LSU, Main Campus Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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LSU Admissions Overview:

With an acceptance rate of 76 percent, Louisiana State University (LSU) is somewhere between selective and fully accessible. Students will generally need grades and test scores around or above average to be admitted to the school. To apply, students will need to submit an application, official high school transcripts, and scores from the SAT or ACT.  Complete instructions and guidelines can be found at LSU's website.

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Admissions Data (2016)

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 over 70 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 Lousiana State University Tigers compete in NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference.

Enrollment (2016)

  • Total Enrollment: 31,409 (26,118 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 89% Full-time

Costs (2016 - 17)

  • Tuition and Fees: $10,814 (in-state); $28,934 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,160
  • Room and Board: $11,540
  • Other Expenses: $5,420
  • Total Cost: $28,934 (in-state); $45,611 (out-of-state)

LSU Financial Aid (2015 - 16)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 96%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 92%
    • Loans: 46%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $10,229
    • Loans: $6,735

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 39%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 65%

Intercollegiate Athletic Programs

  • Men's Sports: Basketball, Football, Swimming and Diving, Track and Field, Baseball, Golf, Cross Country, Tennis
  • Women's Sports: Volleyball, Swimming and Diving, Tennis, Track and Field, Basketball, Golf, Softball, Gymnastics

Data Source

National Center for Educational Statistics

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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."