Louisiana State University And Agricultural & Mechanical College

Louisiana State University And Agricultural & Mechanical College

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College, also known as LSU or Louisiana State University, is a co-ed university situated in Louisiana. LSU, established in 1860, has its main campus located on 650 acres upland on the river banks of the Mississippi. The campus boasts of over 250 principal buildings. The university has more than 1,000 full-time staff and serves nearly 30,000 students.

The official team of LSU is nicknamed the Fighting Tigers, and LSU Tigers football started in 1893. LSU is the only team to become the winner of two BCS National Championships. The university boasts of renowned alumni like basketball players, Pete Maravich and Shaquille O'Neal; and Democratic Party campaign manager Donna Brazile.

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Contacting LSU

Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
Baton Rouge , LA 70803-2750
General Phone: (225) 578-3202

LSU Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts1,442women's studies, linguistics, comparative literature, German language, French language, Spanish language, Latin language, English, creative writing, ...
Business and Management978business management, accounting, managerial economics, finance, international business, management science, marketing, fashion merchandising
Education and Teaching619education, curriculum and instruction, educational administration, special ed, gifted and talended education, school counseling, adult education, elementary school teaching, secondary teaching, ...
Science560biology, biochemistry, plant pathology, microbiology, zoology, entomology, biological and physical sciences, chemistry, geology, ...
Engineering490bioengineering, biomedical engineering, chemical engineering, civil engineering, electrical engineering, engineering science, environmental engineering, mechanical engineering, petroleum engineering, ...
Media264mass communication, media studies
Therapy and Counseling254psychology
Law201law, advanced legal research
Family and Social Work163family and consumer science, public administration, social work
Real Estate and Construction Management146construction management
Architecture and Planning122architecture, interior architecture, landscape architecture
Fine Arts98fine arts, art history and criticism
Medicine97medical physics, veterinary medicine, veterinary sciences
Animal Science and Care94animal science
Medical Support and Technology90audiology and speech pathology
Agricultural Science and Management87agriculture, agricultural management, agricultural economics, food science
Conservation and Resource Management82environmental science, natural resources management, fisheries sciences, forestry, forest management, wildlife management
Music79music, music performance
Mathematics70mathematics, statistics
Computer Science and Engineering65information science, computer science, computer engineering
Nutrition and Exercise Therapy41dietitian
Religion and Philosophy37philosophy
Landscaping and Horticulture24plant sciences, agronomy, horticultural science
Drama and Performing Arts15drama

Number of programs and degrees for LSU in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Master's degree97776
Bachelor's degree4,60076
Doctor's degree23152
Post-master's certificate362
First-professional degree2742

LSU Student Body

In 2007-2008, LSU had a total enrollment of 28,628 students (26,359 full-time equivalent).

Students in the Freshman Class:

Group Percent
Men 47%
Women 53%
Full-Time 100%
Part-Time 0%

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 81%
Graduate 16%
First Professional 3%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 76%
Black 9%
Hispanic 3%
Asian 3%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 3%
(Foreign Students) 5%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 1%
18-19 29%
20-21 31%
22-24 22%
25-29 10%
30-34 3%
35-39 2%
40-49 2%
50-64 1%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

(International Students)1%

LSU Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 85 %
Part-Time 20 %

LSU Room and Board (2007)

LSU offers campus housing for 4,940 of its 26,359 (full-time) students.

(Please refer to our profile of Baton Rouge, Louisiana for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Louisiana Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

LSU Admissions and Selectivity


EnrolledPercent of
Accepted Enrolled

Standardized Test Scores:

Test25th Percentile75th Percetile
SAT Verbal520635
SAT Math550650
SAT Writing490600
ACT Verbal2329
ACT Math2127
ACT Composite2328

Application Requirements:

Class Rankrecommended
High School Recordrequired
College Prep Programrecommended
Recommendationsnot required
Formal Demonstration of Competencenot required
Standardized Tests (SAT and/or ACT)required
Percent of Applicants Submitting SAT14%
Percent of Applicants Submitting ACT86%
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language)required
Other Standardized Testsnot required

LSU Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 5,086
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 13,800
Room and board $ 7,238
Room charge $ 4,330
Board (meal plan) charge $ 2,908
Books and supplies $ 1,500
Other expenses $ 2,722

Financial Aid:
LSU participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 201000)

LSU Faculty

LSU has a tenure system for faculty.

