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Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid

MARY G. PARKER, Executive Director
CHRISTINE DAY, Associate Director
MANDY HOFFMAN, Associate Director
GUADALUPE LAMADRID, Associate Director
AMY MARIX, Associate Director
AMY PREJEAN, Associate Director

Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid
1146 Pleasant Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-1175 (Admissions); 225-578-3103 (Student Aid)
FAX 255-578-4433 (Admissions); 225-578-6300 (Student Aid)
E-MAIL • admissions@lsu.edu
WEB SITE • www.lsu.edu

LSU welcomes applications from all interested students without regard to race, creed, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, mental or physical disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or veteran's status. The University is committed to making fair and timely decisions on applications submitted.

The Outreach Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid actively encourages the referral of prospective freshman and transfer students from Alumni, LSU faculty and staff, high school counselors, and community contacts. The office makes available special contact forms for these referrals that provide record of personal contact with prospects.

Applications will be considered by evaluating prospective students' likelihood of success at LSU.

The University operates on a two-semester plan with an additional multi-session summer term. Qualified applicants—except in the School of Social Work, the MBA program, and the School of Veterinary Medicine—may initiate their studies at the beginning of any semester or term.

For detailed information concerning admission to graduate and professional schools, see the section "Graduate School • Professional Programs" in this catalog.

APPLYING FOR ADMISSION

Application information is routinely sent to students who have their scores on the SAT or ACT test sent to the University. LSU's code is 6373 for the SAT and 1590 for the ACT. The application for admission is found at www.lsu.edu.

All applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates and send transcripts of all college work attempted, if any, as soon as possible. High school students should ask their schools to send transcripts of all work to date at the time application is made. Complete transcripts will be required after high school graduation. Louisiana high schools submit electronic transcripts to the State Department of Education, which LSU can access upon receiving a student's application for admission. Students can check with their guidance counselor to verify their school's participation in this program.

A nonrefundable application fee of $40 must accompany the application for admission or re-entry. This fee can be submitted using the online payment options or via check or U.S. money order drawn on a U.S. bank and showing the name of the applicant for whom payment is made. The University is not responsible for cash sent by mail. This service fee is used to help cover the cost of processing applications. It is neither refunded if admission is denied, nor is it applied against other costs when a student subsequently enrolls. All former LSU students who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters must submit an application for re-entry.

The application for admission also serves as the application for all freshman scholarship programs and for the Honors College. The priority deadline for full consideration for LSU scholarships and for admission to the Honors College is November 15. All required information (including an official high school transcript, standardized test scores, and essay when applicable) must be submitted by that date to ensure full consideration. Scholarship offers are made from December through March. For additional information on the Honors College application process, contact the college at 225-LSU-8831 or at honors@lsu.edu.

Arrangements for admission, financial aid, and housing are made separately through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, and the Office of Residential Life, respectively. Students applying for on-campus housing must first be accepted to LSU. Once students have been accepted, they may apply online for on-campus housing at www.lsu.edu/housing. Filing an application for admission does not entitle an applicant to University housing or financial aid; nor is the filing of a housing application, the assignment to a room, or the award of financial aid a commitment of admission to the University. For further information, see the sections "Student Life & Academic Services" and "Financial Aid & Scholarships" in this catalog.

Application deadlines:

  • April 15 for fall semester.
  • December 1 for the spring semester (October 1 for persons requiring an I-20).
  • April 15 for the summer term.
  • July 1 for all applicants (final date to submit all credentials)

Applications submitted after the published deadline are considered on an appeal basis only and must be accompanied by a $55 nonrefundable fee ($40 application fee and $15 late fee). Approval of these appeals is not guaranteed.

Economically disadvantaged students who do not have the resources to pay the admission application fee to LSU may request an application fee waiver. For the purposes of this scholarship fund, economically disadvantaged will be defined as either meets the income requirements of Pelican Promise (which equates to a family income that is 150% of the poverty level), receives free lunch at his/her high school, or received the ACT/SAT fee waiver.

This fund will be awarded on a case by case basis. Please contact the Office of Admissions & Student Aid, admissions@lsu.edu for instructions on how to apply for this waiver.

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IMMUNIZATION POLICY

All students enrolling for the first time at LSU or after an absence of one semester or more must furnish proof of immunization for (or immunity to) measles, meningitis, mumps, rubella, tetanus, diphtheria, and tuberculosis screening prior to enrollment at the University. The required proof should be submitted to LSU Student Health Center, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.

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CERTIFICATION OF SELECTIVE SERVICE COMPLIANCE

All persons who are required to register for the federal draft under the federal Military Selective Service Act shall be required to certify on their application for admission that they have registered with the Selective Service. Questions regarding compliance should be directed to the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.

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RESIDENCY

Eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident is determined by the Office of Under-graduate Admissions & Student Aid in accordance with LSU System regulations and is based on evidence provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to location of the home and place of employment. A resident student is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and has been domiciled in the state of Louisiana continuously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought.

An individual's physical presence within this state for one year must be associated with substantial evidence that such presence was with the intent to maintain a Louisiana domicile. Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes without substantial evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for classification as a resident, regardless of the length of time within the state.

Factors considered in establishing residency, although not necessarily conclusive, include financial independence from parents residing in another state or country, reliance on Louisiana resources for financial support, continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student, commitments indicating an intent to stay in Louisiana permanently, paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident during the past tax year, and the absence of these indicia in other states during any period for which domicile in Louisiana is asserted.

Special provisions have been made for adults moving to Louisiana for employment purposes, military personnel stationed in Louisiana, and international students with immigrant visas. An international student on a student visa is classified as a nonresident.

Resident classification and all fees are audited and adjusted, if necessary, after each registration. Appropriate credits or charges are then made to the student's account. For additional information concerning the establishment of residency, contact the Admissions Division of the Office of Under-graduate Admissions & Student Aid. Continuing students must contact the Office of the University Registrar for establishment of residency.

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EDUCATIONAL REQUIREMENTS AND ADMISSION POLICY

ADMISSION STANDARDS

Anyone who wishes to be considered for undergraduate admission to LSU is encouraged to apply.

school record: rigor of courses completed, grades, test scores, educational objectives, school leadership, and breadth of experiences in and out of the classroom. Admission is based on a review of the high school record and official standardized test scores. The minimum requirements for assured admission are 3.0 Academic gpa* on 18 units of college- preparatory high school courses** as outlined in the LSU Core and a 1030 SAT (Critical Reading and Math)/22 Composite ACT †.

Students must be eligible to enroll in university-level English and mathematics courses, as evidenced by a minimum SAT Critical Reading Score of 450 (ACT English subscore of 18) and a minimum SAT Math score of 460 (ACT Math subscore of 19). Preference for admission to LSU will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success and the greatest potential for contributing to the diverse missions of the University.

Applications will be reviewed against the following basic criteria:

Units** GPA* SAT or ACT † Class Rank
18 3.00 1030 or 22 -
18 3.00 - Top 15%
17 3.00 - Top 10%
17 3.00 1090 or 24 -
17 3.20 1060 or 23 -
17 3.50 1030 or 22 -
*The gpa is calculated solely on the academic high school units for admission to LSU.
**High school units required for admission are listed in table below. Applicants with less than 18 units are expected to meet unit requirements in categories 1-5, at least.

† An applicant's standardized test scores will be verified in cases where there is an increase of six or more points on the ACT or an increase of 220 or more points on the SAT..

Students who do not meet the admissions standards outlined above should submit supporting documentation and a letter outlining their qualifications for admission with their initial application. The Admissions Committee will review qualifications and application packages to determine whether additional predictors of success exist as a basis for admission. Other factors, such as choice of degree program, rank in class, scores on required tests (SAT or ACT), credit in advanced placement and honors courses, pattern and quality of courses, grade trends, educational objectives, extracurricular activities, and school recommendations will be considered in the admission process. In addition, special talents, significant life and career experience, or membership in groups under-represented in the student body will be evaluated and weighed before decisions to offer admission are made.

