Louisiana State University and
Agricultural and Mechanical College, most often referred
to as Louisiana State University or
LSU, is a public
coeducational university located in Baton
Rouge, Louisiana. The University was founded in 1853 near
Louisiana, under the name Louisiana
State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy.
current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, and consists of more
than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance
architect Andrea Palladio
, and occupies a 650-acre
(2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River
LSU is the flagship
institution of the Louisiana State University
, and the largest institution of higher education in
Louisiana in terms of student enrollment. In 2009, the University
enrolled 21,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students in 17
schools and colleges. Several of LSU's graduate schools, such as
the E.J. Ourso College of Business
the Paul M. Hebert Law Center
, have received
national recognition in their respective fields of study.
as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is also
noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800
sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as the National
Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the
for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space
LSU's athletic department fields teams in 20 varsity sports (9
men's, 11 women's), and is a member of the NCAA
Collegiate Athletic Association) and the SEC
LSU Tigers football
began in 1893, with
national championship wins in the 1958, 2003, and 2007 seasons.
University is represented on the field by its mascot, Mike the Tiger.
Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College
had its origin in several land grants made by the United States
government in 1806, 1811, and 1827 for use as a seminary of
learning. It was founded as a military academy and is still today
steeped in military tradition, giving rise to the school's nickname
"The Ole War Skule." In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly
established the Seminary
of Learning of the State of Louisiana near Pineville,
The institution opened January 2, 1860,
with Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman
superintendent. A year later, Sherman resigned his position after
Louisiana became the sixth state to secede from the Union, on
January 26, 1861. The school was forced to close on June 30, 1861,
with the start of the American Civil
. During the course of the war, the University
reopened briefly in April 1863, but was closed once again with the
invasion of the Red River Valley by the Union Army.
The losses sustained by
the institution during the Union occupation were heavy, and after
1863 the seminary remained closed for the remainder of the Civil
War. Following the surrender of the Confederates
at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865, General Sherman donated two
cannons to the institution. These cannons had been captured from
Confederate forces after the close of the war and had been used
during the initial firing upon Fort Sumter in April 1861.
The cannons are still
displayed in front of LSU's Military Science building.
The seminary officially reopened its doors on October 2, 1865, only
to be burned October 15, 1869. On November 1, 1869, the institution
resumed its exercises in Baton Rouge, where it has since remained.
In 1870, the name of the institution was officially changed to
Louisiana State University.
Louisiana State University Agricultural & Mechanical College
was established by an act of the legislature, approved April 7,
1874, to carry out the United States Morrill Act of 1862
, granting lands for
this purpose. It temporarily opened in New Orleans, June 1, 1874,
where it remained until it merged with Louisiana State University
in 1877. This prompted the final name change for the University to
the Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical
On April 30, 1926, formal dedication of the present LSU campus took
place, following the school's history at the federal garrison
grounds (now the site of the state capitol) where it had been
located since 1886. Prior to this, LSU utilized the quarters of the
Institute for the Deaf, Mute, and Blind. Land for the present
campus was purchased in 1918, construction started in 1922, and the
move began in 1925; however, it was not until 1932 that the move
was finally completed. After some years of enrollment fluctuation,
student numbers began a steady increase, new programs were added,
curricula and faculty expanded, and a true state university
In 1928, LSU was a small-time country school that generated little
interest or attention in the state. Labeled a “third-rate”
institution by the Association of State Universities, the school
had only 1800 students, 168 faculty members, and an annual
operating budget of $800,000. In 1930, Huey
, the governor of Louisiana, initiated a massive building
program on campus to expand thephysical plant and add departments.
