Dec 10, 2018  
2017-2018 General Catalog 
2017-2018 General Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Student Life

The university is committed to the concept of student growth, development, and academic success through active participation in the university’s living-learning environment. Students will maintain and develop their physical and mental health, sense of self-worth, ability to work with and lead others, understanding of citizenship obligations, concern for the campus environment, ability to think critically and ethically, and a sense of belonging to the university and global communities. To foster development of these qualities, a comprehensive range of programs and services has been designed for students to encourage full participation in the life of the university; to promote intellectual development, leadership, and civic responsibility; and to contribute to personal growth.

Division of Student Affairs

OFFICE 146 Thomas Boyd Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-8607
FAX 225-578-6740

African American Cultural Center

OFFICE 3 Union Square, Raphael Semmes Rd.
TELEPHONE 225-578-1627
FAX 225-578-1504

The African American Cultural Center (AACC) implements educational, cultural, and social activities that acknowledge and address the needs of African American students at LSU. Through programmatic efforts, the center also provides a venue for all students to learn about the African American culture, heritage, and traditions thereby striving to create a better knowledge and understanding of the African American experience.

Campus Life

OFFICE 350 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-5160
FAX 225-578-9311

The mission of Campus Life is to enhance student learning through innovative initiatives focused on the core tenets of involvement, leadership, and service that enrich the LSU experience. Campus Life supports these innovative initiatives through leadership development, large- and small-scale student activities, student organizations, and volunteerism.

Activities - With a professional programming staff to advise its members, the Student Activities Board seeks to educate and entertain the campus while developing the newest generation of student leaders on campus. The Homecoming Student Committee develops activities to engender a sense of community with prospective, current, and former students who return as alumni. Whether it is musical performances, hot topics, popular culture, or exposure to cultural events, students can always find something to do on campus.

Service - With its campus and community service programs and networking opportunities, Campus Life’s three service organizations make campus, local, national, and international impacts on others. Volunteer LSU coordinates major campus service traditions like Community Bound, as well as dozens of smaller projects around the state, and both domestic and international service trips annually. Kitchens On The Geaux promotes greater awareness of issues of hunger in the community, works to reclaim food for the hungry, and supports the daily operations of the LSU Food Pantry. Geaux Big Baton Rouge hosts one big day of service to unite the campus with the greater community in a day of thanks.

Campus Involvement and Student Organizations - With approximately 400 registered student organizations, there is a place for every LSU student to be involved on campus. Campus Life provides the oversight, support, and training for student organizations and manages an online hub of involvement opportunities and organization portals via TigerLink. For the most up-to-date list of student organizations and opportunities, visit the TigerLink page.

Leadership Development - Leadership development is an integral part of a student’s success at LSU. In Campus Life, staff and students implement campus-wide leadership development programs to enhance the academic experiences of the student body, such as coordinating leadership conferences and providing specific training for individuals who wish to become campus leaders.

Through these experiences, Campus Life intends to mold students into well-rounded individuals, both inside and outside of the classroom.

LSU Olinde Career Center

OFFICE 158 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-2162
FAX 225-578-8927

The mission of the LSU Olinde Career Center is to assist students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences while in school, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school.

Undergraduates are encouraged to follow their recommended paths throughout their college years to fully prepare themselves to develop the skills, experience, and confidence to transition successfully from college to career. Students are also encouraged to enrich their studies and prepare for their careers by using the Four Year Career Plan in addition to their academic course of study.

Graduate students are likewise encouraged to clarify their career objectives and develop their professional skills outside the classroom by following the Career Plan for Graduate Students.

Career Decision-Making provides assistance in self-assessment for the purpose of planning a career. Services include choosing the right major and career; career testing and interpretation; specialized programming for first-year students; and the Chevron Workforce Development Center.

Experiential Education combines academic study with on-the-job, career-related work experience. Cooperative education programs, internships, summer jobs, part-time jobs, and volunteer opportunities are all offered to assist students in this area.

Job Search teaches lifelong skills in finding employment. Services available include individual appointments, addressing résumés, cover letters, networking, interview, job search strategies, and assistance with the graduate school application process.

Employment Services connects students and alumni with employers. Careers2Geaux, On-Campus Interviewing Program, résumé referrals, and other recruiting events are all available for the benefit of LSU students and alumni.

Center for Academic Success

OFFICE B31 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-2872
FAX 225-578-2696

The internationally-recognized Center for Academic Success (CAS), is certified as a national Learning Center of Excellence and serves as the central learning center at LSU. The CAS offers free resources that help all students maximize their academic experience, from first year through graduate and professional school. The CAS provides a cognitive science-based approach to assisting students, offering creative and personalized strategies to ensure academic success.

Tutorial Services: The Shell Tutorial Center offers walk-in tutoring in math, biology, chemistry, physics, select foreign languages, and other courses and is equipped with computers for independent use. CAS also sponsors access to online tutoring and a tutor matching service.

Supplemental Instruction (SI): Peer-led group study sessions are offered in select historically difficult courses. SI leaders facilitate regularly scheduled study sessions each week to help students master course concepts, develop test-taking skills, and learn more efficient study strategies.

Academic Empowerment: CAS offers academic coaching sessions, workshops, presentations, and online resources on topics such as test preparation, time management, note-taking, overcoming test anxiety, college reading strategies, concept mapping, and studying techniques.

For details on all Center for Academic Success services and support, log on to

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership (CCELL)

OFFICE 109 E. B. Doran Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-4245

The Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership (CCELL) promotes service-learning and civic engagement designed to advance learning outcomes, to develop leaders with the highest sense of civic responsibility, and to address societal needs through community-university partnerships.

CCELL facilitates service-learning courses in which students take part in credit-bearing, organized service activities that simultaneously meet learning objectives and community needs. Approximately 4,000 students participate in service-learning courses each year.