TABLE OF HIGH SCHOOL UNITS REQUIRED FOR ADMISSION

No. of
Units
High School Course(s)
4 English Composition & Literature
English I, II, III, and IV
3 Mathematics (Four units are strongly recommended.)
One unit of Algebra I
One unit of Algebra II
One additional unit consisting of courses such as geometry, trigonometry, Advanced Mathematics I or II, precalculus, calculus, Algebra III, probability and statistics, discrete mathematics, Applied Mathematics III, or integrated Math III
3 Natural Sciences
One unit of biology
One unit of chemistry
One unit of physics
3 Social Studies
One unit in American history
One unit in world history, world geography, or history of western civilization
One unit consisting of civics, free enterprise, economics, or American government
2 Foreign Language
Two units in a single language
1 Math/Science Elective
Additional unit of math or natural science, such as Geometry, Calculus, Pre-Calculus, Algebra III, Probability & Statistics, Discrete Math, Applied Math III, Advanced Math I or II, Integrated Math III, or Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Biology II, Chemistry II, Physics II, or Physics for Technology.
LSU will accept, as one unit of the requirement, two units of agriscience for one unit of natural science.
0.5 Computer Studies
One half unit in Computer Studies or substitute one half unit from any of the above.
1.5 Additional Courses
One-and-one-half units from the categories above and/or certain courses in the visual and performing arts. These units may be from advanced course work in the arts, e.g., fine arts survey, Art III, Art IV, advanced band, applied music, advanced chorus, Dance III, jazz ensemble, Music Theory II, advanced orchestra, wind ensemble, or Studio Piano III.
LSU will accept, as one unit of this requirement, two units of basic performance courses in music, dance, theater, or studio art.
*Note: For automatic admission to LSU, an applicant's high school academic grade point average (gpa*) is calculated solely on the basis of the academic units shown in Table I, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale ("A"=4; "B"=3; "C"=2; "D"=1; "F"=0). The weighted scholastic gpa is considered in the holistic review.

Direct Admission into Senior College

Three of the senior colleges at LSU currently have provisions for applicant screening and admission before beginning study at LSU: Agriculture; Business; and Music & Dramatic Arts. Refer to chapters dedicated to the individual college for detailed information on the process for admission to the college or degree program.

Student-Athletes

An applicant who is awarded an athletic grant-in-aid may be admitted if he/she meets the standards found in Bylaw 14.3.1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A student-athlete at LSU will be subject to a number of special academic requirements, which are specified in the rules of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the NCAA.

Home Schooled, GED, Unaccredited or Unapproved High Schools

Individuals applying for admission to LSU after completing home-schooling, receiving GEDs, or graduating from unaccredited or unapproved high schools will be evaluated on the basis of qualifications outlined above.

Early and Dual Enrollment Admission Requirements

The Early Admission Program permits high school students who have not completed all requirements for a high school diploma to apply for admission to LSU as regular students, provided they fulfill these minimum requirements: 15 units of high school credit, including three units of English; an overall academic average of 3.00 ("B"); and a composite score of 28 ACT/1250 SAT. A limited number of students are selected from those who meet these requirements. Among the considerations in selection are maturity, rank in class, grades, recommendation of the high school principal and others, and additional evidence of scholarly achievement.

The University has a Dual Enrollment Program especially designed for high school students who demonstrate the maturity and scholastic ability to be successful in college work. Participation in this program permits exceptional high school seniors to enroll in one or more courses at LSU when space, faculty, and other facilities are available. Students must have a gpa of 3.00 ("B"), a composite score of 27 ACT/1210 SAT, and be recommended by the high school principal or counselor for enrollment in a specific course or courses.

Students applying for dual enrollment study must have completed the most advanced courses offered by their school in the academic areas in which they wish to enroll, or must be considered qualified for the college course by the principal or counselor. Continued dual enrollment requires renewed approval each semester.

Dual enrollment students are eligible for honors activities and are encouraged to visit the Honors College office. The University College Center for Freshman Year staff are available for advice or information, whether or not the student intends to enroll at LSU as a degree-seeking student.

The Louisiana Early Start Program provides tuition assistance to eligible 11th and 12th grade students from public high schools that enroll in eligible college courses (as listed on the current Board of Regents’ Master Course Articulation Matrix) for dual credit at an eligible public or private college or university. Students must be in good standing as defined by the high school and meet LSU admission criteria for dual enrollment.

Campus Tours

Campus tours are offered at 10 a.m., Monday-Friday, excluding University holidays, in the Memorial Tower. Tour sessions begin with an overview of the campus, descriptions of programs of study, admission requirements, and information about student aid and scholarships. Special Saturday tours are conducted in the fall and spring semesters. To make a tour reservation, prospective students, parents, or groups are encouraged to contact the Outreach Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid at 225-578-6908.

Freshman Orientation and Registration

Freshman applicants who intend to enroll in the fall must apply by April 15, have SAT or ACT scores on file, and participate in a fresh-man orientation and registration program. This program includes testing for placement or advanced standing and the opportunity to meet with an advisor to select courses for the coming semester. Program announcements are sent to high schools and to newly admitted students. The deadline for registration in all orientation programs is May 1.

Admission to a Senior College

Refer to chapters dedicated to the individual colleges or schools for details on requirements for admission to a senior college and/or to a degree program.

Transfer Students

Students with previous college or university work from regionally accredited institutions may be considered for admission if they have an overall 2.50 gpa or better on all college work attempted, including a college-level course in English and in mathematics (above remedial). Transfer applicants who have earned fewer than 30 hours of college-level work (above remedial) must also meet the requirements for freshman admission (See "Freshmen" in this chapter.)

LSU computes the gpa on all courses taken, including repeated courses, courses with incomplete grades, and those with any other grades, except "W," "WA," "WB," "WC," "WD," "WF," "unsatisfactory," and "no credit." Each computed grade becomes an "A," "B," "C," "D," or "F." The symbols "+" or "-" are disregarded. Grade point averages will be computed using the lower grade given by institutions that issue upper/lower grades ("AB," "BC," etc.). Grades of "pass," "credit," and "satisfactory" will be treated alike and will be counted as earned hours, but not in the computation of the gpa. "Fail" will count as hours attempted, but not as hours earned, and will be used to compute the gpa, including any remedial course work. This policy is followed, regardless of the practices of the sending institution, including other LSU System campuses.

All students will be considered for admission based on an evaluation of their likelihood of success at LSU. LSU will consider college gpa, pattern and quality of courses taken, grade trends, educational objectives, special talents, significant life and career experiences, membership in groups under represented in the student body, or special circumstances.

A prospective transfer student should submit an admission application and a complete official transcript from each college or university attended, whether or not credit was earned or is desired. Students enrolled in college at the time applications are submitted should have transcripts sent when they apply for admission, to be followed by supplementary records at the close of the semester.

Provisional admission, pending receipt of supplementary records, may be granted when it is impossible to obtain final records prior to scheduled registration dates. This admission will be canceled if the required records are not received by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid within 30 days of the first day of classes or if it is determined, upon receipt and review of final records, that the applicant is not qualified for admission.

A student athlete who is awarded an athletic grant-in-aid may be admitted if he/she meets the standards found in Bylaw 14.5 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A student athlete at LSU will be subject to a number of special academic requirements specified in the rules of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the NCAA.

Transfer Student Orientation and Registration

Transfer students are required to participate in the Transfer Student Orientation program. This program provides information about student services and resources at LSU and the credit evaluation process. Students meet with an advisor, obtain an ID card and PAWS (Personal Access Web Services) account, and schedule classes. Announcements regarding the program are sent to applicants.

Re-entering Students

Re-entering students who have not enrolled in the University for one or more regular semesters must apply for readmission. Students who have attempted 15 or more semester hours at other accredited colleges or universities since last attending LSU must have a gpa of at least 2.50 on all college work attempted including a college-level course in English and in mathematics above the remedial level.

Students applying to re-enter the University:

  • must submit an application and a complete official transcript from each college or university attended since leaving LSU, regardless of whether credit was earned, desired, or transferable;
  • must meet senior college scholastic requirements for re-entry; or
  • may be placed on scholastic probation or warning upon re-entry.

Acceptance of Credit from Other Collegiate Institutions

The Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid evaluates credit from other institutions after the student's complete application and all official transcripts from each college and university attended have been received. Credit earned in colleges and universities accredited by regional accrediting associations is generally accepted; however, courses taken at the lower (1000-2000) level cannot be given upper (3000-4000) level credit. Credit allowed by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid for transfer is, in all cases, subject to review by the student's senior college with regard to its applicability toward a particular degree.

