Student Life & Academic Services


Gourrier Avenue
Phone: 225-578-7882
FAX: 225-578-7562

The LSU Child Care Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children and offers a high quality child care program to students, staff, and faculty. The inclusion of academic and research components assists in the provision of an appropriate environment for the growth and development of all children.

Priority for eligibility is given according to the following guidelines:


The LSU Child Care Center is a 15,500 square foot one-story facility with separate spaces for 150 full-time children from different age groups ranging from 6 weeks old to 5 years old. The Center includes 15 classrooms (based on Louis Torelli’s pod design), parents’ resource center, multi-purpose room, kitchen, porches off of each classroom for play during rainy weather, and three fenced playground areas (75 square feet per child) with toys and play equipment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.


The philosophy of LSU Child Care is one of freedom to learn, grow, and make choices through both structured and unstructured activities. All activities are intentionally planned to help children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. The learning atmosphere is one of acceptance, mutual respect, pleasure, fairness, consistency, clear limits and expectations, and encouragement. The predictable, organized environment, with caring adults, clear expectations, and appropriate consequences is designed to support the whole child. Teachers are flexible and allow the children freedom to learn at their own pace.

Families are an integral part of the LSU Child Care program. Support, encouragement, and assistance are provided to ensure personal and professional success for parents. Communication with the child’s family is established to share day-to-day happenings and gain new insights about the family’s beliefs and concerns regarding the child’s well-being.

Infant/Toddler Program

A complete developmental program for infant/toddlers provides caring and individualized human interaction through activities that promote language, movement, and self-awareness. Daily lesson plans are based on each individual child’s needs.

Preschool Program

The preschool program provides learning activities through play, the child’s natural path to learning. Daily lesson plans respond to the child’s individual needs and provide activities to enhance a child’s development in the four developmental domains: cognitive, socioemotional, physical, and language.

Outreach Programs

A parent resource center provides information about parenting through a lending library, videos, brochures, and Web site.

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OFFICE • 326 A LSU Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-4339
FAX • 225-578-7135

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) seeks to create an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and cultivates a campus atmosphere that is free from bias. OMA strives to facilitate the academic excellence, personal growth, and social experiences of all students with specific commitments to students of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups. OMA provides a variety of programs and services that reflects the cultural diversity LSU has to offer.

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OFFICE • 116 Wetland Resources Bldg.
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2634
FAX • 225-578-7889

The Office of Orientation provides programs to facilitate the individual student’s transition from admission to successful academic and social integration into LSU. The Office of Orientation coordinates institutional efforts to assist in the transition and sponsors a family orientation program to help parents understand how LSU resources can support new students. Programs include testing for placement and advanced standing and opportunities to meet with a counselor or faculty advisor for advice on the selection of courses for the coming semester. Complete information packets are sent to applicants prior to each orientation program.

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OFFICE • Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5000
FAX • 225-578-5588

LSU is committed to providing ample on-campus parking for all students, employees, and visitors. To park a vehicle on campus, faculty and students must register with the Office of Parking, Traffic, & Transportation. For additional information, call 578-5000.

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OFFICE • Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3231
FAX • 225-578-1168

The University is dedicated to preserving a peaceful and safe environment for the entire University community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to be aware of and alert to the possible existence of criminal activity on campus and to report all crimes or suspicious activity to the University Police.

The University Police Department is staffed 24 hours a day. Police officers assigned to patrol areas throughout the campus will respond promptly to any call and have the capacity to request municipal fire, EMS, or police support, as required. The department has 70 full-time officers and each has completed - formal police training and is certified by the Police Officers Standards and Training Council. The department provides a full range of law enforcement services, including criminal investigations, emergency services, and crime prevention services, for a campus population larger than most cities in the state. Administrative responsibility for safety, security, and police service rests with the Vice Chancellor for Finance & Administrative Services through the Executive Director of Public Safety.

The University Right to Know/Campus Security Act report is available on the Internet at The Web page includes crime statistics, crime alerts, the daily blotter, and security policies and procedures. A copy of the report may be obtained by contacting the Office of Public Safety or the University Police Department.

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OFFICE • 2106 Pleasant Hall
TOURS • 1148 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-6652
FAX • 225-578-7580

The Office of Recruiting Services is considered the “front door” to LSU. Prospective students (both freshmen and transfer) are introduced to LSU through activities coordinated and sponsored by this office. Office staff welcome students to the University through campus visits and tours, informative promotional mailings, various and extensive recruitment events, and counselor outreach programs.

