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About Louisiana State University

LSU comprises eight campuses stretching across Louisiana and includes more than 50,000 students and research expenditures amounting to $360 million. Within LSU are two health sciences centers offering various levels of degrees in medicine, dentistry, allied health, nursing, public health, and graduate studies. The LSU Agricultural Center encompasses both extension responsibilities and agricultural research. The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is a premier research institute specializing in chronic disease, diabetes, and obesity. LSU Shreveport offers degrees at the undergraduate and graduate level and has an emerging online presence. LSU Alexandria is a four-year institution serving the central region of the state. LSU Eunice is a junior college offering degrees and certificates in health, business, and liberal arts.

LSU’s flagship campus, located in the state capital of Baton Rouge, is Louisiana’s premier public institution. It is a land-, sea-, and space-grant institution enrolling some 32,000 students studying in nearly 200 bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and specialist programs. The flagship campus includes the Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the state’s only School of Veterinary Medicine. There are more than 5,000 employees with a budget of more than $1 billion on the flagship campus.

Over the past 20 years, LSU has consistently produced finalists and winners of the Rhodes, Truman, Goldwater, and Udall Scholarships. Several of LSU’s programs are ranked top in the nation, including the Robert Reich School of Landscape Architecture in the College of Art & Design and the Internal Auditing program in the E. J. Ourso College of Business, which is internationally known as one of the top such programs in the world. LSU faculty and students contributed to the 2017 Nobel Prize in Physics with the discovery of gravitational waves, which were predicted by Einstein but not previously recorded. And Forbes recently recognized LSU among the top 20 universities in the country that dominate in both academics and athletics.

In short, a lot is happening across all of the campuses, and it is an exciting time to be at LSU. From preserving the state’s coastline and protecting its $2.4 billion seafood industry to finding improved treatments for cancer, diabetes, and heart disease, researchers at LSU are contributing to breakthroughs that impact the everyday lives of the people of Louisiana, the nation, and the world.

LSU seeks a dynamic person to serve as president, someone who can lead the continued effort of positioning LSU as one of the nation’s top public research universities. In recent years, LSU has worked tirelessly to bring in top faculty members who have achieved national and international recognition, an increasingly diverse student body, and larger and more successful incoming classes. As LSU continues to distinguish itself in research and scholarship during this era of intense competition in higher education, it becomes more important than ever to find the right leaders to champion the university’s values and to nurture the manifestation of those values within the individual colleges.

About LSU's Flagship Campus

LSU’s flagship campus in Baton Rouge sits on more than 2,000 acres of lush landscaping along the Mississippi River. The campus, widely considered to be one of the most beautiful in the country, is known for its Italian Renaissance-style architecture, tranquil lakes, and majestic live oak trees that are valued at approximately $45 million.

LSU’s Memorial Tower, one of the campus’s best-known landmarks, as well as the War Memorial on the Parade Ground and the Memorial Oak Grove, honor those who have given their lives in service to the United States during various wars and conflicts throughout our nation’s history. The campus is also home to the Indian Mounds, which are two Native American earthworks dated to be more than 6,000 years old—older than the Egyptian pyramids.

The newly renovated and expanded Patrick F. Taylor Hall is now the largest academic building in Louisiana and one of the largest freestanding academic engineering buildings in the nation. The Business Education Complex, the Manship School of Mass Communication, and the LSU Union are other noteworthy buildings. And in fall of 2018, the Nicholson Gateway opened, welcoming students to state-of-the-art living and retail spaces on the campus, just a short walk from Tiger Stadium and the Quadrangle. LSU’s Tiger Stadium, well-known by college sports fans, is one of the largest college football stadiums in the nation. Known as Death Valley, the stadium has a reputation for being one of the loudest in the NCAA, and LSU is famous for its spirited tailgating atmosphere.

LSU Eunice

Louisiana State University Eunice, a 200-acre campus in Acadia Parish, is a comprehensive, open admissions institution of higher education part of the LSU System. LSU Eunice is a comprehensive, open admissions institution of higher education offering associate degrees, certificates, and continuing education programs, as well as transfer curricula. LSU Eunice encompasses a population of approximately 3,200 students and 230 faculty and staff and is considered one of the best comprehensive community colleges in the state. In addition, tuition at LSU Eunice is amongst the lowest in the state.