For schools not regionally accredited, the University is guided in its decision regarding acceptance of credit by recommendations of selected institutions in the states in which the schools are located. Applicants who are ad-mitt ed are given an opportunity, usually through advanced-standing examinations, to validate some or all of the credit. Each student's record from a nonaccredited college will be considered on the basis of individual merit.

Students who are placed on probation or made ineligible to continue at the institution where they were previously enrolled, based on grades earned in course work recorded on transcripts received after registration, will have the appropriate academic action applied immediately.

Questions relating to the evaluation of credit should be referred to the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid. Questions relating to the acceptance of credit toward a degree program and the length of time required for completion of degree requirements should be referred to the appropriate senior college or school. For additional information, see the chapter titled, "Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Regulations."

International Applicants

International admission requirements are applied to all students who have international secondary or post-secondary educational credentials, regardless of country of citizenship, immigrant status, or visa status. All students who have only U.S. secondary and post-secondary educational credentials must meet U.S. admission requirements as detailed in previous sections. Applications from students with both U.S. and international educational credentials may be reviewed according to either or both U.S. and international requirements.

Any transcript or documentation issued in a language other than English must be sent with an official English translation. The Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid is solely responsible for evaluating and determining the equivalencies of international credentials and grading scales.

English Proficiency Requirement

An applicant whose native language is not English and/or who has been educated outside of the U.S. in a country or province where English is not the only official language must demonstrate proof of English proficiency by submitting either a TOEFL or an IELTS score.

On the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language), the following minimum scores are required for automatic admission:

  • 550 (paper-based exam)
  • 213 (computer-based exam)
  • 79 (internet-based exam)

Information regarding TOEFL may be obtained by visiting the official Web site at www.toefl.org.

On the IELTS (International English Language Testing Service), the following minimum score is required for automatic admission:

  • 6. 5

Information about IELTS may be found at www.ielts.org.

Official TOEFL/IELTS scores are those reported directly to LSU by the respective testing service at the request of the student.

Applicants may be exempt from the TOEFL/IELTS requirement if they have completed one of the following:

  • a U.S. high school diploma earned, having attended all four years of high school in the U.S.;
  • a bachelor's degree earned from an accredited U.S. institution;
  • a score of 480 on the English/Critical Reading section of the SAT; or 20 on the English Section of the ACT;
  • U.S. transfer requirements (minimum 2.50 overall gpa on 30 or more semester hours above remedial level, including a college-level course in English and in mathematics, or two consecutive English courses, from a regionally accredited U.S. college or university)

Official transcripts or scores are required showing completion of one of the above before a student can be exempted from the TOEFL/ IELTS requirement. The Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid reserves the right to require a satisfactory TOEFL/IELTS score from any applicant. All international students who are admitted (except for transfer students who have submitted a satisfactory TOEFL/IELTS score and have received transfer credit from an accredited U.S. institution for the equivalent of LSU's English 1001 and 2000 or 1004 and 1005 with a grade of "C" or better in each) will be required to take an English placement test prior to registration.

First Time Freshman Students

International students who have never attended a post-secondary education institution will apply as freshmen (first-year students), and must have the equivalent of a U.S. high school diploma with an academic average equivalent to “B” (3.0 or better on the U.S. 4-point grading system). The “academic average” is determined by averaging the grades of secondary school academic courses, excluding nonacademic courses such as physical education, vocational/technical courses, religion, art, music, etc.

Students must submit complete official records for the secondary level of education, and are strongly encouraged to submit ACT or SAT scores. Students who have taken advanced-level exams, international baccalaureate higher level exams, or other types of secondary education beyond the 12th year of schooling should submit the official certificates or transcripts and course syllabi for possible advanced placement university credit.

International Transfer Students

From International Institutions

International students who have attended any post-secondary level college, university, or institution must apply as transfer students. LSU requires the equivalent of a 3.0 ("B" average on the U.S. 4-point grading system) for all transferable credit from accredited international institutions. Applicants with less than the equivalent of 30 semester hours of transferable credit (approximately one year of full-time study) must also qualify for freshman admission.

Students must submit official transcripts from each post-secondary institution attended, listing courses taken and grades earned. Also required are the official course descriptions or syllabi to be evaluated for possible credit toward an LSU degree. Transfer credit is not given for English as a second language, non-English native language courses, or vocational/technical courses. For LSU to award transfer credit, the institution must be accredited/recognized by the Ministry of Education or equivalent government agency in that country, and be suitable for university-level credit.

From U.S. Institutions

International students who have attended a regionally accredited U.S. college or university must meet U.S. transfer requirements: an overall gpa of at least 2.50 and 30 semester hours of transferable credit, including college-level courses in both English and mathematics. Refer to the section on "Transfer Requirements." If less than 30 hours are earned, freshman requirements must also be met.

From Both International & U.S. Institutions

If credit is earned from both international and U.S. post-secondary accredited institutions, a 3.0 gpa is required from international institutions, and a 2.5 gpa is required on all U.S. college work. Refer to the sections above. Students who have less than a 3.0 gpa from international institutions may be admitted if:

  1. they meet the requirements for transfer from a U.S. accredited college or university (30 semester hours of credit above remedial, 2.50 gpa, math and English courses), and
  2. have an overall gpa of 2.50 or higher when the U.S. gpa is combined with the international gpa. In this case, courses passed with the equivalent of "C" or higher will be considered for transfer credit from accredited post-secondary international institutions.

Application Procedure

Application deadlines for international students are April 15 for summer or fall semesters and October 1 for the spring semester. However, all required documents should be sent at least 120 days before the semester starts to allow for processing time, especially if an I-20 immigration form is needed for the student visa application. Processing time may be extensive for some applications.

The application form should be completed online at www.lsu.edu. The $40 application fee can be submitted online by credit card, or mailed to the office by check or money order drawn on a U.S. bank. The following materials must be sent to the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, Pleasant Hall, Louisiana State University, Baton Rouge, LA 70803:

  • complete, official academic records;
  • official TOEFL or IELTS scores; and
  • evidence of financial support.

"Official transcript" is defined as an official record prepared by the issuing institution and sealed in the institution's official envelope.

Expenses

International applicants are required to offer proof of the availability of sufficient funds to meet all costs while studying at the University. Total expenses, excluding travel to and from Baton Rouge, for the calendar year (12 months) are estimated to be $28,000 for undergraduate students who are not residents of Louisiana. International students residing in Louisiana cannot be considered Louisiana residents unless they are permanent residents of the U.S., among other criteria.

All fees and costs are subject to change.

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OTHER ENROLLMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Independent Study

Admission to college-level correspondence (independent study) courses at LSU does not constitute admission to a degree program at the University. However, students may enroll for correspondence study prior to being admitted to the University.

Credit earned in correspondence courses may be submitted for evaluation toward an undergraduate degree at LSU or may be transferred to another institution. Students not enrolled at LSU who plan to apply correspondence credit toward an LSU degree should submit an official "Application for Admission" form (available from the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid). In addition to the application form, students should submit official transcripts of all previous academic work.

Admission to correspondence study will be granted to enrolled LSU undergraduate students upon approval of their college deans, which must be indicated on the independent study application form. Students who have been dropped from the University for scholastic, disciplinary, or attendance reasons may be admitted to correspondence study courses on a noncredit basis only.

A correspondence course grade will be posted to the transcript when the course is completed. If a student takes the examination by the last day of the final examination period of a semester/summer term, the grade will be posted to that semester/term. The grade will be used to determine academic action at the conclusion of that semester or summer term. If the examination is taken after that date, the correspondence grade will be posted to the next regular semester or summer term. Correspondence grades will not be posted to intersession.

Students who become ineligible while a correspondence course is in progress may complete the course for degree credit. During their period of ineligibility to enroll, students may register on a noncredit basis for correspondence courses.

No more than one-fourth of the number of hours required for the bachelor's degree may be taken through Continuing Education by correspondence study. Specific information regarding acceptance of correspondence study toward fulfillment of degree requirements is provided in college and school sections of this catalog. Before scheduling correspondence courses, LSU students must obtain approval of their academic deans.