Recruiting Services strives to provide excellent customer service in its efforts to actively recruit prospective students from a wide range of geographic and demographic backgrounds who have demonstrated academic and extracurricular excellence.

Campus tours are conducted by Recruiting Services at 10 a.m. every week day, except University holidays.

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OFFICE • 99 Grace King Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-8663
FAX • 225-578-5576

To make on-campus living a worthwhile experience, LSU students and staff have designed a residential life program to promote learning and personal growth. Residence halls and apartments provide a natural and convenient social setting for students. Residents are seldom more than a 10-minute walk from the library, the classroom, or any other campus activity.

One of the greatest advantages in living in residence halls is that the staff is available to assist students with concerns and questions. Studies show that campus residents maintain higher grade point averages than do off-campus students. The housing staff also provides informative programs related to safety, wellness, community service, and a variety of other topics. Many of these programs are led by faculty members.

Prospective students must apply first to the University before applying for on-campus housing. The Department of Residential Life will begin accepting fall 2007 applications/contracts on June 1, 2006. If a student has not applied to the University first and submits a housing application/contract, Residential Life will return these items, including the deposit. A student may resubmit these items once he or she applies to the University. The application date will be the date the application is received once the student has applied to the University. Applications for admission and housing may be completed online.

Choices in Residential Living

LSU has 13 residence halls with architectural styles ranging from northern Italian Renaissance, typical of the older campus, to modern, high-rise buildings. Also for single students there are 184 apartments in a complex called the East Campus Apartments and 168 apartments in a complex called the West Campus Apartments. For married students, single parents, and students 21 years or older, there are 578 apartments in the Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments.

Most residence halls have ground-floor reception areas and feature kitchenettes and study rooms on each level. Entry to most halls is controlled by a security system that utilizes residents' LSU ID cards. Coin and card access laundry facilities are available in most, while others have laundries located nearby. Several halls are accessible for disabled students. East and West Campus Apartments rent by the individual room, are fully furnished, and have modern appliances including stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and clothes washer and dryer. Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments rent by the whole apartment and are unfurnished except for stoves and refrigerators.

Ten halls have computer labs, while all halls and the East and West Campus and Edward Gay Apartments have Ethernet data connections and basic cable TV connections included in the rent; and all except the Nicholson Apartments include local telephone service. Residents, however, must provide their own computer, telephone, and television sets.

Students in residence halls may choose to have roommates or, if space is available, a private room. Living arrangements have been established with individual preferences for social and educational development in mind.

Residential Colleges

Residential Colleges are structured to create a stimulating living–learning environment through student interaction with faculty and other freshmen beyond the boundaries of the more traditional classroom setting. Freshmen participating in the Residential Colleges reside in the same facility and enroll in special sections of general academic courses taken with other Residential College students. This environment creates a close-knit academic community similar to the small college experience. With greater academic emphasis and faculty involvement, the Residential College atmosphere encourages studying, provides access to exceptional academic and social support, and makes it easy to establish new friendships.

Broussard Information Technology Residential College—The Broussard Information Technology Residential College is a technology-based program for qualified entering freshmen of all majors and interests. Technology-savvy students will enjoy taking some college courses in Broussard Hall’s smart classrooms with faculty members who utilize interactive, multi-media teaching methods and the wireless environment.

Herget Residential College—Students participating in Herget Residential College take several core freshman courses together creating a “mini-campus” atmosphere in the halls. These programs are designed to integrate learning with community living and provide students with greater opportunities to interact with faculty and specially selected upperclass students.

Global Studies Residential College—Global Studies Residential College is open to students in all majors and provides academic courses and practical experience that supplements the typical LSU curricula. The Global Studies program offers students contact with persons in various fields at LSU, in the community and beyond who are engaged in global activities and/or language immersion groups.

Business Residential College (opening fall 2007) - Students in the Business Residential College will have unique educational and professional development opportunities to acclimate to business culture. This new residential college will be open to students admitted to the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business.

Engineering Residential College (opening fall 2007) - Incoming freshmen admitted to the LSU College of Engineering will have the opportunity to live in the new Engineering Residential College. This new residential college will support students as they advance through LSU’s quality engineering program. Faculty involvement and research opportunities will strengthen each student’s connection with the College of Engineering.

Residence Hall and East and West Campus Apartment Applications

The Department of Residential Life accepts applications beginning June 1of the year prior to your fall semester enrollment. For example, for fall 2007 enrollment, we begin accepting applications June 1, 2006. If you are a new student, to increase your chances of assignment to the residence hall of your choice, we recommend that you apply for housing at least 11 months in advance. The East and West Campus Apartments are available to full-time upper-class students only.

