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LSU fall enrollment shatters records

For the third-straight year, LSU has broken the record for the largest and most diverse freshman class in university history. This year’s 6,690 freshmen enrolled surpasses last year’s record of 6,126 freshmen. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, overall enrollment at LSU is at an all-time high of 34,290, and the university also saw high marks for retention and graduation rates.

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LSU recognized as a top tier national university by U.S. News & World Report

In U.S. News & World Report’s 2021 edition of Best Colleges, LSU is ranked in the top tier for “Best National Universities” for the 13th-straight year, and the undergraduate petroleum engineering program ranks 2nd overall.
LSU is ranked 36th among flagship universities nationwide – ahead of other flagships such as West Virginia University, University of Rhode Island and the University of Nevada – and is ranked 71st among public universities – ahead of public peers such as Kansas State University and Oklahoma State University.

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Pollution linked to virus transmission

For more than 20 years, LSU Chemical Engineering Professor Kalliat T. Valsaraj’s research has focused on atmospheric aerosols and environmental behavior, including investigating issues like India’s poor air quality for more than 10 years.
Valsaraj and his colleagues have turned their attention to a new problem in their recently published article in Environmental Research titled, “Potential Link Between Compromised Air Quality and Transmission of the Novel Corona Virus (SARS-CoV-2) in Affected Areas.”

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LSU professor Mike Henderson surveyed Louisiana residents on the risks of doing various activities during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Abbie Shull/LSU Manship School News Service)

Surveys find conflicted views on reopening

Two LSU professors released surveys Monday showing that Louisiana residents have conflicted feelings about the reopening of the state and the risks of various activities during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Seventy-five percent of respondents reported feeling uncomfortable about attending large sports or entertainment events, and 77% were uncomfortable getting on an airplane. Sixty percent were nervous about eating in a restaurant, and 56% were reluctant to go to barber shops or hair salons.

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LSU graduates listed

LSU honored more than 4,000 spring graduates with a virtual graduation celebration on May 15, and during the ceremony, 4,347 degrees were conferred. The virtual graduation watch party took place on the LSU Facebook page, and following the ceremony, all the graduates names were displayed on the scoreboards in Tiger Stadium.


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