Freshmen are classified as any student who has graduated from high school and has not attempted any college coursework other than dual enrollment courses.
Freshmen Admission Requirements
Freshmen interested in admission to LSU must have a 3.0 unweighted academic GPA based on 19 core units. Additionally, students must meet an ACT or SAT requirement. The ACT requirement consists of a 22 composite score, with an 18 English subscore and a 19 math subscore. The SAT requirement consists of a 1030 critical reading and math composite score, with a 450 critical reading score and a 460 math score.
4 units of English
- 1 unit of English I
- 1 unit of English II
- 1 unit of English III
- 1 unit of English IV
4 units of Math
- 1 unit of Algebra I or Algebra I: Pt. 2
- 1 unit of Algebra II
- 1 unit of Geometry
- 1 unit of Advanced Math: Functions & Statistics, Advanced Math: Trigonometry, Advanced Math I, Advanced Math II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra III, Probability & Statistics, Discrete Math, Applied Math III, or Integrated Math III
4 units of Natural Science
- 1 unit of Biology
- 1 unit of Chemistry
- 2 units of Physics (recommended), Integrated Science, Aerospace Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology I, Biology II, Chemistry II, or Physics of Technology II
- Note: 2 units of Agriscience can count as 1 unit of a Natural Science
4 units of Social Science
- 1 unit of American History
- 1 unit of World History, World Geography, AP Human Geography, Western Civilization, or AP European History
- 1 unit of Civics or AP American Government or any combination of Civics, AP American Government, or Free Enterprise that equals 1 unit
- 1 unit of World History, World Geography, AP Human Geography, Western Civilization, AP European History, Economics, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Religious Studies, or 1/2 unit of Civics
2 units of Foreign Language
- 2 consecutive units in a single language
- Sign Language acceptable
1 unit of Fine Art
- 1 unit of Fine Arts Survey or 2 units of a music performance course, dance performance course, theatre performance course, studio art course, or visual art course
For automatic admission to LSU, an applicant’s high school academic grade-point average (GPA) is calculated solely on the basis of the core units shown above, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale (A= 4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0). The weighted scholastic GPA is considered in the holistic review.
ACT & SAT Writing Scores
The writing section of the ACT or SAT is not required for admission to LSU. Students interested in Honors College consideration and some scholarships should complete the writing section.
Letters of Recommendation and Essays
LSU does not require letters of recommendation, essays, or any other types of supplemental documentation for admission. Students interested in submitting additional documentation, should contact their admissions counselor directly for guidance.
Additional Factors for Admission
Students who are borderline to meeting admission requirements are encouraged to apply. Other factors considered for admission may include choice of degree program, rank in class, credit in advanced placement or honors courses, rigor of the high school curriculum, and grade trends.
Homeschooled students will be evaluated on the same criteria listed above.
Students interested in making admission appeals should contact the Office of Enrollment Management.
Freshmen Steps to Apply and Helpful Hints
Step 1: Complete the Online Application
The first step in the enrollment process is to complete an application for admission and pay the $40 non-refundable application fee. Upon submitting your application, you will receive an email confirming your application was received. There is currently no funding available for a application fee waivers.
Step 2: Submit your Test Scores
All entering freshman applicants must have official standardized test scores sent to LSU. Please request that your ACT (code 1590) or SAT (code 6373) scores are sent directly to LSU electronically. Emails and faxes of test results cannot be used as official documentation.
Step 3: Send your Official Transcript(s)
Students should submit a transcript from all high schools they have attended.
If you attend a Louisiana high school, you do not need to have an official transcript sent. LSU can access your transcript electronically through the Louisiana Department of Education. If a paper transcript is needed, you or your school counselor will be contacted directly.
If you attend a high school outside of Louisiana, you will need to request for your high school counselor to mail an official transcript in a sealed envelope to the address below. Transcripts can also be sent electronically through Parchment Express (formerly Naviance).LSU Office of Enrollment Management
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Step 4: Submit your Senior Class Schedule
Students are strongly urged to mail a copy of their senior class schedule to the following address:LSU Office of Enrollment Management
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
Step 5: Send your AP, IB, and Dual Enrollment Credit
Advanced Placement credit should be sent to LSU through the College Board, using the code 6373.
International Baccalaureate credit should be sent officially to LSU through the testing agency.
Students who enrolled in any dual enrollment courses for college credit must attain a 2.5 college GPA. Students will need to request the college or university that awarded credit to send an official transcript to the following address:LSU Office of Enrollment Management
1146 Pleasant Hall
Baton Rouge, LA 70803
For more information on dual enrollment, AP, IB, and other similar programs, visit the Early Credit page.
- Be sure the email address you use to create your application is active, and check it often, including the spam folder.
- Look out for your myLSU login and password soon after applying. The myLSU portal is where you can get up-to-the-minute updates on your application status, transcripts, test scores, and much more.
- Make sure your senior class schedule is accurate. This schedule is critical in determining your admission to LSU.
Freshmen Steps to Enroll
Step 1: Apply for Housing
Although not required for incoming freshmen, living on campus at LSU is extremely popular. If you’re interested in securing a spot on campus, you should apply for housing as soon as you’re admitted. Visit the Housing page for steps to apply.
Step 2: Pay your Enrollment Deposit
As a first-time freshman, LSU requires you to pay a $250 deposit by May 1. This deposit is not an additional charge, and it will be deducted from your first tuition payment. Partial refunds are available prior to May 1, if you choose not to attend. A waiver may be made if financial hardship is determined.
To pay your enrollment deposit, log in to your myLSU account, select Student Services, and then select Application Status. Please do not mail your enrollment deposit to the Office of Enrollment Management.
Step 3: Complete the FAFSA
If you want to apply for need-based financial aid, as well as TOPS, you’ll need to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid as soon after January 1 as possible. To apply, you’ll need LSU’s school code, which is 002010. Apply early and be sure to check the FAFSA for the list of deadlines for state aid. Visit the Financial Aid website for more information on the FAFSA.
Step 4: Register for Orientation
Orientation is required for all incoming students to LSU, and the deadline to register is May 1. At orientation you will schedule and test out of classes, meet your future classmates, talk to representatives from your senior college, get your LSU ID, and much more! Orientation sessions are also available for parents and family members of new students. Visit the Orientation website to register.
Step 5: Submit your Immunization Records
Louisiana law requires immunization against measles, mumps, rubella, and tetanus-diphtheria, as well as a tuberculosis screening for all first-time LSU students. You should submit your records to the LSU Student Health Center prior to attending orientation.
Step 6: Complete Registration
Fee bills are generated after you schedule your courses. Fee bills are released in May for the summer semester, in July for the fall semester, and in November for the spring semester. You can complete registration by paying your fee bill through your myLSU account. Select Fee Bill under Registration Services. Be sure to monitor your myLSU account for details.