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LSU Named a Great School for Future Financial Planners

Financial Planning Magazine looks at “25 Great Schools for Future Financial Planners”

12/18/2012 09:02 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s Department of Finance was featured in the Financial Planning magazine article “25 Great Schools for Future Financial Planners.” The article highlighted LSU’s newly created undergraduate financial planning specialization and its graduate financial planning specialization.

LSU E. J. Ourso College Associate Dean Fran Lawrence, a professor in the finance department and the director of the department’s Certified Financial Planner Partnership, was quoted in the article saying, “the undergraduate program, which began in January, already has 25 students enrolled, but anticipates a rapid increase in enrollment.”
The Financial Planning article also states, “The fact the program is located in the finance department of a business school offers a competitive advantage and visibility that benefits the entire profession.”

“Some other business schools are small, but LSU is known nationwide,” Lawrence said.

Financial Planning magazine relied on both financial planners and academics to comprise the list of 25 schools.

“Our story is not a ranking – it’s comprised of many of the schools on students’ short lists,” said author Ann Marsh in the article. “It also represents the wide range of ways planners are now learning their trade.”

The article appeared in November, and can be read in full at

The Department of Finance at LSU’s E. J. Ourso College of Business offers high quality programs for undergraduate and graduate students interested in careers in corporate finance, asset management, real estate, insurance, banking, financial planning and business law. Aiming to create exciting educational opportunities for its students, the department employs tools such as the Securities Markets Analysis Research and Trading, or SMART, Lab. This 44-station simulated interactive trading floor enables students to gain practical experience in the fast-paced world of securities analysis, research and trading. Additionally, the Department of Finance encourages, supports and conducts research in real estate by housing the nationally renowned Real Estate Research Institute.

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