LSU Panorama (1909)
By 1936, LSU had the finest facilities in the South, a top-notch
faculty of 394 professors, a new medical school, more than 6,000
students, and a winning football team. In only eight years, it had
risen in size from 88th in the nation to 20th, and it was the 11th
largest state university in the nation. Long financed these
improvements by arranging for the state to purchase acreage from
the old LSU campus, which adjoined the grounds of the new State
Capitol building in downtown Baton Rouge. To the consternation of
his critics, Long essentially diverted $9 million for LSU’s
expansion and increased the annual operating budget to $2.8
LSU was hit by scandal in 1939 when James Monroe Smith, appointed
by Huey Long
as president of LSU, was
charged with embezzling a half-million dollars. In the ensuing
investigation, at least twenty state officials were indicted. Two
committed suicide as the scandal enveloped Governor Richard W. Leche
, who received a 10-year federal
prison sentence as a result of a kickback scheme. Paul M. Hebert
Dean of LSU's law school
at the time, then assumed interim presidency of in Smith's
Although some African-Americans students tried to enroll in LSU in
1946, the university did not admit African-Americans until the
1950s. In 1953 A. P. Tureaud, Jr.
enrolled under court order, but his enrollment was cancelled when a
higher court overturned the ruling. His case was ultimately decided
by the U.S. Supreme Court. Tureaud returned to LSU in 1956. A
classroom building on the LSU campus is named for his father, the
late A. P. Tureaud, Sr., a noted Civil Rights leader. The federal
courts mandated full integration for LSU in 1964. The first
African-American graduate of the LSU Law School was former New
Orleans mayor, the late Ernest
N. "Dutch" Morial
In 1969, mandatory ROTC
for freshmen and
sophomores was abolished; however, LSU continues to maintain Air
Force and Army ROTC.In 1978, LSU was named a sea-grant college, the
13th university in the nation to be so designated. In 1992, the LSU
Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the LSU Honors College
aftermath of Hurricane Katrina,
LSU accepted an additional 2,300 displaced students from the
Orleans area, such as Tulane University, Loyola
University New Orleans, Xavier
University of Louisiana, and University of New Orleans.
addition to accepting displaced students, university officials also
took on the challenge of housing and managing many hurricane
victims, converting the Pete Maravich Assembly Center into a fully-functional field hospital.
Around 3,000 LSU students voluntered during the months after
Katrina, assisting with the administration of medical treatment to
some 5,000 evacuees and screening another 45,000 for various
In 2007, long-time LSU System president William Jenkins announced
his retirement, and John V.
was named his replacement.
previously the president of the University of
Massachusetts at Amherst and LSU rival University
The current chancellor of LSU, Dr. Michael
V. Martin, assumed chancellorship on August 1, 2008. Prior to his
appointment as LSU’s eighth chancellor, Dr. Martin had established
a distinguished career in higher education, serving most recently
as president of New Mexico State University.
The current LSU campus is located on 2,000 acres (8.1 km²)
just south of downtown Baton Rouge. A majority of the university's
250 buildings, most of which were built between 1925 and 1940,
occupy a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the
. Other campuses
in the LSU system include the LSU Agricultural Center, Pennington Biomedical
, University of New Orleans
, LSU at Eunice, LSU Alexandria, and the Louisiana
State University Health Sciences Center New Orleans
addition, LSU owns and operates the J. Bennett Johnston, Sr.
for Advanced Microstructures and Devices
(CAMD), which is a 1.3
The Olmsted Brothers Firm
Brookline, Massachusetts, designed the current campus around 1921
when LSU was planning to move its campus from downtown Baton Rouge.
The Olmsted firm originally designed the campus for up to 3,000
students, but state officials asked the firm to scale the plan back
due to budgetary constraints; subsequently, the new plan presented
to the state by the Olmsted Brothers centered the campus around a
the one that exists on campus today.
For reasons unknown, the Olmsted Brothers firm was dropped from the
project, and an architect named Theodore
, who was well-known for designing Union Station in St.
Louis, Missouri, took over the campus master plan. Link
collaborated with Wilbur Tyson Trueblood on the project, but
remained faithful to the campus that the Olmsted firm had designed.
Unfortunately, Link died in 1923 before the plan was completed. New
Orleans architects Wogan and Bernard completed Link’s work and the
campus was dedicated on April 30, 1926.
The first building actually constructed on the present campus was
the Swine Palace
, the former livestock
barn that is now the Reilly Theater. Most of the current buildings
that occupy the universities Quad where completed between 1922 and
1925. Because the original campus was designed to accommodate 1,500
students, space is now at a premium at LSU. During the 1990s, LSU
officials created a set of design guidelines that call for all
newly constructed buildings to have an Italian Renaissance
Architecture & Landscape
Although the Olmsted firm had originally envisioned a Spanish or
Mexican style design for the University, Link designed the campus
with tan stucco walls, red-tiled rooftops, and extensive porticoes
in an attempt to emulate the architecture of Italian Renaissance
architect Andrea Palladio
. The design of Hill Memorial
Library was loosely based on that of the Boston Public Library,
which was the first public library in the U.S. The flanking
academic buildings that formed the rest of the Quad represented the
major disciplines at the university, and their placement was
modeled after that of buildings on the University of Virginia’s
campus, which was designed by Thomas Jefferson.
