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IPEDS ID: 159391
OPE ID: 00201000
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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College
156 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-2750
General information:  (225) 578-3202
Type:  4-year, Public
Awards offered:  Bachelor's degree
Postbaccalaureate certificate
Master's degree
Post-master's certificate
Doctor's degree - research/scholarship
Doctor's degree - professional practice
Campus setting:  City: Midsize
Campus housing:  Yes
Student population:  31,524 (26,156 undergraduate)
Student-to-faculty ratio:  23 to 1
Net Price
Tuition Policies for Servicemembers and
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 a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to:
* offer a broad array of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate research opportunities designated to attract and educate highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students;
* employ faculty who are excellent teacher-scholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge base that is transferrable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic enterprises; and
* use its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges.
Carnegie Classification
Doctoral Universities: Highest Research Activity
Religious Affiliation
Not applicable
Federal Aid
Eligible students may receive Pell Grants and other federal aid (e.g. Direct Loans).
Undergraduate students enrolled who are formally registered with office of disability services
Special Learning Opportunities
ROTC (Army, Air Force)
Teacher certification
Distance education opportunities - undergraduate level
Distance education opportunities - graduate level
Study abroad
Student Services
Academic/career counseling service
Employment services for students
Placement services for completers
On-campus day care for students' children
Credit Accepted
Dual credit
Advanced placement (AP) credits
Faculty and graduate assistants by primary function, Fall 2015Full timePart time
Total faculty1,829190
Research and public service54721
Total graduate assistants-1,865
Estimated Expenses for Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Estimated expenses for academic year2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
Tuition and fees
Books and supplies$1,500$1,500$1,500$1,160-22.7%
Living arrangement
On Campus
Room and board$10,804$10,804$11,200$11,5403.0%
Off Campus
Room and board$15,264$15,264$16,008$15,772-1.5%
Off Campus with Family
Total Expenses2013-20142014-20152015-20162016-2017% change 2015-2016 to 2016-2017
On Campus$23,227$24,150$25,750$28,93412.4%
Off Campus$28,265$29,194$31,142$33,1666.5%
Off Campus with Family$13,001$13,930$15,134$17,39414.9%
On Campus$41,144$41,867$42,913$45,6116.3%
Off Campus$46,182$46,911$48,305$49,8433.2%
Off Campus with Family$30,918$31,647$32,297$34,0715.5%
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Average graduate student tuition and fees for academic year2016-2017
Alternative Tuition Plans
Type of PlanOffered
Tuition guarantee plan
Prepaid tuition plan
Tuition payment planX
Other alternative tuition plan
Undergraduate Student Financial Aid, 2014-2015
Full-time Beginning Undergraduate Students
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Any student financial aid15,35195%————
Grant or scholarship aid5,11791%$51,579,654$10,080
Federal grants1,26722%$5,844,284$4,613
Pell grants1,24922%$5,571,549$4,461
Other federal grants1883%$272,735$1,451
State/local government grant or scholarships4,45979%$28,956,137$6,494
Institutional grants or scholarships3,11955%$16,779,233$5,380
Student loan aid1,69230%$11,247,159$6,647
Federal student loans1,65429%$9,331,044$5,642
Other student loans1352%$1,916,115$14,193
  • 1 Includes students receiving Federal work study aid and aid from other sources not listed above.
All Undergraduate Students
Type of AidNumber receiving aidPercent receiving aidTotal amount of aid receivedAverage amount of aid received
Grant or scholarship aid118,49972%$178,887,190$9,670
Pell grants5,18520%$22,182,600$4,278
Federal student loans7,59330%$50,081,132$6,596
  • 1 Grant or scholarship aid includes aid received, from the federal government, state or local government, the institution, and other sources known by the institution.

