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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.
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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.
|Campus Setting||City: Midsize|
|Student Faculty Ratio||27:1|
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|High School GPA||Required|
|High School Rank||NA|
|High School Transcripts||Required|
|College Prep Courses||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|
|Average Total Aid||$9,539|
|Students Receiving Financial Aid||94%|
|Room & Board||$9,656|
- 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
Most Popular Programs & Majors
(# of Diplomas Awarded by Subject)
|All Business Majors||123 Total Graduates|
|Business Administration and Management, General||60 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.
|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|
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