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.
Office of Academic Affairs
Center for Academic Success
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.
Tutoring: The Shell Tutorial Center offers free assistance with course content by helping with homework concepts, test preparation, and study strategies in many subject areas by trained peer tutors. Tutoring options can be found by visiting the CAS website.
Shell Study Groups: Shell Study Groups are led by trained peer tutors who excelled in the course. Students meet with the study group leader and other students in the course to review class concepts, work problems, ask questions, and get support.
Supplemental Instruction (SI): Weekly group study sessions are offered in select historically difficult courses.They are guided by an SI leader who has succeeded in the course and works in close association with the instructor to help students master course concepts and work collaboratively with classmates. Students may also attend SI office hours for more individualized help.
Optimize Learning Strategies
Academic Coaching: Academic coaching sessions are available to help students plan a path toward academic success with effective personalized learning strategies. Students meet with a coach on-on-one to improve and optimize strategies for test preparation, time management, note-taking, overcoming test anxiety, college reading strategies, concept mapping, studying techniques, and more. (Please note: Coaches do not do academic advising. To schedule classes or remove holds from accounts, please contact an Advisor in your college of enrollment.)
Learning Journey: A personalized Learning Journey in Moodle offers a self-guided exploration of CAS resources. Students can take quizzes to see how well they’re managing their time or preparing for tests, watch videos on new learning techniques, and hear from the experts on how to increase their GPA.
Signature Series:The CAS conducts a series of workshops that address the three most common challenges student face - time management and goal setting, efficient learning strategies to improve grades, and test preparation and stress management.
For details on all Center for Academic Success programs and support, visit www.lsu.edu/cas.
The Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership (CCELL)
Please see the Research/Faculty Resources section of this catalog for more information on The Center for Community Engagement, Learning & Leadership .
Communication across the Curriculum (CxC)
Please see the Research/Faculty Resources section of this catalog for more information on Communication across the Curriculum .
Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes
Please see the Research/Faculty Resources section of this catalog for more information on the Cox Communications Academic Center for Student Athletes .
Cain Center for STEM Literacy
Please see the Research/Faculty Resources section of this catalog for more information on the Gordon A. Cain Center for Scientific, Technological, Engineering & Mathematical Literacy .
LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program
The LSU Discover Undergraduate Research Program supports student participation in faculty-mentored research and professional-level activities. Students from any major are welcome to take advantage of LSU Discover activities and resources. For students looking to become involved in undergraduate research, we offer assistance in finding a mentor, events to learn more about undergraduate research, and opportunities to talk to research students about their experiences. For students who are currently involved in undergraduate research, we offer funding, workshops, a certificate program, and an annual symposium.
See below for more information about a few of the resources and activities offered by LSU Discover:
Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher Certificate Program – The LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher designation recognizes the achievements of outstanding undergraduates who participate in a track of educational and research activities leading to a final and public presentation or publication of a faculty-mentored undergraduate scholarly project. An LSU Distinguished Undergraduate Researcher is a student who has demonstrated outstanding ability as an advanced student researcher in their discipline. Distinguished Researchers will be honored at a special medal ceremony in their graduating semester and the designation will be noted on their transcripts.
Funding opportunities – LSU Discover offers funding for student research projects, supplies, and travel. Students can apply for an Undergraduate Research Grant and receive up to $1,500 in funding for wages and supplies for a project. Students who have had their work accepted to present at a professional or academic conference can apply for a Travel Stipend to receive reimbursement on travel expenses.
LSU Discover Day – Each year in late spring, the LSU Discover Day undergraduate research and creativity symposium is held in the student union. This event provides a forum for undergraduate students to share their work with the LSU community and visitors. Undergraduate students can participate in one of a variety of categories including poster presentation, oral presentation, visual display, performance, readings, panels, or the juried art show. Awards and prizes are given to top presenters.
The LSU Discover University Advisory Board, which is comprised of faculty representatives from each of the senior colleges, works with the LSU Discover team to develop and promote program activities.
Please see the International Programs section of this catalog for more information.
Division of Student Affairs
Office of the Dean of Students
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SU 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, Transfer Student Programs and the William A. Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center. 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.