A dismounted bicyclist on the Indian
Mounds, which are estimated to be over 5,000 years old.
LSU’s campus is also known for the 1,200 live
trees that shade the ground of the university. During the
1930’s, landscape artist Steele Burden planted many of LSU’s live
oaks and magnolia trees, which are now valued at over $50 million.
Many of the azaleas, crepe myrtles, ligustrum, and camellias
planted in the quadrangle were added to the campus in the 1970’s.
Through the LSU Foundation’s “Endow an Oak” program, individuals
and groups are able to endow live oaks across the university's
campus. Thomas Gaines
, author of
The Campus as a Work of Art
, praises LSU's landscaping as
"a botanical joy" and lists it among the 20 best campuses in the
Fifty-seven buildings on the LSU campus are listed on the National Register of
, and the campus is protected by the State
Capital Historic District Legislation. The LSU Indian Mounds, which
are part of a larger mound group spread throughout the state, are
located near the northwestern corner of the campus and were built
an estimated 5,000 years ago. Originally serving as territorial markers,
or possible symbols of group identity, the mounds are older than
any other man-made structure in the Americas, and predate the
construction of the Great Pyramid of Giza.
The mounds were placed on the National
Register of Historic Places in 1999.
Colleges & Schools
Foster Hall as seen from Troy
A reorganization plan of LSU's academic units was unveiled by
Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost Astrid Merget on April 14,
2009. If approved, it would reshuffle the University's academic
units into colleges that the current leadership deems more
efficient. Some of the proposed changes include replacing the
Colleges of Arts and Sciences, Basic Science, and Art and Design
with a College of Humanities and College of Science.
Louisiana State University is ranked 128th in the national
category by the 2010 U.S. News & World Report
of U.S. colleges (64th among public universities). LSU is also
ranked as the 88th best public university in the nation by Forbes
magazine and is featured in the 2010 edition
of Princeton Review's Best 371
guide. Additionally, U.S. News & World Report ranked
LSU as the 16th most popular university in the nation, placing it
ahead of other regional universities such as The
University of Texas, The University of Georgia, and The University of Alabama.
Programs that have received recognition
within LSU include the following:
- The E. J. Ourso College of Business
undergraduate program was ranked 57th in the national universities
category by U.S.
News & World
- The LSU MPA program ranks 57th nationally and 40th among public
universities according to U.S. News and World Report.
- The LSU College of Engineering undergraduate program was ranked
85th by U.S. News & World Report while
the graduate program was ranked 90th.
- The Paul M. Hebert Law Center is ranked as the
75th best law school in the nation by the 2010 U.S. News Rankings
of Best Law Schools.
- For a second consecutive year, the LSU E. J. Ourso College of Business
Flores MBA Program has been ranked in the nation’s top 10 by the
Wall Street Journal among
schools that draw corporate recruiters regionally.
- In 2009, Entrepreneur
Magazine ranked LSU among the top 12 Entrepreneurial
Colleges and Universities in the nation.
- The University's Robert S. Reich School of Landscape
Architecture was ranked No. 2 nationally in undergraduate and No. 3
in graduate programs by DesignIntelligence in its 2009 edition of
"America's Best Architecture & Design Schools".
The journal has ranked the school in the top five since 2004.
- The LSU College of Education graduate program was ranked 91st
in the nation by U.S.
News & World
- The LSU French program, comprising the Department of French
Studies and the Center for French and Francophone Studies, is
recognized by the Cultural Services office of the French Ambassador
to the United States as a centre d’excellence, an honor
given to only 15 university French programs in the United States,
and is ranked as one of the top 20 undergraduate French programs in
- The LSU graduate program in fine arts is ranked 76th in the
nation by U.S. News & World Report.
- LSU's E.