Visiting Students

Students enrolled in another accredited college or university who are eligible to continue in that institution in the next regular term and who are not on scholastic warning or probation (who are in academic and institutional good-standing) may be admitted as visiting students for one semester or summer term only. These students must submit official transcripts of all college work previously taken. This statement must include the total number of semester or quarter hours of credit previously earned.

Students admitted on a visiting student basis who wish to be considered for regular admission must complete a new application for admission and must supply official transcripts of all college work previously taken. These students will be evaluated on the admission standards in place for transfer students at the time of their application for regular admission. Some senior colleges have admissions criteria exceeding those for general admission to the University. Prospective students should consult individual senior colleges for information on additional requirements for specific degree programs. Visiting students who gain admission to the University as regularly admitted students are subject to the requirements of the catalog in effect at the time of their admission as regular students.

International students are not eligible for this program except for the summer term and, in addition, are required to submit a TOEFL score that meets admission requirements.

LSU/Baton Rouge Community College Cross-Enrollment Program

LSU and Baton Rouge Community College (BRCC) students may take courses at the other institution through a cross-enrollment program between the two institutions. This program enables students to take courses not available at the institution where they matriculate. Both full-time and part-time students are eligible to participate. Unless special course fees are assessed, full-time students pay no additional fees. Part-time students pay tuition and fees based on the total number of hours for which they are registered and any special course fees.

Participants are allowed the same library privileges granted to the student body at the home institution. Students participating in the cross-enrollment program have access to the library at the other institution.

Before enrolling, a student must obtain written approval from the dean of his/her college. Courses taken at BRCC that are approved for college work at LSU are re-corded as transfer credit. Interested students can obtain information from the Office of the University Registrar at LSU, the Registrar's Office at Baton Rouge Community College, and the offices of academic deans at either institution. Students should consult the Registration Schedule of Classes for additional details.

Academic Common Market

Louisiana participates with 13 other southern states in the Academic Common Market, an interstate agreement for sharing uncommon programs. Residents of these states who are accepted for admission into selected out-of-state programs can enroll on an in-state tuition basis.

To enroll as Academic Common Market students, applicants must be accepted for admission into a program to which their state has made arrangements to send its students, and obtain certification of residency from the Common Market Coordinator in their home state. Applications for admission should be made directly to the institution offering the program. Additional information about the Academic Common Market and programs available at in-state tuition rates for residents of Louisiana can be obtained from the Office of the University Registrar.

Academic Bankruptcy

Under specified conditions, undergraduate students who have interrupted their college careers for a period of at least five consecutive calendar years may, at the time of application for admission to the University, declare academic bankruptcy. (See the "Undergraduate Degree Requirements and Regulations" section of this catalog.)

Advanced-Standing Program

All new freshman students entering LSU may take departmental advanced-standing examinations. Appropriate course placement and academic credit earned are determined by the students' scores. These examinations are administered at no additional charge to participants in the Spring Invitational Program, Freshman Orientation, or Special International Student Testing programs, provided the students complete the tests by the final date to add courses for credit during their first term of enrollment at LSU.

Credit earned through placement tests and advanced-standing examinations taken while students are not enrolled in the University (all System campuses) will be awarded in the next semester for which they are enrolled for resident credit, provided they register at LSU within two years.

SAT—Scholastic Assessment Test and ACT (formerly the American College Test) • SAT and/or ACT scores are used in granting advanced-standing credit in freshman English and mathematics placement. LSU does not award credit for SAT subject tests.

AP—The Advanced-Placement Program of the College Board • About one-fourth of American secondary schools currently participate in the Advanced-Placement Pro-gram of the College Board. Each May, AP examinations are administered (by the College Board) to students who have participated in the program. Advanced-Placement credit will be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 3, 4, or 5 on Advanced-Placement subject examinations, as specified in the chart provided. Depart-mental recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid for current recommendations.

For information about general program data and policies, contact either Advanced- Placement Program, The College Board, 45 Columbia Ave., New York, NY 10023-6917; or the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, Pleasant Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.

Students who earn AP Exam scores of 3 or above are generally considered to be qualified to receive college credit and/or placement into advanced courses due to the fact that their AP Exam scores are equivalent to a college course score of “middle C” or above. The awarding of credit and placement is determined by each department. The AP Exams are administered by the College Board.

COLLEGE BOARD ADVANCED-PLACEMENT PROGRAM FOR ENTERING FRESHMEN
Examination Minimum Score Courses Hours Credit
Art History 3 ART 1440 or 1441 3
4 ART 1440, 1441 6
Biology 3 BIOL 1201, 1202 6
4 BIOL 1201, 1202, 1208, & 1209 8
Chemistry 3 CHEM 1201, 1202 6
4 CHEM 1421, 1422 6
Computer Science A 3 CSC 1248 3
Computer Science AB 3 CSC 1248 3
4 CSC 1253 or 1350 3
5 CSC 1253 or 1350 and 3
CSC 1254 or 1351 6
Economics: Microeconomics 4 ECON 2000 3
Economics: Macroeconomics 4 ECON 2010 3
English Language & Composition 3 ENGL 1001 3
4 ENGL 1001 and 2025 or 2027 or 2029 or 2123 6
5 ENGL 1001, 2025 or 2027 or 2029 or 2123, and 2000 9
English Literature   Same as above  
Environmental Science 3 EMS 1001/ENVS 1000 3
Experimental Statistics 3 EXST 2201 3
French Language 3 FREN 1001, 1002 8
4 FREN 1001, 1002, 2101 11
5 FREN 1001, 1002, 2101, 2102 14
German Language 3 GERM 1101, 1102 8
Government, U.S. Politics 4 POLI 2051 3
Government, Politics (Comparative) 4 POLI 2053 3
History, American 3 HIST 2055 or 2057 3
4 HIST 2055, 2057 6
History, European 3 HIST 1003 3
4 HIST 2021, 2022 6
History, World 4 HIST 1007 3
Latin 3 LATN 1001, 2051 10
4 LATN 1001, 2051, 2053 13
Mathematics: Calculus AB 3 MATH 1431 or 1441 3
4 MATH 1550 5
Mathematics: Calculus BC 3 MATH 1550 5
4 MATH 1550, 1552 9
Music Theory 4 MUS 1799 3
Physics B 3 PHYS 2001 3
4 PHYS 2001, 2002 6
Physics C: Mechanics 3 PHYS 1100 3
Physics C: Electricity & Magnetism 3 PHYS 2102 3
Psychology 4 PSYC 2000 3
Spanish 3 SPAN 1101 and 1102 8
4 SPAN 1101, 1102, and 2101 11
5 SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102 14
Spanish Literature   Same as above  
Statistics 4 ISDS 2000 3

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CLEP—Subject Examinations of the College Level Examination Program • Policies governing minimum required scores and the acceptance of credit are established by the appropriate academic departments. LSU allows credit on CLEP subject examinations in 20 areas. (Credit is not allowed for CLEP general examinations.) Departmental course credit recommendations for satisfactory scores on CLEP subject examinations are included in the table provided. Department recommendations are subject to change. Contact the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid for current recommendations and information on general program data and policies.

The College-Level Examination Program® (CLEP) gives students the opportunity to receive college credit by earning qualifying scores in the subjects listed below. CLEP Exams are administered by the College Board.

CLEP SUBJECT EXAMINATIONS
CLEPSubject Examination Minimum Score LSU Equivalent Sem. Hrs.
American Government 58 POLI 2051 3
American History I 50 HIST 2055 3
American History II 50 HIST 2057 3
Calculus with Elementary Functions 56 MATH 1550 5
College Algebra 50 MATH 1021 3
College Composition 58 ENGL 1000/1001 3
College French 35 FREN 1001 4
39 FREN 1001, 1002 8
45 FREN 1001, 1002, 2101 11
50 FREN 1001, 1002, 2101, 2102 14
College German 40 GERM 1101 4
48 GERM 1101, 1102 8
54 GERM 1101, 1102, 2101 11
61 GERM 1101, 1102, 2101, 2102 14
College Spanish 40 SPAN 1101 4
48 SPAN 1101 and 1102 8
54 SPAN 1101, 1102, and 2101 11
61 SPAN 1101, 1102, 2101, and 2102 14
Human Growth and Development 52 PSYC 2076 3
Introduction to Educational Psychology 52 PSYC 2060 3
Introductory Psychology 55 PSYC 2000 3
Introductory Sociology 46 SOCL 2001 3
Trigonometry 50 MATH 1022 3

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IBInternational Baccalaureate • A number of American and secondary schools abroad participate in the International Baccalaureate Diploma Program. This is a comprehensive two-year curriculum leading to examinations and a possible IB diploma if the requirements of the full program are satisfied.