The Office of the Dean of Students, in partnership with Campus Life and the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion supports the function of the LSU campus affiliate chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). NCBI at LSU provides interactive workshops available to students, faculty, and staff that aim to enhance the understanding of diversity through exercises that promote self-awareness, welcome diverse perspectives, appreciate diverse individuals and groups, and inspire allyship.
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. LSU Service Breaks hosts several annual, domestic and international service trips during LSU Spring Break or between semesters. Geaux Big Baton Rouge hosts one big day of service each spring semester to unite the campus with the greater community in a day of thanks. Additionally, Campus Life operates the LSU Food Pantry in 108 LSU Student Union as a supplemental food resource for students. Students do not need to demonstrate financial need to shop the Food Pantry, but should present their LSU ID. More information is available at lsu.edu/foodpantry.
Campus Involvement and Student Organizations - With more than 400 registered student organizations each year, 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. For the most up-to-date list of student organizations and opportunities, visit the TigerLink page. Students who wish to serve as peer mentors for other students on campus should contact Campus Life for more information about joining the Involvement Krewe.
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.
Campus Life, in partnership with the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion and Office of the Dean of Students, supports the function of the LSU campus affiliate chapter of the National Coalition Building Institute (NCBI). NCBI at LSU provides interactive workshops available to students, faculty, and staff that aim to enhance the understanding of diversity through exercises that promote self-awareness, welcome diverse perspectives, appreciate diverse individuals and groups, and inspire allyship.
Through these experiences, Campus Life intends to mold students into well-rounded individuals, both inside and outside of the classroom.
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.
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. Visit our website for a current list of fraternity and sorority chapters and send us an email if you have any specific questions or inquiries.
Student Advocacy & Accountability
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 Code of Student 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 (lsu.edu/lsucares) 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;
- academic intervention;
- 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, and Educate) and then determine a response that includes appropriate campus resources.
SAA staff also coordinate and implement Transfer Student Programs that assist students with the transition from their previous institution to LSU.
Visit the SAA website for greater detail on the processes and services Student Advocacy & Accountability provides our community.
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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 also advocates for higher education funding and policy changes at the state and federal government levels.
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 free printing and testing materials, a shuttle to the airport during the holidays and a concert in the Spring that is open to students and the Baton Rouge community.
Transfer Student Programs
Transfer Student Programs (TSP) supports the transition and development of transfer students through programming and outreach designed to promote resources, involvement, and campus inclusion. Students who transfer experience a unique set of challenges such as learning a new culture, campus terminology, and history and traditions.
TSP provides a variety of resources specific to transfer student needs including a monthly newsletter, leadership development opportunities, and organizations that provide a support network for transfer students.
Programs and services for transfer students are coordinated by staff in the Student Advocacy & Accountability office. Visit the website for more information on TSP.
William A. Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center
The William A. Brookshire Military & Veterans Student Center (MVSC) is dedicated to helping veterans, military service members, dependents and survivors succeed in higher education.
MVSC supports the retention and timely graduation of students affiliated with the military by providing programs and resources including an orientation for new veteran students, a physical space to call home on campus, tutoring and peer mentoring, and leadership and personal development opportunities. MVSC also provides assistance with:
- the admissions process;
- veterans benefits;
- employment through the VA work study program;
- internships and scholarships; and
- communicating with University departments.
The MVSC staff also advise the Student Veterans of LSU, a registered student organization that encourages student engagement and provides a support group for students.
Visit the MVSC website for more information on the center and programs and services offered to students.
LSU Olinde Career Center
The LSU Olinde Career Center assists students and alumni in choosing careers, obtaining career-related work experiences, developing job search skills, and securing employment or admission to graduate or professional school. In order to meet the individualized career needs of all students, the LSU Olinde Career Center partners with academic colleges and university departments to embed a career-readiness culture across campus.
Undergraduate and graduate students are encouraged to utilize the LSU Olinde Career Center early with the goal of being career-ready long before graduation.
Choosing a Major and Career: Discover your passions and natural preferences and explore majors and careers that are a good fit with the help of our career decision-making team. Services include career assessments, career exploration resources, as well as one-on-one appointments and group workshops for choosing your major and career.
