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Louisiana State University

Baton Rouge, LA

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About This Campus

LSU, founded in 1860, is one of the few land, sea, and space grant universities in the U.S. and has comprehensive curricular offerings and a student body of approximately 25,000. Located in Baton Rouge, LSU's campus is spread over 2,000 acres. Numerous sports facilities, programs in art, music, and theatre, and an active student body provide cultural outlets. Major athletic events in football, baseball, and basketball receive national attention.

Location Information

Situated on the Mississippi River, Baton Rouge represents the best of Louisiana's vibrant culture. The state capital, Baton Rouge is a thriving city that is home to LSU.

Helpful Information

Placement on Plan B is extremely limited. Placement in Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Studio Art is pending portfolio review and can only be done on Plan A.

2021/2022 Placement

Host Payment
Home Payment

2022/2023 Placement

Host Payment
Very Good
Home Payment
Very Good

Learn more about Chance of Placement
and choosing alternate options.

Fast Facts

Location | Baton Rouge
Population | 802,484
Enrollment | 31,527
Language | English
Calendar | Semester
Canada | Home & Host
Term Dates
Fall | 08/26-12/9
Spring | 01/13-05/2

Campus Diversity

1st Nation/Native | 1%
Asian | 4%
Black | 12%
Hawaiian/P.I. | 1%
Hispanic/Latino | 6%
Two or more | 3%
White | 72%
Other | 1%
International | 0%
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  • Campus Catalog
  • Priority: With seniors
  • Syllabus Request for Course Pre-Approval: Contact Host Coordinator for assistance
Closed Programs
Communication Disorder Studies, Education Studies, Performing Arts (excluding general education requirements), and Intersession courses.

Access to upper level Engineering and Business courses can be very difficulty PORTFOLIO REVIEW: Limited enrollment in major courses for Interior Design, Landscape Architecture and Studio Art pending portfolio review. Exchange in these majors must be on Plan A. If wanting to exchange in these fields, please have your NSE coordinator contact the LSU NSE coordinator prior to the placement conference. This approval process can take a couple weeks and we cannot accept without departmental approval.

Notable Academic Programs

  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Coastal Environmental Studies
  • Wetlands Management
  • Disaster Studies
  • Petroleum Engineering

Unique Academic Programs

  • Wetlands Management
  • Disaster Studies

Honors Access: Yes

Undergraduate Majors Open to NSE Students

  • Accounting
  • Advertising
  • African American Studies
  • Agricultural Business
  • Agricultural Economics
  • Agricultural Education
  • American Studies
  • Animal Sciences
  • Anthropology
  • Apparel/Fashion Design
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Aquaculture
  • Art
  • Art History
  • Astronomy
  • Astrophysics
  • Athletic Training
  • Biochemistry
  • Biological Engineering
  • Biology/Life Science
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Business Administration
  • Business Management
  • Cell Biology
  • Ceramic Art/Ceramics
  • Chemical Engineering
  • Chemical Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Civil Engineering
  • Cognitive Psychology
  • Communication Disorders
  • Communication Studies
  • Computer and Information Science
  • Construction Management
  • Creative Writing
  • Criminology
  • Dietetics
  • Digital Arts
  • Drawing
  • Economics
  • Electrical Engineering
  • English
  • Entomology
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Environmental Sciences
  • Experimental Pathology
  • Fashion/Retail Merchandising
  • Film
  • Finance/Banking
  • Food Science
  • Forestry
  • French
  • Geography
  • Geology
  • Geophysics
  • Graphic Design
  • History
  • Horticulture
  • Human Resource Management
  • Industrial Engineering
  • Interior Design
  • International Agriculture
  • International Business
  • International Studies
  • Journalism
  • Kinesiology
  • Landscape Architecture/Design
  • Latin American Studies
  • Literature
  • Management Information Systems
  • Marine Biology
  • Marketing
  • Mass Communication
  • Mathematics
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Microbiology
  • Middle Eastern Studies
  • Music
  • Natural Resources Conservation
  • Nutrition
  • Organizational Behavior Studies
  • Painting
  • Performing Arts: Voice
  • Petroleum Engineering
  • Philosophy
  • Photography
  • Physics
  • Physiological Psychology
  • Piano
  • Political Science
  • Pre-Dentistry
  • Printmaking
  • Psychology
  • Public Relations
  • Religious Studies/Theology
  • Rural Sociology
  • Sculpture
  • Sociology
  • Soil Science
  • Sports and Leisure Studies
  • Sports Management/Administration
  • Statistics
  • Studio Art
  • Sustainable Resource Management
  • Theater Arts/Drama/Acting
  • Visual Arts
  • Wildlife Biology
  • Women and Gender Studies
  • Zoology


