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Location
Baton Rouge, LA
Undergrads
22,207
Tuition (in-state)
$22,265 ($6,989)
Admission Difficulty
Easy
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4 College Freshman

Academics: There are several places to study. Many students study in the library or one of the many computer labs. The professors in my major are helpful if you can find them. The workload depends on you course of study. Registration is not difficult.

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3 College Freshman

Academics: There are many internship and job opportunities in Chemical Engineering. The curriculum covers what we need to know when we graduate. The workload is neverending and crushes your spirit. The exams are so hard and you never really know what to study. We just work problems like crazy and hope for the best. It will be worth it when we finish if we survive this crucible and torture.

4 College Sophomore

Academics: LSU has a lot of great professors who really care about the students and who are very active in helping students. The registration process is very easy and they offer lots of help to those who need it.

5 College Sophomore

Academics: I love the business school. The school is brand new and very clean and professional. The finance department sends out many emails covering internships and meetings to discuss the future and what you should do to get ready for it. The one great thing about the business school is that almost the first 2 1/2 years all the business students take general business requirements so if you change your major within the school then you are not behind at all.

3 College Freshman

Academics: I'm a Finance major, which is a lot of work, but I have a lot of friends in the business program, which is awesome.

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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 245th
    Best Use of Teaching Assistants
  • 425th
    Best Student-Faculty Ratio
  • 589th
    Best Course Variety
  • 620th
    Best Technology in the Classroom
  • 787th
    Best Online Course Options

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Hometown
Baton Rouge, La
Major
Journalism
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LSU has always been a school whose reputation for raucous partying and great athletics precedes its academic standing. And in a school with nearly 30,000 students in different fields of study, it's hard to feel like your personal education matters that much to anyone. Some classes are so jaw-droppingly huge, it seems impossible that anyone would even notice if you just stopped going. But under all of the purple and gold regalia, the heart of a true academic institution remains. Through programs like the residential colleges and the Honors College, through professors involved in groundbreaking research, and through multiple programs designed to actually engage students, LSU tries hard to make students feel like much more than just a Social Security number.

LSU is broken down into specific "schools," with several majors under their jurisdiction. Schools like the College of Art & Design help students cluster with people of similar interests and help them receive assistance from someone with a greater knowledge in their field. The current plans of the Flagship Agenda have changed many LSU programs for the better. The school is excelling in new areas of academics and working to utilize more teachers with motives in research and higher academic ranking. LSU's not Harvard, and its athletics will probably always draw more attention than its academics; however, the school offers students plenty of opportunities to learn about whatever they wish. LSU is what you make of it. The more you put into your major and education, the better education you will receive.

