How to Apply to Study Computer Science at LSU

At the LSU College of Engineering, we are dedicated to creating engineers who can transform ideas into reality to help solve the world’s problems and improve the quality of life. But before we can cultivate the leaders of tomorrow, they have to first apply for admission. This step-by-step guide will help you begin your LSU journey and take advantage of all the resources and opportunities available to incoming students.

To begin your application, click here. The starting page looks like this:



It’s already time to make your first decision: how you will apply to the university. Students can either apply to LSU via the online application or through The Common Application, a third-party website that allows users to more quickly apply to multiple institutions. Just be sure to only complete one application. Keep in mind that both methods require a $50 nonrefundable application fee, although you can apply for a fee waiver here if you think you may qualify. 


If you select the application option, you should be taken to a page that looks like this:

After selecting whether you’re a domestic or international applicant, the type of application (freshman, transfer or re-entry) and year of admission you are applying for, the website will prompt you to create an account. When you do so you’ll be required to generate a username and a password and also to enter an email address. Be sure to remember your newly created username and password and to save it in a safe place.

Once you create your account, a verification link will be sent to your email address. Click the “verify your email” link within the email to continue. The link will take you back to the “create an account” page, where you can log in with the username and password you just created. You’re ready to start filling out your personal information.

Next, follow the instructions to complete the eight sections of the application. This includes personal information (name, address, date of birth, citizenship status), information about your parents, your educational background, what major and activities you wish to pursue at LSU, employment status, scholarship information (awards and school activities) and other information, such as any previous disciplinary actions. 


For this option, select “Start Common Application” to get started. You will be taken to The Common Application website, which should look like this if you’re not logged in.

Click “create an account” in the sign-in box. Once you’ve created an account and are signed in, click “My Colleges” (the second tab) and search for “Louisiana State University.” Select the university name and click “add” to add it to your colleges.

The Common Application has two main parts:

  1. Questions and Recommenders.

  2. FERPA. (This is the federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, which protects the privacy of student records. You must complete a waiver form that allows colleges to access your academic records.

While The Common Application provides a standard application so that students don’t have to enter the same information — personal and high-school information, for example — on different college applications, it still will require applicants to answer LSU-specific questions.

Important note: Both The Common Application and LSU’s online application include a portion to fill out to be considered for scholarships. There is no separate application for scholarships. You may automatically qualify for some scholarships based on test scores and other factors. More information about scholarships for entering freshmen can be found here.


Once you’ve completed your basic application forms online, you’ve reached the point in the process when all that time and effort working on your test scores will finally pay off.

To submit your test scores to LSU, first, log on to ACT or CollegeBoard to access your ACT and/or SAT scores. Once you’ve logged in, you’ll be able to electronically send your scores to LSU. Our ACT code is 1590, and our SAT code is 6373. 


Louisiana students can access in-state transcripts electronically through the Louisiana Department of Education. If a paper transcript is needed, students will be contacted directly.

If you’re a non-Louisiana student you can ask your high-school counselor to send your transcript through Parchment Express (Naviance) or to mail an official transcript in a sealed envelope to this address: LSU Undergraduate Admissions, Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.


If you have Advanced Placement credits, you can send them to LSU by logging on to CollegeBoard and submitting them electronically (code: 6737). Similarly, International Baccalaureate credits can be submitted through the IB testing agency (note: LSU only accepts HL IB credits).

Dual-enrollment credits may be submitted by requesting that the registrar at all institutions where you’ve taken dual-enrollment courses send your transcript through eSCRIP-SAFE (using the email They can also mail it in a sealed envelope to this address: LSU Office of Enrollment Management, 1146 Pleasant Hall, Baton Rouge, LA 70803.


You’re not on your own during the application process. There are a number of resources that can help guide you through the process and also assist you after you’ve been accepted to the university.

LSU campus visits, led by LSU staff members or campus liaisons, will take you to important sites around campus, including the quadrangle, memorial tower, the Union, Tiger Stadium and the UREC. Campus visits are offered Monday through Friday, excluding holidays, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. School excuses are offered as needed.

Looking for scholarship information for incoming freshmen? This page details full requirements and details for scholarships. Remember, there is no separate application for scholarships. The process is part of the the standard application.

Admissions counselors can also be a valuable resource for prospective students. Each student’s admissions counselor is determined by the location of his or her high school. In Louisiana, counselors are determined by parish and type of high school. For Texas, they are broken up by ZIP code, and for other states it’s by the state that they live in. For more information, visit the Meet your Admissions Counselor page.