LSU was founded in 1853 and is a doctoral-extensive research university.
LSU is one of only 30 universities nationwide designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution.
LSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award bachelor’s, master’s, doctoral, and professional degrees.
LSU includes numerous colleges and schools, in addition to specialized centers, divisions, institutes, and offices.
LSU's enrollment is about 30,000 students, including more than 1,400 international students and over 4,000 graduate students.
LSU has more than 1,500 faculty members and a staff of more than 5,000.
LSU Libraries contain more than 3.2 million volumes.
LSU is the home of The Southern Review, one of the world's most prestigious literary journals, established in the 1930s by Robert Penn Warren, Cleanth Brooks, and Charles Pipkin.
the LSU Press, founded in 1935, is a nonprofit academic book publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general interest and regional books. LSU Press is one of the oldest and largest university presses in the South, and is the only university press to have won a Pulitzer Prize in both fiction and poetry.
LSU's mascot, Mike VI, is a live Bengal-Siberian Tiger mix who lives in a 15,000- square-foot habitat across from Tiger Stadium.
Mike's new $3,000,000 tiger habitat features state-of-the-art technologies and includes among its amenities lush plantings, a waterfall, a flowing stream that empties into a wading pond, and rocky plateaus. The new habitat ranks among the largest and finest tiger preserves in the nation. Mike also has an air-conditioned quarters he can use as a retreat.
LSU has won numerousnational championships in: Baseball, Men’s Basketball, Boxing, Football, Men’s Golf, Men’s Track and Field, Women’s Track and Field.
LSU's Tiger Stadium seats 92,400 people, and it becomes Louisiana's 6th largest "city" on home game days.
The University moved to its present location in 1926.
Theodore C. Link designed the Italian Renaissance character of the campus, which is marked by red pantile roofs, overhanging eaves, and honey-colored stucco.
During the 1930s, LSU's famous live oaks and magnolia trees were planted by landscape artist Steele Burden. The live oak trees on LSU's campus have been valued at > $50 million. Through the LSU Foundation's "Endow an Oak" program, individuals and groups are able to endow care of live oaks across campus.
In the 1970s, a myriad of azaleas, crepe myrtles, ligustrum, and camelias were planted in the quadrangle and they persist to this day.
Forty-six campus buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
LSU is located on over 2,000 acres of land in the southern part of Baton Rouge, in sugar cane country, bordered on the west by the Mississippi River.
The University's more than 250 principal buildings are grouped on a 650-acre plateau, which constitutes the main part of campus.
LSU's beautiful landscaping was called "a botanical joy" in its listing among the 20 best campuses in America in Thomas Gaines's The Campus as a Work of Art.
Older than Egypt's pyramids, the LSU Indian mounds are located near the northwest corner of the campus, near Peabody Hall, which houses the School of Education. The two huge mounds were created by Native Americans more than 5,000 years ago and functioned as territorial markers or symbols of group identity. The mounds, which are a part of a larger mound group throughout the state are older than any mounds in North America, Mesoamerica or South America, were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1999.