Louisiana State University is a public coeducational university that was established in 1860. The campus is located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, which is the capital city of the state of Louisiana. The school is the largest school in Louisiana based on land area and student enrollment. In 2015, LSU is enrolling 25,000 undergrads and 5,000 postgraduates.
Louisiana State University is consistently ranked among the top 150 universities in the United States and top 500 schools in the world. Despite the relatively low academic rankings, LSU does have some highly ranked academic programs. LSU’s Landscape Architecture program has been consistently rated as the best in the nation. It is also rated as one of the top 12 Entrepreneurial Colleges in the United States. The school is also designated as a centre d’excellence, which establishes LSU’s French degree program as one of the best in America. Many people will argue that the school is underrated academically, but not many will make that argument when it comes to athletics.
The LSU Tigers field 21 varsity teams (12 women’s, 9 men’s). Based on winning percentage, the LSU Tigers are among the best athletic programs in the NCAA. The school has won 43 national championships, which ranks as 6th best among all NCAA schools. While track and field has won the majority of those championships, football is what the school is most famous for. The football team has won 3 national championships, the most recent being 2007. The LSU Tigers football team plays in the toughest NCAA football conference, the SEC. They are also one of the best schools when it comes to preparing players for the NFL. Not to mention that they play in one of the loudest stadiums in the world, Tiger Stadium. Fun fact: Noise from Tiger Stadium during a game once registered as an earthquake at the campus’ seismograph.
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