CCELL is working with Campus Life to enact the Engaged Citizens Program, a distinction that undergraduate students can pursue if they are interested in achieving the highest levels of civic responsibility. Students who complete at least 7 credit hours of service-learning courses, log a minimum of 100 hours of community service with approved organizations, and complete a paper connecting these activities with LSU’s Commitment to Community will be awarded the Engaged Citizen distinction, which will appear on their transcript.

CCELL endeavors to meet the needs of our constituents through pertinent programming. For example, CCELL works with CxC and LSU faculty each fall to offer eligible LSU seniors and first year graduate students a workshop series to assist them in applying for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship. CCELL also offers support to our community partners through workshops and opportunities to engage with students, faculty, and staff.

CCELL provides a number of services to faculty who are engaged in service-learning, including but not limited to: consulting with faculty in course development, syllabus design, and the scholarship of engagement; and functioning as a liaison between faculty and community partners. Additionally, CCELL offers two competitive faculty development opportunities. The Service-Learning Faculty Scholars program is a 10-week seminar in which faculty learn to integrate service-learning into a new or existing course. The Community Engaged Research Scholars program is intended for veteran service-learning faculty who wish to create a piece of scholarship from their engaged work.

The Community Engagement Advisory Council articulates and promotes the objectives of CCELL. The council develops strategies and provides leadership to advance service-learning and civic engagement, and assists CCELL in selecting the annual recipient of the Service-Learning Outstanding Faculty Award. CCELL also recognizes the outstanding engagement work of students, community partners, staff, and faculty through the annual Happy Awards program.

Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)

OFFICE 208 Coates Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-7795
FAX 225-578-6973

LSU Communication across the Curriculum (CxC) is a nationally recognized academic enhancement program that collaborates with faculty to help students of all majors advance their written, oral, visual, and technological communication skills  

CxC provides the following services for all undergraduates:

  • Individualized coaching on communication assignments, including writing and oral presentation projects
  • Access to communication technologies, including audio, video, and 3D visualization tools
  • Guidance in creating public digital portfolios for post-graduation success
  • Workshops and experiential learning opportunities focused on communication skills-building
  • Recognition on transcripts of completion of communication-intensive courses within the disciplines
  • Mentoring for students pursuing the LSU Distinguished Communicator Certification

CxC provides the following services for all faculty:

  • Individualized consultations on syllabus, assignment, and assessment design
  • Workshops and interdisciplinary learning communities focused on advancing communication-intensive learning and teaching
  • Supplemental instruction resources for Certified Communication-Intensive Courses
  • Assistance with grants and scholarship related to advancing students’ communication skills and communication pedagogy within the disciplines

CxC programming and policies are developed and regularly reviewed in collaboration with LSU faculty, students, staff, administrators, and community partners.

Community University Partnership

CAMPUS OFFICE 3960 W. Lakeshore Drive
CAMPUS FAX 225-578-5980
COMMUNITY OFFICE 950 E. Washington St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
COMMUNITY FAX 225-387-5132

The Community University Partnership (CUP) builds relationships between campus and community groups, activists, schools and interfaith networks. Through its efforts, CUP promotes civic engagement, increases cultural competency, challenges historic sentiment, and develops new strategies to accommodate the changing demographics of our community.

Office of the Dean of Students

OFFICE 333 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-9442
FAX 225-578-9441

LSU provides a wide variety of opportunities for students to get involved, utilize resources, and make a positive difference in the community. The staff within the Office of the Dean of Students [ODOS] are committed to facilitating diverse experiences that lead to student success. Our departments include Campus Life, Disability Services, Greek Life, and Student Advocacy & Accountability. The staff also advise and provide administrative support for Student Government.

LSU’s Commitment to Community serves as a guiding document to assist the entire LSU campus in having pride in our institution and respecting the people who faithfully commit to the principles within the commitment to community. To promote these principles, the Office of the Dean of Students recognizes 12 outstanding seniors, known as the Tiger Twelve, who contribute positively to the life of the campus and surrounding community.

In addition to facilitating and celebrating student leadership, staff members also serve as advocates for student interests and are committed to providing a safe campus environment. The Associate Vice President and Dean of Students also serves as the LSU Deputy Coordinator for Title IX, ensuring the investigative team follows the current process under LSU’s Permanent Memorandum 73 (PM-73) for Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Policy.

Disability Services

OFFICE 115 Johnston Hall  
TELEPHONE 225-578-5919  
FAX 225-578-4560  

Disability Services (DS) provides accommodations and support services to students with hearing, mobility, visual, psychological, and learning disabilities. Services are also available to students who experience temporary disabilities, like a broken arm that may prevent one from taking notes, or who have other functional limitations resulting from chronic or intermittent health problems, such as arthritis, diabetes, epilepsy, and multiple sclerosis. Specialized support services are based on the individual student’s disability-based needs.

Services include coordination of in-class accommodations, including note takers and sign-language interpreter services, and liaison and referral to on- and off-campus resources, services, and agencies. The terrain of the LSU campus is mostly flat, and a network of curb cuts and ramps are in place for accessibility. Disability Services also works with you on an individual basis to identify and make recommendations on accessibility to specific structures and equipment on campus.

First Year Experience

OFFICE 128 Johnston Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-1188
FAX 225-578-4820

First Year Experience (FYE) offers programs, resources, and outreach to assist students in transition to life at LSU. Through interactive programming and individual strategy sessions, FYE ensures a quality experience at the university. Students who take advantage of FYE programming typically feel more connected to the community and experience success. FYE signature programming includes:

Bengal Bound – LSU’s official Welcome Week with more than 80 events highlighting campus resources and programs. The events encompass all aspects of the student experience.

STRIPES – A four-day, three-night program during the summer, where students learn the history and traditions of LSU. Through sessions on academics, leadership, service, and university traditions, STRIPES connects students to campus resources and support to ease the transition to college.

Strategy Sessions – Students are assigned staff contacts based on the first letter of their last name at the beginning of the year. FYE staff can answer any questions that first year students may have about getting involved or finding their place.

