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History, Affiliations & Rankings
The flagship university of the state of Louisiana, Louisiana State University is a premier public research institution established in 1860. Currently ranked 140 in National Universities and 139 in Best Value Schools by the US News & World Report, the university has been an integral part of the state of Louisiana for over 150 years and boasts a rich history of providing world-class education. State-of-the-art architecture, a spectacular campus hosting some of the best educational and recreational establishments and a vibrant student community — all come together at Louisiana State University, and that’s what makes it an excellent choice for any international student aspiring to study in the United States.
Infrastructure, Campus & Courses
More than 28,000 students, including around 1600 foreign nationals, are enrolled in over 300 undergraduate and postgraduate programmes across the eighteen schools and colleges that are part of the Louisiana State University. The total campus area is over 2,000 acres with the main campus at Baton Rouge covering 650 acres of land along the Mississippi river. Other campuses are at Shreveport, Eunice, Alexandria and New Orleans. The Baton Rouge campus is home to over 250 buildings designed in the style of the famous Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio. Besides the spectacular modern infrastructure, the campus also includes state-of-the-art research facilities, libraries covering an extensive range of subjects, museums, recreational facilities including theatres, athletic fields and the Tiger Stadium — a football stadium named after LSU’s official mascot — Mike the Tiger — a live Bengal tiger currently housed on campus. Students can enjoy a peaceful stroll among the majestic oak trees and serene lakes that are a part of the campus at Baton Rouge.
Accomplishments & Alumni
Louisiana State University prides itself on more than 250,000 living alumni and 130 alumni chapters across the world. LSU alumni have gone on to recognition in a wide array of areas including business, politics, sports, education, the arts and many more. Popular names on the list of LSU’s notable alumni are Holly Thaggard, Melissa Valiquette, Lance Frank, Ashley Wilking, Sandra Smith, Kurt Davis, Renee Horton and many more. The LSU Alumni Association aims at keeping alumni connected through up-to-date records, social events, travel programs abroad, networking opportunities, and so on. LSU alumni have also been active in a variety of sports like basketball, golf, baseball, gymnastics, wrestling and mixed martial arts (MMA).
Student Diversity & Visiting Companies
Louisiana State University not only helps its students achieve excellence in academics but also promotes a strong sense of camaraderie, self-governance and community service. Students can be a part of any of the 500+ organisations, fraternities and sororities that operate on campus, many of which are engaged in selfless social work and community programmes. From movie nights to concerts, exhibitions, theatrical performances, athletic events and more — there is a lot happening at Louisiana State University all year round. Along with a broad array of undergraduate and graduate courses, Louisiana State University offers amazing research opportunities to its students, and all at an affordable cost thanks to its financial aid programmes. Plus, it offers the chance to be a part of a lively community of students, dedicated to make the most of their time at college and having the most fun while at it.
Louisiana State University, with the primary objective of ensuring safety and health of its students, staff and faculty, has updated and modified Covid-19 plans and information. LSU ‘Roadmap to Fall’ is a detailed layout as to how it is responding to the pandemic.
All safety protocols on campus have been put in place. These include physical distancing, hand washing/sanitising, face coverings, cleaning and coughing/sneezing etiquette.
It has introduced a monitoring system to manage the spread of the virus. The check will incorporate steps like trac symptoms, isolate, get tested, exercise caution and report positive cases and close contacts.
The fall semester and on-campus classes have begun as planned from August 24, 2020.
Classes of 100 or more students will be conducted in online mode, classes with 11 to 99 students will be in allocated rooms and classes with 10 or fewer students will be held as scheduled.
Students travelling to the US will have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
There is no plan to offer discounts on tuition fees this fall as the university promises to provide the same high quality education to students.
LSU has made available an exhaustive list of resources for students to excel academically.
NOTE: The fees given below cover the tuition as well as certain mandatory fees such as ‘Required Fee’, ‘Technology Fee’, ‘International Cultural Centre Fee’ etc. Candidates must note that the actual amount may vary according to the course and department you choose.
Louisiana State University is dedicated to making quality education affordable to all. In this goal, they awarded a total of $300mn in financial aid every year. Over 92% of the university’s students receive financial aid in some form or the other.
LSU does not offer any specific scholarships to international undergraduate students. International students can apply for a common scholarship as a Freshmen, provided they are non-US citizens who have studied in the U.S. High School or American School in another country and submit their ACT/SAT scores to the university.
International students can also approach private organizations and other government entities for financial aid. A list of a few of such organizations is available on the university website.
International applicants to Louisiana State University’s Graduate school may receive financial aid in any of the following three forms:
Fellowships - These are opportunities that provide a professional experience while also offering a stipend and additional benefits such as student loan repayment
Assistantships - Over 2,000 Teaching Assistantships, Research Assistantships and Service Assistantships are available across various academic departments throughout the year. These offer stipend along with additional benefits such as tuition fee waiver, discount on the purchase of books and supplies etc.
Students writing their dissertations may apply to their concerned department for this fellowship. The departments may then nominate them to the Graduate School.
Value: $18,000 + exemption from tuition and non-resident fees
Deadlines: Early Spring; updated deadlines are available for the Departments on the university portal; students are advised to apply as soon as possible
Students who have completed all coursework and are writing their dissertations are eligible for this fellowship. Students applying for a Dissertation Fellowship must:
Have a minimum GPA of 3.50
Have passed a milestone exam in his/her concerned department
Enrol in 9 dissertation hours during spring and fall
Be employed full-time in writing a dissertation — enrollment in other classes except for dissertation hours or being engaged in any form of employment is prohibited.
Not hold any other fellowships, assistantships or awards.
Louisiana State University
Baton Rouge, LA 70803, United States
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