  • For more information on Student Financial Assistance Programs or to apply for financial aid via the web, visit Federal Student Aid.
Average Net Price for Full-Time Beginning Students
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded grant or scholarship aid from federal, state or local governments, or the institution.
Average net price$12,882$13,409$13,552
Full-time beginning undergraduate students who paid the in-state or in-district tuition rate and were awarded Title IV aid by income.
Average net price by Income2012-20132013-20142014-2015
$0 – $30,000$5,049$5,692$5,051
$30,001 – $48,000$9,465$9,666$9,841
$48,001 – $75,000$13,729$13,992$13,986
$75,001 – $110,000$15,184$15,686$16,109
$110,001 and more$14,945$15,626$15,989
  • Average net price is generated by subtracting the average amount of federal, state/local government, or institutional grant or scholarship aid from the total cost of attendance. Total cost of attendance is the sum of published tuition and required fees (lower of in-district or in-state), books and supplies, and the weighted average for room and board and other expenses.
  • Beginning students are those who are entering postsecondary education for the first time.
  • Title IV aid to students includes grant aid, work study aid, and loan aid. These include: Federal Pell Grant, Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grant (FSEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant), Teacher Education Assistance for College and Higher Education (TEACH) Grant, Federal Work-Study, Federal Perkins Loan, Subsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan, and Unsubsidized Direct or FFEL Stafford Loan. For those Title IV recipients, net price is reported by income category and includes students who received federal aid even if none of that aid was provided in the form of grants. While Title IV status defines the cohort of student for which the data are reported, the definition of net price remains the same – total cost of attendance minus grant aid.
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Fall 2015
Total enrollment31,524
Undergraduate enrollment26,156
Undergraduate transfer-in enrollment1,046
Graduate enrollment5,368
Undergraduate Attendance StatusUndergraduate Student Gender
Undergraduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 90%
Part-time: 10%Undergraduate Student Gender:
Male: 48%
Female: 52%
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity
Undergraduate Race/ethnicity:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 0%
Asian: 4%
Black or African American: 12%
Hispanic/Latino: 6%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 73%
Two or more races: 2%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 0%
Non-resident alien: 2%
Undergraduate Student AgeUndergraduate Student Residence
Undergraduate Student Age:
24 and under: 95%
25 and over: 5%
Age unknown: 0%Undergraduate Student Residence:
In-state: 81%
Out-of-state: 18%
Foreign countries: 1%
Unknown: 0%
  • Residence data are reported for first-time degree/certificate-seeking undergraduates, Fall 2014.
Graduate Attendance Status
Graduate Attendance Status:
Full-time: 79%
Part-time: 21%
Undergraduate Distance Education StatusGraduate Distance Education Status
Undergraduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 1%
Enrolled in some distance education: 16%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 83%Graduate Enrollment by Distance Education Status:
Enrolled only in distance education: 6%
Enrolled in some distance education: 4%
Not enrolled in any distance education: 89%
Undergraduate application fee (2016-2017): $40
Undergraduate Admissions Fall 2015
Number of applicants17,4297,5729,857
Percent admitted77%77%77%
Percent admitted who enrolled42%43%41%
Admissions ConsiderationsRequiredRecommended
Secondary school GPAX
Secondary school recordX
Completion of college-preparatory programX
Admission test scores (SAT/ACT)X
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign language)X
Test Scores: Fall 2015 (enrolled first-time students)
Students submitting scoresNumberPercent
Test Scores25th Percentile*75th Percentile**
*  25% of students scored at or below
** 25% of students scored above
  • Data apply to first-time degree/certificate-seeking students.
  • Institutions are asked to report test scores only if they are required for admission.
SAT Critical Reading510620
SAT Math510640
ACT Composite2328
ACT English2330
ACT Math2227
First-to-Second Year Retention Rates

Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor's degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.

Retention Rates for First-Time Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Student retention:
Full-time students: 85%
Part-time students: 67%
Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2014 and Returned in Fall 2015
Overall Graduation Rate and Transfer-Out Rate

The overall graduation rate is also known as the "Student Right to Know" or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of "normal time" for completing the program in which they are enrolled.

Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.

Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At this institution, 73 percent of entering students were counted as "full-time, first-time" in 2015.

Overall Graduation and Transfer-Out Rates for Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009
Overall graduation rate:
Overall graduation rate: 67%
(*) Transfer-out rate:
Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
  • (*) Not all institutions report transfer-out rates.
Bachelor's Degree Graduation Rates

Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.

