- the flagship institution of the state of Louisiana
- one of only 25 universities nationwide holding both land-grant and sea-grant status
- brings in more than $87.5 million annually in outside research grants and contracts, a significant factor for the Louisiana economy
- a community of more than 34,000 faculty, staff, and students from every state and more than 120 countries
- injects more than a half-billion dollars into the Baton Rouge economy annually.
Research at LSU is conducted by faculty in academic departments and through institutes, offices, centers for advanced studies, and other special units. At any given time, more than 2,000 sponsored research projects are under way at the University. In addition, faculty members pursue numerous research projects that are not sponsored by outside agencies, as do many graduate students. Other research and instructional programs are undertaken through the LSU Agricultural Center's Louisiana Agricultural Experiment Station.
Many departments, institutes, and laboratories at LSU do research in the Gulf of Mexico including the Coastal Marine Institute (CMI), the Coastal Studies Institute (CSI), the Department of Environmental Studies (DES), the School of the Coast and Environment (SC&E), the Wetland Biogeochemistry Institute (WBI), the Department of Oceanography and Coastal Sciences (DOCS), the Division of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, the Division of Systematics Ecology and Evolution (SEE), the Earth Scan Laboratory (ESL), and the Louisiana Geographic Information Center (LAGIC).