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Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is the flagship campus of the LSU system. Located in the state capital of Baton Rouge, LSU has a large campus that is home to over 25,000 undergraduate students. This large size naturally translates into a wildly diverse academic offering that includes the College of Agriculture, Engineering, Human Sciences & Education, Drama and Music, and even an online department that offers degrees in eight different areas.

Overview of Louisiana State University

LSU is also known for its sports. The LSU varsity football team is a powerhouse in the SEC, but the school also fields excellent teams in basketball, beach volleyball, golf, gymnastics, swimming, and baseball, among others. While the varsity student-athletes attract huge crowds, the rest of the student body is able to involve themselves in clubs, club sports, or intramural sport levels. In fact, the University Recreation facilities meet student needs for indoor and outdoor adventures, aquatics, fitness machines, and sport clubs. After class, student can drop in to climb on the rock wall, attend a clinic on cycling, camping, or stand up paddle boarding, as well as innumerable fitness classes. There are even activities for the less-active student, such as E-sports, billiards, and table tennis tournaments.

General Information

School Type Public
Campus Setting City: Midsize
Campus Housing No
Student Faculty Ratio 27:1
Graduation Rate 31%
Year Founded 1853

Student Enrollment

Total Students8,579


Undergraduate Student

Male 1,005
Female 1,572

Graduate Student

Male 2,341
Female 3,661

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Male 287
Female 532


Male 247
Female 442

Acceptance Rate84%

Male 86%
Female 83%

Enrollment 337

Male 145
Female 192
Application Fee $20
High School GPA Required
High School Rank NA
High School Transcripts Required
College Prep Courses Required
Recommendations NA
SAT/ACT Required
TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Required
Application Deadline February 1
Common Application Accepted Yes

Tuition Cost & Financial Aid

Since Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College is a public institution, the cost of tuition is appropriately lower for state residents. Out-of-state students must pay a bit more, but all students still find a great educational value at LSU. In-state students pay around $13,000 for tuition, fees, books, and supplies. Out-of-state students pay more than double that. After living expenses are tallied, Louisiana residents pay a gross cost of $33,000 and out-of-state scholars have a bill of around $50,000.

However, financial aid helps students and their families quite a lot. Once that is tallied, the average net cost is $18,000. When broken down by income bracket, the lowest income students pay only $8,500, and students from the top income bracket pay a mere $22,000 for an LSU education. This is due to the fact that 93% of LSU students receive grants or scholarships that average $13,000 per student.

Average net price $8,834
Net Price 2018-2019
Average Total Aid $9,539
Students Receiving Financial Aid 94%
Room & Board $9,656

Sticker Price

  • Tuition In-State - $7,327
  • Tuition Out-of-State - $20,481
  • Books and Supplies - $1,300
  • Room & Board - $9,656
  • Other - $5,130


To determine the strength of Louisiana State University's academic programs, it's important to look at a few educational statistics: retention, graduation rates, and class sizes. Retention measures how many first-year students return to campus for a second year of learning. It's thought that students return based on their satisfaction with the curriculum, faculty, and campus resources. The graduation rate is an extension of the retention rate and shows how many students stay through graduation. These numbers are upheld by the class sizes, which help solidify each student's academic experience and are a good indicator of success.

LSU's retention rates are fantastic; 83% of first-year students return to campus to continue their education. While some might return for a second round of LSU college football, the fact that 68% stick around to graduate with an LSU diploma speaks to the strong academic tradition on campus. On such a large campus, many might think that students were lost in the shuffle, but this number is around the national average.

However, LSUs student-to-faculty ratio is a bit high with 20 students to every one faculty member. For such a large and diverse campus, this is still a pretty solid ratio. Though students will surely find huge lecture halls in their core courses, their major concentrations find courses of far fewer students.

Student Population Total

Student Population 8,579

Evening Classes : Yes
Online Learning : Yes

Most Popular Programs & Majors

(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)

All Business Majors 123 Total Graduates
Business Administration and Management, General 60 Graduates
Accounting 30 Graduates
Marketing/Marketing Management, General 24 Graduates
Finance, General 9 Graduates
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities 52 Total Graduates
General Studies 52 Graduates
All Biological & Biomedical Majors 48 Total Graduates
Biology/Biological Sciences, General 48 Graduates
All Psychology Majors 30 Total Graduates
Psychology, General 30 Graduates
All Education Majors 25 Total Graduates
Elementary Education and Teaching 13 Graduates
Early Childhood Education and Teaching 6 Graduates
Secondary Education and Teaching 6 Graduates
All Other Diplomas NA

Outcome & Salary

After all the tuition fees, activity costs, and living expenses are paid, students want to know that their hard work and financial investment is worthwhile. In fact, LSU students tend to do quite well, and reap significant returns on their educational dollar. The top earning degree from LSU is reported to be those in veterinary medicine, who earn $77,300 in their early career salaries. Of the top ten earners, the petroleum engineering students are at the bottom, but they still earn $53,000 before bonuses and benefits. In the middle are the construction management professionals who earn $65,000, no small sum for a bachelor's degree.

Graduates Salary
College Grads Early Career Salary $46,200
College Grads Average Salary $59,519
College Grads Mid Career Salary $79,100
Return on Investment (ROI)
10 Year Salary Earnings Potential $595,190
20 Year Salary Earnings Potential $1,386,190
Cost of Education (Net Price) 4 Year $35,336
10 Year Projected ROI $559,854
20 Year Projected ROI $1,350,854
No College Education Salary Comparison
National Average Salary NA
10 Year Projected Income NA
20 Year Projected Income NA

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