Student Success Series – FYE offers a number of ongoing programs including Bengals Beyond Bayou, Bengal Book Group, Commuter Programs, and First Fridays.

Tiger Transition Team (T3) – Nobody knows how to do LSU better than a current LSU student. Incoming students sign up for a peer mentor with a similar academic background or interest. Mentors help their mentees navigate the first semester at LSU.

Greek Life

OFFICE 472 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-2171
FAX 225-578-2450

Greek Life transforms lives by supporting and facilitating opportunities and experiences within the Greek community to discover, engage, and learn while fostering an environment for peer accountability based on fraternal values.

Greek Life strives to develop a community that enables individuals to achieve the highest standards of personal integrity and civic engagement for leadership in a global society.

Greek Life provides support for individuals and organizations that comprise the fraternal community at LSU. Greek Life staff members develop, implement, and coordinate programs and services that address member education, personal development, academic success, philanthropic activities, leadership development, and social activities. For a current list of fraternity and sorority chapters, visit Specific questions or inquiries can be addressed to

Multicultural Affairs

OFFICE 335 LSU Student Union Building
TELEPHONE 225-578-4339
FAX 225-578-7135

The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA) seeks to create an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, sustains inclusion, and cultivates a campus atmosphere that is free from bias. OMA strives to facilitate the academic excellence, personal growth, and social experiences of all students with specific commitments to students of color and other traditionally underrepresented groups. OMA provides a variety of programs and services that reflects the cultural diversity LSU has to offer.

Parking & Transportation Services

OFFICE Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE 225-578-5000
FAX 225-578-5588

LSU is committed to providing sufficient on-campus parking and transportation for all students, employees, and visitors. To legally park a vehicle on campus, faculty, staff, and students must register and obtain a permit from Parking & Transportation Services. Parking & Transportation Services also provides Campus Transit Safe Ride; this is a safe and convenient method of on-campus transportation for students to move around campus in the evening and late night hours. Parking & Transportation Services also provides a campus-wide bus service that operates on and off campus. The LSU Tiger Trails Transit System provides a safe, convenient, and free bus service for LSU students, faculty, staff, and visitors.  For more information on bus routes and hours of operations, please visit the Parking & Transportation website and download the TransLoc app, which provides approximate arrival/departure times at all bus stops as well as a GPS virtual map of bus locations.

For additional information, call 225-578-5000.

LSU Police Department

OFFICE Public Safety Building
TELEPHONE 225-578-3231
FAX 225-578-3421

LSU is dedicated to preserving a peaceful and safe environment for the entire university community. Students, faculty, staff, and visitors are urged to be aware of and alert to the possibility of criminal activity on campus and to report all crimes or suspicious activity to the LSU Police Department. If you “See Something, Say Something.”

The LSU Police Department is organized as a traditional police department and officers are commissioned with statewide arrest authority per Louisiana Revised Statute 17:1805. All officers receive training that exceeds state standards and provide services 24 hours every day, 365 days a year. The LSU Police Department offers a variety of resources for crime deterrence and response, including uniform patrol, motorcycle and bicycle patrols, K-9 officers, investigators, and other support services. LSU officers work closely with other local law enforcement agencies as well as the Baton Rouge Fire Department and East Baton Rouge EMS, who provide fire and emergency medical services to LSU.

The LSU Police Department recently launched the LSU Shield Mobile Safety and Security application. This application provides a variety of safety resources for students, staff, faculty and visitors. For more information about the LSU Police Department, LSU Shield app, crime statistics, safety tips, crime prevention programs or personal safety, visit

Student-Right-To-Know (Clery) Act

Louisiana State University’s annual security report includes statistics for the previous three years concerning reported crime that occurred on campus and in certain off-campus buildings owned or controlled by LSU.

This report also includes institutional policies concerning campus security, such as alcohol and drug use, crime prevention, the reporting of crimes, sexual assault, and other matters.

Information in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act can be obtained via the LSU Police website at, or by contacting the LSU Police Department at 225-578-3231.

Residential Life

OFFICE 99 Grace King Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-8663
FAX 225-578-5576
The Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Residential Life is committed to the academic success and personal growth of the campus community. The world-class facilities, scholars, and programs available at residents’ doorsteps consistently prove their value with on-campus first-year students having higher retention rates to second year, higher grade point averages, and higher graduation rates than their off-campus peers, as well as and reporting the experience as crucial in succeeding in their first year at college.
In campus residence halls and apartments, students enjoy a natural and convenient social setting seldom more than a 10-minute walk from the library, classes, or campus activities surrounded by a supportive live-in staff available to assist with concerns and questions. Housing staff and faculty members also provide informative programs related to safety, wellness, community service, and a variety of other topics. All residential communities participate in the Faculty-in-Residence Program, where an LSU faculty member and his or her family live on campus, interact with residents by participating in programs, and encourage socialization with faculty members in a less formal environment outside the classroom.
On-campus housing is highly recommended for first-year students, but not guaranteed or required in 2017-18. With close to 6,000 undergraduate beds available, LSU’s goal is to provide housing for everyone who desires to live on campus. Once students receive notification from the university that they are admitted, they may apply for housing at To ensure a student’s first choice, one should apply for housing as soon as admitted to LSU.
Room assignments and other housing considerations are prioritized by the date the student applied for on-campus housing — not the university application or admittance date.

Choices in Residential Living

Each of LSU’s residence halls, undergraduate apartment complexes, and family and graduate student housing options is located within walking distance of academic buildings, the library, the LSU Student Union, athletic events, and recreational activities. Students living on campus also have the opportunity to meet people from different cultures and backgrounds. The Residential Life staff and community council of each building will help students feel part of a dynamic environment, where lifelong friendships are formed, leadership skills learned, and personal growth experienced. All of the housing facilities are well maintained by an in-house maintenance team, and more than 57 percent of the undergraduate housing inventory was recently renovated or newly constructed.

