Welcome to Louisiana State University, home of the "Fighting Tigers" and our Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VII. LSU is the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana and is one of only a handful of universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.
LSU was founded by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1853 under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and was located near Pineville, La., with the first session beginning on Jan. 2, 1860. Since that time, LSU has served the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy.
LSU is located on more than 2,000 acres and is known for the 1,200 large oak trees, valued at over $50 million. The campus landscaping was called “a botanical joy” in its listing among the 20 best campuses in America in Thomas Gaines’s The Campus as a Work of Art. LSU homes two Indian Mounds that were created by Native Americans more than 5,000 years ago and functioned as territorial markers or symbols of group identity. In 1999, the mounds were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
LSU Flagship 2020
LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy land, sea, and space grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems. Guided by the foundation of the National Flagship Agenda, Flagship 2020 is focused on the goals of learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement. Among institutions of higher education, LSU is uniquely situated to provide a rich educational experience. Our success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of our faculty and students, but also by exploiting the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana.
In the 2016 edition of U.S. News & World Report’s Best Colleges, LSU's ranking in the “Best National Universities” category moved up to 129 overall and is tied with five other schools. The university also appeared on U.S. News & World Report’s list of “A-Plus Schools for B Students,” and both the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business and LSU College of Engineering undergraduate programs are ranked in the top 50 among public universities. Engineering is ranked 49th in the Best Undergraduate Engineering Programs, and business is ranked 50th in the Best Undergraduate Business Programs. Along with LSU's colleges being profoundly ranked, LSU Department of Physics & Astronomy Professor Gabriela Gonzalez has been named one of the top 10 scientists in the world. The university's President, F. King Alexander says, “LSU has consistently been ranked in the top tier of the best national universities, and our graduates show that LSU is among the nation’s best values in higher education. The real value of a university can be seen in such measures as tuition rates, levels of student indebtedness and career outcomes, and these are the important measures that parents and potential students need when making their college decisions.”
In September 2015, LSU was ranked in the top tier for "Best National Universities" for the eighth straight year and is ranked 62nd overall among public universities. Using no state funds or student fees to support athletics, LSU has won 46 national championships and the football program has competed for three BCS National Championships since 2011. LSU Women's Gymnastics team has recently been awarded their first SEC Championship win since 1981. Visit LSUsports.net, the official website of LSU Athletics.
In addition to the prestigious LSU Tiger Athletics program, the University offers an array of recreational activities. From museums and award-winning theater to leisure classes and distinguished orators, LSU offers entertainment for everyone.