J. Ourso College of Business
currently has the most internationally recognized internal audit
program. LSU students have won the International Student High
Achievement Award, an accolade given to students who score the
highest possible score on the Certified Internal Auditor (CIA)
exam, seventeen times during the last twenty-one years.
Libraries & Museums
LSU's main library collection, numbering almost three million
volumes, is housed in Troy H. Middleton Library on the main
quadrangle of the University. It is both a general use library and
a U.S. Regional Depository Library, housing publications from the
federal government, United Nations
States Patent and Trademark Office
. The LSU Libraries belong to
the Association of
, which includes the top 113 academic
libraries in the U.S. and Canada; the Association of Southeastern
Research Libraries (ASERL); Lyrasis
is a merger of theSoutheastern Library Network
SOLINET with PALINET; and the Louisiana Academic Library
Information Network Consortium (LALINC). LSU was among the founding
members of the Louisiana Online University Information System
(LOUIS) network which provides access to most academic library
catalogs in the state. The LSU Libraries’ subject strengths include
Louisiana materials, sugar culture and technology, Southern
history, agriculture, petroleum engineering, plant pathology,
natural history, and various aspects of aquaculture including
crawfish, wetlands research, and marine biology.
LSU Libraries’ U.S. Regional Depository Library and the U.S. Patent
Depository Library collections are housed in Middleton Library. The
Library has been a depository for federal government publications
since 1907 and has a substantial number of U.S. documents issued
before and after that time. The Library became a Regional
Depository Library in 1964. The Library was designated an official
depository for U.S. Patents in 1981. The patent collection includes
all patents issued from 1871 to the present.
The LSU Libraries Special Collections in Hill Memorial Library
provides a center for research in the humanities, social sciences,
and fine arts. The primary strength of Special Collections resides
in The Louisiana and Lower Mississippi Valley Collections, an
outstanding integrated collection that consists of materials
documenting the history and culture of the region. It provides rare
and early imprints pertaining to the exploration and colonization
of the region; books on Louisiana subjects; books by Louisiana
authors; Louisiana state documents; extensive and prestigious
manuscript collections, which include the personal papers of
important individuals in the history of the region, including the
Long family; records of business, professions, and organizations;
and extensive photographic collections.
The LSU campus houses eight museums that feature original works by
students as well as traveling exhibits by local, national, and
international artisans. In addition to the campus museums, LSU
currently runs four museums in the greater Baton Rouge area: The
LSU Museum of Art, The LSU Museum of Natural
, The LSU Museum of Natural Science, and the LSU Rural Life Museum
Museum of Art (LSU MOA), located in the Shaw Center for the Arts in
Rouge, opened in March 2005.
The museum manifests
a decade-long vision to offer LSU and the Baton Rouge community
greater access to its diverse art collection, changing exhibitions,
education programs, and special events. The LSU MOA shares the Shaw
Center for the Arts with many cultural partners including the LSU
School of Art Gallery, LSU's Laboratory for Creative Arts and
Technology, the Manship Theatre, and the Community School for the
Arts of the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge.
MOA first opened in 1962 under the name of The Anglo-American Art
Museum in the Memorial
on LSU's Baton Rouge campus. The museum and its
collection were established through a generous gift to LSU in 1959
from an anonymous donor who wished to support an institution that
would illustrate British and continental influences on early
American art and culture in the South. The museum's significant
collection of American and British portraiture, furniture, and
decorative arts grew from this foundation.
The LSU Museum of Natural Science was founded in 1936, when its
first director, George H. Lowery, Jr., assembled a few study
specimens of birds in a classroom in Audubon Hall. Since its move
to Murphy J. Foster Hall in 1950, the museum has continued to
expand and is currently one of the nation's largest natural history
museums, with holdings of over 2.5 million specimens. As the only
comprehensive research museum in the south-central United States,
the LSU Museum of Natural Science fulfills a variety of scientific
and educational roles at the university, including: the generation
of new knowledge in the fields of zoology, archaeology, and
paleontology through scholarly research based primarily on natural
history collections; collection and preservation of research
specimens as a resource for study of the earth's natural history;
education of graduate and undergraduate students in academic areas
that are most effectively taught in the museum setting; education
of the public by means of exhibits and lecture programs; and
assistance to local citizens, wildlife officials, and forensic
specialists through identification and consultation services.
