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Louisiana State University 2020-2021 Admissions: Acceptance Rate, Requirements, Deadlines, Application Process

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Louisiana State University (LSU) accepts international applications for admissions in summer, spring and fall terms. As per the Fall 2019 survey, LSU had a total of 31,761 enrollments out of which 25,920 students were enrolled in various undergraduate programs.

The acceptance rate for last year admissions was 73.9% making Louisiana State University moderately selective. Many undergraduate, graduate and doctoral programs are offered by LSU at the campus as well as through online courses.

  • Composite ACT score for an LSU Freshman is 23-28 and SAT score is 1060-1290
  • About 92% of students received some kind of financial aid in 2019
  • The 6-year Graduation rate of Louisiana State University is 68%
  • Median starting salary of an LSU graduate is estimated to be 50,000 USD


Application FormUG - Common Application Form
PG - LSU Graduate School
Application FeeUG - 50 USD
PG - 70 USD
Mode of paymentOnline by credit card, or mailed to the office by check or money order was drawn on a U.S. Bank
Test scoresUG - ACT/SAT
Acceptance rate73.9%
Graduation rate68%
Intake SessionsSummer, Spring, Fall
International Annual CostUG: 28,639 USD
PG: 29,970 USD
Financial Aid for International StudentsLimited and Competitive
Email ID for admission queryUG -
PG -


Deadlines for international students applying for various graduate and undergraduate programs are given below.

SpringOctober 1
SummerApril 15
FallApril 15

International applicants are suggested to apply well in advance to have enough time for immigration-related work.

Some departments may have different deadlines, applicants should confirm their respective departmental deadlines.

Louisiana State University International Admission

The applicants must apply early and submit transcripts as soon as possible to enhance the chances of getting admission. The applicants can check the application status of their application on the myLSU portal.

Academic requirements - 

  • Official transcripts
  • English language requirements
  • Required scores in different standardized exams
  • Any supplements as specified (resume, SOP, LOR’s, Essays, etc.)

Students who have taken advanced-level exams, international baccalaureate higher-level exams, or other types of secondary education should submit the official certificates, transcripts, and course syllabi for possible advanced placement university credit.

Additional requirements - Affidavit of Support and proof of funding, Health Insurance(for F-1 and J-1 students)

English Language requirements

Evidence of sufficient English skills need to be provided by all international applicants who belong to countries where English is not the first language.


All International graduate and undergraduate students who are new to LSU are required to take the Michigan English Placement test.

Louisiana State University Visa Requirements

Admitted international applicants require a student F-1 or J-1 visa in order to be able to study at Louisiana State University. Louisiana State University’s Intenational Service Office requires to confirm the student has enough funds to afford their application, after which a Certificate of Eligibility will be granted to them. Applicants need to submit the following documents during application process or after getting admission offer:

  • Copy of the name page of passport
  • Completed affadavit of support and related financial documents

Student can then proceed to the nearest US Consulate and begin with their visa process/ visa interview.

Louisiana State University Undergraduate Admission

The university utilizes a holistic admission approach to take an in-depth look at the applicant’s transcript to evaluate the rigour of curriculum, grade trends, and course selection all within the context of high school. Undergraduate programs from more than 235 areas of study are offered by Louisiana State University.

Application Fee: 50 USD, 65 USD if applying after April 15

Application Portal: Common Application Portal

Academic requirements 

  • Official transcripts with academic average equivalent to 'B' or 3.0 GPA
  • English language proficiency

Additional requirements - One letter of recommendation.

Louisiana State University Graduate Admission

LSU offers 49 doctoral and 73 master’s degree programs of study. The applicants should check the admission requirements of their desired course as they may have additional requirements.

The university provides Merit-based scholarship and Graduate Assistantship (GA) funding for eligible MBA candidates on a competitive basis. GA awards provide a monthly stipend and waive the LSU nonresident fee for out-of-state students.

The Graduate School accepts academic/credential evaluations from third parties such as World Education Services (WES), Academic Evaluation Services (AES), AACRAO International Education Services (IES), or other similar services.

