Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College had its origin in land grants made by the United States government in 1806, 1811, and 1827 for use as a seminary of learning. In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly established the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana near Pineville, La. The institution opened January 2, 1860.
Dynamic research is conducted at LSU every day from the sciences to the arts and humanities. Our research faculty and students advance discovery and our understanding of the world. Come discover with us.
Research & Economic Development
Research Focus Areas
Our research areas are in materials science, coast and environment, energy, high-performance computing, biotechnology and biomedical research, communication, and individual behavior and community context.
More than 1,000 research projects are underway at LSU at any given time. LSU faculty apply their expertise to address real-world issues from coastal preservation to the energy economy.
Facilities and Resources
Faculty and students conduct cutting-edge research in state-of-the-art facilities. We are here to help with securing funding, developing industry partnerships, and commercialization of the next big breakthrough.
Opportunities abound for undergraduate and graduate students to gain hands-on research experience from working with professors who are leading experts in their fields. We have numerous resources to help our students get the most out of their educational experience.
Our research faculty are active members of the local, national, and international community. Their work contributes to a body of knowledge that has impact beyond the campus gates. Engage with these leaders and their expertise.
Business and Industry
Our faculty are on the leading edge of research and development. We welcome opportunities to partner with businesses and industry. See how your business can benefit from our expertise today.
LSU Research Works
LSU faculty conduct research that touches the lives of every Louisiana citizen. As the state’s flagship university, our work focuses on finding solutions to some of the state’s largest problems, which span a wide range from chronic disease to coastal land loss. Through science, scholarship, and discovery, our faculty and students don’t just make a name for themselves – they make a difference for the people of our state, the nation, and the world.
Louisiana’s unique culture offers a special experience.
With its roots in both French and Spanish heritage, and a strong influence from the Acadians, known today as Cajuns, the state has a colorful history and a flair all its own. The language, the food, the music, and the varying backgrounds of its people create a fascinating melting pot of cultures that cannot be experienced elsewhere. LSU is located in the heart of Louisiana’s capital, and New Orleans and Cajun Country are just an hour’s drive from campus.
One of the things Louisiana is best known for is Mardi Gras, which is French for “Fat Tuesday.” Mardi Gras is celebrated in a variety of ways around the state, but most include eating king cake, participating in parades, and costuming. The holiday represents an integral part of Louisiana’s culture and heritage.
Dining in Louisiana is a sumptuous culinary adventure like no other in the world. Whether you try Lafayette’s pork boudin, Natchitoches’ savory meat pies, or New Orleans’ Oysters Rockefeller, you will be sampling the mouth-watering blend of Louisiana’s epicurean heritage. Red beans and rice, gumbo, jambalaya, and crawfish---no meal in Louisiana is ordinary, and we have food and flavors to satisfy everyone’s palate!
Louisiana is known for the beauty of its distinctive architecture and historic buildings. In fact, you’ll find more sites in Louisiana on the National Register of Historic Places than in any other state. New Orleans’ French Quarter is decorated with lovely wrought-iron balconies and tropical courtyards, as well as the iconic architecture of one of the oldest Catholic cathedrals in the U.S. On the historic River Road, you can drive alongside the Mississippi River and view antebellum mansions, elegant French Caribbean-style homes, and colorful Créole cottages that date back to the 1700-1800s.
Baton Rouge has a semi-tropical climate, perfect for outdoor activities year-round. The weather is consistently warm from May to October, and winter is typically mild and short. A large number of outdoor festivals, concerts, and events, including LSU football and baseball games, are held throughout the year and often involve cooking, eating, and socializing outdoors in the temperate weather.
Louisiana has long been known as the “Sportsman’s Paradise.” Its many bayous, swamps, and coastal marshes provide excellent fishing, wildlife viewing, boating, canoeing, and photography opportunities. Lush forests throughout the state appeal to hunters; numerous state and national parks provide recreational opportunities for those who love the outdoors; and the bluffs, creeks, and waterfalls of the Tunica Hills area about an hour northwest of LSU are favorite spots of hikers and cyclists.
Music is one of Louisiana’s crown jewels. From Cajun and zydeco music to jazz, blues and gospel, the sounds of Louisiana will put rhythm in your step. A long line of Louisiana musicians, including Louis Armstrong, Harry Connick Jr., Wynton Marsalis, Fats Domino, and Jerry lee Lewis, have not only created original musical styles, but have also influenced music throughout the nation and around the world. No matter your preference or your mood, Louisiana will be singing your song.
Louisiana is home to more than 400 free festivals that take place year-round, all across the state. Showcasing the best and most interesting aspects of the local culture, festivals celebrate the food, music, crafts, and even the bounty of the state’s agriculture. The Breaux Bridge Crawfish Festival in Breaux Bridge; the Ponchatoula Strawberry Festival in Ponchatoula; the Amite Oyster Festival in Amite; the French Quarter Festival in New Orleans; and the International Rice Festival in Crowley are just a few of the events that are loved by locals and tourists alike.
Facts and figures
Recently released rankings put LSU as best in Louisiana and a leader in the SEC in one of the most important outcomes to today's students: return on investment.
$300,000,000 awarded in financial aid and scholarships each year
2 in 3 students graduate with ZERO debt
92% of all students receive scholarships or financial aid
An Investment of a Lifetime
Ranked 65 among Kiplinger’s Top 100 Public Colleges, LSU is the highest rated public university in Louisiana. It has proven to be a place where students can get an exceptional education with a great return on investment—including starting salaries that are, on average, $12,000 higher than students graduating from other universities. It pays to be a Tiger!