Applying to the Department of Residential Life is a THREE-STEP process:

  1. You MUST apply for admission to LSU before applying for campus housing, or you must be a current student.
  2. You will receive an e-mail informing you to apply online for housing at
  3. To apply for campus housing online, you must use a credit card or online check to pay the $150 housing reservation fee. (Payable to the Department of Residential Life.)

To get your housing assignment online, you must:

  1. Go to and click the PAWS icon at the top of the page.
  2. Click "LOGON to PAWS" at the top of the page and enter the username and password that you received at the PAWS orientation session.
  3. Click "Student Services" on the left-side menu, and then select "Student Housing." This will take you to the Residential Life Web site.
  4. Click "View Application Status" to see your assignment for the fall semester.

Students may not apply for housing prior to applying for admission to the University. Acceptance of a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments application or receipt of an assignment is not a guarantee of admission to the University. An application for admission must be approved by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions before a room assignment is official.

Cancellation of an application/assignment must be submitted in writing to the Department of Residential Life. If the cancellation is received by July 1 for the fall semester, December 1 for the spring semester, or May 1 for the summer term, a processing fee will be deducted from the deposit, and the remainder will be refunded. If the cancellation is received after July 1 for fall, December 1 for spring, or May 1 for summer, or if the assignment is not claimed during registration, the entire deposit will be forfeited unless all requirements for evaluation of an application for admission have been met and admission has been denied.

The University reserves all rights in connection with assignment of rooms, inspection of rooms, termination, and occupancy of rooms. Reservations are not transferable. If the room is not occupied by the day before the first class day, the reservation is forfeited unless notification stating the time of late arrival has been received. Other terms of residence hall occupancy are provided in the housing contract. Room reservations in fraternity or sorority houses are limited to eligible members of those organizations and are made directly with the organization.

Residence Hall Rates

LSU provides housing for approximately 5,400 students in air-conditioned residence halls. Rates for residence halls are published on a semester basis. For a list of current rates, see the Residential Life Web site at A student living in a room that is not filled to normal capacity will be expected to pay an additional rental charge or to move to another room with a roommate at the same rental charge in the same residence hall. If rooms are available for single occupancy, the charge for single occupancy of a twostudent room is 1.5 times the semester rate for full occupancy. Semester rental rates are subject to change at the beginning of a regular semester or summer term.

Residence hall rent is due by the deadline established on the advanced fee bill. Additional information concerning residence hall accommodations may be obtained from the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663 or on the Web site at

Nicholson and Edward Gay Apartments

The University has 578 one-, two- and three-bedroom apartments that are available for families and for single, upperclass, and fulltime graduate students aged 21 or older. Additional information is available from the Department of Residential Life, 225-334- 5198 or

Refund of Residence Hall Rent

Students contract for space in a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments on an academic-year basis. The contract is effective on the date it is counter-signed by the student. Refund of room rent will be made according to the guidelines below. For further details, contact the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663.

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OFFICE • 202 Himes Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-3103
FAX • 225-578-6300

The Office of Student Aid & Scholarships administers federally funded financial aid programs and university, state, and privately funded scholarships to assist students in meeting their educational costs. The federal programs include Pell Grants, Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants (SEOG), Academic Competitiveness Grants (ACG), National SMART Grant, Perkins Loans, Stafford Subsidized and Unsubsidized Loans, Parent Loan for Undergraduate Student (PLUS), Graduate PLUS Loan for graduate and professional students, and Work-Study.

All such programs are subject to regulations authorized by the U. S. Department of Education, as well as University policies which are consistent with these federal regulations. Scholarships are in the form of cash awards, full tuition and nonresident fee exemption, room and board scholarships, and employment opportunities to students who meet certain academic qualifications. Detailed information is available on the Web.

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OFFICE • 39 Hodges Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1697
FAX • 225-578-1698

The Office of Student Media oversees the operation of KLSU-FM, the Gumbo yearbook, the Legacy magazine, The Daily Reveille, and TIGER-TV, and an advertising and marketing division. These provide information and entertainment to students, faculty, and staff while providing training for students interested in all areas of publishing and broadcasting. All the units in Student Media are nationally recognized within their fields.

The Daily Reveille, the University's student-edited newspaper, is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer term. The student written and produced yearbook, the Gumbo, is distributed during the fall semester. Students also edit and publish the LSU student magazine, Legacy, which is distributed on campus four times each year. KLSU-FM is a 5,000-watt educational FM station operated by students 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Tiger TV produces a variety of television programming for the LSU Campus Cable System.

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