Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge

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156 Thomas Boyd Hall

Baton Rouge, LA 70803

Phone: (225) 578-3202
2013-2014 Tuition
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Apr. 15
application deadline

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#135 Overall Score: 41 out of 100. National Universities

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Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge is a public institution that was founded in 1860. It has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,626, its setting is urban, and the campus size is 2,000 acres. It utilizes a semester-based academic calendar. Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge's ranking in the 2014 edition of Best Colleges is National Universities, 135. Its in-state tuition and fees are $7,873 (2013-14); out-of-state tuition and fees are $25,790 (2013-14).

Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge, better known as LSU,  is a public school near the Mississippi River, in the southeastern part of the state. Students at LSU can choose from many programs in more than a dozen colleges, with graduate degrees available in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, the College of Engineering, the law school and several other fields. Outside the classroom, LSU students can explore more than 350 student organizations or check out the unique, free facilities nearby, including the 14-acre Hilltop Arboretum or the Louisiana Museum of Natural History. Sports fans can visit the Andonie Museum, which is also free and all about the history of LSU athletics. Student athletes can play at the recreational level or with the LSU Tigers varsity teams, which compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Notable LSU alumni include four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, and Lyndon Johnson’s vice president, Hubert Humphrey.

School mission and unique qualities (as provided by the school):

Since 1860, LSU has served the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The flagship institution of Louisiana, LSU is one of only 25 universities nationwide holding both land-grant and sea-grant status. With a community of more than 33,000 faculty, staff, and students from every state and approximately 120 countries, its academic programs include bachelor's degrees in 70 major fields, master's degrees in 74 fields, and doctoral degrees in 50 major fields. Outside of the classroom, residential colleges, study abroad, service-learning and undergraduate research opportunities, and over 300 student organizations contribute to an exciting and meaningful college experience.

General Information

School type public, coed college
Year founded 1860
Religious affiliation N/A
Academic calendar semester
Setting urban
2012 Endowment $437,302,717


When applying to Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge, it's important to note the application deadline is April 15. Scores for either the ACT or SAT test are due August 1. The application fee at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge is $40. It is selective, with an acceptance rate of 76.2 percent.

For more information about the tests, essays, interviews, and admissions process, visit the Applying to College knowledge center.

Selectivity selective
Fall 2012 acceptance rate 76.2%
Application deadline April 15
SAT/ACT scores must be received by August 1

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Academic Life

The student-faculty ratio at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge is 23:1, and the school has 35.5 percent of its classes with fewer than 20 students. The most popular majors at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge include: Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services; Engineering; Education; Biological and Biomedical Sciences; and Psychology. The average freshman retention rate, an indicator of student satisfaction, is 83.8 percent.

Class sizes
Class sizes
Student-faculty ratio 23:1
4-year graduation rate 36%
Five most popular majors for 2012 graduates
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services 17%
Engineering 11%
Education 10%
Biological and Biomedical Sciences 8%
Psychology 8%

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Student Life

Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge has a total undergraduate enrollment of 24,626, with a gender distribution of 48.8 percent male students and 51.2 percent female students. At this school, 27 percent of the students live in college-owned, -operated, or -affiliated housing and 73 percent of students live off campus. Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge is part of the NCAA I athletic conference.

Total enrollment 30,225
Student gender distribution
Student gender distribution
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate men who are members of a fraternity
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Undergraduate women who are members of a sorority
Collegiate athletic association NCAA I

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Campus Info & Services

Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge offers a number of student services including nonremedial tutoring, women's center, placement service, day care, health service, and health insurance. Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge also offers campus safety and security services like 24-hour foot and vehicle patrols, late night transport/escort service, 24-hour emergency telephones, lighted pathways/sidewalks, and controlled dormitory access (key, security card, etc). Of the students at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge, 71 percent have cars on campus. Alcohol is not permitted for students of legal age at Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge.

Students who have cars on campus 71%
Health insurance offered Yes

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Paying for School

At Louisiana State University--Baton Rouge, 42.3 percent of full-time undergraduates receive some kind of need-based financial aid and the average need-based scholarship or grant award is $9,219.

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In-state tuition and fees $7,873 (2013-14)
Out-of-state tuition and fees $25,790 (2013-14)
Room and board $10,804 (2013-14)
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* Overview details based on 2012 data

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