Facts & Statistics

Student-Faculty Ratio
23:1
Full-Time Instructional Faculty
1,187
Part-Time Instructional Faculty
179
Total FT Faculty
1,818
Faculty with Terminal Degree
89%
Average Faculty Salary
$81,583
Full-Time Retention Rate
83%
Part-Time Retention Rate
43%
Graduation Rate
67%
Programs/Majors Offered
111
Academic/Career Counseling?
Yes
Remedial Services?
No
Class Sizes
  • Fewer than 20 students: 34%
  • 20 to 49 students: 47%
  • 50 or more students: 19%
Instructional Programs
Occupational: No
Academic: Yes
Continuing Professional: Yes
Recreational/Avocational: Yes
Adult Basic Remedial: No
Secondary (High School): No
Special Credit Opportunities
Advanced Placement (AP) Credits: Yes
Dual Credit: Yes
Life Experience Credits: No
Undergraduate Schools/Divisions
  • College of Agriculture
  • College of Art & Design
  • College of Engineering
  • College of Human Sciences & Education
  • College of Humanities & Social Sciences
  • College of Music & Dramatic Arts
  • College of Science
  • E.J. Ourso College of Business
  • Manship School of Mass Communication
  • School of the Coast and Environment
  • School of Veterinary Medicine
  • University College
Degrees Awarded
  • Bachelor's degree
  • Doctorate - Professional practice
  • Doctorate - Research/scholarship
  • Master's degree
  • Post-master's certificate
Most Popular Majors
  • Biology and Biological Sciences: 3%
  • Business Administration and Management: 2%
  • Mass Communication: 2%
  • Physical Education Teaching and Coaching: 2%
Graduation Requirements
  • Arts/fine arts
  • Computer literacy
  • English (including composition)
  • Foreign languages
  • Humanities
  • Mathematics
  • Sciences (biological or physical)
  • Social science
Special Study Options
  • Study abroad
  • Teacher certification (below the postsecondary level)
Other Academic Offerings
  • Accelerated program
  • Cooperative education program
  • Cross-registration
  • Double major
  • Dual enrollment
  • English as a Second Language (ESL)
  • Exchange student program (domestic)
  • Honors program
  • Independent study
  • Internships
  • Student-designed major
Online Courses
Some online courses offered include "Introductory Financial Accounting," "Drama," and "Technical Writing." There are a few certificate programs available online, too.
Best Places to Study
  • Coffee shops off campus
  • Library
  • The Parade Ground
Tips to Succeed
  • Be an extra in a movie that films in Baton Rouge.
  • Check out teacher profiles before scheduling a class.
  • Check the semester book religiously.
  • Develop an obnoxious hatred for rival schools (Ole Miss or OU to start).
  • Do your homework when profs assign it, not when it's due.
  • Don't procrastinate, even though everyone here does.
  • Eat at Cane's and Louie's at 2 a.m. or later.
  • Get ice cream from the Dairy Store on campus.
  • Give one lost freshman (or spring tester) directions (it's about karma).
  • Go "around the world" at the Chimes.
  • Go see a local band.
  • Go talk to your professor, even if they seem mildly-psychotic.
  • Go to an LSU football game and sit in the student section.
  • Go to class, even when it's raining, nice outside, or when it's the Friday before game day.
  • Go to see a counselor when you schedule each semester.
  • Go to the Chancellor's Pancake Breakfast.
  • Kiss someone in front of the Bell Tower.
  • Listen to the crazy religious speakers in Free Speech Alley.
  • Look into classes that will fulfill your requirements, and find ones you like.
  • Make friends with someone in your class and get their phone number or email.
  • Pick a major you like, not one that's popular or will make you money.
  • Ride the drunk bus.
  • Roll down the Indian Mounds.
  • Take a class in the Cox Auditorium.
  • Take classes with people you know.
  • Use LSU's resources: the Writing Center, the Center for Academic Success, the Math Lab.
  • Walk the LSU lakes.
Did You Know?
The week before finals, "Dead Week," is not only the time when most students are losing hair and overdosing on caffeine, but it's also time for the Chancellor's Pancake Breakfast. Enjoy free pancakes in both dining halls and a rare chance to hang out with the chancellor.

Student Polls

Who are the most notable alumni from this school?    Based on 13 responses

  • 34% Shaquille O'Neal - NBA player
  • 26% Pistol Pete Maravich - NBA player
  • 11% Sidney J. Reso - president, Exxon Co. International
  • 11% Will Wright - creator of The Sims
  • 3% Walter Hitesman - former president, Reader's Digest
  • 3% Bill Conti - musical composer
  • 3% Lolo Jones
  • 3% Lolo Jones - olympic runner
  • 3% Seimone Augustus - WNBA player
  • 3% Lolo Jones- olympian
  • 0% Katherine A. Kendall - social work educator
  • 0% Marguerite Piazza - opera great
  • 0% Frances Greer - opera great
  • 0% James A. King - opera great
  • 0% Elizabeth Ashley - actress
  • 0% Joannne Woodward - actress
  • 0% Billy Cannon - NFL player
  • 0% Y.A. Tittle - NFL player
  • 0% Rex Reed - film critic

Rate your school's academic environment on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

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  • Academic advisers
  • Class availability
  • Consistency in grading
  • Course subject variety
  • Curriculum flexibility
  • Gen-Ed requirements
  • Manageability of workload
  • Online course options
  • Quality of teaching assistants (TAs)
  • Scheduling/registration process
  • Technology in the classroom

Rate your school's professors on the following topics    Based on 76 responses

Very poor
Excellent
  • Accessibility
  • Communication skills
  • General knowledge
  • Interest in class subjects
  • Interest in students
  • Time spent in classroom
  • Use of teaching assistants

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