LSU Brings in One of Its Largest Freshman Classes, Overall Enrollment at 30,451

09/18/2014 09:25 AM

BATON ROUGE – LSU has brought in one of the largest freshman classes in the university’s history, and overall enrollment increased to more than 30,000 students for the first time since 2005. Across all LSU campuses statewide, total enrollment also increased to 44,246.

LSU’s fall 2014 freshman class is composed of 5,655 students, making it the third largest since the university implemented admission standards in 1988. Overall enrollment at the university stands at 30,451.

“We are pleased to welcome our large, diverse and high-quality freshman class to campus this fall,” said LSU President and Chancellor F. King Alexander. “A special thanks goes to the Office of Enrollment Management for their hard work and recruiting efforts, along with LSU faculty, staff and students for helping to make LSU a great place to get an education.”

LSU is committed to providing exceptional, affordable and accessible higher education, and Alexander said that it’s important for prospective students and parents to know the value students receive at LSU.

“LSU students pay affordable tuition, accrue less debt and have higher starting salaries than many of their peers at other universities,” Alexander said. “We are committed to providing students with a great start to their careers post-graduation. Finishing college with a high quality education and little-to-no debt is important, and we will continue to make those a priority for our students.”

For more on LSU’s value measures, visit the “Value to Louisiana” accountability webpage at

Across all LSU campuses statewide, total enrollment increased to 44,246, a 2.4 percent increase from 2013. LSU of Alexandria saw its enrollment jump 21 percent, the largest year-to-year increase since 1987.

“More students are choosing to pursue their higher education opportunities at LSU,” Alexander said. “Whether a student is in Shreveport, Alexandria, Eunice, Baton Rouge or New Orleans, they can be assured that they will be given the tools and resources to be successful in their chosen field, and we will do everything we can to make sure they finish with a degree and a great start to their career.”

The 5,655 freshmen enrolled at the flagship campus ranks only behind the 5,725 freshmen enrolled in 2012 and the 5,700 freshmen enrolled in 2004 as the largest entering classes at LSU.
LSU’s overall enrollment stands at 30,451, a 2 percent increase from 2013, when enrollment figures recorded 29,865 students. This year’s enrollment includes 304 students enrolled in the new LSU Online program.

“We could not be more excited about 5,655 freshmen choosing to be a part of LSU and finding their new home on our campus,” said LSU Executive Vice Chancellor & Provost Stuart Bell. “Now that these students are here, we will provide them every opportunity and all the services needed to make sure they complete their journey by receiving a degree.”

The 2014 enrollment figures come after one of the most successful years of graduating students in LSU’s history. In the groundbreaking class of 2014, more African-American, Hispanic and female students received degrees than ever before. Overall, a total of 6,249 degrees were awarded, the second most ever awarded in a single year at LSU.

“It is exciting to have this exceptional and diverse group of freshman bring their skills, dreams and passions to the LSU community,” said David Kurpius, associate vice chancellor of enrollment management. “We look forward to helping each of these students grow and succeed.”

LSU’s enrollment numbers became final on the 14th day of class, which was Sept. 12. The full 2014 enrollment report will be available on LSU’s Office of Budget and Planning’s website at

These and other enrollment reports are available on the Budget and Planning website at

Ernie  Ballard 
LSU Media Relations

Posted on Thursday, September 18, 2014