LSU-Alexandria ... Celebrated 50 Years of Service in 2010

For decades, the only institution of higher education in the Alexandria area was Louisiana College, in Pineville.

Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSUA)
LSUA in the early 1960s

That changed in 1959 when the Louisiana Legislature authorized the establishment of LSUA as a two-year commuter college under the Louisiana State University (LSU) Board of Supervisors.

The first students were registered in 1960.

We attended LSUA, or "A" as so many called it, during the summer of 1964.

It was a great experience, and I appreciate the knowledge and personnel attention I received from the professors there!

Since then, the physical campus has expanded, as have the programs offered, and LSUA is now a full 4-year university with an enrollment of over 2,500 students. In 1974 LSUA was accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS) to award associate degrees. The Louisiana Legislature passed legislation (Senate Bill 853) in 2001 to allow LSUA to offer baccalaureate degrees, and in 2003 LSUA began offering four baccalaureate degrees.

Read more about LSUA on its official web site