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Freshman Admission Requirements

Prospective freshmen interested in admission to LSU must have a 3.0 unweighted academic GPA based on 19 core units. Additionally, students must meet the ACT or SAT requirement. The ACT requirement consists of a 22 composite score, with an 18 English subscore and a 19 math subscore. The SAT requirement consists of a 1030 critical reading and math composite score, with a 450 critical reading score and a 460 math score.

Required Core UnitsClick to hide

4 units of English

  • 1 unit of English I
  • 1 unit of English II
  • 1 unit of English III
  • 1 unit of English IV

4 units of Math

  • 1 unit of Algebra I or Algebra I: Pt. 2
  • 1 unit of Algebra II
  • 1 unit of Geometry
  • 1 unit of the following: Advanced Math: Functions & Statistics, Advanced Math: Trigonometry, Advanced Math I, Advanced Math II, Pre-Calculus, Calculus, Algebra III, Probability & Statistics, Discrete Math, Applied Math III, or Integrated Math III

4 units of Natural Science

  • 1 unit of Biology
  • 1 unit of Chemistry
  • 2 units of the following: Physics (recommended), Integrated Science, Aerospace Science, Anatomy & Physiology, Earth Science, Environmental Science, Physical Science, Physics II, Physics of Technology I, Biology II, Chemistry II, or Physics of Technology II
  • Note: 2 units of Agriscience can count as 1 unit of a Natural Science

4 units of Social Science

  • 1 unit of American History
  • 1 unit of World History, World Geography, AP Human Geography, Western Civilization, or AP European History
  • 1 unit of Civics or AP American Government or any combination of Civics, AP American Government, or Free Enterprise that equals 1 unit
  • 1 unit of the following: World History, World Geography, AP Human Geography, Western Civilization, AP European History, Economics, Law Studies, Psychology, Sociology, African American Studies, Religious Studies, or 1/2 unit of Civics

2 units of Foreign Language

  • 2 consecutive units in a single language
  • Sign Language acceptable

1 unit of Fine Art

  • 1 unit of Fine Arts Survey, a music performance course, a dance performance course, a theatre performance course, a studio art course, or a visual art course

GPA CalculationClick to hide

For automatic admission to LSU, an applicant’s high school academic grade-point average (GPA) is calculated solely on the basis of the core units shown above, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale (A= 4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0). The weighted scholastic GPA is considered in the holistic review.

Freshman Admission Requirements

Prospective freshmen interested in admission to LSU must have a 3.0 unweighted academic GPA based on 19 core units. Additionally, students must meet the ACT or SAT requirement. The ACT requirement consists of a 22 composite score, with an 18 English subscore and a 19 math subscore. The SAT requirement consists of a 1030 critical reading and math composite score, with a 450 critical reading score and a 460 math score.