Undergraduate residence halls are organized as residential colleges, the Honors House, themed housing, and traditional halls. Traditional residence halls (non-residential college) are open to all students of all majors, and let students meet a diverse group of peers where they live. The activities and programs within the traditional halls are based on the same living-learning principles as the residential colleges, but don’t focus on a particular senior college or theme.

Residential colleges enjoy all the same amenities and features of traditional residence halls, but they also maximize the on-campus living experience for first-year students by creating smaller communities based on common majors or interests and fostering greater student-faculty interaction beyond the classroom.

The Honors House functions as a residential college but is sponsored by the Honors College and is open to all majors of all years. Honors students can choose to live with other Ogden Honors students in East and West Laville Halls.

Themed housing is similar to a residential college, but on a smaller scale. Participants live within a traditional hall or apartment complex, take one class with their cohorts in the program, and participate in activities together.

For single, upper-class students there are 184 apartments in the on-campus complex, East Campus Apartments (ECA) and 168 apartments in the on-campus complex, West Campus Apartments (WCA). East and West Campus Apartments rent by the individual room, are fully furnished, and have modern appliances including a stove, refrigerator, microwave, dishwasher, garbage disposal, and clothes washer and dryer.

For married students, single parents, students 21 years or older, and post-doctoral students and research associates, there are apartments in the Edward Gay Apartments. Edward Gay Apartments rent by the whole apartment and are unfurnished except for stoves and refrigerators.

Most residence halls have ground-floor reception areas with staffed front desks and study rooms on each level. In each on-campus community, a team of resident assistants (RAs), a graduate residence director (GRD), and a professional residence life coordinator (RLC) oversee building operations, support students through interactions and programs, and help students get connected to their campus community. Entry to all halls is controlled by a security system that utilizes residents’ LSU ID cards. Coin and card access laundry facilities are also available. In all halls, students can go online to monitor the status of their laundry as well as the availability of machines. Wired and wireless internet connections, cable TV service, and all utilities are included in the semester’s rent. Several halls are accessible for students with disabilities, and most halls feature community computer labs with printers.

Get details of each building at

The vast majority of residence halls have two-student rooms, although there are a limited number of three- and four-student rooms which are significantly larger. If space is available, students may request a private room.

Residential Colleges

Residential colleges are structured to create a stimulating living-learning environment through student interaction with faculty and other freshmen beyond the boundaries of the more traditional classroom setting. Students participating in the residential colleges reside in the same facility and must enroll in two special sections of general academic courses per semester taken with other residential college students. Some of these classes may be offered in classrooms in the residence halls. This environment creates a close-knit academic community similar to the small college experience. With greater academic emphasis and faculty involvement, the residential college atmosphere encourages studying, provides access to exceptional academic and social support, and makes it easy to establish new friendships. For more information regarding residential college and course requirements, visit

Career Discovery Residential College (CDRC) in Broussard Hall – Incoming freshmen of all majors are eligible for this themed-based residential college. Career Discovery helps guide first-year students in the discovery process of selecting their major and career. Programs in this community are geared toward self-discovery, career exploration, and exploring various majors within LSU and their related careers. CDRC collaborates with the LSU Olinde Career Center, the Center for Academic Success, and the University College Center for Freshman Year to offer programs and services to its residents.

The Honors House in East and West Laville Halls is for Honors College students in all majors and classifications. High-achieving, creative, and motivated students help create a dynamic living-learning environment. Students in the Ogden Honors House live with a diverse peer group, participate in social, academic, and service activities, and interact with faculty within East and West Laville Halls. This academically focused environment allows for involvement and leadership through participation in Hall Government and Honors College student organizations.

Agriculture Residential College in Blake Hall - Incoming freshmen who have declared a major within the LSU College of Agriculture will have the opportunity to live in the Agriculture Residential College. This residential college will support students as they advance through LSU’s agriculture program with a focus in Agriculture Leadership. Faculty involvement and research opportunities will strengthen each student’s connection with the Agriculture College, the land-grant mission dating back to 1862, and the interdisciplinary educational experience that reflects the latest in science and technology.

Business Residential College in Residential College One – West Hall - Students in the Business Residential College have unique educational and professional development opportunities to acclimate to a business culture. This residential college is open to first-year students who have declared a major in LSU’s E.J. Ourso College of Business.

Engineering Residential College in Residential College One – North Hall - Incoming freshmen who have declared a major in engineering, computer science, or construction management and have an ACT Math score of 23 or higher will have the opportunity to live in the Engineering Residential College (ERC). This residential college supports students as they advance through LSU’s quality engineering program. Faculty involvement and research opportunities will strengthen each student’s connection with the College of Engineering. Apply early; the ERC typically fills early in the process and has a waiting list.

Human Sciences & Education Residential College in Cypress Hall – This community offers first-year students in the College of Human Sciences & Education an educational and social community for the broad spectrum of majors within CHSE, including tomorrow’s researchers, social workers, counselors, teachers and principals, librarians, archivists, physical and human movement scientists, doctors, occupational and physical therapists, physician assistants, dentists, athletic trainers, sports administrators, higher education professionals, and human resource professionals.

Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College in Residential College One – South Hall - Open to first-year students with a declared major in the College of Humanities & Social Sciences. The Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College (HSSRC) is one of LSU’s premier living-learning programs, focused on intercultural communication and global awareness. Students share a common curiosity about other peoples, places, perceptions, and perspectives.

Mass Communication Residential College in Residential College One – South Hall - The Mass Communication Residential College is specifically designed to offer an educational and social community for the next generation of journalism, public relations, digital advertising, and political communication professionals. The program is open to first-year students and any undergraduate international exchange students who are enrolled in the Manship School of Mass Communication.