The LSU Rural Life Museum
been listed as one of the top outdoor museums in the country. The
variety of people who settled in Louisiana made significant and
lasting contributions to the state’s unique culture and heritage.
It is one of the few museums that celebrates the day-to-day lives
of early Americans, including Native Americans
and Spanish settlers, Anglo-Americans
Germans, Africans, and Acadians
. The Rural
Life Museum features several displays and exhibits on the
pre-industrial residents of Louisiana.
The permanent collection includes tools, utensils, furniture, and
farming equipment. The recreated “working plantation” consists of a
complex of buildings authentically furnished to reconstruct all the
major activities of life on a typical 19th century plantation. The
museum also serves as a research facility for LSU students engaged
in heritage conservation studies.
In 1999, the sixteen natural history collections at Louisiana State
University in Baton Rouge were designated by the state legislature
as the Louisiana
Museum of Natural History
. Together, these collections hold a
total of more than 2.8 million specimens, objects, and artifacts
that document the rich natural history of Louisiana. These
collections are dispersed among six independently administered
units on campus, and include the Vascular Plant Herbarium, the
Mycological Herbarium, the Lichen Herbarium, the Louisiana State
Arthropod Museum, the Palynology Collection, the Mineralogy and
Petrology Collections, the Textile and Costume Museum, the
Louisiana Geological Survey Log Library and Core Repository, and,
within the LSU Museum of Natural Science, the Collection of
Amphibians and Reptiles, the Collection of Birds, the Collection of
Fishes, the Collection of Genetic Resources, the Collection of
Mammals, the Vertebrate Paleontology Collection, the Collection of
Microfossils and Invertebrates, and the Anthropological and
The LSU Student Union.
There are over 350 student organizations currently active at LSU,
including a student government and a total of 38 fraternities and sororities
Student Government, sometimes referred to as LSU SG, is the
official student government association of Louisiana State
University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. It is the voice
of the LSU student body on matters ranging from university
administration to parking and transportation. In addition to the
roles of advising and advocating, SG controls approximately $5.5
million of student and state funding each year to support student
initiatives such as the LSU Student Technology Fee, student
organization support through PSIF, ORF, and other funding programs,
the Coca-Cola fund for new initiatives, and the SG Newspaper
Initiative that provides free copies of The Advocate
, Wall Street Journal
The New York
Much like the United States Government, LSU Student Government is
divided into three major branches; Executive, Legislative, and
Judicial. LSU SG is headed by the Student Body President and the
Student Body Vice President, elected to office during the spring
semester of each academic year. A College Council system is also
established to designate members of SG to the duties of
representing specific academic colleges. Additionally, a Student
Union Board representative is elected each spring to represent
student interests and oversee programs and regulations of the LSU
The Daily Reveille
LSU's student newspaper, has been keeping students informed for
more than a century. It publishes five days a week during the fall
and spring semesters and twice a week during the summer semester.
The paper has a circulation of 11,000 or more. The Daily Reveille,
which is funded by advertising and student fees, employs more than
80 students each semester in jobs ranging from writing and editing
to design and illustration. The Daily Reveille was recognized for
its outstanding coverage in the 2002-2003 school year with a
Associated Collegiate Press and the Newspaper Association of
America Foundation, the highest award granted to student
publications in the United States. Princeton Review
named The Daily
as the 12th best college newspaper in the nation in
its 2008 edition of The Best 361 Colleges.The Daily Reveille won
the Editor & Publisher
award, or EPpy, in 2008 for best college newspaper Web site.
KLSU is an
FCC-licensed NCE (non-commercial educational) radio station,
broadcasting with 5,000 watts of power at 91.1 on the FM
Radio on the LSU campus began in 1915 when Dr. David
Guthrie, a physics professor, patched together a radio transmitter
from spare parts. Call letters KFGC were assigned in the early
1920s. In 1924 the station covered the first football game played
in Tiger Stadium and thus provided the first broadcast of a
football game in the South. In the 1950s, it switched to FM and
became the first educational station in the country to broadcast a
college opera. And in the 1990s, it was the first college station
to stream audio on the Net. The station is on the air 24 hours a
day, 7 days a week, with a format of college alternative music and
specialty programming. All programming and operations are managed
by the student staff.
