The number one thing you’ll hear from an LSU admissions representative this time of year is to apply early. Often, we get questions from students as to why it’s so important to apply early. If you’re the inquisitive type, we’ve compiled a list for you. Here are the top reasons you should apply early for admission to LSU.
Students who complete the online admission application, submit official transcripts, and send official ACT or SAT scores before November 15 will receive priority consideration for scholarships. Students sometimes encounter difficulties completing their application or sending official documents, so it is best to get this done as soon as possible.
“It is important to apply early to assure funding is still available,” Assistant Director of Scholarships Aimee Thibodeaux says. “There is no need to wait for your ideal score, because we continue to make upgrades to scholarship offers, as well as initial offers, when scores and records are updated via the admissions application process. This will continue on a weekly basis while funding remains available.”
Getting the Best Pick of Housing
Students who apply earliest for housing get the best pick of rooms, buildings, and programs. But students must first be admitted to LSU before they can submit their housing application. Catherine David from Residential Life recommends, “Room assignments are made by the date you apply for housing, so the earlier you apply, the better chance you give yourself to get your top choice on campus!” Catherine went on to say, “Living on campus is an experience you don’t want to miss. Since it’s neither required nor guaranteed, apply early!”
Transfer GPA & Credit Review
Transfer students benefit from applying early and sending an in-progress official transcript, because they will find out their transfer GPA and credit hours earned as calculated by LSU. According to Admissions Counselor Heather Schmidt, “It is not safe to make assumptions based on your current transcript because LSU will conduct an independent evaluation of all courses to determine your transfer GPA and earned hours.”
“You will not be automatically denied if you do not currently meet all transfer admissions requirements, as long as you are on pace to meet the requirements prior to the semester for which you’ve applied,” Heather went on to say. “An admissions decision will always take into account your in-progress coursework, in addition to past coursework.”
Admission Status and Documents
Students often think they should wait until they have their most desirable test scores or GPA before applying, but this isn’t the case at LSU. Our admissions counselors will inform students of their admission status soon after applying, so they have time to retake the ACT or SAT or to improve their GPA. Additionally, if students have any issues with their transcript or other documents, our admissions counselors can get these resolved before the springtime crunch.
High School is Hectic
Prospective freshmen will benefit from submitting their application early, by getting it out of the way. According to Admissions Counselor Melissa Hart, “Students are more worried about homecoming and football games than filling out college applications. If students apply before their senior year begins, they will have everything ready for the October 1 release date.”
If a student does not meet automatic admission requirements, their application will enter holistic review, which takes into account other admission factors. “We take application date into consideration with holistic review, which means the earlier the date, the more favorable the review,” Admissions Counselor Trée George says.