Science Residential College in Highland Hall - Incoming freshmen who have declared a major in any science field (including biochemistry, biological sciences, microbiology, chemistry, geology, physics, and mathematics) and have minimum ACT scores of Math: 23 and Composition: 23, or SAT scores of Quantitative: 540 and Verbal & Quantitative: 1040 are eligible to live in the Science Residential College (SRC). This living-learning approach to the first-year experience will help empower the next generation of science professionals for success. SRC residents are encouraged to participate in BIOS, a science summer workshops offered on campus.

Themed Housing

Themed Housing is similar to a residential college, but on a smaller scale. Participants live within a traditional hall or an on-campus apartment complex, take one class with their cohorts in the program, and participate in activities together. There are two themed housing options for sophomores – the Leadership & Service Living-Learning Community in one building in West Campus Apartments and Sophomore Gold in one building in East Campus Apartments.

More details about LSU’s themed housing options are available online at

Housing Applications for Residence Halls and East/West Campus Apartments

Prospective students must first be admitted to the university —even provisionally admitted— before applying for on-campus housing. Once students receive notification from the university that they are admitted, they may apply for housing at The housing application, room assignments, and other housing considerations are prioritized by the housing date of the application —not the university application or admittance date. On-campus housing is highly recommended, but not guaranteed or required for first-year students.

The East and West Campus Apartments are available to upper-class (second-year or higher) students only. Applying to the Department of Residential Life is a three-step online process:

  1. Apply for admission (or be a current student).
  2. Upon admission, fill out the online housing application at
  3. The online housing application is processed after receipt of the $310 payment ($50 non-refundable application fee, $10 non-refundable processing fee, and $250 advance rent). The advance rent is applied toward the student’s rent on the student fee bill, and is refundable for incoming students on a staggered scale based on the date a student cancels his/her housing application. Current residents participating in contract renewal forfeit the entire $250 at any time of cancellation. Visit for full cancellation details.

To view your housing assignment online, you must:

  1. Go to and click “Login to myLSU” at the top left of the page.
  2. Click “Student Services” on the left-side menu, and then select “On-Campus Housing.” This will take you to the Residential Life housing application.
  3. Click “View Application Status” to see your assignment for the fall semester.

The university reserves all rights in connection with assignment of rooms, inspection of rooms, termination, and occupancy of rooms. Reservations are not transferable. If the room is not occupied by 11:59 p.m. on the first day of class, the reservation is forfeited unless notification stating the time of late arrival has been received. Get details of the cancellation, refund, and fee schedule at Other terms of residence hall occupancy are provided in the housing contract. Room reservations in fraternity or sorority houses are limited to eligible members of those organizations and are made directly with the organization. Review all policies in the Living on Campus Handbook and Housing Contract at

Rates for Residence Halls and East and West Campus Apartments

Published rates are per semester, per student. For a list of current rates, see the Residential Life website at Semester rental rates are subject to change at the beginning of a regular semester or summer term.

On-campus housing is available to full-time students in the fall and spring semesters. In the summer, students must be at least half-time (6-8 hours) to live on campus for the summer term.

A student living in a room that is not filled to normal capacity may be asked to exercise one of the following choices:

  • request assignment to another room,
  • choose another room of the same type and price in the student’s current building from a list supplied by Residential Life,
  • find an eligible roommate to move into the student’s room so that it becomes fully occupied,
  • or pay the additional rent for a private room (1.5 times the semester rate for full occupancy).

Residence hall rent is due by the deadline established on the advanced fee bill. Additional information concerning residence hall accommodations may be obtained from the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663 or on the website at

Edward Gay Apartments for Families & Graduate Students

The university has two- and three-bedroom apartments that are available for families and for single, upper-class, full-time graduate students aged 21 or older.

Additional information is available from the Department of Residential Life, 225-334-5198 or

Refund of Residence Hall and Apartment Rent

Students contract for space in a residence hall or East and West Campus Apartments on an academic-year basis. The contract is effective on the date it is submitted online or cancelled by the student. Refund of room rent will be made according to the terms in the contract. For further details, contact the Department of Residential Life, 99 Grace King Hall, 225-578-8663.

Student Advocacy & Accountability

OFFICE 340 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-4307
FAX 225-578-5637

Student Advocacy & Accountability (SAA) utilizes the LSU Commitment to Community as a guiding principle. The belief is that students should not only accomplish academic goals, but also to do so in a healthy and encouraging environment which fosters personal growth and development. SAA promotes academic integrity and appropriate standards of conduct for the university. SAA is responsible for investigating alleged violations of university policy/standards and for implementing the accountability process as outlined in the LSU Student Code of Conduct. This is accomplished through educational outreach, accountability meetings, university hearing panels, and behavioral interventions for individual students and student organizations.

LSU Cares is a university initiative dedicated to the well-being of students and promotion of a community that cares about each of its members. LSU offers an online reporting system ( to help students, faculty, staff, families, and friends submit reports about:

  • potential violations of the LSU Code of Student Conduct;
  • concerns regarding sexual misconduct and hazing;
  • concerns surrounding acts of bias or discrimination;
  • complaints or grievances; and
  • concerns about students in crisis or distress.

When a report is received, SAA staff will review the details using a CARE approach (Communicate, Assess, Refer, Educate) and then determine a response that includes appropriate campus resources. Visit for greater detail on the processes and services Student Advocacy & Accountability provides our community.

Student Government

OFFICE 150 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-8727
FAX 225-578-8747

Student Government (SG) advocates for the interests of LSU students and enhances the student experience by promoting the image of the university, while supporting student achievement on campus and in the community. SG works with the University administration to develop policies and procedures that relate to academics, student life, and business affairs such as parking and transportation.

SG includes an executive, judicial (University Court), and legislative (Student Senate) branch. College Councils report to the executive branch and represent the interests of students from each academic college. Elections are held in the Fall and Spring semesters. SG also appoints students to serve on various campus committees.

