The Center for Academic Success offers online tutorials, completed at your own pace, on topics such as concept mapping, overcoming text anxiety, and time management. The CxC: Communication Across the Curriculum offers a wide variety of resources and assistance with writing, speaking, visual, and technological communication skills and has studios located across campus. Disability Services provides auxiliary aids and services to students with ADHD, learning disabilities, physical and medical disabilities, and psychological disabilities. Middleton Library, Hill Memorial Library, and subject librarians are also invaluable resources.
Campus commuters can find information on parking and the campus bus system, LSU Tiger Trails online. Be sure to watch for special changes during special events, like football games and on-campus concerts. There’s also a Geaux Ride carpooling service and Zipcar rentals. Looking to move closer to campus? Check out the Family and Graduate Students apartments and Off-Campus Housing Services.
In addition to textbooks, the official Barnes & Noble bookstore on campus sells a wide variety of books, apparel, gifts and accessories, supplies, and electronics. A Starbucks café is located on the first floor. Other coffee and dining options are found across campus including in Middleton Library and the Student Union.
The Leisure Arts program offers courses in languages, writing, arts, crafts, food and gardening, dance, wellness, and more.
The LSU Police Department maintains a list of essential contact information, including the police departments on campus, in East Baton Rouge, and the state police.
Disagreement and conflict are an inevitable part of life, and graduate programs are no exception. The close relationship you have with your department and the apprenticeship nature of most graduate education sometimes makes conflict resolution much more personal and therefore more stressful than with undergraduate education. If your conflict is especially difficult or confidential (for example, conflict with a dissertation advisor or other faculty member) and you wish to go outside the department for advice and conflict resolution, LSU provides a free Ombudsperson (or advisor) service for you. Please see the Ombudsperson web pages and especially the FAQ page.
LSU is committed to supporting and fostering a diverse campus community. There are several campus offices that offer resources and events including the African American Cultural Center, the International Cultural Center, the Women’s Center, the LGBTQ Project and Safe Space, the Black Graduate and Professional Student Association, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, and the Office of Diversity. Our International Students page also lists resources and events.
LSU’s campus, as well as the wider Baton Rouge area, has a thriving arts, theater, and sporting community. Check out some of the resources below to find local events of interest.
- The Advocate is Baton Rouge's local newspaper.
- Creative writing reading series through the English department include local and nationally renowned authors as well as current graduate students, alumni, and faculty.
- The Hopkins Black Box Theater is not-for-profit experimental theater and classroom managed by the Performance Studies area in the Department of Communication Studies offering public performances.
- LSU College of Music and Dramatic Arts’s upcoming productions.
- LSU Now is the home of student run media: the Daily Reveille, Tiger TV, and KLSU.
- LSU Science Café events are scheduled for the last Tuesday of the month and include speakers from across the speakers teaching and researching at LSU. Talks are designed for a broad, non-academic audience and are held at Schlittz and Giggles, 2355 Ferndale Ave.
- Galleries at the LSU School of Arts host exhibitions by undergraduate and graduate students and faculty, as well as local and visiting artists. The Student Union Art Gallery hosts annual rotating exhibits including curated exhibits from public and private collections, and national, statewide, and student art competitions.
- LSU Sports is the home of all athletic schedules, ticketing, and information.
- Swine Palace offers pronunciations of classical and contemporary theater with an emphasis on plays exploring issues of social equality while training LSU students in Professional Acting and Technical/Design Training.
- The Student Union Theater hosts a wide variety of speakers and entertainment throughout the year.
Students will find a variety of financial resources and discounts available to them as LSU students. The Student Financial Management Center offers financial literary education to LSU students through workshops, events, and online resources. The Campus Federal Credit Union has a convenient branch located right on campus in the Student Union.
The National Student Clearinghouse allows you to print an enrollment certificate, a good student discount certificate (if your auto insurer or other providers offers such a discount), and view student loan deferment notifications.
Cox Communications offers LSU students the option for signing up for a Geauxbox. This program offers 28% off Cox internet services and a free professional installation. Note that you must reapply every 24 months to verify your continued enrollment as a student.
At LSU, there are many ways to get involved with the larger campus community as well as with Baton Rouge itself. Many disciplines, as well as some interdisciplinary groups, have organizations for graduate students. There are several non-discipline specific groups active as well, including the Graduate Student Association, the International Student Association, the Black Student Union which serves as the umbrella organization for all minority organizations on campus, Spectrum for LGBTQA+ students and their allies, and Volunteer LSU. LSU Campus Life offers opportunities for leadership and community involvement that may be of interest to graduate students. LSU also has an active student government, and graduate students can be elected to serve in a variety of capacities.
Health Insurance and Wellness
The Student Health Center provides medical, mental health, and wellness resources to students. Some services are provided at no cost to full-time students, and you do not need to have LSU student health insurance to use the SHC. If you are interested in learning more about LSU’s student health insurance plan, please visit the plan’s site as well as the SHC.
The LSU food pantry provides assistance to graduate students in need of food assistance at no cost. You can also bring donations of non-perishable goods.
LSU Cares is an online reporting system to express concerns about student in crisis, sexual misconduct, hazing, discrimination, potential violations of the LSU Code of Student Conduct, and express complaints and grievances. The CARE approach includes communication, assessment, referrals, and education to offer a response.
Additionally, there are multiple crisis and assault resources available to the LSU community. A partial list is below:
- The Crisis Intervention Center offers support through chat, phone, and text.
- IRIS Domestic Violence Center
- The Lighthouse Program provides interpersonal violence prevention, advocacy, and support to the campus community including assistance for filing a police report, a university judicial report, obtaining mental and physical health care, safe housing, and more.
- Sexual Trauma Awareness and Response (STAR) provides a 24/7 hotline and multiple services to support survivors. Offices are located in both Baton Rouge and New Orleans.
- Title IX and Sexual Misconduct Human Resource Management provides definitions, resources, contact information, and more related to Title IX violations and sexual misconduct
Looking for information about on-campus printing? You can print from a campus computer and your laptop or mobile device. Need to access software that is installed in the computer labs on campus? Check out the LSU Virtual Lab (VLAB).
The Faculty Technology Center offers many resources geared toward incorporating technology into teaching, learning, and research. Software consulting and technical training services are also available. LSU IT Services provides technology infrastructure and services that advance teaching and learning and enable resources. They also manage the GROK, a massive wiki of technology information.
A wide variety of software is made available for students to download free of charge on Windows, Mac, and Linux operating systems through Tigerware. There are also links to discounted software and hardware.