Application Portal: Online LSU graduate application portal

Application Fee: 70 USD

Application Requirements

  • Official transcripts and statement of award
  • All post-secondary college/university attended
  • Program-specific standerdized admissions test scores
  • Required English language proficiency
  • A curriculum vitae or resume, updated and complete
  • Letters of recommendation
  • Proof of sufficient funds

The applicant may upload unofficial copies of transcripts with the application. However, if the applicant is admitted in the Graduate School then official transcripts must be sent directly from the registrar’s office or other appropriate officials from the university and must be in a sealed envelope.

Louisiana State University Popular Courses

Some of the most sought after graduate courses offered by LSU are dicussed below, along with their international deadlines and application requirements.

Louisiana State University MBA Admission

Admission to the Flores MBA program is selective and competitive. The Admissions Committee considers each application individually, selecting well-rounded candidates who demonstrate academic achievement, professionalism, placement prospects, and ability to succeed in the program. Applicants are strongly urged to apply early for better chances of securing admissions.

Application DeadlineMay 15 (Fall)
Application PortalLSU Graduate School
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGMAT: 600, GRE: 315, Official Transcripts
Supporting DocumentsPersonal essay, Two letters of recommendation, Professional resume, Work experience not required (Two years preferred)
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, PTE, Passport copy, Proof of financial support

Louisiana State University MS in Mechanical Engineering

The department reviews the applications after the applicant has submitted all the required documents.

Application DeadlineFall & Summer – April 1
Spring – October 1
Application PortalLSU Graduate School
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE: 300, Transcripts
Supporting DocumentsThree letters of recommendation, Statement of purpose, Writing sample required by the department
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL

Louisiana State University MS Computer Science

This course required a Bachelor degree in comprehensive computer science background.

Application DeadlineFall – January 15
Spring – October 1
Application PortalLSU Graduate School
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE
Supporting DocumentsStatement of purpose, Two letters of recommendations
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS

Louisiana State University MA in English

The Department of English of the university offers MA degree with both thesis and non-thesis options.

Application DeadlineJanuary 15
Application PortalLSU Graduation Portal
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE, Unofficial transcripts
Supporting DocumentsMinimum GPA 3.2, Three letters of recommendation, Statement of purpose, Writing sample
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL, IELTS, GRE not required

MS Biological Sciences

Application DeadlineFall – January 3
Spring – October 15
Application PortalLSU Graduate School
Application Fee70 USD
Academic RequirementsGRE: 305
Supporting DocumentsAcademic experience,letters of recommendation, Statement of purpose, Writing sample required by the department
Additional Requirements for International StudentsTOEFL iBT: 100

Louisiana State University (LSU) has moderately selective admissions. So, the applicants have to exceed the minimum requirements to secure admission.

However, admissions can not be guaranteed based only on meeting minimum eligibility criteria. 

Louisiana State University has no specific scholarships for international applicants. They can avail for these scholarships as regular students but are highly recommended to keep other external funding opportunities in the US.


Ques. Is there any minimum GPA requirement for graduate admissions?

Ans. Yes, all programs require a minimum grade point average as specified in their program requirements. Usually it is 3.0 on a scale of 4.0, but it may differ for some programs.

Ques. Is there any type of financial support provided to international students by Louisiana State University?

Ans. Different types of funding are offered by LSU, in the form of graduate assistantships and dissertation fellowships. Applicants ca confirm the amount from their respective program's course catalogs.

Ques. Do international applicants need to have their transcripts ealuated?

Ans. Yes. The Graduate School of LSU requires all original transcripts along with their English translation if they are in the native language. Third party academic/ credential evaluations such as WES(World Education Services), AES (Academic Evaluation Services) or AACRAO International Education Services etc are now accepted by LSU.

Ques. Can I check my LSU application status?

Ans. Yes. Undergraduate applicants can use their myLSU accounts to track their application status. Th credentials are emailed directly after application submission. Graduate students can check their application status through Louisiana Statre University Graduate School's Website. If any problem arises, applicants can contact th Graduate School.

Ques. Is there any financial help for undergraduate applicants at Louisiana State Uniuversity?

Ans. Yes, but in a very limited number. The LSU undergraduate scholarships are very competitive, restrictive. International applicants can contact if they have any queries.

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