LSU Value

LSU is committed to providing exceptional, affordable, and accessible higher education, and sharing our student outcomes in as transparent a manner as possible. Below, you’ll find a snapshot of LSU’s student body, its diversity, academic, and economic composition, and alumni starting- and mid-career salaries. It is our hope that this site will allow students and their families to make informed decisions supported by real data showcasing actual outcomes from LSU graduates.

Degrees Granted (2016-17)

Total Degree Awards LSU % of State State (Public)
Bachelor's 5,006 26% 19,218
Master's 1,131 21% 5,480
Specialist 28 62% 45
Doctoral 315 57% 554
Professional 269 25% 1,079
Total 6,749 26% 26,376

*BoR-Degrees and Certificates Awarded by Institution by Subject Area, Degree, Level, Race/Ethnicity

Bachelor's Degree Awards (2016-17)

by Racial and Ethnic Background LSU % of State State (Public)
African American/Black 500 13% 3,908
American Indian/Alaskan Native 15 17% 89
Asian 188 41% 456
Hispanic 269 31% 879
Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander 3 27% 11
White 3,729 31% 12,099
Two or More Races 137 25% 549
Race and Ethnicity Unknown 10 2% 472
Non-Resident Alien 79 15% 514
Total 4,930 26% 18,973

*BoR-Degrees and Certificates Awarded by Institution by Subject Area, Degree, Level, Race/Ethnicity

Credentials-Teacher Preparation Completers and Licensure Exam (2016-17)

 Type of Completers LSU Completers % of State State Completers
Undergraduate 202 20% 1,032
Alternate Certification 60 13% 477
Total 262 17% 1,509

*Title II Higher Education Act Report Section V. Traditional, Alternative IHE-based and Alternative Not IHE-based Summary Pass Rates, 2014.

Economic Diversity: Access & Completion (2015-16)

Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients LSU State (4-Year Only) National (Public)
Undergraduates 26,156 118,192 7,236,442
Undergraduate Pell Grant Recipients 5,366 39,238 2,494,567
Pell Percentage of Undergraduates 21% 33% 34%

*IPEDS (2015-16)

Bachelor's Degree Pell Grant Recipients LSU
Bachelor's Degrees 4,806
Pell Grant Bachelor's Degree Recipients 1,412
Pell Percentage of Bachelor's Degrees 29%

*Office of Budget & Planning

"Sticker" and "Net" Tuition & Fees (2015-16)

 Tuition and Fees LSU National (Public)
Tuition and fees charged to full-time undergraduates $9,714 $7,947
Tuition and fee "sticker" charged to full-time undergraduates $24,392 $19,585
Tuition and fee "net" paid by full-time beginning undergraduates $14,967 $12,444
"Net" percent of "Sticker" tuition and fees for full-time undergraduates 61% 64%

*IPEDS (2015-16)

Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients (2013-14)

Degree Recipients  LSU

State
(Public, 4-Year Only)
National
(Public, Private, & Proprietary)
% of Baccalaureate Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans 39% 47% 69%
Average Loan Debt of Baccalaureate Recipients who Started as Freshmen and Assumed Loans $22,294 $23,025 $28,950
Baccalaureate Recipient Loan Debt Default Rate (3-year default rate) 5.2% 9.8% 11.5%

*CDS 2014-15 
  The Institute for College Access & Success. College InSight

  U.S. Department of Education

Salaries of Baccalaureate Recipients -- Payscale (2017-18)

Institution   LSU National
Starting Salary Mid-Career Salary Starting Salary Mid-Career Salary
Public Schools $51,800 $98,800 $47,097 $83,851
Research Universities $51,800 $98,800 $51,587 $95,723

*Payscale.com (2017-18)