SG manages student and state funds to support student initiatives, student organization and a variety of campus events. Some of the events and initiatives coordinated by SG include student trips to athletic events, a shuttle to the airport during the holidays and a concert in the Spring that is open to students and the Baton Rouge community.

Student Health Center

OFFICE Student Health Center Building
TELEPHONE 225-578-6271
FAX 225-578-5655

The Student Health Center provides quality, affordable health care to LSU students. It is fully accredited by the Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care (AAAHC). The Health Center provides collaborative care in the out-patient clinic, which includes medical, mental health, and wellness and health promotion services. All visits and inquiries are confidential. The student health fee, paid by full-time students and students who register for six or more hours during the summer, entitles students to use many of the services of the Student Health Center at no additional charge. There are additional charges for laboratory tests, diagnostic imaging, prescriptions, and medical procedures.

The Medical Clinic is staffed by primary care and women’s health clinicians and a number of registered nurses. In addition, part-time specialty services are offered in orthopedics, dermatology, ear/nose/throat, and ophthalmology. A dental screening clinic is available; however, dental procedures are not performed on the premises.

Mental Health Service offers crisis intervention and individual and group therapy. These services are provided by mental health clinicians experienced in treating emotional problems and stresses experienced by university students. In addition, the unit coordinates the efforts of a multi-disciplinary Eating Disorders Treatment Team.

Wellness and Health Promotion provides education and outreach to the campus community. Individual coaching sessions are available on a variety of issues, including nutrition and weight management; stress and time management; sexual and reproductive health; alcohol and other drug abuse; smoking cessation; sexual assault and interpersonal violence; and many others. Educational programs for student organizations and residence halls, as well as guest lectures for undergraduate and graduate classes, are available upon request throughout the year. The unit also houses the Lighthouse Program, a comprehensive sexual violence prevention, support and referral resource. 

Student Media

OFFICE B-39 Hodges Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-1697
FAX 225-578-1698

The Office of Student Media oversees operation of KLSU-FM, “The Gumboyear book, Legacy magazine, The Daily Reveille, TIGER-TV, and an advertising and marketing division. These media outlets provide news and entertainment to students, faculty, and staff and training for students interested in journalism and publishing. All Student Media properties have received numerous regional and national awards.

The Daily Reveille, the university’s student-edited newspaper and website, is published Monday through Friday during the fall and spring semesters and Tuesdays and Thursdays during the summer term. “The Gumbo” is distributed during the fall semester. Students also edit and publish the LSU student magazine, Legacy, which is distributed on campus four times annually. KLSU-FM is a 5,000-watt educational FM station operated by students 18 hours a day, seven days a week. Tiger TV produces both news and entertainment programming for the LSU Campus Cable System.

Auxiliary Services

OFFICE 310 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-5124
FAX 225-578-4329

Auxiliary Services manages student service-related contracts including the LSU Student Union, LSU Barnes & Noble Bookstore, LSU Dining, Tiger Card Office, Event Management and Promotions, LSU Vending, LSU Laundry, and The UPS Store Mail & Copy Services. The LSU Student Union, located in the heart of campus, is the home of the Union Art Gallery, Union Theater and Box Office, ATMs, and retail partners such as Campus Federal Credit Union, Cox Communications, and Kaplan Test Prep.

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LSU Student Union

The LSU Student Union, located in the heart of campus, serves as LSU’s community center by providing facilities, services, and programs for students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the university. The union is supported by student fees and by a variety of retail and service enterprises located in the building.

The building is the site for a wide range of programs and events designed to appeal to all segments of the university community. These programs include lectures, performing arts, visual arts, films, concerts, comedians, and more. Information on programs, student committees, and student leadership opportunities in the union are available in Room 310 and in the Campus Life Office, Room 358.

The union provides a variety of facilities, services, and conveniences to meet the needs of the campus community. LSU Dining offers the Tiger Lair food court, with Chick-fil-A, Panda Express, and other popular brands; the Magnolia Room restaurant, Einstein Bros. Bagels, and a McDonald’s restaurant. LSU Catering offers a full line of catered services for banquets and luncheons.

Banking machines (ATMs) are located on the first floor. The university’s ID card operation and the TigerCASH debit card services are located in the Tiger Card Office. Campus Federal Credit Union offers student accounts and has a branch located on the first floor of the union. Also located on the first floor are the Olinde Career Center, Cox Communications, Kaplan testing services and the Live Oak Lounge, which provides a view of the Memorial Oak Grove. The UPS Store at LSU, located on the ground floor of the union, offers copy and print services, mailbox rental and package receipt services to students, faculty, and staff.

On the second floor, patrons will find the Art Gallery, which offers a variety of local and national exhibits year round. The Information Center serves as a hub for campus and community information. The Union Theater is host to the School of Music concerts, Broadway shows, dance performances, and many other performing arts events throughout the year. The front lounge of the theatre overlooks the LSU Parade Ground with a beautiful view of oak trees beneath the union’s skylights.

Auxiliary Services administrative offices are on the third floor where student job opportunities for positions in the union are available. The Event Management Office processes more than 6,000 reservation requests annually for union facilities and campus grounds.

For information on hours of operation and updates on events and services, visit the union website at

Barnes & Noble at LSU

OFFICE 2 Union Square
TELEPHONE 225-578-5137

Barnes & Noble at LSU boasts the largest selections of LSU clothing & gifts, a tech store, meeting space, and café to serve the campus community. The new superstore provides greater space for merchandising and customer seating within the dramatic store design. The store offers an expanded café for nearly one hundred people and an extensive menu to include more fresh food items. The store’s textbook reservation process now includes online ordering and three service counters where reservations can be accessed and fulfilled without waiting. The store is conveniently attached to the new parking garage with space for over 700 vehicles. Located at the heart of campus, the garage offers convenient hourly and permitted parking to faculty, staff, students, and visitors to the university. It offers greater convenience for those wishing to visit Barnes & Noble at LSU, The Club at LSU Union Square, the LSU Student Union, and many other facilities located in the center of campus. Learn more about the garage at

Seating 75 people and providing full audio visual facilities, the store’s event room is a venue for meetings, tours, and other campus events with an LSU presentation at no rental cost to campus organizations.