Students are encouraged to submit their IB diploma record or examination results with their application to the University for evaluation. Advanced placement credit may be granted in appropriate subjects to freshmen who earn a grade of 4 or better on the IB higher level examinations. Credit is not allowed for IB subsidiary level examinations.

Policies governing minimum required scores and the acceptance of credit of IB examinations are established by the National Council on the Evaluation of Foreign Credentials and by the appropriate academic departments. Current departmental recommendations may be obtained by contacting the Admissions Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid.

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Diploma Programme is a challenging two-year curriculum, which leads to the awarding of college credit as listed below:

INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE ADVANCED PLACEMENT CREDIT*
Subject Score Credit
Biology 2003—syllabus 4 BIOL 1201 (3), 1202 (3)
5 BIOL 1201 (3), 1202 (3), 1208 (1), 1209 (1)
Chemistry 2003—syllabus 4 CHEM 1201 (3)
5 CHEM 1201 (3), 1202 (3), 1212 (2)
Computer Science 4 CSC 1248 (3)
5 CSC 1253 (3) or 1350 (3)
Economics 5 ECON 2030 (3)
English Literature (A1) 4 ENGL 2025 (3)
5 ENGL 2025 (3), 2027 (3)
History—Modern Europe 4 HIST 2022 (3)
5 HIST 2023 (3)
History—2003 syllabus 4 HIST 1007 (3)
History—all other 4 HIST 2**** (3)
Language A1: English 4 ENGL 2025 (3)
5 ENGL 2025 (3), 2027 (3)
Mathematics 4 MATH 1021 (3), 1431 (3)
5 MATH 1021 (3), 1550 (3)
Music—2002 syllabus 4 MUS 1751 (3)
5 MUS 1751 (3), 1799 (3)
Physics—2003 syllabus 4 PHYS 2001 (3)
5 PHYS 2001 (3), 2002 (3)
Psychology 4 PSYC 2000 (3)
Visual Arts—2003 syllabus 4 ART 1001 (3)
Other HL’s 4 3 credit hours by title (1***)

*Advanced Placement credit given for Higher Level (HL) exams only, with grades of 4 or higher.

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Other Considerations

Applicants who meet the educational requirements listed in this catalog will be considered for admission. Admission will be denied if requirements listed in this catalog are not met. Admission is not automatically granted when these requirements are met; it may be denied if other factors, in the judgment of University officials, merit denial. Issues such as limited enrollment in certain curricula, timeliness of application, unavailability of certain programs, and other relevant factors may be considered. Furthermore, the University may deny admission, readmission, or continued enrollment to persons whose behavior is disruptive, dangerous, or abusive.

Students may appeal admission decisions to the Faculty Undergraduate Admissions Committee. The purpose of the Admissions Committee review is to evaluate the qualifications of each applicant to determine whether equivalent predictors of success exist and whether to admit the student on this basis.

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STUDENT AID

LSU awards scholarships in the form of cash awards, full tuition and nonresident fee exemptions, room and board, and employment opportunities to students who meet certain academic qualifications.

The scholarships listed for entering freshmen are awarded mainly on the basis of standardized test scores (ACT/SAT) and high school record.

In addition to the scholarship programs, the Student Aid Division administers a number of federally funded and state funded financial aid programs. The total amount of funding disbursed annually through these programs is approximately $150 million.

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LSU SCHOLARSHIPS AVAILABLE TO ENTERING FRESHMEN

Most awards listed below are valid for one year of undergraduate study. Each may be renewed annually as long as the recipient meets academic requirements. The maximum term of the award is four years or until the recipient receives an undergraduate degree, whichever occurs first.

Louisiana residents selected for the scholarships listed below will likely qualify for tuition assistance and cash stipends through the state's TOPS program. See the section titled "Louisiana's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students, (TOPS)."

Application Procedure

The LSU "Application for Undergraduate Admissions" is an automatic application for entering freshmen scholarships. The online application must be submitted along with an official high school transcript, standardized test scores, and all other required information to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid, Pleasant Hall, LSU, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803-2802. The priority date for full consideration for LSU's scholar-ship programs is November 15.

Notification of scholarship recipients normally begins in December. Students are considered based on a six-semester transcript once they have been admitted to the University. To be guaranteed consideration, standardized test scores must be received by November 15.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOUISIANA AND NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

Chancellor's Alumni Scholarships

These scholarships, funded through endowments made to the University by Gordon A. Cain and Fred H. Fenn, are LSU's most prestigious awards.

To be considered, a candidate must have either a Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of at least 1440 or a composite ACT score of at least 33 as well as a 3.50 computed grade point average. The essay portion of the SAT and ACT will be used for additional screening of the applicants. The students selected receive either:

  • A cash award of $12,000 ($3,000 per year) OR
  • A cash award of $4,000 ($1,000 per year) and an on-campus room and board scholarship which covers the cost of a two-student, residence hall room valued at $18,400 ($4,600 per year) and the Resident Tiger meal plan valued at $11,642 ($2,908 per year) for a total value of $30,032 ($7,508 per year)
  • Each recipient will receive a cash stipend of $2,000 toward the cost of an approved Study Abroad program which may be utilized at anytime throughout the duration of the scholarship
  • An opportunity to participate in either the Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research program or to become a Chancellor's Student Aide and earn up to $6,200 ($1,550 per year) working in a campus job

Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research

This program offers a unique opportunity for students to conduct research early in their college career.

Entering freshmen who are awarded the Chancellor's Alumni Scholarship, LSU Alumni Association Top 100 Scholarship, and the Distinguished Freshman Award are automatically eligible to participate in this program.

Students are partnered with a faculty member in the field of their choice to work side-by-side in a research setting learning what a career in their chosen field may be like. As a member of the research team, students receive guidance and support to expand their knowledge and skills.

LSU Alumni Association Top 100 Scholars

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1440 or a composite ACT score of 33 as well as a 3.50 computed gpa is eligible for this award.

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1400 or a composite ACT score of 32 as well as a 4.00 computed gpa is eligible for this award.

Any student with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1400 or a composite ACT score of 32 as well as a superior computed gpa is eligible for consideration:

  • A cash award in the amount of $8,000 ($2,000 per year)
  • An opportunity to participate in either the Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research program or to become a Chancellor's Student Aide and earn up to $6,200 ($1,550 per year) working in a campus job
  • Nonresident students receiving this award are eligible to receive a Golden Oaks award which covers tuition and the nonresident fee
  • Special Notice: Students qualifying as National Merit Finalists who have indicated LSU as their first choice and who also meet the above requirements for the LSU Alumni Association (Top 100) Award will have the option of choosing the scholarship initially awarded to them, or an on-campus room and board scholarship which covers the cost of a two-student, residence hall room valued at $18,400 ($4,600 per year) and the Resident Tiger meal plan valued at $11,632 ($2,908 per year) for a total value of $30,032 ($7,508 per year)

LSU National Scholars' Award

Any student who scores in the eightieth percentile of the PSAT, SAT, or ACT and/or ranks in the top 10 percent of their class; and who has been recognized as semifinalist or finalist in a national academic competitive program such as, but not limited to, National Merit, National Achievement, National Hispanic Scholars, Wendy's National Collegiate Heisman Award, Westinghouse Scholars, Gates Millennium Scholars, and Davidson Fellows. This award will be the equivalent of tuition, the nonresident fee (if applicable), and the registration fee.

Distinguished Freshman Awards (National Merit Finalists)

National Merit Finalists (college-sponsored) indicating LSU as their first choice institution are eligible for this award.

