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On November 1, 1869, the institution resumed its exercises in Baton Rouge, where it has since remained.

In the ensuing investigation, at least twenty state officials were indicted. In 1978, LSU was named a sea-grant college, the 13th university in the nation to be so designated.

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.

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.

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.

The cannons are still displayed in front of LSU's Military Science/Aerospace Studies Building.

The seminary officially reopened its doors on October 2, 1865, only to be burned October 15, 1869.

Prior to this, LSU utilized the quarters of the Institute for the Deaf, Mute, and Blind.

Land for the present campus was purchased in 1918, construction started in 1922, and the move began in 1925; however, it was not until 1932 that the move was finally completed.

In 1930, Huey Pierce Long, Jr., the governor, initiated a massive building program to expand the physical plant and add departments.