Baton Rouge is filled with Southern hospitality. The city's laid-back attitude is infectious, and students will quickly learn to slow down and relax. There's always something to do and somewhere to go, but you never have to be in a hurry to get there, especially considering the horrendous traffic that plagues the city. Southern culture is everywhere. From hints of French tucked into conversation to cooking and architecture, the city is different from other places above the Mason-Dixon Line. The rich history, from plantations to civil rights activism to Huey P. Long, gives students a chance to explore areas of the South about which they might not have known. Baton Rouge and LSU are so synonymous that it becomes hard to separate the two. The city adores LSU, and almost everyone here is a Tiger fan. The entire town has the vibe of a laid-back college atmosphere. Everyone is relaxed and friendly, from downtown Capitol workers to those in the immediate areas outside of campus. Football games and LSU news are just as crucial to the adults living in the area as to the LSU students themselves.
Baton Rouge has changed tremendously in the last few years. Downtown development has been a buzzword around town, as many businesses are attempting to return to the glory days of old. The city has been actively trying to grow and offer students more and more to do. With additions of new art galleries, restaurants, shops, bars, concerts, and events, it seems to be working. Baton Rouge still has some strides to make to become a major city, but it's on its way.