  • A cash award ranging in value from $3,000 to $8,000 ($750 to $2,000 per year based on financial need)
  • An opportunity to participate in the Chancellor's Future Leaders in Research program or to become a Chancellor's Student Aide and earn up to $6,200 ($1,550 per year) working in a campus job
  • Nonresident students receiving this award are eligible to receive the LSU National Scholars award which covers tuition and the nonresident fee

LSU Honor Awards for ROTC Scholars

High school students who qualify for Air Force, Army, or Navy ROTC scholarships, as well as students who are selected as "alternates" or "advanced designees," receive a room and dining plan exemption (on-cam-pus charges with certain limitations), providing all ROTC and academic requirements are maintained.

ROTC Scholarships

Air Force ROTC Scholarships

The Air Force ROTC College Scholarships Program offers assistance to outstanding men and women who enroll in the Air Force ROTC program. Most scholarships provide for payment of tuition (resident and nonresident), textbook expenses, laboratory and associated fees for required classes, and also include a tax-free monthly allowance during the school year. Male and female high school students are eligible for the four-year scholarship program if they complete an application prior to December 1 of their senior year.

For applications and procedures, interested students should apply to LSU and Air Force ROTC early during their senior year. Scholarship applications can be obtained by visiting the Web site: www.afrotc.com.

After applying, the student competes for the awards against other highly qualified students from around the nation.

Additionally, cadets enrolled in college have opportunities to be awarded scholarships of up to three and one-half years, depending upon their academic major and quality factors.

Army ROTC Scholarships

The Army ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to offer financial assistance to out-standing men and women who are interested in serving as an officer in the Army. Each scholarship provides for all tuition (resident and nonresident), Student Health Service fee, laboratory fees, other required fees, $900 per year for books, and $300-$500 per month subsistence allowance for up to 10 academic months each year the scholarship is in effect.

Scholarships may be awarded for two, three, three and one-half, or four years. Four-year scholarships are open, on a competitive basis, to high school juniors and seniors. Applications for four-year scholarships must be completed and returned prior to January 1 of the student's senior year in high school. Applications may be completed online at www.armyrotc.com or obtained by calling 1-800-USAROTC. The on-campus three- and two- year scholarships are open, on a competitive basis, to all qualified undergraduate or graduate students. Applications for these scholarships are obtained from the Professor of Military Science. In addition to the benefits provided by Army ROTC scholarships, LSU will provide room and board at no cost to all ROTC scholarship recipients. For most of the scholarships, a student can expect to incur an active duty obligation of four years or eight years in a reserve component upon graduation and commissioning.

Navy ROTC Scholarships

The National Competition Navy ROTC Scholarship Program is designed to provide four, three, or two years of financial assistance to outstanding young men and women working toward the bachelor's degree. NROTC scholarships provide for the University fee, nonresident fee, books, laboratory fees, and $100 per month subsistence allow-acne.

Interested students should apply to the NROTC Navy-Marine Corps Scholarship Program, P.O. Box 5909, Washington, DC 20014 before December 1 or contact the Navy recruiter at the NROTC Unit, Southern University, Baton Rouge; telephone 225-771-4370 or 774-3521 (collect).

LSU students who join the Naval ROTC Program at Southern University become eligible to compete for NROTC scholarships while actively participating in the program. These scholarships are awarded following each semester's performance. The Professor of Naval Science nominates students enrolled in the NROTC college program based on their demonstrated academic performance and aptitude for service as commissioned officers in the U.S. Navy or Marine Corps. Midshipmen may choose the Marine Corps option prior to beginning their junior year.

Additional information may be obtained by contacting the Professor of Naval Science, NROTC Unit, Southern University, Baton Rouge 70813; telephone 225-771-4370 or 225-774-3521 (collect). Students incur no obligation while participating in the freshman and sophomore years of NROTC. There is no additional cost to LSU students to cross-enroll in the NROTC Program.

Chancellor's Leadership Scholarships

Approximately 100 awards valued at $1,000 ($500 per semester) for one year are available. To be considered for this award, applicants must demonstrate excellent leader-ship skills, possess commendable high school academic records.

Chancellor's Student Aide Program

This program provides an opportunity for students to work in one of many departments on campus and earn up to $1,550 per year. These awards are made on the basis of standardized test scores and high school academic record. Approximately 550 new awards are available each year.

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR LOUISIANA STUDENTS

The Pelican Promise Award

LSU is committed to institutional access and affordability to students of all socioeconomic levels. The Pelican Promise Award program is designed to attract and support Louisiana students who are economically disadvantaged and academically qualified.

To qualify, students must be eligible for admission to the University, must be eligible for a Federal Pell Grant, and must have a family income equal to or lesser than 150 percent of the poverty level.

Eligibility for the Pelican Promise will be determined once the student has completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and applied for all federal, state, and LSU resources. Please note that a FAFSA must be completed each year to renew eligibility for the Pelican Promise Award. This award exempts students from the payment of tuition and the registration fee.

LSU Centennial Award

Louisiana residents with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1330 or a composite ACT score of 30 as well as a 3.00 computed grade point average are eligible to receive this award.

  • A cash award in the amount of $ 4,000 ($1,000 per year)
  • An opportunity to become a Chancellor's Student Aide and earn up to $6,200 ($1,500 per year) working in a campus job

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SCHOLARSHIPS FOR NONRESIDENT STUDENTS

Golden Oaks Awards

Nonresident students selected as recipients of Chancellor's Alumni or LSU Alumni Association (Top 100) are eligible to receive this award.

Nonresident students with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1330 or a composite ACT score of 30 as well as a 3.00 computed gpa are eligible to receive this award.

  • Exemption from the payment of tuition and nonresident fees
  • An opportunity to become a Chancellor's Student Aide and earn up to $6,200 ($1550 per year) working in a campus job

Tiger Scholars

Nonresident students with a combined Critical Reading and Mathematics SAT score of 1170 or a composite ACT score of 26 as well as a 3.00 computed grade point average are eligible to receive this award. The award will be applied to nonresident fees. Amounts vary based on academic credentials and standardized test scores.

Bengal Legacy Scholarships for Nonresident Sons and Daughters of LSU Graduates

Bengal Legacy Scholarships are available for nonresident sons and daughters of an LSU System school graduate. Recipients of these awards receive a 75 percent exemption of the nonresident fee. To qualify, an applicant must be classified as a nonresident undergraduate student (no previous degree), must be the natural, adopted, or step child of a graduate of any LSU System school, and must qualify for regular admission to the University.

To apply for this scholarship indicate "yes" on the application where it asks if your father or mother graduated from a school in the LSU System. Afterward, an application will automatically be mailed to you from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid (225-578-1175).

LSU Scholarships for International Students

A limited number of scholarships are awarded to international students each fall semester. Scholarships for first-time freshmen include awards which cover tuition and the nonresident fee, as well as, awards that apply to the nonresident fee only. Transfer students are awarded scholarships which apply to the nonresident fee only. Amounts vary based on academic credentials. Students applying for international scholarships must submit the application for admission, transcripts, test scores, and all other required information by January 1. Awards are made on the basis of academic records: high school records, college transcripts, TOEFL, SAT and/or ACT scores. Letters of recommendation, awards, activities, and evidence of financial need are not considered. LSU has high standards for all international applicants, and scholarships are awarded only to the top applicants.

LSU Study Abroad Scholarship Program

Undergraduate students planning to participate in an approved LSU Study Abroad Program are eligible for consideration for awards ranging from $1,000 to $3,000 each year. To be considered, students must have at least a 3.00 cumulative grade point average, must have earned a minimum of 30 hours at LSU, and must be concurrently enrolled at LSU during the study abroad period. Applications for these awards are available each January through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid Web site at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

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TOPS—Louisiana's Tuition Opportunity Program for Students

Louisiana residents meeting certain eligibility requirements will qualify for tuition assistance and, in some cases, cash stipends through this state-funded program. TOPS has three components:

  1. the Opportunity Award provides tuition assistance for four years;
  2. the Performance Award provides tuition assistance and a $400 per year cash stipend for four years; and
  3. the Honors Award provides tuition assistance and a cash stipend of $800 per year for four years.

Each of these components has certain ACT score and gpa requirements; in addition, all TOPS awards require 17.5 units of specified high school course work.

To apply for TOPS awards, the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which corresponds to the year in which the student plans to enroll, must be submitted by the deadline published in the FAFSA.

