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1900 Business Education Complex North
501 South Quad Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Telephone: 225-578-0073
Fax: 225-578-6366




Frequently Asked Questions

The SMART Lab is a state-of-the-art financial lab offering students and faculty access to real-time financial data, professional research tools and leading analytic software. It also functions as a high-tech, hands-on classroom.

Securities Markets Analysis, Research and Trading Lab.

​Bloomberg (News & Quotes, Markets Information, Equities, Fixed Income, Currencies, Portfolio Analytics, Mutual Funds, Economic Information), FactSet (News & Quotes, Company Information, Economic Data, Portfolio Analysis), Morningstar EnCorr (Asset Allocation Modeling), Morningstar Direct (Performance Analytics), IPS Advisor Pro, Zyware, Interactive Library-Virtual Assistant Financial Advisor Toolbox, ARGUS, and FTS (Trading software).

​The Bloomberg Essentials Online Training is a program offered by Bloomberg to educate professionals and students on the capabilities and functionality of Bloomberg. Through its curriculum of five courses, students learn how to use Bloomberg and the data and analytics available to them on the Bloomberg terminal.

Students can complete the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training by registering for a username and password on one of the twelve Bloomberg terminals in the SMART Lab, watching the five videos on a Bloomberg terminal and passing two corresponding exams. Videos range in length from 17 minutes to 35 minutes. Students may start the program, watch the videos and take the exams during normal SMART Lab hours. Please contact Tish O'Connor at for more information about the Bloomberg Essentials Online Training Program.

The Tiger Fund is a Student Managed Investment Fund. Students enrolled in FIN 3845 and FIN 7845 actively manage $1,800,000 of LSU’s endowment. Currently the Tiger Fund holds 71 of 192 companies in its universe, including Apple, McDonalds, Exxon Mobil, Google and Gilead. Interested students should email Tish O'Connor at to begin the application and interview process.

Yes, the LSU Graduate School requires a graduate exam score. We will accept either the GRE or GMAT.

The Bloomberg Aptitude Test (BAT) is a free 2-hour multiple-choice test designed to assess aptitude for business and finance. Every BAT test-taker is anonymously entered into the Bloomberg Talent Search Database. Available to more than 20,000 top firms, the Talent Search allows employers to contact a test-taker for an internship or full-time position. The BAT has been offered at least once a semester in the LSU SMART Lab since its inception.