LSU Eunice offers programs that are fully accredited and widely respected in Louisiana. Courses are easily transferable, with transfer agreements for general education courses with all public universities in the state and transfer programs in numerous areas. LSU Eunice is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees. The purpose of LSUE is to serve the needs of its constituency in keeping with the mission of the overall Louisiana State University System. Specifically, LSU Eunice seeks to establish itself as the model comprehensive two-year college in Louisiana through a total institutional commitment to quality, state-of-the-art education and student success in degrees; transfer preparation; career education; adult and workforce education; and customized business and industry training.

LSU Alexandria

A comprehensive baccalaureate institution, LSU Alexandria is authorized, via the Louisiana Board of Regents’ 2009 Master Plan for Post-Secondary Education, to offer certificate, associate, and baccalaureate degrees. As such, LSUA is the only public university in Louisiana whose entire focus is on a 21st century undergraduate education that blends professional studies with an informed and intentional general education.In the process of its evolution, the university has responded to the needs of the region, its students and its employers by designing and offering degree programs that establish a foundation for continued academic growth and a platform for regional economic development.

Nevertheless, the challenge of improving educational attainment in Central Louisiana is borne out by startling evidence—fewer than 20 percent of those between the ages of 25 to 64 have earned a bachelor’s degree or higher, and fewer than eight percent of the same groups have earned an associate degree. Raising this educational attainment level is of paramount importance if Central Louisiana citizens are to advance and if the economic base of the region is to grow more diverse and stronger.

As the only state-supported undergraduate university in Louisiana, LSUA’s mission is to provide a broad spectrum of affordable undergraduate degrees in a robust academic environment that challenges students to excel and creates proactive and reciprocal relationships that meet the needs of the diverse student body and community that it serves. LSUA envisions itself as a university of choice, recognized for academic excellence, committed to student and community growth through teaching, research, and service, and esteemed as a contributor to the economic, cultural, and intellectual growth of Louisiana. 

LSU Shreveport

Founded in 1967, Louisiana State University Shreveport offers a wide array of nationally accredited undergraduate and graduate degree programs, including a doctoral degree. The university’s mission is to educate a diverse population of students; engage in regional and global thought leadership through community collaboration and service; and innovate to enhance the application of knowledge and intellectual discovery through faculty and student research and creative endeavors. Between 2015 and 2020, LSUS has seen the highest enrollment growth of any higher education institution in Louisiana.

LSUS is home to one of the top NAIA programs in the country in both men’s and women’s athletics, and LSUS students can participate in over 70 active clubs and student organizations. The scenic campus serves a community hub for the Shreveport-Bossier region, hosting small and large-scale community events, such as the annual Red River Balloon Rally and Taco Wars.    

The LSUS Cultural Trail includes Red River Radio, The Pioneer Heritage Center, The James S. Noel Collection, The Northwest Louisiana Archives, and the Spring Street Museum. The university is also home to cutting-edge learning facilities including the Idea Space, based on the Stanford Design Thinking Model, and the 10,000 square foot Cyber Collaboratory. Named by the U.S. Department of Education as one of the most affordable colleges in Louisiana, LSU Shreveport offers high quality classroom and online instruction with very affordable tuition rates.

LSU AgCenter

The mission of the LSU AgCenter is to conduct agricultural research, extension, and teaching programs that advance and maintain Louisiana’s highly diverse agricultural industry and sustain Louisiana’s natural resources; to provide research and educational programs in the field of nutrition; and to develop Louisiana’s youth and families through the 4-H program.

The LSU AgCenter has offices in every parish, 15 research stations across the state, and 14 departments on the LSU campus. AgCenter research programs contribute to the development of new crop varieties, improved agricultural production techniques, a safer and abundant food supply, and healthier citizens. The AgCenter's educational efforts span agricultural outreach, nutrition and health, food safety, home gardening, youth development, managing insects, economic development, resource conservation, and so much more. 

