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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College Rating: 4.8/5 (66 votes)

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Introduction

Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, better known as Louisiana State or simply LSU, is located in the state capital of Baton Rouge. The flagship member of the Louisiana State University System, the school is also the largest post-secondary institution in the state in terms of enrollment with a student body of roughly 30,000.

In addition to the main Baton Rouge campus, the university has facilities and/or programs throughout the state. Branch campuses are located in Alexandria, Eunice, and Shreveport. LSU also has an agricultural center, a health sciences center, and a biomedical research center, which is operated with the University of New Orleans.

LSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and awards bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees.

History

The institution that would eventually become LSU was established in 1853 as the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana. Colonel William Tacumseh Sherman was the superintendent. The school sustained significant losses at the hands of the Civil War and invasion of the Red River Valley. The name Louisiana State University was adopted in 1870 and the campus, located in Pineville at that time, was formally relocated to Baton Rouge in 1926. LSU was granted status as a sea-grant college in 1978, one of just 25 universities with that distinction.

Academics

Colleges and Schools

The university is comprised of several different schools and colleges: the College of Agriculture, the College of Art & Design, the College of Arts & Sciences, the College of Basic Sciences, the E. J. Ourso College of Business, the School of the Coast and Environment, the Division of Continuing Education, the College of Education, the College of Engineering, the School of Library and Information Science, the Manship School of Mass Communication, the College of Music and Dramatic Arts, the School of Social Work, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the Graduate School and the Honors College. The University also includes the Paul M. Hebert Law Center.

Programs and Degrees

LSU has a strong academic reputation for its programs in political science, animal sciences, plant biology, engineering, and English. Taking advantage of the nearby Gulf of Mexico, the university also offers excellent programs in coastal studies and ecology as part of its status as a sea grant college. Although the professors have earned a reputation as die-hard researchers, they are also incredibly accessible.

  • Bachelor’s degrees are awarded in a wide variety of disciplines, including animal science, horticulture, interior design, comparative literature, biology, accounting, oceanography and coastal sciences, kinesiology, engineering, and music.
  • Graduate degrees at LSU include over 50 doctoral programs and the DVM. Many programs offer both a master’s and a doctoral program. Field of study include such areas as agricultural economics, business administration (MBA), chemistry, comparative literature, education, electrical engineering, food science, kinesiology, music, petroleum engineering, philosophy, and wildlife and fisheries science. Students may also earn an MFA in theatre or creative writing. The University offers a Master of Library and Information Science (MLIS) and an educational specialist (Ed.S.) degree. Students can also earn a Master of Sciences or a Ph.D. in Veterinary Medical Sciences through the School of Veterinary Medicine.

Most Popular Fields of Study

Unique Programs

The School of the Coast and Environment is focused on improving the quality of resources surrounding the state of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast, as well as comparable environmental regions throughout the world. The School is comprised of two departments, the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences and the Department of Environmental Sciences. Research programs include Coastal Studies Institute, Coastal Marine Institute, the Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute, and the Louisiana Geographic Information Center.

Undergraduate students can pursue a Bachelor of Science in Coastal Environmental Science or a minor in Wetland Science and Management. Various graduate degrees are also awarded.

Admissions

Undergraduate Admissions

Undergraduate applications are accepted through April 15 for the fall semester. In addition to the application and accompanying application fee, students must provide official copies of transcripts and test scores. Prospective students are evaluated on the combination of their grade point average, standardized test scores, and class rank. Students in certain majors must have particular test scores higher than those required for admission to the university.

High school course prerequisites include four units of English, three of mathematics with a strong recommendation for four, three of natural sciences, three of social studies, two of one foreign language, one half unit in computer studies, and two half units of additional courses. Performance and arts courses are acceptable as electives.

Graduate Admissions

Graduate students must provide the following for admissions to the graduate school: application and required fee, appropriate standardized test scores, official undergraduate transcripts, and any additional supporting documents required by the department to which he or she is applying. Prospective graduate students are generally advised to have an undergraduate GPA of at least 3.0.

Admission to the LSU law center concentrates on applicants’ undergraduate grade point averages and LSAT scores. Other factors that are considered include letters of recommendation, personal statements, work ability, and writing ability. Applicants must also have good moral character.

One positive aspect to LSU’s admissions policy is that applications from out-of-state residents are weighed equally against in-state applicants. However, the overwhelming majority of students are Louisiana residents.

Financial Aid

LSU students may be eligible for financial aid, which can be awarded as a combination of federal and private loans, grants, and work study jobs. Need- and merit-based scholarships are awarded by the institution itself, university departments, and private outside organizations that are not affiliated with LSU.