Tiger Card Office

OFFICE 109 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-4300
FAX 225-578-4585

The Tiger Card Office provides the official LSU identification card, the pre-paid debit system TigerCASH, voter registration services, and passport photos. New students are issued their first ID card at no cost. The ID card is the property of the university and must be retained for each subsequent term of enrollment. The card should be carried at all times and must be presented upon request of any university official. The card is non-transferable.

TigerCASH, a pre-paid debit system, provides a fast, safe, and convenient way to make purchases at various locations on and off campus. TigerCASH is accepted at all dining facilities as well as several merchants off campus. TigerCASH is the only way to copy and print documents on campus. It is accepted at vending machines and all laundry facilities. If your card is lost or stolen, a call to the Tiger Card Office will stop access to your account until you replace your card. With TigerCASH, there is no minimum deposit or semester fee and accounts roll over from semester to semester until the student graduates or resigns. As long as you have a positive balance in your TigerCASH account, you will enjoy convenient purchasing power both on and off campus. TigerCASH deposits may be made through the following options:

  • Added as an additional service to the fee bill before completing registration
  • Online at our website 24/7: 
  • At our TigerCASH kiosk located in the Student Union and VTS machines located in Middleton library, Patrick F. Taylor Hall, and the Law Center library
  • In the Tiger Card Office

Visit the Tiger Card Office website for a detailed listing of locations that accept TigerCASH at

More information is available at the Tiger Card Office, 109 LSU Student Union, or by calling 225-578-4300. By using TigerCASH, you are accepting the Terms of Agreement.

The Club at LSU Union Square

LOCATION Highland Road
TELEPHONE 225-578-2356
FAX 225-578-2244

The Club at LSU Union Square is a fine dining destination, adding an upscale element to the LSU campus and bringing  gourmet dishes to life not just for LSU but also for the Baton Rouge community.

Students can enjoy a casual lunch each weekday from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. . Private dining rooms may be reserved during regular club hours for groups of up to 45 guests. The Club is also available for special events outside of regular business hours. The Club at LSU Union Square accepts cash, Paw Points, TigerCASH, American Express, VISA, and MasterCard.

The UPS Store at LSU

OFFICE 101 LSU Student Union
TELEPHONE 225-578-6576

The UPS Store at LSU is the university’s commercial mail receiving agency. Mail service is provided to students and faculty members who are LSU box holders or who receive mail through university departments. Operating hours are Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.; Saturday, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

The university does not provide mail service to residence halls. Delivery service to the university-owned apartment complexes on Nicholson Drive and West Roosevelt Street is provided by the Main Post Office, 750 Florida Blvd., Baton Rouge, Louisiana 70802.

Packages intended for LSU box holders sent via FedEx and/or UPS should be addressed to the box holder’s name and include the following:

Recipient’s Name
LSU Box Number
110 LSU Union Square
Baton Rouge, LA 70803

LSU Child Care Center

OFFICE 4001 Gourrier Avenue
TELEPHONE 225-578-7882
FAX 225-578-7562

The LSU Child Care Center has been accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and offers a high quality child care program to students, staff, and faculty. The center exceeds state and national standards that guide developmentally appropriate programs for young children.

Priority for eligibility is given according to the following guidelines:

  • Children of students, staff, and faculty of LSU
  • Siblings of currently enrolled students
  • Children of those individuals with secondary affiliations to LSU (i.e., part-time students, part-time staff, and adjunct faculty, LSU alumni, grandchildren of LSU students, staff, or faculty, individuals working for all the campuses of the university)
  • Children of the community, families who have no affiliation to LSU


The LSU Child Care Center is a 15,500 square foot one-story facility with separate spaces for 175 full-time children from different age groups ranging from six weeks old to five years old. The center includes 15 classrooms (based on Louis Torelli’s pod design), parent and teacher resource center, multi-purpose room, kitchen, porches off of each classroom for play during rainy weather, and three fenced playground areas (75 square feet per child) with toys and play equipment for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.


The philosophy of LSU Child Care Center is one of freedom to learn, grow, and make choices through both structured and unstructured activities. All activities are intentionally planned to help children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. The learning atmosphere is one of acceptance, mutual respect, pleasure, fairness, consistency, clear limits and expectations, and encouragement. The predictable, organized environment, with caring adults, clear expectations, and appropriate consequences is designed to support the whole child. Teachers are flexible and allow the children freedom to learn at their own pace.

Families are an integral part of the LSU Child Care Center program. Support, encouragement, and assistance are provided to ensure personal and professional success for parents. Communication with the child’s family is established to share day-to-day happenings and gain new insights about the family’s beliefs and concerns regarding the child’s well-being.

University Recreation

OFFICE 102 Student Recreation Complex
TELEPHONE 225-578-8601
FAX 225-578-8489

The Department of University Recreation provides a variety of recreation and fitness activities to meet the diverse needs and interests of the university community. Multifaceted recreation and fitness programs are offered including aquatics, informal recreation, fitness and wellness programs, intramural sports, adventure recreation, sport clubs, and special event activities.

  • University Recreation, located at the corner of South Campus Drive and Minnie Fisk Drive, houses courts for racquetball, basketball, volleyball, and badminton. Members will also find a 1/3 mile indoor track, a climbing wall, bouldering wall,, equipment/bike rental, an inclusive weight/cardio/fitness area, a boxing studio, and an indoor pool.
  • The Adventure Center is located inside UREC at the East Entrance where members can rent outdoor gear, plan their own trips, and learn about Adventure Education trips and free clinics.
  • The UREC Field Complex, located on the corner of Gourrier Lane and River Road, features eight multipurpose fields and four softball fields that are used for open recreation times and many, but not all, intramural sports. All UREC sport club programs take place in this location, too.
  • The UREC Challenge Course, located across the street from UREC on South Campus Drive, includes high and low ropes courses with a zip line and climbing tower. This area holds Open Challenge Course programs and also is rented out by student organizations and outside organizations for team building.
  • The UREC Outdoor Pool Complex, located at the main UREC facility, is comprised of 2 four lane lap pools, a leisure river, and shaded lounging area for students to relax outside. 

