LSU Welcomes Highest Quality, Most Diverse Student Body

10/09/2014 09:10 AM

BATON ROUGE – After announcing overall enrollment surpassing 30,000 students – thanks in part to the university’s third largest freshman class since admission standards were implemented – further information on LSU’s enrollment shows the university has welcomed its highest quality, most diverse student body ever.
 

Freshman Class:
 

LSU’s large freshman class is breaking university records in a number of areas. Freshman ACT score is up to an all-time high of 25.6, with entering freshman high school GPA also reached a high of 3.43.
 

First-generation freshman is up to its highest point since LSU began tracking this statistic more than five years ago. The fall 2014 cohort includes 36.9 percent first generation freshmen, compared to 35.4 percent in 2013.
 

“High quality high school students from across Louisiana and the country are choosing LSU for their college careers, and we are committed to providing them with exceptional, affordable and accessible higher education,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander.
 

LSU’s fall 2014 freshman class is composed of 5,655 students, ranking only behind the 5,725 freshmen enrolled in 2012 and the 5,700 freshmen enrolled in 2004 as the largest entering classes at LSU.
 

Diversity:
 

Demographically, LSU is seeing its largest proportion of overall minority enrollment ever at the university. Asian, African-American, Hispanic and students identifying themselves as two or more races have increased at both the undergraduate and graduate levels:
 

  • Asian Students: 13.2 percent increase at undergraduate level, 12.1 percent increase at graduate level and 13.1 percent increase overall – makes up 3.5 percent of total student body
  • African-American Students: 5.8 percent increase at undergraduate level, 5.9 percent increase at graduate level and 5.8 percent increase overall – makes up 11.2 percent of total student body
  • Hispanic Students: 14.7 percent increase at undergraduate level, 11.9 percent increase at graduate level and 14.4 percent increase overall – makes up 5.3 percent of total student body
  • Two or more races: 10.4 percent increase at undergraduate level, 9.3 percent increase at graduate level and 14.4 percent increase overall – makes up 2.2 percent of total student body

 

“One of LSU’s goals is to ‘strengthen the intellectual environment by broadening the cultural diversity of the LSU community,’” Alexander said. “After seeing more African-American, Hispanic and female students received degrees than ever before during this past graduation year, we are pleased to welcome a more diverse student body to campus.”
 

LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 30,451, a 2 percent increase from 2013, when enrollment figures recorded 29,865 students.
 

Retention:
 

LSU’s first-to-second year retention rate shows an overall increase from 82.5 percent in 2013 to 84.6 in 2014. The first-to-third year retention rate also improved from 73 percent in 2013 to 73.2 percent in 2014.
 

“It’s important for us to not only bring in high quality, diverse classes each year, but to also see them complete their college degree,” Alexander said. “Once a student enrolls at LSU, we will provide every service and resource available to see them walk across the stage and earn their degree.”
 

Having students finishing their educational careers with little-to-no debt is also important to Alexander.
 

“LSU students pay affordable tuition, accrue less debt and have higher starting salaries than many of their peers at other universities,” Alexander said. “We are committed to providing students with a great start to their careers post-graduation.”
 

For more information on LSU’s enrollment reports, visit Budget and Planning’s website at http://www.bgtplan.lsu.edu/.

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations
225-578-5685
eballa1@lsu.edu

Posted on Thursday, October 9, 2014