Career Coaching: Our career coaches help you identify and develop necessary skills specific to your intended career, prepare to market yourself to employers and graduate schools, and provide coaching on networking, job searching, interviewing, and the graduate school application process. One-on-one appointments and a variety of programs and online resources are available.
Employer Connections: We host a wide variety of employers and graduate schools from across the country at on-campus networking and recruiting events throughout the year. On-campus interviews are also available, providing a convenient location to interview for your next opportunity.
Handshake: Handshake, LSU’s online career platform, is where you will build your professional online profile, apply for job postings and on-campus interviews, browse career events, and access over 14,000 employers hiring for LSU students.
Student Health Center
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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, entitles students to use many of the services of the Student Health Center at no additional charge.
The Medical Clinic is staffed by primary care and gynecology clinicians and a number of registered nurses. In addition, part-time specialty services are offered in orthopedics, dermatology, and ear/nose/throat.
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.
The LSU Department of University Recreation (UREC) provides exceptional recreation facilities, programs, and services that inspire, educate, and empower students and the LSU community to cultivate active, healthy lives.
Multifaceted recreation and fitness programs are offered including aquatics, informal recreation, fitness and wellness programs, intramural sports, adventure education, sport clubs, and special events.
- University Recreation, located at the corner of South Campus Drive and Minnie Fisk Drive, is roughly a 250,000 square foot recreation facility that 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 and outdoor pool area. There are also 9 tennis courts and 2 sand volleyball courts that are open for member use just outside of UREC.
- The Adventure Center, located at the East Entrance, rents outdoor gear, offers outdoor trips, and free clinics. The Adventure Center is a great resource for individuals looking to plan their own outdoor adventures.
- The Climbing Area is home to UREC’s 35 foot climbing wall and 1,500 square foot bouldering wall. This area is free to use and all equipment needed is free to check out. Learn to belay at the daily belay clinics, or ask one of the trained Wall Assistance to belay you. No experience is required to use the Climbing Area.
- 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 and Intramural Sports. UREC Sport Clubs practice and compete on these fields, 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. This area rented out by student organizations and outside organizations for team building, and it is also available to students during UREC’s free open challenge course dates.
- The UREC Outdoor Pool Area, located at the main UREC facility, is comprised of 2 four lane lap pools, a leisure river, water basketball, and lounging areas for students to study outside. There are also 2 sand volleyball courts available to members. Members can also use the indoor pool for lap swimming.
- UREC @ Nicholson is an 8,000 sq. ft. satellite fitness facility located in Canal Hall as a part of Nicholson Gateway. There are over 50 pieces of cardio and strength training equipment, dumbbell weights up to 75lbs, and a Queenax functional training system. Members will be able to sign up for our free UREC @ Nicholson Group X Classes that are held during the week. UREC @ Nicholson is outfitted with two gender neutral changing rooms, men’s and women’s locker rooms with showers, and over 70 day-use lockers. As a current UREC member, you are able to access this facility at no additional cost. Tiger Card is required since there are no iris scanners at this facility.
- The UREC Esports Room offers a PC Room and Console Room where members can compete against other students or online. There are two Xboxs, two PS4 Pros, and 6 high-end gaming PCs. All controllers and peripherals are available for checkout. During the year, members can also participate in ESport Tournaments hosted by UREC.
University Recreation features programming and services in the following areas for all members:
- The Fitness Program includes free GroupX classes, Personal Training, and Small Group Training. GroupX classes provide cardiovascular, resistance training, and flexibility activities in a fun and motivating group setting. All classes are led by certified group fitness instructors and are designed for all levels of fitness ability. Personal training provides nationally certified personal trainers who customize fitness programs to help individuals reach personal fitness goals. Sessions are available for individual and partner personal training. Small Group Training provides opportunities for small groups of 4-8 people interested in customized workouts who want to learn new skills and work out to achieve a common goal.