University Recreation is undergoing an expansion project. Upon completion in 2017, its facilities will include 257,000 sq. ft. of indoor recreation space. The department features programming and services in the following areas:

  • The fitness and wellness program includes group exercise classes, personal training, and specialty courses. Group X classes provide cardiovascular, resistance training, and flexibility activities in a fun and motivating group setting. Many class formats are offered throughout each semester and range from beginning to advanced levels. All classes are led by certified group exercise instructors. The personal training program provides nationally certified personal trainers who will help individuals reshape their physique, increase strength, or lose weight with a customized program. Sessions are available for individual or pairs personal training and include fitness testing and evaluation. Specialty courses provide opportunities for individuals interested in learning new skills and participating in activities that will provide a lifetime of enjoyment. Taught by qualified instructors, classes are non-credit and include activities such as dance, fitness, and boxing classes.
  • The sports program includes intramural sports and club sports. Intramural sports offers team sports and individual events for men’s, women’s, co-rec, and open divisions throughout the year. Some of these activities are flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, and dodgeball. In total, 22 UREC sport clubs provide opportunities for competitive, recreational, and social interaction through on- and off-campus competition. Some of the active clubs include rugby, soccer, equestrian, ultimate frisbee, lacrosse, hockey, rowing, tennis, and powerlifting.
  • The adventure education program provides an opportunity for the university community to develop an understanding and appreciation for the outdoors. The program features a 24-foot portable climbing wall and an indoor climbing and bouldering wall. Climbers of all levels will have the opportunity to hone their skills, as well as learn the basics of rock climbing. The program also features a challenge course, which provides facilitation of team building and leadership activities. Comprised of a low and high course, participants utilize their physical and emotional strengths to reach individual and group goals. Outdoor gear rentals are also offered, including bikes, canoes, kayaks, tents, sleeping bags, and more. Students also have the opportunity to take student lead trips to experience the outdoors both within Louisiana and outside the state.
  • Each year, UREC hosts a variety of special events which are designed to serve particular recreational interests and needs.

For additional information and UREC facilities hours of operation, visit or contact University Recreation at 578-8601 or

Veteran & Military Student Services

OFFICE 315 Hatcher Hall
TELEPHONE 225-578-9084
FAX 225-578-4820

LSU Veteran & Military Student Services (VMSS) is dedicated to helping veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors succeed in higher education and in seeking employment. VMSS as a unit works to foster a community of support at LSU for veterans and their families.

Eager to assist this highly valued population in achieving personal and professional goals, exploring new learning experiences, and getting involved on campus, the main objectives of VMSS include helping get veteran and military students started on the right path in making the transition to LSU to earn a degree.

Services provided to veterans, service members, dependents, and survivors (VSDS) include:

  • Reaching out to the VSDS population throughout Louisiana and the Southeast to inform them of opportunities here at LSU.
  • Assisting prospective VSDS students on the admissions process.
  • Advising VSDS students on benefits and options.
  • Giving campus tours to VSDS students and their families.
  • Providing liaison services between VSDS students and university departments.
  • Veterans Resource Center: study lounge, group meeting area, and computer lab.

Women’s Center

OFFICE 5 Union Square
TELEPHONE 225-578-1714

The Women’s Center promotes the advancement of women’s issues and gender equity through its services, advocacy efforts, and educational programs. Through its programmatic efforts, the center strives to connect women from all walks of life, to foster personal development, and to empower women in leadership.

Other Campus Support Functions

Athletic Department

OFFICE Athletic Administration Building
TELEPHONE 225-578-7997
FAX 225-578-2430

Athletic facilities include Tiger Stadium, with a seating capacity of close to 102,321; four lighted full football practice fields; an indoor football practice facility; a lighted metric track; Bernie Moore Stadium, with a state-of-the-art Mondo surface and seating accommodations for 5,680; Alex Box Stadium, with seating for close to 11,000; and six lighted tennis courts with an elevated grandstand. A new tennis facility, complete with indoor and outdoor courts, is currently under construction and will be completed in the summer of 2015.

The LSU Natatorium provides an eight-lane Olympic-size indoor pool and diving well. The Pete Maravich Assembly Center, a multipurpose facility, seats 13,472 and is the home court for the men’s and women’s basketball teams, women’s gymnastics, and women’s volleyball as well as a practice facility for the men’s and women’s basketball teams. The recently renovated Carl Maddox Field House provides a 220-meter track facility; a gymnastics practice room; and a large, unobstructed, air-conditioned playing area for basketball, volleyball, indoor tennis, badminton, and other activities. It is available as a competitive indoor track facility and serves as a practice area for track. It is also used for teaching, organized recreational activity, and leisure-time activity for the university community.

Tiger Park, home to the LSU softball team, seats over 1,300 fans in the grandstand, and an additional 1,200 on the outfield berm, and the LSU Soccer Complex accommodates more than 1,500 fans.

LSU has hosted the NCAA Track and Field Championships four times, most recently in May 2002. The NCAA baseball regional tournament has been played 21 times and the Super Regional has been played seven times at Alex Box Stadium. In addition, the basketball NCAA Mideast Regionals, first/second rounds, and SEC tournaments have been played in the Maravich Assembly Center. LSU has also hosted numerous women’s basketball NCAA tournaments, Gymnastic NCAA regional tournaments, men’s and women’s tennis NCAA regional tournaments, softball NCAA regional tournaments, and soccer NCAA regional tournaments.