To apply for financial aid, students must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) each academic year. Supplemental documentation or information may be required in addition to the FAFSA. Students will then receive a Student Aid Report (SAR) that will be used to determine the student’s financial aid award package at LSU.

Student Financial Aid Details

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Students

The university is home to 30,000 students. Although its campus appears stately, LSU has a reputation as a party school. Its close proximity to the festivities of Mardi Gras and the 24-hour, 7-days-a-week party atmosphere of New Orleans contribute to that well-earned distinction. The campus’ prevalent Greek presence also lends itself to regular parties.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics

Athletics

LSU is an NCAA Division I school. Men’s sports include baseball, basketball, football, golf, swimming and diving, track and field, cross-country, and tennis. Women’s sports include and basketball, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, track and field, cross-country, tennis, and volleyball for women.

The LSU Tigers are most prominent in the sport of football and the annual rivalry against Ole Miss’ football program is a tradition of the athletics program. A co-ed cheerleading squad, the LSU Tiger Marching Band, and the Golden Girls and color guard dancers cheer for the athletes. A live Bengal tiger known as Mike the Tiger serves as the university’s mascot.

Sports facilities include Tiger Stadium, which has seating for over 91,000 people; an indoor arena for volleyball, basketball, and gymnastics; a baseball stadium; softball field; track stadium; field house; pool; soccer complex; indoor practice facility; tennis stadium; and golf course.

Local Community

Baton Rouge is known for its friendly people, excellent food, and great music. Visitors can tour a variety of historical landmarks in the city, including Civil War arsenals, forts and barracks. The Baton Rouge Concert Band or Jazz Ensemble are popular with locals and tourists alike, and for the hungry or thirsty, George’s offers “the template” of Louisiana’s neighborhood restaurant and bar.

Information Summary

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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 458th overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault 9 0.03
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape 2 0.01
Robbery 9 0.03
Arson 3 0.01
Burglary 47 0.16
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft 10 0.03
Arrest 103 0.35

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,460 0.63
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 64 0.03
Forcible Rape 51 0.02
Robbery 893 0.39
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 4,220 1.82
Larceny 7,946 3.43
Vehicle theft 500 0.22

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Research Universities (very high research activity)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, high graduate coexistence
GraduateComprehensive doctoral with medical/veterinary
Undergraduate PopulationFull-time four-year, more selective, lower transfer-in
EnrollmentHigh undergraduate
Size & SettingLarge four-year, primarily residential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringDoctoral degree
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2202

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees


Ranks 591st for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $5,891 $5,891 $5,891
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,982 $1,982 $19,899
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $254 $254 $913
FT Graduate Tuition $6,937 $6,937 $6,937
FT Graduate Required Fees $1,961 $1,961 $20,135
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $363 $363 $1,061
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $23,227 $23,227 $41,144
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $28,265 $28,265 $46,182
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $13,001 $13,001 $30,918

Student Tuition Costs for Professional Fields

  In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Tuition $19,484 $19,484
Veterinary Medicine Degree — Required Fees $2,269 $28,869
Law Degree — Tuition $17,903 $17,903
Law Degree — Required Fees $1,988 $20,245

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $6,354 $6,989 $6,354 $6,989 $19,362 $22,265
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,500(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board $8,670 $10,218
On-Campus – Other Expenses $2,890 $3,000
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $14,352 $15,020
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,436 $3,568
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,436 $3,568

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$40
Graduate Application Fee$50
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 16,169 (7,247 male / 8,922 female)
Admitted 12,326 (5,529 male / 6,797 female)
Admission rate 76%
First-time Enrollment 5,725 (2,716 male / 3,009 female)
FT Enrollment 5,717 (2,712 male / 3,005 female)
PT Enrollment 8 (4 male / 4 female)
Total Enrollment30,478

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /  N/A / 
College Prep. Completion
RecommendationsN/A
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
TOEFL
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NCAA
NCAA Football Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Basketball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Baseball Conference Southeastern Conference
NCAA Track & Field Conference Southeastern Conference

ACT Test Admission

316th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 89%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 29
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 22 / 27
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 23 / 28

SAT Test Admission

318th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 11%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 500 / 620
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 630
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 1020 / 1250

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm Capacity5,601
Meals per WeekN/A
Room Fee$6,900
Board Fee$3,904