GPA and Other Academic Requirements
  • No students accepted from NSE members within my own state
  • 2.5 GPA
  • Course scheduling begins within two weeks of the March Placement Conference. Students must submit application materials ASAP after conference in order to get housing (which fills up quickly) and to schedule preferred courses. NOTE: no specific course can be guaranteed. Prereqs are strictly enforced. Student football tickets cannot be guaranteed. Incoming NSE students are characterized as transfer students for football ticket purposes and are last on the priority list. Other options to purchase tickets exist.
Exchange Preferences
  • Full-year exchange Accepted
  • Single term exchange Accepted
Mid-Year Exchange (Exchange that begins with the Spring/Winter Term)
  • Available
Non-Native English Speakers
  • TOEFL: must have a score of 550.00 paper, 213.00 computer or 79.00 Internet
  • IELTS: must have a score of 6.00
Summer Exchange
  • Not available
International Students (Visa Students)
  • Will accept on Plan A/B

Tuition / Finances

Figures per Semester are current as of 08/28/20

  • Campus Budget
  • Fees are subject to change without notice.
  • Two semesters = one academic year
  • Three quarters = one academic year
Tuition and Fees Per Semester - Host Payment Students
  • Estimated cost: $5982.
  • Expect 5-15% increase for the subsequent academic year.
  • Figures are based on 15 hours. Actual costs may be greater or less depending upon your actual enrollment.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Host Payment students.
Tuition and Fees - Home Payment Students
  • No tuition/fees are paid to the host campus.
  • Figures do not include costs you will incur for course specific enrollment (e.g., laboratory courses, student teaching, studio art)
  • See below for credit hour restrictions and/or miscellaneous fees applicable to Home Payment students.
Maximum Credit Hours Per Semester
  • Host Payment: 17
  • Home Payment: 17

Financial Aid - Host Payment
For Host Payment U.S. students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your host campus. Students apply for federally funded financial aid by using the FAFSA code of their host campus. Host campuses award aid to eligible incoming Plan A students on a first-come, first-served basis as long as funds are available. Ask your home campus NSE coordinator if your campus awards aid to their own outgoing students. If so, do not apply for aid from your host campus.

For eligible Host Payment applicants U.S. federal financial aid may be available in the following programs:

  • Pell
  • Perkins
  • SEOG
  • DL
  • Plus
Use FAFSA CODE: 002010

Financial Aid - Home Payment
For eligible Home Payment students, aid is awarded by and disbursed from your home campus.

Financial Aid - Canada
Regardless of Payment Plan, students exchanging to or from Canada, apply for financial aid at their home campus.

Miscellaneous Fees - Per Semester

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Housing Deposit $280 Year Plan A & B Optional
Parking Fee $90 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Room / Meals

Figures are current as of 08/28/20

On-Campus Housing Per Semester
  • On-Campus Housing
  • 22% living on campus
  • Apartment: $4000
  • Per semester unless otherwise noted
  • On campus living is limited
Off-Campus Housing
  • Off-Campus Housing
  • Approximate monthly cost: $850
  • Proximity to campus: 1 mile
  • Local Public Transportation Available to Campus
Notes About Housing
Housing is limited, early students are usually accommodated. Students will be placed in East Campus or West Campus apartments. lsu.edu/reslife

Meal Plans

Notes About Meal Plans
$2277 for 19 meals/week and $150 PAW points, $2123 for 15 meals/week and $375 PAW points, or $2092 for 12 meals/week and $600 PAW points. These figures are based off fall 2019 as meal plan pricing for fall 2020 are reduced because of COVID. https://dineoncampus.com/lsu


Figures per Semester are current as of 08/28/20

Purpose Amount Period Plan Status
Health Insurance $1395 Semester Plan A & B Optional

Exchange with Canada - Health Insurance
Students must purchase campus health insurance at $1,353 per semester.


  • Health records | due by: 6/15
  • Immunization before residence hall move in
  • Health / accident insurance (encouraged)
  • Immunization: DTap (diptheria, tetanus, pertussis)
  • Immunization: MMR (measles, mumps, rubella)
  • Immunization: Hepatitis B
  • Immunization: Polio
  • Immunization: Meningococcal
  • Immunization: Tuberculosis

All data in this document is the responsibility of the campus and has been provided by the campus NSE coordinator.
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