LSU Health New Orleans

LSU Health New Orleans is Louisiana's flagship academic health center, educating approximately 70 percent of Louisiana’s health care professionals.

LSUHNO has teaching, research, and health care functions state-wide, through its six professional schools and eight Centers of Excellence, as well as the more than 100 hospitals and other health science related institutions, with which they maintain affiliations, throughout the state, region, nation, and the world.

LSU Health Shreveport

LSU Health Shreveport is home to the School of Medicine, School of Graduate Studies, and School of Allied Health Professions. More than 800 students are enrolled in the degree programs at any one time. Additionally, nearly 600 residents and fellows are trained each year. LSUHS boasts three state-designated Centers of Excellence in cancer, cardiovascular disease, and rheumatology. At the heart of it all is a strong faculty including a number of nationally and internationally acclaimed physicians and scientists. More than 600 strong, they lead research efforts, educate students, and provide primary and specialty care to patients throughout the region.

Patient care and training take place at four partner hospitals: University Health, Willis-Knighton, Shriners Children’s Hospital, and the Overton Brooks Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Students and residents also rotate through rural hospitals and clinics in the region. University Health operates the teaching hospitals and clinics in Shreveport and Monroe, which include the area’s only Level 1 Trauma Center and the Feist-Weiller Cancer Center.

Pennington Biomedical Research Center

Oilman and philanthropist C.B. “Doc” Pennington conceived the research center’s vision for preventive medicine. His major gift to Louisiana State University in 1980 provided the resources to put the building design in motion. Opened in 1987, Pennington Biomedical was expanded in 1993 to include the C.B. Pennington Jr. Conference Center, now the C.B. Pennington Jr. Building, residence apartments, and a fitness facility.

Pennington Biomedical is the largest academically based nutrition research center in the world. It houses 370 full-time employees, including 57 faculty and 21 postdoctoral fellows. It includes 763,376 square feet of research space, 45 research laboratories, and 13 core facilities dedicated to nutrition and preventive medicine.

Pennington Biomedical’s $65 million annual funding is broad-based. The foundation is provided by an annual appropriation from the State of Louisiana, and approximately 75 percent of the total annual budget is generated by grants and contracts from the National Institutes of Health, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the U.S. Department of Defense, and private sector organizations and companies. The Pennington Medical Foundation and Pennington Biomedical Research Foundation are also major financial resources.

Online Opportunities

LSU Online is a collaboration across the LSU universities and provides online degree programs for the LSU flagship institution in Baton Rouge as well as LSU Alexandria, LSU Eunice, and LSU Shreveport.

LSU Online offers over 80 online degrees, certificates, and MicroCred® programs that stack together to help advance careers. LSU Online is redefining higher education by delivering in-demand, affordable programs with the flexibility and convenience that today’s students need to finish the degree. LSU Online's standards are rigorous, led by LSU's award-winning faculty. Students can expect world-class customer service through personal, concierge-style learner support. From application to graduation, the LSU Online experience is like no other.

Quick Facts

map of Louisiana

Campuses

  • LSU, the flagship campus
  • LSU Agricultural Center
  • Pennington Biomedical Research Center
  • LSU Alexandria
  • LSU Eunice
  • LSU Shreveport
  • LSU Health New Orleans
  • LSU Health Shreveport

Louisiana's Most Important Asset

LSU researchers across Louisiana are working on developing a wide range of innovations to improve quality of life by studying issues such as disease management, advanced medical treatments, obesity, coastal protection, hurricane preparedness, energy, natural resource management, and agriculture. To learn more about how LSU research works for the state of Louisiana, visit lsu.edu/researchworks.

$5.1 Billion

LSU's Economic Impact on Louisiana

+50,000

Students Enrolled
Across all Campuses

$360 Million

Research Expenditures

Excellence

In the past 10 years, LSU students have received more than 100 of the USA's most prestigious competitive scholarships and fellowships.

students come from every state and more than

100 Countries

Highest Public graduation rate In Louisiana

nearly 10 percent higher than the national average