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 (officially, Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College, popularly known as 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.
LSU is a member of the Southeastern Conference.
LSU's football program has a 19-18-1 record in bowl games with four national championships.
Its baseball team is a historical NCAA powerhouse, having won six College World Series titles and regularly leads the NCAA in attendance.
It is the only school with the mascot name "tiger" that houses a live tiger on campus. Mike the Tiger has an enclosure centrally located near the athletic facilities so fans can see him. Despite repeated calls from PETA to discontinue the practice, LSU has resisted, saying that tigers in captivity have nearly twice the lifespan as those in the wild, and that tiger habitats are needed to preserve the species. However, LSU has discontinued the practice of placing Mike in a wheeled cage and taking him into Tiger Stadium, or to away games (they have, instead, a costumed mascot – also named Mike – who cheers the fans at games).