LSU is situated in the city of Baton Rouge in the State of Louisiana, located in the South of the United States.
Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana and is a modern city that is home to more than one million people. The city of Baton Rouge is located just an hour away from the majestic city of New Orleans, which is known all over the world for its music, culture, and cuisine.
Louisiana has arguably the most colorful history and fascinating culture of any state in the nation. In what other state could you visit the battleground where a ragtag group of soldiers repelled a British invasion with the help of a notorious outlaw pirate?
Visitors can learn about many of the most interesting parts of general American history right here in Louisiana. From the National World War II Museum in New Orleans, to the Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, and the countless museums, zoos, and cultural and historical sites statewide, there is a lifetime of learning to do in Louisiana.
- Baton Rouge has a semi-tropical climate
- The weather is consistently warm from May to September
- Spring is glorious. While our blooming season is quite long, lasting more than seven months of the year, spring is the most dramatic
- Fall is mild-perfect for tailgating and team pick-up games
- Winter is usually mild and short-lived (generally only January and February)
- Precipitation is regular and well-distributed throughout the year with an average annual precipitation of 55 inches
- LSU is a community of nearly 36,000 staff, faculty and students from every state and more than 120 countries.
- LSU’s campus is situated on more than 2,000 acres bordered on the west by the Mississippi River, and contains nearly 1,200 live-oak trees.
- Fifty-seven of LSU’s more than 250 principal buildings are listed in the National Register of Historic Places.
- The adjacent LSU Lakes were developed from swamps in the 1930s as a public works project.
- LSU’s landscaping was called “a botanical joy” in its listing among the 20 best campuses in America in Thomas Gaines’s The Campus as a Work of Art.
- During the 1930s, many of LSU’s live oaks and magnolia trees were planted by landscape artist the late Steele Burden. The live oak trees on LSU’s campus have been valued at $36 million. Through the LSU Foundation’s “Endow an Oak” program, individuals or groups are able to endow live oaks across campus.
- In the 1970s, azaleas, crepe myrtles, ligustrum, and camellias were planted in the quadrangle, and sidewalks were added.
- Since the 1930s, more than 200 principal buildings have been constructed and others are currently under way.
- The University moved to its present location in 1926, the fourth move since its inception in 1860.
- Theodore C. Link was chosen to create the original campus master plan. Although he died before the plan was completed, his designs define the Italian Renaissance character of the campus, which is marked by red pan tile roofs, overhanging eaves, and honey-colored stucco.
- Louisiana State Agricultural & Mechanical College was established by an act of the legislature, approved to carry out the U.S. Morrill Act of 1862, granting lands for this purpose. It temporarily opened in New Orleans in 1874, where it remained until it merged with Louisiana State University in 1877.
- LSU is one of only 21 universities in the nation having land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.