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Your chances of getting into Louisiana State University

Admission Rate & Difficulty

Percent Admitted 

75.7%
Admission Difficulty for Louisiana State University
Measure Difficulty
Admission Standards Challenging 
Applicant Competition Very Low 

Acceptance Rate

The acceptance rate at LSU is 75.7%.  Its admission rate is the 12th lowest in Louisiana.

Admission Selectivity

How hard is it to get into LSU and can you get accepted?

Louisiana State University is an easy school to get into and you have a very good chance of acceptance if you meet the admission criteria. Last year, 29,419 out of the 38,853 who applied were admitted.

Louisiana State University typically accepts and attracts "A-" average high school students with an average GPA around 3.77. Most incoming freshmen graduate in the top half of their high school class. 25% of those admitted chose to enroll in the school.

Can you get into LSU?

76% are accepted, can you get in? Use the admission calculator to see if you have the grades and test scores needed to get in. See your admission chances based on your extracurriculars, intended major, background, and more.

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Admission Requirements in Brief

To have the best chance of getting into to Louisiana State University you should:

  • Have a high school GPA of 3.77 or better
  • Earn A- grades in high school
  • Score 1230 on the SAT
  • Score 25 on the ACT
  • Graduate in the top half of your high school class

LSU GPA

GPA Requirements & Average GPA

Avg. High School GPA 

3.77

Typical High School Grades 

A-

What GPA do you need to get into Louisiana State University?

GPA Requirements

The GPA requirements for getting into LSU are to have around a 3.77 high school GPA. You are required to have exceptionally good grades and you should be graduating near the top of your class.

If your high school grades are above the average 3.77 GPA, you have a very good chance of being admitted as LSU accepts 76% of applicants.

Average GPA

The average unweighted GPA at LSU is 3.77 on the 4.0 scale. 32% of students who get in have perfect 4.0 GPA's in high school. To achieve the average GPA for admission, you need to earn A- letter grades and regularly score around 90-92 percent on tests and assignments in high school.  The school ranks #1 in Louisiana for highest average GPA.

Importance of GPA

Since LSU is a test optional college, extra focus will be placed on your GPA when the school considers your application. As a result, it is very important that you meet the GPA requirements.

See additional colleges accepting applicants in the 3.8 GPA range.

Competitiveness by GPA Ranges

The table below outlines the number of admitted freshmen by GPA range as well as how competitive your GPA will be as compared with other applicants.

High School GPA's for admitted Louisiana State University students
High School GPA Freshmen Within Range Competitiveness 
4.0 32.19% Good
3.75 to 3.99 21.25% Avg
3.50 to 3.74 17.88% Avg -
3.25 to 3.49 15.66% Reach
3.00 to 3.24 10.7% Reach
2.50 to 2.99 2.28% Reach
2.00 to 2.49 0.04% Low
1.00 to 1.99 0% Low
less than 1.00 0% Low

 What do these chances mean?

GPA Data Source, Peterson's Data 2022

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LSU SAT Scores

Testing Requirements

Submission of SAT or ACT scores is not required for admission to Louisiana State University. If you optionally submit test scores, they will be considered with your application, but they are not mandatory. 13% of students submitted SAT scores and 87% submitted ACT scores for admission for the most recent academic year..

SAT Requirements & Average SAT Score

SAT Range 

1140-1320

Applicants Submitting SAT 

13%
SAT Scores for Louisiana State University
SAT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 580
Math 25th Percentile 560
Composite 25th Percentile 1140
SAT Scores for Louisiana State University
SAT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 660
Math 75th Percentile 660
Composite 75th Percentile 1320
Average SAT Score 1230

SAT Scores you need to get in

What are the SAT requirements for you to be admitted to Louisiana State University?

Average Score & Range

The average SAT score at LSU is 1230 out of 1600 and the range for the middle 50% of accepted students is 1140-1320. Students who get into Louisiana State University score in the top 34 percent of all SAT test takers..  LSU ranks #2 in the state of Louisiana for highest average SAT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

You should target scoring 1230 or above to be most competitive with other applicants. LSU regularly admits students with SAT scores down to 1140 on a 1600 scale. However, three quarter of admitted students score higher. If you score below a 1140, admission should be considered a reach. Some students may be accepted with minimum SAT's as low as 1050, but scores this low are outside the normal range.

Score Submission Requirements

Louisiana State University is a test optional school meaning do not have to submit SAT scores with your application. The position on SAT scores from the college is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

View other colleges which accept students in the 1230 SAT score range.

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by SAT Score

The table below outlines your predicted admission chances based on SAT score alone. If you are an average applicant with a score of 1230, you have around a 76% chance of being admitted. A 1320 places you well ahead of most other applicants and gives you about a 86% chance of getting in.

