Baton Rouge, the capital of Louisiana, has a metropolitan-area population of more than 500,000. Baton Rouge is noted as a petrochemical, financial, and industrial center, and as one of the nation’s largest ports. The state has a rich cultural heritage, and many near-by towns sponsor festive events, such as Breaux Bridge’s Crawfish Festival, Lafayette’s Festival Acadiens, New Orleans’ Mardi Gras, and Ponchatoula’s Strawberry Festival. The mild climate and numerous hunting and fishing areas make the state worthy of its title, “sportsman’s paradise.”
A rich mixture of French, Spanish, and English cultures reflects Baton Rouge’s history. The city is at the center of South Louisiana’s cultural attractions, with New Orleans 80 miles to the southeast, the antebellum country of the Feliciana parishes to the north, and the Acadian French Louisiana country of bayous, marshes, and lakes to the west.
Baton Rouge’s industry is widely diversified. It has become a center for banking and financial services, and it is a major retail market. Baton Rouge gained national and international recognition as the site of the 1984 Special Olympic Games and the National Sports Festival VI in 1985.
LOUISIANA STATE UNIVERSITY
Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College opened in Pineville on January 2, 1860, with Colonel William Tecumseh Sherman as Superintendent. Today it occupies a 1,944-acre site on the southern edge of Baton Rouge, bordering on the Mississippi River. The University’s more than 190 principal buildings are grouped on a 300-acre plateau which constitutes the main campus.
LSU is the largest university in Louisiana and the state’s only comprehensive university. The Baton Rouge campus is the largest component of the LSU System, which includes satellite campuses in Eunice, Alexandria, New Orleans, and Shreveport. The LSU System operates two medical schools, one each in Shreveport and New Orleans. The School of Dentistry and School of Nursing are also located in New Orleans. The Hebert Law Center is located on the LSU Baton Rouge campus and is nationally known for its Civil Law studies. LSU also operates the Pennington Biomedical Research Center, and is currently building the Center for Advanced Micro structures (CAMD) which will produce microscopic electronics. Finally, LSU coordinates the Louisiana Cooperative Extension Service which serves the needs of agriculture and its consumers within the state.
More than 4,000 students are enrolled in graduate and professional programs at LSU. The student body is diverse, including students from all 64 Louisiana Parishes, all 50 states in the U.S., and more than 100 foreign countries. LSU has been designated a Research I university, placing it in the top two percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. LSU athletic teams have excelled in Southeastern Conference and NCAA competition. Various on-campus cultural activities are available, including art exhibits, concerts, and plays.
LSU offers approximately 250 curricula leading to undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees. It is one of nine universities in the United States that is both a land-grant and a sea-grant institution. The University provides many resources for its approximately 27,000 students. These include academic and personal counseling, placement services, recreational facilities, health services, and dining facilities. LSU is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. Additionally, many programs have specific accreditation as well.
The LSU libraries contain well over two million volumes. The Troy H. Middleton Library, the main library on campus, houses 1.8 million volumes. In 1981, Middleton Library was designated an official depository for U.S. government patents. It is also a depository for state and U. S government publications and for United Nations documents. Middleton Library has greatly enriched it holdings through the acquisition of several private collections.
LSU has several museums, on- and off- campus. The Anglo-American Art Museum in the Memorial Tower houses the University’s permanent fine arts collection, including paintings, prints, and drawings by such artists as Hogarth, Gainsborough, Reynolds, Benjamin West, and Rembrandt Peale, as well as those by contemporary masters. The museum’s collection of graphic works by Louisiana’s internationally recognized printmaker, Caroline Durieux, is the most comprehensive in existence.
The Museum of Geoscience in the Geology Building contains the most extensive archaeological and geological collections in Louisiana. The ethnological inventory includes material from North and South America, Africa, Australia, Oceania, Asia, and the Arctic. The Rural Life Museum, a 20-building complex, is five miles from campus on the University’s 450-acre Burden Research Plantation.
The Student Placement Center serves as a liaison between students and prospective employers. The Placement Center staff will guide you through each phase of the employment process. You can get information on preparing resumes, conducting the job search, interviewing, and following up after the interview. The Placement Center brings students together with nearly 200 interviewing companies per year.
The International Student Office advises international students regarding their educational, financial, immigration, personal, and social concerns. The office coordinates the University’s international student services and programs with community organizations, faculty and student groups, and governmental and private agencies. The office administers emergency loans for international students.
The International Student Office also provides information and counseling to U.S. students interested in study, travel, or work in foreign countries. The office administers the International Student Exchange Program, administers grants for graduate study abroad, and issues international student identification cards.
On-campus housing in residence halls is available to graduate students. Air-conditioned and non-air-conditioned quarters are available. There is a 12-month graduate residence hall with single and double rooms available on a first-come-first-serve basis.
You can get additional information and application forms from the Office of Residential Housing-Room Assignments, 98 Garig Hall, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, phone (504) 388-8663.
LSU also has unfurnished two-and-three-bedroom apartments. You can get additional information and application forms from the Office of Residential Housing-Student Apartments, 100 Graham Hall, Baton Rouge, LA, 70803, phone (504) 578-3264.