LSU, Main Campus Admissions

ACT Scores, Acceptance Rate, Financial Aid, and More

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Louisiana State University (LSU) has moderately selective admissions. The school admits about three-quarters of all applicants, and those who get in tend to have grades and test scores that are above average. The university uses the Common Application. All applicants must submit SAT or ACT scores, academic transcript, and a letter of recommendation. The Common Application personal essay is optional.

LSU Admissions Statistics 2017-18

For the class entering LSU in the 2017-18 academic year, the university's acceptance rate was 76%. Below are SAT and ACT scores for admitted students organized by score percentile.

SAT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
ERW 530 640
Math 530 650
ERW=Evidence-Based Reading and Writing

The SAT is far less popular than the ACT among LSU applicants. Only 8% of applicants chose to submit SAT scores.

ACT Score Percentiles
Section 25th Percentile 75th Percentile
English 23 31
Math 22 27
Composite 23 28

92% of LSU applicants submitted scores to the ACT, and the great majority scored above the national average of 21. If you compare ACT scores for members of the SEC, you'll see that LSU's admissions bar is on the lower end of the typical rang (Vanderbilt is by far the most selective).

For a visual representation of LSU's admissions standards, check out the graph of GPA, SAT scores, and ACT scores for accepted, rejected, and wait listed students.

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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 (2017)

  • Total Enrollment: 30,861 (25,444 undergraduates)
  • Gender Breakdown: 48% Male / 52% Female
  • 87% Full-time

Costs (2017 - 18)

  • Tuition and Fees: $11,374 (in-state); $28,051 (out-of-state)
  • Books: $1,160
  • Room and Board: $11,750
  • Other Expenses: $5,420
  • Total Cost: $29,704 (in-state); $46,381 (out-of-state)

LSU Financial Aid (2016 - 17)

  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Aid: 95%
  • Percentage of New Students Receiving Types of Aid
    • Grants: 91%
    • Loans: 53%
  • Average Amount of Aid
    • Grants: $9,304
    • Loans: $7,141

Academic Programs

Graduation and Retention Rates

  • First Year Student Retention (full-time students): 83%
  • 4-Year Graduation Rate: 38%
  • 6-Year Graduation Rate: 64%

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

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Data Source: National Center for Education Statistics