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President King Alexander Shakes Hands With A Parent On Move In Day

LSU Welcomes Historic Class to Campus 

Fall classes officially began this week, capping the excitement of Move-In Day and Welcome Week. This is a historic moment for LSU, as the university welcomes its largest, most diverse, and most academically accomplished class of incoming students.

There are more than 6,000 new Tigers on campus this fall, hailing from all 64 of Louisiana’s parishes, all 50 states, and over 100 countries. In the past two years, LSU has seen a 40 percent increase in our minority student population.

In addition to breaking records and setting new standards for diversity, this incoming class comes to LSU with an incredibly distinguished record of academic achievement. These students collectively boast both the highest average ACT score and GPA that our institution has recorded for a cohort of freshmen. Specific numbers will be available after our census on the 14th day of classes.

The entire campus community is incredibly proud to welcome these outstanding Tigers to the LSU family, and everybody looks forward to celebrating their accomplishments over the next four years.

LSU Fierce For The Future Campaign Literature

“Fierce for the Future” Campaign Passes Halfway Mark

In January, LSU publicly launched the $1.5 billion "Fierce for the Future" campaign, the most ambitious philanthropic effort ever undertaken by a university in Louisiana’s history. The campaign is also the first coordinated fundraising endeavor to bring together every foundation from across all of LSU’s campuses.  

To date, the university has surpassed the campaign's halfway point, having raised more than $766 million. More events across all LSU institutions are planned for the coming months.

Learn more about Fierce for the Future and how LSU is changing the world at fierceforthefuturecampaign.org.

LSU researchers lead a demonstration of coastal technology

LSU is Fierce For The Coast

There is no more pressing issue in Louisiana than the preservation of the state’s fragile coastline and precious wetlands. As the flagship university, LSU is committed to using all of our resources to aid in this critical campaign.

With the rare status as a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution, LSU is uniquely positioned to deliver much-needed results for Louisiana’s coast.

More than 200 coastal experts call LSU home, and their studies bring nearly $65 million in federal research dollars to the state. The university has also made an impact through the Coastal Roots program, which partners with high schools and civic organizations. The program has helped 23,000 students plant 168,567 seedlings and grass plugs in marshes to stem the tide of coastal erosion.

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LSU Faculty Earn Prestigious Leadership Roles

LSU’s outstanding faculty are fierce in their constant pursuit of excellence. This commitment to a high academic standard brings many international and national honors to the university and shines a spotlight of excellence on Louisiana.

The European Academy of Sciences has awarded membership to Dr. George Voyiadjis, a Boyd Professor and the Chair of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering. Dr. Voyiadjis has been a member of LSU’s faculty since 1980 and has brought countless groundbreaking research opportunities to the flagship campus. His research is focused on studying the various properties and experimental uses of metals.

Dr. Cherie-Ann Nathan, the Chair of Otolaryngology and Head & Neck Surgery at LSU Health Shreveport, was recently inducted as the President of the American Head and Neck Society. Dr. Nathan is only the second female physician to ever serve as President of the AHNS.

Dr. Laura Bonanno, the Director of the Nurse Anesthesia Program and an Associate Professor of Clinical Nursing at LSU Health New Orleans, has been elected as President of the Council on Accreditation of Nurse Anesthesia Educational Programs.

Dr. Cathy Lazarus, the Associate Dean for Student Affairs and Records at LSU Health New Orleans, has been elected as a member the Board of Directors of the National Resident Matching Program.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center Associate Executive Director and Professor Peter T. Katzmarzyk has been named as a member of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Roundtable on Obesity Solutions.

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LSU Students Earn Distinguished International Award

Three LSU students were awarded the prestigious Gilman International Scholarship by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Education and Cultural Affairs. The honor will assist the students in interning or studying abroad.

Luke Anthony Dupre, a freshman from Crowley studying history, liberal arts and political science, will be participating in the LSU in Paris program.

Alexandra Haynes, a senior from New Orleans studying agricultural education, will be participating with the LSU in Thailand program.

Todd Thibodaux, a freshman from Thibodaux studying microbiology, will travel to the United Kingdom with LSU’s Edinburgh and London programs.

President F. King Alexander hands a graduate her diploma at commencement

LSU Graduates Record-Breaking Summer Class 

At the summer commencement ceremonies on August 2nd, LSU conferred degrees on more than 600 students. The graduates hailed from 38 Louisiana parishes, 35 states, and 35 foreign countries ranging from Afghanistan to Uganda.

The day was another historic graduation for the university, as it marked the highest amount of both doctoral and graduate degrees ever awarded at a summer commencement. In addition, an unprecedented number of graduate degrees were conferred on African-American and Asian students. The previous record for degrees awarded in a summer commencement to out-of-state students was broken as well.

In the News: A Sample of LSU's Footprint in the National Media

PBS Newshour LogoA brief but spectacular take on how animals and continents are interconnected

LSU Associate Professor Prosanta Chakrabarty, an ichthyologist, discusses the motivation and inspiration behind his groundbreaking studies.

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Louisiana is sinking: See where your city stands

LSU Chief of Geodesy Cliff Mugnier talks about the university’s latest study, which explored the rapid effects of sedimentation in Louisiana


Huffington Post LogoNew Orleans’ Levees Face Biggest Test Since Hurricane Katrina

LSU Professor Craig Colten discusses the potential effects of massive flooding in South Louisiana and how such challenges have faced the state before.

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Democratic Candidates Swarm Iowa for Biggest Face-Off to Date

LSU Political Science Professor Joshua Darr explores the idea of retail politics amid a crowded presidential field in the Iowa Caucuses.

Mark Your Calendars!

Bill Conti & LSU Symphony Orchestra
September 17, 7:30 p.m. at the Union Theater

LSU Alumnus and Academy Award-winning composer Bill Conti will lead the LSU Symphony Orchestra in a performance of some of the greatest hits from the history of American Cinema.

2019 Gubernatorial Debate
September 19 at 7 p.m. in the Union Theater

All three major candidates vying for Louisiana’s top political job; John Bel Edwards, Ralph Abraham, and Eddie Rispone; will be facing off in a debate co-hosted by the LSU Reilly Center for Media & Public Affairs and Nexstar Media Group.

The doors will open at 5:30 p.m. at close thirty minutes before the start of the debate. All attendees must register, present their ticket and a photo ID at the entrance.

LSU Science Café | Live Oaks, Arches & Terracotta
September 24, 5 p.m. at the LSU Digital Media Center

LSU Architecture Professor Michael Desmond will explore the history of the university's unique campus buildings and layout. It is a talk that students, faculty, staff, and alumni will not want to miss!

Doors open at 5 p.m. and light refreshments will be served. The talk is set to start at 6 p.m.

The LSU Science Café is sponsored by the Office of Research and Economic Development and is regularly scheduled for the final Tuesday of each month.