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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College: Academics, Admissions & Tuition

Learn about Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge, LA. Read about its admissions info, financial aid, and degree programs to make an informed education decision.

About Louisiana State University

Louisiana State University (LSU) is located in southern Baton Rouge with the Mississippi River on the western border of the campus. Of the campus's approximately 250 main buildings, 46 are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. LSU is sometimes referred to as Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College. It is the flagship campus of the statewide Louisiana State University System, which includes nine other academic and research institutions.


LSU's ten schools and colleges offer almost 200 degree programs at the undergraduate and graduate levels. As of 2011, mass communication, physical education and biology were the most popular fields of study for undergraduates. In addition to campus-based degree programs, LSU offers online continuing education courses.

The university has a strong literary tradition; it's home to The Southern Review, a well-known and respected literary journal. In addition, the LSU Press is the only collegiate press to have won Pulitzer Prizes in both the fiction and poetry categories. In 2011, LSU's veterinary medicine program was ranked 22nd in the nation by U.S. News & World Report; in 2008, the school's MFA program in ceramics was ranked eighth in the country.


Prospective undergraduates must submit an online application, a $40 application fee, official high school transcripts and SAT or ACT scores. LSU has minimum admission standards for incoming undergraduates. These include completion of Louisiana State's 'Core 4' high school curriculum or its equivalent for nonresidents, a minimum 3.0 GPA and an ACT composite score of at least 22 or an SAT composite score of 1030 or higher. LSU's admission policy encourages students to apply even if they don't meet these minimum standards because additional factors, such as class rank, degree program choice, and letters of recommendation, can be taken into consideration.

Tuition & Financial Aid

Tuition costs vary by state residency. As of Fall 2012, undergraduate tuition and fees for Louisiana state residents taking 12 semester hours were $3,477. For nonresidents taking 12 semester hours, tuition and fees were $11,112. Additional costs to consider are books and supplies, housing, and transportation.

In 2010, 94% of full-time beginning undergraduates at LSU received some form of financial aid. Types of financial aid available include grants, scholarships, and student loans. LSU also participates in TOPS, a Louisiana-based scholarship program available to qualifying high school graduates.

School Type Public, 4-year**
Degrees Offered Bachelor's, master's, post-master's certificates, doctorates**
Religious Affiliation None**
Academic Calendar Semester*
School Setting Rural**
Student Body 23,977 undergraduates and 5,741 graduate students in Fall 2011**
Student Housing 20 residence halls*
Schools and Programs Ten senior colleges and schools offering over 70 undergraduate programs, 73 master's degree programs and 49 doctoral degree programs*
Student-Faculty Ratio 23 to 1**
Most Popular Fields of Study by Degree Level (Number of Recipients) In 2010:
Bachelor's: Biology (283)
Master's: Business administration and management (161)
PhD's: Law (174)**
Undergraduate Graduation Rates 26% in four years
59% in six years
62% in eight years**
Admission Rate 72% in Fall 2010**
Entering Class Size 5,290 in Fall 2011*
First-Year Retention Rates 84% (full-time students)
75% (part-time students)**
Average ACT Score of Admitted Students 25.4 in Fall 2011*
Application Due Date April 15 for Fall term, December 1 for Spring term*
Decision Notification Date Rolling decision notification beginning October 1*
Tuition Roughly $3,477 per semester for full-time in-state students; $11,112 per semester for full-time out-of-state students (as of Fall 2012, including fees)*
Financial Aid Sources Available (Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving it) In 2010-2011: Federal grants (22%), Pell grants (20%), state and local grants/scholarships (70%), institutional grants/scholarships (61%), federal student loans (36%)**
Percent of Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students Receiving Some Form of Aid 94% in 2010-2011**

Sources: *Louisiana State University, **National Center for Education Statistics.

School Contact Information

  • Address: LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, 1146 Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803
  • Phone: (225) 578-1175
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