Broadcasting on campus cable channel 75, Tiger TV reaches
approximately 6500 students who live and congregate in common areas
on campus, such as residence halls and sorority and fraternity
houses. It employs approximately 50 people each semester giving
students the opportunity to be station manager, camera operators,
news reporters, programmers, on-air personality, even work with
clients to help create TV commercials. In its short on-air history,
Tiger TV has grown to include an almost $1-million state of the art
television studio and provide more than 8 hours of original
programming each day. The station mixes news and sports programming
with local and national entertainment shows, and recently added
first-run movies. Tiger TV shares its production equipment and
facilities with the Manship School of Mass Communication and is one
of the most modern student television studios in the country.
The Greek community at Louisiana State University is composed of 38
organizations, governed by three councils. These groups work
together with University, local, and national affiliates to help
achieve the goals and ideals their organizations were founded upon.
In the 2006-2007 academic year, Greek organizations at LSU
contributed over 50,000 hours and $250,000 to community and
philanthropic efforts. Students in the LSU Greek community are also
active in many areas on campus, outside of their fraternity or
sorority. Greek students are active in over 80 student
organizations, including Student Government and various honor
societies. In celebration ofGreek Week during 2008, the LSU Greek
community raised over $117,000 and built two houses for Habitat for
In 2003 Chancellor Mark Emmert
spearheaded the creation of the National Flagship Agenda, a plan to
reverse the low morale, lack of competitiveness, and lack of
available resources that had plagued LSU during the early 1990s.
Its focus is to have LSU better serve Louisiana and the world by
increasing student quality and research productivity, thereby
vaulting LSU into placement as one of the finest public
universities in the country. Because the improvements put a higher
financial strain on students, the agenda has had some controversy.
However, many people involved with the university agree that the
agenda's implementation has been successful. Sean O' Keefe
, who in 2005 left his post as
head of NASA to become LSU's new chancellor, pledged to continue
the agenda until its conclusion in 2010, which will coincide with
LSU's 150th anniversary. On 2008 January 16 O'Keefe resigned
effective 2008 June 1. Recent cuts to Louisiana's higher education
budget threaten to reverse the gains of the Flagship Agenda.
- Flagship agenda action plan:
- Increase research productivity by hiring a significant number
of new, high-quality faculty and improving technology
- Increase number and quality of graduate students and programs
through targeted investments and program review.
- Increase quality of undergraduate students and programs by
raising admissions standards, improving recruitment, and reviewing
courses of study.
- Increase quality of campus life by increasing diversity,
inclusiveness, and facilities investments.
- Assess LSU’s progress and communicate achievements.
- Increase funding to support the previous actions through more
state and private support.
- LSU Press is a nonprofit book
publisher dedicated to the publication of scholarly, general
interest, and regional books. It publishes approximately 80 titles
per year and continues to garner national and international
accolades, including four Pulitzer
Prizes. John Kennedy Toole's
A Confederacy of
Dunces is among its best-known publications.
- Southern Review is a
literary journal published by LSU.
co-founded in 1935 by three-time
Pulitzer Prize-winning writer
Robert Penn Warren, who served as
U.S. Poet Laureate
and wrote the classic novel All
the King's Men, and renowned literary critic of the New Criticism school, Cleanth Brooks. It publishes fiction, poetry,
and essays, with an emphasis on southern culture and history.
- Legacy is a student-run magazine that publishes a
variety of feature-length stories. In both 2001 and 2005, it was
named the best student magazine in the nation by the Society of Professional
- LSU RESEARCH magazine informs readers about university
- Apollo's Lyre is a poetry and fiction magazine
published each semester by the Honors College.
- Gumbo is the university's yearbook, given free to
- LSU Today magazine keeps faculty and staff updated
with university news.
- New Delta Review is a
literary quarterly funded by LSU
that publishes a wide range of fiction, poetry, and interviews from
new, up-and-coming, and established writers.
LSU fields teams in 20 varsity sports (9 men's, 11 women's), and is
a member of the NCAA
Collegiate Athletic Association) and the Southeastern Conference
to local legend, the school colors of purple and yellow originated
from the colors of Mardi Gras - purple, yellow, and green - that
decorate the city of New Orleans during the celebration.
to local legend, LSU decided upon its school's colors during a game
in New Orleans against Tulane University when the shops in New Orleans had stocked up on
purple, green, and yellow material.
