Prospective freshmen interested in admission to LSU must have a 3.0 unweighted academic GPA based on 19 core units. Additionally, students must meet the 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.
Required Core Units
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 the following: 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 the following: 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 the following: 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, a music performance course, a dance performance course, a theatre performance course, a studio art course, or a 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 top scholarships should complete the writing section and have it sent officially to LSU for consideration.
Dual Enrollment GPA
Students who enroll in dual enrollment courses for college credit must attain a 2.0 college GPA. Dual enrollment is not required for admission to LSU. More information about transfer of credit can be found on the Early Credit page.
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.
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.
Homeschooled students will be evaluated on the same criteria listed above.
Students interested in making admission appeals should contact their admissions counselor.