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OFFICE • 100 Raphael Semmes Road
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1627
FAX • 225-578-1504
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/aacc

The African American Cultural Center (AACC) implements educational, cultural, and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. Through programmatic efforts the center also provides a venue for all students to learn about the African American culture, heritage, and traditions thereby striving to create a better knowledge and understanding of the African American experience.


OFFICE • 122 Johnston Hall; 304 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5160 (Johnston); 225-578-5118 (LSU Student Union)
FAX • 225-578-9441 (Johnston); 225-578-9311 (LSU Student Union)
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/campuslife
E-MAIL • campuslife@lsu.edu

Campus Life provides meaningful experiences supplementing a student’s academic experience in four significant ways:

Programming - With a professional programming staff to aid and guide its members, both the Student Activities Board and Tigers After10 Commission seek to educate and entertain the campus while developing the newest generation of student leaders on campus. Whether its concerts, variety shows, entertainers, speakers, cultural productions, or just sheer fun events, we’re hosting a great time on campus.

Volunteerism - With its campus and community service programs and networking opportunities, Volunteer LSU is the heart of student volunteer efforts. The student leaders of Volunteer LSU coordinate major campus service traditions like Community Bound each fall and new service initiatives each semester in focus areas as Youth Programs, Disaster Relief and Emergency Preparedness, Baton Rouge Restoration and Beautification, Civic and Social Awareness, and Health and Wellness Outreach.

Campus Involvement and Student Organizations - With over 350 registered student organizations, there is a place for every LSU student to be involved at LSU. This area provides the oversight, support, and training for student organizations. University registration of a student organization does not imply control of, support for, or agreement with the organization’s purposes, goals, or philosophy. Participation in student organizations is voluntary and highly encouraged. A student organization’s status may change after the catalog is published. For the most up-to-date list, visit the Web site at www.lsu.edu/campuslife.

Leadership Development - Leadership development is an integral piece of a student’s transition to and retention at LSU. In Campus Life, the professional and graduate staff implements campus-wide leadership development programs to enhance the academic experiences of the student body. This area includes hosting leadership development programs, coordinating leadership conferences, and providing specific training for individuals who wish to become campus leaders.

Through these experiences, Campus Life intends to assist students to become wellrounded individuals, both inside and outside of the classroom.

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OFFICE • 1502 Patrick F. Taylor Hall
B-4 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2162
FAX • 225-578-3076
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/career
E-MAIL • career@lsu.edu

The mission of Career Services is to assist students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences while in school, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school.

Career Decision Making provides assistance in self-assessment for the purpose of planning a career. Services include choosing the right major and career; career testing and interpretation; specialized programming for first-year students; and the Career Information Center.

Experiential Education combines academic study with on-the-job, career-related work experience. Co-op programs, internships, summer jobs, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities are all offered to assist students in this area.

Job Search teaches lifelong skills in finding employment. Services available include individual appointments, addressing resumes, cover letters, networking interview and job search strategies.

Employment Services connects students and alumni with employers. Careers2Geaux, the On-Campus Interviewing Program, one day interviewing programs, resume referrals, Tiger Network and other recruiting and networking events are all available for the benefit of students and alumni.

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OFFICE • B31 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2872
FAX • 225-578-2696
WEB SITE • www.cas.lsu.edu
E-MAIL • cas@lsu.edu

The Center for Academic Success (CAS), named the Outstanding Learning Center in the Nation in 2004, is the central learning center at LSU for students interested in learning efficiency and effectiveness. Because tutoring is not just for students who are “in trouble,” the CAS offers resources that help all students maximize their experience at LSU, from first year through graduate and professional school. The CAS faculty and staff take a cognitive science-based approach to assisting students with creative and personalized strategies to ensure their academic success.

Free resources available to LSU students include:

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OFFICE • 116 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-9442
FAX • 225-578-9441
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/deanofstudents

The Office of the Dean of Students plays an integral role in preparing students to be successful by providing opportunities to develop life skills, a sense of self, respect for others, and a sense of responsibility to the community. The Office of the Dean of Students includes Career Services, Greek Affairs, Judicial Affairs, Orientation, and the Center for Student Leadership & Involvement. The shared goals of these various functional areas include promoting self-awareness, personal responsibility, and appropriate standards of conduct for an academic community.

Student Government is the officially recognized student organization which represents student interests, promotes student involvement in decision making, and promotes the general welfare of the LSU student body. Staff members from the Office of the Dean of Students serve as advisors.

In addition to facilitating student development and responsibility, the office also serves as an advocate for student interests. LSU values its diverse student population and strives to provide a variety of services, programs, and opportunities that meet students’ needs. Our vision is to empower students to be engaged and responsible contributors to campus and the global community.

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OFFICE • 111A Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-5919 (voice); 225-578-2600 (TDD)
FAX • 225-578-4560
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/disability
E-MAIL • disability@lsu.edu

The Office of Disability Services assists students in identifying and developing accommodations and services to help overcome barriers to the achievement of personal and academic goals. Services are provided for students with temporary or permanent disabilities. Accommodations and services are based on the individual student's disability-based need. Students must provide current documentation of their disabilities at the time services are requested. Students should contact the office early so that necessary accommodations can be arranged.