LSU decided to buy a
wealth of purple and yellow colors, leaving Tulane the only
remainder color, green.
The football team's official nickname, the Fighting Tigers, is
derived from a rowdy Confederate brigade
the "Louisiana Tigers" that served in the Confederate infantry
during the American Civil War. Tigers football was started in 1893
by Dr. Charles E. Coates, a chemistry professor from Baltimore who
served as the head football coach during the team's maiden years.
The first "season" of LSU football in 1893 consisted of one game
against the Tulane Green Wave
November 25, which LSU lost 34-0.
LSU Tigers football
three national championship wins in the 1958, 2003 and 2007
seasons. LSU won their second BCS National Championship in 2003
with a 21-14 victory over the Oklahoma
and their third National Championship in 2007 with a
38-24 win over the Ohio State
. Following the 2006 football season, the LSU
quarterback, JaMarcus Russell
the third best passer rating. Russell decided to skip his senior
year to go to the NFL, where he was the number one overall pick in
the 2007 NFL draft. Other LSU Tiger football players that were
first draft during the 2007 draft include LaRon Landry, WR Dwayne
Bowe, and WR Craig Davis. In addition to football, the LSU Tigers
baseball team has won 6 NCAA College World Series titles, most
recently in 2009, winning against Texas (W 7-6 11 innings; L 1-5; W
11-4) Most Valuable Player for the 2009 CWS was Jared Mitchell, who
also hit a second inning 3-run home run in the final game.
Athletics is represented by its mascot, a Bengal tiger named
The tiger was named after Mike Chambers,
LSU's athletic trainer in 1936, and was bought for $750 from the
Little Rock Arkansas Zoo. Mike V reigned from 1990–2007 and
remained housed in his on-campus habitat until his death due to
kidney failure on May 18, 2007 at age 17. The latest in the line of
Mike tigers is Mike VI, a two year old, 300 pound tiger acquired
from the Indiana big-cat sanctuary. Previously known as Roscoe,
"Mike VI" is a Bengal-Siberian mix and was officially named Mike on
September 8, 2007. He was introduced to fans at the home game
against Florida on October 6, 2007.
arenas include Tiger Stadium (also known as "Death Valley"), Pete
Maravich Assembly Center (PMAC), Carl Maddox Fieldhouse (indoor track),
Bernie Moore Stadium (outdoor track), Tiger Park (softball), and
The new Alex Box Stadium was
officially opened in a home game against Villanova on Friday,
February 20, 2009.
LSU's official fight song is "Fight for LSU". During LSU football
games, it is only played when the team runs onto the field,
whenever a field goal or extra point is scored, and at the end of
each half (though at the end of the first half a recording is
played since the band is already on the sidelines and unable to
perform it live). There are, however, multiple other songs that are
synonymous with LSU. "Pregame Entrance/Touchdown for LSU" begins
with those four powerful notes familiar to most college football
fans. This song is played by the Louisiana State
University Tiger Marching Band
before the game begins, at the
beginning of the fourth quarter, and any critical moment in the
fourth quarter when Tiger Stadium needs to get even more "amped
Although originally to be nicknamed "Deaf Valley" for its
excruciating levels of sound, the nickname "Death Valley" caught on
instead. It is legendary for the crowd noise generated by fans. It
is the sixth largest college football stadium in the nation and
third largest stadium in the SEC, holding 92,400 fans. The Tiger
Stadium atmosphere is generally considered one of the
loudest and most electrifying college football experiences in the
During a nationally televised game against Auburn
in 2003, ESPN recorded a noise level of 117 decibels at certain
points in the game. In 2007 when the No. 1 ranked Tigers played the
No. 9 ranked Florida Gators, the noise level registered at 122
decibels when the Tigers made a come-from-behind win in the final
minutes of the game.
