Louisiana State University Reviews
LSU was a great experience for me. Academically, I was challenged to push myself in every discipline. From english, to economics, to information systems, to biology, to communication, to music, I learned and grew as a student. Socially, LSU is one of the most fun environments I've ever experienced. It is large enough that there is a group of people that everyone can connect to. Athletics are among the best in the nation and student involvement is to the extreme. Student government, student-led organizations, religious organizations, and many other social groups are thriving and full of students. Baton Rouge is a great city. Not too big and not too small for me, I found plenty of shopping, restaurants, entertainment, and work opportunities while at LSU. The people at LSU are the highlight. Louisiana culture is marked by hard working people who love life and find a way to make everything fun. LSU is also affordable and in line with other flagship universities. And last but not least, from Lafayette to New Orleans you will find the best food in the world.
If you go in without a plan then by the time you realize you don't want to do what you've been working towards it'll be too late. I started with a major in biology and finished with a bachelors in biology. I added the marine concentration when I realized my only career path with a purely Biology degree was into medicine which my grades weren't up to par for and I wasn't really interested in anyway. There was almost no outreach for post graduate planning as far as I can tell. When I was invited to a career fair (apparently they have this every year I just didn't know when and where it was until I got an email my jr year) I realized my degree was horrid but it was too late. If I were to start over I would wind up in debt and without a degree for a couple more years. Overall, I just feel that there wasn't enough guidance when it came to formulating a solid career path. It's my own ignorance that led to this waste of time, money and effort but as a first generation college graduate, I hardly feel responsible for mistakenly thinking a degree in a science field would be barely usable.
LSU was the best decision I ever made. I made lifelong friends and created memories that will last for the rest of my life. LSU's campus is beautiful and inviting and always made me feel like I was at my home away from home. The culture of campus makes it feel intimate and homely, even though there are dozens of thousands of students enrolled. LSU will forever be near and dear to my heart and I would choose it over again every day.
Louisiana State University is a decent college program. The advisors are terrible because they give bad advice and typically make mistakes when advising, which ends in many students requiring extra semesters to complete a simple undergraduate degree. Many of the departments have huge 1000 person classes. Too many of the science and math classes are computer based tests with no partial credit.
I graduated from Louisiana State University twice. Once in 2010 with a degree in Communication Studies and Film and Media arts and again in 2015 with a degree in History and Secondary Education. Both degrees are worth every penny spent. My professors were amazing in both degree programs. They were knowledgeable and care about each student's academic success. GEAUX TIGERS!
Louisiana State University is a beautiful school with a long list of degree options. The professors truly want to see their students enjoy class and succeed. Professors in your specific degree will work extra hard to get to know their students and help them with whatever they need to graduate. With the professors and students, LSU offers an amazing learning environment.
My experience as an undergraduate at LSU was nothing short of amazing. From the classroom to the parade grounds, the memories made will last a lifetime. I had wonderful instructors in the Communication Disorders program, and am excited to return for my Master's.
I greatly enjoyed my time at Louisiana State University. The EJ Ourso College of Business provided me with the resources and tools I needed to be successful post-grad. They even hosted Business Etiquette Dinners that gave me the etiquette rules I follow to this day. I got involved with several student organizations and even had the opportunity to study business in London, Brussels, and Paris. The networking and internship opportunities were key to me getting a job offer the day before graduation!
As a Louisiana resident, a degree from Louisiana State University offered me great value. The in-state tuition along with the TOPS program allowed me to have much of my school funded. The Petroleum Engineering curriculum is challenging yet rewarding. The class sizes are very large, so each student is accountable for their own success.
I attended a small, liberal arts college for my freshman year of college. I transferred to LSU for my sophomore year after much consideration. Ultimately, I felt limited by the small size of my classes at the liberal arts college (about 400 students per year) and wanted more opportunity in career advisement and class diversity. A medium sized university would have likely suited my educational interests and personality better, but I did find more diversity and opportunity at LSU. LSU has an accurate reputation as a "party" school, but in my experience, the academic experience is very much what the student makes it. While a strenuous academic environment cultivates naturally at a smaller university, LSU offers the desired stimulus for the scholarly student provided the student takes the initiative to seek it out. Rigorous students can partake in honors optioned classes or ask around for the more challenging professors/courses. I did not attend the honors college, but I used online resources like "RateMyProfessor" to find stimulating instructors and course material. I found the lower level classes to be lacking across the board. Many professors seemed to rely on high school level methods of teaching information to rooms of 200+ students. My upper level classes became smaller, more rigorous, and much more stimulating. The professors definitely feed off of the energy and engagement of their students; if you're excited to be there, your professor will likely be as well. LSU offers an expansive list of classes, even with the recent budget cuts. I was able to meet my graduation requirements for an English degree with leisure. My experience with counselors has been less than satisfactory throughout my time at LSU. Everything is automated, and attempting to get through the call system to speak with a human can be time consuming and difficult. Additionally, my academic advisors incorrectly informed me that I would be able to graduate early taking a set amount of hours during a particular semester. As it turned out, I was unable to graduate early because I was advised that 15 hours on a particular semester would be enough. I could have taken 18 hours, graduated early and saved money on fees and tuition. LSU offers a lot of on campus events and activities. SEC football is a big event throughout the fall semester and is a source of much camaraderie and identity among the students. You don't have to be a football fan to attend this school, but non-football fans do have a sense of missing out throughout the fall semester. The campus is beautiful and well kept. The quad is a great place to hang out with friends and study before a class. LSU will be redoing its library with new equipment in the coming years, which is exciting because we did not have enough public computer access at the library during my time there. Overall, I thoroughly enjoyed about a third of my classes at LSU. I'm not sure that the actual class material prepared me much in the way of job skills, but I was able to pursue marketability through work experience outside of school. Most of my classes at LSU felt like checking boxes to get a degree. The academic student really has to go the extra mile to ensure a somewhat fruitful academic experience. Actual job skills seem more limited to STEM programs. There is definitely less emphasis on the importance of humanities and its environment. Because it is so large, LSU is a great place to form a professional network. Its diversity allows for communication across a variety of professional platforms which can be formed through academic courses as well as traditional southern tailgating activities before football games. I would recommend LSU to someone who still deciding the path they hope to take in life. LSU provides a great life experience and encourages a strong formation of people skills and interpersonal growth.