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OFFICE • 128 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-1188
FAX • 225-578-4820
WEBSITE • www.lsu.edu/fye
E-MAIL • fye@lsu.edu

The First Year Experience (FYE) facilitates the creation of a culture which is student centered and provides a guide to academic success at LSU. These initiatives will inform students of the University’s academic expectations and provide resources to facilitate an enriching educational experience. FYE strategically connects students to resources available for success. These offerings include a comprehensive orientation program, academic support, campus involvement, community engagement, career development, and experiential learning. A student’s engagement with each of these areas positively impacts retention and graduation.

Orientation - New student orientation is the University’s welcome program for all incoming first year students. Students have the opportunity to learn more about LSU, take advanced standing exams, and schedule classes. Orientation programs set the tone for success during the first year as well as the future.

STRIPES - The STRIPES (Student Tigers Rallying, Interacting, and Promoting Education and Service) four-day retreat is designed to prepare first year students for the transition to LSU. Key components of the program include sections on College Readiness, History and Traditions, Campus Involvement, Relationship Building, and Student Resources.

Bengal Bound - Bengal Bound is the official Welcome Week hosted by the University for first year students. Each program and activity is designed to ease the transition and allow students to feel settled before the first day of classes. The Bengal Bound Web site provides valuable information on the many campus resources available.

Summer Reading Program - The Summer Reading Program is student’s first introduction to the academic expectations of the University. First year students at LSU are required to read a common book before arriving on campus and must attend the Academic Convocation during Bengal Bound. Following the Convocation, students participate in discussion groups with other first year students and faculty members.

LSU Ambassadors - The LSU Ambassadors are a distinctive organization of student leaders selected to support the University’s orientation and recruitment programs, encourage pride and spirit in the LSU community, and provide diligent service to the LSU campus. Ambassadors are available to assist their fellow students throughout their time spent under LSU’s oaks and arches – from orientation to graduation.

Parent & Family Programs - The Office of Parent and Family Programs offers orientation programs (specific to parents), campus events, and ongoing outreach and education to foster a stronger connection between families of current students and the University community.

LSU Family Association - The LSU Family Association provides opportunities for parents and family members to partner with the University in enhancing the educational experience of students.

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OFFICE • 137 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE • 225-578-2171
FAX • 225-578-2450
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu/greeks

Greek Life provides support for individuals and organizations that comprise the fraternal community at LSU. Greek Life staff members develop, implement, and coordinate programs and services that address member education, personal development, academic success, philanthropic activities, leadership development, and social activities. For a current list of fraternity and sorority chapters, please visit www.lsu.edu/greeks. Specific questions or inquiries can be addressed to greeks@lsu.edu.

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Three of the most prestigious University honor societies are Omicron Delta Kappa, Phi Beta Kappa, and Phi Kappa Phi. Other honorary societies are listed on the Campus Life Web site at www.lsu.edu/campuslife.


Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK) is the national leadership honor society for college students that recognizes and encourages superior scholarship, leadership, and exemplary character. It was founded in 1914 at Washington and Lee University, Lexington, Virginia. ODK was the first college honor society of national scope to recognize and honor meritorious leadership and service in extracurricular activities and to encourage the exercise of general campus citizenship.

Membership is awarded to undergraduate junior and senior students—and occasionally to students in graduate and professional schools—as well as to faculty, staff, and community members. Student membership candidates must rank academically in the upper 35 percent in their school/college and must show leadership in at least one of five areas: scholarship; athletics; campus or community service, social activities, religious activities, and campus government; journalism, speech, or the mass media; and creative/performing arts. Membership in ODK is a mark of the highest distinction.


The oldest academic society in the U.S., Phi Beta Kappa was founded in 1776 at the College of William and Mary. The LSU chapter was installed in 1977 as Beta of Louisiana. For more than two centuries, Phi Beta Kappa has advocated the ideal of a liberal education as a basis for a life-long love of learning and as a way to broaden the perspectives of students, whatever their chosen field of endeavor. At LSU, juniors and seniors with an excellent academic record and an adequate breadth of study are considered for membership. Specific requirements are described on the Phi Beta Kappa Web site at www.lsu.edu/student_organizations/phibetakappa/.


Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine, Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on nearly 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines. Each year, approximately 30,000 members are initiated. Some of the organization’s more notable members include former President Jimmy Carter, writer John Grisham, NASA astronaut Wendy Lawrence, and Netscape founder James Barksdale. The LSU chapter was founded in 1930 as the 43rd chapter in the nation. At the present time, the national office is located on this campus in the French House.

The mission of Phi Kappa Phi is to recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others. Phi Kappa Phi is unique because it recognizes superior scholarship in all academic fields, rather than restricting membership to a limited field. Juniors in the top 7.5 percent and senior and graduate students in the top ten percent of their classes may be invited to become members of Phi Kappa Phi. New LSU Phi Kappa Phi members are initiated and honored in the spring semester each year and wear identifying ribbons on their academic gowns at commencement exercises. Additional information about the Society may be found at www.phikappaphi.org.

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