More detailed information on these pro-grams may be obtained from the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance, Scholarship Division, P. O. Box 91202, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70821-9202 or by visiting their Web site at www.osfa.state.la.us.

Louisiana Go Grant

The Louisiana Go Grant is a need-based award program administered by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance. The application for the Louisiana Go Grant is the FAFSA which must be completed each academic year for evaluation of renewal eligibility.

To be eligible to receive the Louisiana Go Grant, the following criteria must be met:

  • Louisiana resident as defined by the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance
  • Students must be admitted and enrolled as a certificate or degree-seeking undergraduate student at a Louisiana public or private college or university:
    1. as a first-time freshman or
    2. aged 25 or older and not having enrolled in a college or university in credit bearing courses for at least one year $
  • Demonstration of financial need based on information reported on the FAFSA

Award amounts for the Louisiana Go Grant are $2,000 for students enrolled full-time, $1,000 for students enrolled less than full-time, and $500 for students enrolled less than half-time.

For additional information about the Louisiana Go Grant, contact the Louisiana Office of Student Financial Assistance at 1-800-259-5626, ext. 1012, or visit the Web site at www.osfa.state.la.us.

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Other LSU Scholarships and Awards

There are two types of scholarships listed below—those restricted to students according to their major or college and those that are open to all students regardless of their major or college. Most scholarships are restricted to full-time students.

All other applications, when required, may be obtained from the department or college listed in the description of the scholarship.

The description of each scholarship fl-lows the same format: title; number given and annual amount of each, e.g., "(2:$300)" means that two scholarships are awarded per year at $300 each; any criteria or restrictions; and the group that determines which students will receive the scholarship. The following abbreviations are used in the scholarship descriptions:

FR—freshman
SO—sophomore
JR—junior
SR—senior
UG—undergraduate
GR—graduate student
LA—Louisiana
yr—year
gpa—grade point average
SA&S Com—Stud. Aid & Schol. Com.
EBR—East Baton Rouge Parish

Scholarships and Awards Restricted to a Particular Field of Study

Students interested in applying for the following scholarships and awards should check with the individual colleges for up-to-date information concerning amounts and requirements. Those scholarships and awards marked with one asterisk (*) are funded through the LSU Foundation. Those marked with two asterisks (**) are sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association.

Scholarships and Awards Restricted to a Particular Field of Study

Students interested in applying for the following scholarships and awards should check with the individual colleges for up-to date information concerning amounts and requirements. Those scholarships and awards marked with one asterisk (*) are funded through the LSU Foundation. Those marked with two asterisks (**) are sponsored by the LSU Alumni Association.

GRADUATE SCHOLARSHIPS AND AWARDS

For additional information on scholarships and awards for students in the Graduate School or professional schools, see the publications issued by those divisions.

SCHOOL OF LIBRARY AND INFORMATION SCIENCE

  • Jimmy H. Hoover Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS. Louisiana Library Association Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by LA Library Association.
  • Florinell F. Morton Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS.
  • Nettie Puckett Wilson Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS.
  • Mary Marguerite Hanchey Memorial Fellowship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS.
  • Sidone Lawrence Walker Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS.
  • Lewis Mack Fellowship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS. Mary Moore Mitchell Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; part-time student; awarded by LA Library Association.
  • Richard W. Peck Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS academic ability; interest in youth services; awarded by SLIS.
  • Ollie H. Burns Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; full-time or part-time student; first preference shall be given to minority student; awarded by SLIS. Donald D. Foos Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; awarded by SLIS.
  • Charles Patterson Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; full-time or part-time student; pursuing a CLIS degree or other post-master's degree program as the School may offer in the future; awarded by SLIS.
  • Friends of the Lafayette Parish Public Library Fellowship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; resident of Lafayette Parish; awarded by SLIS.
  • H. W. Wilson Scholarship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; part-time student; awarded by SLIS. Louisiana Library Association Trustees Section Fellowship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; LA resident interested in public libraries; awarded by SLIS.
  • John and Hester Slocum Fellowship (1) GR major in LIS; academic ability; resident of New Orleans area; awarded by SLIS.

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FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID PROGRAMS

LSU administers all Title IV federal programs which are based on a student's demonstrated financial need. Funds received from the federal programs help students to cover school expenses, including tuition and fees, room and board, books and supplies, and transportation. All such programs are subject to regulations authorized by the United States Department of Education, as well as University policies consistent with these federal regulations and are subject to change.

Detailed information on these programs can be found on the Internet at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Eligibility for Financial Aid

All students must meet the following criteria to apply for Title IV federal aid—grants, work study, and loans:

  • Be enrolled as a regular student in a degree-granting or certificate program.
  • Be a U.S. citizen or eligible noncitizen (permanent resident).
  • Be enrolled at least half-time (most programs—regular semesters: undergraduate, six hours; graduate, five hours;
  • Not be in default on prior student loans or owe a refund on a federal grant.
  • Be making satisfactory academic progress as described in the section, Satisfactory Academic Progress for Purposes of Financial Aid Eligibility.

Application for Federal Financial Aid

Students who wish to apply for the programs described in this section should file either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or the Renewal Application. The FAFSA is available online at www.fafsa.ed.gov. It is recommended that the application be filed no later than March 1 for summer or fall enrollment or October 1 for spring enrollment. These applications cover aid awarded for the upcoming academic year (beginning with the summer term) and application must be made each year.

Once the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid has received your FAFSA, additional documentation will be requested through your PAWS accounts. To receive a loan for the academic year, the deadline to return all required documents is the first business day of May. To receive a semester only loan, the deadline to return all required documents is:

  • Summer only loans—Last business day of July
  • Fall only loans—First business day of December
  • Spring only loans—First business day of May

For consideration for Pell grants only, documents may be accepted later than the stated dates. Check with the Student Aid Office for deadlines.

Once all documents are processed, an award letter will be sent via the student's PAWS account to allow them to accept or decline their aid. The deadline for a student to accept a loan is:

  • Semester only loans—First day of final exams for that semester
  • Academic year loans (summer/fall/spring or fall/spring loans)—First day of spring semester final exams

Please note that students will not receive an award notice until all verification documents have been properly submitted and processed. Documents submitted after the stated deadlines may not result in an award. Student submitting documents after the stated deadlines may jeopardize their opportunity to receive funding for that academic year.

For additional information on these programs, as well as, information regarding how financial need is determined and an LSU student's cost of attendance, visit www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Grants

  • Federal Pell Grants—Undergraduate students working toward their first degree are eligible for consideration. Eligibility is determined by a federal need analysis formula.
  • Federal Supplemental Educational Opportunity Grants—Undergraduate students working toward their first degree, who show exceptional financial need may qualify. Funds are limited.
  • Leveraging Educational Assistance Partnership (LEAP)—Undergraduate students working toward first degree, who show financial need may qualify. Student must be a Louisiana resident and have a 3.00 gpa.
  • Academic Competitiveness Grant (ICG) —At least half-time undergraduate students who completed a "rigorous" high school program of study and are:
    1. eligible for a Federal Pell Grant;
    2. have earned less than 60 credit hours; and
    3. meet several other requirements may qualify for this program.
  • National Science and Mathematics Access to Retain Talent Grant (National SMART Grant)—At least half-time undergraduate students who have earned between 60 and 119 credit hours who are:
    1. eligible for a Federal Pell Grant;
    2. majoring in specific math, science, or critical foreign languages; and
    3. meet several other requirements may qualify for this program.

Campus-Based Programs

  • Federal Perkins Loans—Low-interest (5 percent) loans made by LSU and repaid to LSU. Interest is subsidized while the student is in school. Students must show financial need and be enrolled at least half-time. Deferment and cancellation privileges are available under certain circumstances. Funds are limited.
  • Federal Work-Study Program—Campus jobs provided to full-time students, not on academic probation, who show financial need. Students earn an hourly wage (beginning at minimum wage) and are paid every two weeks. Students who are awarded Federal Work-Study employment have the option of choosing job sites designated as community service agencies. Funds are limited.