Graduation Rates for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
Bachelor's degree rate:
[Began in Fall 2007]
4-year: 38%
6-year: 67%
8-year: 69%
[Began in Fall 2009]
4-year: 38%
6-year: 65%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2007 or Fall 2009
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Gender for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
Male: 61%
Female: 68%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees
6-Year Graduation Rate by Race/Ethnicity for Students Pursuing Bachelor's Degrees:
American Indian or Alaska Native: 67%
Asian: 64%
Black or African American: 54%
Hispanic/Latino: 56%
Native Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander: 0%
White: 67%
Two or more races: 39%
Race/ethnicity unknown: 56%
Non-resident alien: 79%
Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2009 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of "Normal Time" to Completion for Their Program
Completions (Number of awards conferred) 2015-2016
Completions are the number of awards conferred by program and award level.
sort byProgramBachelorMasterDoctorPostgraduate
  • Data shown are for first majors.
  • (-) Program is not offered at this award level.
  • d identifies programs and award levels that are offered as a distance education program. For program category totals, d is shown if one or more programs in the category are offered as a distance education program.
Agriculture, Agriculture Operations, and Related Sciences
Agricultural Business and Management, General19---
Agricultural Economics-28-
Agroecology and Sustainable Agriculture-126-
Agronomy and Crop Science-14-
Animal Sciences, General8881-
Food Science-410-
Plant Sciences, General11---
Category total1182729-
Architecture and Related Services
Interior Architecture35---
Landscape Architecture1525--
Category total7935--
Biological And Biomedical Sciences
Biology/Biological Sciences, General322313-
Microbiology, General10---
Plant Pathology/Phytopathology-33-
Category total3621024-
Business, Management, Marketing, and Related Support Services
Business Administration and Management, General291128d8-
Business/Managerial Economics28---
Construction Management10730d-52d
Fashion Merchandising52---
Finance, General125151-
Human Resources Development---0d
International Business/Trade/Commerce35---
Management Science553210d
Marketing/Marketing Management, General189---
Category total1,041261d1252d
Communication, Journalism, and Related Programs
Communication and Media Studies, Other--3-
Mass Communication/Media Studies22714--
Public Relations, Advertising, and Applied Communication, Other---1
Speech Communication and Rhetoric8528-
Category total31216111
Computer and Information Sciences and Support Services
Computer Science5558-
Information Science/Studies-12--
Category total55178-
Adult and Continuing Education and Teaching2887d12-
Agricultural Teacher Education4---
Counselor Education/School Counseling and Guidance Services-9--
Curriculum and Instruction-1215-
Early Childhood Education and Teaching20---
Education, General-52d-10
Education, Other--16-
Education/Teaching of the Gifted and Talented-0--
Educational Leadership and Administration, General-19d--
Elementary Education and Teaching8816--
Music Teacher Education13---
Physical Education Teaching and Coaching35039d4-
Secondary Education and Teaching-10--
Special Education and Teaching, General-6--
Category total503250d4710
Agricultural Engineering-7--
Bioengineering and Biomedical Engineering40---
Chemical Engineering103511-
Civil Engineering, General711611-
Computer Engineering, General23---
Electrical and Electronics Engineering54268-
Engineering Science-1011-
Environmental/Environmental Health Engineering21---
Industrial Engineering275--
Materials Engineering---2
Mechanical Engineering1341011-
Ocean Engineering-1--
Petroleum Engineering187103-
Category total66090552
English Language and Literature/Letters
Creative Writing-7--
English Language and Literature, General12535-
Category total125105-
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences/Human Sciences, General66220
Human Development and Family Studies, General---0
Category total66220
Foreign Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics
Comparative Literature--1-
French Language and Literature1534-
Spanish Language and Literature145--
Category total2995-
Health Professions and Related Programs
Athletic Training/Trainer14---
Audiology/Audiologist and Speech-Language Pathology/Pathologist81265-
Behavioral Aspects of Health---1
Health/Medical Physics-4--
Veterinary Medicine--85-
Veterinary Sciences/Veterinary Clinical Sciences, General-15-
Category total9531951
History, General7188-
Category total7188-
Legal Professions and Studies
Advanced Legal Research/Studies, General---4
Energy, Environment, and Natural Resources Law---8
Category total--17112
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities
General Studies1---
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies307--
Category total317--
Library Science
Archives/Archival Administration---0d
Children and Youth Library Services---0d
Library and Information Science-46d--
Category total-46d-0d
Mathematics and Statistics
Mathematics, General518120
Statistics, General-6--
Category total5114120
Multi/Interdisciplinary Studies
Biological and Physical Sciences-26--
International/Global Studies43---
Multi-/Interdisciplinary Studies, Other160---
Nutrition Sciences66---
Category total26926--
Natural Resources and Conservation
Environmental Science8114-
Fishing and Fisheries Sciences and Management---0
Forest Management/Forest Resources Management3---
Natural Resources Management and Policy61---
Natural Resources/Conservation, General-125-
Wildlife, Fish and Wildlands Science and Management--0-
Category total722390
Parks, Recreation, Leisure, and Fitness Studies
Sport and Fitness Administration/Management145---
Category total145---
Philosophy and Religious Studies
Category total334--
Physical Sciences
Chemistry, General19122-
Geology/Earth Science, General32165-
Geophysics and Seismology---0
Oceanography, Chemical and Physical20114-
Physics, General21415-
Category total9232460
Psychology, General1861115-
Category total1861115-
Public Administration and Social Service Professions
