LSU Requirements for Admission

What are LSU's admission requirements? While there are a lot of pieces that go into a college application, you should focus on only a few critical things:

  • GPA requirements
  • Testing requirements, including SAT and ACT requirements
  • Application requirements

In this guide we'll cover what you need to get into LSU and build a strong application.

School location: Baton Rouge, LA

This school is also known as: Louisiana State University


Admissions Rate: 73.9%

If you want to get in, the first thing to look at is the acceptance rate. This tells you how competitive the school is and how serious their requirements are.

The acceptance rate at LSU is 73.9%. For every 100 applicants, 74 are admitted.

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This means the school is lightly selective. The school will have their expected requirements for GPA and SAT/ACT scores. If you meet their requirements, you're almost certain to get an offer of admission. But if you don't meet LSU's requirements, you'll be one of the unlucky few people who gets rejected.


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LSU GPA Requirements

Many schools specify a minimum GPA requirement, but this is often just the bare minimum to submit an application without immediately getting rejected.

The GPA requirement that really matters is the GPA you need for a real chance of getting in. For this, we look at the school's average GPA for its current students.

Average GPA: 3.44

The average GPA at LSU is 3.44.

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(Most schools use a weighted GPA out of 4.0, though some report an unweighted GPA.

With a GPA of 3.44, LSU requires you to be around average in your high school class. You'll need a mix of A's and B's, and very few C's. If you have a lower GPA, you can compensate with harder courses like AP or IB classes. This will help boost your weighted GPA and show your ability to take college classes.

If you're currently a junior or senior, your GPA is hard to change in time for college applications. If your GPA is at or below the school average of 3.44, you'll need a higher SAT or ACT score to compensate. This will help you compete effectively against other applicants who have higher GPAs than you.


SAT and ACT Requirements

Each school has different requirements for standardized testing. Most schools require the SAT or ACT, and many also require SAT subject tests.

You must take either the SAT or ACT to submit an application to LSU. More importantly, you need to do well to have a strong application.

LSU SAT Requirements

Many schools say they have no SAT score cutoff, but the truth is that there is a hidden SAT requirement. This is based on the school's average score.

Average SAT: 1181

The average SAT score composite at LSU is a 1181 on the 1600 SAT scale.

This score makes LSU Competitive for SAT test scores.

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LSU SAT Score Analysis (New 1600 SAT)

The 25th percentile New SAT score is 1060, and the 75th percentile New SAT score is 1290. In other words, a 1060 on the New SAT places you below average, while a 1290 will move you up to above average.

Here's the breakdown of new SAT scores by section:

SectionAverage25th Percentile75th Percentile
Math595530650
Reading + Writing586530640
Composite118110601290

SAT Score Choice Policy

The Score Choice policy at your school is an important part of your testing strategy.

LSU has the Score Choice policy of "Highest Sitting."

This means that you can choose which SAT tests you want to send to the school. Of all the scores they receive, your application readers will consider the SAT score from your single highest test date (the sum of math, reading, and writing).

This is important for your testing strategy. Because you can choose which tests to send in, and LSU only considers your highest score on a single test date, you can take the SAT as many times as you want, then submit your strongest score. Your application readers will only see that one score.

Therefore, if your SAT score is currently below a 1060, we strongly recommend that you consider prepping for the SAT and retaking it. You don't have much to lose, and you can potentially raise your score and significantly boost your chances of getting in.


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LSU ACT Requirements

Just like for the SAT, LSU likely doesn't have a hard ACT cutoff, but if you score too low, your application will get tossed in the trash.

Average ACT: 26

The average ACT score at LSU is 26. This score makes LSU Moderately Competitive for ACT scores.

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The 25th percentile ACT score is 23, and the 75th percentile ACT score is 28.

Even though LSU likely says they have no minimum ACT requirement, if you apply with a 23 or below, you'll have a harder time getting in, unless you have something else impressive in your application.

ACT Score Sending Policy

If you're taking the ACT as opposed to the SAT, you have a huge advantage in how you send scores, and this dramatically affects your testing strategy.

Here it is: when you send ACT scores to colleges, you have absolute control over which tests you send. You could take 10 tests, and only send your highest one. This is unlike the SAT, where many schools require you to send all your tests ever taken.

This means that you have more chances than you think to improve your ACT score. To try to aim for the school's ACT requirement of 23 and above, you should try to take the ACT as many times as you can. When you have the final score that you're happy with, you can then send only that score to all your schools.

ACT Superscore Policy

By and large, most colleges do not superscore the ACT. (Superscore means that the school takes your best section scores from all the test dates you submit, and then combines them into the best possible composite score). Thus, most schools will just take your highest ACT score from a single sitting.

