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Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

LSU 1000 acre campus
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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.

2023/2024 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2024/2025 Placement

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Baton Rouge
Population | 225,000
Enrollment | 33,300
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/22-12/10
Spring | 01/17-05/13

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 0%
Asian | 4%
Black | 16%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 0%
Hispanic/Latino | 8%
Two or more | 3%
White | 66%
Other | 3%
International | 4%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With juniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Campus instructor or department
Closed Programs
Communication Disorder Studies, Education Studies, Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Interior Design

Engineering, Kinesiology, 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

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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 priority placements in March. Students must submit application materials ASAP after placement 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
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
Canadian Students
  • Will accept Home/Host Pay

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 05/22/23

  • 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: 19
  • Home Payment: 19

Financial Aid for NSE Students
Regardless of Payment Plan, financial aid is awarded by and disbursed from your 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 05/22/23

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 28% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4400
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
Off-Campus Housing Notes About Housing
Housing is limited, and students should apply as early as possible. Placement in on-campus housing cannot be guaranteed. 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 05/22/23

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

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,500 per semester.


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