The campus was originally designed for 3000 students, but was cut back due to budget problems.After some years of enrollment fluctuation, student numbers began a steady increase, new programs were added, curricula and faculty expanded, and a true state university emerged.Leche, who received a 10-year federal prison sentence as a result of a kickback scheme. Hebert, Dean of LSU's law school at the time, then assumed interim presidency in Smith's place. enrolled under court order, but his enrollment was cancelled when a higher court overturned the ruling. In the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, LSU accepted an additional 2,300 displaced students from the greater New Orleans area, such as Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans, Xavier University of Louisiana, and University of New Orleans.During World War II, LSU was one of 131 colleges and universities nationally that took part in the V-12 Navy College Training Program which offered students a path to a Navy commission. In addition to accepting displaced students, university officials also took on the challenge of housing and managing many hurricane victims, converting the Pete Maravich Assembly Center into a fully functional field hospital.The current LSU main campus was dedicated in 1926, consists of more than 250 buildings constructed in the style of Italian Renaissance architect Andrea Palladio, and occupies a 650-acre (2.6 km²) plateau on the banks of the Mississippi River. Hebert Law Center, have received national recognition in their respective fields of study.
Two committed suicide as the scandal enveloped Governor Richard W. In 1992, the LSU Board of Supervisors approved the creation of the LSU Honors College.
In 2017, the university enrolled over 25,000 undergraduate and over 5,000 graduate students in 14 schools and colleges. LSU's athletics department fields teams in 21 varsity sports (9 men's, 12 women's), and is a member of the NCAA (National Collegiate Athletic Association) and the SEC (Southeastern Conference).
The university is represented by its mascot, Mike the Tiger.
On January 26, 1861, after only a year at the helm, Sherman resigned his position because Louisiana became the sixth state to secede from the Union.
The school closed on June 30, 1861, with the start of the American Civil War.