Undergraduate Admission



Office of Undergraduate Admissions
110 Thomas Boyd Hall
FAX 255/578-4433
E-MAIL • WEBSITE • www.lsu.edu

LSU welcomes applications from all interested students without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, marital status, or veteran's status. The University is committed to making fair and timely decisions on applications submitted.

Applications will be considered by evaluating prospective students' likelihood of success at LSU.

The University operates on a two-semester plan with an additional multi-session summer term. Qualified applicants, except in the School of Social Work, the M.B.A. program, and the School of Veterinary Medicine, may initiate their studies at the beginning of any semester or term. For detailed information concerning admission to graduate and professional schools, see the section, "Graduate School • Professional Programs" in this catalog.


Application packets are routinely sent to students who have their scores on the Scholastic Assessment Test (SAT) or American College Test (ACT) sent to the University. Undergraduate applications are available in many high schools and can be requested by writing or calling the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 225/578-1175. Students may also download the application from the LSU home page and/or apply online.

All applicants are encouraged to apply well before the deadline dates and should send transcripts of all college work attempted, if any, as soon as possible. Students should ask their high schools to send transcripts of all work to date to LSU at the time application is made. Complete transcripts will be required after high school graduation.

A nonrefundable application fee of $25 must accompany the application for admission or re-entry. This fee should be paid by a check drawn on a U.S. bank (or U.S. money order) and show the name of the student for whom payment is made. The University is not responsible for cash sent by mail. This service fee is used to help cover the cost of processing applications. It is neither refunded if admission is denied, nor is it applied against other costs when the student subsequently enrolls. All former LSU students who have not been enrolled for one or more semesters must submit an application for re-entry.

The application for admission also serves as the application for the main scholarship programs for freshmen and the Honors College. Arrangements for admission, housing, and need-based financial aid are made separately through the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, the Office of Residential Life, and the Office of Student Aid & Scholarships, respectively. Filing an application for admission does not entitle an applicant to University housing or financial aid; nor is the filing of a housing application, the assignment to a room, or the award of financial aid a commitment of admission to the University. For further information, see the sections, "Student Life and Academic Services" and "Financial Aid and Scholarships" in this catalog.

Application deadlines:

• April 15 for fall semester.
• December 1 for the spring semester (November 1 for persons who are not U.S. citizens or immigrants).
• April 15 for the summer term.

LSU enforces the application deadline for all undergraduate applications. In addition, all credentials (transcripts, test scores, etc.) for fall applicants must be in the Office of Undergraduate Admissions by July 1 to be reviewed for fall admission. Any student who submits an application after the stated deadline will be considered on an appeal basis only. Approval of these appeals is not guaranteed. Exceptions will be considered only in circumstances of unusual hardship. If a late application is accepted, the application will be assessed a late application fee.


All students enrolling for the first time at LSU or after an absence of one semester or more must furnish proof of immunization for (or immunity to) measles, mumps, rubella, tetanus, and diphtheria prior to enrollment at the University. The required proof should be submitted to LSU, Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.


All persons who are required to register for the federal draft under the federal Military Selective Service Act shall be required to certify on their application for admission that they have registered with the Selective Service. All questions regarding compliance should be directed to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions, 110 Thomas Boyd Hall, Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70803.


Eligibility for classification as a Louisiana resident is determined by the Office of Undergraduate Admissions in accordance with LSU System regulations and is based on evidence provided on the application for admission and related documents. Regulations relate primarily to location of the home and place of employ-ment. A resident student is defined as one who has abandoned all prior domiciles and has been domiciled in the state of Louisiana continu-ously for at least one full year (365 days) immediately preceding the first day of classes of the term for which classification as a resident is sought.

The individual's physical presence within this state for one year must be associated with substantial evidence that such presence was with the intent to maintain a Louisiana domicile. Physical presence within the state solely for educational purposes without substantial evidence of the intent to remain in Louisiana will not be sufficient for classification as a resident, regardless of the length of time within the state.

Factors considered in establishing residency, although not necessarily conclusive, include financial independence from parents residing in another state or country, reliance on Louisiana resources for financial support, continuous presence in Louisiana during periods when not enrolled as a student, commitments indicating an intent to stay in Louisiana permanently, paying Louisiana income taxes as a resident during the past tax year, and the absence of these indicia in other states during any period for which domicile in Louisiana is asserted.

