Louisiana State University System

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The Louisiana State University System is the largest public university system in Louisiana.

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Current LSU System Entities

The LSU System is composed of the following member campuses:

The LSU system has a presence in all 64 Louisiana parishes through its cooperative extension service. This service assists farmers, gardeners, and other businesses deal with some of Louisiana's unique environmental challenges.

The Pennington Biomedical Research Center is a widely recognized authority on nutrition and preventive medicine.

Former LSU System Entities

Lake Charles Junior College opened in 1940 under LSU's direction (The name was later changed to John McNeese Junior College). It split from the LSU system in 1950, and become a separate four year institution known as McNeese State University. It is now part of the University of Louisiana System.

The Northeast Center was established in Monroe in 1934. It was the first branch school of LSU, though other colleges (schools within the university) had been placed in other cities across the state prior to that time. It was separated from the LSU system in 1950, and is currently part of the University of Louisiana system, known as the University of Louisiana at Monroe, or ULM.

Francis T. Nicholls Junior College opened in 1948 in Thibodaux. It split from the LSU system in 1956 to become an autonomous institution, later known as Nicholls State University. Presently, it is part of the University of Louisiana system.

Higher Education In Louisiana

There are four higher education systems in Louisiana: the LSU system, the Southern University System, the University of Louisiana System, and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The four systems are all subject to oversight by the Louisiana Board of Regents. There are also 10 independent colleges in the state represented by the Louisiana Association of Independent Colleges and Universities.

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