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Louisiana State University Admissions Essay

Freshman Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 academic GPA based on Required High School Courses
  • Test Score Requirement (ACT, New SAT, or Old SAT):
    • ACT: 22 composite score, with at least
      • 19 math subscore
      • 18 English subscore
    • New SAT: 1100 total score, with at least
      • 500 math score
      • 25 writing and language score
    • Old SAT: 1030 critical reading & math score, with at least
      • 460 math score
      • 450 critical reading score

Additional Factors for Admission

Students who are borderline to meeting admission requirements are still encouraged to apply. Other factors considered for admission may include choice of degree program, rank in class, credit in advanced placement or honors courses, rigor of the high school curriculum, and grade trends.

Required High School Courses

4 units of English

  • 1 unit of English I
  • 1 unit of English II
  • 1 unit of English III
  • 1 unit of English IV

4 units of Math

  • 1 unit of Algebra I*
  • 1 unit of Algebra II*
  • 1 unit of Geometry*
  • 1 unit of the following: Algebra III; Advanced Math (Functions and Statistics); Advanced Math (Precalculus); Calculus; AP Calculus AB or BC; IB Further Mathematics HL; IB Math Studies (Math Methods); IB Mathematics SL or HL; Pre-Calculus; AP Statistics; Probability and Statistics; or AP Computer Science A

*sequence of Integrated Math I, II, and III can substitute

4 units of Natural Science

  • 1 unit of Biology
  • 1 unit of Chemistry
  • 2 units of the following: Biology II (one unit maximum from: Biology II, AP Biology, IB Biology I, or IB Biology II); Chemistry II (one unit maximum from: Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry I, or IB Chemistry II); Earth Science; Environmental Science; one unit  from AP Environmental Science or IB Environmental Systems; one unit from Physics I or IB Physics I; one unit from AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism), AP Physics C (Mechanics) or IB Physics II; both AP Physics I and AP Physics II; Physical Science; or Agriscience II (must have completed Agriscience I as a prerequisite)

4 units of Social Science

  • 1 unit of American History
  • 1 unit of the following: Civics or American Government
  • 2 units of the following: one unit from European history, AP European History, or Western Civilization; one unit from World Geography, AP Human Geography, or IB Geography; one unit from World History, AP World History, or IB History of the Americas II; IB Economics; Economics; AP Macroeconomics; AP Microeconomics; or History of Religion

2 units of Foreign Language

  • 2 consecutive units in a single language: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish

1 unit of Fine Art

  • 1 unit of the following: Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Speech (III & IV for 1 unit combined), Fine Arts Survey, Media Arts, or Photography

GPA Calculation

For admission, an applicant’s high school academic grade-point average (GPA) is calculated solely on the basis of the Required High School Courses, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale (A= 4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0). The weighted scholastic GPA is considered in Holistic Review.


LSU accepts both the old format and new format of the SAT. New SAT Requirements for admission are posted on the “Admission Requirements” tab.

ACT & SAT Writing Scores

The writing section of the ACT or SAT is not required for admission to LSU. Students interested in Ogden Honors College consideration and top scholarships should complete the writing section and have it sent officially to LSU for consideration.

Dual Enrollment GPA Requirement

Students who enroll in dual enrollment courses for college credit must attain at least a 2.0 college GPA to be accepted to LSU. Dual enrollment is not required for admission. View more information about transfer of credit.

Letters of Recommendation & Essays

LSU does not require letters of recommendation, essays, or any other types of supplemental documentation for admission. Students interested in submitting additional documentation, should contact their admissions counselor directly for guidance.

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students are evaluated on the same criteria listed in the “Freshman Admission Requirements” tab.

Admission Appeals

Students interested in making an admission appeal should contact their admissions counselor.

Where is LSU located?

LSU is located in Baton Rouge, which is the capital of Louisiana.

When was LSU founded?

LSU originally opened its doors in January 1860, as the Louisiana State Seminary & Military Academy in Pineville, Louisiana.

How many students are enrolled at LSU?

Approximately 30,000 students (graduate and undergraduate) are enrolled at LSU.

What undergraduate degree programs does LSU offer?

LSU offers more than 70 undergraduate degree programs and several non-degree programs.

Does LSU offer degrees in pre-law, pre-med, or pre-dentistry?

Pre-law, Pre-medicine, and Pre-dental are not majors or degree granting programs at LSU. However, students interested in applying to these professional schools should work with their academic advisors to find out how to include professional school requirements in a chosen degree program.

Does LSU offer degrees in pre-nursing or the allied health professions?

LSU offers excellent preparation for these professional programs; however, degrees are not offered at LSU’s Baton Rouge campus. The Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree is granted at the LSU School of Nursing in New Orleans.  Students interested in these professions can attend LSU to complete their pre-requisite requirements and then apply for admission to the LSU Health Science Center’s New Orleans or Shreveport campuses during their sophomore year. Students should work with their academic advisors to discuss this application process during their freshman year.

Does LSU offer fully online undergraduate degrees?

At this time, LSU does not offer fully online undergraduate degrees. Students who are interested in online or correspondence-based courses can investigate opportunities for distance learning through the Independent & Distance Learning Program.  LSU does offer a select number of online Master’s Degree programs.

Does LSU offer opportunities to study abroad?

Yes, LSU offers a variety of study abroad programs and student-exchange programs in places such as Australia, China, England, Ireland, Italy, Germany, France, and Senegal. If you would prefer to stay in the United States, national exchange programs are also available. Programs vary in length from a few weeks to a complete academic year. For more information, visit the Academic Programs Abroad Web site.

If I have a disability, what office should I call or visit to find information about LSU’s accommodations for my needs?

If you have a disability and require accommodations, contact the Office of Disability Services for more information.

Where do I find information on campus security and crime statistics?

To find detailed information on campus security and crime statistics please visit the LSU Police Department website.

Does LSU have an Honors College?

Yes, LSU does have an Honors College, and it is considered one of the best programs of its kind.

Are freshmen required to live on campus?

Freshmen are not required to live on campus. However, living in the residence halls is strongly recommended. Living on campus is convenient and fun. Plus, it keeps you connected to the campus community and everything it has to offer. The Department of Residential Life has created friendly living-and-learning environments for its residents. You may choose from a variety of options and can designate a roommate preference. Any incoming freshman that chooses to live on campus must register a meal plan through LSU Dining for the first year.

Are freshmen allowed to have cars on campus?

Yes, incoming freshmen can have cars on campus. Parking at LSU is designated by zone. Where students park is determined by where they live. Students will register for parking when they register courses at orientation.

What is a myLSU account?

The myLSU system is an online portal designed specifically for LSU students. Using the username and password you set up while applying, you can access a full range of campus services. During the admissions process, you are encouraged to frequently monitor this account to confirm LSU’s receipt of documents and to view your application status. Once admitted, students must log into myLSU to register for orientation, apply for housing, and much more.

How do I get my myLSU login credentials?

Applicants will receive a system-generated email to confirm receipt of the admissions application. Carefully review this email to find your myLSU login credentials. If you need assistance in retrieving your login information, contact the LSU Help Desk at 225-LSU-HELP (578-3375).

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