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured, but on tenure track244130
Non-tenured and not on tenure track337386

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year55$127,80814$121,697
Associate professorcalendar year20$90,94411$103,568
Assistant professorcalendar year16$97,96412$96,833
Instructorcalendar year7$51,82110$60,841
Lecturercalendar year2*2*
All faculty totalcalendar year100$108,70549$96,956

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year311$113,20356$105,086
Associate professoracademic year172$82,48085$75,670
Assistant professoracademic year182$69,414117$64,869
Instructoracademic year92$45,378138$41,721
Lectureracademic year8$63,3059$49,657
All faculty totalacademic year765$87,199405$64,471

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

LSU Athletics

Athletic Conferences:

Football Southeastern Conference
Basketball Southeastern Conference
Baseball Southeastern Conference
Track Southeastern Conference

Students on Athletic Scholarships (2007):

All Other Sports35103138

LSU Degree Programs (2007)

Agricultural Science And Management
Agricultural Business and Management, General
Agricultural Economics
Agriculture, General
Food Science

Animal Science And Care
Animal Sciences, General

Architecture And Planning
Architecture (BArch, BA/BS, MArch, MA/MS, PhD)
Interior Architecture
Landscape Architecture (BS, BSLA, BLA, MSLA, MLA, PhD)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Business/Managerial Economics
Fashion Merchandising
Finance, General
International Business/Trade/Commerce
Management Science, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Engineering, General
Computer Science
Information Science/Studies

Conservation And Resource Management
Environmental Science
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management
Forestry, General
Natural Resources Management and Policy
Wildlife and Wildlands Science and Management

Drama And Performing Arts
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General

Education And Teaching
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching
Agricultural Teacher Education
Art Teacher Education
Business Teacher Education
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services
Curriculum and Instruction
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Education, General
Education, Other
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented
Educational Leadership and Administration, General
Elementary Education and Teaching
French Language Teacher Education
Music Teacher Education
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching
Sales & Marketing Oper/Marketing & Distribution Teacher Education
Secondary Education and Teaching
Spanish Language Teacher Education
Special Education and Teaching, General

Agricultural/Biological Engineering and Bioengineering
Biomedical/Medical Engineering
Chemical Engineering
Civil Engineering, General
Electrical, Electronics and Communications Engineering
Engineering Science
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering
Industrial Engineering
Mechanical Engineering
Petroleum Engineering

Family And Social Work
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General
Public Administration
Social Work

Fine Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation
Fine/Studio Arts, General

Landscaping And Horticulture
Agronomy and Crop Science
Horticultural Science
Plant Sciences, General

Advanced Legal Research/Studies, Gen (LLM, MCL, MLI, MSL, JSD/SJD)
Law (LLB, JD)

Liberal Arts
Comparative Literature
Creative Writing
Economics, General
English Language and Literature, General
French Language and Literature
General Studies
German Language and Literature
History, General
International/Global Studies
Latin Language and Literature
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies
Library Science/Librarianship
Political Science and Government, General
Spanish Language and Literature
Speech and Rhetorical Studies
Women's Studies

Mathematics, General
Statistics, General

Communication and Media Studies, Other
Mass Communication/Media Studies

Medical Support And Technology
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist

Health/Medical Physics
Veterinary Medicine (DVM)
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sci, Gen (Cert,MS,PhD)

Music Performance, General
Music, General

Nutrition And Exercise Therapy
Dietetics/Dietitian (RD)

Real Estate And Construction Management
Construction Management

Religion And Philosophy

Biological and Physical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General
Chemistry, General
Geology/Earth Science, General
Microbiology, General
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical
Physics, General
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology
Zoology/Animal Biology

Therapy And Counseling
Psychology, General

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What Sets LSU Apart:

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Top 12%LSU Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
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% of degrees in music
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% of degrees in real estate and construction management
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% of degrees in fine arts
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Student SAT scores
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Top 16%LSU Student SAT scores
% of accepted students who choose to enroll
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% of degrees in science
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% of degrees in liberal arts
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Top 20%LSU % of degrees in liberal arts

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checked Option to study abroad
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