- Sports Programs includes intramural sports and club sports. Intramural sports offers team sports and individual events designed specifically for LSU students through the year. Some of these activities are flag football, basketball, softball, volleyball, racquetball, tennis, and dodgeball. Sport clubs provide 22 different student organization opportunities for more competitive competition with other sport clubs throughout the country. Some of the sport clubs include rugby, soccer, equestrian, ultimate Frisbee, lacrosse, hockey, rowing, tennis, and powerlifting. Students are encouraged to start their own Sport Club through UREC.
- The Adventure Education program provides an opportunity for the university community to develop an understanding and appreciation for the outdoors. The program features a 35-foot indoor climbing wall and a 1,500-square foot bouldering wall. Climbers of all levels have the opportunity to hone their skills, as well as learn the basics of rock climbing. Adventure Education 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 have the opportunity to sign-up for day trips and overnight trips in and around Louisiana to experience the outdoors and learn new skills.
- The Aquatics program offers year-round swim lessons for adults and children. The LSU community has the opportunity to gain CPR/AED certifications by registering for the many certification courses available throughout the year.
- 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 www.lsu.edu/urec or contact University Recreation at 578-8601 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
The Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (ODEID) is a division of the Office of Academic Affairs committed to fostering inclusive educational opportunities and an equitable workforce environment at LSU. ODEI provides leadership to ensure that diversity is a vital component in all decision-making processes on all administrative, academic, budgetary, and strategic planning fronts. To that end, ODEI ensures that LSU as a whole is actively recruiting and supporting a diverse student body while simultaneously recruiting and supporting faculty and staff from diverse backgrounds.
ODEI is also responsible for supervising and guiding professional units whose purpose and mission is to promote understanding and respect for difference. These units include the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Clarence L. Barney, Jr. African American Cultural Center, and the Women’s Center. Similarly, ODEI works closely with University committees, commissions, task forces, and affinity groups whose charge it is to support underrepresented LSU community members.
Special Initiatives and Programs
Black Male Leadership Initiative (BMLI) is a leadership and personal development cohort retention program that provides academic, leadership, professional, and cultural development opportunities for male students, targeting Black college male students.
President’s Millennial Scholars Program (PMSP) is an academic, personal, and professional development program for students of color and students from underrepresented populations. PMSP is aimed at creating an environment for students where academic and professional excellence is expected.
Diversity Ambassadors are dedicated to “broadening the face of leadership at LSU” and will commit themselves to creating a platform for change and inclusion through exploring geographic, religious, and other types of cultural diversity.
Diversity Study Abroad at LSU aims to impact the student experience by providing first-generation students and students from underrepresented populations with greater opportunities to see the world and develop as global citizens.
Clarence L. Barney, Jr. African American Cultural Center
The Clarence J. Barney, Jr. African American Cultural Center (AACC), a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 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.
Office of Multicultural Affairs
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The Office of Multicultural Affairs (OMA), a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, creates an environment at LSU that embraces individual difference, advocates for social justice and cultivates a campus atmosphere of inclusion. The Office of Multicultural Affairs strives to create an environment for all students, particularly students of color and traditionally underrepresented groups, as scholars, learners, and change agents. We are a premier model of collaborative and equitable programs and services in cultivating intentional solutions to complex and emerging challenges to diversity and inclusion that empowers and engages all members in examining multidimensional perspectives of personal and cultural engagement through intellectual curiosity and advocacy, for the benefit of the entire university and the world.
The Women’s Center, a unit of the Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion, 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.
LSU Auxiliary Services strives to make Tiger Life easier by providing the highest quality services and environments that support the comprehensive needs of a diverse LSU community. Our umbrella includes the LSU Student Union, LSU Tiger Card, LSU Dining, Barnes & Noble at LSU, Copier Management, LSU Vending, and Mail Services. Please refer to our website, www.lsu.edu/as, for more information.
LSU Student Union
The LSU Student Union is the hub of student activity on campus. Enjoy a variety of food options in the Tiger Lair including Chick Fil A, Panda Express, CREATE Salads & Wraps and more. Study with friends in one of our many lounge areas or reserve a private conference room for a quieter setting.
