Louisiana State University is a flagship public research university in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. It is the largest university in Louisiana with a total student enrollment of
30,987 as of Fall 2018 including 25,363 undergraduate students and 5,624 graduate students. LSU offers over 70 degree programs in its 15 schools and colleges.
The current LSU campus is located on 2,000 acres (8.1 km2) just south of downtown Baton Rouge. A majority of the university's 250 buildings, most of which were built between 1925 and 1940, occupy a 650-acre (2.6 km2) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LSU is ranked 70th among public universities and 35th among flagship universities nationwide. U.S. News & World Report named LSU as the 16th most popular university in the nation. LSU is classified as a research university with very high research activity (RU/VH) by the Carnegie Classification of Institutions of Higher Education. LSU is ranked 139th in "Best Value Schools."
Baton Rouge, the state capital of Louisiana, is situated on the Mississippi River. Baton Rouge
is well known for its interesting heritage and mix of cultures and its lively music.
Students account for around 20% of the population, as Baton Rouge is home to not only LSU, but also three other colleges.
The city is a major industrial, petrochemical, and medical research center, and is the second largest city in Louisiana. Although Baton Rouge is an industrial city, there is also lively music and arts community, mostly located in the downtown area, near LSU. New Orleans, with its' distinctive architecture and music, is located 90 miles to the southeast, and is about an hour away via motor transportation. University sports also play a major role in the culture of Baton Rouge, with college football being the most popular. As it is home to several cultures, industries, universities, a growing arts and music scene, and prized sports teams, Baton Rouge is a lively city with something to offer to everyone.
LSU provides free shuttle services to and from the neighborhoods around the campus. The regular buses operate from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. and night buses operate from 6 p.m. to 3 a.m. You also have the option to book a Campus Transit to travel within the campus. Additionally, The City of Baton Rouge operates a service called CATS which offers local fixed route transit service throughout the city. CATS offer service every day except Thanksgiving and Christmas. Thie service is free to students, you just have to show your LSU ID. Numerous private transportation options are also available such as Uber, Lyft, Yellow Cab Baton Rouge and Reliant Trnasportation.