleans
Campus Size
2,000 acres

Weather

Temperature
39.6 average low in January, 90.5 average high in September
Rain
111 rainy days per year

Getting Around

Campus Map
Map
Nearest Bus Station
5 mile(s) from campus in Baton Rouge
Nearest Train Station
40 mile(s) from campus in Hammond

Housing


College Housing
College offers housing to students
Types of Housing
Men only housing, women only housing, coed housing, disabled student housing
Students in College Housing
23% of all students
Housing Requirements
Freshmen are required to live on campus
Freshman Housing Guarantee
Freshmen are guaranteed housing
Students Living Off Campus/Commuting
77%
Off-Campus Housing Assistance
Assistance in locating off-campus housing is available

Security


24-Hour Emergency Phone/Alarm Devices
Available
24-Hour Security Patrols
Available
Late-Night Transport/Escort Services
Available
Electronically Operated Housing Entrances
Available
Other
self-defense education, crime prevention programs

Personal Support Services


Health Service
Offered
Personal Counseling
Offered
Child Care
Offered

Sports and Recreation


Intercollegiate Athletics

Athletic Conferences
NCAA Division I
Mascot
Bengal Tiger --Mike
School Colors
Purple and gold

Intercollegiate Sports Offered

Sports Women Men
Offered Scholarships Offered Scholarships
Baseball     x x
Basketball x x x x
Cheerleading x   x  
Cross-Country Running x x x x
Golf x x x x
Gymnastics x x    
Soccer x x    
Softball x x    
Swimming And Diving x x x x
Tennis x x x x
Track And Field x x x x
Volleyball x x    
Women's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball    
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics x x
Soccer x x
Softball x x
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball x x
Mens's Sports
Offered Scholarships
Baseball x x
Basketball x x
Cheerleading x  
Cross-Country Running x x
Golf x x
Gymnastics    
Soccer    
Softball    
Swimming And Diving x x
Tennis x x
Track And Field x x
Volleyball    
Women's Club Sports
 
Men's Club Sports
 

Recreational Sports

Intramural Sports
badminton, basketball, football, golf, racquetball, rock climbing, sand volleyball, softball

Student Activities


Activities and Organizations
choral groups, marching band, drama theatre, radio station, student newspaper, television station, national fraternities, national sororities, intramural athletics, student political organizations, student professional organizations, religious organizations, cultural organizations
Sororities
28% of women participate
Fraternities
16% of men participate
ROTC
Army ROTC offered on campus, Navy ROTC is offered off campus, Air Force ROTC offered on campus

Student Body


Coeducational
Yes
All Undergraduates
25,444
Women
13,250 (52.1%)
Men
12,194 (47.9%)
Full-Time Undergraduates
22,060
Ethnicity of Students from U.S.
0.4% American Indian/Alaskan Native
4.4% Asian
12.1% Black/African-American
6.5% Hispanic/Latino
2.1% Multi-race (not Hispanic/Latino)
0.1% Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander
73.6% White
0.9% Unknown
International Students.
1.8%
Average Age
21
All Graduate Students
5,417

Undergraduate Retention and Graduation


First-Year Students Returning
82.9%
Students Graduating Within 4 Years
40.4%
Students Graduating Within 5 Years
61.8%
Students Graduating Within 6 Years
67.0%

After Graduation


Graduates Offered Full-Time Employment Within 6 Months
43%
Average Starting Salary
43%
Graduates Pursuing Advanced Study Directly
13.8%
Disciplines Pursued
Not reported

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