LSU opened in 1860 under superintendent Col. William Tecumseh Sherman. Our campus, named among the 20 most beautiful in America, features Italian Renaissance-style architecture and state-of-the-art structures standing amidst towering oaks and broad magnolias. But LSU is more than location and landscape: at the heart of our campus, our faculty and students are discovering new species, working on modern energy solutions (and improving old ones), and helping solve local and national issues ranging from coastal erosion to missing or unidentified persons. With the help of our dedicated staff members, LSU offers more opportunities for student success, more support services, more academic programs, and more direct research for undergraduates, than any other university in Louisiana.