Louisiana State University is a designated land grant, sea-grant and space-grant institution, noted for its extensive research facilities. There are over 350 student organizations active at LSU, including a student government and a total of 38 fraternities and sororities. The Daily Reveille, LSU’s student newspaper, employs more than 80 students each semester in jobs ranging from writing and editing to design and illustration.
LSU fields teams in 21 varsity sports and is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the South-eastern Conference. LSU Athletics is represented by its mascot, a live Bengal tiger named Mike the Tiger, whom resides in a new $3 million Mike the Tiger habitat, created in 2005. Sporting events take place in Tiger Stadium, nicknamed Death Valley, which is legendary for the incredible crowd noise generated by fans. Death Valley holds 102,321 fans and the atmosphere is considered one of the most electrifying college football experiences in the country. Located only an hour and a half from New Orleans time spent studying at LSU is sure to be an exciting and novel experience.