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    Louisiana State University: Rankings, Courses, Admissions, Tuition Fee, Cost of Attendance & Scholarships

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    Established in 1853 as Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy, the Louisiana State University is a public land-grant university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Offering more than 235 undergraduate, 75 masters, 49 doctoral and various online certificate programs and degrees across its 17 schools and colleges, programs at Louisiana State University are acclaimed across academia.

    Enrolling 32,000 students for its varied programs the university has small class size to prioritise every student and manipulate their talent to the fullest. Though having an acceptance rate of 75%, admissions at Louisiana State University are selective with its applicants requiring a GPA of at least 3.5 along with good academic standing before granting admission. LSU is extremely diverse accommodating students from more than 50 countries across the world, having more than 350 student organization including Greek houses, fraternities and sororities. Some prominent alumni of LSU are Amy Brittain, Renee Horton, William Bill Conti, James Carville and many more.

    Louisiana State University Rankings

    A glance at recent ranking highlights of Louisiana State University are:

    Ranking 2021 Agency/Publication
    #501-600 World University Ranking Times Higher Education 
    #264 in US College Rankings Times Higher Education 
    #152 in National Universities US News 
    #162 in Best values School US News 
    #71 in Top Public Schools US News 
    #98 in National University Ranking CWUR 
    #293 in World University Ranking CWUR 
    #83 in Best College for education in America Niche 
    #3 in Best College for Athletes in America Niche 


    College Type Private
    Campus Setting Suburban
    Annual Endowment 718 million USD
    Student Retention Rate 93%
    Work-study program Yes
    Mode of Program Full time; Part-time; Online
    Campus Housing Capacity 57%
    Percentage of international students 6%
    Student-faculty ratio 20:1
    Graduation rate 67%
    Retention rate 84%
    Tuition and Fees 11,900 USD - 28,639 USD (For UG); 12,500 USD – 29,400 (For PG)
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    Louisiana State University Campus

    • LSU operates with the main campus at Baton Rouge and eight other campuses with the main campus taking up to 1,000 acres and the whole campuses taking up to 2,000 in total.
    • The school has 16 academic buildings, 15 student residential buildings, two sports facilities, 27 points of interest and nine student life buildings.
    • There are more than 450 student organizations at LSU
    • 80% of freshmen live in campus-owned housings.
    • LSU has in 21 varsity sports teams of which 9 men's and 12 women's. The teams are also members of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference.

    Louisiana State University Residence

    • LSU offers 23 residence halls and four apartment housings to students.
    • A typical residential hall has amenities such as a 24/7 hour desk, Wi-Fi, wired internet, cable TV, in-room sink, community kitchen, laundry facilities, computer lab, courtyard, and large walk-in closets.
    • A typical apartment has features such as washer, dryer, built-in closets, electronic card-access exterior doors, individually-locking bedroom doors, refrigerator, microwave, stove, oven, dishwasher, garbage disposal, two-chair dinette, etc.
    • Amenities in apartments include wired internet, cable tv in the living room and bedrooms, 24/7 hour desk, academic-year leases, furnished laundry in apartment, community activity center, e-mail workstations, all-inclusive rent, wi-fi, courtyard with walking paths and bathrooms cleaned weekly.
    • They are also residential college housing options.
    • They are limited disability housing options at LSU through the Office of Disabled Services
    • They are affordable meal plans and affordable off-campus apartments around the university for qualified students in the range of 300 USD to 1000 USD monthly.
    • Moreover, students may look for off-campus housing options in the USA that are not only affordable but also offer a lot of facilities and a chance to experience the city life better.

    Louisiana State University Programs

    • With a total of 330 programs, LSU offers 90 bachelors, 50 doctoral, 19 doctoral certificates, 122 minors, and 72 masters programs.
    • Degrees offered by the school include certificates, bachelor, post-bachelor certificate, masters, post-master certificate, doctoral degree/scholarship, and Doctoral degree-professional practice.
    • The school offers a joint MBA in Business Administration (Joint 3/2 BSIE Program) and Industrial Engineering, B.S.I.E. (Joint 3/2 MBA Program). The school also offers a full-time, one year and online 'Flores MBA Program' through the E.J. Ourso College of Business.
    • Special programs like Masters of Arts in Liberal Arts (an interdisciplinary program for teachers), Special Education for teachers (MEd) and Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) and several online programs are available at LSU.

