Your first year as an international student at the LSU will take you through many changes, and through it all you will come to know campus as your “home away from home.”
What will you do in between classes?
What will be your favorite place to study?
Where will you meet new friends?
What if you need support or advice?
Choose from the links to get your first introduction to LSU campus, and imagine what it would be like to see you at LSU.
- LSU’s mascot, Mike VI, is a live Bengal-Siberian Tiger mix that lives in a 15,000 square foot habitat across from Tiger Stadium.
- LSU has won 45 national championships: Baseball (6), Men’s Basketball (1), Boxing (1), Football (3), Men’s Golf (4), Men’s Track and Field (6), Women’s Track and Field (25).
- “Hey, Fighting Tigers,” one of the more well-known songs at Tiger sporting events, was adapted from the Broadway show tune “Hey, Look Me Over,” written by Emmy and Tony award-winning composer Cy Coleman for the musical “Wildcat” starring Lucille Ball. LSU gained permission to adapt the music and change the lyrics.
LSU sponsors a broad spectrum of intercollegiate sports programs for men and women. LSU sponsors 20 varsity sports that participate in NCAA competition, 9 men’s sports and 11 women’s sports.
Over 450 student-athletes compete annually in varsity sports at LSU. These student-athletes are offered support services designed to enhance their opportunity to win championships and graduate from LSU. These services include fully-staffed departments in academic support, athletic medicine, strength and conditioning and athletic equipment. In addition, LSU is committed to providing the finest in coaching instruction by hiring experienced and proven successful coaches.
LSU has one of the most success athletic programs in the nation, and annually competes for conference, regional and national championships in most varsity sports. Since the beginning of LSU Athletics in 1893, Tiger sports teams have won 43 national championships in nine different sports (tied for the most in the Southeastern Conference) and have claimed 109 Southeastern Conference titles.
Some of the greatest individual athletes in the history of college sports have worn the Purple and Gold, many of which have won the highest individual honor in their respective sport. Some of the best known include: Billy Cannon 1959 Heisman Trophy (Football) Pete Maravich 1970 National Player of the Year (Men’s Basketball) Ben McDonald 1989 Golden Spikes Award (Baseball) Shaquille O’Neal 1993 National Player of the Year (Men’s Basketball) Seimone Augustus 2005, 2006 National Player of the Year (Women’s Basketball)
LSU maintains numerous and varied athletic facilities in which its sports teams practice and participate.
- LSU Athletic events are well-attended, and several sports rank among the nation’s leaders in annual attendance figures.
- Tiger Stadium is the sixth-largest on-campus football stadium in the country
- LSU has ranked among the nation’s top 10 in attendance seven years in a row and 41 times since official national attendance figures were kept beginning in 1957.
- The population of Tiger Stadium on a Saturday night is more than 48 of Louisiana’s 64 parishes.
- LSU led the nation in attendance in baseball for 11 straight years from 1995-2006, and finished No. 2 in 2007.
- Over 1.1 million fans annually pass through the turnstiles of LSU athletic facilities in all sports.
LSU is a charter member of the Southeastern Conference (SEC), formed in 1932. Other members of the SEC include the University of Alabama, the University of Arkansas, Auburn University, the University of Florida, the University of Georgia, the University of Kentucky, the University of Mississippi, Mississippi State University, the University of South Carolina, the University of Tennessee and Vanderbilt University.
University Recreation is a vital component of the quality of life for which LSU is known. Our mission at UREC is to provide comprehensive, high quality recreational facilities, programs, and services that support learning, life-long participation, and that meet the educational, recreational, and competitive needs of our students, faculty, and staff.
The Student Recreation Center provides a modern and energetic atmosphere conducive to the needs of our patrons. The SRC is a 121,000 sq foot innovative and comprehensive recreational facility featuring state of the art equipment, high-level programming, and modern amenities to meet the ever-changing needs and expectations of our patrons.
The Sport and Adventure Complex (SAC), houses three multi-purpose sport fields, a 24-foot portable climbing wall, and a challenge course. The fields will primarily be utilized by Sport Clubs for practice and competition, but drop in opportunities are available to our patrons.
LSU UREC Intramural Sports are competitive, yet fun, individual and team sports, such as flag football, soccer, basketball, and softball. Each team or individual competes against other teams or individuals within the LSU community during the semester. Registration time frames are different for each sport.
LSU UREC Sport Clubs offer students the opportunity to organize structured groups around a common interest in a particular sport. These student-run organizations often compete against other universities across the country but always offer community, instruction, and competition for members.
Bridging the gap between nature and fitness, Adventure Education offer students instructions on indoor rock climbing, builds teams through challenging outdoor adventure, as well as rents individuals canoe, camping, and bike equipment.
With a group of friends or flying solo, LSU UREC offers student and members a variety of ways to fit in some decompression time or play their way to optimal fitness. Pick-up basketball, sand volleyball, racquetball, and much more is available for members during normal operating hours.
The International Cultural Center was established to be a place on campus where all nationalities could come together and learn from each other. Many lifelong friendships from around the world are established at the ICC.
The ICC has a conference room that can hold up to 20 people, the Heagler Room that can accommodate 50 to 70 people, and our “Hall of Cultures” which is our main meeting room for up to 275 people. Plus, we house a full kitchen, a lounge and game area, an apartment for up to ten people, and two offices for students and staff. Our “Hall of Cultures” displays over 100 flags hanging from our ceiling. We have a computer mini-lab with a printer, e-mail and fax capabilities, and other office conveniences, cable satellite television and a big screen television. We are very proud of the ICC and encourage you to come and take advantage of our facility.
The ISO prepares all documents necessary for international students, faculty and staff sponsored by the university to achieve and/or maintain proper non-immigrant status in the U.S. and conducts orientation programs for all new international students and scholars. All non-immigrant students seeking permission to work on or off campus must receive approval and/or recommendation from this office.
The office also assists with campus intercultural activities that contribute to the cultural environment of the community. The ISO assists the University’s international student services and programs. It serves as liaison to community organizations, faculty and student groups, and governmental and private agencies.
Campus residents enjoy the convenience of being close to classes, the library, the Rec Center, the Union, and tons of campus events. No need to fight the traffic when you can walk!
New faces, new friends
Students who live on campus meet more people. Friends are close by to study and hang out with. Friendships formed during college often last a lifetime.
Each floor of the residence halls has a Resident Assistant (RA) or Residential College Mentor (RCM), who is a full-time, upper-class student trained as a resource to assist students in adjusting to college life.
Research shows that students who live on campus perform better academically. Grade study reports conducted each semester typically reveal that freshmen who live in LSU residence halls earn higher grades overall than their off-campus peers.
On-campus students benefit from ten computer labs with more than 100 computers. In-room data connections using the University’s fiber optics makes surfing the net a breeze. Plus, with a separate telephone line, students can talk and surf at the same time. Recently installed wireless networks in hall lobbies and courtyards provide convenience for students with laptops.
Experience a living environment in which residents share two or three core freshman courses, study groups, and shared interests. The community focus of the residential college makes our BIG University feel like a small one.
By living on campus, students are more likely to get involved in activities and organizations. Leadership skills look great on grad school applications and résumés.
Students pay their room rate at the beginning of the semester with one payment on the fee bill. No need to worry about the “rent due” date every month.
Location, location, location!
Roll out of bed and get to class in 10 minutes or less. Take those power naps in your own bed between classes!
Banners in your lobby, fliers, campus newspapers, your resident assistant, and other campus leaders will keep you informed of the latest happenings on campus. You’ll always know what’s going on when you live within our gates!