Special provisions have been made for adults moving to Louisiana for employment purposes, military personnel stationed in Louisiana, and international students with immigrant visas. An international student on a student visa is classified as a nonresident.

Resident classification and all fees are audited and adjusted, if necessary, after each registration. Appropriate credits or charges are then made to the student's account.

For additional information concerning the establishment of residency, contact the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.


Freshman: Fall 2002

Anyone who wishes to be considered for undergraduate admission to LSU is encouraged to apply.To increase the likelihood of being accepted, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete at least 17 ½ units of college-preparatory courses* and achieve a minimum 2.8 academic grade-point average. Rank in class, scores on required tests (SAT or ACT), eligibility to enroll in university-level courses in English and mathematics, credit in advanced placement and honors courses, pattern and quality of courses, grade trends, educational objectives, extracurricular activities, leadership abilities, and school recommendations will be carefully considered in the admissions process. In addition, special talents, significant life and career experience, or membership in groups under-represented in the student body will be evaluated and weighed before decisions to offer admission are made.

Preference for admission to LSU will be given to those students whose credentials indicate the greatest promise of academic success. Admission decisions are based, in part, upon meeting the needs and capacity requirements of LSU.


Eligible to enroll in university-level courses in mathematics, AND

-- 17 ½ units in Table IAND
• 2.6 academic gpa/1030 SAT (22 ACT), or
• 2.7 gpa/990 SAT (21 ACT), or
• 2.8 gpa, 950 SAT (20 ACT)or
• 2.9 gpa/910 SAT (19 ACT), or
• 870 SAT (18 ACT) and rank in top 15% of high school graduating class,


-- 16 units in Table I AND
• 2.8 gpa/1030 SAT (22 ACT), or
• 3.0 gpa/990 SAT (21 ACT), or
• 3.3 gpa/950 SAT (20 ACT), or
• 910 SAT(19 ACT) and rank in top 10% of high school graduating class,


-- At least 15 units of a rigorous college preparatory curriculum, 3.5 academic gpa, and 1260 SAT composite score (28ACT).

*High school units required for admission are listed in Table I.


Students are encouraged to take four years of mathematics to ensure college readiness. Other considerations will be grades in required math courses, choice of degree program, and SAT/ACT scores. Eligibility for university-level mathematics is usually indicated by 4 years of college preparatory math or at least440 SAT (18 ACT) on the mathematics component of the examination.

Students who do not meet the guaranteed admissions standards should submit supporting documentation and a letter outlining their qualifications for admission with their initial application. The Admissions Committee will review qualifications and application packages to determine whether additional predictors of success exist as a basis for admission.

A student athlete who is awarded an athletic grant-in-aid may be admitted if he/she meets the standards found in Bylaw 14.3.1 of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA). A student athlete at LSU will be subject to a number of special academic requirements specified in the rules of the Southeastern Conference (SEC) and the NCAA.

Home-schooled and GED applicants and graduates of unaccredited or unapproved high schools will be evaluated on the basis of qualifications outlined above.





2• COLLEGE PREPARATORY MATHEMATICS (three units)--Algebra I, Algebra II, and one additional unit consisting of courses such as geometry, trigonometry, advanced mathematics, or calculus. (Four units are recommended.)

3• NATURAL SCIENCES (three units) --biology, chemistry, and physics.

4• SOCIAL STUDIES (three units)--One unit in American history; one unit in world history, world geography, or history of western civilization; and one unit consisting of courses such as civics, free enterprise, economics, sociology, psychology, and American government.

5• FOREIGN LANGUAGES (two units) --Two units in a single language.

6• COMPUTER STUDIES (one-half unit)--computer science, computer literacy, data Processing, or business computer applications.

7• ADDITIONAL COURSES (two units) --Two additional units from categories 1-6 above and/or certain courses in the visual and performing arts (fine arts survey, art III, art IV, advanced band, applied music, advanced chorus, jazz ensemble, music theory II, advanced orchestra, wind ensemble, and studio piano III).

LSU will accept, as one unit of the Category 7 requirement, any two units of performance courses in music, dance, or theatre not listed above; or two such units of studio art courses.

The academic gpa is calculated on the basis of the academic units shown in the seven categories in Table I, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale ("A" = 4; "B"=3; "C"=2; "D"=1; "F"=0).

Freshman in Fall 2005

In the fall of 2005, it is anticipated that LSU will assure admission to applicants who meet the following criteria:

-- Academic gpa of 3.0 AND

17½ units listed in Table I and