Located on the second floor of the LSU Student Union are the Interfaith Prayer & Meditation Room and the Lactation Room. The Interfaith Prayer and Meditation Room allows for individuals or small groups to come together in a quiet space for prayer, meditation, and reflection throughout the day. It is open to all people, regardless of faith or belief. The Lactation Room is available to the LSU community as well as visitors to campus and serves as a private room dedicated to breastfeeding on campus.
Offices housed in the LSU Student Union Building are the Tiger Card/ID office, Campus Life, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, Student Government, LSU Student Union Theater, Campus Federal Credit Union, The UPS Store, Office of Vice President for Student Affairs, Parent & Family Programs, Student Advocacy and Accountability, and more.
The LSU Student Union is normally open from 7:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m., Monday through Friday; 8:00 a.m.- 11:00 p.m. on Saturday; and 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m. on Sunday. Hours may change during holidays and University breaks. Call 578-5141 to confirm hours when planning to visit.
Barnes & Noble at LSU
Barnes and Noble at LSU is located on the corner of Highland Road and Veterans Drive. The bookstore carries a full suite of textbook services. New, used, rental, and digital textbooks and supplies are available for all university courses. Over 80 percent of our textbook stock are rentals, which save students more than 50 percent over the cost of a new, printed textbook. Digital textbooks are available and you can save up to 60 percent over the cost of a new, printed textbook. Students can order their books directly from a link to the bookstore’s website on their personal schedule and the bookstore will package them and notify you when they are ready to pick up.
Barnes & Noble at LSU is an official Apple Authorized Campus Store that stocks all of the latest Apple products. Educational pricing is available to all LSU students, faculty, and staff with a valid LSU ID.
We Price Match - Rent or buy, we price match textbooks from Amazon.com, bn.com & local competitors.
The LSU Bookstore offers a vast assortment of LSU gifts and apparel. From tailgating gear to alumni clothing and gifts, you can be sure to find what you are looking for at Barnes & Noble at LSU.
- 8:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., Monday through Friday (Café opens at 7:00 a.m.)
- 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., Saturday
- 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Sunday
• Rush and holiday hours can be found on the website.
The Tiger Card Office provides the official LSU identification card, the pre-paid debit system TigerCASH and passport photos. New students are issued their first Tiger Card at no cost. Along with identification, the Tiger Card is also used for residential house access, laundry, printing, vending, off- and on-campus vendors, dining services, library book check-out, discounts, and more.
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.
The Tiger Card Office is now your official LSU stop to get your Passport photos.
Visit the Tiger Card Office website for a detailed listing of locations that accept TigerCASH at tigercard.lsu.edu.
The Club at Union Square is a delicious dining destination on campus that serves lunch Monday through Friday from 11 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. The Club is located at the corner of Highland Road and Veterans Drive next to the Barnes & Noble Bookstore at LSU. The Club is open to the entire campus community, including LSU students, faculty, staff as well as campus visitors. Patrons can choose from the all-you-care-to-eat lunch buffet and enjoy a leisurely meal with friends and colleagues. The Club at Union Square takes also accepts Paw Points & TigerCASH.
The UPS Store at LSU is the university’s commercial print and mail fulfillment center. For LSU Students living on campus, the UPS store at LSU is your pick up location for all letter mail and package pickups. You no longer need a key for your mailbox as the UPS Store at LSU has gone digital.
- Once your mail or package is checked into the UPS Store at LSU and email will be sent to your lsu.edu account with a pick-up code.
- When claiming your mail or package, students must go to the check-in station and types in the pick-up code, or their LSU email address.
- Student proceeds to package pickup window and is handed mail and/ or package(s)
- Remember to bring a photo ID, such as your LSU Tiger Card or a driver’s license.
The UPS Store also offers copy and print services including booklets, display signs, catalogs, brochures and more. Whether it’s a school project, a care package, or a business plan, The UPS Store at LSU can help.
Business hours are Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Package Pickup only is open on Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Additional Support Units
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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.
Community University Partnership
||3960 W. Lakeshore Drive
||950 E. Washington St., Baton Rouge, LA 70802
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.
