1. Education
You can opt-out at any time. Please refer to our privacy policy for contact information.

LSU, Main Campus - ACT Scores, Costs and Admissions Data


LSU Tower

LSU Tower

Tosagic / Wikimedia Commons

LSU Description:

The Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, better known simply as LSU, is the main campus of the Louisiana State University system. The school occupies a 2,000-acre campus on the banks of the Mississippi River just south of Baton Rouge. The campus is defined by its stunning Italian Renaissance architecture, red roofs and abundant oak trees. LSU undergraduates can choose from 74 bachelor's degree programs, and fields in business, communications, and education are among the most popular. The university has a 20 to 1 student / faculty ratio. On the athletic front, the LSU Tigers compete in NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Admissions Data (2012):

Enrollment (2012):

  • Total Enrollment: 30,225 (24,626 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 49% Male / 51% Female
  • 92% Full-time

Scholarships for LSU (powered by Cappex.com)

Costs (2012 - 13):

  • Tuition and Fees: $6,989 (in-state); $22,265 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,500
  • Room and Board: $10,218
  • Other Expenses: $3,000
  • Total Cost: $21,707 (in-state); $36,983 (out-of-state)

LSU Financial Aid (2011 - 12):

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 92%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 86%
    • Loans: 37%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $7,284
    • Loans: $5,655

Most Popular Majors:

Accounting, Biology, Business Administration, Communications, Construction Management, English, Finance, General Studies, Physical Education Teaching and Coaching, Psychology

Graduation and Retention Rates:

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 34%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Data Source:

National Center for Educational Statistics

Expore Other Louisiana Colleges

Centenary&nbsp| Grambling State&nbsp| Louisiana Tech&nbsp| Loyola&nbsp| McNeese State&nbsp| Nicholls State&nbsp| Northwestern State&nbsp| Southern University&nbsp| Southeastern Louisiana&nbsp| Tulane&nbsp| UL Lafayette&nbsp| UL Monroe&nbsp| University of New Orleans&nbsp| Xavier

LSU Mission Statement:

As the flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University is to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. Designated as both a land-grant and sea-grant institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to:
  • offer a broad array of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate research opportunities designed to attract and educate highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students;
  • employ faculty who are excellent teacherscholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge base that is transferable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic enterprises; and
  • use its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges.
mission statement from http://www.lsu.edu/catalogs/2007/009historical.shtml

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.