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Academics

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3 College Junior

Academics: I like my major at this school. All the teachers I've had are approachable and helpful.

3 College Senior

Academics: The workload is very strenuous and grading by professors is very uncompromising. The great part, however, is that you be prepared for any pursuit of higher education after undergrad.

4 College Junior

Academics: The workload was more than I had expected, but I'm really pleased with the academics here.

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4 College Junior

Academics: My major is very rewarding and they expect a lot out of you. The English department and Geaux Teach push you and there are so many options for networking, internships, and research. We could have more in the way of facilities, but the faculty and curriculum are amazing. Being in the English program requires discipline and a HUGE workload, but it's worth it. My professors have expanded my thinking and opened my eyes to parts of the field I hadn't even thought of.

4 College Junior

Academics: There are a lot of different places to study. LSU may not be ivy league, but they still expect you to show up and work hard. You can't breeze through and get As without a lot of work. The professors are a highlight of the school, and overall curriculum is great. There could be more help with internships in some majors that require them.

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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
112
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 33 responses

  • 36% Shaquille O'Neal - NBA player
  • 22% Pistol Pete Maravich - NBA player
  • 13% Sidney J. Reso - president, Exxon Co. International
  • 6% Will Wright - creator of The Sims
  • 4% Walter Hitesman - former president, Reader's Digest
  • 4% Bill Conti - musical composer
  • 2% Joannne Woodward - actress
  • 1% Katherine A. Kendall - social work educator
  • 1% Frances Greer - opera great
  • 1% James A. King - opera great
  • 1% Elizabeth Ashley - actress
  • 1% Y.A. Tittle - NFL player
  • 1% Lolo Jones
  • 1% Lolo Jones - olympic runner
  • 1% Seimone Augustus - WNBA player
  • 1% Lolo Jones- olympian
  • 1% James R. Andrews- founder of ASMI
  • 1% Any one who graduates
  • 0% Marguerite Piazza - opera great
  • 0% Billy Cannon - NFL player

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • My Gen-Ed requirements are worthwhile and meaningful.
  • It is easy to get the classes you want.
  • The academic advisers are helpful.
  • Grading is generally consistent and fair.
  • There are a variety of interesting courses to take.
  • Students are encouraged to explore a wide range of courses and topics.
  • The workload is easy to manage.
  • There are plenty of good online course options.
  • Teaching assistants (TAs) are used effectively.
  • The course scheduling/registration process is efficient and student-friendly.
  • Classrooms/labs are up-to-date and incorporate new technologies effectively.

How strongly do you agree or disagree with each of the following statements regarding the professors at this school?    Based on 81 responses

Strongly disagree
Strongly agree
  • Professors are approachable and helpful when needed
  • Professors are engaging and easy to understand.
  • Professors are experts in their field.
  • Professors are passionate about the topics they teach.
  • Professors care about their students' success.
  • Professors put a lot of effort into teaching their classes.
  • Professors use teaching assistants (TAs) effectively.

How often do you:    Based on 21 responses

Never
Always
  • Attend class (lectures and recitation)
  • Do all of your homework
  • Do all of your assigned reading
  • Adequately study
  • Take advantage of office hours/study sessions
  • Take notes

Where did this school rank in your list of potential schools when applying?    Based on 21 responses

  • 38% This was my dream school.
  • 52% This was one of my top choices.
  • 10% This was a school I settled for (safety school).

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