LSU System Institutions
Louisiana State University A & M College
As the flagship institution of the state, the vision of Louisiana State University is to be a leading doctoral/research-extensive university, challenging undergraduate and graduate students to achieve the highest levels of intellectual and personal development. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant, and space-grant institution, the mission of Louisiana State University is the generation, preservation, dissemination, and application of knowledge and cultivation of the arts. In implementing its mission, LSU is committed to offering a broad range of undergraduate degree programs and extensive graduate research opportunities designed to attract and educate highly qualified undergraduate and graduate students; employing faculty who are excellent teacher-scholars, nationally competitive in research and creative activities, and who contribute to a world-class knowledge base that is transferable to educational, professional, cultural, and economic enterprises; and using its extensive resources to solve economic, environmental, and social challenges.
LSU will maintain academic preeminence as the premier research university of Louisiana, emulating and seeking to surpass in achievement the nation’s leading public research universities. It maintains the most rigorous undergraduate admissions requirements in Louisiana’s public system of postsecondary education and produces commensurate academic and research excellence to build Louisiana’s capacity for academic distinction. In teaching, the university’s focus will be on upper division undergraduate and graduate education. LSU offers a wide variety of doctoral programs sustained by active faculty and student research, discovery, and creative activity in a broad range of research programs with extensive grant and contract activities. It maintains the Middleton Library as the state’s premier public university research library and the state’s only School of Veterinary Medicine.
LSU is a land, sea, and space-grant university, one of only 21 holding all designations. LSU is categorized by the SREB as a Four-Year I institution based on the number of graduates across a broad array of fields. The Carnegie Foundation coupled the same breadth and depth of programs with research productivity to place LSU as a Research University with Very High Research Activity for the Advancement of Teaching.