We weren't able to find the school's exact ACT policy, which most likely means that it does not Superscore. Regardless, you can choose your single best ACT score to send in to LSU, so you should prep until you reach our recommended target ACT score of 23.


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SAT/ACT Writing Section Requirements

Both the SAT and ACT have an optional essay section.

LSU considers the SAT Essay/ACT Writing section optional and may not include it as part of their admissions consideration. You don't need to worry too much about Writing for this school, but other schools you're applying to may require it.


SAT Subject Test Requirements

Schools vary in their SAT subject test requirements. Typically, selective schools tend to require them, while most schools in the country do not.

We did not find information that LSU requires SAT subject tests, and so most likely it does not. At least 6 months before applying, you should still doublecheck just to make sure, so you have enough time to take the test.


Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school and found the following information.

There are minimum admission requirements: you must have a 3.0 unweighted academic GPA based on 19 core units.

Additionally, students must meet either the ACT or SAT requirement:

  • A 22 composite score on the ACT, with an 18 English subscore and a 19 math subscore, or
  • A 1030 Critical Reading and math composite SAT score, with at least a 450 critical reading score and a 460 math score.

Read more about admission requirements here.

There are higher requirements for scholarships, as listed here.

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Final Admissions Verdict

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Because this school is lightly selective, you have a great shot at getting in, as long as you don't fall well below average. Aim for a 1060 SAT or a 23 ACT or higher, and you'll almost certainly get an offer of admission. As long as you meet the rest of the application requirements below, you'll be a shoo-in.

But if you score below our recommended target score, you may be one of the very few unlucky people to get rejected.


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  • 5-20%: Reach school: Unlikely to get in, but still have a shot
  • 0-5%: Hard reach school: Very difficult to get in
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Application Requirements

Every school requires an application with the bare essentials - high school transcript and GPA, application form, and other core information. Many schools, as explained above, also require SAT and ACT scores, as well as letters of recommendation, application essays, and interviews. We'll cover the exact requirements of LSU here.

Application Requirements Overview

  • Common Application Not accepted
  • Universal Application Not accepted
  • Electronic Application Available
  • Essay or Personal Statement Required for some freshmen
  • Letters of Recommendation
  • Interview Not required
  • Application Fee $40
  • Fee Waiver Available? Not available
  • Other Notes 22

Testing Requirements

  • SAT or ACT Required
  • SAT Essay or ACT Writing Optional
  • SAT Subject Tests
  • Scores Due in Office August 1

Coursework Requirements

  • Subject Required Years
  • English 4
  • Math 4
  • Science 4
  • Foreign Language 2
  • Social Studies 3
  • History 1
  • Electives

Deadlines and Early Admissions

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    • Offered? Deadline Notification
  • Regular Admission
    • Yes April 15 Rolling
  • Early Action
    • No
  • Early Decision
    • No

Admissions Office Information

Our Expert's Notes

We did more detailed research into this school's admissions process and found the following information:

To be considered for the Honors College, just check the box on the LSU application that says you want to be considered. If admitted, there are additional scholarship opportunities that you can learn about here.

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Other Schools For You

If you're interested in LSU, you'll probably be interested in these schools as well. We've divided them into 3 categories depending on how hard they are to get into, relative to LSU.


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Reach Schools: Harder to Get Into

These schools are have higher average SAT scores than LSU. If you improve your SAT score, you'll be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
United States Military Academy West Point, NY 1300 25
Rochester Institute of Technology Rochester, NY 1285 29
University of Massachusetts Amherst Amherst, MA 1269 28
Syracuse University Syracuse, NY 1255 28
Penn State University Park University Park, PA 1247 28
University of Cincinnati Cincinnati, OH 1233 26
Temple University Philadelphia, PA 1221 27

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Same Level: Equally Hard to Get Into

If you're competitive for LSU, these schools will offer you a similar chance of admission.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
Seton Hall University South Orange, NJ 1200 25
Colorado State University Fort Collins, CO 1200 25
University of Arizona Tucson, AZ 1182 25
University of Alabama Tuscaloosa, AL 1177 27
Ohio University Athens, OH 1170 24
Quinnipiac University Hamden, CT 1165 25
University of North Texas Denton, TX 1164 24

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Safety Schools: Easier to Get Into

If you're currently competitive for LSU, you should have no problem getting into these schools. If LSU is currently out of your reach, you might already be competitive for these schools.

School Name Location SAT Avg ACT Avg
San Jose State University San Jose, CA 1140 23
Pace University New York, NY 1137 24
Washington State University Pullman, WA 1130 23
University of Texas at Arlington Arlington, TX 1130 23
University of Texas at San Antonio San Antonio, TX 1120 22
Texas State University San Marcos, TX 1110 23
California State University Long Beach Long Beach, CA 1025 22

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