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4 College Freshman

Facilities: All of the traditions make you feel included.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: The campus has many places to hang out or study--the library is, of course, a popular choice for studying. Each dorm has multiple study rooms and computer labs that one may use. LSU also has places outside where people may sit to hang out or study. A favorite of mine is the Art & Design's Starbucks coffee shop which is a sort of hidden gem that some students do know about but is always a nice place to get away from the general population or if you have some downtime between classes seeing as how it's close to many of the classrooms.

4 College Sophomore

Facilities: LSU has a pretty campus. It's large so you can move around a lot to find the perfect study spot. Lots of trees and green.

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5 Recent Alumnus

Facilities: On campus it feels like everyone is a family! Everyone is so nice and helpful you can't help but feel at home. There are so many things to do it's hard to decide. You honestly don't have to leave campus for anything because they provide you with everything. All the resources you need are right there on campus, most of them comes with tuition so can can use all facilities freely. LSU is a great college to attend. Living on campus at lsu will give you a great first year college experience.


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Rankings View more rankings . . .

  • 20th
    Best Athletic Facilities
  • 44th
    Best Student Centers
  • 195th
    Best Performance Venues
  • 368th
    Best Library
  • 637th
    Greenest Campuses

Student Author OverviewWhat's This?

Kim Moreau
Baton Rouge, La
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Athletic facilities are top-of-the-line. From Tiger Stadium to the Rec, students can't argue with the high-quality equipment and constant maintenance these areas receive. The Rec has everything from a swimming pool to a rock-climbing wall, giving students a great place to work out, even if it is crowded most of the time. Tiger Stadium is constantly being updated with money from the Tiger Athletic Foundation, so it remains a prime spot to catch the annual LSU-Florida football game.

But there is plenty outside of athletic facilities at LSU. LSU architecture, with its Italian Renaissance style, gives the campus a gorgeous overall appearance, and the many nationally-recognized buildings make LSU a work of art. However, some of the buildings don't really match, and it's obvious which were built in the `70s. Places like Middleton Library and Lockett Hall kind of ruin the mood, unless "Brady Bunch"-style bright orange and mint green are your thing. The campus is swathed in stately oak trees and magnolias, making it seem cozier than other places of higher learning. Many of the classrooms have been updated to include top-of-the-line equipment and projection systems. LSU is constantly under construction, a fact most students find irritating—until they see the finished project.

