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LSU Recruits for Academics at BCS

More than 600 Attend LSU’s BCS National Championship Reception

01/09/2012 11:47 AM

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BATON ROUGE – Hundreds of future Tigers decked out in purple and gold. The Golden Band from Tigerland blasting out the LSU pregame song, “Touchdown for LSU.” The LSU cheerleaders and Mike the Tiger leading the crowd with a raucous “Geaux Tigers!” These sights and sounds seemed like a Saturday night in Tiger Stadium, but this all took place on Sunday, Jan. 8, in New Orleans at LSU Office of Undergraduate Admissions & Student Aid’s BCS National Championship Reception.


“We’re having a great event here tonight. This is the Love Purple, Live Gold, and this is absolutely the gold of LSU – the excitement about the excellence of the academics here at LSU,” said David Kurpius, interim associate vice chancellor for enrollment management at LSU. “We champion education, we champion great programs, and we’re going to have a championship team on the field.”


The event was held prior to the Les Miles radio show in New Orleans the day before the Allstate BCS National Championship game. Prospective students and their parents in the New Orleans area were invited to the reception to learn more about the exciting opportunities LSU offers.


“LSU has fabulous faculty and fabulous facilities and of course what we want to do is get fabulous students to go with them, and that’s why we go to events like this to get the best and brightest students to come to LSU and enjoy a first-class education,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost John Maxwell Hamilton.


LSU representatives were on-hand to answer questions that students and parents may have about the university. In addition to the opportunity for parents and prospective students to talk one-on-one with administrators from LSU, the reception included a welcome by Kurt Keppler, LSU vice chancellor for student life and enrollment services; an overview of events by Mandy Hoffman, LSU associate director for undergraduate admissions & student aid; and a presentation by Kurpius.


“When you look back at a college education, you want to have both a high quality education, classroom experience and also an opportunity to really enjoy yourself,” Hamilton said. “LSU affords us both of those. We get a national championship quality entertainment and you get a national championship quality education. They go together.”


Important information about LSU and its admission requirements was discussed at the event such as the three main factors applicants must have to increase the likelihood of being accepted to LSU. Incoming freshman must have completed at least 19 units of college-preparatory classes and achieved a minimum GPA of 3.0. In addition, applicants must have a minimum SAT score of 1030 (critical reading and math) or a composite ACT score of at least 22.      


All students admitted to LSU must be eligible to enroll in university-level courses in English and mathematics. LSU requires a minimum ACT English sub-score of 18 or SAT critical reading score of 450 and a minimum ACT math sub-score of 19 or SAT math score of 460.      


For more information on how to apply to LSU or the university’s admission requirements, visit the LSU Undergraduate Admissions website at

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