Student Completion / Graduation Demographics

 
Total 282 496 195 162 18 4,391 116 5,710
Accounting 14 12 9 6 176 1 218
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching 1 10 1 1 44 2 59
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General 4 4
Agricultural Business and Management, General 2 2 2 56 62
Agricultural Economics 2 1 1 4
Agricultural Engineering 4 1 1 2 8
Agricultural Teacher Education 2 2
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture 2 2
Agronomy and Crop Science 2 3 6
Animal Sciences, General 2 2 2 3 74 84
Anthropology 3 1 2 38 44
Architecture 4 42 1 48
Art History, Criticism and Conservation 6 6
Art Teacher Education
Athletic Training/Trainer 9 9
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist 4 7 91 102
Biochemistry 2 3 2 6 23 38
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering 4 2 18 2 26
Biological and Physical Sciences 1 4 3 1 24 1 35
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 6 26 12 23 2 257 6 334
Business Administration and Management, General 16 18 9 7 1 238 4 295
Business Teacher Education
Business/Managerial Economics 2 1 2 21 2 29
Chemical Engineering 12 4 2 9 47 74
Chemistry, General 2 1 5 26 1 35
Civil Engineering, General 17 1 4 2 83 2 111
Computer Engineering, General 1 3 1 2 9 16
Computer Science 2 4 1 1 22 30
Construction Management 3 6 1 1 1 88 5 105
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services 3 4 7
Creative Writing 1 8 9
Curriculum and Instruction 3 9 12
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General 1 4 4 1 22 2 34
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 14 1 15
Economics, General 4 1 12 1 18
Education, General 13 1 20 1 35
Education, Other 1 1 2 4
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented 1 1 4 6
Educational Leadership and Administration, General 4 8 12
Electrical and Electronics Engineering 18 5 1 4 2 44 2 76
Elementary Education and Teaching 9 2 2 162 5 180
Engineering Science 2 2 5 1 10
English Language and Literature, General 12 1 3 1 132 4 156
Entomology 5 5
Environmental Science 2 1 1 11 15
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering 3 12 15
Family and Consumer Sciences/Home Economics Teacher Education
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General 2 2 37 41
Fashion Merchandising 1 10 3 4 59 1 79
Finance, General 11 8 4 1 2 94 2 124
Fine/Studio Arts, General 4 4 3 90 1 104
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Food Science 5 1 1 7 15
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management 4 4
Forestry, General 1 2 3
French Language and Literature 2 15 17
General Studies 1 10 2 1 46 7 69
Geography 2 1 1 16 20
Geology/Earth Science, General 2 1 30 1 36
German Language and Literature 3 3
Health/Medical Physics 6 1 7
History, General 4 4 1 116 3 131
Industrial Engineering 12 2 1 12 2 29
Information Science/Studies 23 23
Interior Architecture 1 29 30
International Business/Trade/Commerce 3 3 3 15 2 26
International/Global Studies 1 5 3 38 1 48
Landscape Architecture 3 1 1 37 1 43
Latin Language and Literature 1 1
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies 4 3 1 38 1 48
Library and Information Science 7 3 53 4 67
Linguistics 1 1
Management Science 7 6 3 8 45 3 73
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 4 4 1 83 3 95
Mass Communication/Media Studies 2 23 16 4 1 203 11 262
Materials Engineering
Mathematics, General 8 4 3 4 2 58 1 81
Mechanical Engineering 10 6 6 2 102 1 127
Microbiology, General 1 1 2 14 18
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other 22 2 3 82 110
Music Performance, General 11 4 4 51 1 71
Music Teacher Education 2 1 1 16 2 22
Music, General 2 2
Natural Resources Management and Policy 2 29 2 33
Natural Resources/Conservation, General 1 4 5
Nutrition Sciences 5 2 1 33 1 42
Ocean Engineering 1 1
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical 1 17 18
Petroleum Engineering 11 3 2 3 61 1 82
Philosophy 3 1 26 32
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching 23 10 4 1 246 3 287
Physics, General 4 1 2 1 23 31
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology 2 1 3 6
Plant Sciences, General 1 12 1 14
Political Science and Government, General 2 20 4 2 106 136
Psychology, General 8 11 7 5 171 5 207
Public Administration 1 14 1 22 38
Secondary Education and Teaching 2 20 23
Social Work 32 2 1 76 113
Sociology 4 35 5 7 1 79 4 136
Spanish Language and Literature 1 3 2 20 26
Special Education and Teaching, General 1 1 2
Speech Communication and Rhetoric 2 26 3 2 1 64 1 100
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management 2 26 5 93 4 135
Statistics, General 9 1 1 11
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General 2 1 1 1 5
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management 2 2
Women's Studies

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 511th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $85,615 ($94,019 male / $68,845 female)
Number of FT Faculty 1,232 (789 male / 443 female)
Number of PT Faculty 1,411
FT Faculty Ratio 0.9 : 1
Total Benefits $46,903,300
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