Notable football player alumni are Billy Cannon, who won the only Heisman Trophy ever awarded to a LSU Tigers
player and JaMarcus Russell, who went to the Oakland Raiders in round one of the NFL Draft in 2006. Other notable athletes from Louisiana State University include Shaquille O'Neal and Pete Maravich, who both played basketball at the school. Furthermore, a former Vice President of the United States and Senator, Hubert Humphrey attended LSU along with Will Wright, creator of the best selling PC Game of all time, The Sims!
There are fifteen colleges or schools on campus at Louisiana State University
. These schools and colleges are top ranking across the board. At LSU you can get a degree from the College of Agriculture, the College of Engineering, the College of Art & Design, the College of Human Sciences & Education, the College of Humanities & Social Sciences, the College of Music & Dramatic Arts, the College of Science, the E.J. Ourso College of Business, the University College, the Honors College, the Continuing Education school, the Graduate School, the Manship School of Mass Communication, the School of Veterinary Medicine, and the School of Coast & Environment. On campus you will also find two libraries and eight museums.
Greek life is a huge part of Louisiana State University student life. There are thirty-eight organizations on campus governed by the Fraternity Council, the National Pan-Hellenic Council, and the Pan-Hellenic Council. Some of the fraternities on campus are Kappa Alpha Order, Kappa Sigma, Sigma Nu, Sigma Chi, Sigma Alpha Epsilon, and Pi Kappa Phi. Some of the Sororities on campus are Delta Delta Delta, Kappa Delta, Zeta Tau Alpha, Phi Mu, Kappa Kappa Gamma, and Delta Gamma. Fraternities and sororities often work together to raise money for local charities or doing volunteer work on community projects, such as building houses for Habitat for Humanity.
Louisiana State University is officially titled Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. It is a coed public university which is located in the heart of downtown Baton Rouge. It opened its doors in 1860 after nearly sixty years of planning. Its original location was in Pineville, Louisiana and it was not until 1869 that the college hit its current location. Currently, LSU
spans out across 2,000 acres with 250 buildings making up its campus. These buildings were mostly built between 1925 and 1940 with the Italian Renaissance style design in mind. Fifty-seven of these buildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The first building to be erected was the Swine Palace, formerly the livestock barn, which is now the Reilly theater. With the original thought that the campus would hold 1,500 students, much renovation has had to be made in order to accommodate the ever growing student enrollment. Currently there are close to 29,000 undergraduate and post graduate students attending LSU!