LSU Reports an All-Time High Graduation Rate of 69.1 Percent

01/14/2014 01:45 PM

BATON ROUGE – LSU’s six-year graduation rate has once again increased to an all-time high, LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander announced. LSU’s six-year graduation rate is 69.1 percent, up from last year’s rate of 66.7 percent.

“Raising our graduation rates to this level while maintaining academic excellence underscores LSU’s value,” Alexander said. “In addition to educating the next generation of engineers, scientists, teachers – high demand fields in Louisiana – we are also providing real solutions to the state’s workforce problems. That’s what a flagship university does – creates solutions.”

Last year, LSU surpassed the average graduation rate of its peers for the first time in the Southern Regional Education Board, or SREB, report. This year’s graduation rate would also surpass that latest SREB published figure, which was 65 percent. The newest SREB report and peer average will be released later this year.

“We also graduated the second largest class in LSU history, meaning we were more successful than we’ve ever been and with a larger number of students,” Alexander added.

During the 2012-13 academic year, LSU awarded 6,093 degrees, which is the second highest total in university history behind the 2011-12 academic year, when the university awarded 6,251 degrees.

“This is not just important to LSU, but is the nation’s number one higher education issue, as international competitors also succeed at a record-setting pace,” Alexander said.

In 1988, LSU implemented its first admission requirements, which designated 17 and ½ required units of high school courses. In 1994, that incoming class had a reported six-year graduation rate of 44.2 percent.

Since then, LSU has implemented more rigorous admission standards, and now reports a 69.1 percent graduation rate for the class of students who enrolled in 2007. This marks six years in a row that LSU has reported a graduation rate of more than 60 percent.

“Our goal is to graduate every student who enrolls at LSU, and we will work hard to see all 29,865 students currently enrolled finish what they’ve started,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Seeing more and more students receive degrees each year is a testament to the hard work of our faculty, staff and the students themselves. LSU offers a number of services that assist in retention and graduation efforts, and we encourage students to take advantage of those so they can successfully earn their degrees.”

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 Tuesday, January 14, 2014