Baton Rouge, LA
Welcome to Louisiana State University, home of the "Fighting Tigers" and our Bengal tiger mascot, Mike VII. LSU is the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana and is one of only a handful of universities nationwide holding land-grant, sea-grant and space-grant status.
LSU is located in the city of Baton Rouge in the State of Louisiana, in the South of the United States. Baton Rouge is the capital city of Louisiana and is a modern city that is home to more than one million people. The city of Baton Rouge is located just an hour away from the majestic city of New Orleans, which is known all over the world for its music, culture, and cuisine. LSU stands on more than 2,000 acres and is known for the 1,200 large oak trees, valued at over $50 million. The campus landscaping was called a botanical joy in its listing among the 20 best campuses in America in Thomas Gaines s The Campus as a Work of Art.
LSU represents the largest institution of higher education in the state of Louisiana and is the only public university in the state to be designated a Carnegie Research University with Very High Research Activity. Among a handful of distinguished universities to enjoy land, sea, and space grant status, LSU offers vital research opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students as it transforms new technology into enterprise and lends expertise to solve endemic problems. Guided by the foundation of the National Flagship Agenda, Flagship 2020 is focused on the goals of learning, discovery, diversity, and engagement. Among institutions of higher education, LSU is uniquely situated to provide a rich educational experience. Our success as the Flagship campus has been attained not only by harnessing the intellectual capital of our faculty and students, but also by exploiting the geographic and cultural capital found only in Louisiana.
LSU was founded by the Louisiana General Assembly in 1853 under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy and was located near Pineville, La., with the first session beginning on Jan. 2, 1860. Since that time, LSU has served the people of Louisiana, the region, the nation, and the world through extensive, multipurpose programs encompassing instruction, research, and public service. The University brings in more than $150 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy.
LSU homes two Indian Mounds that were created by Native Americans more than 5,000 years ago and functioned as territorial markers or symbols of group identity. In 1999, the mounds were placed on the National Register of Historic Places.
LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health insurance, supplemental benefit plans to include vision, dental, life insurance, flexible spending accounts, retirement options, sick leave, paid holidays, wellness programs, training and development opportunities, employee discounts and more. LSU offers tuition exemption for classified, professional, other academic, and faculty employees that have been employed full-time for at least one year. Qualified employees are exempt from tuition for up to six college credit hours per fall and spring semester and three college credit hours per summer semester. The LSU Relocation Incentive is a one-time payment to an employee to allow him/her to move from one location to another. The amount offered to the employee depends on the position and available funds of the hiring department. Any employee who receives a relocation incentive payment must sign a Relocation Agreement, which stipulates that part or all of the advance payment will be returned if the employee does not continue employment with the university for at least two years. In accordance with Internal Revenue Service, or IRS, regulations, all payments are taxable compensation subject to withholding and other appropriate deductions and will be reported on the W-2 form as part of the employee s total compensation.