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Not only was Louisiana State University ranked in the first tier of “Best National Universities” for the fourth consecutive year in the US News and World Report 2012 edition of “Best Colleges,” but the university also saw increases in its overall score, average freshman retention rate and average alumni giving rate. Indicators used by the publication are, among other attributes, academic reputation; financial resources; and, for National Universities and National Liberal Arts Colleges, “graduation rate performance.”

Louisiana State University, or more commonly called LSU, also ranked as a “best research university” by Forbes magazine and is featured in the Princeton Review “Best 371 Colleges” guide.

LSU is a public coeducational university located in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, resting on a 650-acre plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River. Founded in 1853, the school consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio.

The university is the largest institution of higher education in Louisiana in terms of student enrollment, with 21,000 undergraduate and 4,000 graduate students in 17 schools and colleges. Designated as a land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, LSU is noted for its extensive research facilities, conducting hundreds of projects funded by agencies such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

LSU is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the SEC (Southeastern Conference).

Notable alumni include basketball legends “Pistol Pete” Maravich and Shaquille O’Neal, as well as James Carville, senior political adviser to Bill Clinton; Donna Brazile, the campaign manager for Vice-President Al Gore; Hubert Humphrey, the 38th Vice President of the United States; and Academy Award-winning actress Joanne Woodward.

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