Facts & Statistics

Service & Maintenance Staff
Campus Size
2,000 acres
Student Centers
LSU Student Union
Campus Library?
Main Libraries
Middleton Library
Popular Places to Chill
  • LSU Student Union
  • Parade Grounds
  • The quad
Bar on Campus
Bowling on Campus
Coffeehouse on Campus
  • CC's in Middleton Library
  • CC's in the Law Center
Movie Theater on Campus
None, but often movies are shown in the student union for clubs or other special occasions.
"Green" Initiatives
LSU works hard at staying "green." In terms of statistics, 95 percent of office paper contains 30 percent of recycled content. In recent years, there's been a 6 percent decrease in waste per person. All in all, LSU definitely has sustainability on the brain.
School Slang
  • Death Valley: Tiger Stadium, home to 90,000 of your closest friends on a Saturday night during football season
  • The Drunk Bus: The late-night CATS buses that go from the bars to the apartments and campus
  • Free Speech Alley: The area in front of the student union where people can pass out fliers and preach their religious beliefs. Open to all students and anyone with a strong opinion, you should avoid this area if you don't like being bombarded with papers or told you are going to hell; still, it's a great way to waste time in between classes.
  • Geaux: This is the proper way to spell "Go" when referring to LSU or the Tigers—it's faux French.
  • MC: Mass Communication department
  • Miller Mansion: Miller dorm—the sorority dorm—also known as seven floors of (you fill in the blank on that).
  • North Gate: This refers to the area directly by the North Gate of campus, home to bars, restaurants, and a couple of empty buildings.
  • Parade Grounds: The area in front of the Bell Tower and the student union. A gathering ground for people skipping classes to lay out, play Frisbee, or bring their dogs.
  • PAWS: The LSU email system
  • The quad: The area where most classes are located. People sit around on the grass or on benches in between classes. People make out here in the middle of the night, too.
  • The Row: West Lakeshore Drive, the street all the sorority houses are on, also called Sorority Row
  • SG: Student Government
  • Shack: To sleep at someone else's dorm or house, can have sexual connotations or not
  • Tigerland: The cluster of bars around Jennifer Jean and Nicholson, known for being home to drunken debauchery and freshmen and Greek students
  • TOPS: Tuition Opportunity Program for Students gives the majority of students from Louisiana free tuition and makes out-of-state students really angry.
  • The tunnels: The underground tunnels on campus are supposedly built by Huey P. Long.
  • Chancellor's Pancake Breakfast: The Pancake Breakfast gives students a chance to have a free, late-night breakfast in the dining halls during finals, as well as a chance to meet the esteemed leader of LSU. Swipe any working LSU ID for a huge plate of pancakes and a chance to meet the person in charge of your education.
  • Fall Fest: Every fall, this event boasts free food and a chance for students to find out more about the University they began attending. As music blares through the quad, students can check out the many ways to get involved on campus, as well as score plenty of free stuff.
  • Free Speech Alley: LSU sanctions this venue in front of the student union for everyone, from campus organizations to local religious groups to share their views with the LSU campus. This walkway is crowded with students handing out pamphlets and wearing sandwich boards to promote their cause. Nearly anything goes, from students handing out free food to taping themselves to poles for several hours to telling passersby they are going to hell. Some students avoid it like the plague, while others will spend hours listening to whatever rallying cry that might be present.
  • Groovin' on the Grounds: This substance-free concert, thrown by Students on Target, gives students an opportunity to see big-name acts on the Parade Grounds. Most of the time, students don't live up to the substance-free aspect of the event, but the concert is for a cause. It's usually held the last night of Spring Invitational, and has featured a wide array of acts.
  • Homecoming: Sure, every school has Homecoming, but few have homecomings of the epic proportions of LSU's. From the all-day scavenger hunt to the crowning of the queen and king to the nearly 20-foot decorations constructed by student organizations, Homecoming is the pinnacle of LSU traditions and spirit.
  • Kissing at the Bell Tower: LSU tradition used to hold that students were not real coeds until they had been kissed under the Memorial Bell Tower at midnight. Nowadays, the coed rule is not as strictly enforced, but it still remains a popular place for students to smooch. On Valentine's Day, it's a mass-makeout, as couples head for the traditional midnight kiss, and on more than one night a year, you can expect to see a proposal as the clock tolls.
  • Pajama Game: In the olden days of LSU, freshmen were required to wear pajamas to the first home football game of the year. The tradition died under hazing regulations, but has been revived by student government in recent years. Now it usually occurs near the beginning of the season with the student government selling special PJs for the game.
  • Songfest: Fraternities and sororities pair up for a heated competition of song and dance. Each set of Greek organizations comes up with a five-or-so-minute routine based around dancing and singing. Each picks a specific theme, makes costumes, and chooses songs accordingly.
Urban Legends
  • Animal House was based on an LSU fraternity.
  • Huey Long built a system of underground tunnels from the DEKE house to the football stadium and around campus so his son wouldn't have to walk to football games in the rain.
  • Hugely successful Raising Cane's fried chicken restaurant was a business project for its founders before they graduated. They got a C!
  • Pleasant Hall, the old hotel on campus, is haunted by several visitors who committed suicide and one guest who attempted to kill her lover and then herself.
  • To be a true LSU coed, you have to kiss someone under the Bell Tower at midnight.
Favorite Things To Do
Just on campus, you can walk the gorgeous LSU lakes, speak your mind in Free Speech Alley, have a fancy lunch at the Faculty Club, peruse an on-campus art gallery or museum, lay out on the Parade Grounds, grab some food from the student union, watch a play in the Black Box Theatre, work out at the Rec, or roll down the Indian Mounds. Students usually end up wandering over to things and checking them out. The Groovin' on the Grounds Concert every spring is always well attended, as is the yearly Homecoming concert. But mostly, LSU students like nothing more than to just sit around. You can always find people avoiding the dredges of class by taking a rest on the Parade Grounds or near the fountains in the quad.
Student Organizations Web Site
Student Newspaper
The Daily Reveille
Student Activities Offered
  • Campus ministries
  • Choral groups
  • Concert band
  • Dance
  • Drama/theater
  • International student organization
  • Jazz band
  • Literary magazine
  • Marching band
  • Music ensembles
  • Musical theater
  • Opera
  • Pep band
  • Radio station
  • Student government
  • Student-run film society
  • Symphony orchestra
  • Television station
  • Yearbook
Air Force ROTC: Yes
Navy ROTC: No
Army ROTC: Yes
Did You Know?
The Indian Mounds were built 450 years before the pyramids in Egypt.

