Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803-2750

School Details

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, most commonly referred to as Louisiana State University (LSU), is a four-year public school located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman established the school in 1853 in Pineville, Louisiana. LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System and is noted for its extensive research facilities, operating about 800 sponsored research projects.

The school is located on over 2,000 acres of land between the French Quarter and Cajun Country with towering oak trees and broad magnolias. LSU features more than 250 buildings constructed in Italian Renaissance-style architecture with tan stucco walls, red-tiled rooftops, and extensive porticoes.

Campus security includes 24-hour emergency telephone/alarm services, 24-hour patrols by trained officers, late-night transport/escort services, and electronically operated dormitory entrances. Other safety measures include self-defense education for students and crime prevention programs.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College offers bachelor’s degrees, master’s degrees, and doctor’s degrees in more than 235 academic fields of study. Colleges and schools include: Agriculture, Art & Design, Business, Coast and Environment, Continuing Education, Engineering, Graduate School, Honors College, Human Sciences and Education, Humanities and Social Sciences, Mass Communication, Music and Dramatic Arts, Science, University College, and Veterinary Medicine.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College has 29,718 students (23,977 undergraduates) and 2,023 faculty members, giving the university a 23:1 student-to-faculty ratio. Of all faculty members, 1,818 teach full-time and 205 teach part-time. About 93 percent of undergraduate students study full-time and seven percent study part-time. Most graduate students (79%) study full-time and 21 percent study part-time.

The student body contains 51 percent female students and 49 percent male students. About 77 percent of all students are white with the remaining students being black, Asian, and Hispanic. About 94 percent of students are ages 24 and under with six percent of students being ages 25 and above. About 72 percent of students are from Louisiana, 26 percent are from out-of-state, and two percent are from a foreign country.

The retention rate for first-time, full-time students is 84% and the retention rate for first-time, part-time students is 75 percent. The overall graduation rate is 62 percent.

About 24 percent of all students live on-campus in residential buildings. Housing options include co-ed housing, female-only housing, male-only housing, and special housing for disabled students. 

Students have access to services such as: personal and academic counseling, career counseling, employment services for students, placement services for completers, legal services, a women’s center, a health clinic, and on-campus daycare.  Special learning opportunities include: ROTC (Army, Air Force), teacher certification, distance education, and study abroad.

More than 350 student organizations are active at LSU, including student government, student political organizations, student professional organizations, religious organizations, student media, athletics, and Greek Life. Student media includes a student newspaper, student-run radio stations, and a student-run television channel. The LSU “Tigers” have 20 varsity sports and are members of the NCAA and the Southeastern Conference. Athletic teams have won national championships in football in the 1958, 2003, and 2007 seasons. In addition to belonging to one of the 38 sororities and fraternities on campus, Greek students are active in over 80 student organizations, including Student Government and various honor societies.

Tuition payment plans are offered. Financial aid is offered in the form of state grants, federal grants, scholarships, and loans. To qualify to receive financial aid, you must complete a FAFSA form and be evaluated to be in financial need. Approximately 94% of those attending Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College receive financial aid.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College receives nearly 15,000 applications per year and accepts about 80 percent of those students. Statistically, 80 percent of men and 79 percent of women who apply are accepted. The undergraduate application fee costs $40. Items required to submit a completed application include: high school transcript(s), any college transcript(s), payment of application fee, completed application, and admission test scores. The average SAT scores from admitted students are 583 (SAT Math) and 560 (SAT Reading). Average ACT composite scores are 25. The fall application deadline is April 15.

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges on Schools and the Commission on Colleges.


Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges


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    4-year, Public
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  • Highest Level Of Offering:
    Doctor's degree
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