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The only public four-year university in the greater Shreveport area, Louisiana State University – Shreveport offers a number of undergraduate and graduate degrees in an astounding array of subjects. Established in 1967, the school’s relatively small student body of less than 5,000 promises a great deal of attention to all students and manageable class sizes that are the most constructive to learning. Better yet, over 80% of teachers on staff have doctor’s degrees, meaning a level of expertise that gets results.

LSU – Shreveport is split into different colleges: The College of Business, The College of Liberal Arts, The College of Education and Human Development, and The College of Sciences. While there are a vast number of day classes to choose from, LSU Shreveport also offers many night classes due to the large non-traditional student population attending.

Popular undergraduate degree programs include the Accounting and Finance degrees from the College of Business Administration, the Political Science and Criminal Justice degrees from the College of Liberal Arts, and the specialized Secondary Education degrees available from the College of Education and Human Development. The College of Science offers a number of different degrees for pre-medicine and pre-dental, as well as more science-oriented degrees, like Physics.

Popular graduate degree programs include a Master of Business Administration, A Master of Science in Counseling, a Master of Liberal Arts , and a Master of Science in Computer Systems Technology.

Most Popular Fields of Study


Applying to Louisiana State University – Shreveport is a fairly straightforward process. The school runs on semesters, so if you’re anticipating beginning your course of study at the beginning of a semester, be sure to have your application in six to eight months before your decided start time. For first-time college freshmen, i.e. people w with no previous experience attending college, you must fill out the school’s application, available from the Admissions Office or online, and also submit your official high school transcript, proof of a diploma, and your SAT or ACT test scores. If there is no high school diploma of which to speak, then be sure to include your GED or equivalent.

For transfer students, or those students who have completed some of their college education, be sure to also include your official college transcript as well as all of the materials required by first-time college freshmen. Even if the credits are not going to transfer, the university would still like to see the work you completed.

International students interested in attending LSU-Shreveport must do everything that first-time college freshmen do for the admissions process, but also submit their official documents translated into English, if they are already not in English. International students must also be able to prove that they have a student visa and are legal to attend college in the United States.

Financial Aid

As part of the Louisiana State University system, LSU Shreveport offers its students a number of options for receiving financial aid. Since most of the student body is receiving need-based aid in one form or another, it is good to know that in addition to the traditional methods of helping to finance college, the university also has a number of special scholarships from the endowment as well as the community. These scholarships are often need based and merit based, and a full list of them can be found in the Financial Aid Office.

The Office of Financial Aid at LSU Shreveport offers a number of services to its students that help make paying for college slightly less overwhelming. Whether it’s learning how to fill out your FAFSA form to avoid any delays in receiving aid or just going over all of the applications for grants and loans, the financial aid office does an excellent job of making sure that students are on the right track. Most students attending LSU Shreveport are receiving some sort of federal student aid or loans, whether in the form of a Stafford Loan or a Pell Grant. In addition to all of the scholarships, grants, and loans available, LSU Shreveport also participates in federal work-study as a way for students to offset the cost of college. Applications for work study must also be filled out and returned to the Office of Financial Aid.

Student Financial Aid Details

Ranks 5389th for the average student loan amount.
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As a commuter university with no on-campus housing, the almost 5,000 students attending LSU – Shreveport reside elsewhere than on-campus. However, this doesn’t mean there is any shortage of on-campus life and activities. The university has a number of top-notch facilities, including a fantastic library, for pursuing one’s studies, but also has an equal number of non-academic activities. The campus includes historical buildings as part of the LSUS Pioneer Heritage Center, and with over 40 extracurricular activities to choose from, including student government, a school newspaper, and various special interest clubs, there are plenty of reasons to stick around once classes are out for the day.

Student Enrollment Demographics

Student Graduation Demographics


LSU – Shreveport boasts a number of nationally-ranked sports teams, including The school mascot is Pete the Pilot, a pelican who happens to be piloting a steamboat. Pete the Pilot was made the official school mascot after a school-wide vote in 2007. Popular sports teams on campus include men’s baseball, men and women’s basketball, and men and women’s soccer. The men’s basketball team consistently ranks highly.

