Louisiana State University at Alexandria (LSU at Alexandria or LSUA) is located in Alexandria, Louisiana
Louisiana State University at Alexandria is a publicly assisted university offering undergraduate degrees in numerous disciplines. The university is a unit of the LSU System and operates under the auspices of the Louisiana Board of Regents. As of fall 2013 the enrollment was 2,233 students. The institution is located on the grounds of the former Oakland Plantation some eight miles south of downtown Alexandria. The campus boasts many majestic oaks dating from the nineteenth century.
LSUA devotes itself exclusively to undergraduate programs, offering degrees in a variety of liberal arts and professional disciplines. The university confers Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of General Studies (with a Concentration) degrees. The baccalaureate degrees are as listed in the table. LSUA also confers Associate degrees in Nursing, and Radiologic Technology. In addition, it offers Certification in Pharmacy Technology and an Alternative Path to Elementary and Secondary Education Certification.
LSUA teams are known as the Generals. The university is a member of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), competing as an Independent member in the Association of Independent Institutions (AII).
LSUA hired its first athletic director in 2007 and began competing in NAIA men’s baseball and women’s fast-pitch softball in 2008. A new on-campus baseball and softball complex has been completed and is now the home of the Generals and Lady Generals ball teams. In 2013, the university gained student support and approval by the LSU Board of Supervisors to add men’s basketball and soccer and women’s basketball, soccer, and tennis. Plans are for the university to compete in seven sports in 2014.