A similar sound level resulted in the legendary "Earthquake Game"
against Auburn in 1988. LSU won 7-6 when quarterback Tommy Hodson
completed a game-winning touchdown pass to running back Eddie
Fuller in the waning seconds of the game. The crowd's roar
registered on a seismograph, shaking the ground as much as a small
Louisiana State University cheerleader
Rivals include the traditional intrastate rival Tulane Green Wave
, SEC West rivals
Ole Miss Rebels
, Auburn Tigers
, Alabama Crimson Tide
, Arkansas Razorbacks
and the SEC East
rival Florida Gators
under the SEC's unique inter-division "designated rival" format).
LSU and Arkansas play annually in football the Friday after
Thanksgiving alternating sites between Baton Rouge and Little Rock.
The winner of the game is awarded the "Golden Boot
," a gold plated trophy that is
formed in the shape of the two states. LSU and in-state rival
Tulane battle for the "Tiger Rag", a flag divided evenly between
the colors of the two schools.
The LSU-Auburn rivalry has become more important in recent years,
but since the advent of the SEC's divisional format, the divisional
winner has usually ended up being the West Division winner. The
LSU-Florida rivalry also has major importance as the two schools
have won the last three football national championships (Florida in
2006 and 2008; LSU in 2003 and 2007).
Louisiana State University Lab School
The university operates the Louisiana State
University Laboratory School
, a Kindergarten
through 12 public school. The
School was established by the College of Education of Louisiana
State University and has operated under its auspices for over
eighty years. This coeducational school exists as an independent
system to provide training opportunities for pre- and in-service
teachers and to serve as a demonstration and educational research
center. Since the school is part of the LSU system, students are
required to pay tuition. The school is located on the main campus
of Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. LSU Laboratory School
was the first International
Baccalaureate Diploma Program
school in the state of Louisiana
and is adopting the complete K-12 program. IB is a model curriculum
that stresses creativity, inquiry, service, and
With strong academics and athletics programs, LSU has seen many of
its former students go on to local and national prominence.
Several LSU athletes have gone on to recognition for their
prominence in their respective sports. Pete Maravich
played basketball for LSU and
was three-time consensus first team All-American
and 1970 National 'Player of the
Year'. Shaquille O'Neal
basketball for LSU and received many honors, including being named
twice as a first team Men's Basketball All-American
and twice as the SEC Player Of The Year
. Billy Cannon
played Halfback for LSU and is the
only LSU player to win the Heisman
(in 1959). Cannon was inducted into the College Football
Hall of Fame in 2009. JaMarcus
, Oakland Raiders Quarterback number 1 draft pick of
LSU alumni have also been active on both the national and
international stage in the fields of politics, academia, and the
arts. Such notables include James
, who was the senior political adviser to Bill Clinton
, and Donna Brazile
, the campaign manager
of the 2000 presidential campaign
Vice-President Al Gore
. Hubert Humphrey, the 38th Vice President of
the United States, earned a master's degree in politcal science
before becoming the junior United States Senator from Minnesota. Randy Moffett,
president of the University of Louisiana
System (ULS) and formerly president of Southeastern
Louisiana University received his Ed.D. from
Louisiana State University in 1980. Academy Award
-winning actress Joanne Woodward
majored in drama during her
enrollment at LSU.
America's early Space Program benefited from the services of two
LSU Graduates. NASA Engineer
Maxime Faget was a Naval Reserve
Officer and the NASA Engineer responsible for the design of the
Mercury Capsule, Apollo Command Module, Capsule Escape Tower
System, Mach Meter, and the STS Space
Shuttle Orbiter Vehicle and System (STS=Space Transportation
NASA Pioneer/Founder Walter C. Williams established
what is now known as NASA's Dryden
Flight Research Center, previously known as Muroc Army Station.
Williams was directly involved with the Bell X-1 program, "Glamorous Glennis
", research flights which
led to the first manned flight exceeding the speed of sound in
level flight. Dr. Williams was on the Aeronautical Board
of NACA, and was responsible for hiring many of
the "pioneers" of what has now become America's Space Program,
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Hubert Humphrey, 38th Vice President of the United
States and United States
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James Carville, political
campaign adviser to Bill
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video game designer and creator of The
Sims, the best-selling PC game of all time.
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Shaquille O'Neal, four-time
NBA Championship winner
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Claire Lee Chennault, military
aviator who commanded the Flying
Tigers during World War II.
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Better Than Ezra, a popular
alternative rock trio.