Louisiana State University Summer Scholars Program (SSP), is an eight-week summer program that prepares high achieving under-represented minority students to make a successful transition from high school to college.  The program is open to 2019 high school graduates who are committed to earning their undergraduate degree at LSU.

    Summer Scholars makes a lasting impression on all who attend, giving participants the opportunity to become adjusted to the academic, personal, and social challenges they may face as new freshmen.  Participants are required to attend Tiger Exploration meetings three times a week during which important topics such as note-taking strategies, time management, stress management, career exploration, critical thinking, personal adjustment, and test-taking strategies are covered.  The weekly meetings with campus faculty, staff and administrators give the participants a head start on the fall semester.  The participants are able to establish their own sense of community before they are joined by more than 5,500 of their fellow freshman classmates in the fall.

    There are tutoring sessions that teach learning strategies and exciting programs on leadership development.  The participants will be enrolled in 6 credit hours.  Enrichment trips have included places, such as the Tangipahoa African American Heritage Museum in Hammond, World War II Museum in New Orleans, STENNIS Space Museum, in Stennis Center, MS, and the Brooks Museum of Art and the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, Tennessee.

    The program awards each accepted student a scholarship covering tuition, housing, and a meal plan for Summer 2019.

    We STRONGLY encourage Business and Engineering majors to apply.
    We invite you and your seniors to visit the Summer Scholars Program online at to find out more information about the program and the application process. The application link is available on our website.

    APPLICATION DEADLINE: Friday, April 5, 2019.

    Complete applications must include all of the following from the student to be considered:

    • A completed Summer Scholars Program online application coversheet
    • A copy of high school transcripts, including ACT or SAT scores
    • Two letters of recommendation (at least one letter of recommendation should be from a high school representative)
    • A Personal Statement:  This should be autobiographical, and no more than one single-spaced typed page.  It should explain your reason for applying to the Summer Scholars Program, as well as choosing LSU, and your course of study/career goals.

    NOTE: Program participants may be required to cover some LSU fees and additional services, estimated to be as much as $500.  Other expenses such as parking, books, and other incidental charges will be the responsibility of program participants.

    For more information, please contact the Summer Scholars Program at or (225) 578-1892.




    The Louisiana Legislative Youth Advisory Council (LYAC) is now accepting applications for membership from high school students who have an interest in representing the voices of other young people around the state. LYAC is an annually appointed body composed entirely of students that addresses issues affecting the youth of Louisiana.
    The purpose of LYAC is to facilitate the communication between youth and the legislature, and to give students a unique opportunity to be involved in the workings of state government. The council studies and addresses issues of importance to young people, such as education, community service, employment, strategies to increase youth participation in government, safe environments for youth, substance abuse, underage drinking, and youth health and physical fitness.
    Members of the council are selected from a wide pool of applicants from around the state who display a strong interest in civic involvement. The thirty-one member body includes three student members selected from each of the congressional districts. Applicants must be between the ages of fourteen and nineteen and enrolled in a public or private high school, a home school, or participating in a GED skills program during the 2019 - 2020 school year.
    The deadline for applications is March 22, 2019. The application may be accessed at All applicants are required to submit two recommendation letters and short essay questions with their application. For additional information please contact Megan Bella at or 225-342-2370.






    New first-time freshmen who do not meet the admission requirements to gain acceptance into Southern University at Baton Rouge (SUBR), Southern University at New Orleans (SUNO), or Louisiana State University Shreveport Campus (LSUS) may be referred for consideration to enroll in the SU College Connect Program.




    The Office of Admissions is in the depths of making changes starting with significant upgrades to our systems as we implement the Slate product. This is fundamental to all other changes necessary. LSU encourages you to become familiar with, a free tool that will enable an easier high school visit scheduling process with college representatives, maintain awareness of where your students are within the admissions process, and conveniently and securely submit materials.

    Starting with applicants for the Summer/Fall 2019 term, LSU will require at least one letter of recommendation from an academic source (counselor, teacher, advisor, administrator, etc.) as they transition to a fully holistic evaluation process. A letter of recommendation will also prove useful to scholarship awarding where more depth of an applicant is necessary for specific college and donor awards.

    The primary avenue for all freshman and transfer applicants applying for admissions and scholarships will now be the Common Application. Students may start their application now, but please note the LSU Common Application section will not be live until early August. 

    We have also adjusted our freshman application deadlines for Summer/Fall 2019 to be December 15 (Priority Date) and February 1 (Regular Decision). While LSU has historically provided a formal date of releasing decisions, we do not believe that any decisions will be released sooner than October 15 this year. 




    FINAL TRANSCRIPTS: Seniors must sign the transcript request form to have final transcripts sent to the college of choice. Forms are available in the main office.



    Forms are available in the main office for students to request copies of their transcripts.

    Fees: $2.00 per copy mail out

    ALERT: ALL SENIORS/JUNIORS MUST HAVE A CONSENT FORM IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE TO SUBMIT TRANSCRIPTS TO THE LOUISIANA OFFICE OF STUDENT FINANCIAL ASSISTANCE. Student transcripts will not be submitted to the state if this form has not been signed and turned in to the guidance counselors. Please check with your counselor to make sure your information has been received. Colleges can NOT access your transcripts once you apply if consent has not been given. Please don't delay in turning in your consent!



    The Princeton Review is offering free ACT Practice tests online and also at the Slidell Branch of the St. Tammany Public Library. Please see the link below for dates and to register.



    As of 2017, Louisiana requires public school students graduating from high school to take one of the following steps as part of their Individual Graduation Plan:

    1. Complete the FAFSA; or

    2. Complete the Louisiana TOPS form; or

    3. A parent or legal custodian, or a student legally emancipated or of the legal age of majority, may certify a waiver in writing to the LEA (sample: non-participation LEA form/Letter); or

    4. Receive a waiver through the district hardship waiver process.

    For information on whose financial information is needed for FAFSA, please see the link below:

    Reporting Parent Info on FAFSA