Lsu Essay Question

Freshman Admission Requirements

  • GPA: 3.0 academic GPA based on Required High School Courses
  • Test Score Requirement (ACT, New SAT, or Old SAT):
    • ACT: 22 composite score, with at least
      • 19 math subscore
      • 18 English subscore
    • New SAT: 1100 total score, with at least
      • 500 math score
      • 25 writing and language score
    • Old SAT: 1030 critical reading & math score, with at least
      • 460 math score
      • 450 critical reading score

Additional Factors for Admission

Students who are borderline to meeting admission requirements are still encouraged to apply. Other factors considered for admission may include choice of degree program, rank in class, credit in advanced placement or honors courses, rigor of the high school curriculum, and grade trends.

Required High School Courses

4 units of English

  • 1 unit of English I
  • 1 unit of English II
  • 1 unit of English III
  • 1 unit of English IV

4 units of Math

  • 1 unit of Algebra I*
  • 1 unit of Algebra II*
  • 1 unit of Geometry*
  • 1 unit of the following: Algebra III; Advanced Math (Functions and Statistics); Advanced Math (Precalculus); Calculus; AP Calculus AB or BC; IB Further Mathematics HL; IB Math Studies (Math Methods); IB Mathematics SL or HL; Pre-Calculus; AP Statistics; Probability and Statistics; or AP Computer Science A

*sequence of Integrated Math I, II, and III can substitute

4 units of Natural Science

  • 1 unit of Biology
  • 1 unit of Chemistry
  • 2 units of the following: Biology II (one unit maximum from: Biology II, AP Biology, IB Biology I, or IB Biology II); Chemistry II (one unit maximum from: Chemistry II, AP Chemistry, IB Chemistry I, or IB Chemistry II); Earth Science; Environmental Science; one unit  from AP Environmental Science or IB Environmental Systems; one unit from Physics I or IB Physics I; one unit from AP Physics C (Electricity and Magnetism), AP Physics C (Mechanics) or IB Physics II; both AP Physics I and AP Physics II; Physical Science; or Agriscience II (must have completed Agriscience I as a prerequisite)

4 units of Social Science

  • 1 unit of American History
  • 1 unit of the following: Civics or American Government
  • 2 units of the following: one unit from European history, AP European History, or Western Civilization; one unit from World Geography, AP Human Geography, or IB Geography; one unit from World History, AP World History, or IB History of the Americas II; IB Economics; Economics; AP Macroeconomics; AP Microeconomics; or History of Religion

2 units of Foreign Language

  • 2 consecutive units in a single language: American Sign Language, Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Japanese, Latin, or Spanish

1 unit of Fine Art

  • 1 unit of the following: Art, Music, Dance, Theatre, Speech (III & IV for 1 unit combined), Fine Arts Survey, Media Arts, or Photography

GPA Calculation

For admission, an applicant’s high school academic grade-point average (GPA) is calculated solely on the basis of the Required High School Courses, using the standard 4.00 maximum scale (A= 4; B=3; C=2; D=1; F=0). The weighted scholastic GPA is considered in Holistic Review.


LSU accepts both the old format and new format of the SAT. New SAT Requirements for admission are posted on the “Admission Requirements” tab.

ACT & SAT Writing Scores

The writing section of the ACT or SAT is not required for admission to LSU. Students interested in Ogden Honors College consideration and top scholarships should complete the writing section and have it sent officially to LSU for consideration.

Dual Enrollment GPA Requirement

Students who enroll in dual enrollment courses for college credit must attain at least a 2.0 college GPA to be accepted to LSU. Dual enrollment is not required for admission. View more information about transfer of credit.

Letters of Recommendation & Essays

LSU does not require letters of recommendation, essays, or any other types of supplemental documentation for admission. Students interested in submitting additional documentation, should contact their admissions counselor directly for guidance.

Homeschooled Students

Homeschooled students are evaluated on the same criteria listed in the “Freshman Admission Requirements” tab.

Admission Appeals

Students interested in making an admission appeal should contact their admissions counselor.

If you have been contacted by LSU Health New Orleans School of Nursing Office of Student Services/Affairs and have registered for the proctored essay for Fall 2018 application process, please read the information provided below. We look forward to meeting you!

Information about the Traditional BSN and CARE Accelerated Proctored Essay Process for Fall 2018 Applicants

  • School of Nursing Proctored Essay directional signs will be available to assist you in finding your way.

  • Plan to arrive 15 minutes before your scheduled proctored essay time.

  • The process will consist of a tour of the facility and a proctored exam within our Nursing Skills and Technology Center. The Proctored Essay process will last approximately one (1) hour.

  • The applicant will be expected to write an essay on a topic given at the beginning of the session. A 30 minute time limit will be given for completion of the essay.

  • Please dress professionally. Business casual is appropriate. Slacks and a polo/blouse is appropriate dress.

  • Parking is available on the street or within the parking garages. Parking meters allow up to 2 hours parking at a cost of $1.25/hour. Quarters are acceptable. Garage parking costs approximately $4.00 for up to 2 hours.

Please call the Office of Student Services/Affairs with any questions or concerns – 504-568-4197.


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