Louisiana State University admission chances by SAT score
SAT Score (1600 scale) Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
1320 and Above Good >86%
1230 to 1320 Avg + 76%-86%
1140 to 1230 Avg - 62%-76%
1050 to 1140 Reach 47%-62%
Less than 1050 Low <47%
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LSU ACT Scores

ACT Requirements & Average ACT Score

ACT Range 

23-28 

Applicants Submitting ACT 

87%
ACT Scores for Louisiana State University
ACT Test 25th Percentile Score
Reading 25th Percentile 23
Math 25th Percentile 21
Composite 25th Percentile 23
ACT Scores for Louisiana State University
ACT Test 75th Percentile Score
Reading 75th Percentile 31
Math 75th Percentile 27
Composite 75th Percentile 28
Average ACT Score 25

ACT Scores needed to get accepted

What are the ACT requirements for students to get into LSU?

Score Range

The average ACT score for admitted students to LSU is 25, while the middle 50% of students (25th to 75th percentile) score between a 23 and 28.  The school ranks #2 in Louisiana for highest average ACT composite score.

Score for Acceptance

For the best chance of admission, you should have an ACT of 25. This will place you in solid competition against other applicants. At a minimum, you should aim for a 23 and score in the score in the top 32 percent nationally. The lowest ACT score likely to be admitted is a 20.

Scoring well on the ACT is very important as 87 percent of applicants submit ACT scores to Louisiana State University.

Score Submission Requirements

You do not have to to submit ACT scores with your application as Louisiana State University is test optional. The policy from the school on ACT scores is "not required for admission, but considered if submitted (test optional)".

Find other colleges with similar ACT score requirements

Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Chance of Acceptance by ACT Score

Here are your predicted chances of getting into LSU for different ACT score ranges. A typical applicant with a 25 score has around 76% chance of getting in. Your odds increase to about 87% with a 28 ACT score.

Louisiana State University admission chances by ACT score
ACT Score Competitiveness  Admission Chances 
28 and Above Good >87%
25 to 28 Avg + 76%-87%
23 to 25 Avg - 65%-76%
21 to 23 Reach 53%-65%
Less than 21 Low <53%
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High School Class Rank

77% of Louisiana State University freshman are in the top half of their high school graduating class and 49% are in the top quarter.

High School Class Rank for admitted Louisiana State University students
High School Class Rank Freshmen Within Range
Top 10% of class 26%
Top 25% of class 49%
Top 50% of class 77%
Data Source, Peterson's Data

Applying

Admission Statistics

Admission and enrollment rates by gender are detailed the the table below.

Louisiana State University admission statistics
Women Men Total
Applied 23,532 15,321 38,853
Accepted 18,249 11,170 29,419
Acceptance Rate 78% 73% 76%
Enrolled 4,318 3,083 7,401
Percent of Admitted Who Enrolled (Admission Yield) 24% 28% 25%
Data Sources, IPEDS for Fall 2022 starting class

Fall 2024 Application Deadline

Applications Due

Jul 15, 2024

Days left to Apply

46

Applicants have 46 days left until the Fall 2024 term applications are due on Jul 15, 2024.

Application Fee

The cost for prospective students to apply to Louisiana State University is $50.

Application Requirements

What are the requirements for admission to Louisiana State University and what student information is used for admission decisions?

Louisiana State University Application Requirements
Test Scores Not required for admission, but considered if submitted (Test Optional)
High School GPA Required to be considered for admission
High School Class Rank Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Completion of College Preparatory Program Not required for admission, but considered if submitted
Recommendations Required to be considered for admission
Demonstration of Competencies Not considered for admission, even if submitted

Credits Accepted

High School Credits Accepted at Louisiana State University
AP Credit Yes
Dual Credit Yes
Credit for Life Experiences No

Admission Requirements Summary

Because Louisiana State University is lightly competitive to get into, you have a very good chance of acceptance with the right GPA and test scores. If you have a 3.77 GPA, you are almost certain to getting in. Combining this with an SAT score of 1230 and ACT of 25 will almost guarantee your admission.

Other Colleges to Apply To 

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Primary data source, U.S. Department of Education https://nces.ed.gov/collegenavigator/?id=159391 IPEDS survey data for Louisiana State University.

FAQs

Does Louisiana State University prefer SAT or ACT?

13% of students submit their SAT scores to LSU. 87% of applicants send their ACT scores when applying.

What is my chance of getting into Louisiana State University?

76% of those who apply are granted admission to LSU. Admission competition is and the college has challenging admission standards. See if your grades and scores are good enough for admission.

What SAT score is required for Louisiana State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have SAT scores between 1140 and 1320. The average SAT score is 1230. See if your SAT score is good enough for admission.

What ACT score is required for Louisiana State University?

The middle 50% of addmitted applicants have ACT scores between 23 and 28. The average ACT score is 25. See if your ACT score is good enough for admission.