New Graduate Students

A Place for Everyone

Welcome to LSU! We are delighted to have you join our graduate community, a diverse student body from all 50 states and more than 100 countries. Students work directly with more than 1,500 graduate faculty members to develop essential expertise through both classroom engagement and cutting-edge research opportunities. An LSU education begins in Louisiana, but the knowledge and skills acquired here will empower you to pioneer solutions for the entire world. Whether academically or personally, you're in for the time of your life. Laissez les bons temps rouler! 


Admitted Graduate Student Checklist

Once you're admitted, you will need to claim and manage your account through

You will receive an email to the address provided on your application with the MyLSU account login information. The initial account is setup as a forwarding e-mail account. An e-mail mailbox is assigned to you after completing registration. 

Your MyLSU and LSU email account are your primary networking tools at LSU. Check out these GROK articles explaining how to set up your MyLSU account and LSU email account if you have any trouble. 

To safeguard the health of everyone at LSU, all new students are required to provide proof of immunization against measles, mumps and rubella (MMR), tetanus-diphtheria and meningitis. You must complete and submit the Immunization Compliance Form to the LSU Student Health Center – Immunization Department.

Click here to access the Immunization Compliance Form located on the Injection Clinic's site.

Failure to submit the required documentation will result in a hold on your account that will prevent you from enrolling in classes. We recommend you keep a copy of the Immunization Compliance form for your records.

In-depth resources: GROK Article: myLSU Portal: How to Schedule & Drop Courses

  • Log into the myLSU Portal

  • Collapse the Registration Services menu (on the left), and select Schedule Request.

  • Select your campus and enrollment term.

  • Click View Schedule Request (at top).

  • Add your courses, then submit.


After you have scheduled your courses, you can complete your course registration by paying your fee bill either:

  • Online through your myLSU account: select Fee Bill under “Registration Services”, or

  • In-person at 125 Thomas Boyd Hall with LSU Office of Bursar Operations.

Please make sure to click “COMPLETE” to complete your registration. You’re officially an LSU Graduate Student!

The Tiger Card can be obtained on the 1st floor of the LSU Student Union. Along with identification, the Tiger Card is also used for building/dorm access, laundry, printing, vending, off- and on-campus vendors, dining services, library book check-out, discounts and is now an official form of ID when voting in Louisiana!

For more information, feel free to stop by the Tiger Card Office or send an email.

Students can choose to live on campus in a residence hall, apartment or residential college, or can choose to live off campus. If you are considering living off-campus, please note there are many apartments in Baton Rouge.

If you do not have a car, you may want to locate an apartment near campus and along the LSU Tiger Trails bus route or Baton Rouge's Capital Area Transit System (CATS).

The New Graduate Student Orientation provides information to ease your transition into graduate school and introduces you to campus services and involvement opportunities. Look out for an email soon with more details.

International Students should also attend the international student orientation. 

All official documents are due within the first 30 days after the first day of class in order to avoid future registration issues.
For more information on submitting official documentation, please visit our Admission Requirements page.

Stay Safe LSU is a university initiative dedicated to the safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff.  Visit the Stay Safe at LSU website and complete the Safety Checklist. 

complete safety checklist

TigerLink is LSU's campus engagement platform. It's the place to find events, clubs, and ideas to connect you to the LSU experience. The TigerLink website allows you to discover and join new groups, access and register for campus events, and chat with your friends and groups. 

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Additional Support

We're here to help. Below you'll find links to resources that will be helpful as you begin your graduate education journey. 

contact us

important student resources

frequently asked questions

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Stay on top of important deadlines and learn about LSU events. These helpful calendars will help keep you on task.

graduate school calendar

academic calendarLSU EVENT CALENDAR

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Get Involved

With more than 400 clubs and organizations, there's something for everyone to do.  Whether you're interested in ultimate frisbee, crocheting, or service opportunities, LSU TigerLink is a great place to explore your options. We've also included a few groups that you may be interested in. 

graduate student association

international student associationthe lgbtQ+ Project

black graduate student & professional associationlatinx graduate student association

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Navigate LSU

Located on more than 2,000 acres, LSU is one of the nation's most beautiful campuses. LSU is home to 250 buildings, 1,200 live-oak trees, and six lakes. The links below will make your initial transition easier as you begin navigating campus. Visit the Important Student Resources page for more. 
 orientation module

visit LSU

parking & transportation

interactive campus map

very apt graduate school housing guide