LSU Early Childhood Education and Laboratory Preschool
LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool (ECELP) is a part of LSU’s School of Education within the College of Human Sciences & Education. ECELP serves as a model demonstration early childhood program and research facility. Accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), LSU ECELP 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:
- Siblings of currently enrolled students
- Children of students*, staff, and faculty of LSU
- Children of those individuals with secondary affiliations to LSU (i.e., part-time students, part-time staff, adjunct faculty, and LSU alumni)
- Children of the community, families who have no affiliation to LSU
*Student families may be eligible for tuition assistance.
The LSU ECELP is a 15,500 square foot one-story facility with separate spaces for 178 full-time children from different age groups ranging from six weeks old to five years old. The center includes 15 classrooms, a 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 facility features security cameras and access controlled door systems.
The philosophy of LSU Early Childhood Education Laboratory Preschool is based on the Reggio-Emilia approach. The Reggio Emilia approach is an educational philosophy focused on exploration and discovery in a supportive and enriching environment based on the interests of the children through a self-guided curriculum. Activities are intentionally planned to help children grow and develop physically, socially, emotionally, and cognitively. The learning atmosphere is one of curiosity, discovery, and encouragement. Teachers are flexible and allow children the freedom to learn at their own pace.
Families are an integral part of the program. Ongoing communication between teachers and parents occurs through day-to-day conversations, daily electronic notes sent to families about their child’s day, parent-teacher conferences, and opportunities for families to share information about their culture and their child’s development. Families are encouraged to become involved in the program through various committees and volunteer opportunities.
Parking & Transportation Services
LSU is committed to providing sufficient on-campus parking and transportation services and options 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 Zip Car rental services, Gotcha Bikes, and a Campus Transit Safe Ride Program. The safe-Ride Program 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
||Public Safety Building
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 (LRS) 17:1805. All officers receive training that exceeds state standards. They also provide a full range of services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year.
The LSU Police Department offers a variety of resources for crime deterrence and response. These resources include Uniform Patrol and Mountain Bike Patrol, Motor Officers, K-9 Officers, Investigators, Community Outreach, and other support services. LSU Police Officers work closely with other local law enforcement agencies, as well as the Baton Rouge Fire Department and East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services (EMS), who provide fire and emergency medical services to LSU.
The LSU Police Department launched the LSU Shield Mobile Safety and Security application in March 2017. This app provides a variety of safety resources for students, staff, faculty and visitors. It includes features such as friend watch, iReport, requesting a courtesy ride and being able to contact police in case of an emergency.
For more information about the LSU Police Department, LSU Shield app, crime statistics, safety tips, crime prevention programs or personal safety, please visit www.lsu.edu/police/.
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 may be obtained via the LSU Police website, or by contacting the LSU Police Department at 225-578-3231.
The Louisiana State University (LSU) Department of Residential Life is committed to providing meaningful living-learning experiences to the 9,000 on-campus residents. The on-campus experience gives students, especially first-year students, the best of both worlds – a supportive environment to grow personally and academically along with enjoying the convenience and majesty of living among LSU’s stately oaks and broad magnolias. Students who live on campus consistently have higher GPAs, are more likely to return to LSU for their second year (retention rate), have higher graduation rates, and have more opportunities to become part of the LSU community.
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. The Residential Life staff and community council of each building help students feel part of a dynamic environment, where lifelong friendships are formed, leadership skills learned, and personal growth experienced. Housing staff and faculty members also provide informative programs related to safety, wellness, community service, and a variety of other topics.
First-year Housing Expectation
All LSU first-year, full-time students are required to live in campus housing operated by the Department of Residential Life for the entirety of their first year. To comply with the expectation, a first-year student must live on campus or be approved for an exemption to the live-on requirement.
A first-year student is defined as a student who has graduated from high school and has not attempted any college coursework. Dual enrollment courses will not count toward the college course requirement as it is related to the first-year housing expectation.
