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Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

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About This Campus

LSU, founded in 1860, is one of the few land, sea, and space grant universities in the U.S. and has comprehensive curricular offerings and a student body of approximately 25,000. Located in Baton Rouge, LSU's campus is spread over 2,000 acres. Numerous sports facilities, programs in art, music, and theatre, and an active student body provide cultural outlets. Major athletic events in football, baseball, and basketball receive national attention.

Location Information

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. The state capital, Baton Rouge is a thriving city that is home to LSU.

Helpful Information

Placement on Plan B is extremely limited. Placement in Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Studio Art is pending portfolio review and can only be done on Plan A.

2020/2021 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Home Payment (B)

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment (A)
Very Good
Home Payment (B)
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Baton Rouge
Population | 802,484
Enrollment | 31,527
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Both (A/B)
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/9
Spring | 01/13-05/2

Campus Diversity

White | 72%
Black | 12%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Asian | 4%
Native/1st Nation | 1%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Two or more | 3%
Other | 1%
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-- Campus Catalog --

Registration Priority
  • With seniors
Closed Programs
Communication Disorder Studies, Education Studies, Performing Arts (excluding general education requirements), and Intersession courses.

Access to upper level Engineering and Business courses can be very difficulty PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Limited enrollment in major courses for Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Studio Art pending portfolio review. Exchange in these majors must be on Plan A. If wanting to exchange in these fields, please have your NSE coordinator contact the LSU NSE coordinator prior to the placement conference. This approval process can take a couple weeks and we cannot accept without departmental approval.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Coastal Environmental Studies
  • Wetlands Management
  • Disaster Studies
  • Petroleum Engineering

Unique Academic Programs

  • Wetlands Management
  • Disaster Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students
Agriculture: Agricultural Business, Agricultural Economics, Agricultural Education, Agriculture, Animal Sciences, Aquaculture, Crop Science/Management, Dairy Science/Management, Horticulture, Life Sciences, Plant and Soil Systems, Poultry Sciences, Soil Science

Anthropology: Anthropology

Architecture: Architecture, Landscape Architecture/Design

Area Studies: African American Studies, American Studies, International Studies, Latin American Studies, Middle Eastern Studies

Art/Design/Fine Art: Art, Art History, Ceramic Art/Ceramics, Digital Arts, Drawing, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Painting, Photography, Printmaking, Sculpture, Studio Art, Visual Arts

Athletics: Athletic Training, Exercise Science, Fitness and Sports Science, Sports Management/Administration

Biological Sciences: Biology/Life Science, Cell Biology, Entomology, Microbiology, Wildlife Biology, Zoology

Business: Accounting, Advertising, Business, Business Administration, Entrepreneurship, Finance/Banking, Human Resource Management, International Agribusiness, International Business, Management, Management Information Systems, Marketing, Marketing Communication, Organizational Studies, Public Relations

Chemistry: Biochemistry, Chemistry, Environmental Chemistry

Communications: Film, Journalism, Mass Communication

Consumer and Family Studies: Child Consumer and Family Studies, Family Science/Services

Criminal Justice: Criminology

Earth Sciences: Astronomy, Geology

Economics: Economics, International Economics

Engineering: Biological Engineering, Biomedical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Civil and Environmental Engineering, Civil Engineering, Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Environmental Engineering, Industrial Engineering, Materials Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, Petroleum Engineering, Software Engineering

English: Creative Writing, English, Literature, Rhetoric, Writing

Environmental Studies: Coastal Environmental Studies, Conservation, Conservation Biology, Energy/Environmental Policy, Environmental Geology, Environmental Management, Environmental Sciences, Fisheries Science, Fisheries Technology, Landscape Management, Natural Resources, Natural Resources/Science/Management, Renewable Natural Resources, Sustainability Studies, Wetlands Management, Wildlife Conservation, Wildlife Ecology

Fashion: Apparel/Fashion Design, Apparel/Fashion Merchandising, Textile Arts

Food Science: Food Science, Food Science and Technology, Nutrition

Forestry: Forest Management, Forestry

General Studies: Interdisciplinary Studies, Leadership Studies, Liberal Studies

Geography and Urban Studies: Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Rural Community Development

Geology: Geology

Health and Safety Sciences: Communication Disorders, Dietetics, Disaster Studies, Kinesiology

History: History

Industrial Studies: Construction Management

Information Studies: Computer Mathematics, Computer Science, Decision Science, Information Systems

International Studies: International Studies

Languages: Arabic, Chinese, French, Spanish

Marine Sciences: Marine Biology

Mathematics: Actuarial Mathematics, Applied Mathematics, Computation Science, Discrete Mathematics, Mathematics, Statistics

Performing Arts: Music, Performance, Piano Pedagogy, Theater Arts Administration, Theater Arts/Drama

Philosophy/Religious Studies: Philosophy, Religious Studies

Physics: Astrophysics, Chemical Physics, Geophysics, Health Physics, Physics

Political Science: International Studies, Political Science

Psychology: Psychology

Recreation: Sports Administration, Sports Management

Sociology/Social Work: Applied Sociology, Law and Society, Rural Sociology, Sociology, Women and Gender Studies

Speech Pathology and Audiology: Communication Disorders


Quick Links GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Course scheduling begins within two weeks of the March Placement Conference. Students must submit application materials ASAP after conference in order to get housing (which fills up quickly) and to schedule preferred courses. NOTE: no specific course can be guaranteed. Prereqs are strictly enforced. Student football tickets cannot be guaranteed. Incoming NSE students are characterized as transfer students for football ticket purposes and are last on the priority list. Other options to purchase tickets exist.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Fees

-- Campus Budget --
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment (Plan A) Students
  • Figures are current as of 08/14/19.
  • Estimated cost: $5982.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment (Plan A) students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment (Plan B) Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment (Plan B) students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment (Plan A): 15
  • Home Payment (Plan B): 15
Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester
Figures are current as of 08/14/19.

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $280 Year Plan A & B Optional
Health Insurance $1395 Semester Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $80 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,353 per semester.

Financial Aid

Host Payment (Plan A)
For Plan A U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Plan A applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002010

Home Payment (Plan B)
For eligible Plan B students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/14/19

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • 22% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4000
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $750
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is limited, early students are usually accommodated http://sites01.lsu.edu/wp/reslife/

Meal Plans Per Semester

  • Meal purchase is not required for on campus living.
  • $2277 per semester for 19 meals per week.
  • $2123 per semester for 15 meals per week.
  • $2092 per semester for 12 meals per week.
Notes About Meal Plans
$2277for 19 meals/week and $150 PAW points, $2123 for 15 meals/week and $375 PAW points, or $2092 for 12 meals/week and $600 PAW points. http://www.dineoncampus.com/lsu/show.cfm?cmd=residents

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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