LSU’s Graduate Rate Increases to an All-Time High

10/24/2012 08:32 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s six-year graduation rate has increased to 66.7 percent, the highest in the university’s history, according to the LSU Office of Budget and Planning.


This year’s graduation rate surpasses the average of its peers in the latest available Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB report. Should LSU maintain that position when the SREB report is issued that calculates the same cohort reflected in LSU’s new mark, it will be the first time in LSU history that its graduation rate is higher than the average of its SREB peers.


“LSU has been welcoming the best and the brightest students from around the state and beyond, and we are proud to see them complete their degrees at higher rates than ever before,” said LSU Interim System President and Interim Chancellor William Jenkins. “While seeing increased graduation rates is a positive, there is still work to be done. We will continue to work hard to make sure our students are successful in their academic endeavors.”


LSU’s graduation rate has nearly doubled over the past 20 years. In 1993, the university reported a graduation rate of 39.4 percent for freshmen who entered in 1987. New freshmen, who entered the university in 2006, represent this year’s graduation rate of 66.7 percent, a jump of nearly 5 percent from last year’s reported graduation rate of 61.9 percent.


This marks five years in a row that LSU has reported a graduation rate of more than 60 percent, and the 66.7 percent is a new all-time high graduation rate percentage for the university.


“This is a testament to the hard work put in by our faculty, staff and the students themselves,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “One of the goals of the Flagship 2020 plan is to enhance a faculty-led and student-centered learning environment that develops engaged citizens and enlightened leaders. There is no better measure of this than seeing our students graduate at higher levels than ever before.”


The six-year graduation rate includes full-time, degree-seeking new freshmen who enrolled in the fall semester or prior summer term. The Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System, or IPEDS, Graduation Rate Survey includes those students who successfully complete a transfer preparatory program, including pre-nursing and pre-allied health at LSU.  


For more information, visit the LSU Budget & Planning website at




IPEDS is a system of interrelated surveys conducted annually by the U.S. Department’s National Center for Education Statistics. IPEDS gathers information from every college, university and technical and vocational institution that participates in the federal student financial aid programs.


For more information on IPEDS, visit

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Wednesday, October 24, 2012