Board of Supervisors Supports LSU’s Comprehensive Admissions Process

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This fall, LSU welcomed 5,812 new freshmen to campus, breaking the previous record of 5,725 new freshmen enrolled in 2012.Photo: LSU Strategic Communications

BATON ROUGE – Following a comprehensive admission process presentation during the October meeting by LSU’s Vice President for Enrollment Management Jose Aviles, the LSU Board of Supervisors unanimously passed a resolution affirming its support of LSU’s comprehensive admissions process.

“The Board of Supervisors recognizes that this process is a noted best practice nationwide among flagship universities and will better help us to identify students who will have the best chance for success at LSU,” said LSU Board of Supervisors Chair James Williams. “This process will in no way diminish the academic rigor or excellence already in place at LSU that we have worked so hard over the years to achieve. We can look at the whole student while still maintaining quality, and the 2018 fall class, admitted under comprehensive review, is a testament to the fact.”

LSU’s Comprehensive Review admissions process takes an in-depth look at every prospective student's transcript to evaluate the rigor of their high school curriculum, their grade trends, and their course selections, all within the context of their high schools. Students are still required to meet the core curriculum requirements and take the ACT/SAT and submit their scores in order to be considered for admission to LSU.

“We are pleased that the Board of Supervisors has recognized this comprehensive admission process, along with the modernization we have added to our admissions process, is the best way for LSU to compete on a national stage to attract and identify the best and brightest students from around the country,” said LSU President F. King Alexander. “More importantly, the ability to fully evaluate our applicants will help keep Louisiana’s best students in state.” 


Resolution in Support of LSU’s Comprehensive Admissions Process

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED the Board of Supervisors of Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College does hereby affirm and support the LSU flagship campus’s comprehensive admissions process. The Board acknowledges this process is in accordance with the national best practice among the nation’s best performing universities and is currently in practice at 40 out of the 50 flagship universities.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Board acknowledges research has shown grade point average and ACT or SAT scores alone do not provide the fullest, most accurate picture of a student’s potential success. LSU still requires submission of the core curriculum GPA, overall high school GPA, and an ACT or SAT score. However, by adopting this comprehensive admissions process, LSU is utilizing additional elements and all relevant factors to identify the top talent in the state of Louisiana, the United States of America, and the world who can be successful and contribute to our University.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Board recognizes that the comprehensive admissions policy is in alignment with the vision of LSU to be a leading research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. This process does not diminish the standards for admission to the state’s flagship university but utilizes research and best practice to ensure a student body prepared for the highest levels of intellectual and personal development to drive the state of Louisiana forward.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED the Board is committed to both ensuring that all citizens have a fair opportunity to attend LSU and maintaining the level of academic excellence and achievement the University has worked very hard to attain. These are not mutually exclusive goals as the 2018 entering class proves. The Board will continue to monitor the outcomes of our admissions process to ensure that these and all of the University’s goals are being met.”





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