Leaders in Every Field

Leaders in Every Field

LSU is the state's flagship university and has more than 100 student organizations, 194 undergraduate and graduate/professional degrees and more than 31,000 students.

Top Tier for Best National Universities

LSU is ranked in the top tier for “Best National Universities” for the 11th-straight year and is the only public university in Louisiana ranked in the top tier this year.

  • Forbes ranks LSU among the Top 20 national universities that dominate in both academics and athletics.
  • LSU is in the elite 1% of universities with land-, sea-, and space-grant status.
  • LSU is 1 of only 8 universities in the nation with dental, law, veterinary, medical, and elite MBA programs.
  • LSU College of Science is the top producer of African American Ph.D. and women Ph.D. graduates in chemistry in the U.S.
  • In “Payback Picture” rankings, U.S. News & World Report lists LSU among the schools whose students finish college with the least amount of debt
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LSU Law Ranked #8 Best Value Law School in Nation

The LSU Law Center has been ranked the #8 Best Value Law School in the nation in the 2015 rankings released by The National Jurist magazine. LSU Law is the only Louisiana law school, public or private, included in the rankings. LSU Law graduates consistently have the highest first-time bar passage rate in Louisiana.

Gravitational Waves Detected

LSU faculty and students contributed to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics for the first detection of gravitational waves.

LIGO Gravitational Wave Detection Wins Nobel Prize


Forefront of Medical Research

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LSU is at the forefront of medical research on health issues including cancer, obesity, and diabetes. Our scientific discoveries, including those at the LSU Pennington Biomedical Research Center and LSU Health Sciences Centers, have helped positively change how America addresses health needs, nutrition, and preventative care.

Trailblazers for the Arts

No. 1 Ranked Architecture Programs

The undergraduate and graduate programs at the LSU Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture, or RRSLA, have once again received top rankings from DesignIntelligence magazine, the leading journal of design professionals. The 2018–19 issue of “America’s Best Architecture & Design Schools” ranked LSU’s undergraduate program as number one in the nation and the graduate program as number five in the nation.

LSU Theatre Ranked No. 2 in the Country

The Department of Theatre is one of a handful of programs in the country with an affiliate professional theatre, Swine Palace. Additionally, LSU Theatre Ranked No. 2 in the Country Among Public Universities


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Renovated and Expanded Patrick F. Taylor Hall

In spring 2018, LSU cut the ribbon on newly renovated and expanded Patrick F. Taylor Hall – the largest academic building in Louisiana and largest free-standing engineering building in the nation.

Revolutionary Innovations

LSU AgCenter has one of the most active intellectual property programs in the country and ranks among the top research universities for return on investment.


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