Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, most often referred to as Louisiana State University, or LSU, is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge. The University was founded in 1853 in what is now known as Pineville, under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning & Military Academy.
The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, and consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River.
LSU is the flagship institution of the Louisiana State University System, and the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment.
LSU was ranked 63rd among public universities according to U.S. News and World report. LSU has an enrollment of around 21,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students. It has 17 schools and colleges wherein the most popular majors are Business Marketing, Biology, and Education. The university’s schools and colleges are:
Several of LSU’s graduate schools, such as the E.J. Ourso College of Business and the Paul M. Hebert Law Center, have received national recognition in their respective fields of study. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is also noted for its extensive research facilities, operating some 800 sponsored research projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.
The International Services site (http://www.oip.lsu.edu/iso/) is a valuable resources for incoming exchange students.
LSU houses eight museums in the campus which presents art works by students nationwide, together with international artists.
The extraordinary location in the Mississippi Delta facilitates innovative research that addresses issues directly affecting coastal communities everywhere. The legendary joie de vivre of Louisiana culture, embodied so passionately by students and alumni, draws national interest in and support for a vibrant university.
Baton Rouge is the second largest city in the state of Louisiana also known as the “capital area” located in the southeast portion of the state along the Mississippi River. It has an expanding visual arts scene where you will find museums such as Irene W. Pennington Planetarium which contains, traveling art exhibits, space displays, and ancient Egyptian sections. It also has an emerging performing arts scene in The Baton Rouge Little Theater, Manship Theater, and the Baton Rouge River center where traveling shows including broadways, musical artists, and plays are hosted. Also located in downtown Baton Rouge is the Baton Rouge Symphony Orchestra where 60 concerts were held annually. Throughout the year, numerous events take place in the city. Mardi Gras is the most awaited event of the year wherein parades are held through the historic Spanish town. Baton Rouge is well known for the cajun creole cuisine, a specialty by the bar and restaurant The Chimes, frequently visited by LSU students and faculty.
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