Public Administration-27--
Social Work-98d2-
Category total-125d2-
Social Sciences
Econometrics and Quantitative Economics---9
Economics, General1083-
Geographic Information Science and Cartography---0
Political Science and Government, General10175-
Category total27335229
Visual and Performing Arts
Art History, Criticism and Conservation-2--
Digital Arts-0--
Drama and Dramatics/Theatre Arts, General3111-
Fine/Studio Arts, General786--
Music Performance, General203619-
Music, General9-2-
Category total1384522-
Grand total4,8061,13460087
Services and Programs for Servicemembers and Veterans
Yellow Ribbon Program (officially known as Post-9/11 GI Bill, Yellow Ribbon Program)
Credit for military training
Dedicated point of contact for support services for veterans, military servicemembers, and their families
Recognized student veteran organization
Member of Servicemembers Opportunity Colleges
  • Louisiana State University and A&M College recently realigned with LSU's Hebert Law Center. The Hebert Law Center offers a Yellow Ribbon program to their students. This benefit is limited to those in the Law School and is not available to any other student classification on the Louisiana State University campus.
Tuition policies specifically for Veterans and Servicemembers
Educational Benefits, 2014-2015
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance
Number of students receiving benefits/assistance:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: 422
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: 85
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - undergraduates: 0
DoD Tuition Assistance Program - graduates: 1
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution (*)
Average amount of benefits/assistance awarded through the institution:
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - undergraduates: $6,201
Post-9/11 GI Bill Benefits - graduates: $10,456
  • (*) One or more average amounts of benefits/assistance are withheld to preserve the privacy of individuals.
Full-time students: 85%
Part-time students: 67%
Retention rate is the percentage of undergraduate students who began their studies in academic year 2013-14 and returned in academic year 2014-15
2015-2016 Varsity Athletes
NCAA Division I-FBSMenWomen
All Track Combined72129
Beach Volleyball18
Swimming and Diving2532
Institutional Accreditation
AgencyPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Commission on Colleges(!)7/1/1913 -  Accredited
Specialized Accreditation
Agency / ProgramPeriods of AccreditationStatus
Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, Accreditation Council for Education in Nutrition and Dietetics
Didactic Program in Dietetics6/1/1977 - 2/26/2010Accredited
American Psychological Association, Commission on Accreditation
Clinical Psychology (CLPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs2/24/1956 - 10/26/2014Accredited
School Psychology (SCPSY) - PhD Doctoral programs3/3/2000 -  Accredited
American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology
Speech-Language Pathology (SLP) - Graduate degree programs1/18/1961 -  Accredited
Audiology (AUD) - Graduate degree programs12/1/1992 - 12/31/2006Resigned
American Veterinary Medical Association, Council on Education
Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree12/5/1975 - 4/26/1977Accredited
Veterinary Medicine (VET) - Programs leading to a D.V.M. or D.M.V. degree4/26/1977 -  Accredited
Council on Education for Public Health
Public Health Programs (PHPG) - Graduate level program offered outside a school of public health9/21/2013 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Art and Design, Commission on Accreditation
Art and Design (ART) - Degree-granting schools and departments and non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1983 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Music, Commission on Accreditation
Music (MUS) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)9/1/1931 -  Accredited
National Association of Schools of Theatre, Commission on Accreditation
Theatre (THEA) - Institutions and units within institutions offering degree-granting and/or non-degree-granting programs(!)3/1/2006 -  Accredited
  • (!) Estimated date
2015 Crime Statistics
Arrests - On-Campus201320142015
Illegal weapons possession109
Drug law violations4756122
Liquor law violations154167175
Arrests - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Illegal weapons possession000
Drug law violations141339
Liquor law violations000
Criminal Offenses - On-Campus201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible10
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)1
Statutory rape10
Aggravated assault754
Motor vehicle theft6627
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Criminal Offenses - On-Campus Residence Halls !201320142015
Murder/Non-negligent manslaughter000
Negligent manslaughter000
Sex offenses - Forcible4
Sex offenses - Non-forcible (incest and statutory rape only)0
Statutory rape10
Aggravated assault101
Motor vehicle theft000
  • (!) Residence Halls are a subset of On-Campus statistics
  • The crime data reported by the institutions have not been subjected to independent verification by the U.S. Department of Education. Therefore, the Department cannot vouch for the accuracy of the data reported here.
  • As of the 2015 data collection (2014 data onwards), statistics for Sex offenses - Forcible and Sex offenses - Non-forcible are no longer collected. Rape, Fondling, Incest and Statutory rape statistics were not collected prior to the 2015 data collection.
  • These data do not include incidents that: (a) took place off campus on public property immediately adjacent to and accessible from the Campus; (b) took place on a noncampus building or property owned or controlled by a student organization that is officially recognized by the institution; or (c) incidents at buildings/property owned or controlled by an institution but is not contiguous to the institution. For further information, see
Three-year Official Cohort Default Rates
Fiscal Year201320122011
Default rate4.9%3.8%4.3%
Number in default208150158
Number in repayment4,1743,8683,639
Aid Programs
  • Federal Direct Loan (Direct Loan)