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LSU Is Fierce for Research

Research is an essential part of LSU's mission as Louisiana's flagship university, and our institution is charged with finding innovative solutions to the state’s most pressing issues. Across all eight campuses, our faculty and researchers are continuing to secure incredibly competitive grants that drive research forward, contributing to LSU’s collective research portfolio of $1.1 billion. 

LSU’s National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education has recently been awarded $22 million from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to provide emergency preparedness trainings to first responders and civilians.  

The LSU Health Sciences Center New Orleans has been awarded a $13.6 million grant by the National Cancer Institute to continue statewide clinical trials in underserved communities. Their primary partners on this initiative include the LSU Health New Orleans Stanley S. Scott Cancer Center, LSU Health Shreveport Feist Weiller Cancer Center, Mary Bird Perkins Cancer Center and the Ochsner Cancer Center. 

LSU is also joining forces with the University of Florida, the University of Georgia and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to form the Coasts, Climates, the Humanities and the Environment Consortium. The CCHEC, with support from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, will focus on using the institutions’ land- and sea-grant missions to study the impact of climate change on coastal regions in the United States.

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LSU Climbs in Rankings 

Among ranking services that measure outcomes such as graduate success, low debt loads, and high rates of social mobility, LSU has seen a considerable upward climb.

In the past three years, the university has moved up 148 spots in The Wall Street Journal/Times Higher Education's rankings. This year alone, LSU made a significant jump in Washington Monthly’s rankings, climbing nearly 20 spots to finish No. 71 among all public universities in the nation. When compared to other flagship universities in a national scope, LSU moved up six spots to No. 24. In addition, U.S. News & World Report ranked LSU in the top tier of “Best National Universities” for the 12th consecutive year. The university remains Louisiana's highest ranked public institution in all three publications. 

According to the Payscale 2019-20 College Salary Report, the earnings of LSU’s graduates are also outpacing peer institutions. Among the SEC’s public universities, LSU alumni rank third in both starting- and mid-career salaries.

Students at graduation

LSU Receives National Recognition for Diversity

INSIGHT Into Diversity magazine, the oldest and largest diversity-focused publication in higher education, has named LSU a recipient of their Higher Education Excellence in Diversity, or HEED, Award for the seventh consecutive year.

The HEED award is annually given to colleges and universities that demonstrate an outstanding commitment to diversity and inclusion on their campus, through avenues such as academic programs and student life. 

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LSU's Official Enrollment Shatters Records

After the official university census on the fourteenth day of classes, LSU has broken yet another record for student enrollment.

The university currently has 31,761 students taking classes on the flagship campus, including 6,126 freshmen, the largest incoming class ever. But the increase in overall population has not brought about a decrease in in-state enrollment, with 4,720 freshmen from Louisiana joining the class, breaking yet another record. The incoming class is also setting new precedents for academic accomplishment, with a 3.5 GPA and an ACT score of 26.

Across all of LSU's campuses, enrollment has topped 50,000 for the first time ever. 

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Faculty Continue Their Fierce Pursuit of Excellence

LSU’s faculty are fierce in their pursuit of academic excellence. Their dedication to the university’s high standards brings many accolades to campus, showcasing their incredible work.

Dr. Tina M. Harris, the Manship School of Mass Communication’s Race, Media and Cultural Literacy Endowed Chair, was recognized by the National Communication Association with their Robert J. Kibler Memorial Award, given annually to the nation’s top communications professional.

The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Gulf Research Program has selected Environmental Sciences Assistant Professor Rebeca de Jesus Crespo and Architecture Assistant Professor Traci Birch for their Early-Career Research Fellowship Program. The initiative supports scientists studying both environmental and community health in coastal areas.

Emeritus Professor of Economics Loren Scott and Assistant Professor Greg Upton presented their forecast of Louisiana’s economic outlook at the Baton Rouge Business Report’s annual Top 100 luncheon. Their study is the 38th edition of the forecast, prepared annually by the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Department of Economics.

Gubernatorial candidates on the debate stage at the LSU Student Union Theatre

LSU Hosts Gubernatorial Debate 

With Louisiana's primary elections less than two weeks away, LSU played a pivotal role in the public discourse among the candidates vying for the Governor's Mansion. In a partnership with Nexstar Media Group, the Manship School of Mass Communication's Reilly Center for Media and Public Affairs hosted and produced the state's first gubernatorial debate of the year. 

All three major candidates, Governor John Bel Edwards, Congressman Ralph Abraham, and businessman Eddie Rispone, participated in the forum, which featured questions from current LSU students. 

Mary L. Werner being sworn in as chair of LSU Board of Supervisors

 Board of Supervisors Installs New Leadership

After completing his year-long term as chairman of the LSU Board of Supervisors, James Williams officially handed over the gavel of the university’s governing body to Mary L. Werner at the board’s September meeting.

The transition was a historic one. Williams was the first African-American alumnus to chair the board, and Werner's mother, Laura Leach, served on the board for 18 years, and including as chair from 1996 to 1997, making Werner the first daughter of a former chair to hold the position. 

Also at the meeting, Robert Dampf was elected to serve as chair-elect for the next year. He will succeed Werner in September 2020.  

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


This mysterious star could be consuming a stolen exomoon

CNN explores some strange scientific occurrences in a star named for LSU Assistant Professor Tabetha Boyajian. 


Crime Prevention Through Crime Prediction

Yahoo takes a look a Crimer, crime-prediction software that has its origins in a student's assignment for an LSU Computer Science class.

 The Washington Post

Frederick Douglass photos smashed stereotypes. Could Elizabeth Warren selfies do the same?

LSU Mass Communication Professor Nichole Bauer discusses the power of political images throughout American history. 


Self-driving cars could ease future evacuations

LSU Professor Brian Wolshon explains how self-driven cars can provide a smoother pace and quicker exit during hurricane evacuations. 

Mark Your Calendars!


October 4, 7 p.m. at the Union Theatre 

The LSU Golden Band from Tigerland will be performing all of their classic Tiger spirit songs alongside the LSU Wind Ensemble, the LSU Symphonic Winds, the Golden Girls and Colorguard. Tickets can be purchased either online or at the door and start at $25. 

LSU Corn Maze

October 5, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the LSU AgCenter Botanic Gardens

The LSU AgCenter will be hosting a family-friendly fall event featuring farm animals, a corn maze, pumpkin decorating, face painting, giant sling shots, a hay mountain and hay rides, among other activities. Admission is $10 per person and children three years of age and younger are able to get in for free.

Agriculture Alumni Lecture Series featuring Dale Hall

October 25, 11:30 a.m. in Knapp Hall 

LSU alumnus and Ducks Unlimited CEO Dale Hall will be discussing his career, wildlife and fisheries management, and what the future holds for this industry.

LSU Science Café: Extreme Green

October 29, 5 p.m. at the Varsity Theatre

LSU Department of Biological Sciences Assistant Professor Maheshi Dassanayake will discuss her research on the evolution of plants growing in extreme environments, extremophytes, and how they factor into the world amid climate change and water shortages. 

LSU Science Café is sponsored by the LSU Office of Research & Economic Development and held on the last Tuesday of each month. Doors open at 5 p.m. for networking and light refreshments, and the talk will start at 6 p.m. People of all ages are welcome.

Attendees are encouraged to register online.