Welcome to the online home of Louisiana’s flagship university. Here you will find everything you need to know about our unique academic, research and cultural opportunities and the faculty, staff, students and alumni who make us what we are one of the premier Research Universities in the South.Louisiana State University and Agricultural & Mechanical College had its origin in land grants made by the United States government in 1806, 1811 and 1827 for use as a seminary of learning. In 1853, the Louisiana General Assembly established the Seminary of Learning of the State of Louisiana near Pineville, La. The institution opened January 2, 1860. This photo gallery represents a few moments in LSU’s rich history.