    Louisiana State University Application Process

    Students aspiring to take admission at Louisiana State University need to consider the following points:

    • Application Portal: Common application for undergraduates. LSU graduate application portal for graduates.
    • Application Fee: 50 USD (undergraduates), 70 USD (graduates)
    • Application Deadlines:
      • Spring- October 1
      • Fall or Summer- April 15
    • Supporting documents for UG students:
      • Complete official records for the secondary level of education and if available, ACT or SAT scores.
      • Official transcripts (in English and original language)
      • Immunization records
      • Financial documents
    • Supporting documents for Graduate students:
      • Statement of the award of the degree or diploma conferring U.S. equivalent bachelors and/or master's degree
      • Standardized admissions test scores as required by department (GRE or GMAT test scores)
      • TOEFL and IELTS test scores (TOEFL -iBT: 79, IELTS: 6.5)
      • Curriculum vitae or résumé
      • Letters of recommendation
      • Specific program requirements

    Louisiana State University Cost of Attendance

    Undergraduate and graduate students enrolled at Louisiana State University may have to incur the following expenses in an academic year. These expenses are:

    Types of Expenses Undergraduate Students (USD) Graduate Students (USD)
    Tuition and Fees 28,700 4,100-45,100
    Living Expenses 14,400 14,400
    Housing 7,800 7,800
    Meal Plan  4,300 4,300
    Books, Supplies & Health Insurance 3,600 3,600

    Louisiana State University Financial Aids

    • Reportedly, 300 million USD is awarded in financial aid and scholarships at LSU each year
    • At LSU, 92% of all students receive scholarships or financial aid
    • Application for all freshmen scholarship is done through Common Application
    • Financial aids available to international students at LSU include Scholarships, grants, graduate assistantships, and student jobs for qualified internationals.
    • Some of the aids available are:
    • LSU Alumni Association International Student Scholarship: The amount is a one-time 2,500 USD cash. The award is available to four international students each year.
    • Stamps Scholarship: 1,550 USD per year by participating in the President's Future Leaders in Research Program and a one-time use 1,100 USD laptop stipend.
    •  The President's Alumni Scholars Award: 2,000 USD study abroad stipend and an opportunity to earn up to an additional annual 1,550 USD by participating in the President's Future Leaders in Research Program.

    Other Sources of Funding

    Applying for scholarships to study in the US can be overwhelming due to their extensive application filing process. Here’s a brief list of research scholarship opportunities from private organizations both within the U.S. and India.

    Louisiana State University Alumni

    LSU alumni benefits include:

    • Credit & Debit Banking Services
    • Home & Auto insurance offers
    • Online Job Search Essentials through LSU Career Services
    • Discounts at Choice Hotels International, The Cook Hotel, Major car rentals agencies, etc
    • Notable alumni include:
    • Shaquille O'Neal -American basketball player
    • Kevin Griffin -American singer
    • Donna Brazile -American political strategist
    • Lolo Jones -American bobsledder

    Louisiana State University Placement

    • At LSU law school, within 10 months of graduation, 91% of graduates from the class of 2019 were employed.
    • In 2015/2016 at the College of Engineering, Chemical Engineering had 28 employed graduates with the highest average salary of 81,490 USD. Mechanical engineering had the highest number of employed graduates with an average salary of 72,707.
    • Top employers in the school include the Louisiana State University, Ernst & Young, LLP, East Baton Rouge Parish School System, Chevron, Halliburton, Shell, ExxonMobil, and Albemarle.
    • LSU organizes career fairs such as LSU Career Expo, which is the largest recruiting event that brings almost 200 employers from across the country each semester meeting with over 2,500 students and alumni.
    • According to PayScale in 2020, the average salary of an LSU graduate is 67,000 USD.
    • Louisiana State University Placement

    A glance at Louisiana State University graduates and alumni working as professional in various sectors (as per

    Job Position Average Salary (USD)
    IT and Software Development 125,000
    Executive Management and Change 99,000
    Consulting, Accounting and Professional Services 93,000
    Marketing product and Communication 90,000
    Education and Research 60,000

    A glance at Louisiana State University graduates getting salary/year depending on their degree and qualification (as per

    Degree/Qualification Average Salary (USD)
    PhD 147,000
    MBA 120,000
    Masters in Science 115,000
    Doctorate 100,000
    Bachelor of Science 77,000

    The highest paying program at Louisiana State University is degree in PhD worth annual average salary of $147,000 and bachelor’s of science students earn $77,000 annually, whereas looking at the employment sector, IT and software development team benefits at average annual salary of $125,000 and lowest is education and research of $60,000.


    Ques. Is Louisiana State University a good school?

    Ans. Ranked by top education agencies and publications in overall top universities of the world, Louisiana State University is also consistently ranked in the world subject list foe the quality of programs it offers.

    Ques. What are the popular programs offered at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Louisiana State University is popularly known for programs including business, management, marketing, and related support services; engineering; education; biological and biomedical sciences; and social sciences.

    Ques. Do I need SAT/ACT scores to get admission at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Yes, SAT/ACT scores are required while applying for admission at Louisiana State University.

    Ques. Do I need English Proficiency Test Scores while applying for programs at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Yes, international applicants are requested to submit their English Proficiency Test Scores while applying for admission at Louisiana State University.

    Ques. Is it hard to get into Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Despite having an acceptance rate of 75%, Louisiana State University is fairly selective with its applicants requiring above average GPA and good overall profile.

    Ques. What is the application fee for programs at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. The application fee for undergraduate programs is $50 and for graduate programs is $70 though it may vary for some programs.

    Ques. Can I apply for application fee waiver at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Candidates are granted fee waiver depending on the admission type and criteria and also on the scholarships.

    Ques. Does Louisiana State University offer scholarships and fellowship opportunities to international students?

