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At LSU of Alexandria, we believe access to higher education can transform your life. LSUA offers 100% online associate's and bachelor's online programs that are accessible, affordable and accredited. Because we are a part of LSU, your degree will be recognized and respected by employers around the globe. Wherever you are in Louisiana, in the world, or in your life, earning your degree is a goal that you can attain at LSUA.

LSUA History

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  • 1959: Louisiana Legislature authorized the establishment of LSUA as a two-year commuter college under the governance of the LSU Board of Supervisors
  • 1960: LSUA registered its first students
  • 1964: First Degree Program—Associate in Nursing—in Division of Nursing
  • 1967: The additional academic divisions of Liberal Arts, Business Administration, and Sciences developed
  • 1974: LSUA was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees
  • 1986: Associate of Arts and Associate of Science transfer degrees approved
  • 1988: Associate of Science in Computer Information Technology added
  • 1994: Associate in Criminal Justice added
  • 1996: Associate of Science in Clinical Laboratory Science added
  • 1999: Associate in Paralegal Studies added
  • 2001: Associate of Arts in Early Childhood Education, Associate of Science in Radiologic Technology added
  • 2001: The Louisiana Legislature passed legislation (Senate Bill 853) allowing Louisiana State University of Alexandria to offer baccalaureate degrees
  • 2003: LSUA began offering four baccalaureate degrees: Bachelor of Science in Biology, Bachelor of General Studies, Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, and Bachelor of Liberal Studies.
  • 2006: Bachelor of Science in Psychology and Mathematics added
  • 2007: LSUA began Selective Admissions. The Bachelor of Science in Business Administration was added, and LSUA hired its first athletic director
  • 2008: Bachelor of Arts in History, Communications Studies, and English and Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice and Nursing added. LSUA began competing in NAIA men's baseball and women's fast-pitch softball
  • 2010: Post Baccalaureate Certificates in Special Education Mild/Moderate for Grades 1-5 and Grades 6-12 added. Baseball-Softball on campus complex opened
  • 2011: Multipurpose Academic Center (MPAC) opened. Bachelor of Science in Nursing and Post Baccalaureate Certificate in Early Childhood Education added
  • 2013: Bachelor of Science in Elder Care Administration and Medical Laboratory Science added. LSU Board of Supervisors approved the addition of five new sports—men's and women's basketball, men's and women's soccer, and women's tennis with competition to begin in fall 2015

LSUA Points of Pride

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Louisiana State University of Alexandria has a lot to be proud of. We've been recognized by national publications and boast a strong alumni association. We pride ourselves on our contributions to the Louisiana economy.

  • Classified by U.S. News and World Report as a National Liberal Arts College
  • LSUA boasts these rankings:
    • Number 10 in accepted students that choose to enroll
    • Number 2 in terms of the lightest debt load incurred by students upon graduation
    • Among the top ten least expensive public universities for nonresident students
  • LSUA is among the top 20% of colleges in the country to be named a Military Friendly School –Victory Media
  • Awarded by Affordable Colleges Online for offering one of the best online criminal justice programs.
  • Awarded by Affordable Colleges Online for offering one of the best online psychology programs.
  • LSUA has an outstanding Honors Program that is designed to provide an enriched learning experience for academically gifted and talented students
  • LSUA offers a first-rate ROTC program that provides participants with an array of leadership development opportunities and a rock solid foundation for the future. It also offers student with an array of scholarships and other support. ROTC graduates receive a commission and may serve as an officer in the Army Active Duty Forces, U.S. Army Reserves, or the Army National Guard.
  • Faculty members at LSUA are experts in their respective academic fields or areas; are engaged actively in teaching, research and creative expression, and service; and are committed to helping students survive, thrive, achieve, and graduate from LSUA; and excel thereafter.
  • A recent economic impact study conducted by LSU shows that LSUA employs approximately 290 full-time employees and generates about $52.7 million in sales, $17.6 million in earnings, and about 640 jobs within the central region of the State.
  • LSUA contributes significantly to the regional economy through direct and indirect campus-based faculty and staff jobs and provides a pipeline of highly qualified new employees that enter continuously the job market.
  • LSUA plays a vital role in educating future community leaders that creates an incentive for businesses to locate and remain in central Louisiana and for the creation of new businesses by LSUA graduates.
  • LSUA's Alumni Association members and officers actively support their alma mater via philanthropic contributions, sage advice and counsel, assistance with student recruiting, helping enrolled students and other alumni with job placements and career advancement, and in countless other ways.


LSUA is a public institution of higher education that is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC™) to award associate and baccalaureate degrees.

In addition to regional accreditation, LSUA has specialized accreditation as follows:

  • Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN)
  • National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS)
  • Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (JRCERT)
  • American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (ASHP)
  • National Council for the Accreditation of Teacher Education (NCATE)

The Bachelor of Science in Medical Laboratory Science is accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Science (NAACLS), 5600 N. River Rd., Suite 720, Rosemont, IL 60018-5119 (www.naacls.org); telephone 773-714-8880; FAX 773-714-8886. Students who successfully complete the program are eligible to seek national certification through completion of the national certification examination.