First-year students who begin classes in the summer or fall term must reside on campus for the fall and spring semesters. First-year students who begin classes in the spring are required to reside on campus for the spring semester only
A first-year student may request an exemption from the live-on requirement based on the following criteria:
- resides with parent or legal guardian within a 50-mile in-state radius of campus
- is age 21 years or older as of the first day of fall classes
- is married as of the first day of fall classes
- has custody of one or more dependent children
- is enrolled on a part-time basis
- is in active military service or is a veteran
- resides in a property within a 50-mile in-state radius of campus that is owned by, but not occupied as a primary residence, an immediate family member (parent, legal guardian, or grandparent) with a bill of sale prior to October 1, 2017
- other compelling individual circumstances such as financial hardship, medical needs, or other circumstances not covered by the above criteria. These requests will be reviewed by committee.
Students who fail to comply with the live-on requirement and/or who provide false or misleading information in connection with a request for exemption could be subject to the posting of published room rental charges for the term of enrollment to the student’s account for each semester in which the student does not comply, and/or subject to the student accountability process.
Exemption requests that require a review will be forwarded to the First-Year Housing Expectation Exemption Request Committee. The committee consists of the following individuals:
- Department of Residential Life designee (chair, non-voting member)
- Division of Student Affairs designee
- Office of Enrollment Management designee
- Office of Academic Affairs designee
- Residence Hall Association designee
- Student Government designee
Once students commit to LSU, they should submit a housing contract or request an exemption to the housing expectation in myLSU. First-year students do not need to apply for housing in order to apply for an exemption. Details about the housing expectation and exemption terms are available at lsu.edu/exemptions.
Choices in Residential Living
Undergraduate residence halls are organized as residential colleges 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.
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. 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. For more information regarding residential college and course requirements, visit www.lsu.edu/residentialcollege.
- The Honors House in East and West Laville Halls
- Agriculture Residential College in Blake Hall
- Business Residential College in Residential College One – West Hall
- Engineering Residential College in – Camellia Hall
- Human Sciences & Education Residential College in Cypress Hall
- Humanities & Social Sciences Residential College in Residential College One – North Hall
- Mass Communication Residential College in Residential College One – South Hall
- Science Residential College in the Horseshoe Community
- Visual & Performing Arts Residential College in Broussard Hall
Upperclassmen, graduate, law and vet med students can choose to live in East Campus Apartments (ECA), West Campus Apartments (WCA), or Nicholson Gateway Apartments on campus. Campus apartments rent by the individual room, are fully furnished, and offer academic-year leases or 12-month leases.
Edward Gay Apartments are available to full-time LSU students 21 years or older, graduate students, married students, post-doctoral students or single parents. Priority is given to families first in this convenient, affordable housing option that rents by the whole apartment and is unfurnished except for stoves and refrigerators.
Get details of all housing options, including safety measures, room styles, and staffing, at www.lsu.edu/housing.
Housing Contract and Room Assignment
All housing details – including the contract, current status, roommate matching, and room assignment information – are all available in the housing portal in myLSU (myLSU>Student Services>On-Campus Housing).
Students contract on an academic-year basis. The contract is effective on the date it is submitted online or canceled 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 at email@example.com or visit lsu.edu/cancelhousing for full cancellation details.
Access to the housing contract and other housing considerations go by the university application date and enrollment deposit date. Room assignment priority and other housing considerations go by the date the housing contract was completed.
The new housing contract is considered complete after receipt of electronic contract in myLSU and payment of the $75 non-refundable contract processing fee. Any processing fees are also non-refundable.
Current residents participating in contract renewal complete the new contract and submit $250 advance rent. Current residents forfeit the entire $250 advance rent at the time of cancellation. Advance rent is applied toward the student’s rent on the student fee bill.
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 lsu.edu/cancelhousing. Other terms of residence hall occupancy are provided in the housing contract. Review all policies in the Living on Campus Handbook and Housing Contract at www.lsu.edu/housing.
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.
Room reservations in fraternity or sorority houses are limited to eligible members of those organizations and are made directly with the organization.
Rates for Residence Halls and East and West Campus Apartments
Published on-campus rental rates for residence halls and apartments are per semester, per student. Refer to the Residential Life website for a listing of current rates. Semester rental rates are subject to change at the beginning of a regular semester or summer term.
Residence hall rent is due by the deadline established on the 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 www.lsu.edu/housing.
The Office of Student Media oversees operation of KLSU-FM, “The Gumbo” year 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.