Information Summary

Ranks 22nd in Louisiana and 1170th overall
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Campus Crime Statistics

Ranks 0th in Louisiana and 572nd overall on StateUniversity.com‘s Safe School Index
  Incidents per 100 Students
Aggravated assault N/A N/A
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter N/A N/A
Rape N/A N/A
Robbery N/A N/A
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 5 0.11
Larceny N/A N/A
Vehicle theft N/A N/A
Arrest N/A N/A

Local Crime Statistics

  Incidents per 100 People
Aggravated assault 1,051 0.52
Murder & Non-Negligent Manslaughter 17 0.01
Forcible Rape 121 0.06
Robbery 355 0.18
Arson N/A N/A
Burglary 2,775 1.38
Larceny 6,371 3.17
Vehicle theft 438 0.22

Demographics – Main Campus and Surrounding Areas

Reported area around or near Shreveport, LA 71115-2399
Surrounding communityMidsize city (inside urban area, pop. between 100,000 to 250,000)
Total Population10,818 (9,896 urban / 922 rural)
Households5,194 (2.02 people per house)
Median Household Income$39,904
Families2,678 (2.78 people per family)

Carnegie Foundation Classification

Master's Colleges and Universities (medium programs)
UndergraduateBalanced arts & sciences/professions, some graduate coexistence
GraduatePostbaccalaureate with arts & sciences (other dominant fields)
Undergraduate PopulationMedium full-time four-year, inclusive
EnrollmentVery high undergraduate
Size & SettingSmall four-year, primarily nonresidential

General Characteristics

Title IV EligibilityParticipates in Title IV federal financial aid programs
Highest offeringPost-master's certificate
Calendar SystemSemester
Years of college work requiredN/A
Variable Tuition
Religious AffiliationN/A
Congressional District2204

Special Learning Opportunities

Distance LearningN/A
ROTC — Army / Navy / Air Force  —   /   / 
Study Abroad
Weekend College
Teacher Certification

Student Tuition Costs and Fees

Ranks 4389th for total cost of attendance
  In District In State Out of State
Effective as of 2014-09-19
FT Undergraduate Tuition $4,376 $4,376 $4,376
FT Undergraduate Required Fees $1,230 $1,230 $1,230
PT Undergraduate per Credit Hour $233 $233 $233
FT Graduate Tuition $4,672 $4,672 $4,672
FT Graduate Required Fees $940 $940 $940
PT Graduate per Credit Hour $312 $312 $312
Total Cost of Attendance — On-Campus $6,806 $6,806 $6,806
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus w/out Family $19,221 $19,221 $19,221
Total Cost of Attendance — Off-Campus with Family $10,432 $10,432 $10,432

Student Tuition Cost History and Trends

Prior year cost comparison
  In District In State Out of State
Published Tuition & Fees $4,494 $4,943 $4,494 $4,943 $4,494 $4,943
  Cost (regardless of residency)
Effective as of 2014-09-19
Books & Supplies $1,200(N/C)
On-Campus – Room & Board N/A(N/C)
On-Campus – Other Expenses N/A(N/C)
Off-Campus w/out Family – Room & Board $8,326 $8,642
Off-Campus w/out Family – Other Expenses $3,435 $3,566
Off-Campus with Family – Room & Board $3,435 $3,566

Admission Details

Effective as of 2014-09-19
Application Fee RequiredN/A
Undergraduate Application Fee$10
Graduate Application Fee$10
First Professional Application FeeN/A
Applicants 539 (195 male / 344 female)
Admitted 450 (166 male / 284 female)
Admission rate 83%
First-time Enrollment 345 (146 male / 199 female)
FT Enrollment 332 (139 male / 193 female)
PT Enrollment 13 (7 male / 6 female)
Total Enrollment4,114

Admission Criteria

 = Required,   = Recommended,   = Neither required nor recommended
Open Admissions
Secondary School GPA / Rank / Record  /   / 
College Prep. Completion
Formal competency demoN/A
Admission test scores
Other testsN/A

Admission Credits Accepted

Dual Credit
Life Experience
Advanced Placement (AP)

Athletics - Association Memberships

Sports / Athletic Conference Memberships NAIA
NAIA Basketball Conference Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA Baseball Conference Red River Athletic Conference
NAIA Track & Field Conference Red River Athletic Conference

ACT Test Admission

959th for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting ACT results 98%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 26
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 18 / 24
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 20 / 24

SAT Test Admission

1071st for 75pctl scores
Applicants submitting SAT results 2%
Verbal scores (25/75 %ile) 440 / 510
Math scores (25/75 %ile) 520 / 540
Cumulative scores (25/75 %ile) 960 / 1050

Student Services

Remedial Services
Academic / Career Counseling
PT Cost-defraying Employment
Career Placement
On-Campus Day Care
Library Facility

Student Living

First-time Room / Board Required
Dorm CapacityN/A
Meals per WeekN/A
Room FeeN/A
Board FeeN/A

Faculty Compensation / Salaries

Ranks 2456th for the average full-time faculty salary.
Effective as of 2014-09-20
Tenure system N/A
Average FT Salary $58,436 ($61,637 male / $49,613 female)
Number of FT Faculty 127 (70 male / 57 female)
Number of PT Faculty 178
FT Faculty Ratio 0.7 : 1
Total Benefits $3,838,338

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