Federal Family Education Loans

LSU participates in the following Title IV Federal Family Educational Loan Programs:

  • Federal Subsidized Stafford Loans—Based on financial need, the interest on this loan does not accrue while the student is in school. Payments are deferred until six months after the student ceases being enrolled on at least a half-time basis.
  • Federal Unsubsidized Stafford Loans— This program enables students to borrow, regardless of need. Interest will accrue on this loan while the student is enrolled, and may be paid or capitalized as agreed by the borrower and the lender.
  • Federal Parent Loan for Undergraduate Students (PLUS)—This program allows parents of dependent students to borrow per year up to the cost of education, less any other aid. The repayment period begins on the day the loan is disbursed, and the first installment to the lender is due within 60 days of that date. This loan is not based on need.
  • Graduate PLUS Loans (GRAD PLUS)—This program is a loan for graduate and professional students that are taken in their own name. This loan will give these students a valuable federal loan alternative to private loans. Just like parent borrowers, these students will be able to borrow under the PLUS program up to the cost of education less other aid received. In addition, these borrowers will have to meet the same credit eligibility requirements that apply to parent borrowers.

Loan disbursements normally occur the week prior to the start of classes. Depending on the award package, loans will be disbursed accordingly:

  1. summer, fall, and spring loans will occur in three equal disbursements;
  2. fall and spring loans will occur in two equal disbursements; and
  3. semester only loans will disburse in one disbursement at the start of the semester. All federal aid funds are applied directly to your student account in the Office of Bursar Operations. If the amount credited to your account is greater than the amount you owe to the University, you will be issued a refund for the credit balance. Allow up to seven business days for the Office of Bursar Operations to process a direct deposit or refund check.

Students borrowing under the Federal Family Education Loans Programs described above, except Parent PLUS, are required by federal regulation to have an entrance counseling session before they receive their first disbursement at LSU. This brief online session explains important information about borrowing student loans and money management during school. When a student borrower graduates, resigns, or otherwise ceases to be enrolled on at least a half-time basis at LSU, he/she is required to attend an exit counseling session. The online session explains what the borrower should expect upon entering loan repayment. Entrance counseling can be accomplished at https://staffordloanguide.usafunds.org/. Exit counseling can be accomplished at https://studentloantransitionguide.usafunds.org. For additional information on a student's rights and responsibilities regarding federal financial aid, refer to www.lsu.edu/financialaid to view The Guide to Federal Student Aid published by the U.S. Department of Education.

Loan Cancellation

The deadlines for a student (or parent in the case of a PLUS loan) to cancel one or more of their loans or disbursements of their loan(s), is as follows:

  • Academic year loans: 1st business day of May
  • Summer only loans: Last business day of July
  • Fall only loans: 1st business day of Dec.
  • Spring only loans:1st business day of May

Contact the Student Aid Division of the Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid for information on how to complete this process. Exceptions to the stated deadlines will be made on a case-by-case basis.

Satisfactory Academic Progress for Purposes of Financial Aid Eligibility

Undergraduate Students

In order to receive financial aid, a student must be making "satisfactory academic progress." For the purpose of participating in any of the federal student aid programs, the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid has established the following policy for determining satisfactory academic progress for undergraduate students:

  • Students must not be on academic probation if they have enrolled for less than four semesters.
  • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative gpa at the end of their fourth semester attempted and thereafter.
  • Students must earn at least 75 percent of hours attempted for the past academic year.
  • Students may only receive financial aid for a maximum of 180 attempted credit hours (238 for 5 year curricula).
  • Students pursuing a second Bachelor's degree may only receive financial aid for a maximum of 60 attempted hours beyond the first degree. Student's pursuing a third bachelor's degree are not eligible for federal financial aid.

If these established criteria are not met at the end of the spring semester, students may seek to appeal if mitigating circumstances affected their academic performance. Students are mailed an appeal form when they are not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester. For a student to re-establish eligibility they must either (1) receive an approved appeal or (2) meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the next spring semester. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may be viewed at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Graduate/Professional Students

For the purpose of participating in any of the federal student aid programs, the LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid has established the following policy for determining satisfactory progress for graduate and professional students:

Graduate Students:

  • Students must have a 3.0 cumulative gpa.
  • Students must earn at least 75 percent of hours attempted for the past academic year.
  • Master's students may receive financial aid for a maximum of five years from the first semester of their program.
  • Students pursuing a second master's degree may receive financial aid for a maximum of five years from the first semester enrolled in the program. Students pursuing a third master's degree are not eligible for federal financial aid.
  • Doctorate students may receive financial aid for a maximum of seven years from the first semester of their program.
  • Students pursuing a second doctorate degree are not eligible for federal financial aid.

Professional Students:

  • Students must have a 2.0 cumulative gpa.
  • Students must earn at least 75 percent of hours attempted for the past academic year.
  • Law students enrolled in the JD/BCL program may receive financial aid for a maximum of 145 attempted credit hours.
  • Law students enrolled in the LLM or MCL program may receive financial aid for a maximum of 39 attempted hours.
  • Students enrolled in the DVM program may receive financial aid for a maximum of 265 attempted course hours.

If these established criteria are not met at the end of the spring semester, students may seek to appeal if mitigating circumstances affected their academic performance. Students are notified when they are not considered to be making satisfactory academic progress at the end of the spring semester. For a student to re-establish eligibility they must either (1) receive an approved appeal or (2) meet the Satisfactory Academic Progress requirements at the end of the next spring semester. The complete Satisfactory Academic Progress policy may be viewed at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Resignations/Unofficial Withdrawals

Students who receive financial aid funds and then resign or unofficially withdraw (cease attendance) during the first 60 percent of the enrollment period will be required to repay all or part of the aid they received. The amount of aid that must be returned is based on the period of time the student remained enrolled. Detailed information regarding the return of funds and post withdrawal disbursements, if applicable, is located at www.lsu.edu/financialaid.

Federal aid must be returned within 45 days to the appropriate programs in the following order: Unsubsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Subsidized Federal Stafford Loans, Perkins Loans, PLUS (Parent) Loans, Graduate PLUS Loan, Pell Grants, Academic Competitiveness Grant (ACG), National SMART Grant and SEOG. The amount of aid to be returned will be calculated at the time of resignation. For unofficial withdrawals, the amount will be calculated at the end of the enrollment period. Until this obligation is settled, requests for academic transcripts will not be processed and any further financial aid may be in jeopardy.

Campus Employment

Those students who want to work on campus, but do not qualify on the basis of financial need, may seek regular student employment by contacting various departments on campus. Only full-time students who are not on academic probation are eligible to hold campus jobs. Graduating seniors who are part-time in their final semester may have permission to work in a campus job. The Career Services location in B-4 Coates Hall provides assistance to those who seek part-time, internship, co-op, or volunteer positions on and off campus. Graduate students should inquire about the availability of assistantships in their departmental offices. For additional information, visit www.lsu.edu/career.

Short-Term LSU Loans

Full-time students, who have completed registration, and have not received a credit balance check, may apply for short-term Hiram Student Loans in the amount of $300 for undergraduate students and $500 for graduate/professional students. Students must not be on academic probation to receive these loans. Students must have repaid any prior short-term loans to be eligible. Loans are made starting on the first day of classes and continues for the first two weeks of classes. Students are permitted a maximum of 60 days to repay the loan in full. A 2 percent service charge is assessed on the amount borrowed. This 2 percent service charge is equivalent to an annual interest rate of 12 percent.

Hiram Student Loans are to be repaid at the Office of Bursar Operations, 125 Thomas Boyd Hall, on or before the maturity date shown on the promissory note signed by the student at the time the loan was negotiated. Students who fail to repay Hiram Student Loans by the maturity date may jeopardize their chances of receiving future loans.

Accounts that must be turned over to LSU's attorneys for collection are assessed an additional collection fee. All international students who are interested in Hiram Loans should contact the International Student Office prior to receiving loans or working in jobs on campus.

VETERANS' BENEFITS

The Office of the University Registrar, 112 Thomas Boyd Hall, provides counseling and information for veterans attending LSU. Enrollment certifications to the Veterans' Administration are handled through this office, and all veterans and eligible dependents of deceased or disabled veterans are urged to establish contact with the Office of Veterans' Affairs when they arrive on campus. New students who wish to receive advance pay should notify this office at least 30 days prior to registration. Information is also available at the Office of Veterans' Affairs Web site: www.lsu.edu/slas/vetaffairs.

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