    Ans. International applicants are offered a selection of scholarships and can also check their eligibility for assistantships and fellowships to choose from depending on their merit and admission type at Louisiana State University.

    Ques. Can I apply for dual degrees at Louisiana State University?

    Ans. Yes, Louisiana State University offers dual and joint degree programs for candidates to choose and they are required to submit separate application.

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    Louisiana State University Overview

    Insitution type
    Student Population
    FAFSA Code
    Application Cost
    Average Cost of Attendance
    $28,627 / Year
    Student : Faculty Ratio
    2 : 1

    Admission & dates

    Early Action Deadlines

    November 1

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Regular Decision Deadlines

    January 15

    Application deadline

    April 1

    Application results

    Test Scores For International Applicants

    ExamsAvg. ScoreMin ScoreMax. Score%Submitted
    Language Proficiency
    SAT Check Detailed Score1175106012908
    Evidence-Based Reading and Writing585530640-
    ACT Check Detailed Score26232892

    Louisiana State University Acceptance Rate

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    The table shows average yearly cost of attendance for international students. Amount may vary with the course opted, nature of accommodation, and personal spending habits of a candidate. Check Program wise Fees

    Tuition fees
    Undergraduate Programs
    $28,627 / Year
    Post Graduate Program
    $29,443 / Year
    On Campus
    Books & Supplies
    $1,160 / Year
    On campus, Room & Board
    $11,750 / Year
    On Campus, Other Expenses
    $5,420 / Year
    Off Campus
    Off campus (not with family), Room & Board
    $16,012 / Year
    Off campus (not with family), Other Expenses
    $5,420 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Room & Board
    $5,420 / Year
    Off campus (with family), Other Expenses
    $5,420 / Year

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    7.2 /10

    advanced technology and instruments, High standard of research

    Course Curriculum :

    I was involved into research activities. I have worked on inflammatory respiratory diseases animal models. Also, I get an opportunity to present my research through oral and poster presentations.

    8 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    7 /10 placement
    7.7 /10

    The faculty in the field of immunology is world renowned and LSU has constantly churned out high-achievers in the past. The research output in terms of publications are also better and frequent.

    Course Curriculum :

    The course curriculum is constantly updated with the modern research since most of the knowledge based courses catered to the students are based on modern research on the current topics. The courses are information loaded and imbibes in a better understanding of the topic in question since real world case studies and research papers are discussed as a part of the curriculum, i.e. journal clubs and seminars.

    9 /10 academic/food
    10 /10 faculty
    10 /10 infrastructure
    9 /10 accomodation
    8 /10 placement
    6.2 /10

    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. For $70, I had applied through a common application.

    Course Curriculum :

    The Bachelor of Science in Economics is a 120-hour program that teaches students to: identify the role of supply and demand in a market economy; identify the necessary conditions for market economies to function well; discuss market system advantages and pricing; understand the economic role of government policy and the Federal Reserve; define and analyze economic problems using algebraic and statistical methods; and identify the benefits and costs of a global economy. ?

    8 /10 academic/food
    7 /10 faculty
    9 /10 infrastructure
    7 /10 accomodation
    6 /10 placement
    6.2 /10

    Here you will find everything you need to know about the unique academic, research, and cultural opportunities and the faculty, staff, students, and alumni who make us what they are one of the premier Research Universities in the South. My GPA was 7.2 and I had applied through a common application form for $50.

    Course Curriculum :

    The E. J. Ourso College of Business Undergraduate Program offers specialized professional training in several areas of business in addition to a program of general business administration. Each curriculum is constructed to ensure that students receive a broad general education and a sound foundation in the basic areas of business knowledge. At the same time, students may obtain limited specialization in a particular area of business.

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    6 /10 infrastructure
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    8.2 /10

    My sister was excepted here in management course which is pretty good for an undergraduate degree so my father convinced me to do my 12th grade or senior year of high school from The city after graduating my high school I took upon a series but I did not want to leave the city and my sister so I took upon the bachelors in fine arts in this University. I submitted a fee of $50 as I applied online.

    Course Curriculum :

    Although I am doing a major in studio wards under a bachelor's in fine arts I have minors in ceramics, digital media avatar arts, fine arts, painting and drawing, photography, printmaking, sculpture, visual communications. Which provides a whole new different platform and expands the scope in the stream.

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    Baton Rouge, LA 70803

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    Acme Oyster House2.65 km
    Mike Anderson's - Baton Rouge2.95 km
    Juban's2.96 km
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    Book Store

    Cottonwood Books2.44 km
    Dyson House2.68 km
    Claitor's Law Books and Publishing Division2.90 km
    Jason's Southeast Cards & Comics3.81 km
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    Coles Plaza Shopping Center1.14 km
    Highland Village Shopping Center2.83 km
    Acadian Perkins Plaza Shopping Center2.90 km
    Arlington Marketplace3.05 km
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    Baton Rouge General Hospital Heliport4.70 km
    Helipad4.72 km
    Louisiana State Police Headquarters Heliport5.73 km

    *All distance are measured radially. Actual distance may vary

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