Student Success

All LSU campuses are committed to student success.


  • LSU’s graduation rate is at an all-time high – 69.1%, which is higher than the national average.
  • LSU’s tuition is 22% lower than the average for flagship universities in the nation.
  • LSU students graduate with 46% less debt than the average college student in the U.S.
  • LSU produces as many Truman Scholars as some ivy league institutions, and LSU recently announced the first Gates Scholar in the university’s history.
  • LSU graduates earn higher starting and mid-career salaries than graduates from many other universities in the nation. LSU alumni starting salaries rank 20th when compared to alumni of the country’s 50 flagship universities and mid-career salaries are 14th.
  • LSU students provide more than 70,000 hours of service to the community every year.
  • More than 50% of LSU students applying to medical school are accepted. In fact, LSU is eighth in the nation in the number of students accepted to medical school.
  • LSU BIOS, or Biology Intensive Orientation for Students, is a nationally recognized, intensive, one-week program specifically for biology majors. To date, more than 30 universities have replicated, or plan to replicate, the successful program.

LSUA (Alexandria)

  • Enrollment at LSUA increased 10% (up to 2,300) without considering dual enrollment; with dual enrollment, it has increased 20% (to 2,700).
  • Transfers to LSUA are up 28%.
  • LSUA has an outstanding Honors Program designed to provide an enriched learning experience for academically gifted and talented students. The program provides the opportunity for experiences and interactions with exceptional faculty and other students of similar ability.
  • LSUA offers its students a first-rate ROTC program that provides participants with an array of leadership development opportunities.
  • Students at LSUA benefit by attending small classes (with an overall student-to-faculty ratio of 15 students to 1 faculty member); thereby, enabling students to develop strong and positive bonds with faculty members and other students.

LSUE (Eunice)

  • The Pilot Modular Math program allows students to complete two courses of developmental math in weeks as opposed to two semesters.
  • The Respiratory Care class of 2013 achieved a 100 percent pass rate on the national board exams. Over the last 10 years, the program has a 99.1 percent pass rate compared to the national average of 59 percent.
  • LSU Eunice’s tuition rate is the lowest tuition rate among other two-year colleges in the state.
  • LSU Eunice recently completed SACS COC reaffirmation process with the visiting team reporting no negative findings.
  • The university’s Book Buddy Program, in which students, faculty and staff spend 30 minutes a week reading with a grammar school child, has won numerous national accolades and was recently featured in a national magazine spotlighting 5 schools for their community service.

LSUS (Shreveport)

  • LSUS has seen 131% growth in its master’s programs, driven largely by the development of its online MBA program, which is accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business. Only 5% of all business schools worldwide meet the AACSB International’s demanding standards.
  • An entire bachelor’s degree from LSUS costs just slightly over $23,000, less than the cost of one year of school at many universities.
  • LSUS Guaranteed Scholarships and many other types of financial aid put the university’s high-quality and highly-affordable degree programs within reach for even more students.
  • LSUS graduate programs are recognized for their quality, access, and affordability.
  • LSUS accelerated gives students the flexibility to speed up their time-to-completion, if desired, and also to accommodate life’s unanticipated disruptions.
  • LSUS is large enough to provide all the facilities and opportunities necessary for students to succeed, and small enough that all students can take advantage of those facilities and experiences.


  • The Law Center remains solidly positioned among the Top 100 American Law Schools in the 2015 U.S. News & World Report rankings of law schools, reaching #72, the highest in the Law Center’s history.
  • LSU Law was rated the #3 Best Value Law School in the Nation (National Jurist/Pre-Law Magazine, 2013). The ranking is based on in-state tuition costs, state bar exam passage rates, and the percentage of students employed after graduation.
  • LSU Law students continue to excel in passage on the State Bar exam, achieving the highest passage rate among all state or private Louisiana law schools in results released in October 2013.
  • LSU Law continues to have very positive employment outcomes for its students. Some 92% of the Class of 2013 were employed within nine months of graduation.
  • The Law Center has recently established the LSU John P. Laborde Energy Law Center, the first such center in Louisiana and one of a handful in law schools nationwide. The Center will prepare lawyers for the full range of 21st century practice in the complex world of energy law, and will prepare leaders for tomorrow’s energy sector.
  • Law Center students provide “real” service to the community via a variety of law clinics, including the Juvenile Defense Clinic; Immigration Law Clinic; Family Law Clinic; Family Mediation Clinic; Civil Mediation Clinic; Homeless Advocacy Clinic; and Parole and Re-entry Clinic.

 LSU Health New Orleans

  • As Louisiana’s academic health leader, LSU Health New Orleans educates and trains the majority of the health care professionals practicing in Louisiana in its six health professions schools including Louisiana’s only dental school, only nursing school within an academic health sciences center and only public School of Public Health.
  • LSU Health New Orleans is a powerful economic engine, attracting tens of millions of outside dollars to Louisiana each year and generating thousands of high-demand jobs.
  • LSU Health New Orleans research firsts include that the major cause of heart deaths begins in the teens, that second-hand smoke causes lung cancer and that the markers for the metabolic syndrome are found in children as young as seven. The LSU Health Alcohol Research Center was the first and remains the only comprehensive research center in Louisiana funded by the NIH’s National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.
  • LSU Health New Orleans faculty take care of patients in every major hospital and clinic in Southeast Louisiana and are the major providers of healthcare to uninsured and underserved.
  • LSU Health New Orleans’ outreach programs span the state and include the LSU Health Louisiana Tumor Registry, one of only 18 cancer registries in the National Cancer Institute program that is the most authoritative source of information on cancer incidence and survival in the United States.

LSU Health Shreveport

  • 52% of the 2014 LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine graduates have selected primary care for their residencies.
  • 100% of students graduating from the School of Allied Health Professions at LSU Health Shreveport had placements within 6 months.
  • LSU Health Shreveport medical students have founded a medical journal for students, only the second publication of its kind in the nation.
  • In 2013, LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine had more than 1,000 applicants for 118 first-year slots.
  • LSU Health Shreveport is partnering on a new regional crime lab for North Louisiana, which links with the Department of Pathology.
  • More LSU Health Shreveport medical students matched to  their first choice last year than the national average and in general 84% match into their top 3 choices vs. 81% nationally.
  • LSU Health Shreveport School of Medicine has developed its first ever International Elective For Global Health
  • The first dual-trained Emergency Medicine-Family Medicine resident completed training at LSU Health Shreveport.
  • Shreveport School of Medicine ranks in the 97th percentile among all medical schools in graduates practicing in medically underserved areas, in the 89th percentile in graduates practicing in rural areas and in the 85th percentile in graduates practicing in Louisiana.
  • The LSU Health Shreveport School of Allied Health boasts the nation’s first post-graduate residency wound management.
  • LSU Health Shreveport medical student, Jeffery Weisman, working with a team of researchers at Tech, has developed an innovative method to make custom medical implants to deliver chemotherapy and antibiotics.
  • Modeled after a successful program in Maryland, the LSU Health Shreveport program Barbers for Blood Pressure Awareness has trained more than 25 Barbers to take their patron’s blood pressure and promote awareness of the dangers of hypertension.