Basic facts about Louisiana State University include that it was founded in 1860, that it is located in Baton Rouge and has a campus of 2,000 acres, that it has more than 4,000 graduate students and that it has an undergraduate enrollment of more than 24,000 students as of 2015. LSU is one of the few American Universities to have sea-grant, land-grant and space-grant status.
LSU is a member of the NCAA Division I Southeastern athletic conference and has 21 varsity teams. The school colors are purple and gold, and its mascot is Mike the Tiger. LSU's official name is Louisiana State University and Agricultural and Mechanical College. Famous alumni include former Vice President Hubert Humphrey, James Carville, Shaquille O'Neal and the members of rock band Better Than Ezra.
There are 16 colleges and schools on LSU's campus, including the College of Science, College of Music and Dramatic Arts, School of Social Work and E.J. Ourso College of Business. LSU has more than 350 student organizations, including a student government, newspaper, radio station and several fraternities and sororities.
LSU's department of theater is one of the few in the U.S. that has a professional theater, Swine Palace, affiliated with it. The school's writing program is ranked in the top 25 in the country, and the College of Science is ranked eighth as of 2015, according to LSU.