Student Polls

Rate the campus facilities in the following areas    Based on 94 responses

Very poor
  • Athletics/recreation
  • Classrooms
  • Computer labs
  • Dining
  • General aesthetics/architecture of campus
  • "Green" buildings/initiatives
  • Housing
  • Lawns/green space
  • Library
  • Modernity of facilities
  • Performing arts
  • Science/research labs
  • Student center
  • Study spots
  • Visual arts (work spaces, galleries)

What are your favorite campus events or traditions?    Based on 11 responses

  • 23% Fall Fest
  • 14% Chancellor's Pancake Breakfast
  • 11% Homecoming
  • 9% Free Speech Alley
  • 9% Groovin' on the Grounds
  • 9% Greek Week
  • 9% The Golden Band from Tigerland
  • 6% Kissing at the Bell Tower
  • 6% Songfest
  • 6% Pajama Game

What are the best on-campus student jobs?    Based on 11 responses

  • 24% Rec center
  • 19% Office jobs
  • 19% Resident assistant
  • 19% Tour Guide
  • 10% Work in a research lab
  • 5% Barista at Community Coffee in Middleton!!
  • 5% Smoothie king

Where are your favorite places to just hang out?    Based on 12 responses

  • 33% LSU Student Union
  • 33% The quad
  • 25% Parade Grounds
  • 4% Sorority House
  • 4% Lsu bcm

What is the most interesting urban legend about campus?    Based on 12 responses

  • 42% I've heard about tunnel systems under campus.
  • 33% Haunted indian mounds
  • 17% There is definitely underground tunnels
  • 8% There's supposedly an underground campus.

How accommodating is this school to students with physical disabilities?    Based on 8 responses

  • 50% Very accommodating. The school does everything in their power to make sure the needs of every student are met.
  • 38% Pretty accommodating. The school has taken a lot of steps to accommodate the needs of students, but they've missed a few things.
  • 12% Slightly accommodating. The school has taken a few steps to accommodate students, but not nearly enough.
  • 0% Not accommodating. Students with physical disabilities are practically ignored here.

How would you describe the student center/union?    Based on 102 responses

  • 0% The student center is in need of a major renovation.
  • 9% The student center serves its purpose but is not a popular hangout.
  • 27% The student center is great but isn't central to student life.
  • 64% The student center is state-of-the-art and the hub of student life.

What is your overall opinion of your school and the campus community?    Based on 92 responses

  • 1% I hate my school and have no school spirit.
  • 2% The school community is okay-we're all just here for an education, nothing more.
  • 46% I like mostly everything about my school, but there are some things I wish were different.
  • 51% I love everything about my school and have a lot of campus pride.

What are your favorite things to do around campus?    Based on 10 responses

  • 46% Walking around campus
  • 31% Run the lakes
  • 23% Social activities

What are the worst on-campus student jobs?    Based on 8 responses

  • 60% Dining halls
  • 40% Janitorial work


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