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Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

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  1. LSU is in the elite 1 percent with land, sea, and space-grant designations
  2. 330+ academic programs to choose from
  3. 450+ student groups and more than 1,500 events on campus annually

About This Campus

Welcome to Louisiana State University! LSU is located on more than 2,000 acres in the southern part of the city near the Mississippi River. The campus is known for the 1,200 large oak trees that surround and shade the university, with "Stately oaks and broad magnolias" being the catch phrase description of the university. LSU is also distinguished by the five historic and beautiful lakes that surround the area, referred to as the "LSU lakes". The campus is home to two Indian mounds created by Native Americans over 5,000 years ago, located near the northwest corner of campus. The trademark architecture of the university is characterized by the tan stucco walls, red tile rooftops, and arches. LSU is covered in beautiful landscaping, with crepe myrtles, azaleas, camellias, and the famous oak and magnolia trees providing both shade throughout the campus and a beautiful environment for students.

Location Information

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.

Helpful Information

Home Pay is extremely limited. Living off-campus will require a car. Very limited (and frustrating) public transportation in Baton Rouge.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Baton Rouge
Population | 250,000
Enrollment | 34,500
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/10
Spring | 01/17-05/13

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 4%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Two or more | 3%
White | 72%
Other | 1%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Communication Disorder Studies, Education Studies, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design

Engineering and Business courses are difficult to get into and fill up quickly. Music courses may require auditions. Courses in the College of Art and Design may require a portfolio.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Cajun French - Louisiana is the only state in the US where you can take courses in Cajun French!
  • LGBTQ Studies - students explore the social, political, and cultural realities of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer (LGBTQ) identities and gain knowledge and cultural understanding of persons who identify as LGBTQ.
  • Physical Theatre - Training ranges from aerial work to stage combat to the creation of devised theatre
  • Disaster Science and Management - develop a broad understanding of the nature and impact of disasters on the natural, built, and human environment

Unique Academic Programs

  • Wetlands Management
  • Disaster Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • African American Studies
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquaculture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • International Agriculture
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Piano
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Sports and Leisure Studies
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


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: space in any particular course cannot 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 not accept

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 10/14/21

  • 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 Students
  • Estimated cost: $5980.
  • 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 students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment 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 students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment 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 Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

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

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

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

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $280 Year Host & Home Optional
Parking Fee $90 Semester Host & Home Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 10/14/21

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 22% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4180
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Housing is limited, early students are usually accommodated. Students will be placed in East Campus or West Campus apartments. www.lsu.edu/reslife

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
$2413 for 19 meals/week and $150 PAW points, $2250 for 15 meals/week and $375 PAW points, or $2217 for 12 meals/week and $600 PAW points. Figures are accurate as of the 2021-2022 academic year. https://dineoncampus.com/lsu


Figures per Semester are current as of 10/14/21

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1395 Semester Home & Host Optional

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


  • Health records due by: 6/15
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Polio
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis

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