Louisiana State University
Louisiana State University—Baton Rouge, commonly known as LSU, is a public institution founded in 1860. Situated in an urban setting near the Mississippi River, the campus spans an expansive 2,000 acres. LSU holds the distinction of being a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant university, emphasising its dedication to research, education, and outreach in these domains. With a semester-based academic calendar, LSU offers a wide range of undergraduate and graduate programs across multiple colleges, including the E. J. Ourso College of Business, the College of Engineering, and the law school. In the 2024 LSU is ranked #801-850 in QS World University Rankings.
The Baton Rouge campus is home to crucial components of the Louisiana State University system. These include the prestigious Paul M. Hebert Law Center and the Louisiana State University Agricultural Center’s headquarters. The law centre is recognized for its excellence in legal education and research, while the agricultural centre focuses on advancing agricultural research, extension services, and education. LSU’s influence extends beyond Baton Rouge, as it maintains a presence in other locations. This includes a branch and medical school in Shreveport, the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans, a two-year community college in Eunice, and a campus offering both two-year and four-year programs in Alexandria. These additional institutions broaden the scope of LSU’s educational offerings and contribute to its overarching mission.
Beyond academics, LSU provides a vibrant student experience. Students have the opportunity to engage in over 350 student organisations, and they can also take advantage of nearby attractions such as the 14-acre Hilltop Arboretum and the Louisiana Museum of Natural History, both of which are free to visit. For sports enthusiasts, the Andonie Museum offers a glimpse into the history of LSU athletics. The university’s athletic programs, known as the LSU Tigers, compete in the NCAA Division I Southeastern Conference. Additionally, notable alumni of LSU include NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal and former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, who served under President Lyndon Johnson.