Louisiana State University
|Louisiana State University|
|City:||Baton Rouge, Louisiana|
|Sports:||baseball, basketball, football, golf, gymnastics, soccer, softball, swimming and diving, tennis, track and field, volleyball|
|Colors:||purple, yellow, white|
|Mascot:||Mike the Tiger|
Louisiana State University (or LSU) is a Louisiana public university founded in 1853 (under the name Louisiana State Seminary of Learning and Military Academy) and officially opened in 1860. During the civil war the school was forced to close, it was closed down from June 30, 1861 till April 1. Shortly after it reopened it was required to shut down again on April 23, 1863. It again reopened its doors on October 2, 1865, but due to a fire was burned down October 15, 1869. The campus was then relocated to Baton Rouge, and reopened November 1, 1869. The university then received its name Louisiana State University in 1870.
The main campus for the university is sprawled over 650 acres of land off the banks of the Mississippi River, total the university has 2,000 acres of land near Baton Rouge. The university is called home to 33,587 students, and over 1,308 staff members. It was ranked a third tier school in US News's 2008 "National Universities: Top Schools" list.
Louisiana State's football program has a 19-18-1 record in bowl games with four national chamionships.